Category Archives: Thoughts

Slamming the pause button on life

I’ve had ribs go out before. It seems like if I am working extremely hard, over my ability my ribs stay where they’re supposed to.

In the past, the chiropractor could put them back in and I’d be fine in a day or two. This last one had me contemplating an ER visit when muscle spasms kicked in on top of the rib head being out.

October 23rd I did something so strenuous it sent me into immediate pain… I reached for the mouse.

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I love your hair… said no one ever.

That is just something I don’t hear unless someone who has straight hair thinks they’d love to have naturally curly hair with a mind of its own.

Guys- you can pretty much quit reading this post as it will probably bore you, in fact, if you’re a lucky female with beautiful thick full straight hair this isn’t for you either 🙂

On top of being curly, it’s also fine, thin, absurdly slow-growing and the back resembles a skunk stripe because it is turning gray at a completely different rate from the front. I don’t mind salt and pepper, or all white but the skunk look just isn’t going to work.

I’ve been letting my hair grown out for years and now, November 2017 its right back to where it was two years ago.

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Sofia turns 8!

Sofia dressWe have received two letters from Sofia. In the latest one from September, she told us she is learning to wash her hands, brush her teeth and shower each day. All things we take for granted here.

She said they are justifying themselves for the entrance to the jungle. I asked what that was but haven’t heard back yet. There is such a language, age and culture difference on top of the fact that we’re not great with kids.

They are doing balloon games and sports. I wonder if Ecuador celebrates anything like our Thanksgiving or Christmas. Continue reading

Dusty litter, over the top pee’ers and sloppy eaters.

Looks like I just missed Internation Cat Day. So happy belated to all the felines out there.

Our last house the litter boxes were more separate than they are in this house. In the new house they still access it by the (collie sized) doggie door but most of the time they choose to continually open my bifold laundry door to let themselves out.

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Photographers etiquette

In reading a fellow writers blog about fishing, Allen Rizzi, wrote about fishing etiquette. I started to think about photographers etiquette and realized we have one too. I also realized for non-photographers often honor this unspoken code too… and sometimes everyone throws this courtesy out the window.

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In typing it in a google search I see others have thought about these unspoken suggestions before me. I’m going to write my post before I read those.

This surprises me because I’m still amazed at people who don’t see the invisible line splitting a sidewalk in both directions and just keep barreling down fellow pedestrians. Or the huge amount of cars that seem to lack a turn signal. Or the absence of using please, and thank you.

I hardly ever shoot people but if it’s anything more than a quick snap of someone in public, if they are distinguishable, or kids perhaps I will ask but pretty much I just don’t shoot people. If it is a musician or artist I may throw in a bit of money if they have a hat out. If I sold my just for fun shots I’d go to the trouble of model releases but those are all reasons I prefer not to point my camera at people. Continue reading