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'stee 2:20pm, 1 January 2007
i start this year with: no fixed plans, some uncertainty and crossed fingers.

let's see how we go, shall we?

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quick links:

april 1, 2 + 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15

march 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31.

february 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28.

january 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31.
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msspider66 11 years ago
The "proper" snacks sound yummy. but I think you improvised quite well. I picked up some of he same chocolate today. They hadKinder eggs, but with no toy inside. Yes, I shook them to make sure.

[Ms Spider66]
sunshinecity 11 years ago
Hey I recognise that chocolate!!! Kinder... you know it's Italian right??

Love the shot of the fireworks!!

sunshinecity
~ a picture, a story
'stee Posted 11 years ago. Edited by 'stee (member) 11 years ago
thank you!

so they sell kinder eggs without the toys inside?? so. wrong.

actually i didn't know! and it's one of my favourite chocolates too!
'stee 11 years ago
mon 19 feb

19 feb

as far as mondays go, today wasn't too bad.

i ran a new best for 5km - 25 minutes! woo! - even though it took me the better part of the evening to get off my arse and go for my run. i still haven't honed my discipline to the point where i'm sticking to my 4 times a week running schedule - if i get 3 runs in i'm doing well - but at least i'm keeping at it this time. even though i do love running and i really want to get to half marathon distance this year, sometimes i still have to dig deep to find the motivation.

inertia, my friends, is truly a force to be reckoned with.

my photo for the day is a voodoo ninja doll that my friend dani gave me when we met up for brunch on saturday. we both have a ninja thing. and also a pirate thing. anyway.

i've decided the ninja will live in my office. for protection. you know.
eelend PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by eelend (member) 11 years ago
hahaha
good protection :)

it's very beautiful
i want one!!!
just for my protection, you know ;)
'stee Posted 11 years ago. Edited by 'stee (member) 11 years ago
tue 20 feb

20 feb

today is the 27th birthday of my dear friend anna, one of the most beautiful human beings to ever grace the face of the earth.

anna and i did media at university together, although we didn't become properly acquainted till third year, when we worked together on a dvd project that started as a simple assignment and grew to be (as they say) bigger than ben hur. we spent so many late nights working in the computer labs together that by the end of the year we had learnt how to communicate through incoherent mumbles and delirious gesticulations.

that was a difficult year for me, and if it wasn't for anna i may not have survived it. she still keeps me sane on a regular basis.

happy birthday, gorgeous lady! i am lucky to know you and call you my friend.
'stee 11 years ago
wed 21 feb

21 feb

tonight the boy and i attended a talk by michael archer, the dean of science at my alma mater, the university of new south wales. it was part of a series of lectures the alumni association organises called 'brain food'.

it was such an interesting lecture and he was an incredibly charismatic speaker - humorous and with an enthusiasm for science that was just infectious. it was nice to see that there were quite a few kids in the audience too, a couple of whom had some interesting questions about giant insects and bugs trapped in amber.

we left with the warm fuzzies and our brains sophonsified. best way to spend a wednesday night ever.
~magpie~ PRO 11 years ago
It's such a gift to have a friend like that. Corny, I know, but it's true. Hold on to that lady! (happy bday anna....)

Science. I love it so... give me science over math any day. Happy to hear you had some inspiring learning (unlike my class these past 2 days. ugh.)

I took building photos today too... great minds...

Erica Day by Day 2007
satrina* 11 years ago
Happy birthday Anna!

And I want one of those ninjas too! *going back to check the pic one more time to see if I can make one... I can't*

Satrina: av meg
'stee Posted 11 years ago. Edited by 'stee (member) 11 years ago
i will! i do! she's good to hug, so easy to hold on to :)

i suck at the math, so i'm not a big fan of it, but biology was always my favourite subject in high school. i'm thinking about maybe possibly perhaps going back to uni to do science. as an undergrad. (i know, where was this thought all through a 4-year arts honours degree, eh?)

i hope your classes pick up! what are they for, exactly?

the ninja looks like ball of tightly wound string. well his head, anyway. dani got it from hong kong, and i'm going to be there in a couple of months, so if i find one i'll post it to you, satrina!
'stee Posted 11 years ago. Edited by 'stee (member) 11 years ago
thu 22 feb

22 feb

i feel totally wiped out today - my brain has stopped working, so my camera will have to speak for me.

this is my little nikon coolpix 4300 that i got about 4 years ago. it has served me well but it's starting to falter in its old age - shutter lag, blurriness, takes ages to start up - so i'm shopping around for a new camera. if anyone has any recommendations i'd love to hear them.
~magpie~ PRO 11 years ago
*raises hand*

Go SLR!

