In Jim Henson’s Labyrinth, the masquerade ball dancers gaze at their own reflections in handheld mirrors. Reminds me of ppl taking selfies.

Test Roll Preconceptions

I just loaded up my first motor-drive auto-load 35mm camera for tomorrow’s camera walk. Nikon OneTouch Zoom 70 AF, bought for $2 at Savers. It already has a few problems, though — mainly, it makes an unfortunate grinding noise when I press the shutter. The film advances, the counter changes digits, the flash fires… but that NOISE! It doesn’t sound like a normal shutter noise. It also doesn’t appear to focus when I depress the shutter halfway like it’s supposed to.

I looked up some reviews online — because, well, this camera was manufactured in the 1990s, so people were still buying it new from Costco in the early 2000s. People do not have nice things to say about this camera.

Then I looked up some more reviews of similar cameras. This camera is definitely not behaving the way I would expect it to. I’m seriously doubtful that any of these test photos will actually come out.

Now I’m starting to wonder which would be worse: wasting my last roll of 200 400-speed film by taking it out after 8 exposures and pitching it, or wasting my time plus $11 to get it developed if it comes back empty or blurry or otherwise unusable? Or do I go through with the test roll, on the off chance that it’s actually working as expected?

It’s going to be a beautiful day tomorrow. I’m going on a photo walk, whether it’s with this camera or another one. I’d just rather enjoy it and not feel like I’m potentially wasting not so much my time as my creative energy.

Yeah, I think I’m going to find another camera to load up for tomorrow. One that has a higher probability of turning out a successful roll of film. I’ll still finish the roll in the OneTouch Zoom, just not tomorrow. Maybe around the house or something.

* goes to camera collection shelf *

You know what? I haven’t used my Voigtlander Vitrona since I first tested it nearly eleven years ago. Now that I have a working light meter that can go onto the accessory shoe (and an iPhone app that can serve as backup if needed), I should be good to go.

* goes to deep freeze and check box o’ film *

Hmm. All I’m left with is some 800-speed, looooong-expired 64 and 25 speed Kodachrome slide film, and some black-and-white. The Kodachrome is a no-go, since my lab can’t process it, and I don’t want to waste a roll of 800 on a beautiful partly cloudy day (I save that for indoor events like weddings), so expired Tri-X 400-speed black-and-white it is!

Yes, I’ve already hit up Amazon to refresh my film supply.

Me, dropping off my 5yo son at Pre-K: Well, I’d better quit jabberjawin’ and get to work.

My son: Wait, who’s Jabberjohn?

A Case of the Mondays

Garfield is copyrighted by Paws, Inc., owned in part by Jim Davis.

Really, it wasn’t all bad. I actually had some pretty good saves that balanced everything out.

Bad news: I forgot to make my overnight oats for breakfast. Good news: We still had instant steel cut oats in the pantry.

On the plus side, I finally remembered to bring Connor an extra pair of underwear to school (backup clothes are important, especially those). On the down side, I accidentally left my key card for his school and my badge for work clipped to the blazer I wore on Friday. After I dropped off Connor (thanks to the nice mom who let us in), I swung back by home to get my badge. (It wasn’t really out of my way at all — Pre-K is only a couple minutes from our house.)

Can’t believe I forgot to bring more K-Cups to work for my Keurig! At least I still had a bag of non-skunky coffee in my desk drawer and filters for my pour-over. #firstworldproblem

Ouch: The annoying crick in my neck from late last week that became an annoying tension all down my left arm was even worse when I had to sit at my desk and work. Yay: I called my chiropractor right when they opened, and they were able to get me in for an 11:15am appointment.

Bummer: The chiropractor told me I should go easy on the workouts this week until my neck becomes less inflamed. That means I have to give up my spot in Thursday’s Cardio Drumming class. Bonus: Not only does someone on the waitlist get to try this super-fun class, but now I get to go out for a camera walk on a beautiful spring day.

I totally forgot to take my Mucinex this morning, so my cold ran rampant: coughing, sneezing, and snotting. At least I had plenty of cough drops on hand! I also drank tea like it was going out of style, and guzzled water to flush all the “toxins” (I hate that word) out of my muscles after getting adjusted and electro-stimmed and lasered this morning. After I ran out of tissues at my desk, I had to resort to napkins; we’re well-stocked at home, though, so I’ll be good to go for tomorrow.

I’m counting it a giant win that the evening (i.e. the parenting portion of the program) didn’t seem affected by the Mondayness of today. Things were pretty typical, and that’s a good thing. Actually, maybe things were better than typical, since there were no shouting matches and I didn’t succumb to an after-bedtime fourth meal.

I feel like I dominated Monday as well as I could… but I’m not going to taunt the rest of the week by telling it to Bring It On. Really, please don’t. I’m good.

Unseasonably Warm

78F indoors, 66F outdoors

It’s summery in the sunroom this afternoon, so I’m taking a break from laundry and housework to enjoy the sunshine for a bit.

Yesterday, I got outside to do some of the spring cleanup: raking out a few flowerbeds, cutting back and pulling up dead and dormant plants, that sort of thing. I like getting out there up close and personal with my plants before they fill out — gives me a better idea of what survived the winter, what didn’t, what got eaten by critters, what I should move to where, et cetera.

Several of the earliest bulbs are peeking up some greenery. I don’t see any crocuses yet, but some of the early daffodils are a few inches tall, hyacinth foliage is barely emerging, and there are tiny buds of peonies and alliums poking out of the soil.

I noticed that my beloved tree peony may be ailing; it’s losing its bark near the base of the trunk. Once it goes, I think I’ll be replacing it with another. I love seeing those huge mid-May blooms every time I come home from work.

I still don’t consider myself a gardener (not like some of the garden bloggers I follow), but I’m coming to realize that I really, REALLY enjoy puttering with plants.

Spent this beautiful 67F (?!) February afternoon outside doing spring cleanup. Daffodils, alliums, peonies, tulips, hyacinths peeking up.

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day: February 2017

While my Zone 6 garden hasn’t quite awakened from its mild winter slumber quite yet, I have plenty of blooms indoors to keep me company.

I got this African violet as a birthday present from a co-worker some ten years ago — actually, probably more like twelve, now that I think about it. It’s still going strong, which pleases me.

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day: Feb 2017

I potted up this Ragtime amaryllis in hopes of a Christmas bloom, which it just barely missed. (Luckily, the second bloom stalk of the Christmas Star amaryllis filled in quite nicely.) This is the second bloom of Ragtime, much later than I would have expected. But I’ll take it!

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day: Feb 2017

This is my first year forcing hyacinths. I decided to do them in rounds, partially because I bought half a dozen bulbs and only have three forcing vases, but also so I could do some trial-and-error to see how they bloom best in my house. I managed to rot the first two bulbs, but this third one is the charm.

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day: Feb 2017

Finally — and this one might be the one I’m most excited about — this is the first bloom of this particular kalanchoe that I got as a cutting nearly three years ago. My friend and co-worker gave me four cuttings of three colors (I think), and so far I’ve seen shades of orange and pink. This is the first yellow bloom.

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day: Feb 2017

Looking forward to seeing a few outdoor blooms by this time next month — crocuses, if nothing else.

As always, thanks to Carol of May Dreams Gardens for hosting this meme every month!