2006 Recap


Well, since this entry is prob­a­bly my last entry for this year, I might as well post my 2006 recap. When it comes to pho­tog­ra­phy, 2006 has been a good year for me.

– One of my hon­ey­moon pho­tos made the Uta­ta front page.
— I learned to do my own black and white film devel­op­ment and Troy got me a scan­ner than can scan both 35mm and medi­um for­mat films.
— I par­tic­i­pat­ed in this year’s World Pin­hole Pho­tog­ra­phy Day and one of my pin­hole pho­tos end­ed up being my most pop­u­lar shot on Flickr.
— One of my Hol­ga pho­tos won a prize in this year’s World Toy Cam­era Day.
— I got the word this month that anoth­er one of my Hol­ga pho­tos will be pub­lished in the Win­ter issue of Lightleaks Mag­a­zine, com­ing out either in late Jan­u­ary or ear­ly Feb­ru­ary 2007.
— I got all the cam­eras I’d ever want­ed (this includes a Rolle­icord, a Yashica Mat, a Canon Dig­i­tal Rebel XTi, and a Lomo LC-A).
— I got around to putting togeth­er my pho­tog­ra­phy port­fo­lio, even though it’s still very much a work in progress.

Pho­tog­ra­phy aside, this year has been pret­ty unevent­ful, except for Troy’s one week of hos­pi­tal­i­sa­tion due to appen­dici­tis and my stom­ach prob­lem. Both were big pains in the back­side.

Here’s hop­ing for a bet­ter health next year, anoth­er good pho­tog­ra­phy year for me, and an all-around good year for every­one!

Yesterday Was Da Bomb!

Creepy Mrs. Clause

Yes­ter­day was my first day of that time of month and I thought it might be a good idea for me to do some run­ning around catch­ing bus­es and shop­ping for Christ­mas presents to give to my beloved hus­band. I don’t know what the hell I was think­ing.

The first bus was like 15 min­utes late, so I missed the sec­ond bus — no thanks to the first bus — and had to wait for 15 min­utes for the next bus. When the next bus arrived, the dri­ver had to wait for anoth­er 15 min­utes before he moved the bus. At least he was cute and said thank you when I dropped my fares into the slot. Plus, he was the only bus dri­ver I came across that day (there were four of them) that wasn’t grumpy. Bus dri­ver #4 actu­al­ly looked like he was ready to kill me by the time I hopped on the bus. And I didn’t do any­thing to him oth­er than say hi! Is it wrong to say hi to bus dri­vers? But then again, his bus kind of smelled like stale pee. I’d be grumpy too if I were him.

Peo­ple in gen­er­al were also grumpy that day. When I men­tioned it to my beloved hus­band, he said peo­ple were always grumpy when Christ­mas was near. So much for the Christ­mas spir­it and all that jazz, eh? Any­way, their grumpi­ness kind of rubbed off on me. I couldn’t help cussing to myself over and over again under my breath dur­ing my run­ning around. It wasn’t a good day, but at least my Christ­mas shop­ping is almost done and soon the only grumpy per­son I’ll have to deal with is my beloved hus­band. Not that he’s grumpy all the time. He’s only grumpy when he’s dri­ving. Poor boy just doesn’t get along too well with oth­er dri­vers.

Aaany­way. Have I ever told you how much I love gift-wrap­ping? It is a stress­ful activ­i­ty to some (includ­ing my beloved hus­band), but to me, it’s very ther­a­peu­tic. There is some­thing zen about it. It makes me feel at peace and all that new age crap. I wrapped all my presents to Troy and some oth­ers last night and had a good time. I even offered to wrap Troy’s presents to me but he polite­ly declined. Boo! I’m glad we still have a bunch more presents to buy, because it means I’ll have a bunch of things to wrap, which is awe­some. I’d buy peo­ple presents just so that I could do some gift-wrap­ping. Too bad I’m not rich, eh?

Oooh, ooh, I almost for­got. I saw the best graf­fi­ti ever yes­ter­day on some pole by a school. It read “Dif­fer­ent doesn’t mean your clever.” (Empha­sis on “your” is mine.) Hadn’t I been on a bus with a bunch of strangers, I would’ve laughed out loud.

The Obligatory Post About My Brand Spanking New Digital SLR Camera

New Toy!

Watch­ing Death Cab For Cutie’s I Will Fol­low You Into the Dark video first thing in the morn­ing is real­ly not the best way to start your day. I end­ed up bawl­ing my eyes out. If you think the song is depress­ing, wait until you watch the video. I actu­al­ly watched the video a cou­ple more times after the first time because I’m a glut­ton for pun­ish­ment and I end­ed up bawl­ing. Every. Sin­gle. Time.

I did get my brand spank­ing new dig­i­tal SLR cam­era in the mail on Wednes­day, by the way, but it came with an addi­tion­al fea­ture (since Canon refus­es to call it a mal­func­tion): a dead pix­el on the 2.5 inch LCD screen. If you paid lots of mon­ey on a prod­uct, you’d expect the prod­uct to be per­fect, right? So that night we brought the cam­era back to Future Shop for an exchange. After wait­ing around for what felt like ages, we drove home with anoth­er Canon Dig­i­tal Rebel XTi. I hat­ed hav­ing to charge the bat­tery all over again (90 min­utes is a frickin’ long time!) but I didn’t have any oth­er choice. Once the bat­tery was all charged, I test­ed the cam­era and this one turned out to be per­fect. Yay!

