Okay. Yeah. I’ve been a really bad blogger lately. Well, maybe not by most standards. After all, there are MANY bloggers who post once a week or even less frequently. But for me? This is bad.
I don’t know if it’s the weather, or just the physical exhaustion after working so hard getting Breaking the Silence up and running then following it up with a very physically demanding photo shoot… Whatever it is? It’s kicking my ass. I’m just done. So I am VERY grateful that the Easter break is now upon us. Not having to worry about our regular schedule, and getting the girl off to school, should help a great deal. And even better? The next couple of days we’re actually supposed to see plus temperatures!
I am so done with this cold and all this snow. I am dying for it all to melt away. I want to cultivate the ground. This house has a nice big garden space (that was unused for who knows how long) and I’m just itching to get out there and plant something. I have so many plans for the outdoor space here, and this extended Winter is making me a little itchy… seriously. I’m so irritable I’ve definitely got a case of cabin fever… Spring just cannot get here fast enough.
Tonight I have to direct you towards another url. As I’ve already chronicled this particular misadventure on my photography website. I do promise though, the many photographs of our frosty day are well worth the visit. I know you’ll laugh as much as we did as we battled the environment to get these important shots.
And a big thank you to Jamie for not only volunteering as my assistant today, but for capturing the entire thing with her iPhone. LMAO
I’ve posted before about the glorious art form that is DRAG, so consider this post The Art of Drag – The Next Generation.
A couple of weeks ago I had the privilege of being the official photographer at a rather phenomenal event here in Saskatoon. It was the True Colours Drag Show hosted by the Avenue Community Center. All sorts of performers, from current Drag Superstars to those who are the future of the art, all performing together in a grand spectacle. It really was a brilliant night, and I am so thrilled to have played a part – even just a small one. So here are a few names to remember:
Though our sky was dark and dreary for much of the day today, my heart was happy as I look forward. We are coming into crunch time for planning this years Breaking the Silence conference. This conference is something that is very near and dear to my heart and I am so blessed to be on the board. And while our key theme this year is a sporting one (focusing on issues in the locker room and beyond) it will deal with the same truths we all care so much about, bullying and living as our authentic selves. I’m looking forward to another highly successful conference this March.
The website still contains information from 2012, but it should be updated shortly with information on our keynote and registration for 2013: http://www.usask.ca/education/breaking-the-silence/
And join me tomorrow as we take a look at my “daily routine” in another exciting photo a day challenge post:
It has been a long couple of days. The water started coming in yesterday morning, and kept right on coming through most of today. It finally stopped at about 3:00 or so. And the folks from the city got to work in our basement at about 6:00. I’m way to exhausted to even think. So long story short? We had issues with roots and pipes knocking heads. It’s “fixed” now, but only after damage to our basement – water and sewage can do nasty things to a home even if they’re only a couple inches high. It also appears that this will likely be an ongoing problem for the next 18 months or so – as that’s how long it takes for things to “settle” after this type of a problem. Like I said, this whole thing just has me exhausted… physically and emotionally.
Tonight, The Wiggles hit Saskatoon on their way across Canada and North America on their farewell tour. Thankfully my parents nabbed two tickets for the show, so Lily-Ann and my Mom got to see one of the last performances of Jeff, Murray, and Greg (Anthony, the blue Wiggle, will be continuing on along with the new cast including the first female member of the gang). This was their second Wiggles concert as they also went to see them during their Birthday Celebration tour a year or two ago.
The girl is sad that so many of the Wiggles are moving on, but I explained how nice it will be for them to be able to spend more time with their families, and she did think that was a good thing. She also liked the idea that her new baby cousin Leandro will get to grow up with a whole new crew to sing along with. So we talked a little about how we can be sad about something, but also happy about it too… all at the same time.
My favourite story from the night though, had to be from after the show. Lily-Ann didn’t have an opportunity to give the bone she made to Wags, or the rose (a silk one, from our wedding) she brought to Dorothy during the show. My Mom had noticed that some of the kids had just put their items up on the edge of the stage as they left. So the two of them made their way up to the front.
Now… Lily-Ann is one fast kid. All kids are fast, but she’s even faster than most. Super smart, and agile to boot, she has a way of getting through spaces and human traffic that others couldn’t even imagine. So it’s no surprise she beat Grams to the stage. However, my Mom hadn’t anticipated what the girl did next.
Lily-Ann didn’t set her gifts on the edge of the stage where the other kid’s items were left. Oh no. She climbed onto the stage herself, wiggled under a velvet rope, up onto another level of the stage, and snuck back behind the curtain… and just like that, she was back stage. She got to see all the props and sets and actors and dancers, and stage hands, and then the stage manager noticed this fiery little redhead bobbing around in awe and excitement.
Apparently he was very sweet with her. He told her that Wags and Dorothy were sleeping, but that he would be happy to bring her rose and hand-crafted bone to them. And that was good enough for the girl.
So in addition to an amazing show, and a couple very cool momentos, she has a very unique memory of getting a real behind the scenes look at a show that few get to see.
Time for a photography preview! And it’s a good thing too… because I’m just not that eloquent tonight. Generally words come fast and easy, but tonight? Tonight I’m tired, and the words, they be playing hide and seek with me (it would appear I’m losing).
I had the pleasure of working with Wendy and Chris to capture all the important moments at their wedding (and several hours before). The big event was a little over a week ago now, and I’ve got a few sneak peek images to share from the “formals” portion of the day. Wendy and Chris were so much fun! I loved that we were able to be silly and capture some really fun and goofy moments along with the romantic ones.
Thankfully I’ve been able to devote quite a bit of time so far to the edits and enhancements, and I’m about 1/3 of the way through. So hopefully, Chris and Wendy, it won’t be too much longer until everything is ready. Thank you for including me in your special day. It really was a delight!
It has been a long day, and I’m absolutely exhausted… so I have to admit to some relief knowing I can let my photography do the talking tonight.
A couple of weeks ago now, I did a shoot with an absolutely charming couple – who seemed to think I’d have a hard time capturing even one good photograph. I knew very early on that not only would I get one, I’d get dozens.
Sandra and Keith were absolutely wonderful. They were such convivial company, and they had such infectious smiles. I thoroughly enjoyed my time with them, and editing their photographs just brought it all back. Funny how that works.