Capture: A little of my night photography in DC

It has been on my mind to get to Washington DC and record a video at night of the some of the monuments but work has been so busy with deadlines and covering people who were on vacation, and working over my regular hours, etc., that I had zero energy after the workdays to actually GO to DC.

Then I remembered I had printed photos of the last time I went to DC with my camera at night.  Just thought I would share a couple or so.

Commute: Thinking about the RV life…..

Now, this one shocked even me.

I’ve never actually been camping, not really an outdoorsy type, but I want an RV all of a sudden.  I want to be able to travel across the country with my camera in hand (have always wanted to do this) and just road trip all the way.  Now, rather than spending money on hotels, I figured I could do it in an RV instead.

A couple of weeks ago, I saw the local RV show advertised and purchased a ticket.  I was curious to check them out. Before the RV show actually happened, I started checking them out online and trying to learn the differences between the different types of RVs. I knew I wouldn’t want something I had to hook up and pull because that’s too much ‘mechanical’ for me and I don’t want to deal with things like that. What if I hooked it up wrong and it came loose during driving, causing an accident or something? NO THANKS!!  I’d probably hit everyone on the highway with that thing.

So if I were going to do this, it would have to be a motorized vehicle that I could just drive, not hookup.   I didn’t want anything huge because I’ve never actually driven a truck, except maybe a Uhaul.  So that knocked out Class A and Class C RVs. This left me with Class Bs, which are about the size of a van, well a little bigger.

I found a Winnebago Paseo and loved it. By the time the RV show happened, my main goal was to find that particular model and check it out. But before that, I walked around the RV show, checking out all of the others and eventually came across the Paseo.

I was never more comfortable! I loved everything about it. I felt like I could drive it comfortably. I felt I could handle traveling in it, or living in it for a weekend or a week.  After retirement, if healthy, I might even consider full-time.  Lots to think about.

I talked to a sales rep from one of the companies represented there and got a lot of information on the van itself. I was getting more and more excited about this.

Then I had to get back to my senses. I have a job to go to everyday. I have a house I’m paying for too. I can’t exactly be out here traveling around the US in a van and not be at work, and still have to pay a mortgage. I either need to quit my job, sell my house, find alternative income, etc. or some other plan for this to work.

I left the RV show in my little SUV and although excited about the possibilities, the realities of it all came rushing back as I pulled into my garage here at home…..and then Monday came the next day. Nothing will smack you back into reality like a Monday morning.

Sigh.  I felt like my dream was gone in a flash.

Since the RV show, I have watched a gazillion videos on YouTube about RVing and I have to admit, for a minute, I thought about a few ways I could make it happen. But I will remain in the research & dream stage until I get closer to retirement age before I make any major moves.  If I could figure out a way to afford one now while I’m working, and use it on the weekends and vacations, I would buy it now.  But I’m working on a couple of other things (like paying off my credit card debt) within the next few months.  After that, my head will be a little clearer to make a decision on this.

Meanwhile, when I’m at work, all I think about the day I can jump in my RV and drive off to explore the world.

Dreaming…..

I did record a quick video while at the RV show and wanted to share that. (I still want it!)

Check it out and let me know what you think.  Would you become an RVer?  Could you live in an RV full-time?  What type would you purchase?

Creation: Sunday brunch/Breakfast to go

Just realized I’ve posted this recipe before, but only took pictures.

This time I created a video instead.

Try it out and let me know if you like it.  🙂

 

Communication: Welcome back!

