Ho Hum

I feel like that's been one of my titles before. Oh well.
"I must confess that the veiw from where I sit has been rather gray."-- Elizabeth Bennet in Pride & Prejudice, 2005. One of my most favorite quotes ever.
Axim is my new favorite word. Thank you, National Treasure 2. Thank you, Riley. The word shall forever be engrained in my mind. Watch as I use it with class:
I always seem to burn my toast. It's the axim of toasting.
I wonder if I used it appropriately...
We're closing in on a church to stay at, I think. It's nice. Very traditional. My old Bible club leader from junior high goes there. He's nice. Very traditional. Don't know anyone my age. The idea of going to another youth group freaks. me. out.
Is there a word for happy and sad at the same time? I used to think it was melancholy, but that's not right. What could it be?
It's springtime but it feels like winter. It feels dreary and monotnous. Perhaps it is the weather.
Washington, D.C. or London sound so beautiful right now. The cherry blossoms are no longer in bloom, but still... I want to be in one of those two places so badly! :) Ah well, I might get to take an East Coast trip in a couple of years.


Randomness and First Photos with my DLSR

The weather is absolutely gorgeous today! I wish I didn't have to take a test on biology and instead could go photograph it. Oh well, I'll wait a few hours until it's cooled down a tad more, and when the light isn't so harsh. Yesterday it was sweltering hot until about 7. Hello, summer!

Here are some of my first and favorite photos taken with my Canon Rebel XT. I'm telling you, it's incredible to shoot with such a wonderful piece of machinery. I had the time of my life shooting last night, especially the ones with Natasha and the kids.

You can see the rest on my Flickr.

I found a new blogger today. Her name is Sarah Barlow and she's an incredible photographer. And to tell you the truth, I think she might be a bit of a kindred spirit. I've been enjoying looking at her beautiful photos. I found her via Heather Paulsen's blog Emotional Purity. Check out her blog- it's fascinating to read about someone who has the job I'd love to have.

I'm off to go study for that biology test. Pfffft. :)


I got my new baby! The Canon Rebel XT!

It came a couple hours ago.
There isn't much to say. I'm just ELATED!
A whole new world is at my fingertips.
I can show you the world.
Shining, shimmering, splendid!
Tell me, Princess, now when did you last let your heart decide?

Ok, so my life would be a disaster if I let my heart decide. But that's not the point of this post. So, moving on.

I'm going to go to Tashi's babysitting gig tonight. There will be several kids plus the ever gorgeous Tashi to photograph, plus the evening light. Could it get any better?

I actually find the manual fascinating, haha. I'm such a lame-o. But hey, I don't care. If I did, I wouldn't put myself out here on the WWW. Now, put me in a group of strangers and I freeze up. Maybe next time I should just start taking pictures of them. :)


Why I No Longer Love UPS

Amazon said I would get free 2 day shipping. That was sweet. I figured it'd come sometime this week. After all, it does have to process before actually shipping. So today I start tracking it after finding out that it shipped (But who knows when!). And guess what I find out. That's it'd been sitting in Kentucky. For 3 days. Perhaps Amazon's warehouse is there. I don't really know. But after sitting in Lexington for a day and a half, it move to Louisville early this morning. It's finally on it's way out of Kentucky, as of 25 minutes ago. To come to California.

With 2 day shipping.
And UPS says it's "3 day select". I wonder why? On top of that, it's set to arrive on Tuesday the 20th. Ok, I get it if it comes Saturday. I get it that it won't come on Sunday. But I'm baffled as to why it would take me 6 hours to get from Kentucky to my house, and yet it'd take 5 pounds of plastic, metal, cardboard, and paper 5 days (With 2 day shipping!) to get to my house.
I'm a lot more patient than I sound, I think. And I really don't dislike UPS as much as it sounds. But I am confused. And anxious. And frustrated. But hey, at least I don't have to wait a year. At least I don't have to wait to use it until I pay my dad back or until my birthday. Those are all things to be thankful for. And I am. I'm just a little ho hum over here in Suburbland.
So anyway, I've been refreshing the tracking page constantly. Maybe by the time I get back from dance tonight it'll be somewhere near Suburbland? We'll see. My hope is that I'll get it tomorrow in time for International Photography Your Day... Day. It's on Sunday. Like I said, we'll see what happens.


So. Big news: I just bought my first DSLR! Sometime between Friday and next week I will be receiveing the Canon Rebel XT. I got it for a steal-- $412. It was labeled on Amazon as "refurbished" because the outer box was damaged. Isn't that great?! The camera itself is brand new and perfect. It even came with 18-55mm kit lens. I already have two other wonderful lenses, a macro and a more standard one. I am absolutely thrilled! No more point-and-shoots for me! (But I have a super duper sky scraper level of respect for those who use 'em!)

I can hardly wait. I am so excited. My hopes are high and I am just so thankful to God for providing it for me. I totally thought I'd have to wait for months and months. Wow. I am sooooooo elated and excited and giddy!