Friday, February 27, 2009

Cool Hotel Photo Update

I got an email from a member of the marketing team for The Iron Horse hotel, and I will be able to share my picture with you guys. I print it on next Friday, turn it in for grading and will share it with you all once I get it back. Which should be two weeks from today!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Cool Hotel

This afternoon I took pictures at what might be the coolest hotel in Milwaukee -- The Iron Horse Hotel! I loved the look of this place so much. Man, I am speechless...LOL!!

I cannot say enough about how great the manager & the lady working at the front desk. They showed me several rooms and I was able to choose from those. They were even going to show me a "sleeping room". I chose The Library -- what an awesome room. In order to take the pictures, I had to agree not to post those photos online or sell them -- so I will not.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Monday, February 23, 2009

Done for Another Year

Our tax return is done and ready to be filed -- just need to head to the "tax man" to sign it & fork over $$ for a job that took him less than 10 minutes. How many more years do you think it will take me to convince Bob that our return is easy, peasy and we should be using a tax software program and doing it ourselves?

Friday, February 20, 2009

Flying Solo

I am now taking view camera without my friend. Class is from Fridays from 11AM to 5PM, but on the schedule the class was set up with three time slots. The first portion lecture, the second demonstration and/or lab time, and the third lab time to work on our assignments/projects. My friend did not see the third portion and works during that slot. She thought she could figure out a way to work it out, but could not so she had to drop. I'll miss her, but will do just fine on my own! :)

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

No Problem Found

We picked Bob's truck up from the garage last night. He hasn't had any trouble with it since picking it up. Hopefully, it was just a fluke.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

On the Mend!

I think I am finally beginning to feel like myself again. Not 100%, but I am hopeful I am near the end of this cold.

It was not fun!!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Here We Go Again...

This time it's Bob's truck...

At an intersection not far from home, Bob's truck stalled. He was able to get it restarted after a couple tries. Since he wasn't far from the garage we use he decided to take it there instead of driving on to work. It stalled again in the blocks between where he was & the garage. This time it did start again on the first attempt.

It has been at the garage all day now and they cannot find anything wrong with it. They are going to keep it overnight & drive it again a bit tomorrow to see if anything happens. I'm crossing fingers it was just a fluke & we won't have to sink money into another car repair.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day

Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking together in the same direction. ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Friday, February 13, 2009

Under the Cover of Darkness...

Today was our first time in the darkroom for developing! We developed one of the shots we took last week (that's one of the advantages of sheet film -- you can process one at a time instead of the whole roll). Wow, was it strange to be in complete darkness like that. The only light was the "glowing" of the numbers on the dial of the time. We looked at them so long they began to look like blobs instead of!!

After 8 minutes in the developer, one minute in water, and three minutes in fixer, we are able to turn on the light to inspect our photos. WOW -- that was cool!!

I didn't get to inspect closely, but other than one tiny spot at the top corner I think the negative is good. I suspect, however, that this spot is from someone who wasn't careful at the drying cabinet. She knocked one of the rods down while film was in there drying which may have splashed the photos in the cabinet & caused it. I do not recall seeing that spot when I hung it in the cabinet. This is an ungraded "practice" assignment so we want to get our goof up out here.

Next week we will be printing! Woohoo!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

To Dos

Why is it that the days you feel your worst are the same days your to do list is a mile long? I have a lot to do to get ready for my view camera class tomorrow. I know I will get it done, but it is going to take a bit longer than usual with this cold. Deep breaths...I will get it all done!!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

The Bug has Arrived

Until today, we had not been hit by one of the cold & flu season bugs. I. am. getting. sick. UGH!!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Sneak Peak at Spring

The temps soared to 59 degrees today giving us a sneak peak of spring. The weather over the weekend was similar, and I was finally able to get the Christmas lights taken off the house. Don't worry we weren't turning them on!!

The snow is completely gone from our yard! I know some will be back shortly, but it will be nice while it lasts. This is the point in the year where I start to get spring fever.

Monday, February 09, 2009


My brother-in-law, sister-in-law, two nephews, and niece were in town Saturday to the spend the night before their Sunday flight to Florida. We had plans to hang out with them for a bit, but one of my nephews ended up sick and they had to cancel. The moved about 1.5 hours north of us a few years ago & we don't see them as often as we should. I miss them, and those kids are getting so big. Last time we saw Nick (their youngest) he was just learning to walk -- he's going to be THREE next month!

Jody & I should learn not to rely on the guys setting up a time for us to get together and just plan our own visits like we did when they lived here.

Friday, February 06, 2009

Tackling the Beast!

I actually used the view camera today, and totally love it! It's certainly a different beast! It is really strange to see the subject upside down and reversed. It will take some time to get used to that & which way to move the camera to adjust the crop in the frame. Yes, I moved it the wrong direction & lost my subject a couple times...LOL!!

Thursday, February 05, 2009

On Book Reports

Sometimes a scream is better than a thesis. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

LOL!! :D

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Now That's Service!

Yesterday a little after 9AM, I ordered some supplies I need for view camera class. I had an email with tracking information by about 4PM, and had the products in my hands before 2 this afternoon. I will definitely be ordering from Calumet Photographic again!!

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

American Idol

Go Danny!!

He's from the area and several of my friends know him well.

Monday, February 02, 2009

Nice Day

Bob took a vacation day & we spent it hanging out at home, going out to lunch and spending money on stuff I need for my view camera class. This class is enough to send a person to the poor house. I have already spent $650 NOT including tuition & have more to purchase. I purchased a bunch of things from someone on Craigslist. Some of it I do not need and should be able to sell those items to cover some of the cost of my supplies. The rest of the items I need to purchase aren't needed until the end of the semester when we start work on our semester project.

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Super Bowl XLIII

Pittsburgh Steelers 27
Arizona Cardinals 23

Good game and even better time with great friends!