photographing, cooking, laughing through life

Latest

Photo a Day Challenge – Days 54-60

Day 54 – U is for…Upside Down

As you can probably tell, I rely on my pets for many of my photos – they are such good models! Today’s photo comes to you courtesy of Hank.  He was rolling around on the blanket and decided to stop while he was partially upside down.

IMG_3354

 

Day 55 – V is for…Volleyball

I was completely stumped for what to do for today’s picture.  I had thought about doing “victory” for our basketball teams (we played at Seaman) but it was not a good night for us. Then, I thought about doing something with the number 5 (the Roman numeral is V) but again, I couldn’t find anything that grabbed my attention.  Then I thought – hello…you are a volleyball coach! So, today’s photo became a shot of a volleyball.

IMG_3369

 

Day 56 – W is for…Whiskers

I could have done several different W-words for today’s picture.  Atticus likes to WAKE me up with his WHISKERS while he WATCHES me sleep. Some days he also likes to stick his WET nose on me if I’m not getting up as quickly as he would like.

IMG_3374

 

Day 57 – X is for…Xyron

Okay…X was HARD.  Had I been at school today, I would have gone into the band room and taken a picture of the xylophone, but I took kids to Wichita State for the regional journalism contest.  I have been loving my EC Life Planner and bought this fun sticker maker at Hobby Lobby (they have them at Wal-Mart now too).  Not only does the name start with an X, but the sticker maker is also in the shape of an X.

IMG_3378

 

Day 58 – Y is for…Yearbook

I knew as soon as I saw today was “Y” that I was going to incorporate my yearbook staff.  When I told them I wanted to get a picture of them, one of my students suggested that they stand in the shape of a Y – I LOVE when students think outside of the box! So creative!

IMG_3381

 

Day 59 – Z is for….Zzzzzzzz

Today was my “sort of” birthday (I’m a Leap Day baby, so no actual birthday for me), but it was also a day that it decided to snow.  Instead of doing anything exciting today, it was a lazy day at home.  Hank snuggled up close and snoozed the afternoon away while I watched Netflix movies and drank hot tea – all in all a good day.

IMG_3396

 

Day 60 – no more letters…the start of a new month “You Today”

As usual, the month started out with a picture of me today. On Saturday and Sunday afternoons, if I need to get a lot of photos worked or if I have lesson planning and grading to do, I am so much more productive if I go to Starbucks and work there – where I won’t be distracted. Today’s photo…

IMG_3414

Photo a Day Challenge – Days 47-53

Day 47 – N is for New Recipe

Okay, so I really love, love, love to cook. The problem is that I rarely take the time to actually put together a nice meal for just myself.  Today we had inservice at school and I decided that I would take some extra time for my meal tonight and make a new recipe.  I decided to make a chicken pot pie…and it was as delicious as it looks!

IMG_3288

 

Day 48 – O is for Out of Control!!

The weather forecasters had been promising snow for a few days, and they were right…it started snowing around 2:45 and we had a good coverage by 3:30 – there were HUGE flakes and the ground was completely covered within a short amount of time.  It didn’t stick around very long, but it was pretty while it was happening.

 

IMG_3309

Day 49 – P is for…Paw Prints

It’s always interesting to me when we have snow on the ground because you get to see all of the animals that walk around your yard at night. I know that we have cats in the neighborhood, and we definitely had some walking around last night!

IMG_3312

 

Day 50 – Q is for…Quote

This was a difficult one for me today…finding a good Q word was not easy, so I went with quote.  I’ve seen this quote everywhere lately and so I decided to make it the subject of today’s photo.

IMG_3319

 

Day 51 – R is for…Reading

While I love my job, it doesn’t always leave me a lot of time to do some of my most favorite things.  Sure, I get to read articles, leads, quick writes, etc. that my students write, but I don’t always have a lot of time to read what I really want to read.  I have stacks upon stacks of books that I really want to get to (at some point) but it hasn’t happened yet.  I did read a book this weekend…which I’ll blog about later. I’m ready for Spring Break, so maybe I can dig into some of these books.

IMG_3326

 

Day 52 – S is for…slow shutter speed (that’s THREE s words)

There are lots of S words out there, but I’d been wanting to do a slow shutter speed picture for awhile.  Even though I’m not super happy with how this one turned out, it does resemble a heart…and it did sort of turn out.  I can’t wait until summer and sparklers – so I can do a cooler slow shutter speed picture.

