Another stroll through a meme in May . . .

Weird Facts About Myself The Rules:

Once you’ve been tagged, you have to write a blog with 10 weird, random, facts, habits or goals about yourself. At the end, choose 6 people to be tagged, list their names & why you tagged them. Don’t forget to leave them a comment saying “You’re it!” & to go read your blog. You cannot tag the person that tagged you, so since you’re not allowed to tag me back; let me know when you are done so I can go read YOUR weird/random/odd facts, habits and goals.

For me, I'm going through my photostream at flickr. Let's see what i come up with...

..tiny petals of purple..

Some people think this is weird, but to photographers it's "the bomb". It's called bokeh and it's what you get when you shoot with your lens' aperture wide open. See that blur in the foreground and the background of the focused flowers? Yeah, that's bokeh and it's something cool to try to achieve which will result in "oohs" and "ahhs" from your photography friends (like me). :c) There are tons of "groups" at flickr just to showcase your "bokeh" photos. I'm one who has gotten addicted to it.

And here's another example of beautiful bokeh:

close-up lilac


I loooove these green tea frapps from Starbucks. I tend to get these more than (frozen or iced) coffee on most days in the summer. And the color I'm in love with. For some odd reason funky colors of green have really grown on me lately. Isn't it snazzy? (This photo is from my photo shoots in Chicago when Jo and I took a break in air conditioning with some yummy chillers.)

This isn't so much weird, or maybe it is? But here are my necessities when going on long shoots (weddings included).

..my requirements..

cell phone
and Starbucks (usually it's coffee or sometimes something cold. Just has to have caffeine.)
and, a cool place to sit down and rest my tired feet for a bit before more shooting :c)

I take chances a lot with my camera.

Me, at work!

That's me and that's me during a shoot in Chicago in WATER. You kinda have to take some chances when you want the perfect photo otherwise you miss perfect opportunities. This is about the only realm of my life where I take chances, but that's okay. :c)

..us and our babies..

I can't find anything weird to say about this one. (hehe) This is just a favorite picture of when my dear friend Jen and her daughter, Addy, came to visit us. I miss her.

Our home on Westlawn

Even with all the problems we had in this house and the money we spent and lost on it, I still really miss it.

There we are!

If you've never been to Chicago, you should go. And make sure you see "the bean" in Millennium Park. This is the bean, well part of it, and our reflection in it. A couple hours later we would have gotten our picture taken with zillions of other faces in it, too. It's quite popular. What makes this weird is, I don't like how dirty it is! Usually (I believe) it is cleaned once or twice a day and obviously it hadn't been cleaned yet!

These pictures make me laugh. Again, not weird. I just need something to fill this spot and these two pictures are two of my favorites from May. Introducing Mr. and Mrs. Bob the Builder:

..my little Bob the Builder..
..you can be anything you want to be..

And, this isn't weird, either, but then again, maybe it is because it excites me. But remember my contest to win the free canvas? Well, my winner, Candi, she asked if she could buy one a bit larger. So I said YES! and gave her a canvas in a 20x24 (I think it was) at my cost --- so she walked away with an awesome deal-a-roo! She got the canvas up and here it is!

If you hop on over to her blog, you will see the before and after of the space where she put it. Isn't it awesome?! I'm so happy for her that she won because it really turned out so great and it just makes me smile seeing it up in her home. Congrats again, Candi :c) (I also gained a friend in all this! Cool, eh?!)


This is my new favorite shirt. I may be weird, but I love it. Hmmmmm...wonder why?

Okay, there we have. My list of 10 weird things (they aren't so much facts, but at least I played!). I am not tagging anyone. But please feel free to do it -- it's fun! (Thanks, AJ!)


Erin said...

Love the pictures. I want a camera and the knowledge to take pictures like those first ones (bokeh?). Those are so beautiful.

And the one of you with the cutey patootey t-shirt is adorable! I can't wait to see you in less than a WEEK!!!!

Mel's World said...

Val, your skills as a photo chick are truly out of this world!!! Girl, you have a way with the camera, AND...you also photgraph well, which is a nice bonus!

Cute tee by the way!

Our Home Schooler and Jen said...

I LOVE lavender and its a pretty neat photo too

the portrait of you, your kids and Jen is lovely

cool and interesting photo of you guys in the bean

cool tshirt

Anonymous said...

Cute shirt..and Oooo aaahhh w/ the bokah. I really need to get to a photography class.

I'll have to try that green tea..sounds yummy. I tend to get the same mocha stuff.

I've been to Chicago a billion times and never went to the bean..

Jennifer said...

Cute shirt.
LOVE the first two photos, wish I had the knowledge & power to do that!!
I'll try to come up with some weird facts about me and play along too.

Alexis Jacobs said...

This is why I tagged you. Great entry :)

Candi said...

Thanks, Val. I find myself sitting on the couch just looking at the canvas. It really did turn out great!! My hubby thinks it is funny that they are bigger in the canvas than they are in real life...LOL!

I think that shirt is cool and the drink looks yummy!!

casual friday everyday said...

What amazing shots!

Kelly - PTT said...

Very fun photos. I just got a new 70-300 lens and have been playing with bokeh. Very cool.

The Little Window Shoppe said...

These pictures are amazing! Great work. :)

*jimaie.marie* said...

i want that shirt!! So cute!
i haven't been to your blog in awhile and found you again thru Erin! I'm so glad! :D