Thursday, March 27, 2008


These are for Elsa, who is shopping for a small but good lil camera!

I took the following photos with my Samsung Digimax A7... no photoshopping has been done. I tried to pick a variety of different subjects. And times of day. And inside and out.
They are in no particular order though. Just as I came across them. My photo folders on my computer are in complete disarray! : )

Marcellus Wallace in North Carolina with a plate of pancakes... I know you like to take shots of your food! By the way, because Tracy Diet is so old all the pictures of the food on there were taken with this camera as well.

Self-shot. I have a hard time getting these, you know the ones where you hold the camera out with one arm pointed towards yourself, with my Canon. But the Digimax was fabulous for these!

This is DC... at night. The Digimax has a nighttime setting... but you need a tripod or something to set the camera on. I put it on a railing for this shot.

I actually have a lot of flower shots that I took with the Digimax but I couldn't find the folder that had my favorites. This will do I suppose.


Friend's doggie!

Yes... that's me making my evil grin face. Taken in a semi-dark restaurant. Some of the not so good reviews I read for the camera said it didn't do well in darker spaces. I think it's fine. Maybe they didn't know how to use it.

Out the airplane window over Kansas/Missouri. In February. Brrrr...

Another food shot... my birthday cake from 2007.

Honey at the dogpark!

Scaredy dog Apple also at the dogpark.

Little girl I watched while her parents were playing soccer on the same team as my friend Kristen, who I had gone to see play. I got sidetracked. : )

Here she is again.

Marcellus at the Grand Canyon.

More Grand Canyon scenic shots.


So that's all I'm posting but it should give an idea of what that little camera can do. I like to say it's the person behind the camera though so maybe it's just ME that can do so well with the point and shoot. ; )
Probably not. Good luck with your camera hunt, Elsa! Whatever you end up getting, I can't wait to see more shots!

Furry Buddy

I don't think I ever posted photos of my Nutria buddy on my blog. I can't remember and I'm too lazy to go digging around to see. The first time I saw him I was feeding the ducks. I looked away for two seconds and looked back to see this hairy guy smack dab in the middle of the ducks. I saw his big yellowed teeth first and thought he was a beaver... then he turned around and I saw his rat-like tail. Chris, smarty pants that he is, knew what he was just with a phone description.
So anyway, this was him with a piece of bread I gave him. He also liked chips and he would take them from me with his little hand-like front feet. His back feet were webbed for swimming. I thought he was cute but apparently they are pests. He was only around for a few days though before we had some major rains and he disappeared. I hope he found a new home... and not as someone's coat.


Oh crud. I changed my mind a little.
It's probably not going to happen. But how cool would it be?? Almost as cool as... Australia. Almost.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Sweet Orb in the Sky...

People love to ask where Chris and I are going for our honeymoon... and I haven't been able to tell them. We were putting off making a decision until the date was announced for his engineer's test (he's a firefighter for those of you who aren't in the know). We didn't want to make plans and then have the test be the week after the wedding.
They have now announced it.
May 19th.
But at least it is before the wedding... that's better than right after I think.

So now we can figure out where to go.
But we've spent all our money on the wedding.
Double ugh.

And Chris doesn't have a passport.
Triple ugh.

But I discovered this place. There was an article in a work related magazine and I fell in love with the wildlife photos. I think we may end up heading somewhere in Cali... and then spending a day or two on the islands. You can't stay on them unless you get a permit and camp. Neither of us are much for camping. But you can take a boat over and spend the day. There are no homes, no restaurants, no hotels... nothing but pure beauty.
It's not for sure and I've got to do more research but it's definitely an idea... and one that we seem to agree on so far. My London idea and my NYC idea got poo-poo'ed a long time ago...
Keep your fingers crossed for me!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

I started a post on


That was two weeks ago today.

Oops... I saved it and never went back to finish it. However, it wasn't very exciting anyway.

Here it is:

Title: Do the bustle...

Ha ha...
I hope the song is stuck in your head too.
I took my wedding dress in for alterations last week. I know they can be mega expensive but I truly lucked out. My dress fits perfectly... as long as I'm wearing my 3 1/2 inch heels!

Yup, that's right. That's all I wrote.
But, just so you know, I only spent $37 on my "alterations" because all they are doing (if you noticed the title) is the bustle. Woohoo!

I can't believe the wedding is only two months away. Well, two months and a little less than a week. Ack! I still have so much to do!! And I've been slacking off lately.

It's not completely my fault. I was in Atlanta for three days last week for work. But while I was there I got a new pair of shoes and a matching clutch to wear with the cute pink dress I recently got. I'm either going to wear the dress to my friend Jeremy's wedding earlier in May or to my own dress rehearsal. I'm leaning towards the latter.
But I need to get my butt in gear because it will be here before I know it. Cliche but true.
Plus I'm dogsitting for the last week of April and then I'm in West Virginia for work the first week of May...

Ugh! Anyone want to come help me with my centerpieces??

Friday, March 14, 2008

Business names...

So if I were to start a pet photography side business...
I was trying to think of names.

What do you think of Fotogirlie Fotographie?
I made note that the domain name was still out there available...

Or should it have "pet" in it somewhere?

just thoughts.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Gecko for Bearette

Bearette is getting all the titles these days!
: )

I've posted skink photos but I don't think I've ever posted this one of a gecko.
So here you go!

ps. If you click on it, it'll get really big!

Wittle Birdie

I've managed to get pictures of egrets... lots of them. I also got an osprey once. Even my rattlesnake friend allowed me to take photos, many of which I'm now realizing never got posted here (note to self: post the rattlesnake photos later!).
I have bad owl photos from before I got my new lovely camera but I don't have photos of the furry raccoon I tried to save because I didn't think it would be very nice to take pictures when he was hurting.
But little birds are hard to get shots of... without a ginormous lens... which I don't have. Here was my attempt though. Wish I coulda gotten closer to her.

Friday, March 07, 2008

My New Favorite Blog

This girl has my dream job! I really need to get more practice and eventually get into this myself. What is better than spending the day with a camera and cute faces?!?!!?

For Bearette...

Since you are not tired of my doggie photos, here's another one.
This is Chloe. She's a puggle who lives with my friends, Jimmy and Amanda. Yes, she's one of those new "designer"dogs... but I liked taking pictures of her anyway.
Sorry the photo is a bit dark but we were inside and there weren't a lot of lights on so my flash was freaking her out every two seconds. : )
Isn't she cute though!?!?

Thursday, March 06, 2008

The day we got him... and now.

So you are probably tired of my dog photos. My dogs... someone else's dogs... random dogs.
But I have to show this.
This, if you somehow don't already know, is Professor Plum. We just call him Professor. We got him at Animal Control. In October. His name there was Fabian. We changed it.
He was quite sad looking when we got him.

This is Professor now. I took these this weekend. Look how cute he has become!!!

What's my point? Not that we took a sad, pathetic dog and made him a happy home. Although we did.
My point is... quit buying designer dogs. Look at the Humane Society or rescue groups or your local animal shelter. SAVE A DOG...
or a cat.
: )

An open mind and a broken body

Sorry it has taken me a few days to get around to telling you about my acupunture visit. That night I had dinner with a dear friend who now lives in Canada but was in town for his spring break. Then last night I had dinner with another friend as well. And tonight I'm going for my dress fitting... so I'm going to try to write some of this now.

Eve is a massage therapist and acupuncturist. She was recommended to me by a coworker after I said something about my last massage (at a spa) being crap. I finally decided to go see Eve because I couldn't take the neck pain any more. I woke up on Friday with a horrid crink in the right side of my neck. I'm used to having issues with my left side but not my right. By the end of the day, not only could I not turn my head OR tilt my head, I was feeling it all down my right arm.
Fortunately, my friend Amanda is a physical therapist and she offered to work on my neck for me. She came over Friday night and I went to her Sunday night. It was excruciatingly painful and bruised my neck BUT I could turn my head after Friday night... and after Sunday night I could tilt a little better.
Even though I was feeling slightly better by Tuesday, I still wanted to see what Eve could do for me. I've had mid-back pain for many, many years and this neck stuff has started in the last few years plus I get headaches pretty much every day. I've learned to live with them but I suppose I shouldn't have to...

Eve works out of her Riverside home. For those unfamiliar with Jacksonville, Riverside (at least the area she is in) has these old beautiful homes. So I pulled up to her historic, and very cute, home just before my 3:00 pm appointment. She even had a swing on her patio!
We sat in the living room (waiting room?) and chatted before getting started. She was very nice and had some very interesting things to say. She asked about what was bothering me, what I had done to try to fix it before (I've been to a pain management specialist who only put me on muscle relaxers and I went through physical therapy for 6 or 8 months last year). She also asked about my sleep and about my spiritual health and those kinds of things.

