Sunday, June 22, 2014

Make it Official

Happy Summer Solstice weekend! I am excited that summer is officially here, and my trip to England is right around the corner.  I've already had an anxiety dream about not being ready and missing flights. Ha!

The summer festivities kicked off a day early when I had a friend for snacks & drinks:

Pineapple Rum Cocktail recipe here.

And she brought her dog:

I spent the first day of summer meeting with my brother, finalizing everything we need for our trip.  I still need to work on our walking itinerary for our London days, but what else will I do on the plane? (I'm a light sleeper, so rest is difficult).  A couple of my purchases:

 Yes, that's a new camera! 99% of the photos you have seen on here since last fall have been on my iPhone.  My seven year old digital point and shoot hasn't been up to snuff for a while.  Considering that I take pictures nearly everyday, I've been thinking about purchasing a better camera for a while.  Why not add to my vacation debt, and get one?!

Non-summer type meals happening this weekend, both from Whole Foods:
Matar Soy Paneer and brown rice

Kale salad with cashew dressing

The reality that I'm starting week three of summer break, July is next week (as is my trip), and that there is still so much I need to do - it's all hitting me! See you on Tuesday...

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  1. You threw a nice little Cocktail Party. I'll have to remember that Martha Stewart recipe. No doubt it was 'a good thing'.

    Lots of Indian Food awaits you in England. You are gonna have such an awesome time.

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    1. Ha ha! Definitely "a good thing". I forgot about her catch phrase.

      We're working on our "must eat" list in addition to everything else. Or rather, I am - considering that my bro only wants authentic bangers & mash, there will be one pub at least. I told him we can compromise most of the time, but I will require one all veg restaurant visit (but maybe I'll sneak in a few more!).

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  2. Shen's right - I bet the Indian food in England is great. You will have such a good time! Wonder how much soccer will still be going on.
    Good for you for buying that camera! I kinda feel the same sometimes - like, "well, hell, I'm already spending a ton of money, what's a bit more?" So were these shots taken on the new one?? I can't believe yr other photos are mostly phone shots! They're always so nice!
    That pineapple rum drink sounds great. That oughta help some of the anxiety, at least.

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    1. The World Cup will still be going on, but with England out - it might be a little "bah humbug" there. ;)

      All photos seen here are iPhone 5. I played with each setting last night, and will do all of tomorrow's photos with the Canon Rebel!

      Actually, having my passport FINALLY arrive today (it has been over a month since I sent for the renewal) has helped with the anxiety!

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    2. I hope your passport is filled with stamps before it expires.

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    3. Why, thank you! I hope so, too - although the picture is pretty bad. Ha!

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  3. What a fun little party you had! Great snack choice, you definitely can't go wrong with chips and guac and salsa :) What a gorgeous pup your friend has! How did Remy get along with him/her?

    I'm so excited for your trip! I can't fall asleep on planes either... I didn't sleep for a second on my redeye to London. You'll definitely have fun planning on the plane :) Congrats on the new camera too! Looks like you got yourself a nice setup there! Have you been playing with it a lot to get a feel for it? I can't believe all of your pics were on an iPhone!

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    1. It was a yummy gathering, to be sure! Remy mostly ignored her, but she was high energy and so much bigger, I think it was more overwhelming than anything.

      I'm going to bring some melatonin with me, although I've heard Excedrin PM is also good. We connect in Canada (!!) and then have six and a half hours, so I might try to "relax" at that time.

      I watched a YouTube tutorial on the camera, and luckily my old point and shoot was a Canon, so some of the user features are familiar. Last night I played with each setting, and also the shutter speed. I will be shooting in jpegs obviously, but after hearing about raw - it sounds interesting. It that how you've had to shoot events? I'm not going to buy photo editing equipment for now, so no raw for me.

      And yes, all photos you see here - iPhone 5! I haven't used my other camera in a long while.

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    2. Yup, every single photo I shoot with my dSLR is in the raw format. The files are so much bigger which is a major drain on computer memory but it allows you so much more leeway when editing. I have the photo editing program we use at work and I have Photoshop so it's easy for me to convert my raw files but you should be fine with JPEGs for now! If you ever decide to go with a Mac computer it comes with a program called iPhoto and you can edit raw files using that program. :)

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  4. How exciting about your upcoming trip and a new camera! You picked a nice one, too. I've been using Canon cameras for many years.

    Your friend's dog looks SO happy! Such adorableness. :)

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    1. I have liked Canon as well! My old point and shoot is Canon, and I like how some of the language on the menu is similar. I'm hoping to play quite a bit this week, so I can feel more comfortable with it. I'm also excited that in the future I can buy other lenses!!

      I didn't even tell her pup to "sit pretty" but she did anyway! So funny!

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  5. I almost got Indian food for summer BREAKFAST from Whole Foods the other day (they're always taking breakfast away too soon), so I feel your pain. Have a GREAT time in London; I blogged a bunch of vegan places last year, so do take a look in case you weren't already planning to spend 99% of your time eating.

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    1. I will absolutely check out your recommendations!! Thanks, Abby!!

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