IMG_3343

 

Day 53 – T is for…Time (and never having enough)

I spent most of the afternoon and early evening at school today, working on a video for the boys swim banquet tomorrow night.  Yes, I could have not procrastinated until the day before the event…but you know how that goes.  It always feels like I’m being pulled in 75 different directions and time is at a premium some days.  So, today…a photo of the clock given to me my first summer at Rock Springs.  I was selected as the summer staffer of the year – and I have the clock on my desk at school.

IMG_3347

Photo a Day Challenge – Days 40-46

Day 40 – H is for…Hank

These alphabet days have been an interesting challenge. I knew as soon as today was the letter H that it would have to feature Hank.  I mean, come on, he’s the most adorable dog ever…right? Even though he’s blind, he’s the most active dog and still loves to play fetch and go on walks. One of my favorite things about him is that when I talk to him he always cocks his head to the side – so I can get adorable shots like the one below.

IMG_3222

 

Day 41 – I is for…Insulin

I was a difficult one…I thought of ice (the weather didn’t cooperate), I thought of ice cream (even though we didn’t have ice, it was a little chilly for ice cream)…and then I thought about something I do every day, twice a day…give Hank his insulin shot. Although my very first time I tried to give him his shot I accidentally stabbed myself, I have now become a pro at the twice daily shot.

IMG_3229

Day 42 –  J is for…Jewelry

Now that scarf season is almost over (tear…) I’ve started to be on the lookout for fun, funky jewelry to add to my spring wardrobe. I found this fun necklace the other day at Maurice’s – and I LOVE it.

IMG_3238

Day 43 – K is for…K-State

This one was a no-brainer.  I love my alma mater. I love going back to visit, I love watching the games (in person or on TV), I love reminiscing with friends, I love it all.  K-State is just a friendly place – and I’m proud to count myself as a Wildcat for life.

IMG_3245

 

Day 44 – L is for…Laura

As much as I hate pictures of myself (there’s a reason that I became a photographer), I knew that today’s photo would have to include me.  So, although selfies aren’t normally my thing, day 44 of 2015 is L is for Laura.

IMG_3256

 

Day 45 – Something Red

Today was a deviation from the alphabet…with only 26 letters in the alphabet and 28 days in February (it should be 29, but that’s another topic) there was the need for a few different days.  It made sense that today was different because it was Valentine’s day! I had a great day and I really love getting flowers, so it was fitting that I got a red rose today which totally fit with “something red.”

IMG_3272

 

Day 46 – M is for…Music

Today’s letter was one that I had lots of ideas for. I finally settled on music – which is something that is important to me.  As we approach the Lenten season at church, we also approach a time where I get to sing my favorite song. “Abide With Me” is one of my absolute favorite church hymns.  I can’t wait until Wednesday when we will sing it for the first time of the year!

IMG_3280

 

Next week will be a week of more alphabet!! Coming up is N, O, P, Q, R, S, and T.

Photo a Day Challenge, days 33-39

This was the first week of “F is for February” where each day must represent a letter in some way.  It was a unique challenge – and some days went better than others.

Day 33 – “A”

On “black Friday” – which we all know is now actually the day of Thanksgiving…I found a great new decoration for my classroom. I had wanted to do a twitter board with “who to follow” – including twitter accounts that would be good for my journalism students to follow.  When I saw the @ sign at Kohl’s on sale, I knew it would be perfect.  Couldn’t have found a more perfect subject for “A.”

IMG_3118

 

Day 34 – “B”

This week is show week at EHS – the theatre and music students are presenting “Babes in Toyland” and today happened to be the day of the dress rehearsal that we used for the yearbook photos. How perfect?! B is for “Babes in Toyland.” I really enjoy shooting musicals and plays – and this was no exception.

IMG_3126

 

Day 35 – “C”

All I could think about when I heard the letter “C” was cookies!! Anyone who is from Emporia, went to ESU or has spent any time in Emporia knows the wonder that is a Reeble’s sugar cookie…they are amazing. I grabbed a few while I was grocery shopping…and even took a bite out of one to make it look like a C!

IMG_3138

 

Day 36 – “D”

It, as always, has been one crazy week. Today was no exception – I had hall duty in the morning, today was my day with no plan time, then I went straight to work the Scholar’s Bowl tournament after school. When I finally got home around 8:30, I was definitely tired. So, today, D is for “dog tired.”

