inspiration

October 10, 2007

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We got off work a little late tonight, but Tom and I managed to get our tired butts over to the gym anyway. That will be three nights in a row, by the way. That’s the first time in over a month we’ve accomplished such a feat.

When I got home, I rummaged around on my Mac Mini, looking for inspiration. I stumbled upon some drawings of this silly kitty character I was working on a few months ago. He is a composite of our three cats, and the subject of a project I’ve been working on with my mom. She and I had, and still have, this idea of each creating our own line of greeting cards. We’ve even came up with a logo for our endeavor, a combination of our names, Marion and Linda. Get it? Get it?
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(By the way, I’m too lazy to figure out how to code the logo, so it tucks into the type.)

So there’s me with the goofy kitty character and over the past couple of years, my mom has created some beautiful oil and acrylic paintings. Some of my favorites are of a panther in tall grass, and one of a wolf framed by autumn foliage. She has become really quite empassioned and prolific with her painting and I find it very inspiring. Maybe it’s time we got serious about the greeting cards again.

For now, inspired though I may be, it’s a chore just keeping my eyes open. I think I’ll sleep on it. Good-night.

macro my day

October 10, 2007

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Tom got me a camera this past Christmas, a Canon Elph SD600. He did this not only because it’s a damn fine gift, but also in part, to curtail the barrage of complaints bestowed upon him about the camera I was currently using. I was, at the time, playing around with a Nikon Coolpix, one of Tom’s cast-offs after buying his latest and greatest, a Canon 5D. Now, I hate to look a gift horse or a hand-me-down horse in the mouth, but this thing was a study in frustration. Oh, it took great photos alright, no problem there. The problem was, however, that this camera had the reaction time of a snail on vallium. I often try to capture things like, for instance, Spooky snoozing on his back with his feet straight up in the air. I’ll point, focus, hit the button and then, after what seems like a full minute, the shutter will release and my once adorable subject is now in the other room taking a cat-box break. So, about that issue and the fact that this piece of sh…equipment, never quite fit in my already bloated-beyond-belief purse, I complained, nagged and whined.

Enter the Canon Elph. An elegant, palm sized specimen, with a huge screen for viewing thumbnails. The reaction time, while not lightening fast, was a great improvement. I popped it in my bag Christmas day and there it stayed, ready for action. You never know when a photo op may present itself.

There is, however, one drawback, Read the rest of this entry »