Erica Day by Day 2007
satrina* Posted 11 years ago. Edited by satrina* (member) 11 years ago
Mine was a coolpix 3200, I got it some 4 years ago and I was wondering why lately the shutter took ages to do its job, now I know it was senile.

And I agree with Erica, if you can go SLR, do it.

Satrina: av meg

And yay for ninjas! :)
eelend PRO 11 years ago
poor camera
:(


eelend's 2007
BellaGaia PRO 11 years ago
oh no... are you telling me i'm going to have to retire my nikon 5700.... i have it in a drawer because it needs to be cleaned.... i took it to the beach and i think there's a grain of sand in the lens mechanism... it doesn't extend properly... but damn, it's the best for self portraits because of the swivel viewfinder... bummer..... i have 3 nikons... my little coolpix whaever snap & shoot, d80 and my 5700, my baby.

how cool is your ninja!!!!

" BellaGaia (Living with BellaGaia) "
AllanThinks 11 years ago
Definitely get a DSLR. I hear good things about the Nikon D40, and Ali can attest to how good the D50 is.

Allan
'stee Posted 11 years ago. Edited by 'stee (member) 11 years ago
to be fair, some of the problems may be due less to old age and more to a friend stuffing it up when i lent it to him a couple of years ago. he kept forgetting to take the lens cap off when he turned it on, and the camera got so freaked out by being messed around so much that at times it would either not extend the lens at all, or not retract it when i switched it off. after a while it magically restored itself, but since then i've noticed it's not been taking as sharp photos as it did before.

it's still doing the job for me now, the little trouper! i take as good care of it as i can, which may mean putting it out to pasture soon..

i see you both have nikons dslrs! the d200 is a bit out of my price range, but i'm seriously considering the d70s. the boy is going to buy a d80 so maybe if we take a trip to the camera store together we can wrangle a good deal. any advice on lenses? allan, what do you use for your macro shots?
'stee 11 years ago
fri 23 feb

23 feb

one of my zmas pressies to the boy was tickets to damien rice, whose music nels is a big fan of. they went on sale at the end of november, and i knew they would sell out fast, so i set my alarm to 5 minutes before they went on sale so i could get online and grab some. alas! i hadn't reckoned on being struck by a rogue ear infection as i slept the night before, and as soon as i opened my eyes upon the ringing of the alarm, the world started spinning and i promptly felt like throwing up. oh, the joys of vertigo.

by the time i composed myself enough to drag myself to the computer, tickets had been on sale for 20 minutes and they were all sold out.

noooooooo!

noticing, though, that his next gig in the next city wasn't till quite a few days after his sydney gig, i kept my fingers crossed that he might decide to do a second concert. i kept checking the website every couple of days, and sure enough, 2 weeks later, tickets for the 2nd concert went on sale, 3 days before zmas. by this time i was with the boy in perth, which is a couple of hours behind sydney time, so i had to sneak out of bed at the crack of dawn to get online for the start of ticket sales. after i bought the tickets i then had to talk the boy into taking me into the city on false pretenses, and as he browsed in the bookstore, i snuck out and ran to the ticketek outlet down the street to get the tickets so i could wrap them up and give them to him.

anyway, it was well worth all the effort, not only because the boy was so chuffed, but because it was such an awesome concert. damien rice is an incredible performer, and there were a couple of his songs that (for me) were much more powerful in their live renditions than on the album.

after the concert we went to chinatown to our favourite late-night eatery for a midnight dinner. a great way to end the work week.
'stee Posted 11 years ago. Edited by 'stee (member) 11 years ago
sat 24 feb

24 feb

i'm hiding up in terrigal this weekend, with just the boy for company. our saturday was wonderfully laid-back; with sleep-ins, a lazy breakfast on the balcony, reading the paper, napping, shopping for additions to my growing collection of culinary paraphernalia, and baking.

would you believe that prior to today i didn't have a proper set of measuring spoons? we have a potato masher now too, which i consider an investment given how often i make mash (pretty often - i like my spuds. also wasabi mash is so simple to make and so good to eat!) i also bought a quiche dish and 4 ramekins, and for dinner we had a vegetable quiche and chocolate mousse. next weekend if i'm feeling brave i might attempt some creme brulee in those ramekins...
sunshinecity 11 years ago
I love your little ninja doll!!!
Hope you manage to keep up with your fitness schedule!

