Had a Perfect Thanksgiving

Happy belated yummy turkey day! I hope everyone was able to spend some time resting and relaxing!

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This year we decided to stay home and make our own small meal. Our families are far away or we’ve planned to see them for Christmas and most of out friends were out of town.

We had instant versions of all of the basics: mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, stuffing, apple pie, and green bean casserole. Well, I attempted to make the potatoes from scratch, but they bested me again this year. Mashed potatoes: 2, Erin: 0. I’m going to have my Italian Mama Bama show me the ways of the secret moment when the potatoes are boiled enough, but not over boiled. I think I was proudest of our simple precooked, pre-sliced chunk of turkey. Pfaw, like this lady could cook a turkey…

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I took the customary pictures of our yummy spread (ooh did I mention the feta stuffed green olives?!) and joked about how “fancy” our meal was. However, upon clean up husband remarked that serving the food in Tupperware simplified the refrigeration process, so win!

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One of us believes that turkey food is AhMahZing when the food touches, the other believes that the food must NOT touch at all. Which plate belongs to whom?

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We purposed so spend this 4 day weekend relaxing, but even more fun, together! I am a huge quality time person, but I do better, my tank stays filled longer, with longer chunks of time versus small band aids of time.

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Together we played computer games, ate leftovers, lounged in comfy clothes, stayed up till 4am, slept in past noon, laughed, joked, goofed off. It was really this incredible little exclusion from the rest of the world. 🙂 Yay for perfectly simple Thanksgivings!

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Found Christmas Spirit at the Vintage Market

Saturday Adventure Series

Saturdays seem to be Husband and my adventure days. Today’s adventure was one I’d been highly anticipating, the Christmas Vintage Market. I went to my first of these bi-annual events in the late spring, and couldn’t wait to see what was available this time!

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This time it was held in an open garage space, which limited my picture taking, but I was still impressed by the cute Christmas Carol theme that adorned the previously blank urban space!

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Upon seeing the book tree, I ran over to have husband take a picture.

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He indulges my requests, but some times refuses to take pictures with me. Such was the case for the fun photo booth space. A few sweet girls offered to take a picture with both of us, but I knew he wouldn’t go for it, even despite the top hat and mustache!

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I opened carried, for the first time in awhile. A vendor noticed the holster and asked about it. Fun time to share about GREAT firearms website/holsters for women. (I seriously need to create that static page and cards with the website link).

Unlike the spring even, I wasn’t lucky enough to win a raffle, but I did find this hand made bookish ornament for our Christmas tree, so I still won.

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Husband even found something to like, yummy dry rub, sure we’ll employ that soon. He’d hoped to indulge in the food truck offerings, but they were backed up with orders. Good thing the area is filled with ton of restaurants. We went to a sub shop around the corner and had great CHEAP chili dawgs.

I think I’m in the Christmas and craft making spirit now! :0)

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Become a Focused Photog

LobbyDay2014MEAt friends’ (really, lets face it, our second home) recently, we discussed how talented some people are at one thing. I shared my struggle to dedicate the amount of discipline and time it takes to become GREAT at something, and I just settled for being able to pick up on most things, pretty well. I settled for being generally okay at most things. A friend challenged me on it, and I decided to do something about it.PartialEclipse

(I mean it isn’t like I don’t have a ton of free time on my hand or anything ;))

Part of this time off, I’ve wanted to invest in myself. This past job took A LOT out of me, because I gave TOO much in some ways. Part of self care, for me, is realizing the importance of investing in more than just my current job. A job can’t be my only hobby or ministry, because if its gone, then I have nothing.

I LOVE taking pictures, I mean in reality I’d love to have a personal photographer following ME around everywhere so I could BE in the good pictures, but I’ll at least settle for being able to take great pictures of those around me.

So…its time for me to really invest in it. This past year I’ve been able to take pictures for events at church, be published (and paid) in a homeschooling magazine, and learned some basic photo editing skills. But, I’m ready to become more focused (total, accidental pun that I’ll work with).

Saturday, husband and I stumbled upon a photography store! One that rents lenses, and offers photography classes. Besides turning beet red upon being asked any questions, I’m BEYOND excited for this series of classes!

I’m also hoping/planning to get a better kit lens for Birthday or Christmas! I’ve done some serious research, and have a few in mind. Now, just waiting to see which deals I happen upon.

Part of this focus, needed to include managing the gigs and gigs of pictures that I end up with. I actually cleaned up the duplicated files that were backed up since my college days. I’ve started a new system for when I copy new files to my computer, and eventually I’d like to tag all of my pictures in an easy to use piece of software. No more hunting for Spring pictures, but instead, they’d all have tags on them!

Finally, I started a face book photography page. I questioned doing this, because my skills are nowhere near professional at this point, and I don’t intend to become a full time photographer. However, I decided that this page would help me create a brand for myself, my style, and to distribute pictures that I take.

I went to a local race, without being asked to, to take pictures, because I couldn’t participate in the race. I almost chickened out of the 7am wake up time, but am glad that husband pushed/supported me to go. This was the race that I’d fully jogged the year prior, and I remembered how important it was to have pictures of that moment (from the poor poor husband I’d pestered into coming). I thought that maybe I could give people those pictures.

It was incredible, being at the finish line. So much emotion in these stranger’s faces. I couldn’t breath at this point last year, and was barely able to trot across the line. For most of them they’d get this look of determination to finish the end strong. A few would light up when they saw their cheering sections. It was incredible to be apart of! Now, it was a horribly drizzly day, again, so my limited skills were put to the test. Also, I learned that I have to be confident and pursue the shot in events like this. I can’t be shy and hover around the edges, I have to walk up, and own it.

Excited to see where my skills will be next year!

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