I have been thinking lately about the act of looking, and specifically all the things we do that interfere with that gaze.  TV, the phone, even books – all the things we do that disrupt that looking and focus our attention elsewhere.  I confess, I have been reading and loving Woolf, and I can tell the impact her writing has had on me.

At any rate, today I took Julia out in the yard to enjoy the beautiful weather, and I took my camera, and I just watched her watching the cars, investigating the grass, following the sounds of birds and rustling leaves.  It was a lovely time; very little babies are refreshingly unaware of being watched, especially with a camera.

And then Hazel and Amos came home from preschool and work, respectively…

And that changed things quite a bit!



New Camera

Works pretty well on the fly!

Also, I picked up some new yarn that is going to look AMAZING on Hazel!  I'm going to make this into a snowflake fair isle sweater sometime in the upcoming year for next Christmas.

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Oh Nikon. :(

Most of you know that I love me some cameras.  And that usually means Nikon over other brands.  Earlier in the year I purchased a small, pretty cheap digital "pocket" camera to have on hand for quick snapshots and the like.  It was pretty great, considering the price, except that I lost it somehow in October.  Since then I've been biding my time (you've noticed, perhaps, the dearth of new Hazel photos?  yeah that's why) until Black Friday.  I knew someone would have something good on sale then, and sure enough, Target listed the Nikon S203 for $50 off:

OOOHHHHH, Fancy!  
I bought this camera online Thanksgiving night and have been anxiously awaiting its arrival.  Today, BOOM!  It's here!!  I rip it out and start charging the battery right away. I mean, it has been a while since I've photographed Hazel, just because my bigger cameras are way more difficult to get out; one has to be put together, even, before I can use it.  Anyway, it finally finishes charging, so I take some sample photos just to get a feel for how everything looks, and this mess faces me on the screen:
Yes.  AWESOME.  This was taken in the daytime, albeit with a flash.  LOOK HOW PRETTY IT IS.  If you like pixelated bullshit then this camera is for YOU!!!!
How did this camera get through production?!  IT IS TOTAL JUNK.  You can see the noise even in this small size!  I am so disappointed and upset.  I waited, planned, bought, and shipped this to my door only to use it FOR FIVE MINUTES and then pack it immediately back up to return.  I'll be going back to Target tonight and buying another camera.  
ETA:  Actually, I chose a 12.1 MP Canon Powershot from Target.  It has amazing reviews and was only a little more expensive (at about $130 on sale versus the $95 with tax for the other).  Also, call me crazy, but I like a little camera that takes double A's instead of lithium batteries.  I have a charger for double A's, so I just keep them on a rotation, plus it makes for a slightly bigger camera.  I don't like the razor-thin tiny plastic ones that are so popular these days (and that Nikon I just returned fit that mode too).  The new camera should be here next week, maybe even Monday, so we'll see how it goes.

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Today’s the Day

Today is officially my due date.

And because I know that only 10% of women deliver on their due dates, I'm pretty sure that will not be happening today.

Every day for the past two weeks (and maybe the week before that, secretly) I have hoped and thought about going into labor.  We even had that great false alarm, and after that I was so convinced it would be the very next day…or the next one…or the one after that.  But here I am, baby still firmly ensconced in my ideal uterine environment, waiting it out.  That pins and needles feeling is gone for today, which is kind of nice and kind of sucky at the same time.  I do feel like I should get some cake and ice cream today, though.  Did anyone else feel that way, like you waited so long for this day and something should happen??

Actually I did get a little treat today in the mail!  Not cake and ice cream, but the new camera strap I ordered to protect the Nikon D80.  I bought one years ago for my Nikon 8700 and love it, so I got myself another one to match!  I ordered these from Heyday Fashion; her shop's a bit empty right now, as she just got back from maternity leave, but she makes some of the cutest things.  The black "funfetti," as it's called, is the new one and matches the pink funfetti one of years past.

Speaking of photography…
I am working on going completely freelance and setting up my own business.  I don't want to say too much yet, but it's in the works.  

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New Camera Action

A few shots with the new camera…nothing fancy, just walking around seeing what I can see.  This is the first camera where the auto setting is actually worth using 😉

This type of tree is one of my favorites.  I remember playing in my friend's yard as a kid in Auburn, always climbing this tree to smell the blossoms.  I don't even know what kind of tree it is.

A crow walking around the steps of the gazebo in the park.

My goofy husband being a rather unwilling model.

We were in the park to play backgammon.  We have been keeping score for about two or three years now.  He has more single gammons but I've won more triple gammons — I live on the edge!

And Amos holding the pair of crib shoes I bought to bring Hazel home from the hospital.  One of the crafty websites I visit, Craftster.org, is having a little photo contest about what inspires you, so I took this photo as my entry.  

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I just bought a Nikon D80.

Excitement and anxiety are close cousins – both make you feel a little dizzy, like you're going to faint.
On the one hand, amazing, awesome, camera that I won't replace for years.
On the other, the price tag.

I'm excited!  But also still reeling!!

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