~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story
'stee Posted 11 years ago. Edited by 'stee (member) 11 years ago
sun 25 feb

25 feb

this is what accompanied the little loaf of parmesan bread that i had for lunch today - it's olive oil and balsamic glaze. the first time i'd ever tried it was just recently, in perth, at nelson's brother's place on one of the nights they had us over for dinner. i'd never heard of balsamic glaze before, and i'm not generally a big fan of bread dipped in oil (i prefer butter, myself) but one mouthful of this combination and my tastebuds fell in love.

to my great delight i chanced upon some here whilst grocery shopping a couple of weeks ago. it's as delicious as i remember it to be, the colours and viscosities make for an interesting photograph too :)
'stee 11 years ago
thanks! i've been pretty slack this week but tomorrow is the start of a new week and i'm definitely up for a run!
leesure PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by leesure (member) 11 years ago
Yummy...looks like a giant eye. ;)

First time I listened to O' I wasn't a big fan, but it's grown on me. 'Cannonball' is a favotite for sure. Glad you enjoyed the show!

Lee
meh_20000 11 years ago
this is a great shot almost like a painting!

~ shannon aka scenes from the mundane
satrina* 11 years ago
That shot of the instruments with the backlight is great! I bet the boy was so happy with his gift.

Your saturday sounds delicious, lazy breakfast, napping, shopping, but specially the company :)

This last one, as Lee said looks like a big eye. At first I thought it was a hand-painted plate.

Satrina: photo-operational and digitally enabled again ;)
'stee Posted 11 years ago. Edited by 'stee (member) 11 years ago
mon 26 feb

26 feb

this is mr squeaky, anna's cat. he likes sitting in grape boxes. he has two loose grapes in there with him. when he gets bored he bats them around.

i had a hard time picking between this photo and a close up of his lovely whiskery feline face.


ps: can i ask a favour of those of you so inclined? at 9am tomorrow morning (which is 5pm monday new york time) would you keep your fingers crossed for oh, approximately the length of a phone interview? i'd really appreciate it. thanks!
sunshinecity 11 years ago
Wow, what great shots!!
I love the striking colours of the olive oil and balsamic vinegar dip!! I bet it was tasty too!!!

Is Mr. Squeaky shy??

sunshinecity
~ a picture, a story
eelend PRO 11 years ago
i'll do (i'll have my fingers crossed)
but you'll have to tell us what happens :)


eelend's 2007
satrina* 11 years ago
I also kept my fingers crossed and sent lots of good vibes your way, hope things went well

And both of the photos of the cat are great but my favorite is the close-up

Satrina: av meg
msspider66 11 years ago
How did the interview go?

[Ms Spider66]
'stee Posted 11 years ago. Edited by 'stee (member) 11 years ago
squeaky is not what you would call a shy cat! in fact i'm surprised he didn't attempt to bat my camera, but dec (anna's brother) takes lots of photos of him so i guess he's used to it and knows to sit still!

thank you lovelies! the interview went ok, even if we were almost thwarted by technology..!

she tried ringing me but got a 'restricted call access' message and couldn't get through to my mobile (it didn't occur to me, when i gave her a number to reach me at, that her university phone system might allow her to call international landlines, but not international mobiles). d'oh!

so i sat for 20 minutes of nerve-wracking waiting for this call that never arrived, then happened to check my email and found one from her at 5 past 9 asking if i could either give her another number or call her. this is half past 5 in new york by now, and taking normal office hours to be 9 to 5 i quickly rang her back, hoping she hadn't given up and left the office.

fortunately she hadn't, but i was so flustered by this point i think i rambled a fair bit, which is never good. we didn't speak for too long, which i hope isn't a bad sign (it is in job interviews, i'm told, but this wasn't for a job so i hope the rules don't apply here). a little while afterwards i sent an email to apologise for the mix-up and to thank her for the interview, and she emailed back to say no worries and that she enjoyed speaking with me. so that's that! now all that remains is for me to wait...till april.
'stee 11 years ago
tue 27 feb

27 feb

look what i spotted at the petrol station whilst waiting to feed my car! it's quite an abuse of alliteration, is it not? mario's meat market! and then, in case you don't get what it is they sell: meat meat meat!

i love it! only on parramatta road, my friends.
'stee Posted 11 years ago. Edited by 'stee (member) 11 years ago
wed 28 feb

28 feb

i knew the boy was coming into sydney today but i didn't know what time. when i got home after work, i spotted his shoes, but couldn't see or hear anyone in the house. when i called out 'hello?' he popped out sideways from the kitchen, brandishing these.

