- I went outside this morning to pick up strewn about garbage left by a very large, hungry bear (yet again!). As I was putting it back in the bin, I heard a voice behind me asking "What are you doing, Papa?" I turned to find my son wearing nothing but his underwear and two different coloured pair of Crocs on his feet.
- This afternoon, whilst getting a drink of water in the kitchen, I looked out the window to see my son outside stepping off the "Peeing Rock", having finished draining his bladder and trying to pull up his pants.
- Tonight, playing dress-up with his sister, JK comes downstairs wearing just a pair of gold sequin shorts, untidily tucked into his blue underwear. "Look at me!", he cries. Back upstairs he goes, then again downstairs wearing just blue underwear and a pair of butterfly wings.
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Monday, August 30, 2010
Today ended up being organic (thanks to Murphy's Law). Fearless Leader was unexpectedly away (and now will be for some time due to health issues), there was no morning assembly, and the new lunch lady was alone cooking in the kitchen, with no one serving lunch. However, though I, the eternal pessimist, used to freak out about such things, today I went with the flow, solved my own problems, changed my schedule to fit the students' needs, had back-up material to fill extra class time, and "volunteered" my class to help serve lunch (which could be a blog post all on it's own - image a class of seventeen grade sevens and eights plating up spaghetti - oh boy!). Talk about personal and professional growth...
My spouse continues to hint strongly that I need to get my Education degree. I haven't decided yet, but a day like today goes in the "Pro" column.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Books and Magazines:
- Go to your local library, sign out and read books and magazines on photography.
- Scott Kelby's The Digital Photography Volumes 1-3.
- Bryan Peterson's Understanding Exposure, 3rd Edition: How to Shoot Great Photographs with Any Camera and any other book by Bryan Peterson
- Chris Orwig's Visual Poetry.
- Practical Photography Magazine. This magazine is from the UK and expensive, but well worth it. It is chock full of information for both beginners and pros. I read mine from cover to cover and often try out ideas and suggestions from the various authors and contributors.
- Look up videos on photography on YouTube or other video sites. There are great tidbits of info out there, such as found here.
- Find photographer websites and blogs where you can read about their photoshoots and how they took their pictures. Look at their pictures for inspiration.
- Check out DTown TV (another Scott Kelby resource). Each webisode covers a wide variety of topics for various skill levels.
- Subscribe to an email resource. I get an email every week from Digital Photography School that gives me information about cameras, ideas on how to take different types of pictures, how to use various processing programs, and so on. Update: see an example here.
On last tip: find people with whom to shoot. During my vacation I had the pleasure of shooting with a fellow photographer friend one early morning. It's great to spend time with other photographers, share ideas and get new perspectives.
What resources do you recommend? Post them in the comments. Thanks!
5 pounds apples, preferably a mixture of varieties, washed
Sugar (if necessary)
- Cut the apples in half or, if they're very large, in quarters. Don't both to peel or core them. Dump them into a pot with about 1/2 inch of water on the bottom. Cover the pot and turn the heat to medium.
- When the water begins to boil, uncover the pot. Cook, stirring occasionally and lowering the heat if the mixture threatens to burn on the bottom, until the apples break down and become mushy, at least 30 minutes (I find it takes longer than this). Let sit until cool enough to handle. Taste the mixture and add sugar if necessary; usually it is not.
- Pass the mixture through a food mill, discarding the solids that stay behind. Freeze or refrigerate.
As chef Jamie Oliver says, "Easy, peasy"!