It is possible that things have calmed down a bit around our house. It seems like ever so slowly, we are getting into some new routines and getting things back under control. The weather helps so much. I realize that I talk about the weather more than a person probably should. This may be an indication that I need to consider moving to a warmer, perpetually spring-like climate. I am using the Fuji X100T a lot lately.
What can I say? About life, or this week specifically? I am still happy it is spring, but otherwise, safest to stay on the topic of photography. We are surviving in this house, and barely- definitely not thriving. I was kind of mad at my Fuji after our little vacation, so I am making myself use it a lot more and that is good. Almost all of my photos from this week are with the Fuji X100T. I need to send my Canon in, so I have to build up my confidence that I can continue this 365 with just the Fuji. I think it would be fine. I love using it. I sometimes love the results. Not always. I have not used an iPhone shot yet, and I am really hoping to make it through the year without needing to. The last photo for this week probably should have been converted to black and white, but I like the color version too.
Since my last post, SPRING ARRIVED (well, maybe not officially but it is more than good enough for me), and we took a little spring break trip to visit Adam’s mom in Branson. We were able spend time with Adam’s brother and his wife there too, which was really good. And any time my kids can see grandma is fantastic, goes without saying. Kind of a long drive with the little guy, but we made it, and traveling was better than I was expecting. I will do a short post including photos from the trip that I didn’t include in my 365, but it will have to be when I am not totally exhausted. Anyway, let’s get down to the photos from the trip. Some good, some terrible, that is just how it goes.
After a really strong start in January, I pretty much stopped reading in February. I started and stopped several books. I read half of a book (Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed) and then could not continue reading it. It is possible that I will eventually finish it, but I am not sure. I felt like it was a book of advice columns (which it is) but with both the question and the answer being written by the same person (which I really think is actually the case, and the author’s denial of this grates on me). Plus is was just reading a lot of painfulness that I wasn’t up to right now, and some of it just wasn’t even feeling authentic to me, no matter if it is “true” or not. I also started some short chapter books with the girls that we didn’t even finish, and in those cases it was because they were not super interested. We may eventually finish “B” is for Betsy by Carolyn Haywood, but there just wasn’t much enthusiasm for it.
The books I actually read number two- Lost Lake by one of my very favorite authors, Sarah Addison Allen was the first. I really loved the book. I have loved all of her books. They are easy reading, well written romances with elements of magic included. It made me happy. I bought it for my Kindle because I knew I would actually read it and that it would be forever before I got it from the library. The second book was actually a graphic novel, Can We Talk About Something More Pleasant by Roz Chast. Thumbs up, five stars, all of that. So great. Highly recommended.
I don’t know how March will go. I have some great books checked on digitally from the library that are sitting on my Kindle. I can see where I might have some pockets of time coming up where I could get some reading done. As I have mentioned, we have a lot of stress at home right now, so I am just trying to take it easy on myself. I think my goal for the year will probably need to be 40 books rather than 52. I would like to address some of the struggles I am facing with my photography, so I hope several of the books I read this year will help me with that. I am not as good with reading non-fiction, even fiction about things I am passionate about.
Well. I have no idea what to say about this week. It was very bad. Incredibly stressful. So much anxiety. Outside of all of that, I am still feeling extremely disappointed in my photos lately. And I know last week I said I didn’t really even care, but I admit I do care a little more now. We are so incredibly tired here, though, and I suppose I should give myself a little grace. I hope that as things settle down and I have more energy, things will improve photo-wise. And truly, I fully realize that I am going to have to focus and work a lot harder than I have been if I want to see any real change or improvement. I have some honestly lazy photography habits, and I still at times feel like I am missing a lot of foundation. I am going to work on it. But not tonight. Tonight, I will watch an episode of Empire and drink a cup of tea, and go to bed.