Actually, we have a dearth of both at our place, unless you count cheapo cooking wine and the intention to buy some tulips because they’re so springy and it’s (drumroll) actually been in the 30s this weekend. Feels like a heatwave after all that -15 with windchill stuff. Anyway, happy V-Day to all you celebrators and abstainers alike!
I don’t have much in the way of pinks and reds to share, but I did takes this shot of…
Sunset outside the abode last night.
Call it the weekend of love. Carl’s birthday was Saturday and was, if I may say, a huge success. Being a Saturday, he had to work as usual, but we skipped town ASAP afterwards and headed for Ann Arbor for a little Indian dinner deliciousness. We’ve been to the same restaurant a handful of times, and I still haven’t tried anything besides the Punjabi lamb I got the first time because it’s SO FANTASTIC I can’t imagine not wanting to eat it at every opportunity.
As for the birthday, please see Exhibit A below.
One of my goals for the year (and for honesty sake I totally just made this one up right now, but it’s a great goal and shall commit now that the goal is identified) is to become handier with the camera. I used to take snaps all the time with my little digi. Then I married somebody who took classes in photography and loves cameras and takes pictures, and I guess I got shutter speed insecurities. Well, and also it was really nice to loll around enjoying events while Carl was zipping about getting all the classic moments.
But NO MORE.
Well, actually MOST OF THE TIME, but once in a while NOT SO.
In this first place, I began to notice the absence of said Primary Loved One when flipping through our photos. In the second place, Carl has a gift for documenting events: when people come over, when we do new fun things, when we go somewhere, holidays, children. I adore having those pictures, but I kind of have a weakness for nonevents too. I like the cozy normal.
Snapshots of the basil plant blooming, the sunset out the window, how we look today, doing nothing.
I just like taking pictures. I forgot about that for a year or two.
May take me a while to get up to speed, but the truth is even the learning process is fun. And I love finally having some pictures of Carl. Like these ones of Carl reading birthday cards.
And hearing the snap/crackle/pop of me trying to get the focus right.
Which leads to this.
Which leads to loving complaints re: the sight of Carl grinning in pics being roughly comparable to the dodo, the passenger pigeon, the mastodon, et all.
I am indulged.
So happy indulgence day.
Hope you all get the pictures and the moments you’re wishing for.