IMG_3155

 

Day 37 – E

I took tons of pictures tonight at the EHS basketball game, but I didn’t take the time to upload those photos yet…so for “E” I decided to just get a picture of one of the cheerleader’s bows…

IMG_3160

 

Day 38 – F

Today was an awesome day full of friends, food, and crafts…the craft just happened to be a decorated Frame – couldn’t have been more perfect to go with today’s theme.

IMG_3203

 

Day 39 – “G”

We have had some unbelievably gorgeous weather over the last couple of days – and as I was driving downtown to attend a student’s Eagle Scout ceremony, I noticed just how pretty the courthouse looked with the bright blue sky and clouds behind it. So today is not only gorgeous, but you get a little splash of government too!

IMG_0979

 

The alphabet continues this next week…which will be another crazy one! Until next time!

Photo a Day Challenge Days 26-32

It was another fun week of creativity and taking pictures…with some prompts that even stumped me for a little bit!

Day 26: Together

For me, nothing goes better together than a good book and some hot tea or coffee – mix that with a free night of no grading and you’ve got a GREAT night.  I’m currently obsessed with Tazo Joy tea…it’s SO good!!

IMG_2962

Day 27: Sun

It couldn’t have been a more gorgeous day at the end of January than today was. It was warm, it was sunny, and it was perfect to get a “sun” picture.  I did take an “artsy” sun shot that I thought about using for today’s photo, but while I was taking that, someone decided they should also join in the fun outside…Atticus. He actually made it out to the porch before I wrangled him back inside the house.

IMG_3012

Day 28: Grow

There is NOTHING growing right now because it is the middle of winter, so I decided to take a new spin off of this idea and grow my talents as a photographer.  I had seen some projects on Pinterest using Bokeh photography (where images are intentionally blurred) and one used a cut out placed over the lens to make a really cool image.  I decided to go with hearts and incorporated some Christmas lights to get the image – I’m pretty proud of how it turned out for a first try!

IMG_3036

Day 29: Nature

Once again, nature was difficult to capture with a dreary winter landscape, so, while I was at Wal-Mart I decided to get a picture of some of their flowers. While I was hoping they had some sunflowers (my favorite and which would have been perfect for today being Kansas day), I had to make do with some sunny daisies.

IMG_3074

Day 30: Down

This day was probably my hardest so far this year.  It was Glacier’s Edge crazy 4-game day, so I was busy from 7 in the morning (when I got to school) until about 10 p.m. (when the games ended) As I was heading out the building, I though I could take a photo looking down from the yearbook computer lab…so that’s how I got today’s shot.

IMG_3078

Day 31: Favorite

There were a lot of things I could have picked for my favorite, but I decided to take a photo of my favorite pup, Hank, with his favorite toy.  We were playing tug of war with his fox in this picture. It’s amazing how much he still loves to play and fetch even though he’s blind. He was excited I spent much of the evening at home instead of abandoning him like I had the two days prior.

IMG_3105

Day 32: You Today

We finally made it to February – and we started this month much like we started the last one – with “you today”. I am not a huge selfie fan, but I bit the bullet and took one today.

IMG_3113

 

The month of January is finished and I made it taking a new photo each day! Wahoo! For the month of February, each day (besides today and Valentine’s day) is going to be focused around a letter…that should make for some interesting shots!!

 

Photo a Day Challenge – Days 19-25

It was another busy week at school, but I will still able to get all of the daily shots. 25 days down!!

Day 19 – Sweet

I am MUCH more of a salty snack fan, so I hardly ever have any sweets in my house.  However, I had a few Hershey kisses leftover from a Christmas gift someone had given me.  I decided to do a nice close up – to make it a little more interesting.

IMG_2879

 

Day 20 – What You Do

It was appropriate that today’s prompt was “what you do” because today was my no plan day.  So, from 7:48-3:24 I was VERY busy – We’ve gotten proofs back for the yearbook pages, We are trying to incorporate new social media into our newspaper class, my video students are working on a PSA for contest, my digital photography students are learning some more photo techniques, my intro to video kids are finalizing their bios and my 21st Century kids had their first interviews – all of this adds up to a busy day…which I all keep track of with my planner.

IMG_2889

 

Day 21 – Reflection

I had NO idea what I was going to do on this day, until I was in the copy room and noticed a bunch of mirrors… I went back and grabbed a camera from my classroom and captured this shot – definitely interesting looking…

IMG_2900

 

Day 22 – Your Shoes

I knew right away what I would shoot for today’s photo a day challenge…so, when I got home from school, I grabbed my purple “chucks” and set them up to spell the word love…I was ready to go, until Hank – my dog – decided to get involved in the photo shoot. Well, Hank took a trip outside and the set up began again.  I LOVE this pic!

