Category Archives: Musings

Playing With Photos

So I’ve been playing with photos lately, as I prepare to launch my Amerine Photography side business.  And while I tend to be a purist when it comes to editing, sometimes I like to play a little bit… so here is just one picture, three ways, from yesterday. [Also testing out the watermark.]

Fairly pure.

More of a ‘wedding type look’.

New York Vintage.

When I do edit something like that, I tend to use pre-sets.  Both the two above were free presets I found through searching…. anyone know of other good sources for Lightroom Presets that they love?  Let me know in the comments.

If you want to see more princess photos – check out the girls’ blog: – enjoy!

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Posted by on March 27, 2011 in Musings


A Camera Walk

I ended up taking a couple days easy due to my Achilles starting to ache – but I did take some time to talk a slow walk with my camera.  And my coffee as you’ll see.  Here are a few of the photos – mostly me just playing around with the camera and then I started to play with some editing too on the latter photos.

It was a very blue sky afternoon around 4 p.m.  I don’t normally get a chance to shoot at that time of day, outside.  The bright sun is a challenge but fun too!

My coffee – the new Starbucks logo thanks to their anniversary special – buy a coffee, get a cupcake. Yum.

Sometimes its hard to remember to look up – but then I saw this!

Below is where I start getting fun with edits…

I hope everyone gets out to enjoy the signs of spring coming.  Its so beautiful to see it start to bud & flower – and this weekend is amazing.

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Posted by on March 12, 2011 in Musings


Signs of Spring

There are signs of spring turning up outside.  One day I’ll take a walk with my camera but in the meantime, here is what I found in my front yard.  Just hoping we don’t get a freeze that kills all these amazing buds that are forming.  Seems like there is always something around April 1st – we’ll see!

(The above is the rose bush I always take photos of… this is the photo of it without roses but lots of new growth.)

These confuse me a little – they had these pink flowers in the fall too… not sure its new growth or what, but I love them – they are fun & funky.

Please be spring for good!

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Posted by on March 9, 2011 in Musings


Mardi Gras brings… Reflection

Happy Mardi Gras y’all! [best with texan drawl]

So I love Mardi Gras – the family version anyway.  I was born in New Orleans.  I think I was fed king cake as my first baby food.  Had huge boxes of beads and dabloons to play with as a kid.  Love it.

Tonight, I am introducing it to my kids.  Sausage with red beans & rice for dinner, some king cake and they each have a bead necklace.  [We might also have a rum-based drink for the adults.  Yum.]

I’ve spend a lot of time today trying to remember the whole reason there is a Fat Tuesday – its the feast before Lent.  A time to self-reflect and to give up something, or change a behavior.   In college I took it as a time to give up something easy, like chocolate – stick to it until Easter, you are done.  But I wasn’t self-reflecting.  I was giving up something just to say I could give it up and have the will power to do it. 

Headed into this year, I am trying to truly look at myself and see some behaviors I want to change.   The first I thought of, the second my husband brought up – and both are worthy and so I’m going to do both.

First – while its still giving up food, its giving up a night time dessert/snack.  I am trying to be healthy and workout and lose weight – yet every night around 8 pm I get this sweet craving.  I justify it by saying, well its a ‘weight watchers ice cream’ or its only 3 points… but I really think its part of a bad cycle for me.  And I need it to stop.  I know how – I know that a cup of hot tea with a touch of agave can tide me over – that I’m not hungry.  Its a behavior I need to stop, and so it stops tomorrow. [Tonight is King Cake afterall]

Second – the smartphone.  Gosh we love them don’t we?  And I have been better about not being on it around the kids, but not great.  So for Lent?  No smartphone around the kids at home.   This doesn’t count phone calls – its not about that.  Its about checking Facebook, Twitter, blogs and email.  I only get a couple precious hours with them at night – I shouldn’t be on the smartphone. 

So hopefully I can turn this spring truly into one of self-reflection and improvement.

Anyone else want to join me?

[And workout update on my March challenge – March 8th and I have done 20+ minutes of working out 8 days in a row!!!  I’m very proud of myself.  I didn’t want to a few of the days, and I always feel better after.]


Posted by on March 8, 2011 in Musings, WeightWatchers


Welcome to March

Yes you read that right. Its March.  March 1st.  I’m not quite sure where the first two months went but there you have it.  Well kind of glad February is gone actually, even though I can’t believe it. In February I managed to pretty much ignore weight watchers except to feel guilty about not doing tracking and eating right and I also barely exercised.  We have yet another person on antibiotics on the house and I have to say I spent quite a few days in there feeling kind of blue. 

But now – now its March.  And its a gorgeous day.  And I have already worked out today.  And I have chosen an apple and hot tea over something much less good for me.  So half day in – check, on track. 

And I feel very inspired right now, very optimistic.  I think things are going well at work, and my hobby turned side business is picking up as well.  I got a new camera (squeal!) which I’m still learning but loving. The playset is almost done in the backyard, meaning lots more outdoor time with the girls.  We have two vacations planned for summer/fall – beach and Disney. 

And March brings… March Madness!  Go Duke!

I think March is bringing the year we were meant to have… let’s get on with it!

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Posted by on March 1, 2011 in Musings


Start the Day!

I was feeling artsy this morning. So here you go…

The best way to start your day is with Blueshift Media Group

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Posted by on February 18, 2011 in Musings


A Conversation with My Bluetooth

So I love bluetooth technology. The ability to do my catch up phone calls in the car, while not having to dial or hold a phone – its just great.
But sometimes technology – well its not always the best implementation. I still use it, I still appreciate it – but I thought I’d share a typical attempt at a call.

Me: Press button – ‘call chris cell’
Car: ‘no bluetooth phone found. search for the next phone’ [why my car and my phone don’t get along well, I don’t know]
Me: Press button – ‘next phone’
Car: ‘phone4 available, would you like to connect to phone4’ [its called phone4 because its my iPhone 4]
Me: Press button – ‘yes’
Car: ‘phone4 connected’
Me: ‘call chris cell’
Car: ‘1 0 … press the button and say more numbers to keep dialing’
Me: Press end button. Press on button… ‘call chris cell’
Car: ‘would you like to dial heather cell’
Me: Press end button. Press on button… ‘call chris cell’
Car: ‘would you like to dial chris cell’
Me: Press button ‘yes’
Car: ‘dialing’

Needless to say, it can be a bit frustrating. And then there was the day my car thought it was connected to a call on the bluetooth. But it wasn’t. So radio wouldn’t work (it thought it was on a call) and I couldn’t make other calls… Until I turned off the car and re-started. After driving 20 minutes in silence.

Granted silence is such a limited thing in a house with kids, maybe I should’ve appreciated it more!

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Posted by on February 17, 2011 in Musings