Friday, April 18, 2014

Total Eclipse of the Moon

While I sit on our sofa fipping through notecards,on chapter 4 of 33 (yes I made 33 chapters worth of notecards), my sweet man decided to write up a post about seeing the blood moon together. A little memory we will forever have tucked away and one day share with kiddos. Hope you enjoy reading his fun story of the event as much as I did! Husband, take it away!

The day was Friday and I was reading CNN's main page when part of a headline grabbed my attention: Blood Moon. I wasn't sure what they were talking about but I had to check it out. I read the article about the upcoming total lunar eclipse, what it is, the rarity, and the stunning visual expected. I was hooked. I sent Veronica an instant message (as we do throughout the day) telling her of my discovery and how I wanted to view it on the upcoming Monday night. To my surprise, Veronica was onboard and wanted to do it together. I know my wife and I know waking up at 1:00am isn't on the top of her list of favorite things in life. Add a cold front in the forecast and it seemed very unlikely that she would come along but my wife caught me by surprise and we made our plans.

Monday was a cold, cloudy day with some flurries (in mid-April!) and overall dreariness. But the clouds were on their way out by evening and clear skies were settling in, perfect visibility for the special event that night. We went to bed early, setting our alarms for a little after 1. As the alarm went off, it was tempting to roll back over and go back to sleep but we overcame that urge and started bundling up. The clear skies were perfect for viewing but less than ideal for temperature as the evening warm-up quickly dissipated and cold air filled the region. Even with layers and two blankets, we knew it would be a chilly night but we also knew it was going to be totally worth it.

The eclipse was underway as we left our home. But our interest was in the moments of total eclipse. Add in our lack of interest in being out in the cold longer than we had to and getting to our spot about 45 minutes before the target time was just fine. With the tripod, DSLR, and telephoto lens (75-200mm) in tow, we drove out to our ideal location outside of town, parked on a short farm drive, and set up our blanket on a slight hill facing the moon. I set up the camera, tweaking settings until things looked just right. I was hoping to remotely trigger the camera from my phone (using the Wi-Fi adapter we bought for the DSLR) but it forced the shutter speed to change from the optimal setting to a setting too fast (the moon was barely visible!). So instead, I got up every few minutes, set the timer to 10 seconds, pressed the shutter release and waited for the camera to capture the night scene (so thankful for calm winds, a rarity in Oklahoma!). It was our first time using long exposures in the night and the results were great!







After some time taking in the eclipse and all the stars in the limitless Oklahoma sky, we were ready to get back in bed. We packed up and drove back home, our hearts and minds inspired by our Creator's creation and the phenomenon we were able to witness.
-Kevin
the husband
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Monday, April 14, 2014

Hi & Bye

Final NCIDQ testing commences in a week and a half. wow.

So pictures,

starting from a couple weeks back,

 rocking that my-cheeks-and-lips-are-still-numb-from-getting-a-cavity-filled smile
sister loved Norman's favorite breakfast eatery


 Sometimes it's hard to go back in the college of architercture and then other times I feel pride and joy when I'm there...but hey! how cool is this model I'm guessing the senior ARCH students made of the school?!

 little sis got the ultimate warren experience in the grand theatre!
 and then she left us on a EARLY and chilly morning
 and hit the streets for a day off of studying
 I planned and hung a gallery wall in my boss' office... we won't go into how long it took

 Lots of finish & upholstery decisions were made this past week at work
 Kelli and I did some last minute studying the day before the PRAC and the electricians left us the BEST surprise ever...
 My sweet husband wrote me an encouraging love note the week of the PRAC packed full of scripture. I love this man.
 my blurry and graphite covered hand after the morning session of the PRAC
 cuddling with my pup
 someone hit me this week...so yeah that was cool
 reps who bring surprise treats are awesome....

 my bestie and I are doing Beth's new study in May and I can't wait! She surprised me and sent it to me..such a wonderful friend.

 I attempted to arrange this bouquet...
 thanking the husband for taking care of virtually everything in these last few weeks of studying, with cupcakes...his favorite funfetti!

 puppy girl is loving her backyard these days since it's actually been WARM!
 Don't know where you're going for Easter? Now you do...


 Husband and I got a rare saturday morning together since he's been on overnights last week...we got donuts (for the first time ever since being married...crazy as that is...well here in Norman because of course when we were in Texas we go the best ever, Shipley's).




