Reasons Not to Date a Photographer

Found this through my interwebz friend Momo of Tabetic Zombie, these are the ones that are me. The original list can be found here, at Not A Starving Artist.

  • They rather hold their bulky camera, than hold hands with you.
  • They like to sit in obscure coffee shop and voyeuristically watch people for great lengths of time.
  • If you’re taking a walk outside and you come across some “interesting light” they will make you sit/stand/pose in public so that they can take a photo.
  • You’ll wait longer for them to finish analyzing art in a museum than you’ll wait at the dmv.
  • Same goes with old used bookstores.
  • Or they are actually using you to not look so creepy as they people watch everything going on around you.
  • You can’t take a photo with them without taking at least five more.
  • They spend all their time on the computer (and not for porn.) 
  • They still use film cameras. 
  • They’ll be fussy over the position of a common household object, like a coffee cup.
  • They like watching old films that you’ve never heard or will ever understand.
  • They like looking at weird things in general.
  • Instead of having penis-envy, they have camera-gear-envy.
  • Everything is watermarked.
  • They want to color correct a lot of scenes from Twilight and Jersey Shore.
  • They like trespassing into old abandoned buildings filled with health hazards.
  • They always want to show a new photo they took, but don’t really care if you like it or not.
  • Bright, sunny days make them sad, but cloudy, overcast days are apparently great!
  • They’ll take you into places that have “culture” as well a high chance of getting mugged.
  • You can’t go anywhere new without them stopping to take a photo of everything and anything.
  • Bringing their camera means, bringing 50lbs of equipment.
  • They are natural hoarders, collecting and keeping piles of old newspapers, packaging, magazines, and other things that “inspire” them.
  • They are weird and geeky.
  • They have hard drives of photos, but probably have printed 10 images. 
  • If you’re ever in auto mode, they laugh at you.
  • They orgasm every time they learn a new lighting technique.

Does a New Year mean a New You?

Have you ever done a New Years Resolution? I think I may have just once.

This year I came across Lyn of Witch Blog's I Can Change ONE Thing. I thought it would be a nice thing to try. Especially with all the changes I've been doing this year. Plus I feel I just need a little help focusing this year with the whole PPD thing.

Not so much that I want to change who I am, just that I think I'm losing focus of who I am. I'm hoping that making a nice list of things I want to get done will help. I also want to start doing more things. Things that I used to do, like read, write, take photos.

I feel like I've been stuck as Mom whose name is Amanda, not Amanda who is a mom, if that makes any sense.

Inspired by Pagan Blog Prompts


There is Changes a Comin'

So I am making an attempt into blog design again. I want to revamp things. I want to try and make it something completely mine. This may take a while. Correction this will take a while. As Ariel is now mobile and loves to get into things.


I dub thee Christmas Magic Jars

Now not on purpose I totally forgot about Santa gifts. I mean how mean of me. Karlee's mommy reminded us to make sure there was a gift from Santa for her. Which slightly irks me but that is another story.

But in keeping with my Yule domestic feeling I decided to make them something. I looked and looked for some ideas on the interwebz but alas couldn't find anything that I could a) afford and b) make in time. Then I remembered the cute little tins I bought when i got the Santa gift bags. I couldn't pass them up, so I grabbed one each of the different designs not knowing what I would use them for.

Well Yule came around and I went out again to Michael's and got silver glitter, white glitter (called fairy dust funnily enough), snowflake confetti, silver ribbon, and cute little jingle bell ornaments. And this is what I got!

I dub thee Christmas Magic!
 I put in the confetti and add the glitter till I thought they looked about right. Then I used my gift tags from last year, little Santa hats and tied them and the ornaments on with the ribbon. If you shake them up it looks like a little snowstorm with never melting snowflakes! Best part is the tins have openers so I just didn't add them to the ribbon so little hands won't be opening them.

I think Karlee's came out best though, probably cause she has a snowflake design on her tin. What do you think?


Yummy Yule Makings

So for Yule I decided to be all domestic. I not only cleaned the whole house (which my grandma later trashed), but I decided to make some gifts. We as you know are broke this year. So unfortunately I did not have money to buy gifts for everyone like I usually do. Honestly my mom gave me money to get the kids BIG gifts from us.

This year I actually prefer the gifts I made though. I think it adds something more to it, plus I could make them for everyone. Thanks to Kiki we also had cool photo gift cards to hand out. So we made homemade hot cocoa mix to give out to everyone with the cards.

AJ even helped me make it!
We modified a recipe I found on Modern Parents Messy Kids. I doubled it but also took out the espresso. The original recipe is here. What I used is below.

  • 2 cups of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 cups of granulated sugar
  • 2 cups of powdered milk
  • 1 cup of chopped chocolate chips (since I didn't have mini ones)
This made about 18 two person servings. I printed gift tags again through Modern Parents Messy Kids but linked to here. I used Santa gift bags that I got at Michael's. Here's the finished product.


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