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Holy shutter speed, Batman!

Being new to the world of DSLR cameras, I was completely unaware of the power they possess. This is especially true considering I spent the first month of ownership using a faulty one, assuming it was the photographer and not the camera that was broken. Thankfully it has since been replaced with a perfectly new and functional model, and it turns out the photographer was way better than she gave herself credit for!

A few weeks ago, Dan and I spent an afternoon at the Arboretum taking pictures. The sun was shining brightly and the mild weather was perfect for a day of strolling, snapping and hot chocolating. Dan was such a good sport. Here are a few of my favourites.

February 10, 2006 - 4:53 pm

JeneralLee - That’s crazy! And you can take it fast enough to avoid getting that s-ball in the face??

February 10, 2006 - 10:01 pm

Kristin. - HOLY! What shutter speed is that? I have to get rid of my going-on-two-week cold so I can come out and take some pics with you.

Lucky? We’ll see …

CFRA is Ottawa’s talk radio station, and my day starts and ends with them. A mix of news, opinion, and some great contests. Their current contest is offering a second honeymoon in Austria to celebrate Mozart’s 250th birthday. You send your wedding photo in, and they print photos in the Ottawa Citizen each day. You see your photo and call in at the right time, you win $100 and you qualify for the draw!

So today we qualified! The draw happens February 27th, and our odds are 1 in 45 (or better, if people don’t call) that we’re going to Austria in April!

Stay tuned to this website for updates as they happen …

February 10, 2006 - 1:59 pm

Elizabeth King - You are a contest fiend.

February 27, 2006 - 2:01 pm

dan - Update: the contest draw was today, and we didn’t win. I am crushed. An austrian vacation would have really tied the room together.

Torino 2006. I couldn’t be more excited.

Those who know me well know that I love the Olympics. Especially the winter Olympics. No matter the event, I find myself perched in front of the television for what ends up to be hours on end. I’m not even sure I can narrow down my favourite event, so I watch them all – even figure skating, which I would not tolerate otherwise.

So the countdown is on. Five more sleeps until the opening ceremony. Five more sleeps until it all begins. I’ve been waiting four long years, and it’s finally here. My only beef is the time difference. I understand that we have to share the games with countries in other time zones, but my sleep schedule
always takes a serious beating. Thankfully, we can keep track of the as-they-happen standings and take part in the re-broadcasts of major events at more reasonable times. can also help you find out everything you ever wanted to know about any Canadian athelete competing this time around.

So…if you are looking for me between February 10th and 26th, you’ll know exactly where to find me. Though I warn you – you may have to sport a skin-tight leotard with Canada written on the thigh and a pair of skis to get me to pay attention.


Slow cooker bbq ribs!

What more is there really to be said?

Also, painting wasn’t all that bad. It may have been something to do with me not touching a brush … 😉 And I grudgingly admit that the new beige is way better than the old beige.

February 10, 2006 - 1:58 pm

Elizabeth King - Wait until you try ribs in the smoker…you’ll never want to go back…

February 11, 2006 - 5:07 pm

dan - They were pretty darned good. St. Louis are better than baby back, I’ve discovered.

Is a smoker another appliance? I am reluctant to add yet another to our overstuffed cupboards …

i heart not painting

We are off to Home Depot to buy beige paint. So that we can paint over the beige in the basement. This message isn’t meant to be sarcastic. If I were you, I would not take my advice.

February 4, 2006 - 9:34 pm

JeneralLee - i thought you were painting the upstairs?!@
at least it’s not RED! red paint is the worst.

February 10, 2006 - 8:00 am

dan - Upstairs and down, down was the easiest to start with. And I hear you on the red. We’ve done it more than once … your bedroom at 552, the bathroom at 973.

“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” – Albert Einstein