how's that for a mid week pick-me-up!
satrina* 11 years ago
Glad to know you could communicate with her in the end

About Feb 27th, I'd love to go in there and say: yes, I'd like to buy a lettuce :)

I love that kind of surprises, those flowers are lovely and the boy is really caring

Satrina: av meg
'stee 11 years ago
haha! that would be fantastic! 'no lettuce? how about some tomatoes? soybeans?'
'stee 11 years ago
thu 01 mar

01 mar

getting stuck in traffic both ways on my commute makes me cranky on a daily basis. but spotting this on my way home today dissipated a week's worth of accumulated grumps. also, i cannot get the phrase 'equine butts' out of my head.

i only wish i'd had the fortuity to be behind them instead of in the next lane! how much better a photograph that would have been!


ps: omigod! it's march!
eelend PRO 11 years ago
nice shot
:D


eelend's 2007
msspider66 11 years ago
Lovely flowers on the 28th. A great pick me up. The boy seems like a keeper.

[Ms Spider66]
satrina* 11 years ago
:D How indecent they are!

Satrina: av meg
'stee 11 years ago
heh. thanks!

i plan to keep him for long as is possible :)

i'm glad they gave you a giggle too!
'stee 11 years ago
fri 02 mar

02 mar

my parents have been bugging my sis about meeting her partner's parents for ages till she was finally worn down into arranging a dinner for tonight, for which she called nels and i in for moral support. we were treated to yummy indian food for our troubles, so there was very little hardship suffered on our part..!

i snapped erny and vincent at the restaurant, seated conveniently as they were across the table from me. the grimace on vincent's face and the sheen of perspiration on his brow are the result of the delicious but spicy bryani he'd just finished.
'stee 11 years ago
sat 03 mar

03 mar

look what i got today...!! my first dslr, yay! the boy got the d80 he's been eyeing for a while, so together we managed to get a pretty good deal from the camera store.

the battery was charging when i took this - i can't wait to use it!
'stee 11 years ago
sun 04 mar

04 mar

sundays like these imbue me with the strength to take on the approaching monday.

this morning i had a breakfast craving for chocolate croissants that would not be denied, so i wandered down to the bakery by the beach and took some photos on the way there (i couldn't take any on the way back - my hands were full of baked goods).

breaking in the new camera was such a joy. and that lens! it is insane!

when you set out to capture things on camera you become more observant. case in point: i never noticed this sign before, in spite of having walked past it who knows how many times. maybe one morning if i'm feeling really hardcore (unlikely) i might join them. i wonder how many people turn up on a weekly basis?

the rest of the photos from today are here.
leesure PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by leesure (member) 11 years ago
Is that the 18-200 vr? sweeeeeeeeet. Time to bring your sneaks next time.


Lee
msspider66 11 years ago
nice camera. Enjoy it!

[Ms Spider66]
satrina* 11 years ago
Yay! congratulations on the new camera! I noticed a couple of days ago that I'm now more visually-aware of the surroundings

Satrina: av meg
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Ladybadtiming PRO 11 years ago
'stee 11 years ago
yessss, yes it is :D and i lurrve it.

thanks!

hi!
'stee 11 years ago
mon 05 mar

05 mar

elliott and i went and saw the gotan project at the opera house tonight. i had a feeling it was going to be worth the (rather pricey) ticket, but i had no idea. i've never seen the whole concert hall at the opera house give a standing ovation quite like that before. the best gig i've been to in a long time. not since kid koala have i seen a live act so tight.

i definitely recommend checking out their website and playing the video for 'mi confesion', which appears on their second album. the second guy goes a mile a minute, and i only heard him take a breath once (maybe twice). awesome stuff.
eelend PRO 11 years ago
the gotan project is wonderful
i've never seen them in concert :(

eelend's 2007
satrina* 11 years ago
9T6DPI loves gotan project, I haven't heard much of them but will go check out their website

Satrina: av meg
'stee Posted 11 years ago. Edited by 'stee (member) 11 years ago
if you want to get an idea of what i saw, watch the 'Diferente Live' video - their dress, the set up and the video projection were the same as at the opera house.

if you'd like me to send you some of their music, let me know. yarrrr. (i really shouldn't joke about that, should i?)
'stee Posted 11 years ago. Edited by 'stee (member) 11 years ago
tue 06 mar

