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It's About Respect...

Monday I went to Grinnell for a yoga class.

Not just any yoga class mind you, a special class taught by Jeanelle Boyer on her run across Iowa.

Yes, you read that right...she's RUNNING ACROSS IOWA. See...



It's not just any run across Iowa mind you, it's a fund/awareness raising run for Practical Farmers of Iowa and Slow Food USA. Which is why I drove 60 miles for a yoga class instead of the 15 minutes into one of the studios here in the DSM metro. Both of these organizations promote farming practices and a food supply model that is fair, healthy, and sustainable for our environment, those who work to grow/process/supply the food, and those of us who consume that food.

Jeanelle is one of those incredibly energetic people you kinda want to hate a little bit because she's doing amazing stuff, which in comparison makes you yourself feel a little like a sloth. But you can't hate her even a tiny bit. Here is a woman that on the day I spent a bit of time with her ran 30 miles …

Mid-Week Report...

Today the parent communicator at camp sent us our mid-week report on Lexi. Here is just a little snippet from her email:

Today, her village got to do the high ropes course, Summit. Lexi did awesome! She made it to the top of all three high rope elements: the rope tube, the rock wall, and the play pin. She was so energetic and excited about the high ropes. She kept telling me, "I'm so excited!" She's a fun girl. Her positive attitude is great for the other campers. Lexi's village counselors, Emily and Dan, and I really enjoy having her around. I've attached a photo of Lexi at the high ropes.


I'm so proud of the amazing little lady she is becoming...even when we are not around!


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Because It's Friday...

And I love my girlies...

And I got a new camera because yes, I'm going to seriously (FINALLY...really I am this time) pursue my photography business..



I have so much to learn to maximize the technical abilities my new Canon 60D, but oh how nice it feels in my hands, how awesome it is to have the ability to do wireless off camera flash triggering, and how lovely the straight out of the camera shots look. (As these are.) Thankfully I have beautiful models on which to practice.

You can probably guess what I will be doing this weekend...how are you going to feed your passions this weekend?


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Love...

A poem written for me this morning by Lexi, age 9 3/4. (Spelling corrections by spell check.)

Love is hope,
Love is peace,
Love is dreams,
Love is connection.

If you love someone, stay near them. Show them you do. Attract attentions in a funny (but not embarrassing) way.

If a man,
Say, "I love you."
If a woman,
Stay near and kiss.

Love


Randomness...

I have not worked out "formally" since last Thursday. I'm am already dreading tonight's run knowing it will be hard, but on the flip side I will feel more like myself afterwards.
I'm a bit discouraged by the fact I have not done anything physically strenuous for 5 days, yet my knees still hurt when I go up or down stairs.
Growing up in Nebraska I was subject to watching those horrible Tornado & Severe Weather education films during the spring all school assembly that were meant to educate us on what to do in the case of severe weather...but instead just scared the pants off of a room full of 7 year olds. To this day I'm not overly comfortable in severe weather situations. With nightly storms blowing through the past couple of nights I don't know that I have slept very soundly. I'm feeling it today...or it could be the aforementioned lack of working out. Flip a coin.Lexi goes to sleepover camp next week. I really hope the storms calm down by then bec…

Bella...

Yesterday my "job" was to photograph babies. I find it sorta ironic that my favorite age group to work with in the yoga studio are seniors, and my favorite subjects to have in front of my camera lens are small children. But how can you not love a face like this?



(BTW, I shot in both RAW and JPG formats. Got home, uploaded the JPGs, did a little processing and have a folders of pics all ready to share. RAWs haven't been touched. I think all the work I've been doing to get better in camera shots is starting to pay off.)


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Exploring File Formats...

Warning...this post is all about photography blaa, blaa, blaa. Feel free to skip if photography is not your thing, I'm just playing again.

The other day over at The CoffeeShop Blog, Rita explained her take on shooting RAW vs JPG. (Image file formats.) And since I read her post, I've been thinking...

For a couple of years I have been shooting exclusively in RAW format. Why? Well because so many digital photography focused websites/books/chat forums have always said RAWs are a far superior file format for "serious" photographers. And for the most part I like shooting RAW files and playing with them when I edit, except for those times when I just want to snap a picture of every day life and slap it up on my blog (or on Facebook) to share with friends and family without the effort and time required for editing a RAW image. No to mention the computer on which I edit all my RAW photos is old, and tired, and needs more memory AGAIN (thank you huge RAW files even though I have…

Right Where I Should Be...

If you would have asked me a month ago how I felt about the changes going on in my life I think you would have gotten a much different response than what I write in this post. I was in the process of closing my studio space, dealing with both my personal disappointment and that of my clients. The end of the school year was wrapping up and with it all the end of the year activities. A year after dealing with so many changes and transition, here we were facing it again...on a slightly smaller scale. My emotions weren't quite sure how they felt about it all.

We're already at the mid-way point of the first month of summer and I can honestly say I can't imagine being any place other than right where I am. In many ways I believe the unexpected direction my studio plans took at the end of April has been a blessing. Yes I miss teaching, but I don't miss the underlying stress that comes with trying to successfully maintain/grow my own business space. I will find opportunities th…

Reflections...

It has rained a lot over the past 24 hours here...


Officially, according to the local weather peoples, we received 5-6 inches...



There have been un-official reports that say it could be as much as 8-10 inches...



Our neighbor loaned us his pump to help dry out our basement once he had pumped out his unwanted moisture...


Some days you just have to smile and find beauty in unexpected places...like the reflection of a naked light bulb in the 2 inches of water sitting on your basement floor...




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Complete...

I have to say, my days just feel more complete during the summer...





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5 Floors of Goodness...

Several years ago Scott and I, somewhat accidentally, wandered into an architectural salvage place in downtown Des Moines. Today, thanks to a tip from a friend, we more purposely wandered into their "new" location. I think it's safe to say we are all looking forward to the next time we venture downtown for a visit to West End Architectural Salvage and Coffee .



Good coffee and smoothies.
Cool stuff spread out over 5 floors of an old brick building.
And the staff were those super friendly type of people that make you feel like you've been hanging out with them for years.
(Scott and I decided we could pretty much live there if they'd let us.)




Now that we own an old house that needs a few extra pieces of useable history (dinning table and a buffet/side board being at the top of the list) I'm hoping as our budget allows a few pieces that we drooled over today make their way home with us in the coming months/years. Seriously, if you are in or coming to the DSM metro an…

Shooting Old School...

My Dad gave me a Minolta X-370 Manual SLR film camera when I was about 15. He bought it used from some guy wanting to upgrade to newer equipment. It came in a bag with 3 lenses and a pocket full of miscellaneous accessories. At the time I thought it was the bomb. Today after Google searching to see if I could figure out when it was manufactured I found out it's really nothing special...except to me it totally special. For years I've toted it around from place to place, not sure what to do with it, yet totally unwilling to get rid of it.

It's no secret for the last 12 years of his life my father and I had well, shall we say a COMPLICATED relationship at best. But at one time I was totally a Daddy's girl. We were bound by our love of horses and an interest in photography, sparked by the darkroom he created in the basement bathroom of our rental house when I was 5.

In March I decided to buy a single roll of B&W film, replace the batteries in my old Minolta, slap on the …