Hello friends! Thank you for your patience while I attended to real life last week. I had a huge list to accomplish and I got all of it done except one! I’ve also been rockin’ the new year with 2 – 4 hour lunches with girl friends and today’s included 3 martinis! By 5 o’clock we even contemplated ordering appetizers for dinner accompanied by another martini. I felt so decadent.
I’ve had a great year so far. I hope you have too! πŸ™‚
I also took an online photography class last week which means I really messed up my camera settings and can’t get them back to normal without reading the manual. In class I figured out the ISO on digital cameras takes the place of film speed. It was my complete ‘ah-ha’ moment. If I’m wrong don’t tell me. I was so proud of myself. The instructor then gave a short explanation on the concept of film and film speed for those who might have thought Kodachrome was only a song by Paul Simon. What? Who? Right. Which made me wonder ~
Who among you has never used film?!?

Go ahead, this you can tell me. I can’t feel any older.

Two pictures (below) I did manage to take in natural light. It’s the artificial light pics that are way off so I have to wait until daylight and wait until I have my camera again. Mr. PM and I share when he needs it for work. I have my eye on a Nikon D7000 clearly realizing I am not worthy.

Anyway tomorrow’s post is about a creative project that includes decorated cookies and this adorable guy…

and this place…

So stay tuned. It’s been a barrel full of monkeys over here!
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  1. The next time I go to lunch I want it to be with you! You know how to do it in style my friend πŸ™‚

    Not only do I know what film is, I used it for many years! I’m taking an online class this spring ~ can’t wait!

    Can’t wait to see what you’re up to. I just know it’s going to be amazing as always.


  2. Sounds like a great start to the new year! I need to take a class for my camera so bad!

  3. Well, hey friend:)

    I hope things slow down for you soon, although those lunches sound like something I’d like to attend!

    Congrats on your photorgaphy class. I can’t wait to see all your shooting and learning. What are you shooting with? I have a Canon 5D if you mess your settings up and need some help again;)

    Happy Tuesday,

  4. I just found your great blog. I love it! I’m new to blogging, and have a lot to learn. I decided to start my own blog after I turned 42as a little present to myself…..so yes, I know about film. I look forward to following yours.


  5. Oh, yes, film–I remember that; a bit easier to keep up with than those tiny memory cards I might add! Where did you take your online class? I have grown increasingly interested in photography since I started blogging as well, even though I’m still using a point-and-shoot. I think I’ve settled on a Canon DSLR for my first big girl camera. I already have a great lens from my film days, so I just need to decide on the body. Anyway, glad you’re back and recovered from all those, er, lunches!

  6. I have the Nikon D7000, got it for Christmas! (It actually arrived right before Thanksgiving and I couldn’t wait to use it… so of course I did!)
    I’ve been using it on automatic. I really need a photography class to help me use it to it’s potential. The menu has so many choices and changes you can do to it, I can’t figure it all out. I need to take the time to really read the manual. I’ve even looked for the D7000 for Dummies book, but it isn’t out yet!
    My daughter got the Canon 60D for Christmas. Another great camera, check it out.

    I took several photography classes waaay back in college. I developed and printed film, b&w and color. Digital is so fast and easy in comparison. I love that you can take a million pictures, and just delete the bad ones.

    Let me know if you get the D7000, maybe we can help each other out!

  7. Jo ~ I would love to have lunch even for 3 hours! πŸ™‚

    Formerly Frau ~ You take wonderful photos. You could teach us all! πŸ™‚
    Daph ~ You’re invited for lunch too! I messed up with metering and it was downhill from there because I didn’t have a camera everyone else did. Oh well. I was trying to get off the auto setting. The year is new. I shall overcome! πŸ™‚

    Leigh ~ Welcome! I’ll be over to visit you too. πŸ™‚

    T & C Mom ~ I’ve found a wonderful person to help and her site is on my sidebar. Her name is Amanda and she runs Everyday Elements. I originally began taking tutorials from her to learn PSE 8 and gradually ventured into more of her workshops. Her online tutorials are terrific too. Everyday Elements is on Face Book too with tips, etc. If you check it out tell me what you think.:)

    SJN~ I took photography in college too and printed my own pics in B&W. I LOVE my Minolta XD7 and always had it set to AP mode as I liked whatever photos came out on SS of 125. I have my digital on auto cuz I have little self-confidence behind the camera on manual and learning digital is completely different in my book.

    The one down side for me is that I now rarely print my photos and just keep storing them on the computer. I think photos from film processing are far superior so I have a little bit of the film snob still left in me. It’s been a transition for me as just 5 years ago I preferred to upgrade to a Canon SLR and not a DSLR but entered the 21st century a couple years after that.

    I know the Nikon D7000 would probably be overkill for me but hey, as someone once told me who played a lousy game of golf – “If you don’t play well, at least look like you do”. I guess that advice can apply to anything. πŸ™‚

  8. Absolutely *dying* for tomorrow’s post! And good for you on enjoying time with friends, you needed that, IMHO.

    Sending you a smile,

  9. How was your photography class? I’m about to take a few photography classes myself – looking forward to getting creative!


  10. Surely I’m revealing my age when I tell you that my first camera was Kodak Brownie Flash and many more film cameras to follow. Frankly, I could never take good pictures until digitals came along.

    You know I love my martinis, so your lunches sound like mine, although I have to go nap after lunches like that, LOL!

  11. What a great blog and I love your take on life! Those lunches sound right up my alley! I am new to blog world but having a ball discovering all the interesting people and stories….please if you have a minute can you check my new blog (its about the building of our dream home and my love for design, decor and lifes wonderful things)

  12. Hi There,
    An on line digital photography class???Wow, sign me up! I sure need that…I lost all touch when I went digital…Love your blog!