Happy Friday everyone! Today is a beautiful day – it’s officially summer (yay!), the sun is shining (for the moment), it’s not raining(for the moment), Mr. Bean and I are going on a bike trip tomorrow in the mountains with my family, I’m finally done all my tutoring (yay!), and I have a bunch of photos to share with you!
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The last few weeks have been quite hectic around the Bean Household, so I haven’t had as much time online as I usually do. So, I thought I would share some of the more exciting things that I have been up to:
- I’m working with JennyO on a collaborative self portrait over the last week or so. I am really excited for how it’s coming together. Stay tuned!
- I’m now tutoring three people instead of one. It’s a good thing that I like math and science!
- The weather has gotten nice enough for me to start riding my bike and everything is starting to turn green. Both things make me incredibly happy.
- My photography courses are over until I may start some in the fall. I loved going to them, but I also like having an evening back to hang out with Mr. Bean.
- I decided to participate in this week’s “Foto Friday” challenge with the prompt “Old.” This photo is from our trip to Europe last spring of a monastery ruin that was originally built in the 1400s. I consider that to be quite old!
- I made bread again today. There’s nothing quite like fresh bread. Yum.
- Remember these cake pops? Well, I won second place in the challenge and received a copy of “Everyday Raw” by Matthew Kenney. It’s my kind of cookbook – lots of colour, smooth pages, easy to read and lots of pictures. Seriously, everything looks so delicious. Thank you Nicole and Lisa!
- Mr. Bean and I booked our flights out to Vancouver Island for this summer. I am really looking forward to it!
- I feel like I’ve realized something really important in my counselling, which is good. Now just to deal with it.
- I really like this song:
It’s true. We’re more than our past mistakes. God loves us. We’ve been remade.
What is the most exciting thing that happened to you in the last week or so?
I wish I had some clever trick or joke to play on you all given that it’s April Fool’s Day, but I don’t. I don’t feeling like pretending I’m pregnant (definitely not!), had something amazing or terrible happen to me and I’m terrible at coming up with entertaining, slightly plausible but completely false tales, so you’re just going to have to deal with me telling you five weird things about myself:
- When I am eating, I save the best for last. Unless there is a salad, which I pretty much always eat first.
- When I am driving somewhere, I always dress for the conditions outside, even if I’m not really going to be outside at all. All the cars my parents’ had growing up took FOREVER to warm up, so if you wanted to be warm, you had to dress for it. Mr. Bean has always found this weird.
- I am allergic to orange food colouring because my mom ate a package of Hawkin’s Cheezies pretty much every day she was pregnant with me.
- The first time I saw Mr. Bean, I thought he was so weird as he took off his pants during a talk he was giving (he was wearing shorts underneath.)
- My favourite dried fruit is pineapple. I like it so much that someone drew pineapple rings on my shirt during our tacky t-shirt party in Crete.
I was really happy to discover the Foto Friday has actually still continued on, just moved locations. It’s now hosted by Mom Tried It. This week’s prompt is “laughter” – very appropriate given that today is April Fool’s Day.
I honestly have no idea what is going on in this photo except that Mr. Bean is doing dishes and my brother is laughing.
That’s my brother for you!
What is a weird fact about yourself?
Two years ago, I started to really get into cake decorating. Throughout a bunch of Wilton courses at my local Michaels, I learned how to ice cakes, make borders and flowers and play with fondant. Part of playing with fondant is using cutters to create cut-out shapes that can be used to decorate cakes. Sort of like this:
I haven’t decorated cakes in a while – the whole trying not to eat much refined sugar thing doesn’t have me running to make one for myself – but I still have a bunch of cake decorating stuff kicking around, including lots of fondant cutters in various shapes. Fortunately, they also work really well on cookies.
When I found out that this week’s Foto Friday challenge was “Shapes,” I jumped at the chance to give these cutters another use – as subject matter!
Do you have any hobbies that you haven’t done in a while?
I REALLY enjoy taking photos at night – it seems that it’s my latest photography drug of choice (except for the cold and wind factor, but I do it anyways
like any addict. haha) Our trip to Field was no exception.
I’m always so fascinated to see what artificial light can do to familiar objects like trees at night. They don’t look nearly as interesting during the day.
But what do I find even more impressive? How the moon lights objects at night.
I felt really blessed and like we had perfect timing as the moon was full and the sky perfectly clear both nights I went out to take photos. Do you know what full moon + snow on mountains equals? Absolute beauty:
As I was shooting down by the tracks on the first night, suddenly things started to get a lot brighter. It startled me as “how could things get any brighter? The moon is out and all the lights around here are already on!” Then it dawned on me: it’s a train! (Sometimes I have brilliant moments like these.) Fortunately I was far enough away from the tracks for them to not have to blow the horn at me – I’m sure I would have been very popular in Field the next day.
Of course, as is custom in Field, the train stopped to switch drivers, effectively blocking my path back up to our cabin. I was disappointed for a moment as I was getting ridiculously cold, but any excuse to keep shooting pictures is a good one, so I considered it an opportunity. (Plus, I didn’t really fancy having to try climbing over the train cars where they couple as it would probably start moving the moment I step on and freak me out. Probably not the best thing when you’re carrying lots of photography equipment.)
I was really happy when it started moving again as I was getting bloody cold from the wind and the cold!
When the train had finally passed through – trains always seem so much longer when you’re waiting for them out in the cold – I happily made my way back up to our cabin.
It took me almost 1 1/2 hours to warm up again, but for pictures like these, I’d say its worth it!
What is the most beautiful thing you’ve seen at night?
The photo of the still train has been submitted to this week’s Foto Friday prompt of “Shadows.”
Do you want to try taking pictures like these? It’s pretty simple as all you need is a tripod and your camera on manual. For most of the pictures, I used ISO 200 – 320, exposure time of 20 – 30 seconds and an aperture of f/7.1. They vary depending on how bright you want your subject to be and how much ambient light there is. If you have any questions about the shooting info of any of these photos, just let me know!