7/18/2017
Welcome back!
It seems that I have been in a funk for the past year and I’m not 100% sure why. Well, I guess I know some of the reasons why but not something I care to discuss at this moment. I will probably need to journal through that first. However, the clouds are finally lifting from my brain and I’m working on getting things back in order in my life. Restoration Time.
My interest in writing is slowly returning and I’m thankful for that. While in this funk, I knew I needed to write to help get through whatever was bothering me, but I really didn’t write anything beyond posting to social media, except for Nanonwrimo that I attempted back in November 2016. When I’m tired, I don’t really have an interest in anything except getting through the day. Survival mode is all I can handle during that time.
My interest in traveling probably won’t ever go away, although lately, I’ve had to cancel two vacations for different reasons and I’m partly stressed about that because as of this month, it’ll be a year since I’ve been on a week-long vacation. Anyone that knows me knows that is not what I do. I try to travel somewhere every four months, so to go 12 months now feels like my head is going to explode from not having a moment to travel and clear my head.
I’ve gone to Kentucky to visit my brother & sister-in-law a couple of times and I believe my last trip to Pittsburgh was probably to take the kids back last summer. Both were only weekend trips. I need a week-long vacation but since I cancelled two cruises last week (for September and December), I have other things planned to keep busy. Instead of being totally bummed about the fact that I’ve taken no vacation since last July, I decided I’m going to work on my hobbies during this time, until I can schedule a vacation for the right time and more importantly, to the right place. I have been wanting to travel to somewhere different, do something different, but because I was too busy to research and plan anything, I went for the easy way out and booked a cruise, two actually, to make sure I had somewhere to go, something to do. A month later, I cancelled them both because it just wasn’t what I really wanted to do. My interest in baking is returning, partially. I will probably always love to bake but I am not interested in baking for myself. I would say about 95% of my baking is because I want to give them to someone or take them to an event. The last time I baked was in June for a co-worker’s son’s graduation party. But before that, was probably for my Cookie Exchange back in December 2016. That 6 months is a long gap, for me.
My interest in photography is sitting there, always by my side, like a loyal pet. I wanted to say a cat, but cats do their own thing and will leave you sitting there by yourself when they don’t feel like being bothered. So much like me. Maybe I should get a cat. 😊
I’ve thought about getting a cat since buying this house and then I think about my hardwood floors that this cat might tear up. I probably should research that, but I’m thinking, no. Then I think, well I could just get carpet. Yes, that would solve that problem. Then I think about how cats like to climb up on things and if I ever saw a cat on my fantabulous (lol) kitchen counter, I’d never want to bake on it again.
Maybe I don’t need a cat.
So, yes I am back to my blog that I’ve neglected for the first half of 2017.
I’m glad to be back, and I’m glad to have you back too!
Annie

Creation: Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies

This weekend I was invited to a graduation party and decided to make and take some chocolate chip walnut cookies.
I remembered to grab the camera and record while baking, so here is the video.  Of course, if you don’t like walnuts or are allergic, you can leave the walnuts out of the recipe.

If you make them, let me know how they turn out.    Enjoy!

Communication: #SSSVEDA Time again!

Yes, April 1st is tomorrow and that means it’s #sssveda time again.  Time to vlog everyday in April.

I wasn’t sure if I would participate again this April but as it got closer and closer to the end of March, I started thinking “What can I vlog about?”   I reached out to my nieces to ask them if there is anything they would want me to record.  I did get a couple of suggestions but I’m not sure how or if I’ll be able to work them into a video, but we shall see.

Do I have enough to vlog about everyday?  Not at all because I haven’t been doing a lot of anything outside of work lately since my promotion, but I’m going to give this a try anyway because  I need a break to create something since I haven’t journaled, baked, traveled, nor taken any photographs lately.

Here is my youtube channel where you can see my upcoming vlogs. 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAt-1miyuRk6ZpqlZ-qRtYg   

So stop by my channel and watch the videos when you have time, leave me a comment so I know you got to see it, and click the thumbs up if you liked the video.

MOST IMPORTANTLY…

Hit that SUBSCRIBE button while you’re on my channel so you’ll get a notice whenever I upload a new video!  Wouldn’t want you to miss what I want to show you.

Ok…..announcement made, committment done, now it’s time to hit that record button in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1…..Action!

 

 

Commute: Autumn colors at BWI

As I was returning to BWI, I grabbed my phone to get a shot of the autumn colors of the trees below.    Unfortunately, I forgot to turn my phone sideways to get a better video, but you can still see the trees/colors.

 

 

Communication: NaNoWriMo 2016

So…..here comes another challenge that I just can’t pass up another year.  Every year I hear about NaNoWriMo and think I should join this challenge and give it a shot.  But I never sign up.

This time I have signed up for NaNoWriMo.

So what is it?

NaNoWriMo is an annual challenge for people who want to write a book/novel in 30 days. National Novel Writing Month.  They do it every November.  You write at least 1,667 words every day to get to 50,000 words for the month, which is the number of words for a novel.

50,000 words in a month??? Seems ridiculous, right?  Like, who can really do that, I’m thinking to myself?  Well, people have been doing it for years.  But from what I’ve read/seen online, they use this time to get the first draft done and edit later.  Ok, I can deal with that.  Just get the thoughts down first and edit later.   Like I said, I’ve always wanted to do it but the task seems daunting and I usually write it off as an impossibility.  But something tells me to just give this a try this year.

I wish I’d prepared for it before now, however.  I have only had it on my mind for about a week so I am not prepared for this at all.  But I still want to give it a try because I know once I start writing, I can keep going for awhile……like when I start talking.  Might not say much to a stranger, but once I know you, I’ll start talking.

