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Happy Halloween! (photos and weekend recap too) October 30, 2005

Filed under: Uncategorized — amygeekgrl @ 10:38 pm

Happy Halloween from the li’l ladybug (and me too). πŸ˜‰

What’s everyone doing for Halloween?

Ava and I are heading over to Jody’s work in the afternoon. They’ve invited the kids to come up and do a little parade around the office. Plus, just outside of where he works is the “munchkin masquerade” each year, where all the local businesses hand out candy to the kids.

After that we are going to hang out with some friends, get pizza and play games. Should be a fun day! We were contemplating going to a kiddie Halloween party that a friend was throwing as well, but she (the hostess) came down with something and called it off anyway. It sucks that she’s sick, but it probably would’ve been too much for us to do in one day anyway.

I’m thinking about dressing up for the evening. I tried on a few things that I could come up just from my own closet tonight. I’m leaning towards going as a goth girl, though I might chicken out. I don’t want to scare any of the little kids. πŸ˜‰ Jody’s going as a “bad ass.” He pulled out his old leather jacket, which combined with his bald head makes him look rather menacing.

We had a good weekend here. I exchanged the camera bag I bought last weekend for a bigger one (backpack style) and picked up a tripod. I also did some reading of “Understanding Exposure” while hanging out at Border’s (sans Ava and Jody) Friday night and read more of my camera manual last night and now have a basic understanding of shooting in manual mode. Yay! My pics aren’t really crisp, but they aren’t completely black anymore either. (Woot! Woot!)
Here’s something I made today after I caught Jody and Ava napping together on the couch.
Also got some cleaning/organizing done in the house today. I have a whole table full of things to either sell or give away. I’m really on this kick of needing to get rid of stuff we’re not using and/or won’t be using anytime soon. Hooray for decreasing clutter! Now I just need to start listing the stuff on Craigslist or Freecycle and hope it goes bye-bye.

Back to photography (sheesh, can’t shut me up about it, can you?), I got a few cool shots of a butterfly (who was kind enough to pose for me for a couple minutes while I figured out what mode to shoot in) and some flowers yesterday when the three of us went out for a lil walk in the neighborhood.

I’m totally enjoying playing with my camera and am looking into taking a photography class. There’s one being offered for digital photography at a local photo store, but I’m not sure if it’s what I’m looking for or not. I need to call and get more info. Oh, they are also doing an open photo show in November which I’m contemplating submitting a picture for. Anybody can enter, so why not, eh? Then I can say I’ve been featured in a photo show. πŸ˜‰ hehe. Even if I don’t enter, I plan to go check out the show and see what other photographers in this area are doing.

Hope everyone has a fun and safe Halloween. πŸ™‚


The lactating witch October 28, 2005

Filed under: Activism,Breastfeeding — amygeekgrl @ 11:44 am

Love this! Fun way to promote breastfeeding while celebrating Halloween. πŸ™‚

Breastfeeding Witch Causing Stir In Vermont

(CBS4) BRATTLEBORO, VT One Halloween display in Vermont is causing people to look twice, and many can’t believe what they see.

David and Lauren Petrie of Brattleboro decked out their home for Halloween. But it’s not the pumpkins that are attracting attention. It’s β€œThe Witch Lactation Station.”

That’s right. The Petrie’s holiday display features a breastfeeding witch, complete with a gourd breast and a baby witch doll.

β€œI would hope if witches have babies and the witches would have to feed their babies, they would nurse,” Lauren Petrie told the Brattleboro Reformer. β€œI am also advocating being comfortable with nursing in public.”

Some in town say the display is inappropriate, particularly because their kids are asking questions. Others can see the humor in it, and say it’s a great way to raise awareness of breastfeeding.

The Petries say they have no plans to take down the display. β€œWe are having fun with it,” David Petrie told the Reformer. β€œMy four kids were breast-fed and we believe it is the best way to feed a child.”

Breastfeeding Witch Causing Stir In Vermont

As for – “Some in town say the display is inappropriate, particularly because their kids are asking questions.” – Uh … so??? God forbid their kids ask questions. Breastfeeding is the natural way to feed a baby. That’s what boobs are there for. I’ll never understand that argument.


Sharing a few pics October 27, 2005

Filed under: Uncategorized — amygeekgrl @ 5:27 pm

The pics below were taken with my new camera a couple days ago at the park. Jody thinks they are awesome. Of course, he is the daddy (and husband), so go figure that he’s slightly biased. I’m too chicken to post them on the serious photography forum I visit, but I figured it was safe to post them here. πŸ˜‰

Seriously though, I’m open to any and all constructive criticism. I won’t learn if I don’t know what to do differently. And I just have to say, it’s so hard to get decent shots of a 16-month-old who is ALWAYS on the go (and loves to hold sticks – in front of her face no less!).