06 mar

so the thing is, i've had periods of depression through the last 13 or so years of my life. the worst it's ever been (meaning when i came to the point where i just wanted to not exist and was going to make it happen) was 5 years ago, and thankfully i've never been that bad since. about a year ago i found myself starting on a downward spiral again, but this time i'd learnt enough from past experience to know that just cos you feel it doesn't mean it's there (with apologies to radiohead). i decided this disconnect between what i know to be real and what i feel to be true needs to be understood and gotten rid of. because the conflict of the two? not fun. and especially not fun for people in your life such as partners, siblings, and close friends. (and now you know why the boy is worth his weight in solid, shiny gold.)

so 4 weeks ago i started seeing a therapist. none of the sessions have been easy, and it's by no means an epiphany a week, although i have learnt a lot even in a month. i leave every hour and a half long session exhausted. this evening i left feeling particularly dense, so to ease myself back into the world i took a meander around the area and took a bunch of photos. this one kind of sums up that half hour.
satrina* 11 years ago
I have down periods, my worst was I think a couple of years ago but at the end of last year I faced a very hard end of year, right now -as in today- I feel I'm entering a minor down and you don't know how much your words help me.

This is a very beautiful picture.

Satrina: av meg
'stee 11 years ago
you're not alone, honey - not by any means. don't forget that. *hug*

i admire you greatly for being able to be such a cheerful, warm and creative person in spite of the stressful time you're going through at the moment. even in my best moods my nature is nowhere near as sunny and beautiful as yours!

x
'stee Posted 11 years ago. Edited by 'stee (member) 11 years ago
wed 07 mar

07 mar

remember my housemate, the wonderful artist? this is a section from a painting he did quite a while ago. because he paints so prolifically, each time he goes back to singapore on holidays he takes a few canvases with him. he took this one home about a year ago.

some months back he mentioned off-handedly that if there were any of his paintings that i particularly liked, i could have them. i replied, equally lightly, that actually, i missed 'the one with the foetus'. when he got back from singapore in february, i came home to find it up on our living room wall again. when i exclaimed at the trouble he must've gone through to bring it back with him, he retorted: 'well you can't own it if you don't have it!'

one day when he's a famous artist and some art museum wants to do a retrospective of his work, i can very graciously loan it to them to display to the adoring public.

anyway! the reason i photographed it today is because this morning the world lost another of the greats, and finding out made everything seem a little like this.

bless you, baudrillard, for all the nourishment and stimulation you gave to my underdeveloped undergraduate brain. i hope you're living it up with said and derrida in philosopher heaven.
'stee 11 years ago
thu 08 mar

08 mar

this is bear. bear likes to dance. dance, bear, dance!

bear also likes chocolate. but that is another story.
eelend PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by eelend (member) 11 years ago
hahaha
that's great!

i almost forgot: your friend's painting is amazing
i like it a lot



eelend's 2007
~magpie~ PRO 11 years ago
Grrrr... I posted a rather long, rather well-thought out post and then Flickr went for a damn massage. Crap.

Anyway, excited for the new camera - yay! Which lenses now... an entirely new conversation...

And let me know how you think your therapist is helping... I'd be curious for updates, because though I've never contemplated ending my life, I feel that we all have issues that could be helped with an objective outside perspecitve, and guided introspection....

Erica Day by Day 2007
BellaGaia PRO 11 years ago
so much to say, so much to say.....

you and the boy got some cool new cameras. I have the D80 and it's had a fleck of something inside on the sensor since January -- that's depressing. Perhaps it's self explanitory, but a word to the wise and all..... be careful switching lenses outside..... anywhere actually. Happy shooting to you both.

i've been with a therapist since 1999 when 4 family members died in one years. I left for awhile, but came back -- I like working through issues with him and it helps me keep a healthy perspective. Good for you that you took the step to go there. It's not a magic wand, like most things, it's a process and now you've begun. Good for you. I started sending my daughter about a year ago and I see the difference. She's 12, but before she really had problems processing and expressing her anger -- expressing herself in general. I saw bad signs. She was pulling out her hair, biting the floor -- really extreme things and inside I knew it was only a matter of time until it occured to her to do something to herself, (like cutting or something like that) I'm very pleased with the results.... and if you asked her she would say it's a total waste of time that all they do is talk and play games.

I adore Gotan project -- glad you enjoyed them.

going way back.... 2/25 -- love the picture and I am a big fan of olive oil and balsamic vinegar for bread -- yummy combo....

