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What is this "missed posts" thing? I get notifications that I missed posts from a bunch of people, but if I click on the notification it just takes me to the G+ home screen. ?!?!?!?! Another new 'improvement'?@@@@(massive eye roll)
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I use to get something like that from Facebook. "A lot has happened since last time you logged in" or something like that. But I have never seen that from Google. Perhaps because I am here so much?
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Billowing Curves

I'm sure this isn't quite what you had in mind +Mark Rösel, but I was playing around and got carried away ... I know, it's so weird, but it makes me smile :)
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I took a picture of a paper lamp a long long time ago but never posted it. Maybe I'll find it when I get home after work today, +Armida Evony​.
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Happy Friday!

The spider clans of my neighborhood seem to have gotten the secret message that it is Time to Breed. Webs are springing up everywhere and that makes me happy, because I like to take weirdo abstract bokeh pictures of them. It also makes me happy because I suspect the lizards will be coming out of hibernation soon, and I'm determined to take their portraits this year. Hopefully street photography will have been good preparation. Think Fast .... whisk

Practicing my lizard-soothing voice and typing up the model release forms ... 
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Mm lizards practices flicking tongue*

*that is a respectful form of address in lizardland, even though the gnomes are making very rude comments
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Tuesday Noir

It's raining, and I'm in the mood to play with b/w. What are you up to? 
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+Armida Evony​ :)
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The Wisdom of Gnomes

Worn out from enforcing coaching our new family project, Study Skills Reform. Exhausting but necessary for my two angelic boys, both of whom suffer from deer-in-the-headlights-when-asked-any-question-pertaining-to-organization-or-planning syndrome.  

These are stressful times at our house, so much so that the gnomes have actually taken pity on me (a first.) They have been playing their current favorite song for me, a weirded-out electronica tune by some strange Swedish girl band. Supposedly it reminds them of happy times at the Gnome Goddess Poetry Slam. It's called Play it on my Radio, which may or may not be a euphemism, and I have to admit it's growing on me. I actually find it kind of relaxing to sway along to it in a circle of gnomes, and Colin thinks it's the funniest thing ever. 

The gnomes are pleased. As a special reward they decided to follow me around the house today, reading from the Gnomes Book of True and Magnficent Wisdom. A sampling:  

~ Junior gnomes shall not set the beards of their elders on fire.

~ Plastic is evil.

~ No gnome shall be elected Grand High Commissioner more than once, unless he has vanquished the Frost Elves. 

~ It is good for humans to be hindered in their attempts to control nature.

~ Mauve is not a color recognized by gnomes. In general, avoid purplish tones.

~ The War Against Squirrels shall have neither truce nor ceasefire.

~ When courting pixies or sprites, it is suggested to present a gift of admiration. Dead squirrels are always appropriate. 

~ Mistrust all varieties of cacti.

Have a great Monday, and watch out for junior gnomes, squirrels and cacti ;) 
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Me too +Mark Rösel :D
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Happy New Week

It's going to be another busy one .. lists, lists and more lists. Last week it rained every day, which was lovely .. but I didn't get out to take any pictures. This week it looks like we're going to have a mix of sunny and rainy days, so fingers crossed, I'll be able to make some progress on the current technological learning curve I'm navigating. I have been reading many, many books .. but not for pleasure, learning more than I ever wanted to know about RAW formats (who knew there were so many?) and dealing with teen insecurity and indecision. It's so tempting to throw my hands up and say "whatEVER!" but I'm hanging in there. Minute to minute at times .. 

Hope your week is getting off to a good start. And hey .. at least you're not upside down in a greasy puddle in Vegas :) 
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It's one of these nasty ones that keep you in bed.. Hurray for Netflix and tablet computers! And books of course. ;)
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Happy Friday

I'm back to experimenting with geraniums. It gives me something to do while waiting for the shy lizards to sneak out into the sun. That red is just so challenging .... but I can't resist them. Hope you have exciting plans for the weekend with your obsession of the moment .. 
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Cloud Cover

OK, y'all, I am finally giving in to Adobe's obnoxious subscription model and "upgrading" to the Creative Cloud version of Lightroom. I resisted as long as I could, but I really don't want to migrate everything to a different organization system, even if I could find one I like as much as LR. And reading the writing on the wall, it looks like the desktop version of LR is probably going to continue to lag further and further behind CC, if it's updated at all. I also am tired of the Battle of the RAW Formats and want access to my Sony RAW files and FE Mount Lens Profiles. Apparently this will never happen if I don't use Cloud. Adobe, just so you know .. I hate your business model. And if you pester me as much as you do for your stupid Acrobat and Reader updates ... heads will roll. 
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Everyone seems to be heading to this model. Everyone wants monthly rent.
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Lantern Tree

A bit of color to brighten up your Monday :) 
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Hmm interesting +Magnus Itland! Those juxtapositions can be so funny. I'd rather look at a psychedelic tree though :)
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Road Trip

This week in Reykjavík ... I want to be there!  

"We intend to convert the Harpa façade into a giant interactive canvas. Participants will be able to illustrate the canvas by colliding it with virtual paint. Illustration takes place by opening a website on your phone, where you choose the colors and splash paint on the façade. The effects will be seen immediately and the virtual paint obeys the same laws of nature as other viscous liquids as it begins to run downwards."

Winter Lights Festival http://winterlightsfestival.is/events

http://en.harpa.is/sites/default/files/styles/content_large/public/thumbnails/image/harpableik2.jpg?itok=FZ8lkTyC
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+Timothy Street​ I have to say again how glad I am that you're back. You have such a way with words ...and bilingual in britspeak too ;)
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'It's a Feature' ....


