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Chihuahua with a Mustache

Today there was a book fair at the girl’s school.  She and I spent a great deal of time checking out all the titles on the tables.  Very honestly, there wasn’t much there that was even worth a second glance.  It was highly disappointing.  I knew we had to find something though.  The fair helps support the school, and a portion of the proceeds goes towards getting new books for their classrooms.  That, and the kid knew she was allowed to get a book.

Back and forth between the chapter book tables.  One mundane sounding description after another.  Then we wandered back to where we started – with the picture books.  We don’t read that many of them any more.  We read for a half hour (sometimes more) a day, but that’s almost all devoted to novels.  That’s when I saw it!

It was hidden beneath scores of boring paperback children’s stories…  a hard cover, only one letter of the title peeking out – but I recognized the font instantly.  “Lily-Ann!  What’s this???”  I slide the book out just a titch, so that two letters are now revealed.

“SKIPPYJON JONES!!!!”

I’m sure her animated shout could be heard throughout the main floor of the school.

Yep.  We found a copy of Skippyjon Jones; Class Action.

We love Skippyjon.  We read a lot about him at wegivebooks.org.  I remember the first time she saw the cover of the original Skippyjon Jones, she said “Momma, that cat looks like a Chihuahua.”  This sticks with me because I poo poohed her, assuming it was just the illustrators style… but very quickly found out I was wrong.  And yes, I made sure to apologize for it.

We’re Chihuahua nuts around here (as I’m sure you’ve guessed).  So these absolutely adorable books, with their smart stories, and rich characters?  We ❤ them in a big way.

So yay!  The kid now has her very own Skippyjon Jones book…  and we popped the CD in to listen to it being read while we drove to get her Daddy from work (it was interesting to hear someone else’s take on the characters voices and the songs – her mom voice and my mom voice are VASTLY different, and curiously enough we were pretty dead on for every other character and the songs).  We’ve now heard it six times.  And it’s no less charming on it’s sixth than on it’s first, though I’m not sure her Daddy would agree.  LMAO

Anyway…  instead of sharing a book cover as I often do when I’m writing about a book we enjoy, I’m going to share a picture the girl did up yesterday.  She took a photo (using the iPad) of Deedee, and then proceeded to edit it.  So here’s Deedee, or as the girlie put it – giggling hysterically:  “She’s a Chihuahua with a Mustache!”

A Chihuahua with a mustache

Inspiration Ad Hoc

I tell ya…  as a blogger who insists on doing it daily, there are times when inspiration comes fast and furious.  My muse presenting me with a gay cornucopia of delights, any one ripe and plump for the choosing, a myriad of ideas all flowing eagerly forth…  and then there are days like today.  When any type of inspiration, ad hoc would be great.  But no.

My muse, you see, is fickle.  She likes me best when the body isn’t tired, the flesh isn’t weak, when I’m not weary from a day filled with work.  She only comes a’calling when I’m bright and peppy, when I myself am a joy to be around.  I’ll admit, I like me best on those days too.  So I can’t really blame her all that much.

I like my work the way I like so many other things, in moderation.  Too much work, and well?  Then you get this.  Boring drudgery of a blog post.  😉  But all is not lost.  Soon we will be through with the backlog of photo edits – freeing me up to work as I am happiest, editing my photo shoots the same week they were shot during.  And then?  Then my muse will return with vigor.  Strong and thrilled again with life.  You’ll see.  🙂

Get Yourself Into Aperture!

Sooo….  since taking my workload into Apple’s latest version of Aperture, I’ve become a total lover of presets.  I’ve created two of my own, and have a couple dozen others as well.  It’s rare that I don’t do any further tweeking after applying a preset – but they do go a fair distance in cutting down my editing workload.

Haven’t checked out Aperture 3 yet?  Apple is offering a free one month trial – so it’s a good time to look into it.  It’s a great tool for amateur photophiles too, so don’t think that just because you aren’t a professional it’s not worth investing in a good processing tool.  Learning how to properly edit your photographs can turn a good capture into a great one.  And a good photo editing program is a MUST HAVE for anyone who’s involved in scrapbooking.  It’s the ideal way to provide those special touches that can really punch your work up a notch (or even two or three).  🙂  So check it out:  http://www.apple.com/ca/aperture/

Seriously, this is one program that should make it into your bag of tricks.  😉

Now…  since I’ve been toying with presets I have to ask…  Each photo shoot I edit seems to inspire a new one.  So it won’t be long until I have enough of them to launch my own preset collection.  Would ya’ll be interested in the TD Photography preset collection?

…as the wheel turns

So, just as I get better, the girlie is up for her turn.  Isn’t that the way?  She’s not sick yet, but I can feel it coming.  The moodiness.  The sleepiness. The irritabliness.  Wait.  That’s not a word.  Okay, maybe I’m not ALL the way better yet.  😉

It was a long day.

But I was able to get a little work done.

I put in a few hours this afternoon editing photos.  However, I’m not on the desktop computer, so I’m unable to share any.  Sorry.  Though, I don’t think I’d have done so anyway.  This was a “boudoir” shoot.  And while some folks have no problem letting it all hang out for the world to see (and seriously, kudos to those of you who have the guts to do so) that’s not the case in this instance.

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