I love that second sleep. You know the one. It's early Sunday morning and you wake up for a few minutes, but you soon fall asleep again. Just for an hour or so. During that second sleep, your dreams seem more vivid, more real.
When you wake up, the dreams seem easier to remember and you can lay in bed for a few minutes with your eyes closed, soaking in the lusciousness that is half asleep, half awake.
Yes, I love second sleep.
To be honest, the posts this week have been.... well, they have been a little weak. Due to a combination of bad weather and a cluster of particularly nasty migraine head aches, I have hardly even lifted my camera since Saturday morning. My typical day has consisted of going to work, coming home and going to bed. Hopefully the weather and the pain will clear by the weekend.
I do have an interesting idea for a weekend shoot. We just finished building and decorating a new laundry room. I am planning a photo shoot of the new area. Think of it as a mock interior fashion shoot. Bright colors, plenty of good light, and lots of decorating by Jodi. All of these should combine to create a nice subject. We might even get a new Jodi-ism out of the experience.
I also want to visit the cormorants I found in the fall and see how they are doing. I have a new 70-210mm f2.8 and a 1.4x extension tube that I would like to try on them.
I hope you have interesting plans for your weekend.
Where do you live? Do you live someplace warm? Someplace nice... without cold, sleet, and snow? I live in the cold place with no sunlight for days on end during the winter. It's days like this that make me long for someplace warm. Maybe a nice tropical island with coconuts, palm trees, and sandy beaches.
I've noticed that the older I get, the less tolerant of the winter I have become. I still like looking out the window at the fresh fallen snow. Notice though that I like looking out the window. I don't want to get out in the snow any more. Even looking at the snow from the comfort of my warm home leads to the dreaded thought of driving in the snow, or worse yet, shoveling snow.
So back to my question. Where do you live. If you live on that tropical island, would you mind me visiting for a few of those sunless weeks every winter? I don't eat that much and I can be trained to clean up after myself. Just think about it.
There are lessons to be learned here. Life changing lessons.
You could have been famous with legions of followers. You could have been rich, living the life of ease. People could have been calling your name. You could have been a rock and roll star.
If only you had taken those accordion lessons.
Who would have guessed?
There is a lot of power in a candle. It can be a source of energy, heating cup of water, spinning a pinwheel, or starting a fire. A candle can set a mood by providing the perfect atmosphere for scary stories or romantic dinners. You can use it to light a room. If a candle is sceneted, maybe its only purpose is to smell good. Maybe you use your candle to make a wish during a birthday celebration. Put a candle in a window and it can guide somebody home or welcome them to your home.
Perhaps my favorite use for a candle is to use it as a beacon of hope. To ignite dreams and drive darkness away.
How do you use candles?
It's Monday morning. You've had a nice relaxing weekend. maybe you got some chores finished. Youmight have visited with friends and family. Maybe you got ready for the upcoming holiday. All I can say to you this morning is... Get Back To Work!
This is the way life works. You work all week to earn the right to relax all weekend. Have a great week.
Sometimes, when insomnia strikes and I wake up far too early, I take my camera and walk the streets near my home. For the most part, I have the town to myself. I like that. I enjoy the peace that can only be found in the middle of the night. I can imagine that the entire world is sleeping except me. Eventually, the world begins to waken, slowly, one home and one business at a time. The waking lights are my cue to head home, find something to eat and get ready to face the rest of the day.
This image pretty well sums up my first two weeks on the new job. I have been absorbing as much as I can and processing what I have learned. I think that I am going to love my new work home. The people are fantastic and they are dedicated to helping others.
Having never had a marketing professional on staff, they have accidently stumbled into some good ideas but have also established some bad habits. The challenge is huge and I am excited about tackling the problems and stearing them into the right direction.
Experience so far? Wonderful!
Many of you may not know that, although I have a passion for photography, my passion also extends into my work as a marketing professional. This week I started a new job with a nationwide non profit organization based in Columbus, OH. I'll be their first marketing manager and I have to tell you that the challenge ahead of me is very exciting.
Starting with a new organization can be daunting. My new work home represents a step in to a new market for me. I have traditionally marketed capital equipment and the new job focuses on people and the services that they need. I have a lot to learn in a short period of time. The good news is that the people in charge have their act together. In one short week, they gave poured a lot of information into my head and embraced me.
A lot happened this past week but I knew that I had found my new home when I walked in and found my name on an office door. The room had a fresh coat of paint. On the desk was a company coffee mug, a box of business cards with my name and title, and a catalog for office supplies. Soon, my new laptop and phone arrived. The impression that I recieved was that they put as much thought into welcoming me as we both put into the interview process.
I think it's a sign.