Monday, September 22, 2008

Monday musings

Thank you to everyone for your kind thoughts regarding my week from hell.

I am happy to report that so far this week is looking
much brighter!

I feel like I haven't posted in about a million years. I'm not sure if it was all of the garbage that I dealt with last week, or just a general case of the blahs, but I just haven't been feeling remotely inspired for the last several days.

I think it's time for me to get back in the swing of things.

First off, I have some business to attend to...


So, I totally forgot to weigh in this morning. I guess I'll have to do it tomorrow and let you know the results later. Please feel free to give me a virtual slap on the wrist.

* Update...
Looks like I gained 2 of the 4 lbs I lost last week back. (Picture me giving my scale a big raspberry)

Things went
ok last week. I did a much better job with my water consumption! I also managed to cut way back on snacking after work. Those are my two biggest obstacles...so, YAY me!
I didn't do so great with the whole exercise thing though. I worked about a gazillion hours last week, and I just couldn't find the energy to try to get back off my big ol' butt once I got home.

However, I did go for another long walk on Saturday afternoon. This time I went alone. Well, I had my trusty camera at my side of course, but other than that. I think I probably walked somewhere between 2-3 miles when all was said and done. (Hopefully those miles will show up as lost pounds on my scale in the morning!)

This time I did a little experimenting with black & white, and lighting. It was late afternoon when I was walking and there was a lot of cool stuff going on with the sun and shadows. Here are a few of my favorite shots from the day...

This one isn't anything terribly exciting, they just have about a million of these signs posted all over the trail. This one was right at the beginning of my walk and I wanted to see how it would look in b&w.

This next one I took both in color and b&w. These trees struck me as sort of beautiful and haunting as I was walking past them. Looking at the photo freaks me out a bit because I feel like it has a bit of an optical illusion thing happening. The way the trees all bend almost at the same point sort of gives the illusion that the bottom half is a reflection or something. Is it just me, or do you see it too? I don't know, my eyes just have a difficult time taking in the whole picture I think.
These flowers were just full of bees, so I thought I'd see what I could capture with the camera. It was difficult because I couldn't see the screen due to the glare from the sun. I tried to look through the view finder, but since I had it zoomed in, I couldn't really tell what I was taking a picture of. I thought this one came out sort of nice in spite of all of that.
I really liked the way the sun was filtering through the trees in this one spot. I wasn't able to capture it quite as well as I had hoped to...but I guess it's ok.

I know that I had some random thoughts that I was going to write about, but I can't for the life of me remember what they were at the moment. Plus it's almost midnight and I should really get some sleep. I've got a long day tomorrow.

Love to my peeps!



4 fabulous responses:

Melissa Wollman said...

Hey girl! Sorry that last week was so awful!!! I hope that this week will be alot better!

Great pics, again! I didn't notice that thing about the trees being, or rather, looking like a reflection till I read your explanation, and then that's all I could see! I like the one with the signs the best, I think. Really great perspective and lighting.

Keep 'em coming! :)

Jen said...

I've read that stress causes weight gain so it would make perfect sense after a week like the one you had. Hang in there and just keep at it. :)

Rach (Mommy Learns to Blog) said...

Great pictures Shannon! Are you still using your "older" camera that you dug out? You're really doing a great job, and it seems like you are onto a fab new hobby!

Shannon said...

Lovely pictures, I really like them! And I agree with Jen, it's hard to cope with stress AND try to lose weight in the same week, so I think you're ok!! I hope this week is much better.