No wine for chickens.
Blaise took me out to the Phoenix Mountain Preserve today so that I could begin to learn how to use his DSLR. I inherited a pretty snazzy old school SLR from my grandfather (I believe it’s an Olympus OM-2?) but I have yet to really get the hang of it. It really sucks to pay for a roll of film and development to find out that you didn’t set the aperture or shutter quite right. But with the DSLR (Blaise’s is a Cannon 40-D), I can take just about as many pictures as I want.
Blaise is a pretty good teacher, and although I find most of my pictures pretty boring, they turned out okay! More shoots to come, hopefully with more interesting subjects!
(this is a creosote plant. The cool thing about creosote is that when it gets wet it releases a very unique, crisp scent into the air. Whenever it rains here in Phoenix, the whole city smells of wet pavement and creosote!)
Sneaky lizard under another creosote bush
And then dear Blaise took to taking a few shots of me!
I really feel like I need more hobbies these days… more things to fill up time in a meaningful way and make life a little more fun. Perhaps photography shall fit the bill for now? We’ll see.
Awww, guess what!? I’ve been nominated for a Beautiful Blogger Award!!
Now, this is really quite the honor and I’m feeling pretty special. And the best part of the whole thing is that I get to pay this special honor forward! More on that in a minute.
I’ve been informed that being bestowed with this award comes with a few tasks I must complete.
[1.] I happen to have been nominated by the lovely Amber Starts Today whose blog is full of great insights on life and living. Go check it out now! I really want to thank you, Amber, as it is just so very sweet of you to appreciate The Good Life and all the randomness I have put online here. Thankyouthankyouthankyou!
[2.] I am about as computer savvy as a bat and wordpress.com is sort of my own personal rubik cube, so if anyone has any advice or instructions on how to permanently install this icon to my blog, please let me know! Many thank yous in advance.
[3.] 7 Random Facts – let’s go!
[4.] And here are my nominees for The Most Beautiful Bloggers:
When Life Is Good
The Great Dorset Vegetable Experiment
Mrs. Buena Vida
Novice // Sage
Food, Foraging and Farms
Fortyteen Candles (love this one!)
A Windycitygal’s Weblog
Swebb in India
Get to reading, friends!
Well… I suppose we don’t have any roses at the moment, but here’s what’s coming up over here:
Also growing but not pictured at the moment are onions, kale, garlic, and several other varieties of squash (pumpkin and yellow straightneck!)
Last but certainly (!!!) not least:
Sometimes a girl just needs a glass of wine at the end of a very strange week. Sometimes a girl needs to keep her chin up and live by her principles even when the world feels upside down.
Forthcoming: My list of 10 Ways to Live The Good Life, i.e. 10 Lessons I learned the Hard Way. Be on the lookout for that tomorrow or the next day!
A bit of what’s going on around here:
The little ones are growing up so fast. I have to remember to snap a few shots every now and then because even I can’t tell from day to day, each pic reminds me that they’ve already gotten huge compared to how they used to be.
And because I’ve been blathering on and on about how cute the babies are, I’ve totally forgotten about the other, still awesome adult chickens.
Life is good! Hopefully I’ll get around to writing a more substantive post soon, but I’m in a rush this morning so be on the lookout in the near future!