I'm sorry if i took too much space talking about therapy, but since you've made the choice to go, i just wanted to give you some real life encouragement -- remember I'm an old lady ... I got that maternal thing going on :-)


" BellaGaia (Living with BellaGaia) "
'stee Posted 11 years ago. Edited by 'stee (member) 11 years ago
thanks! i'll tell him you said so :)

i've got my 18-200mm and that does pretty much everything, although i would like that 105mm nikkor micro lens for some macro work...

an objective outside perspective is exactly what i was looking for in therapy. it's so good to be able to be honest with someone because you have no personal emotional investment in their opinion of you, and you trust their response to be professional and constructive. i've already got some good solid thinking out of it and i'm starting to see things differently on some key issues (eg. parents), which is great.

thank you, bella, for your words. it's definitely encouraging to hear from other people that therapy has done good things for them. the main reason i'm seeing this therapist is because a friend of mine was seeing her and was of the opinion that it was the best investment he's ever made in his life! (more or less his exact words, too)

i guess when your daughter gets older she'll appreciate the investment you're making in her well-being! you are such an incredible mum - baking valentines, throwing sleepovers, having insight into your daughter's emotional world...i am astounded. your daughter is one lucky girl :)
'stee 11 years ago
fri 09 mar

09 mar

sorry for late post! it's been a busy weekend. i thought it might be fun to play tourist in my own city, so i planned a day full of things around sydney that nels and i haven't done yet. this included going to the australian museum, having dinner at a restaurant we hadn't been to before, and doing a night-time astronomy tour at the sydney observatory.

we used the day as a photo excursion too - the australian museum (which allows photography) was a great place to snap away, particularly in the skeleton room. this crystal made for my favourite photo though - such pattern and colour!

the other photos from the weekend are here.
'stee 11 years ago
sat 10 mar

10 mar

today was the continuation of the photo excursion - we had breakfast at my favourite al fresco yum cha place in the city, then we went to the art gallery of new south wales, via the courtyard of st mary's cathedral where we stopped to photograph the teenage skateboarders that are always to be found there, particularly on the weekend.

here is where i snapped nels in the art gallery lift. i liked the juxtaposition of his figure with the stripes.
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Ladybadtiming PRO 11 years ago
'stee 11 years ago
thank you, lovely lady! i hope your week goes well, too :)
'stee Posted 11 years ago. Edited by 'stee (member) 11 years ago
sun 11 mar

11mar

this is pretty accurate of me lately - i let the camera speak on my behalf. my blog in particular, which used to feature photos only rarely, has turned into a photo blog. of late i have lost my desire (and sometimes, i feel, my ability) to write.

perhaps like a spendthrift i use all my words at therapy and have nothing left for the rest of the week.
msspider66 11 years ago
I love the dancing bear!

Kelly

[Ms Spider66]
satrina* 11 years ago
First of all, thanks a lot for your kind words, they really mean a lot to me.

For the photographs, I love March 10th, as you say the yuxtaposition is great and the light and shadows make it very interesting

And for March 11th, I'm feeling exactly like you do, with absolutely no ability and/or desire to write but I'm trying to make a comeback at my very forgotten blog so I'm with you :)

Satrina: av meg
~magpie~ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ~magpie~ (member) 11 years ago
Wait, you need a low-light, sharp prime lens like the cheap but raved about 50 f1.8 or my dearly loved 35 f2!

Photos can say many things without words. I understand what you mean and can see if you were talking about all kinds of 'deep' things with someone if you'd just want to back off a bit too.

Whoa, that crystal is amazing! Do you have any idea what it is?

Erica Day by Day 2007
'stee Posted 11 years ago. Edited by 'stee (member) 11 years ago
the bear dances better than i do. how unfair is that?

i hug you. that is all.

ooh, you got some links to those lenses anywhere that i can look at please?

i have no idea what crystal that is..i suck like that! i just take the picture and move on to the next thing that catches my eye..!
'stee 11 years ago
mon 12 mar

13 mar

it's been raining so much over the last few weeks that the grass patch i cross on the way to my office has gone from a grey-brown dust bowl to a lush green carpet that kisses my shoes with dew every morning.

a few days ago i noticed that little clumps of clovers had sprung up amongst the grass. in my life i've never found a four-leaf clover, but although they've never brought me luck they always bring a smile to my face.
~magpie~ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ~magpie~ (member) 11 years ago
Here is a site with Nikon lens reviews from various folks collected together. Scroll down past the zooms to the primes. The 50/1.8 is supposed to be very sharp and a little gem for a steal - around $100! I have read many great reviews about it but have not personally used it. I ended up choosing the 35/2 because it's also sharp, but I liked the bit wider angle of the 35mm - it seemed a bit more practical. Put your zoomer to both of those lengths and see which you like better. Of course there's so many primes out there but these are two to seriously consider for portrait work or low-light indoor shots etc. etc.

