It’s been a bit of a rough couple of days for me. I know there are much bigger problems in the world and this is so small in the grand scheme of things, but the hard drive on my computer died…on the airplane on the way home from vacation. Argh! So, I was already feeling a bit behind and was ready to hit the ground running and get things done and I had no computer. Fortunately, the computer is still under warranty, so I sent it off to get a new hard drive and, also fortunately, I have all of my files backed up. It has taken a couple of days, but I have a makeshift workflow set up on two old computers. One has my software and e-mail, but it won’t work with my printer and it won’t upload pictures. Nice. I’m using the second computer to upload pictures, but it shuts down randomly. There was a point today when I was almost in tears. Trying to do the simplest task and not being able to do it was making my blood boil and I felt defeated. I needed to take a deep breath and remember that this blog isn’t at the center of the universe and it’s not a big deal.
So, tomorrow I need to take some time to just get myself organized a bit, so I am not so scattered and out of control.
Now that I’ve dumped my complaints all over you, let me share the fun stuff. I’ve been wanting to upgrade my camera gear for a while, but just couldn’t pull the trigger. While on vacation, I was finally ready to commit and, when I got home, I bought this beauty…
The Nikon D800. The camera I have been using, the Nikon D7000 is a solid camera, but it’s a higher-end amature camera and I was ready to move to a lower-end pro. I’m going to get the d7000 professionally cleaned (it has some spots on the mirrors) and use it as a backup and when I want to take a camera “in the field.” The D800 is going to be my “studio camera”, meaning it will mostly just stay at home for blog and freelance shoots. I’m hoping I’ll have some time in the next few days to take some comparison pictures and explain a bit of the difference between the two cameras, other than the price tag. (Just remember that I started out with a $300 refurbished Nikon camera.)
Now, of course, I was very excited when it arrived, so I immediate stuck on a 35mm lens and took a picture of the first thing in view -
Yes. My sink full of dirty dishes. Nice, Marian. (That picture is watermarked in case you were thinking about stealing it!)
I then took pictures of prettier things…
…and went back to taking pictures of my messes. Oh, my office. I can hardly walk in it again and I’m starting to acknowledge the fact that I am chronically disorganized. Well, I didn’t use to be, but growing kids + a growing business = me being chronically disorganized.
The past few years have been a whirlwind for me and I haven’t properly cleaned and organized my house during this craziness. I’ve cleaned and purged here and there, but have done just enough to keep things from looking like a total disaster, but the truth is that the house looks okay on the surface, but I have hard time finding things I need. It’s inefficient, wastes my time and makes me feel stressed out. So, I’m purging, cleaning, rarranging and organizing like never before. Everything has to be functional, easily located and there has to be room to breathe. This means letting go of a lot of stuff, which I am gung-ho about, and getting things truly organized. Not just stuff-it-in-a-drawer kind of organized, but really organized. I’m also excited about having less stuff. I find that I just want things in my house that we use, love or need and nothing else.
Oviously my office and the basement are going to be the toughest to tackle, but after that is the Legos.
Both of my sons enjoy Legos, but my just-turned-five-year-old is a builder. All he wants for his birthday, Christmas and with fun money is Legos. For his fifth birthday, he got the Arkham Assylum, which is a 12+ set and he’s been building it mostly on his own. With all of these Legos comes a problem. Organizing them. I tried keeping them organized by set, but that’s just ridiculous and discourages free-building. For a couple of years, we’ve just kept all of the pieces in plastic bins in a couple of drawers of the Empire dresser in the family room. The amount of Legos has become overwhelming and trying to find a piece you need means 30 minutes of raking through Legos.
I decided to try a different approach. I am sorting the Legos by color…
This keeps them organized, encourages free building and makes pieces easy to find when following set instructions. Some rules will have to be put into place to keep them organized, like - you can build one thing at a time and keep it together as long as you want, but when you’re ready to build something else, take it apart and put the pieces back. All moms of boys are laughing at me right now. We’ll see how it goes. I’m skeptical, but hopeful, too. I’ll give you an update in a few months.
I’ll probably do a bit more organizing tomorrow, but I really need to catch up on some paperwork, computer work, etc. With the technical trouble I’ve been having, I need to take a muscle relaxer or bubble bath or something before, during and after the computer work. If you live near Gettysburg and hear a scream followed by the sound of a laptop or two crashing through a window…that’s me.