27 Apr

Career Counseling

Lloyd Dobbler is on my mind today. You know that part where he’s talking to Diane’s father about his future? Where he says he doesn’t want to sell anything bought or processed, or buy anything sold or processed, or process anything sold, bought, or processed? Did he find some resolution in that before the end of the movie? I think a viewing might be in order, if only for the comfort in knowing I’m not the only one who feels like this.

Either that, or I need to get on a plane.

[32 years old, still looking at the world like a senior in high school. This is a bad thing, huh?]

This post started out on a different site, but in an effort to get more of my writing in one place, I moved it to cindyscovel.com in January 2012.

17 Apr

It’s easier than it looks.

This is the second time in a week that a Picture Spring photo has fallen into my lap, so I figured I should say something. Today’s prompt was as follows: ‘Today, beyond the obvious objects that might catch your eye, look for the shadow shapes they leave behind.’

It’s been a long week. I’m tired and grouchy. Thankfully, I was able to kick out of work a little early today and beat the Friday commute, but when I got home, all I wanted to do was settle in with an adult beverage and stare out the window. It was the perfect time to get out into the neighborhood and find some shadows, but I just didn’t want to. So I poured a glass of gin, grabbed the Crate and Barrel and Athleta catalogs from the mail, and cozied into my chaise in the living room (oh, CB2, you sadden me, but at least you’re entertaining) (also, am I the only one who does this? Reading catalogs from which I will allow myself to buy nothing definitely ranks in my top five everyday, nothing’s-really-going-on, after-work activities. This is way better than TV, or the treadmill, for that matter.).

Anyway, the point is, I’m sitting here with the gin and the magazines, and what do you know? There’s my photo. Twice, in fact (this is my “official selection” for the project, but you can see a couple more on my flickr stream). I look up, and think, “huh. that’s a pretty good shot.” And, you know, the reason I think it’s worth writing down is this: it’s right there in front of you. It’s easier than it looks. Right there. Everyday.

This is why I signed up for the class, right?

PS: Pretty sure that fantastic shadow is courtesy of my fantastically dirty windows.

This post started out on a different site, but in an effort to get more of my writing in one place, I moved it to cindyscovel.com in January 2012.

10 Apr

Not dead.

I guess I’ve been a bit absent lately, though, huh? No surprise, I’ve been distracted by my other new project, and there just aren’t enough hours in the day. Well that, and the fact that I haven’t been able to pull myself out of bed at my usual writing hour (4 in the morning) with even a hint of inspiration for over a week. There’s a lot buzzing around in my head, just haven’t been able to catch it on the page. In the meantime, you can check out my foray into photography over here, and if pictures aren’t your bag, could I interest you in a little Jen Gray? She spoke to me in a big way this week; it’s not the first time.

I’ll be back. Promise.

This post started out on a different site, but in an effort to get more of my writing in one place, I moved it to cindyscovel.com in January 2012.

01 Apr

First Photo

That’s right, folks. The first shot on my brand-spankin’-new EOS 450D:

Hm. It’s not so great, is it? But that’s okay! I’m just learning! (Actually, thanks to the editing in iPhoto and the fact that everything looks so stinkin’ clear on this Mac screen anyway, it’s not all that bad…)

Please forgive me for the page layout – I’m learning on that front, too. The Blogger Help makes it sound so simple, and yet here I am trying to de-code code, for goodness sakes, just so this pic isn’t all smushed up over to the right side. Know that in my head, the picture was centered on the page, with text at the top and bottom. (Really, just know that in my head, this entry looked more like a page in O Magazine, and less like the webpage I put together in college in 1998.) (Also, it didn’t feature a picture of Target.)

And why Target, you may ask? Well, I knew that the camera didn’t come with an SD card, so I made sure to order one from Amazon at the same time I ordered my camera from B&H. Amazon’s cards were cheaper. And slower to arrive in the mail, apparently. I practically ran down the stairs of my apartment building to meet the UPS guy this afternoon, then I get everything unpacked and… oh, hell. Can’t do a whole lot with a digital camera if you don’t have anything with which to store the images, now can you? So: Target -> SD card -> furious unwrapping of said card, sitting in my parked car (why didn’t I bring scissors???) -> glamour shot of a big box in North Chicago. (The clerk was a total dick, by the way – so dickish that it warrants mentioning – but that is a story for another day. Seriously, it involves my new camera bag, so it’s all related, and I think you will enjoy the DIY tutorial that is still to come.)

This post started out on a different site, but in an effort to get more of my writing in one place, I moved it to cindyscovel.com in January 2012.