 Our home improvement purchase this month were these curtain hold backs...loving them
husband has the cleaned feet

I took a study break and whipped these guys up...I'm making a few winnie the pooh illustrations for a little girl's birthday...got any favorite winnie the pooh quotes?




And so that's life...
what's going on in yours?


Hi and Bye,
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Friday, April 11, 2014

Butt Sweat

There was no blog post scheduled for today but then yesterday happened and I laughed so hard it just had to be shared.
Being an interior designer you never know what kind of questions you're going to be asked about products, finishes, furnishing, etcs. I'm truly flabbergasted at some of the questions I get asked, but this week? This week I got one of the most interesting ones yet.... Won't vinyl seats cause butt sweat for students?

I'm not creative enough to make this sort of stuff up yall. When it was first said I didn't grasp the real question and responded that vinyl would make it really easy to clean that sort of situation easily. At which point the question and concern was repeated and explained.

Ohhhhh! Inside my head I'm thinking, wait really? But outwardly I'm saying,  I really don't think that should be an issue. I've never been asked that question before but truly I've never encountered that as an issue before either so that was my honest, best educated answer for the time.

Well I went back to my office and decided I ought to check in with my rep. She offered to send me a large sample for us to "test out." Yesterday, said sample arrived and the butt sweat testing began. My coworkers and myself laughed at various times during the day as the large vinyl sample got tossed from person to person.

 It. Was. Hilarious.

Truly, I was trying to see if anyone was getting too hot or uncomfortable but goodness was it funny!

At the end of the day I wrote up a response to my client, my verbage made me feel like I was on an episode of The Office, and then laughed hard once I got his response. It was too good to not share with my office,
To those of you who contributed to the “butt sweat” research, thank you. I thought you might enjoy my analysis and the client’s response. ;)

I have had various coworkers in my office sitting on it for various lengths of time. So far there has been no “butt sweat” complaints. We’ve been testing it without breathable backs (we have the vinyl draped over the back) and they mentioned they felt a little warm after a while but felt some of that was because they weren’t getting any air to the back either. One of the guys sits on a vinyl seated chair all the time and he sits in front of a full length window. He told me that from time to time he gets pretty warm but hasn’t had a sweating problem exactly. Some of the guys in our office mentioned they felt better knowing they could wipe away sweat from a seat rather than having sweat seep into a cloth seat. One of the guys told me he sweats a lot in the summer time and it doesn’t matter if it is cloth or vinyl, he’ll sweat just the same. Just some research information for you. I want to make sure we make the best decisions for the spaces!

Ok you caused me to fall out of my chair…. The BUTT SWEAT issue has been well researched I feel …
Thank you for your diligent work, some say just sitting on your butt is bad but thanks for the effort… lol I’m dying
Thank you that will be fine



But the story doesn't end there! Oh no, I wisely sent this great email to someone outside our office...oh yes that happened. That turned into another whole heap of laughter. Let's just say I learned that you can recall emails but that it was too late.

the end.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Days Gone By

 don't mind us just pulling a boy-meets-world moment


making : plans in my head for May, June and July
cooking : nachos, at least more than likely...they're my go-to especially when the husband is away (darn overnight shifts)
reading : The Power of a Praying Wife and really, really enjoying it! Also, my NCIDQ study book (on the last chapter!)
watching: Once & Nashville (currently on hold for 3 weeks, arg! guess that's okay since I should study and not watch tv)
lookingat tons of fabric swatches and so excited that my client has liked my choices! Can't wait to see these fun colors all installed! #itsnotallredandwhite!
playingcolors, like I mentioned my client let me have some fun, though coaxing was involved, but I'm pumped to play with more than red and white!
sewing: dreaming about sewing pillows & possibly a blanket for the home. Our white bed needs a little navy blanket to protect it from our crazy pup.
wishingto just be able to wake-up like I used to, peppy and ready to go
enjoying: a home-made salad for lunch, made with love by my husby
waiting: for the weekend, or just the evening...I've been so worn out lately. I just want to be home.
likingthe idea of throwing a memorial day brunch at our home for our small group
wonderingabout how to approach a certain situation
listening: really nothing. I've been taking at least half of my drive to pray in the mornings, and at work I've had more mind-strenuous tasks (not as much CAD work), and on the way home I've been chatting with friends/family.
thanking: my incredible Savior for bringing me peace about the exam last weekend...crazyness
going: no where. absolutely no where. until JUNE when I'll see SAMANTHA (and possibly KARLA)
loving: that the weather has FINALLY warmed up...oh glorious day! 
hoping: for the ability to just really memorize information for the next two exam sections
marvelingat God's work in our lives, especially in our small group...mind blown.
smelling: my salad, eating and typing currently.
wearingmy skinny black crop pants with a sky blue vneck and a green belt with black shiny shoes...not sure it all really goes together but oh wells.
noticing: that I'm feeling more and more at home at my new job every day.
knowingGod sees me, God loves me, God has me
thinking: about the NCIDQ always
pinning: things that I won't get to do or look at until MAY
creating: some winnie the pooh "prints" for a friend of ours SOON
giggling: office jokes
feelingthankful


