As part of my quest to challenge and enhance my skills with photography, I decided I would try to take some self-portraits while I was up north last weekend. They turned out… OK. At best. I found that I was much better at taking them outside than I was indoors. Maybe it was the limitations of the “studio” inside Mom and Dad’s house; I had trouble finding a decent backdrop to use, and I really was just lighting those shots by the seat of my pants.
I haven’t registered for that online photo class that I bought just yet, but I’m going to very soon. I really want to improve in this aspect of photography.
3/7 Follow-up: here’s one of the aforementioned self-portraits.
On Wednesday night, Mundschau and I made our way up to Ma & Dad’s house in Eagle River. We were planning to try to get some wireless internetting rocking and to help Dad with his project du jour. In this case, it was putting in the OSB on the ceiling of the garage. That needed to go in so the insulation could be finished.
Dad had off from work on Friday, so we wrapped that up that day. Today (Saturday), Joe and I slept until about 8:30, then by about 10 or 10:30, we took a ride to town to get on the webs. The coffee joint in ER that we’ve used in the past went from charging 2 bucks to completely free internet access, so I guess we don’t even need to be inside, technically speaking. Nice to have the power outlet, though.
The drag is the handful of screaming children that a parent just brought in a couple minutes ago. It really does make it hard to concentrate. Note to self: upon procreation, make sure there is a room in the house that kids don’t enter, as a refuge from the madness.
It’s nice to have a few days off from work. I don’t know why, but I’ve been a little paranoid lately that I’m going to do something to get fired. I don’t think I’ve been doing anything that would actually be grounds for termination, but I guess I just have this streak of paranoia in general. It’s not that much fun.
Reminds me– I should really go to a doctor. And a dentist. And an eye doc. I need to make a whole bunch of appointments.
Jesus Christ these kids are loud. I mean, holy shit.
59 and sunny here in ER. We should try to wrap up the Interwebbing and get back outdoors. I need to pick up some booze.
I’ve had a productive work week so far that I don’t want to jinx or derail. That being said, please take note of the following:
Dad and I did go to the Brewers game on Friday that they lost in fairly unspectacular fashion, but since then, it’s been 4 victories and now they’re back in a tie for first. This pennant race shit is pretty cool.
Grandma has a new kitchen floor. Regardless of what anyone tells you, it is definitely there. I’ve seen it. There are other tangential projects to complete, which surround the floor, but the floor is done.
I’ve started reading The Singularity Is Near, after hearing its title in an AP story that I blogged about a week or so ago. While I seem to share some beliefs/feelings about the future with the author, I am trying to approach it with an objective mindset.
The division race is still hotly contested, though, and that’s not likely to change for the rest of the season. In fact, I have to get online and buy my playoff tickets in about 40 minutes.
I thought this was a very cool little interview with pitcher Seth McClung, who up til now has spent his career in the Devil Rays organization: It’s the second heading in ‘Notes’
I’m excited that Mom and Dad are down here this weekend and we’re going to get to watch a couple games (Dad and I are, anyway). This “playoff atmosphere” in the throes of a pennant chase is probably the closest Mom and Dad are going to get to being at a playoff game. Definitely looking forward to it…
Lemme just break down the high-level stuff for you this morning:
– Memorial Day: good. Drive was OK. Tough getting out of town on I-43, but it loosened up sooner than I thought it would. I got about 42 miles/gallon on the trip. Helped Dad with splitting/stacking wood on Saturday, then on Sunday, the splitter puked. Dad’s afraid he needs a new engine or something. That could suck. Sunday, I met Petters out at the T-Bird. It was my first time there since Knitt was drinking, but pretty much all the same people were there. I think I even saw one of Knitt’s uncles or cousins or whomever.
– Work: fine. It’s all the same crap that I was doing before, but with less hawking. I’m starting to get a sense of the office cliques and figuring out who-hates-who. I was recruited for one of the groups and shot down membership by effectively stating, “I don’t give a good goddamn about any of that shit. I work, I go home, I come back.”
– Apt search: sucks. I passed on a 2-bdrm on WI Ave after Michelle talked me back into my actual price range. I also have no chance of purchasing a home for the foreseeable future. Not that I was really desperately itching to do either, but that revelation also made me realize that I probably won’t be able to afford getting married or having a kid any time in my 30s.
– Brewers: on notice. Went to the game last night w/ Lorch for zero monies (he had vouchers for free tix from eating pizza). It was nice to see them finally get a win, but one cannot escape the fact that in any other division, this team would have squandered a substantial lead.