IMG_2920

 

Day 23 – Something Old

One of the benefits of working with the yearbook classes is that my room houses the yearbooks from the last 103 years.  The very first book from 1911 is still in relatively good shape and my students love to look at the old yearbooks – whether it’s to make fun of their parents who also went to EHS or just look at the crazy haircuts and clothes. These books are the late 1910s and 1920s.

IMG_2923

 

Day 24 – Stripes

Today was the Stripe Bramlage game in the men’s basketball game against Oklahoma State…each section was to wear either purple or white – and it ended up making stripes around Bramlage. That would have been perfect…however, I wasn’t able to go to the game today, because I was working wrestling all day…so, a few scarves from my collection provided my stripes today.

IMG_2937

 

Day 25 – Landscape

On this cloudy, windy day I headed out to the country around Emporia and captured a couple of different shots – the one I liked the most when I got back home was this one of a fence post with the hills behind. Always a good way to unwind – just driving some backroads and enjoying the countryside.

IMG_7460

 

This week we’ll finish up the last week in January – almost 1/12th of the way done!!

Photo a Day Challenge – Days 12-18

Another week of 2015 is in the books and that means another 7 pictures make their appearance on my blog.  I love how each day these prompts challenge my creativity and allow me to come up with my own spin on things – some days are easy…and the photo basically presents itself. Other days, it takes a little work on my part to make the perfect picture.

Day 12: Close-Up

While getting a macro lens is on my list of camera wants, you can still get quality close up shots without the aide of a special lens (although I did find an interesting article on how to turn your “everyday” lens into a macro lens.  While Hank has made an appearance already in my photo a day challenge, Atticus hadn’t gotten a moment in the spotlight yet…so, I thought I’d introduce you to Atticus (or at least a portion of him).

IMG_2833

 

Day 13: Square

This one stumped me for a bit – and then, all of a sudden I thought of a Rubik’s cube. Now, the problem was where to get a Rubik’s cube! Luckily, as a teacher, I figured my colleagues in the math department might have one – and they did.  It was even solved! I had a student pick it up when it was in my possession and I was so worried that he would mess it up – and that I would have no way to get it solved!!

IMG_2838

 

Day 14: Something White

So, the weather forecast was perfect for today! It was supposed to snow, so I was excited to get some white pictures with the flakes…well, the weather didn’t turn out as planned…so it was back to the brainstorming phase.  I had NO idea what I was going to do until I saw this Pinterest project I did a couple of years back.  While it was VERY simple – paint letters white and glue them on a white canvas, I think it’s a fun decoration!

IMG_2840

 

Day 15: Drive

It seems like Thursday is my day to roam the countryside to find a good shot for this photo a day challenge…and I couldn’t love that more.  Today I chose to head north of town and check out some gravel roads for my shot.  I stayed at school for a meeting and didn’t get out of there until around 5, so I had to head out immediately (and left my DSLR at home).  I got a good shot with my phone, but I was kicking myself because I saw a fox sitting near a tree line in one of the fields I passed and could have captured a good shot had I had my normal camera.

IMG_2852

 

Day 16: Morning

Most days I head into school before the sun really comes up – and am in school until right as the sun is setting…which is part of the reason that winter can start to wear on me. I planned ahead and brought along my camera to school, so I could capture the sun coming up as I headed into school.  I probably should have taken a picture of myself hitting snooze…as that often happens, especially on Friday mornings!

IMG_2855

 

Day 17: Something You Bought

As bad as this sounds, I could have taken several pictures of things I bought today…with a trip to Manhattan to see a K-State Men’s Basketball game, there were the normal stops at favorite restaurants (So Long Saloon – and Willie’s this time), a mandatory visit to the K-State Superstore (I always need more t-shirts, right?), and, of course, the tickets themselves.  However, I chose to go ahead and take a shot of my big purchase from last weekend…isn’t this a beauty?!

IMG_2869

 

Day 18: Shadow

While this is technically not a shadow…I think a silhouette gives off the same feel – and I had it in my mind that I was going to take pictures of birds on a wire…so, that’s what I shot!

IMG_3764

 

I’m loving getting out and forcing myself to take pictures. We’re nearing the end of the month and I can’t wait to see what the daily themes will be as the rest of the year goes on.  The next challenges include some that will really make me think!

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 84 other followers