Thursday, March 31, 2011
Tonight was a great night! I went to the Talent Showcase presented by Ashley Willis (you may remember her from a previous blog as the one who took the stunning photographs of Palak and I together). She is an amazing photographer and she did a presentation today on HOW to photograph or more concretely the dynamics of photography. She explained exposure, ISO, aperture and shutter speed in a way that connected the dots between the pixilated photographs I have been taking. I immediately came home and was so inspired I went in the bathroom to try my hand a some of the tricks used. I took this photograph using a 4second shutter speed moving my illuminated cellphone around during the exposure time. Next, I read my entire camera manual and played around with more of the settings. Now, I am on a mission. In order to shoot in manual and be in control of the different aspects of photography I need a better camera...more info to come after research has been done.....
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
I know. You are shocked. You can't believe it is true. But alas, it is. Daisy used the big girl potty.
Though she is not yet technically toilet trained as we have put a makeshift litter box inside the toilet seat, she is using the toilet and we remain confident she will at some point use the toilet without the help of a litter box. Yay!
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Monday, March 28, 2011
Another Monday. Another day of teaching. We were sad to find out today that two of our five students in the Secondary School will be leaving during Easter break. I am feeling really thankful today that I still enjoy what I am doing on this island. It is a rarity for people to be able to work here and not only do I have the opportunity to work but I also love what I do. :)
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Friday, March 25, 2011
Palak and I had professional photos taken today. It was so much fun and we are so excited to see how they turn out. This is a "preview" that she sent us and we should have the rest in less than 2 weeks. Ashley is an amazing photographer and we are so fortunate that she had the time to do a 2 hour photo shoot with us. :)
In other news, my streak of bad luck continues as I poured boiling water on my fingers today and came home to a leaking bathroom ceiling. Will it ever end?
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Today was Becky's last bingo. :(
She is leaving for WI next Thursday so she won't be able to come next week. Palak and I really enjoy spending time with her and her family so we are really sad to see Becky, Madyson and Macyn leave so early. We will see them again in August though so we just continue to look forward to that. We had lots of fun at bingo tonight. Palak won $50 (which paid for our beer?) and with the night ending with a bucket on someone's head, you have to know it was a good one. :)
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
So, I don't use my blog to complain very often but I really have to today. I was driving up the hill to tutoring with the girls and I had to drive in the middle of the road to avoid some pedestrians. When BAM! I hit this pot hole. I kept going and didn't wipe out or anything but the scooter was clearly not driving correctly. I drove it the rest of the way up the hill and then back down all the way to FoodFaire. I stopped there because I was out of upper body strength from trying to drive in a straight line. I called Livingston and he told me to drive the scooter the rest of the way home. It turns out the steering column in the scooter was bent. :( One more negative adventure. I feel like my luck HAS to turn around soon. This is just getting ridiculous.
Monday, March 21, 2011
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Friday, March 18, 2011
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
I didn't take this picture today but I wanted to post it anyway. We let Daisy out last night (Monday) and she didn't come back all day on Tuesday. We are starting to get worried about her. The manager of the apartment complex we live in has 2 dogs though. They chase her every time they see her so she has to find the perfect window of them not being around and us being home to come back in. I wish there was an easier way. Hopefully she will be home soon, we are really missing her. :(
Monday, March 14, 2011
I went to visit with the other SO's at the pool today. Allie was there all bandaged up too so it was the first time we have been able to get a pic together. When we travel around people stare at us like we are mutants. But most people are really nice except the one guy who came up to us and just repeated over and over "you need to be careful". We finally looked at him and said "why didn't you tell us that 3 weeks ago?" and he shut up and walked away. Ha!
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Daisy is beginning to miss going outside. She kept us up until 5 o'clock this morning crying about it. And I mean crying. I have never heard such a loud noise from such a small animal before. We finally let her out so we could get some sleep. It was a nerve-wracking night but in the morning we opened the door and a few hours later she came waltzing in like she owned the place. Palak and I were so relieved to see her back in the apartment. We are going to try getting her on a schedule of going out in the day time and spending the nights at home with us. We'll see if it works. ALSO, TODAY IS GRAMMA'S 70TH BIRTHDAY!
Happy Birthday to the BEST GRAMMA IN THE WORLD!!! I'm so happy we got to 3-way video chat today with her and mom and Julie. Plus, Alan and Courtney were in FL so I got to see them too. :) Love it.
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Friday, March 11, 2011
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
BINGO, Line, Beer and Money!
Tonight the SOs gathered at Prickley Bay Marina for BINGO night.
It was so much fun.
Becky, Jimmy, Megan, Vanessa, Palak and I sat at one table together and there were lots of SO's (including Kelsey's mom) that sat at another one. We had a table FULL of winners! Jimmy won $50, Vanessa won twice totaling $175 and Palak won twice and brought home $160 and a 1/2 case of beer!!!
We had so many stories that night too including Jimmy opening beer bottles with my crutches and Becky asking 100 times which way is vertical.
Can't wait to go back next week!
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
We have adopted a kitten! She is so cute and little and shy. She hid from us all day but I was able to get her to play a little bit before bed. We still haven't decided on a name yet though. I like Maude or Sally. Palak has been calling her Bella. She is so cute though....maybe one day we will get to pet her! LOL
Monday, March 7, 2011
Meet Allie. As week 2 of my cast wearing begins one major thing I am noticing is that my time with Allie is SEVERELY diminished. I suppose I always took it for granted that I could just scoot scoot up the hill and go spend time with her. She crashed her bicycle on Saturday and got pretty banged up as well. She has stitches on her forehead and her leg along with lots of bruises and some roadrash. People are joking that they don't want to come near us for fear they will get sucked into our clumsiness. I do miss my time with her though....hoping for a speedy recovery for us both.
Sunday, March 6, 2011
Saturday, March 5, 2011
We have heard wonderful things about Ricks so we decided to go. The pizza is REALLY great. The service leaves something to be desired but Palak, Allie, Rachele, Dwaine, April and I enjoyed kicking back with a beer and having pizza like we did in the US.
Friday, March 4, 2011
Ok I admit it. I didn't take a picture today. I forgot. However, Allie and I teamed up with Ashley (another SO on the board) and had a fundraiser for the SO organization. We had 16 people show up and made $75ec. Not too bad for a pretty easy fundraiser. Plus, now I own this movie.
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
I know you can't really see it in this picture but my worst fear happened today: crutches + rain.
I didn't have to be out in it hardly at all though because I stayed safely under the cover of school until I HAD to leave and by then it was almost dry...