The reason I have to manually refresh people's profiles on Mobile is:
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Samsung's power saving mode
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Gnomes
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G+ thinks I need more exercise
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Another "helpful" feature of the update
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To fool the zombies
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Mwuahahaaa +Trey Pitsenberger gnomes are sneaky like that ;) 
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Recommended Read:
Family Happiness, by Laurie Colwin

I’ve been meaning to read something by the late Laurie Colwin for ages, and I finally got around to it this week. I’m so glad I did! So here is another one of my overly personal and tl;dr reviews :) This is a deliciously complex book underneath the deceptively simple writing style. The story really resonated with me, not so much the characters and their life situations, but the underlying emotional conflicts. The main character is a middle-aged woman who, like many of us, is juggling the roles of adult child, sibling, spouse and parent. On the surface her life is enviably pleasant and comfortable, with a closeknit extended family, a stable marriage, and two interesting and bright children. Some people, including me when I was younger, might read this book and think that nothing really happens. Which is the whole point. It’s easy to sympathize with someone’s story when their life is going in a difficult direction with obvious and dramatic challenges. But a life that appears comfortable and trouble-free is often hiding just as much inner turmoil and insecurity. It’s just that not many people want to hear about it. I think we’d often rather stereotype about the greener grass in our neighbor’s yard. It makes us feel motivated to admire others who seem to have it all together, and it can be fun to bond with other mere mortals in those ‘must be nice’ conversations.

As we get older and have more experience and empathy, we realize that nobody’s life is perfect, however much it may seem so on the surface. In fact, those people who really seem to have it all together may be the ones who are hiding the most. Family Happiness is the story of a woman who is living the ideal life that she was trained to hope for and dream of. She suddenly realizes that not only is she incredibly lonely and unhappy, but that she has brought this on herself by allowing other people’s expectations to become a prison. 

Not surprisingly, the catalyst for this realization is meeting someone who finally sees her as herself. Everyone in her life has always seen her as the good child, the easy one, the contented, fulfilled daughter/wife/mother. Like the ideal servant, achieving perfection in her roles means that she becomes invisible. Suddenly, someone sees beyond those masks to the lonely prisoner who is desperate for affection. What happens next is completely predictable in some ways, astonishing in others. The prison break shakes up everybody’s world, but they all survive. 

This book dropped into my life like a rock into a calm pond, and it keeps resonating with me in increasing ripples the longer I think about it. I’ve had a major realization: I suspect that everybody needs at least one person in their life who unconditionally supports them in each of their roles. It’s easier to find supporters for some roles than for others. I’ve often had one or two at a time, but there’s always at least one role that feels desperately lonely and isolated. Once, I met someone who saw me as a whole person and accepted all my different facets with unconditional love and friendship. That did not always mean unconditional approval .. quite the contrary. He had an uncomfortable talent for saying exactly what I most needed, and least wanted, to hear. I didn’t appreciate that enough while I had it. I miss it. I gave up that friendship in an either/or ultimatum. Maybe I should have fought harder for a compromise. I think I would have, if I had realized how rare it is to find someone who sees all of me and loves me not in spite of my bad qualities, but because of them. I don’t know if that will ever happen again. But hindsight, like the god’s eye view in a novel, is always clearer than real life.  

Like many great writers, Colwin allows us to see the characters from multiple perspectives, empathizing even while we are impatient with their bad decisions and human failings. What happens is unsatisfying and frustrating and completely believable. Even though the story is not dramatic and, in fact, not much really happens, this is a hero’s journey of emotional maturity, with great subtlety and a delicate touch. I enjoy this kind of writing so much more than those books where everything is straightforward and all the loose ends are tied up tight in a happy ending with no room for doubt. It’s like real life. It’s like my life. And if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that doubt is a master key, powerful and dangerous. Used wisely, it opens the door to learning all kinds of interesting things.
books.google.com - “If anyone wrote eloquently and magnificently about affairs of the heart, it was Laurie Colwin.” —San Francisco Chronicle At first glance, Polly Solo-Mille...
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Hahaa! I'm so glad someone thinks they would be interested in my awkward bizarre emotional flounderings +Evan Griffith. I really have had some funny-cringy experiences. Unlike this Laurie Colwin book, mine would be so weird and off the charts that most people would probably feel very comfortable shaking their head or laughing at my adventures :) 
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Hi there! I'm the mom of two fascinating and funny boys, ages 9 and 15, who are polar opposites. I am passionate about encouraging kids to read and encouraging families to volunteer together. I take a lot of bad pictures, read a lot of books, and have extremely feisty gnomes living in my garden. I like to sing along, loudly, with a wide variety of music including baroque opera, country, and various quirky icelandic bands. I wish I could speak Icelandic or Finnish .. but at least I am a power user of Google Translate. My current fantasy is to find a sod-roofed hut in Iceland as a vacation home, and invite G+ friends to HIRL there with me. Sadly, I do not actually own the boots in my profile pic because they are custom-made and were no longer avaiIable by the time I found the link .. but .. I do have a lot of boots :) I am a real person, but I don't share pictures of myself publicly. My profile .. my choice. I'm an untypical California girl (Bay Area brunette, carnivore, don't drink wine or coffee) and tend to find nerds and vikings very sexy. And finally ... I totally have a crush on Finland. Yes, the country. Ask me why.

I mostly decide to circle people back from seeing their comments on posts (mine or other people's) and thinking we could have an interesting conversation. Please introduce yourself, I look forward to getting to know you! 
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