Make me your radio
Turn me up when you feel low
I pray you'll never leave me behind
Because good music can be so hard to find
When I started writing this post, it was a couple of days ago and I was enjoying the different surroundings of sitting at Starbucks and playing on Paul's laptop while puttering around on the internet and waiting on hold to talk to my cell phone provider about having to pay long distance fees to access my voicemail being a silly problem to have. Hopefully they can help me get that changed. When I call them again. Because they took over fifteen minutes with me on hold, and it was throwing off my groove. So I gave up. I shall return that call, sometime in a morning hour, when nobody else is on tech support.
I know, I know. Me? Up in the morning? It happens more often now, what with an early rising husband and sometimes just having so much work to do that requires contacting people that an early start just seems like a good plan.
I am currently working on a whole bunch of different projects and they are keeping me quite busy. I am also feeling pretty sick recently, all morning every morning recently has consisted of couching, hacking, ridiculous amounts of phlegm, and general misery, and the rest of the day a slightly more spaced out version of the same, which sucks a lot. Not to mention that Paul, too, has has been sickly often lately as well. We're both pretty burned out.
Which is why the sheer enormity of my current project pile has me at an impasse, somewhere between resigned and grumpy. Luckily, most of the work is paid. Unluckily, it's mostly my least favourite kind of work to do.
In much more excellent real-life news, today I acquired my long-awaited 105mm prime lens, which will give me newfound abilities for both it's intended use of macro photography, and it's equally excellent telephoto abilities. I've been lusting after this lens ever since trying one out at the Image Explorations Supershoot last summer. For me, prime lens distances are either comfortable or uncomfortable. That first time trying out the 105 was a falling-in-love moment for me. And now I have my very own, and I will love it and hug it and, most of all, not feel bad about the cost. It's going to help me get to the next level in photos, and it's going to be fantastic to take advantage of it.
In even more awesome, but more internet and business related news, thanks to a great article on Lifehacker I've finally been able to set up my server as a file sharing service for easy uploads on my part, and easy online downloads for my clients. I've been trying to find a good solution to this problem of web upload limitations for YEARS. My server has unlimited data, so that's something I'm going to start taking advantage of, no more ad-filled, limited third-party websites. Whew. Lifehacker has taught me how to sharpen knives, cut onions, set up my rearview mirrors to avoid blind spots entirely... In short, it's like having a wise old person who knows everything around to ask questions.
I have finally jumped onto the internet bandwagon and started filling out my Pinterest online pinboard collection. I adore so many of the images I've found - and it has inspired me to consider adding pet photography to my list of photographic areas of interest.
Valentines Day itself was rather uneventful, though I should mention that my Gran sent us a GIANT singing valentines pop-up card that had been on our counter for about a week and a half and provided us with many smiles and happy feelings all season. I put a note in next years calendar to take it out of our greeting card file and smile to it again. I made Paul a papercutting - I've been trying to find time to make papercuttings, and since I know they make great gifts, I am storing up ideas.
Today Paul took me on our Valentines date - to the Alberta Aviation Museum, which was pretty cool! We learned a bit about plane salvaging, RCAF history, and bush pilots. We spent three whole hours there wandering about slowly, absorbing all the exhibits and videos and talking about them. Since it was cold and snowy, we didn't check out their outdoor displays. It doesn't seem that big until you start wandering around in it and realize that you really do want to see everything. I took a couple of crappy cell phone camera photos, but the best part was just holding the hand of my favourite person and exploring life together.
Speaking of cell phones, my smartphone has introduced me to several awesome things. I found a game I used to play online called Paper Toss, which is simply trying to toss a balled up piece of paper into a wastebasket with fans blowing - virtually. It's awesome. I found a game called Clouds and Sheep which is insanely addictive, cute, and a great way to forget the world - for up to several hours, as I found out yesterday. Not to mention the Claw Game. I've tired of it for now, but I know it will be back! Having a smartphone is like having a nice personal gaming system when you're bored, so that's kind of a nice thing to have around.
I'm still trying to read quite a bit. I'm on the second book of the Eragon series, Eldest, recommended by Paul. I cringed through the terribly edited and not super fantastically written first book - which beneath all that has a great story, and I am now about a third into the second book, where things have sped up quite a bit and gotten much more interesting, along with the addition of more "badass" awesome heroines.
So far, I have eight weddings booked for this year, including the destination wedding in Cuba in August that was so well timed, and a ninth next February. I'm super excited to start the year off at the end of March.
The other big news for us is that we'll be in Calgary for about six weeks around the month of April. Well, Paul will be there the whole time, and I'll be there with him as much as I can be as spring approaches.
I'm thinking of starting a "favourite moment of this week" section to my blog posts, and even something I can take time to post when I'm slacking on the posting front. My favourite moment of this week was playing the title song of this post and dancing around the kitchen with Paul being lovey and laughing. It makes me smile every time the song comes on. I'm so blessed to still be so deeply in love. A lifetime of love is coming.