She said that mid-back pain is unusual (that's what I have... the pain managment specialist said I carry my stress in those muscles... the physical therapist said that my chest is too big for my frame so it pulls forward and those muscles aren't strong enough). Eve says the body will manifest your emotions through the body... for example, if you go to a movie and it's a real tearjerker but you don't want to cry because you are in public, many times your throat will hurt (this was her example but I always cry at movies... my friends laugh at me). Or if you are unhappy with your job, it might make you sick to your stomach. The mid-back is the area where you carry your power... so if you aren't feeling very powerful, then it could manifest there. Like if you want to open your own business but you don't know how you would get the money or who would even want to buy whatever from you so you don't do it but it bothers you... which is a bit funny to me because I've recently been thinking a lot about how I feel like I am supposed to be doing something more in life. But that's another blog topic altogether and I'm scattered right now as it is.

So then it's time for the treatment stuff.
There is a room off the living room where she has a massage table set up... with a heating pad (yay for cold me) and relaxing music. I strip down to my undies and climb under the sheet on the table, lying on my back. Eve comes in and would like to look at my tongue (my co-worker had told me about this so it didn't take me off guard). She said my tongue is healthy but it shows some borderline anemic qualities. What worries her most is what she hears when I open my mouth for her to look at my tongue. My jaw makes awful noises when I open and close my mouth. It has been doing that for awhile now and I went to a dentist to see if I could do something for it but this particular dentist completely turned me off when he started trying to sell me on whitening my teeth and getting braces. My teeth ARE white and I already had braces! So anyway, I didn't trust him and I haven't found a new dentist yet. But when she heard my jaw she talked about how that whole area of my body was hurting... my neck and my shoulders and my jaw. For lack of a better term, I suffer from "grin and bear it".

She then asked me to take a deep breath. When I breathe deep, I breathe from my diaphram... naturally. She was impressed by my breathing. She has to teach so many people how to breathe from the center. Now I'm not saying I naturally always breathe from my center... I'm just as bad as everyone else breathing from my chest. Apparently when you are shallow breathing you are telling your subconscious brain (95% of it) that you are in fight or flight mode... something bad is going to happen. So then the other 5% of your brain starts thinking about everything... the past, the present, the future. You turn on 25 tvs in your head and start looking from one to the next... The only time you should shallow breathe is during cardiovascular exercise.

I keep leaving and coming back to this post and so I keep losing my train of thought.

Anyway, so here come the needles. She put four in to start. One in each of my hands on the outside part, over under my pinkie. And then two on the inside of each of my knees. The needles are tiny but I was nervous about it hurting anyway. I couldn't even feel it when she put them in my hands or in my left knee. I did feel the one in my right knee but it was nothing like getting a shot. She left the room for about 20 minutes while I just relaxed and remembered to breathe from my center. When my right knee was bothering me, I just tried to focus on sending my breath to that area. It really seemed to help.
When she came back in the room she took those four needles out and checked to make sure I wasn't "needled out". I was fine so she put in six more. These she just put in and took back out... no leaving them in for 20 minutes this time. Two went in my hands again, this time on the inside part... the area between your index finger and thumb. My right one hurt again but it wasn't surprising because that's the arm that was killing me all weekend. It was weird because I thought it was still in even after she took it out. The left one felt nothing. She also put one in each of my feet... if I remember right, it was actually my ankles but I really don't remember because I couldn't feel it. And she put two in the back of my head where my neck and head meet. None of it hurt. Plus she said, as she was putting the needles in the back of my head, that I wouldn't get headaches anymore!

After the acupuncture she did some massage. She also mentioned that my body is very tired. No kidding! I fall asleep the instant my head hits the pillow at night but I don't sleep well.
And she also talked to me about my neck again once we were all done.
She spent 8 years as the massage therapist at a chiropractor and she said if I chiropractor saw my neck, they would freak out. My thought was because of all the knots. Nope.
Everyone has a curved neck. Your neck is curved because your head is heavy. The curve distributes the weight. If your neck is straight, that's bad because it's putting all that head weight straight down it. My neck is so straight, it's even slightly curved the WRONG WAY! Ick!!!
Disclaimer: I don't look like a freak... I don't have a bendy neck... I promise.
And, also ick, if you looked at the shape of necks at different ages... well... I have the neck of a 70 year old!
Disclaimer #2: It's not all wrinkly or saggy... just bendy. But not visibly bendy.

So the main thing I need to work on for now is breathing from my core. Getting that buddha belly every time (great... weird neck and fat belly!).
Yesterday was the first time in years that I didn't get a headache.
Today I'm starting to get a slight one but I haven't been breathing as well today.

I'm going back... next week I think. Or as soon as I have the fundage...
It's working for me... but (as I implied in my title) I think if you have an open mind, a lot of things work better.

Monday, March 03, 2008

I'm going

for acupuncture tomorrow.

I think I'm a bit nervous.