Sleepy Mei

I’ve gone entirely too long without posting a cute Mei pic. So, here you go: Mei looking all sleepy on the chair in the living room, sometime last month.

Family Portrait, Christmas 2004

Diana, Aaron, and Mei || Minolta X370s
Mei was unimpressed with the annual Christmas portrait experience, and refused to sit still until the self-timer would fire. Afterward, of course, she was content to lounge by the presents.

Diana, Aaron, and Mei || Minolta X370s
Here’s an alternate version, with some artsy color tricks. Nothing fancy, but it adds a little something different. Skin tones still aren’t quite right, but… *shrug* Artistic license? Sure…


Finally, after Sky’s year-end incentive payout, I had enough money to get the camera I’ve been wanting: the Nikon D70. The best part? I’d found an ad in Popular Photography magazine, in the back half where all the camera stores have their catalog/ads, that A&M Photo World had the Nikon D70 kit (kit = camera body + lens) for—get this—$649.00.


Retail on those is usually upward of a grand! I was so stoked.

So, tonight, I transferred some money from my savings over to my checking, put the much-desired electronic into my shopping cart, entered my debit card info, and almost pushed the Checkout button. But first… a coupon code field? Hmm. That’s my cue to Google the name of the place and “coupon code” and see what I come up with.

And what did I come up with? Shitty reviews of A&M’s service and business practices.


I had noticed that their accessories were a touch overpriced—I’ll need a CompactFlash card to use the camera, after all—but it seems that your prized item suddenly becomes backordered when you opt not to purchase said overpriced accessories.

It wasn’t hard to make a decision. Highly disappointed as I am, I’m going to put my money back into savings and wait until I’ve saved enough to buy my new toy from a reputable dealer, like B&H or Adorama or even find one on eBay.

It’s just… damn. That was disappointing.

Sunrise, mid-January

I went out to the car to head off to work one morning in mid-January, and was met with this fabulous sunrise. It was one of those moments when I was glad the Lomo was in my purse.

Home From Ohayocon

Ohayocon was a great time! Almost like a mini-vacation. Very cool.

I’m currently working on adjusting and resizing the 30+ digital pics we took over the weekend. Until then, here’s a pic I just took of Aaron displaying his two prized purchases: his moogle hat and his Mr. Sparkle t-shirt.

Con pics and a review/narrative soon to come!

My And My Lomo

Maybe I?m supposed to be a photographer.

This morning, around 10:30, the fog rolled in. It happened to get brighter outside the window, in my periphery, so I turned to look. And the first thought in my head was, ?I can?t wait to go to break so I can photograph that!? I carry my Lomo in my purse or my jacket pocket almost everywhere now, so I?m almost always ready for photo ops like this.

As it turns out, I couldn?t even wait till breaktime. I pulled out my Lomo, pressed it up against the window to avoid glass glare, and took a shot. Then, about fifteen minutes later, I took my break upstairs in the quiet room (as usual) and took a couple photos from the second floor windows.

It?s gotten to the point where I don?t care who sees me and thinks I?m a dork for bringing my camera to work. Everyone in my department knows that I have my little plastic camera with me wherever I go, and I take pictures of weird things (like when the squirrel outside jumped up on the windowsill). Plus, the chintzy sound of the Lomo?s shutter has made it possible for me to take photos of people who don?t realize they?ve been photographed, not even after the shutter fires—maybe they thought it was a door latching shut. 🙂