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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Camera Accessories Break Down

Guess who's back to share more about the ins and outs of owning your DSLR?! Yep, you guessed it! LAUREN! She's been sharing her wisdom with us over the past few weeks, so if you've missed it go check it out! Today she's sharing about the accessories to really pay attention to in DSLR world...there are a ton of them. She's helping to clear the lines between needs and excess. Take it away Lauren!



Hi, everyone! I'm Lauren, owner of Lauren Werkheiser Photography and I'm back with my last post for this mini-series, which I hope has helped your decision in choosing camera gear and made the whole process a little bit easier! In cased you've missed past posts, you can read part one here (Choosing the best DSLR for you), part two here (Narrowing down your lens choices) and part three here (A few ways to save money on camera gear and a free desktop calendar). 

When you're looking to buy camera gear, you will have so many options. You'll see multiple types of camera bodies and even more types of lenses. On top of that, sales associates will often convince you to buy accessories. Before you know it, you've spent more than you planned! It's so easy to buy more accessories than you need, so what's worth it and what isn't? Read below for just a few of my thoughts. After reading this list, you may find that you would take away or add other items. That's fine! This is just what I've found to be true when I was using a DSLR for personal use and thought I'd share.

Essential: Structured camera bag that fits your style - I love my camera bag. It looks like a purse and holds everything I need on a daily basis or for a photography session. Camera bags can range in price from low to pretty high, so get one that fits your budget. For me, I'm much more eager to take my camera places when I have a beautiful bag to store it in. It's also a benefit to have one that looks like a purse if you travel often - this way, it's not obvious that you have very expensive camera gear in it, which will hopefully prevent (or at least lessen the chance of) theft.

Not essential: Black bag sold in electronic stores - I personally think you should hold off buying the camera bag that the sales associate tries to sell you, and buy one that you actually like (as mentioned above). I bought one of these bags at the time I bought my first DSLR and found it to: 1 - not have enough room for my gear and 2 - be way to plain/manly for my taste. There are so many places where you can get a beautiful camera bag that fits your style or you can even have a bag custom made for you - just check Etsy - it's less expensive than you think. As long as you have something to protect your camera and gear, that's all that matters, but this is just something I would suggest so you don't spend money on something that you aren't happy with in the long run.

Essential: Sturdy tripod - Since I use mine often I'm putting this on the must have list, though it very well may end up on the non-essential list for many of you. If you're taking pictures mainly of your children, daily life for the blog, etc. you probably will not get a lot of use out of a tripod. However, if you're a fashion blogger or are interested in creative photography, or even if you just want to make sure you're in pictures with your family and not always behind the camera, you will likely benefit from having a sturdy tripod.

Not essential: Cheap tripod - A lot of places will sell tripods at various price points. Most people, I've noticed, will buy the most inexpensive one, but DON'T! Buying a tripod that isn't sturdy can be a dangerous decision, in that if it falls over (which is very likely with a cheap tripod) your camera/lenses will break and that's a very expensive mistake. Also, if it's windy, it will probably shake, resulting in a blurry or out of focus image. If you're going to buy a tripod, it's worth the investment to get a good quality one. It doesn't need to be the most expensive - just test it out to make sure it is sturdy and holds your camera without moving. 

Not essential: UV filters - When I bought my first DSLR, the salesman convinced me that I needed to buy UV filters (among other things) for my lenses. They ended up being something I did not need, but I didn't know that at the time because I knew nothing about them. I didn't do my research and I didn't go into the store knowing exactly what I wanted. It turns out, I preferred how my pictures looked without the filter, and felt that the filter diminished the quality of the images - not by a lot, but enough that I knew I would rather not use them. On the other hand, I have heard (and thankfully not experienced) that they protect your lens if you drop it and the filter will break instead of your lens, so you have to choose which is more important to you: image quality or lens protection.

I hope you've found this post series helpful! If you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch. I would love to help you out :)

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