If a Mom volunteers to bring 2 dozen cupcakes to her Munchkin's class, then eats 1/2 dozen while waiting for the 2nd batch to bake, how many total batches will she have to bake? Keep in mind that each batch = 12 cupcakes and the Mom has only one cupcake pan.
Extra credit: if one batch takes 20 minutes to bake, what is the average time it took for the Mom to snarf eat each cupcake?
See, and you thought you'd never have a use for all those math classes in school, didn't you?
Miss Munchkin and I are testing for our Brown Belts in martial arts class tonight. Some of the skills we will be testing over include:
escaping from a headlock while being punched in the face
a variety of boxing and kickboxing combinations
taking down someone who puts you in a headlock
In our school, a brown belt is only about half-way to black belt (unlike the photo above). There are 2 variations of brown then 3 of red in our future before we even can start thinking about becoming a Black Belt. It's approximately a 3 year process.
But, we're excited because this belt will put us into the "Advanced" class. Wait! That's where the big black belt guys hang out. Eeek!
I've spent the past few days immersed in editing photos. I had two fabulous photoshoots last week and now I am weeding though the shots, picking out the best, and making them better. Edits such as cropping out extra background, adjusting exposure and contrast, and cloning out distractions all go a long way to making an OK photo look really good. However, I may need to take a break: yesterday I was having a conversation with my teenaged Munchkin and my right hand started twitching as I had an uncontrollabe urge to touch up a blemish on her forehead. With my immaginary mouse. :)
While we were downtown for the St. Patrick's parade yesterday, I popped into a small antique store to kill some time. I'm always on the lookout for fabulous photo props. And I found one. Tucked away in a corner I uncovered a huge, cotton American flag. Scenes quickly flashed through my head:
Miss Munchkin wrapped in red, white and blue The flag held overhead, billowing in the Kansas wind A patriotic backdrop for all kinds of glorious shots
It was a steal so I stole it, I mean quickly bought it.
In the back of my mind, I wondered, "Are there rules for using a flag?" Sure, I knew not to drag it on the ground, but I wanted to research the issue a bit more. Just to be safe.
What I found: Here is the list of etiquette for the American Flag. And this FAQ gets into the nitty gritty, like "Oh no! My flag touched the ground. Do I have to burn it?" There were a few surprises in there for me, like putting the flag on napkins or cakes is a "no-no".
Bottom line: I feel like I can use this beautiful flag in my photography as long as I treat it with dignity and respect. I can't wait to see what I come up with!
It's been on my mind ever since the Master recently asked, "Who was St. Patrick anyway?"
I thought about green beer and pinching and parades then racked my brain for information about "Patrick". I came up with.... nothing.
"You know, I'm not really sure. Let me do some research and I'll get back with you."
I found a children's book at the Master's school that told the story of a British boy who was taken captive by Irish raiders in the 400s. After a dramatic escape, he returned to his homeland only to receive a calling to minister to the Irish. Once again he traveled to Ireland, this time as a free man, where he lived among the people, teaching and preaching.
I read this book to the Master's class during Library time last week. They were spellbound. It's a fascinating story.
Apparently, St. Patrick's Day was much more of a religious holiday in Ireland than here in the United States. In fact, people spent more time in churches on March 17th than in pubs. This is a far cry from how the holiday is celebrated today, at least in my town. I can't help but wonder what Patrick would think about all of this....
To learn more about St. Patrick and his holiday, check out this informative site from the History Channel.
I have a couple of photoshoots coming up that I am excited about, including my very first Senior shoot. I've been on the lookout for inspiration and have definitely found some on Flickr. Check out these two talented photographers' Senior High work:
I love creative "business" cards. When my children were small, I made a really sweet set of cards that I could hand out to other moms. It had my name and contact info on them and the title, "Homemaker". It was a creative way to exchange info with that mother I met at the park.
In the past few years, I've used this site to make some creative business cards. I especially like the Mini version. On the front I've posted one of my favorite photos and on the back I've included my email, blog address, etc. These always get a great reception!
Right now, Moo.com is based in England but shipping is fairly quick to the States. In the next few months, they will be adding a branch here in the US (happy dance!).
You don't have to put a photo on the front, you can choose a ready-made design. Aren't these cute?!
I had a lovely kickboxing class recently. It was one of those days where my lazy body did not want to move. At all.
puffgibber!groan We started warming up by jogging laps. On the instructor's signal we slapped the ground and suddenly switched directions. That's always a bit awkward and people inevitably crash into each other a bit.
After warm up, the real fun began. We partnered up and started boxing.
Then we did a set of "Crunch and Punches". It's like a sit up but you punch something when you sit up, usually a pad. This time we came up throwing hooks. By the time we were done, I was missing most of the skin on my right knuckle.
Then it was time for Bag Work. This is where you do various combination of kicks and punches on a heavy bag filled with sand. Feeling determined, I gave an extra hard kick and was rewarded with some instant foot pain.
Next, our instructor threw in some Sits and Dips. One person sits against the wall, supporting their weight with their wimpy legs while other person uses their knees for handholds and cranks out triceps dips. Those are always fun.
Finally, to end the class, we played a rousing game of "Get the Belt" or something. Each person tucks a strip of fabric into their waistband and attempts to defend it while snatching each other's fabric. Kinda like Flag Football with out the football. I lunged for a man's strip at the same time he lunged for mine. Our heads collided.
I don't remember much after that - things were a bit fuzzy. But I do know that I ended up with a goose egg and he got a small cut over his eye. Niiiiice.
Currently I am sitting at my computer with my foot up, waiting on X ray results, and having way too much fun with this site. Hit refresh for a new and exciting Sound Effect each time.
Master Munchkin and I spent Saturday at a cello workshop. To help pass the time, I brought my camera. I thought I'd come home with some pictures of cellos and children. Instead, I discovered this:
Nestled in one of the stairways of the church was a beautiful round window. I think I stopped on the stairs and gasped out loud. Of course, I'm thinking, "Photo Op!" The Master and I spent most of our spare time hanging out here. Here he is eating carrots.
I changed my angle by kneeling down so that the parking lot wasn't visible in the background and turned off my flash. Ooooo, artsy. This is SOOC (straight out of camera):
When I got home, I simply changed one of my favorite photos to black and white in Lightroom and bumped up the exposure a bit. This brightened the light background, making the trees and sky "disappear", leaving behind a clean silhouette. A quick crop and I got this: