Hodge Podge

First, a confession. I've been cheating. On you, dear bloggy friends. With my new and oh-so-sweetly gadgety Wii. I'm addicted, and I might need help! So now you know where I've been for the past couple of days :) More on my new love later.

Second, I've actually done it. I've filled up my computer's hard drive with photos and photo editing software. FILLED UP. As in 100% full. I went through last night and deleted some shots I know I won't use, and some programs that I've never used (I'm pretty faithful to my Adobe Elements and Lightroom). So I have a itty bitty bit more room. But what next? I guess I'm going to have to...oh darn...get a new computer. Maybe one with massive storage and processing that really screams. And one with about a 40 inch screen. Or maybe I'll just buy another external hard drive or some more memory for this one.

Third, see me? I'm about 3 inches taller now that the weight of the world is off my shoulders. We've been slum...I mean land...lords for about 10 years. We've owned and operated an 8 unit apartment building with all of it's glorious stories about human nature and plugged toilets. It's been a blast. Ha.

WE SOLD the place on Tuesday! The deal should close by tomorrow! We'll get to dig ourselves out of a bit of debt and more importantly, NOT worry about occupancy rates, the roof, the furnace, or who's going to play the game of "throw the big fat knife into the hardwood floors" for entertainment.

Our earnest prayer has been that we, the buyer, and the involved agents would be blessed by a fair sale. God has been good. I think that everyone is thrilled. And like I said, and I'm so very relieved.

Fourth, I think it's happening. People actually want me to take family pictures for them. So what am I so afraid of? I'm afraid of sucking! I'm afraid that they'll get all gussied up for me, stand where I ask them to stand, smile with hopes of great family pictures, and I'll snap away...only to deliver mediocre photos for them. Photos which they will say they love...not because their disingenuous...but because they're really sweet and good friends.

I keep getting on line to search for stuff like "how to take great family photos". I'm seriously considering buying a new computer, full blown Photo Shop, and some lighting (even though I loathe fake lighting and we'll be outside anyway). But then I happen upon sites of "real" photographers, get discouraged, and stomp away from the computer swearing I'm gonna stick to photographing flowers and sunsets. Or maybe I'll go back to crocheting doilies.

I just want to be good. No, I want to be great. In fact, no. I want to be OUTSTANDINGLY-STUPENDOUSLY-GLORIOUSLY-BRILLIANT. But I'm so afraid I'm not. This is almost too big a dream for me...I'm afraid to go for it and fail, because then what?

Hubby keeps telling me that I just have to go DO IT already. I know he's right, the punk.

And Fifth, and finally...guess what I'm doing this afternoon? I'm going to lunch with ALL grownup human beings! We're going to a place called "La Vie En Rose". I don't know what the name means...probably something like "The Rose Vine" or "The Beautiful Rose". But I'm thinking of it more like "Come Eat Our Yummy Food, Have Some Adult Conversation, and Do Not Wipe Anyone's Nose But Your Own". I'm sold.

Marlayna  – (7/31/2008 10:30:00 AM)  

I am so happy I happened across your blogs weeks ago, I love to read it.

YIPPEE on the sale of your apartments, YIPPEE on lunch with only adults.

But about the photography... just do it. Have faith, take the leap. God gave you this desire for a reason, He is in control of it all. I love looking at your photos, I have peaked at your photo blog and they are great photos. Pray about it, pray that you will follow His path for your life and help you move forward once you realize which direction you are supposed to go.

Miki  – (7/31/2008 05:30:00 PM)  

Oh so many things...I'm addicted to our Wii also...Mario Galaxy. I only have 5 more stars to collect before I've beaten them all...yes, I'm addicted.

The rental..I've always wondered what it would be like to own "something to rent." Knives in the hardwood floor stood out to me as, "not fun."

taking picture...I KNOW! I always want to take good pictures too.

Ladies night? Ahhhhh....some good, old fashioned girl talk. Love it.

Peggy  – (7/31/2008 06:15:00 PM)  

Ohhh Daiquiri...way to go!Yeah for you and your photo desires too!!!

Just me...inviting you to a special day on this FRIDAY! C'mon over and visit me and make my day!

beBOLDjen  – (7/31/2008 08:58:00 PM)  

With reference to #4 Daiquiri, I really think you should go for it! I love looking at your photos. I believe God gave you a natural talent.

Go for it Daiquiri!!!!!(waving arms in air and cheering loudly!)

Becky  – (7/31/2008 10:19:00 PM)  

1. I'm jealous of your Wii

2. I'm celebrating with you that your rental property is off your shoulders.

3. I better be the first family portrait you do. I have dibbs on you as my own personal photographer and will be requiring baby photos soon. ; )

4. I'm jealous of your lunch date. Just the name of the restaurant sounds so fun and it was DOWNTOWN and it was WITH ADULTS. (I'm jealous but really glad you had fun)

Love you!

The Hodges Family  – (8/02/2008 06:43:00 PM)  

It seems like some great things are happening for you. Praise God!

Zinnada<><

Esther –   – (8/09/2008 01:58:00 PM)  

Here's Edith Piaf, the French songbird, singing the song your restaurant was probably named after. It means "the life in pink."
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-sUzR71wpQ

I'm thrilled to hear you'll be sharing your immense talent for photography with others. It will be much appreciated!

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