Friday, August 5, 2016

7 QTs: Toddler Life, Books: Winners and Flops, New Camera Gear, and A Blogging Conference

Once again, it's been forever since I've posted. Not that that's a new phenomenon. In fact, I've probably written that opening sentence multiple times. Inconsistency is my middle name, unfortunately...

It's not as if there's nothing to write about. I mean, goodness, if I wanted to go off on a serious, insightful thread there's enough news weekly, if not daily, that usually scares the daylights out of me. But I think I'll stick to the usual topics for now (naptime is only so long).

1. Teacup 1 comes up with all sorts of fun, ridiculous comments. Just yesterday, after explaining to her she must leave her markers in the kitchen, she puts up her little hand and says, "Mama, I have to bring the marker; the doctor says, no more monkeys jumping on the bed."

Well you can't argue with that, can you? I mean, I don't even know where to start with that one.

2. We've been busy doing a lot of not much. A week of babysitting, my wonderful, self-sacrificing sister visiting for a week, washing dishes, doing laundry, popping outside, having playdates. You know, the usual toddler lifestyle.

Visits from Auntie Stine are their favorite
And really it's a full fledged toddler lifestyle over here. That baby, you know the second one, Teacup 2? She's not a baby. She is a wild, rollicking, noisy toddler. My current favorite word of hers is "belly button", pronounced "bewwy but". Beware of the belly button hunter. She will find yours. Every time. Other new words consist of More (Mo), Baba, DaDA, Go, Ball (ba), Book (boo), and making horse and dog noises.
Traipsing outside with a bottle isn't totally normal...

3. I've managed to squeeze in a few books. I went on a library raid, and so far, two of the four books have been flops. "The Glass Magician" was an entertaining read, but didn't impress me quite as much as "The Paper Magician", it's predecessor. "Eligible" made me want to throw up a tiny bit or cry for Jane Austen, "The Traitor's Wife" was possibly proving to be Susan Higginbottoms' weakest novel, and I left both unfinished.

HOWEVER...I joined a book club a few months ago, and so far, all three reads have been real winners! The most recent was "The End of the Affair" by Graham Greene and I thought it was stunning. Incredibly packed with symbolism, introspection, honesty, and rawness all in less than two hundred pages. It's pretty much a perfect book club read. But you should read it on your own too. Disclaimer: I would recommend this for adults only, although I really believe the sexual content appropriate in the context.

4. I saved up for another camera lens, and it should round out my gear so I don't need much else... although J stated, "Until next week". It's a zoom telephoto and I've been out practicing the two days I've had it. Not quite useful inside, but perfect for when the kids are playing the backyard. Hoping to use this as my powerhouse for potential future family sessions. Still practicing and building a portfolio, but hoping to get a business off the ground next year. It's going to be a lot of work, and I'm a bit concerned since I can't even keep a blog running properly, but I'm optimistic. It's something I love doing and fulfills my artistic drive, but prayers that I stay motivated would be appreciated!

5. Speaking of failing at blogging, I'm attending my first blogging conference in September. I feel like such a fake, but I'm really looking forward to hearing Kelly speak and it's hosted by Rosie in my now home town, so how can I not go?? If you're from the east coast/mid atlantic region, you should come out and join us! And, I'll be offering free head shots :)

6. Social media is totally sucking my time, and I've done a terrible job of implementing Throwback Thursdays, but I went ahead and signed up for Instagram anyway. I think I'll keep it private for awhile. But you could change my mind. FB has been so depressing lately, I was considering only posting via IG and then sharing onto FB so I didn't even have to look at it. But I haven't figured out how to share my photos from anywhere but my phone. Yes, I'm a technologically challenged millennial, they do exist.  But you could follow me on Goodreads!

7. This month will be a little quieter. Hoping to get some photo posts up, practice consistent editing, work on watermarking, and expecting a visit from my dear friend, Faith! I hope you have a spectacular month (you know, in case you don't hear from me again this month based on track record). Head over to Kelly's to read some great QTs.


  1. Looking forward to the blogging conference, too. And that's exciting about your photography business! Hope things move along smoothly. :)

  2. Looking forward to meeting you at the conference!! Also I Love love that book, and pretty much anything else he has written. The power and the glory is a close second to the end of the affair. I need to read that again! You can check me out before the conference at motheringsunshine.Com see you soon!!!

  3. I love these pictures so so much!!! So excited for September :)

  4. You've got to keep going with the photography business, because your pictures are amazing!
    I can't wait to visit!