I want­ed to call my cam­era Chuck Nor­ris but Troy thought it was dumb. He want­ed to call it Christi (XTi, Christi — got it?) but I thought it was lame. I think I’m going to call it Pene­lope instead. Not after Pene­lope Cruz, but after one of James Kim’s daugh­ters. I didn’t post about the cam­era on Wednes­day because I was upset about James Kim — the CNet senior edi­tor who went miss­ing while search­ing for help for his strand­ed fam­i­ly — being found dead. It’s amaz­ing how much the live (or death) of strangers can affect you.

I still have yet to take the cam­era out­side. Hope­ful­ly I’ll be able to do it this week­end. The weath­er is sup­posed to be warmish on Sun­day. That would be nice for a change.

Sweet Bejeebus!

That Pesky White Stuff

I could lis­ten to Cat Pow­er singing Lived In Bars all day and night. Of course I would have to stop once Troy is home from work. Don’t want to dri­ve the poor boy nuts just yet. ;)

Any­way, I sur­vived the annu­al fam­i­ly get-togeth­er #1 by eat­ing a lot of peanuts and car­rots, play­ing some pool rather bad­ly (didn’t score any points, but it killed the time), and help­ing my team of three win the 80s Triv­ial Pur­suit (most­ly to avoid the karaoke ses­sion). Sur­pris­ing­ly, I knew some stuff that the North Amer­i­cans didn’t, includ­ing the answer to the final ques­tion. Oh, and I got a pret­ty cool gift from the gift exchange thingy: a scrap­book­ing kit. Sweet bejee­bus! That’s some­thing that I could actu­al­ly use! The annu­al fam­i­ly get-togeth­er #2 is next week­end. We’ll see if I sur­vive that one.

Oooh, oooh, and some­thing excit­ing hap­pened last night. We bought the Canon Dig­i­tal Rebel XTi a.k.a. the Canon EOS 400D online! It was on sale at Future Shop — almost $100 off the reg­u­lar price — so we thought we’d bite the bul­let and buy it even though we couldn’t afford to buy a big mem­o­ry card and a spare bat­tery just yet. The cam­era is sup­posed to arrive in the mail on Wednes­day. I can’t wait! I’m gid­dy with antic­i­pa­tion. Until we can afford a big­ger mem­o­ry card, I guess I’ll have to make do with Troy’s 128MB CF card and just take a few pic­tures at a time with the cam­era. :)

To make things even bet­ter, we’ve brought home some turkey left­over from the get-togeth­er. I’m def­i­nite­ly mak­ing some deep-fried turkey soup with ver­mi­cel­li for lunch AND sup­per today! Mmm, deep-fried turkey… Life is good.

5 Good Things Friday

The Outhouse

Okay, so there’s no such meme as 5 Good Things Fri­day but I like to be orig­i­nal every now and then.

1. It’s Fri­day (duh!), mean­ing soon I’ll get to bug Troy for more hours than on week days. Bug­ging Troy is fun. Fun == good.

2. I still have three more cam­eras to arrive in the mail. Yay! I had five, but two already arrived this week. New cam­eras make me hap­py. Hap­py Fir­da == good.

3. We had Japan­ese for din­ner yes­ter­day at our favourite Japan­ese restau­rant. I had some deep fried sesame chick­en and sushi and stuff yet my picky tum­my is not feel­ing like crap today. Hap­py tum­my == good.

4. Google trans­ferred my Google AdSense earn­ings last week­end. I could’ve gone shop­ping for Troy’s Christ­mas presents this week but it just didn’t feel right since it was still Novem­ber. It’s Decem­ber now (rab­bit rab­bit!) so Christ­mas shop­ping is per­mis­si­ble. Shop­ping for Troy == good.

5. One of the cam­eras that arrived this week was a medi­um for­mat, half-frame cam­era called Benci­ni Koroll 24 S. It’s an old and ugly alu­mini­um beast. But it takes 24 pho­tos in a roll of 120 film! 24 pho­tos in one roll of 120 film == good.

I hope every­one has at least 5 good things to be hap­py about today. Hap­py Decem­ber and have a good week­end!

In Which She Complains About the Weather Being Too Warm


Am I the only one in South­west­ern Ontario who thinks that it’s a bit too warm for a late autumn yet peo­ple seem to ignore it and still dress in lay­ers? I mean, last week­end was pret­ty warm but Troy and I seemed to be the only peo­ple walk­ing around in t-shirts and jeans with no coats on. And I’m a trop­i­cal island girl! What’s up with that? I thought Cana­di­ans were cold-proof!

Any­way, I was just check­ing the weath­er fore­cast and the tem­per­a­ture is sup­posed to be falling today. Sweet! Though only to 5°C, which isn’t exact­ly cold, but it’s still bet­ter than low-teens. By Sun­day, the tem­per­a­ture will be down to -1°C at the high­est. Yay! And with flur­ries! Dou­ble yay! And then Troy will start get­ting grumpy every time I insist on us going some place to take pic­tures. Poor Troy. Unlike me, he hates cold weath­er and snow. And he’s still wait­ing for win­ter to grow old on me, in vain.

They’ve been get­ting tonnes of snow out West, even in Van­cou­ver. I won­der when our turn will be.