A few of my favorite things

My adventures in the photography class I’m taking with my mom continue — and this week’s assignments are really fun! Not that the others weren’t, but you know what I mean.

One of the four projects we have to complete over spring break (it’s funny to say I’m on “spring break” — I’ve been out of college for two years and have a full-time job, but alas, I am on spring break from my photography course!) was the indirect portrait — an image of someone’s belongings that gives an impression of the person. Since I spend the majority of my time at my desk or at home reading/writing/blogging, those were the two places I really wanted to capture. My desk is very “me,” as is my room! When I was firing off shots using a new setting on my camera, I wasn’t sure what I was getting — or if what I was getting would really be an accurate representation of me. But I think I succeeded! And I wanted to share. All of these are posted on my Flickr page, too, but here are some highlights — and that last photo is one of my “self-portraits.” Those pictures have to be completely taken by us!

Reading quickly and more fall photos

It’s a little hard to feel all “fall-ish” when it’s 80 degrees in Maryland, but I’m working on it! The decorations are out, I’m frantically trying to snap fall photos while driving on the back road from work (a very dangerous and not commendable approach, by the way) and grabbing small bags of Halloween candy while I’m out. Though Palmer won’t let me buy more ghost Peeps, I’m planning on sneaking them into my desk for safekeeping!

I want to wrap up Apart From the Crowd by Anna McPartlin tonight . . . I get really antsy when reading a really long book! I’m just eager to find out what happens and move onto the next novel. I love working my way quickly through tons of books — it gives me a serious sense of accomplishment! That’s my goal for tonight.

And to take more photos!

Just beginning to turn

Getting ready to start another busy week! We wandered out to take a few “early” fall shots today — including a few of my dog, though it was already getting dark. The leaves are really turning on the back road by my house, but most everything in the yard is still lush and green. I’ll give it a few more weeks — then we’ll all be forced into the backyard to rake, rake, rake.

Lake in St. Charles

Lake in St. Charles

The Rudy Bear

The Rudy Bear

Just beginning to turn

Just beginning to turn

Fall party food & sunsets

Another successful family birthday party! My grandmother never fails to pull off a really fun bash. We celebrated my uncle’s big day, which is actually Tuesday . . . but who can get together during the work week? Needless to say, the food was delicious. I ate way too much but can hardly contain myself with “party food” all spread out before me. As my mother always says, “It tastes so good because you never make it for yourself!” And this, apparently, is true.

We spent much of the afternoon watching the Cartoon Network’s old “Goosebumps” re-runs from the mid ’90s with my 11-year-old cousin — a surefire good time. And hey, the Redskins beat the Eagles today! So the gentlemen were all happy — including my dad, who’s on his way back from Philly.

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