Anyone want to join me?  You should do it.  I think everyone has a book in them that they should write.  Check out NaNoWriMo.org and join the site.  You can find a group in your area.  I found one that had a kickoff party on Saturday and I enjoyed meeting other writers who are about to take this challenge with me.  The comraderie was great!

They also have write-ins where people get together to write for a couple of hours each evening if it’s too distracting at your house.  I might attend the one in Columbia a couple of times, to meet people and for support but I think I would do better writing at home because of the noise of my fingers on the keys of my laptop.  Once I start typing and get on a good roll, I don’t really pay attention to the noise I’m making and someone’s mentioned that to me at work once too.  I’m like that gif of the cat furiously typing at the computer if you’re ever seen that on twitter.  So I may need to stay home to write. Ha ha.

My main goal is to just write daily for a month. Always trying to challenge myself I guess.  I don’t plan to write it all here on this blog, however, only in Microsoft Word on my laptop.   Whatever I come away with by Nov. 30th will be further ahead that what I have on Nov. 1st.  And then I can go back and edit it at a leisurely pace, which will probably take me until November 2017.  🙂

Tomorrow!

Yikes!

Oh and in case you haven’t seen the cat typing, copy this in your browser.  Cracks me up every time.

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Communication: Journal Prompt 113

What did you learn from a recent challenge?

The last challenge that I set for myself were two things for the month of August.

One was the Veda challenge that I did back in April.  I was all excited to start it for August but the unplanned cruise happened on July 30th and I didn’t return until August 4th.  So i didn’t have a video to post on August 1-4.  I did post on the 5th I think and got caught up over that weekend.  I went until the 10th.  Then I was preparing for my great nieces to visit.  Went to Pittsburgh to pick them up on that Saturday and we left to come back on Sunday afternoon.  Well, that was the plan.   It was a LONG trip back to Maryland.  It’s so different when I travel alone versus with someone.  Although, lately, I don’t know that I can say it was that.  That 4hr drive seems to take about 5.5 hrs now.  Many more bathroom stops for me, plus the kids having to go at different times.  Unprepared with not having my own food so had to stop for food for the three of us.  Just a longer trip than planned.  The weather was bad before we left so I decided to stay overnight in a hotel in Pgh and get some sleep.  We left about 5am the next morning and was back home in Maryland about 10am, which was great for us to have the rest of the day.

Anyway….back on topic…..during the whole time I had the great nieces, I got a few clips here and there, but I had not talked to my nieces to see if it was ok to show their kids in a video so I didn’t post a video with their kids.  I would want someone to check with me first if they were my kids.

Other than having the kids here all week, I didn’t really feel like I had any content to record for a video.  I surely didn’t have quiet time to record myself answering the prompts, and even by the time I had quiet time, it was so late that I had ZERO energy.  Those kids tire me out each time they visit, but it’s fun to have them here.  Trying to keep them from tearing up everything is another story.

So I failed at Veda this month because I haven’t recorded a video since August. 10th for Veda.  Today is the 22nd.  I don’t even feel like recording another video at this point.  I have nothing really to talk about so I’m done with that for this month.  I have ideas in my head of what I would like to do, but actually doing it……hasn’t happened.

The other challenge I had for myself this month was a blogging challenge to post a new post every day for the first seven days of August.  I didn’t even post a single post.  MAJOR FAIL.  It’s hard for me to concentrate and focus on writing when my life train is so far off the tracks.  I’m dealing with a couple of different medical issues and it’s consuming my brain until I get to the other side of this.  So I haven’t been able to really write.  I know from past writing courses, they say even if you can’t find something to write about, write that.  Anything to get your mind juices flowing.  So I just opened my laptop and wrote the post titled Standstill.  That’s exactly how it was that day.

But now it seems like I am at a standstill with my writing/blogging, my vlogging, my life in general, my health, my finances, my career, my relationships, JUST EVERYTHING!

The frustration is enormous and the anxiety is off the charts.

So both challenges….FAILED.    I hate that because when I challenged myself at the beginning, I knew that I could get them both done with planning and organization.  I knew it wouldn’t be easy but I knew I had it in me to get them both done.

I had such high hopes at the beginning of July for August.  Then by the time the end of July came, the train came off the tracks.  I let other people disrupt my plans and I hate that I let that happen.  Totally my own fault.

I learned I can’t afford to let it happen again.

No matter the challenge, I don’t like the feeling of failure, at all.  Failure is not something that I am used to and don’t ever want to be.

 

 

Communication: Journal Prompt 112

List as many things as you can think of in your favorite color.

oranges

paprika

autumn leaves

red/orange/yellow icing for cookies/cake

a favorite sweater

rust