Thanks for looking. πŸ™‚


Baking fool October 26, 2005

Filed under: Food,Photography,Recipes,Vegetarian — amygeekgrl @ 11:03 pm

In between trying out my new camera, proofing pics and learning various things in Photoshop, I’ve been a baking fool the past couple days.

This weekend I baked and pureed three of the seven pie pumpkins we got at the farm a couple weekends ago.

Yesterday I made pumpkin cookies with a super easy (and low fat – I think!) recipe I found on All Recipes. I’ll post it below. The cookies are very moist and cake-like and perfect for a lil pumpkin I know who only has four teeth so far. (Is that cannibalism?) πŸ˜‰ (On a side note, I don’t think she will have just four teeth for long. She’s been having trouble napping the past couple days and tonight seemed to be in quite a bit of pain from her teeth/gums. She’s doing better after some Tylenol and Maggie – the dog – time.)

Then tonight I baked two pumpkin pies (using the recipe on the condensed milk can). That was a bit more challenging, especially since I sloshed a bunch of the pie filling out onto the cookie sheet they were going to bake on. Jody suggested using a turkey baster to fill them back up (so I didn’t have to move the full crusts/tins around) and that worked much better. I have to remember that trick for filling them the next time I bake them. Maybe I’ll try to get an artful pic of them before they are consumed. πŸ˜‰

Oh, and a couple days ago I baked the pumpkin seeds as well. A friend recommended putting cayenne pepper on them so I tried it out. It adds a nice kick and is something a little different than plain old salted seeds (though those are yummy too).

Now I have to figure out something to make with my other four pie pumpkins. I might try out some pumpkin bread or maybe some soup. Mmmmm. Those both sound like they’d be great frozen and reheated on a cold winter day. πŸ™‚

Pumpkin Spice Cookies

1 (18.25 ounce) package spice cake mix
1 (15 ounce) can solid pack pumpkin (I used 2 cups pureed pumpkin)

1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease
cookie sheets.
2 In a large bowl, stir together the cake mix and pumpkin
until well blended. Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto the
prepared cookie sheet.
3 Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Allow
cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing
to a wire rack to cool completely.

Yield: 2 dozen cookies


I got it! October 25, 2005

Filed under: Uncategorized — amygeekgrl @ 12:28 am

What you are looking at is my brand new camera! Yes, we managed to track down a store that had it in stock this weekend. (Thank God for Best Buy and their 18 months no interest financing!) I am now the proud owner of an Olympus Evolt E-500 – my very first SLR camera! πŸ™‚

I’ve already taken hundreds of pics with it over the past few days, just trying to get a feel for it. I have so much to learn, but I like it so far. πŸ™‚

I also received my first photo order today. Exciting! And all of my friends and family have been really encouraging about me starting up a photography business, which has been wonderful.

I have soooo much to do and learn before I really get it off the ground. I have a feeling I’m not going to be blogging much as the wheels are set in motion, though I’ll try to post periodic updates (and, of course, pics) and check out my blogroll when I can.

Thanks to everyone who’s supported me in this new endeavor. It feels awesome to have something I’m so excited about again (other than parenting stuff). πŸ™‚


What’s goin on this weekend October 22, 2005

Filed under: Uncategorized — amygeekgrl @ 9:25 am

Yesterday I did another photoshoot. This time for my friend and her family on her daughter’s first birthday. It was definitely more challenging to shoot six adults (mom, dad and two sets of grandparents) and one almost toddler than it was just two adults (and a baby on the inside). πŸ˜‰ But I learned some things and that’s always exciting. And I got some pictures that I feel good about. I lucked out and got a cloudy day yesterday too so that helped a lot with the outdoor lighting. (Direct sun is a bummer to take pics in and it’s sunny here MOST of the time.)

I went to a couple stores this week to see if anyone is carrying the new Olympus that I want but nobody has it yet. 😦 It’s available from a few places online, but even then there seems to be a couple week wait for it. I guess good things come to those who wait.

This weekend we need to bag up our leaves – groan. I’ve already done a couple bags as the leaves began to fall, but now that the big backyard tree is nearly bare I’m sure we have at least 15 more to do.

We might also get out and do something fun outdoorsy since it looks like we have a beautiful couple days (weather-wise) in store.

Tomorrow we’re going a first birthday party for the little girl that I just photographed. That should be fun. I know Ava will enjoy hanging out with all of her friends. πŸ™‚

What’s everyone else doing this weekend? Hope you enjoy yourselves. πŸ™‚


HNT # 6 – A beautiful belly :) October 20, 2005

Filed under: Uncategorized — amygeekgrl @ 11:05 am

This beautiful belly belongs to a friend of mine whose maternity photos I took this past weekend. She’s 37 weeks pregnant in this photo and looks amazing! She’s a picture-perfect preggo! πŸ™‚

Happy HNT (Half-Nekkid Thursday) y’all!!

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