My First Roll of Film

I mentioned a while ago that my dad gave me his old SLR. I wanted to play around with film for a while so was overjoyed! I shot my first roll pretty quickly (in a matter of days, I mean) because I was so anxious to see how they turned out. I got that roll back pretty quickly, but it’s taken me this long to get proper scans to share with you.

It was a bit nerve-wrecking but SO much fun. Film makes everything so important! I liked being nervous about how photos would turn out and enjoyed getting back prints of photos I had forgotten I’d taken. Mind you, I am entirely of the digital age and never so much as put a roll of film in a camera. I’m hooked now.

My cousin Ellen was in the area, and we went to dinner (at Jakes) in downtown Fort Worth.

The beautiful Bass Performance Hall

This one is my favorite of the roll. I was nervous about these photos because I was using so much light, but they came out just as I wanted. I love the natural vignette! I used my zoom lens for the last two.

Not the most exciting roll of film, I know! Mostly little things around my house because I was anxious to see how they turned out. My next roll, I hope, will be more interesting!

Prompted 365: Days194-201

In my last 365 post I mentioned I started a new job and also had a fight with food poisoning. The heat took an extra step in zapping me of my energy, so I found myself behind on the project. I really had no interest in picking up a camera and even less interest in sitting down to a computer to edit the photos. I didn’t even try to think of interpretations for the prompts.

But, finally, I am caught back up. I’m determined not to give up now that I’m getting closer to the end (December 31)!

13 July:Growth
This photo has absolutely nothing to do with the prompt. I was in a rut and just took a random photo that day.

14 July: Solution
How to relax after a busy day at work

16 July: Redesign

17 July: Two Roads

18 July: Illusion
I’ve lost quite a bit of weight recently, which my doctor is not happy about. I wore heavy clothes and boots to my last check-up to hide it. I am a little ashamed.

20 July: Weak
I know I don’t need anymore clothes, but it’s a serious weakness!

21 July: Obvoius
Bright pink post!

Home Tour: Bathrooms

If this feels like a weird section of my Home Tour, just go with it, please. Bathrooms are small, and our three came together pretty easily (and quickly). They are the most “done” rooms in the house, really!

Guest Bathroom:

This bathroom is located upstairs between mine and Joseph’s offices, near the guest bedroom. As much as I would love a beautiful frilly shower curtain, I decided it needed to be somewhat masculine to make up for the purple bedroom. In the end, I’m very happy with it! I love the wall color especially and am glad I went as dark as I did.

Powder Room:

This the half-bath off the living room.

This is actually Leonardo’s bathroom. And I don’t mean that he uses the litter box in here–he uses the toilet. He’s five years old and started doing this a few months ago with absolutely no training. If the bathroom door is closed or the toilet seat is down, he cries until we figure out the problem and fix it for him. I nearly had a heart attack the first time I walked in on him, but we’ve learned to appreciate it.

If you demand, I have photographic evidence.  But with respect to Leonardo’s privacy, I will only post them in the comment section upon request.

You will have to forgive me for these photos; the powder room is small and difficult to photograph accurately, especially with the sharply-colored decorations I used.

Master Bathroom:

This bathroom is found through double-doors in our bedroom. Towards the back left we have a room for the toilet (which, by the way, Leonardo does not use–he only likes the powder room), our walk-in closet, and a linen closet (the door to which is not pictured above).

Joseph’s grandmother gave us this antique shaving mirror a few months ago. It’s come in quite handy!

Homemade Applesauce

I am never buying applesauce again! I’ve always liked it but never had homemade until Joseph decided to make it on a whim a few weeks ago–I can’t believe we waited so long. Making your own is so easy and delicious. Plus, you know the ingredients are fresh and chemical-free!

Homemade Applesauce from
4 apples – peeled, cored and chopped
3/4 cup water
1/4 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

In a saucepan, combine apples, water, sugar, and cinnamon. Cover, and cook over medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes, or until apples are soft. Allow to cool, then mash with a fork or potato masher.

Seriously, how easy is that? I’m laughing at myself for buying applesauce all these years.

Prompted 365: Days 184-193

I was hoping to have another blog post before this batch of Prompted 365 because I’m starting to find these photos incredibly uninteresting. I’m very sorry if you do too! I’m limiting which photos I post so that you’ll get to see only the best rather than all 365.

July marks my entering into the second half of the project! It’s really draining, and my last week of photos have been pretty awful (truth be told, I haven’t even taken the last four days’ worth). But I’m determined not to quit at this point, so I’m searching for inspiration and energy to complete it.  It’s just one silly photo every day, but it really is tough to keep on track.

Good news: I got a job! I’m working retail at a large chain bookstore and am having a blast so far. Eight hours hunting down books is hard on my body, though, and the truly horrible heat wipes out all my energy.  It feels amazing to actually get paid for something I enjoy, but I’m afraid much of my paycheck will go straight back to the store thanks to my great employee discount.

Last Friday, Joseph and I celebrated one year since leaving Italy. Well, we did not really celebrate. Joseph didn’t really seem to care, but I was a little sad to think of the home and life we left overseas. I’ve been working on something to celebrate our year here, but it isn’t ready yet. Hopefully I will be able to post that for you soon!

3 July: Cute
Confession: I have a かわいい (kawaii) addiction. It makes me feel kind of disgusting and weeaboo-ish, especially since studying Japanese in college. It started with good intentions when I bought packets of stationary at the 100円 store in Okinawa in high school. But it spiraled, and I have quite a collection now (the above photo does not include everything). I do use my stationary and little notepads often, but still I try to keep myself away from cute things so I won’t buy too much. I’m running out of room in my drawers. You can see a few detailed photos at at my Flickr here.

5 July: Happy
New earrings from Francesca’s.

6 July: Shiny

7 July: “A people without faith in themselves cannot survive.”

8 July: Sacrifice
You thought you had to give up Caramel deLights/Samoas when the Girl Scouts stop selling them? Nope. I was not going to post this photo (because it’s not very good!) but feel it my duty to spread the word about these cookies. They taste almost exactly like the Girl Scouts’.

9 July: Melody
Joseph’s grandmother, who used to own an antique store, gave him this beautiful book many years ago. It was published in 1901.

10 July: Expectations
Joseph and I had plans to spend the day with Catherine and her boyfriend Mark on Sunday, but I had to cancel when I got food poisoning.  Instead of eating lunch and browsing museums, I was in bed with my netbook and Leonardo, who always senses when I’m sick and stays by my side for the entirety of it.

11 July: Innocent

12 July: Need
I was still sick at this point. Focused photos of me are not happenin’ in that state.

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