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01 December 2012 @ 06:28 pm

My SPN Convention Stuff

*Note:   I only recently started using these tags,
so not all my photos of the Js or Misha will be included.
To find all photos, you would have to go through
each of the Con posts linked in the SPN Con Master Posts


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"A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men."

About this Space

This is my primary fandom home.   If you've wandered here somehow via real-life channels, hi there!   In this space I let my fandom geek out.   I also express my love of photography via fandom by taking and sharing with fandom photographs at conventions
(via a Creative Commons License).     I also sometimes share bits and pieces of my real life here.  Sometimes friends-locked.  Sometimes not.  But always with an eye towards sharing within a fandom space.  The emphasis in open posts is usually on fun.   I gave up hiding fandom a few years ago.  I don't advertise, but yes, this is also me.   Roald Dahl, author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory one of my favorite childhood books and movies, had his character Willy Wonka state that "A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest man."   This is the tag line that describes this space.    If you want serious, if you want my professional side, I have other spaces for that.  :)

My posts are a mix of fandom and RL. Many, but not all, RL posts are friends locked.  Most fandom posts are unlocked.

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Current Location: cic
Current Mood: busy
26 August 2015 @ 03:27 pm
Been a long time since I've LJ posted.  I don't even have a master post for this (I think? I don't know, maybe I do.) But want to have this for future reference.

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09 June 2015 @ 08:21 pm

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09 June 2015 @ 05:05 pm
Hi all! I was going to joke that it's been xxx days since my last post on LJ. Then I went and looked and OMIGOSH, the last time I posted on LJ was on March 11th. Holy cow. That may be a record for me. :/

We recently returned from our 22 day Europe trip, including attending JIB in Rome. Our trip included 6 days in Ireland, 3 days in Rome for JIB, 2 days in the beachside resort of Rimini on the Adriatic Sea, and an organized tour including Vencie, Pisa, Assisi, Florence, and back to Rome.

I've a Flickr collection of albums for JIB, if anyone is interested.

And I'm posting write ups of segments of the overall trip on my photography blog.  So far I've three posts. Hope to do about one every day or so. And hopefully before I forget details!  At least one of the posts will be about the comparison of JIB to Creation cons.

    - Intro post
    - First day in Ireland
    - Day 2 in Ireland - Cliffs of Moher and Galway

Hope all is well in LJ land.  I did finally catch up on S10, so I'm now ready for S11.


14 January 2015 @ 11:27 pm
Packing much lighter for #SFCon

11 January 2015 @ 05:39 pm

11 January 2015 @ 05:37 pm
11 January 2015 @ 03:35 pm
Are they too large for LJ? I'm only working via iPhone so it's hard to judge and mobile LJ does not give me option for choosing a size.
11 January 2015 @ 03:15 pm
All taken with my new mirrorless camera. Uploaded wirelessly. Edited on iPhone.

10 January 2015 @ 08:00 pm
09 January 2015 @ 04:20 pm

Using one of my EOS lenses, the 135mm. Uploaded to iphone wireless direct from camera. Post processing done on iPhone and posted.
09 January 2015 @ 01:20 pm
I'm adding a mirrorless camera to my equipment.  I just got a Sony A6000. I'm hoping it will eventually help out with the weight issue of the 5D.  I have no plans on giving up my 5D.  But I want to start using mirrorless as well.  After months of researching, I finally took the plunge.  Also got a mount adaptor so I am supposed to be able to use all my Canon lenses with all/almost all functionality on this tiny camera.  LOL, can wait to see what the Canon 70-200mm looks like on it.  Should be comical.

Thing did not come with a charged battery, so I'm charging one now.  (Plus it didn't even come with a charger!!! It came with a battery but no charger. Good thing I also ordered extra batteries which DID come with a charger.  I would be so not amused right now otherwise.)

While this camera does not yet have a lot of lenses and I know there are strong rumors of a 2015 release of a Canon mirrorless model, the overall expense of these were peanuts compared to what I've invested in my full gear.  Canon (and Nikon) MUST come out with mirrorless models soon or they may go the way of Kodak and Polaroid.  I'm excited to see how this space evolves over the next few years.  It was scary picking a model given the whole unknown future thing (and I still remember our family picking Betamax over VHS back in the day, lol.)  But given the research I've done over the past year, I'm feeling like this was a reasonable risk.

More to come later over the weekend. Once my new toy is charged.


08 January 2015 @ 05:42 pm
08 January 2015 @ 06:00 am
Norwegian cow bell brought over from old country. Via my grandmother.
05 January 2015 @ 10:03 pm
31 December 2014 @ 01:46 pm
I had thought this year was somewhat uneventful, until I started reviewing FB, Twitter, my blog, LJ, etc.

1. What did you do in 2014 that you'd never done before?

Well not all of these were exactly fun things, but they were definitely learning experiences. Lived seven months without my husband in residence at our home - he was working out of state and I only saw him three times during that time period. And I faced some challenging health issues.

While neither of these things were fun, weirdly both of them turned out to have silver linings. Bob working out of state forced me to not rely on him as a crutch as much as I had gotten used to, so I became more self reliant. This is ironic because I've always considered myself self reliant. Then Bob was not here and I realized that, nope, I'm Bob-reliant.  lol.

As far as the health issues, some of been resolved for the good. Others are still in the works. But as a result of all of it, I've had so many medical tests that I now know that overall I'm actually quite healthy. The remaining health issue is still being diagnosed, but the good news is that most all of the scary stuff (cancers, etc.) have been ruled out and we are down to, let's call it inconvenient stuff. I'm awaiting the results of the recent medical test and assuming it comes back as positive (which we are actually hoping for as it's a benign, treatable, if inconvenient, thing), then I should actually come out of 2014 as healther than I have been in quite some time.  Due to the resolution of some of the health issues my health is already vastly improved.  Still got arthritis thought which plagues my days with pain, but even that has better attention due to my wonderful doctor.

One fun thing I did in 2014 that I've never done before - I signed up for the JIB 2015 convention in Rome for May.  Bob is coming with me, and we've also signed up for a 9 day tour of Italy and also plan on visiting Ireland. So for 3-4 weeks in May/June 2015, we will be traveling and enjoying ourselves.

2. Did you keep your New Year's resolutions and will you make more for next year?

I kinda gave up New Year's resolutions years ago.  However, I believe I did resolve to pay more attention to my health and take better care of myself.  And not focus as much on work as I've always done. And I believe I can say that I have definitely been keeping to those resolutions. They will always be ongoing for me.

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38. Who was the best new person you met?

A new hire at work. Wonderful lady with a great outlook on life.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learnt in 2014:

That I can survive without Bob. I would rather not, however.