Exercise and photo taking

Victoria Square, Adelaide. Day 230/365.

Monday, 11 July 2011, Day 230/365.

This photo was taken in Victoria Square, Adelaide looking north down King William Street.

I got off the tram a stop earlier because I was a bit early and I thought it would give me a chance to have a walk and take some photos as well.

I need to learn

On the way home. Day 229/365.

Sunday, 10 July 2011, Day 229/365.

The day after the aforementioned celebration we had to get home. The Surfer felt a wee bit seedy so we left a bit later than planned. I wasn’t feeling too bad but wasn’t that confident to drive his vehicle although at a push I’m sure I could have.

And completely unrelated to driving home after a big night out is that it appears as though I’ve inspired someone to start taking a photo per day.

Yay, it’s great that I can inspire someone as it appears as though I should try this closer to home after my offspring swore at me yesterday. He’s currently suffering the consequences of this but I think he and I both need to learn some things about controlling our impulses. Let me be absolutely clear that my impulses do not involve hitting! I need to learn to not let him push my buttons as much as he does. He needs to learn that it’s NOT okay to swear at his mother or other adults.

I need to learn to not yell at him because it leaves us both feeling bad and gets us nowhere. We’ve made a pact with each other not to yell and not to swear. We shook on it too.

This single parenting gig is really hard work – much harder than I ever thought it would be. People with more well behaved kids just don’t get it and I find it hard not to feel judged sometimes. I need to learn not to let that worry me and just focus on what I can do to be the best parent I can be.

Celebration

Cosmopolitan's prepared. Day 228/365.

Saturday, 9 July 2011, Day 228/365.

This photo is of my sister and myself at her 40th after I’d made a jug of Cosmopolitan to share.

I think we all celebrated just a little bit too hard that night.

Going to work on a Friday

Catching the tram to work. Day 227/365.

Friday, 8 July 2011, Day 227/365.

Since I’ve been back at work I’ve worked every second Friday until mid-afternoon. It’s a bit of a shock to the system because I’ve had Fridays off for so long. Therefore Thursday nights just aren’t the same any more.

It’s not like I stay up really late if I’m not working the next day but it’s not something I relish and it’s made me realise that my work-life balance means a heck of a lot to me. It means that there’s lots of jobs I won’t be able to take, or be offered, because I don’t want to work full-time any more.

I’m only doing the odd Friday because I’ve not worked for a few months and because I’m casual so it’s a bit of extra money in the bank for days I have to take off sick or whatever.

Having said that, it’s school holidays at the moment and I’m not working either of the two Fridays during this period.

I’m very lucky that I’ve got this flexibility. May it continue!

Photo journal blogs

Through the buildings. Day 226/365.

Thursday, 7 July 2011, Day 226/365.

I’ve been blogging for seven, yes seven, years now. Back when I started I had dreams of becoming a popular blogger like Heather from Dooce but I doubt that will ever happen for many reasons.

However, I’ve kept plodding along because I love it and while I really like the few comments I do receive this is ultimately a public journal of my life and those who’ve been reading this blog for a while now have probably seen a bit of a shift in my focus.

Lately I’ve actually been blogging every day to showcase my photo of the day. Sometimes there’s a story around that photo and sometimes there’s not but photography interspersed with my daily life has definitely risen to the fore.

With that in mind I’ve been on the lookout for other photography/journal type blogs and I have a few in my repertoire but would like to know of more. Please leave a comment if you know of blogs like this.

In the spirit of sharing here are some blogs where photography is a focus.

Tiff of My Three Ring Circus takes beautiful photos as she documents her life as a mum of seven children, and in particular her daughter Ivy’s medical needs.

Bush Babe of Oz is pretty handy with a camera too. She documents her life in the country, and other places she goes to. I probably hardly take any photos compared to her.

Karen of Miscellaneous mum usually posts photos with her blog posts and like me is an iPhone photo taker. I chimed in on her post about trying to justify her need/want for a digital SLR camera.

Karen of Chookaloonks takes beautiful portrait and close-up flower shots amonst other things. I always love looking and reading her blog.

I don’t know where Bree of The Pioneer Woman finds time to tend to her plethora of blogs, and homeschool, and everything else, but then she does get up at 4.30am. I don’t know whether to feel just plain inadequate or have something to aspire to. She uses photos for all of her blogs and they’re lovely.

I haven’t had a chance to look through this list but there’s a discussion thread on the Shutter Sisters Flickr group that talks about photography blogs. I hope there’s some journal type photography blogs in there. The Shutter Sisters blog definitely falls into the journal photo blog category and is a community blog rather than being run by one person.

Help me add to this list please.

Quiet

Dead zone after 5pm. Day 225/365.

Wednesday, 6 July 2011, Day 225/365.

A bit after 5pm I stood up at my desk and took this photo. I don’t think there were any people sitting at any of the workstations you can see here. Very quiet indeed.

I too was gone not long afterwards.

iPhone macro photography

Photo frame flower. Day 224/365.

Tuesday, 5 July 2011, Day 224/365.

One thing I can’t do at the moment is take close-up photos with the iPhone especially in low-light situations like the above.

Apparently all I need to do to take macro photos with the iPhone, or any phone, is get a jeweller’s loupe or magnifying glass. I must give it a go.

Flickr have an iPhone macro group with some stunning photos and some other more extreme methods of taking macro photos with the iPhone.