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Month: November 2013
The Case of Not Enough Time
Time is passing me by so quickly I don’t even realize. With a full time job and some freelance to-dos I had no time for image editing, drawing, designing or writing. Worst of all, I did not really have time for the Sacred Creatures, either.
As a result, Málna stopped talking to me days ago and “someone” stole my homeshoes. Feket lives in the laundry basket lately and grew some bellyfat as well. He is -by the way- huge. 6 kilogramms and not even a year old. Maybe I should cut back on the meals. On the other hand, Málna eats a lot more and she is so small and skinny, she does not even look 6 months old. She already turned 2. As I said, time flies….. 🙂
As I promised, here are a few photos of the autumn colours. They are unedited. I could also blame this on not having enough time, but in fairness, they turned out to be the bests I’ve taken since I am learning photography. I really wanted to give you an insight on how it goes with the photo taking part, not the manipulation part 🙂
As usual, any feedback is welcome 🙂 (if you’d like to use any, please email me and I’ll send you the original size)
Weekly Life Update: Creativity and Water
It is high time that I gave some insight on how the water challenge goes so far. Well, it is a lot more difficult to manage from home than it is from the office.
At work I fall into a pattern, everything is scheduled and I just sit at an office table and work. No major distractions.
However, at the weekend we went shopping, cleaned the flat, visited Lukacs Bath and the grandparents, worked a lot and it just became harder and harder to manage.
I got so carried away with all the things I had to do that I only managed around 1.5-2 litres per day on Saturday and Sunday. Shame on me.
As an attempt to find a solution for this I downloaded an app called Waterlogged. It is not bad, but the free version lacks many useful options (e.g.: warning me every hour to drink). It is perfect for measuring the amount of liquid that is consumed though.
Not long ago, when I was whining about the fact that I am soooo-soooo handicapped at image editing by being mixed handed I got a little gift from life (and a very nice client of mine :-))
I am a strange creature, I am not only left handed but mixed handed, meaning that I do everything with my right hand, apart from eating and writing, which qualifies me as a lefty. Anything that is not a spoon, fork, pencil or pen literally falls out of my left hand but can not hold any of these items in my right… 😀
Now the issue is, that I can only draw and edit with my left hand, but can only control a mouse with my right one. Umm, yeah. That’s what I thought. So the only solution for this is a digital pen and tablet set. Being as broke as I am usually, a digi tablet was nowhere in sight.
Until the next morning, when I received an Amazon gift card from someone I do some work with 🙂 So I ordered my new Wacom Intuos and after some usual Hungarian hassle and paying an insulting amount for delivery, tax and customs, it arrived last Friday and I drew my first…..um…..Simon’s cat… 😀
Also, I took some photos over the weekend, here is two as teaser and I’ll show you the others in my next post. Keep tuned 🙂
Heating A Room Up With 4 Candles – Tested
You may have or have not yet come across a video that has recently gone viral about heating a room up with four candles and two flower pots. If you have missed it so far, here it is:
This really got me interested as I already pay a lot more for heating than I should, even so, that the radiators have not yet been turned on for a single minute but the bill has gone up significantly. I did not plan to heat up 55 square meters with a few candles, but it would be great if we could make our small livingroom cosy for the coming winter days.
So we got 4 candles and two flower pots out and tried it.
The result: It produces some heat, but don’t expect anything huge. 🙂 It is nice to have, you get some warmth around it and it is also a nice addition to any livingroom 🙂 I appreciate it more as an accessory than a heater.
Weekly Life Update: The Story So Far…
The water challenge so far…
I know I promised weekly updates on this and it has only been five days but there are already some changes I’ve spotted. Obviously, I have to pay visits to the rest room more often but that’s not all that changed. First of all, I don’t feel sleepy all day. Finally! This has been a long going issue for me. I was tired in the morning, before lunch, after lunch, later in the afternoon and I was struggling to stay awake ’till half past ten. For the last three days I have been feeling more and more awake. I’m up until midnight and wide awake in the morning. So far, so good.
The other thing is, that I finally got to enjoy the sauna and the steam cabin. To be honest, I have never been a big fan of heat as I usually felt dizzy and was unable to sweat a lot, or at all. Anything above 30 degrees Celsius was literally making me sick and uncomfortable. I blamed it all on being a winter girl, but the fact is I was lacking proper amount of fluid so badly, that my body simply could not cool itself as it should.
The learning process so far…
I bought a book on photography! Yeeey!
I finished 80 pages already and now I know (okay, have a rough idea) how DSLR cameras work, what the basic differences are and what happens exactly when a photograph is taken. I already looked into some settings, but I still don’t get the images I want.. Well, learning photography is not something that magically happens after reading 80 pages, so I might just keep on reading a bit more.
Here are a few pictures I have taken today to see if I can use any of the things I’ve learnt so far.
I promise I’ll upload some photos of the cats as well, soon.
Photos Of The Great Outdoors and The 30 Days Water Challenge
Big news! I am starting the 30 days water challenge tomorrow. I have always been told off for drinking 3-4 glasses of water a day (tops!) so it is high time I started doing something about it. I know this is not normal, but I really don’t feel like drinking more than that. The “How drinking 3 litres of water a day took 10 years off my face” article was the last drop in the glass (how poetic) and gave me the final push. I have been warned by relatives, boyfriend, work colleagues and my doctor about this and I have been trying, but never managed to take in more than 1.5 litres, so I am really curious if I can manage 3 litres… Sounds like plenty… But if only half of the achievements listed in the article prove to be true it’s all worth it.
Let’s see! I’ll report about how I managed – this time next week 😉
I also wanted to share a few photos I took over the weekend, while learning my camera’s settings. Any feedback is more than welcome and much appreciated. I hope you like them. xoxo
Raspberry, The Star!
Raspberry (Málna in Hungarian, as we call her) found her true self in modelling.
Turns out, she knows all the right moves and poses. Well done! 🙂
Learning New Things
It’s been a year since I bought my Canon 1000D. Funny enough, I hardly used it… ever. Mostly for the reason that I had (ok, have) no clue how to use it properly.
Having a professional camera and using it on auto settings always grossed me out. Pathetic… I spent all that money to push a button…? Noooo, that wasn’t something I am into.
So, I had to find the time (and quit the excuses) to actually learn how my camera works. Aperture? ISO?
Since I don’t have any money to spare and spend on pricy courses I begun my search online. I found a great tutorial on Lifehacker and started playing with certain settings…for the last two days.
I have been learning Illustrator (and created my new logo, ha!) and Photoshop for a little while, so I might get everything together to do some creative work I always wanted to and had been passionate about.
Here is the first set of my photos, I hope you like them. Any feedback is much appreciated.