I know...what does one have to do with the other? Absolutely nothing. We're really suffering from a bad case of The Winter Blues this year....everyone I know, no matter where they are...except for those in warmer climates who never get snow...ever. Here in our house we have been sick 4 times this winter. The flu, colds and the dreaded stomach virus. Ugh. The cold, the snow and the sickness just sucks the life out of me. I have barely taken any pictures, I haven't scrapbooked since the beginning of January and it has taken me 3 weeks to get through a book that I know would normally take me 1 week or less to get through. The wicked bad snow & ice storms had also displaced me from my comfortable and warm bed to a creaky, narrow and really uncomfortable stretcher in our PACU 3 times this winter. And no matter what, you just can't sleep...at all. Can you tell I am so over winter??
But on the bright side, it was actually sunny and 44 degrees today when I got out of work at 1 PM and I drove home with a window cracked open. The fresh air felt so good and honestly, it felt a little like spring!
I started my class in portrait photography 3 weeks ago. Class got cancelled last Tuesday because of....you guessed it....snow. I am looking forward to this class because it is a mix of Newbies and some of us that are now considered "advanced students"(nice....I'm advanced!). The advanced students have an independent project to work on and complete by the end of the semester. Our portfolio consists of portraits (obviously), but we do not have homework like the other newer students. This is my third course with Professor Wesley Bernard, and I really enjoy taking his classes. I am hoping he will teach the documentary photography class next fall too.
I hit a mother of a sale at Joann's on line a couple of weeks ago. 50% off of D-ring albums and page protectors. So I grabbed 2 albums and 2 25pks of page protectors by We R Memory Keepers. The albums also have 10 page protectors in them too. I got the albums in buttercream and red.
The bookplates are a nice touch too.
Before I went away in January to a crop I kind of felt like I didn't want to scrapbook anymore. I wasn't sure if it was that I really didn't want to or because I just didn't have any current photos so I had no projects to work on, or what.....but I came home after that weekend and felt rejuvenated and ready to move forward creatively, especially with my photography. The scrapbooking is still going to be a part time hobby for sure, but I really have the desire to move forward to the next level with my photo skills. This summer I am going to Tanzania for a photo shoot. I am really looking forward to it. It is one of those "chance of a lifetime" trips, and if I don't go, I know I will regret it forever. There will be 9 of us going, including Professor Bernard. We'll be using Thomson Safaris while we are there. I already started my travel shots and will be finishing them off in July. I plan on keeping a journal of the trip. I wish I could blog while I am there but from what I understand the internet is sketchy at the big lodge and unavailable (of course) in the Serenghetti. It is going to be such a great trip. I'm looking forward to learning more from a Master! Who knows? Maybe some day I can call myself a Master too!