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.