Just something to consider...

OH and although I lust after the 105 for macro work, I possibly will end up getting a Tamron 90. Again, have read really great things and it's more affordable. (P does keep me on a bit of a budget you know.) ;) Just ANOTHER thing to consider... LOL LOL
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
I'll put in a comment about the lenses...magpie is right about the 50/1.8 - good crisp and inexpensive...but for a few cents more (ok a few dollars more) the 50/1.4 makes an enormous amount of difference in low light bar shots (no not the kind you drink !!). If you ever get the chance to try one you'll see what I mean. I bought a second hand one for pretty reasonable.

Just in case you need another opinion !

CollardGreens: Oops !
satrina* 11 years ago
Love this green pic, it's very revitalizing! This shot makes me imagine the tiny worlds and lives we pass by on our everyday life

Satrina: av meg
'stee 11 years ago
thanks, guys! will have a think and let you know what i decide.

there's probably a little insect community living under those clovers who saw my giant camera lens bearing down on them.. "what the..?!"
'stee 11 years ago
tue 13 mar

13 mar

staying sane at work: a step by step guide

1. pick out some of your favourite flickr photos
2. turn them into mini polaroids (thanks to fd's flickr toys!)
3. print
4. cut out
5. stick onto nearby surface
6. when stressed, let eyes linger over photos
7. regain perspective and regular breathing
8. repeat 6 & 7 whenever necessary.
eelend PRO 11 years ago
what a great idea!!!


eelend's 2007
satrina* 11 years ago
Yes, it's a great idea, I have one question tho... is the ninja there to protect the pics from being stolen?

Satrina: av meg
'stee 11 years ago
thanks!

no, he's there to protect me from myself. :D
'stee 11 years ago
wed 14 mar

14 mar

tonight the boy and i went to the theatre where i used to work to watch a show - the first in their new venue. i went to the open day a while ago, but this time round, armed with a better camera, i still found opportunities for photo-taking. it's such a great space.

this is the detail of one of the walls. the rest of the photos are here.

today i learnt*: that i miss working in the arts so. damn. much.


*with apologies to satrina. heh.
eelend PRO 11 years ago
working in the arts... yep, it's wonderful, isn't it?

i love i love i love your ninja

eelend's 2007
satrina* 11 years ago
:D Don't apologize, for me it's an honor. You know? I miss terribly working in the arts too, that's got to be of the better periods of my life

Satrina: av meg
'stee 11 years ago
what sort of work did you guys use to do?
'stee Posted 11 years ago. Edited by 'stee (member) 11 years ago
thu 15 mar

15 mar

this is our fridge. i bought the magnetic poetry to make it home-y. it's provided visitors to our apartment hours of amusement, mainly because it's the 'pick-up lines' set and results in some hilarious combinations of words and phrases, such as "you would look great in my astronaut pants".

i'm not sure who put this one together but i only noticed it recently. i think i'm going to keep that one from being rearranged for a while.

(the cards are from a deck of animal snap of yen's that he decided needed to be displayed. they all have names - the owl is called sage, and if you must know, chi-chi is a panda.)
satrina* 11 years ago
Oh yes, that line is a keeper, love the look your fridge has, sage is really cute.

I used to work at a museum mainly in the design area: posters for guided tours and exhibits, flyers, some learning material and a little bit of museography; but since I enjoyed a lot spending time there, I volunteered to work on Saturdays with children on a special room where there were toys and games related to the current exhibit and also volunteered to help coordinate a couple of workshops and some lectures, blissful days they were :)

Satrina: av meg
'stee 11 years ago
oh how fantastic! what a great job. so you're a designer by trade?
'stee 11 years ago
fri 16 mar

16 mar

still on the theme of fridges. but also because this is what i was today - a big stupid egg, as translated from the chinese phrase 大笨蛋 ('dah ben dahn').

all i have to say about that is that i'm lucky to have people in my life who are understanding and love me enough to forgive me when i behave like an idiot.
'stee Posted 11 years ago. Edited by 'stee (member) 11 years ago
sat 17 mar

17 mar

the boy and i went shopping today for a present for his nephew, whose birthday is coming up. unable to resist the lures of the bookshop and a 40% discount voucher, we wandered into borders and each bought a book: shermer for him, and (more) dawkins for me. yay!

on the way home we stopped by what i reckon is probably the only krispy kreme outlet in the whole central coast region and bought an assorted box. we are now well-equipped for many simsonesque moments: mmmmm, donuts.
'stee 11 years ago
sun 18 mar

18 mar

i usually spend my weekends up in terrigal with the boy, and drive into work from there on monday mornings. it takes me longer than to go from home, for sure, but i found it a worthwhile trade for one more morning of waking up next to the boy.

however, morning traffic of late has made this impossible. a drive that should take me a bit over an hour becomes, on a monday morning, a 2-hour long nightmare of negotiating trucks and other cars on the freeway that refuse to drive by road safety rules. rather than keeping left and using the middle and right lanes when they need to overtake, there are cars all over the shop, with impatient drivers (of the aggresive kind sydney is known for) weaving in and out of lanes at high speed.

not what one needs first thing on a monday morning.

so i've taken to driving back to sydney on sunday night after our usual dinner-and-movie routine, and the drive home is much more pleasant. i move my car through dark, quiet roads while i sit ensconsed in the aural bubble emanating from my car stereo. plus, at that time of night, the journey takes only two-thirds the time that it normally does.

when i got home i realised i hadn't taken my photo for the day, so i snapped one in my car before i got out. (i know technically it's monday, but as far as my body was concerned, it was still sunday night :))
'stee 11 years ago
mon 19 mar

19 mar

i had dinner with my friend dani tonight, who's going on a round the world trip for 4 months at the end of april. hearing all about her plans made me nostalgic for when two of my friends and i spent 6 weeks travelling around western europe, so after dani left i dug up my photo albums from that trip and had a look through them.

we went to munich, berlin, amsterdam, paris, barcelona, and london, in that order. i loved it all, but the 2 places i remember with particular longing are berlin, because it's such an amazing city; and barcelona, because on that leg of the trip it was just my best friend and i, wandering around the city, gawking at gaudi architecture, eating good food, and enjoying long conversations and comfortable silences in equal measure.

good times.
eelend PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by eelend (member) 11 years ago
berlin is amazing
the first day i was in berlin, i decided i wanted to live there
when i came back, i knew someday i'll do it

oh, i almost forgot... about my work
i'm a layout artist
AliThinks 11 years ago
I enjoyed Berlin, too. It was early 1991, and the excitement in the air was palpable.

Your recent photos have been great!

Alison
'stee 11 years ago
i thought that too, when i was there - i'd love to live there for a while.

thanks ali! it's so good to see you again!
'stee 11 years ago
tue 20 mar

20 mar

i usually don't go up to terrigal on weekdays but today i really felt the need to share a nice home-cooked meal with the boy.

i made what i call chinese comfort food - the kinds of dishes my parents used to make that are delicious in their simplicity. scalded bak choy topped with oyster sauce and shallots, long bean omelette, and a speciality of my dad's called shui dao fu (above). i think it translates to water tofu. the secret is in the sauce - you fry a teaspoon of minced garlic and add light soy sauce and kecap manis. turn the heat off when it starts to bubble, and throw in a generous amount of shallots. swish the mixture around in the pan a little (not too much, or the shallots get covered in sauce and go soggy) and pour onto the block of tofu (which you should keep refrigerated till the last minute). everything was accompanied by rice, of course.

i'm ready to take on the rest of the work week now.
'stee 11 years ago
wed 21 mar

21 mar

taken on campus at my alma mater. i was there to attend a lecture and it was the best part of my (really stressful meh ugh bummer of a) work day.

that's all the words i have today. tired. sorry.
satrina* 11 years ago
I know that "big stupid egg" feeling, it's not nice, but as you say, it's good to have understanding people around. Barcelona is one of the places I want to visit, one day I will.

Hope you get some rest.

Satrina: av meg

And I almost forgot, I'm a designer although lately I've been feeling really incompetent :S
'stee 11 years ago
it's not easy being a designer. i think you guys are generally underappreciated. i'd love to see some of your work sometime!
'stee Posted 11 years ago. Edited by 'stee (member) 11 years ago
thu 22 mar

infinity

the boy and i went back to performance space this week to see william yang's new show.

this is a photo i'd tried to take several times with my old camera, but i could never pull it off. no such problems with a dslr though :)

(for those of you who wanted to know how the therapy is going, there's a little update here.)
AliThinks 11 years ago
Very cool photo!

Alison
'stee 11 years ago
thanks, lovely!
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