A small compact photo camera

I’ve decided: I’m going to buy me a small compact photo camera. The one that I have now is way to big to take with me on a daily basis. It’s just not practical.

It’s been 2 months since my AllView phone died on me (the battery couldn’t handle my usage). I never realized how much that phone meant to me and I really miss it. From the awesome photos it took, to playing Pokemon on it, it was a part of my daily life, and it always delivered. The iPhone 4 that I am using now (which is Johnny’s old phone), doesn’t satisfy me at all (I won’t even get into details, just thinking about it makes my blood boil).

While I was looking to buy a new smartphone with a good camera, I realized it would be cheaper to buy a small compact photo camera. After all, on the phone I use a few applications (Instagram, Mail, and a few games).

But I always want to take pictures. Photos are an essential part of my life. It’s the way I record my memories, from the random ones to the most important. That’s why I will switch my focus from a new smartphone to a new compact photo camera.

That and the prices have gone down a lot since I bought my original Sony photo camera, back in 2007 (which by the way, is still flawless and works like new). So, I’ve decided on Sony DSC-W800. It’s one of the cheapest models on the market, but at the same time it can also deliver.

A compact photo camera

Initially I wanted to buy a Nikon or a Cannon. But decided against it. I’m familiar with the DSC models from Sony, and I’ve never been let down by the quality of their products (the fact that my Walkman is still alive after 5 years & that my initial photo camera works after 8 years, proves their durability). And, as far as a compact photo camera, it’s a great model for beginners and amateurs like me.

As soon as my pay check comes in August, I’m hitting the stores to buy this little baby (the black model). Hopefully I’ll find and a pouch for it at a reasonable price. The reason why my electronics last as long as they do, is because I also take good care of them.

Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time

“Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.” ― Marthe Troly-Curtin

I can honestly say that I’ve wasted my time. Most of it was wasted on sleep, yet most of the times I wake up more tired than when I go to bed. Other times, I just waste it running around in circles and not getting much done (concerning the household chores).

I’m not the most productive person at the moment.

Yet, I feel that these past few weeks the time spent with loved ones and friends was not wasted. Some good memories came out of it, and of course some good photos as well (even if most of them are with our pets).

Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.

Aren’t they beautiful?! Our babies have grown up and they are just adorable when they play and hang out together. Not only that, but it feels like they’ve created a friendship between them like the ones we had when we were children. Something that cannot be replaced.

Pluto and MayaTime you enjoy wasting is not wasted time Pluto with his ballMaya taking a nap

I’ve also managed to read a book in one sitting. It was a book from the Maigret series by Georges Simenon: “Maigret And The Idle Burglar“. I’ve actually missed reading and I’ve had a great opportunity this weekend when we babysat Maya (her owner was our of town at a wedding).

Maigret And The Idle Burglar

I loved it because it was one of those slow paced books, even if it was rather short. But then again, a book doesn’t have to be long to be interesting. And, it was really relaxing reading it while Pluto and Maya were sleeping next to me.

Pluto and MayaPluto and Maya sleeping

Of course, now I’ve started a new one called “Maigret’s Failure” by the same author. I’ve realized reading is a good way to go to sleep, especially since I find it hard to sleep during the day (I’m still on the night shift).

 So, my time has been wasted but I enjoyed wasting it. It was a nice break from the fast pace I’ve been having ever since I started work again

Fun times

Fun times are here! And I intend to make the most of them.

We had a full day! It might’ve started with us working our ass off (me at work and Johnny doing errands), but it ended on a nice note. We went to the country side, where we had a nice barbecue with my parents.

I love it there since it’s nice and quiet. The garden is beautiful and the roses are in full bloom.

Roses Rose Rose Pink Rose Yellow Rose Pink Rose

It’s also strawberry season! While I don’t enjoy picking the strawberries since it’s hard work, I do enjoy eating them. I was pretty tired, but I did manage to pick enough for us and for my in-laws. I’m not sure when we’ll go to the country side again, but I hope we get the chance soon, because it would be a pity to miss on all the good stuff we can find there.

It was fun and for Pluto, since he got the chance to meet his two younger brothers (from another mother). Not only that, but he meet for the first time a buffalo and cows.

Fun puppiesPluto and 2 buffalos

I am thinking seriously of spending one weekend at the country side. Just to sleep all day and relax. It’s so perfect there, because there is no cell phone signal, no Internet, nothing of the modern day distractions. I would just like to go there and read a book, eat good homemade food and just fall asleep while the crickets sing.

I’m just not sure how that idea would go with Johnny, since he enjoys falling asleep with the TV on.

Either way, it was a fun day. I might be dead tired, but I’m happy.

Needlepoint Project

I know it’s been a long time since I posted about my hobbies. But, that doesn’t mean that I’ve given up on them. I’ve started a new needlepoint projectGeorge Dunlop Leslie – This Is The Way We Wash Our Clothes.

Laundry Room

It’s a different theme from what I usually stitch, but I couldn’t resist the cuteness of the girl. I’ve been able to advance on it quite a bit, but only because I did the easy parts first and because I had a lot of free time on my hands. Now, I’m not sure how I’ll be able to fit in my stitching with my new schedule.

Needlepoint project detailNeedlepoint Project

It’s a pretty big project and I’m hoping that in 2 months it will be finished. I haven’t finished any stitching projects lately (and I’ve started quite a few) and it feels like I’m not getting anywhere with them. Yet, I am hoping that this year I will finish and frame at least one of my canvases. OK, maybe not frame one (since frames are expensive), but at least have one finished project.

My only concern with this specific project is that the colors of the floss are darker than the actual painting. Now I’m not sure of how it will turn out, but I still haven’t added the light parts (since I don’t want them to get dirty). So, the overall feeling of this project might change till I finish it.

I want to finish this project, because I have a second one similar to it and I want to have the pair. That and I want to buy new stitching kits, especially with flowers, landscapes or even animals. It’s been a long time since I refreshed my stitching basket or my needlepoint projects.

It’s just right

I love the weather that we are having now. It’s just right.

It's just right

I somehow regret not going out more. I would love to take a walk in the park or go the countryside more often. But, we need to stay focused and get back on tracks. The main priority is to fix as many things as possible.

Yet, now that I am also working, time goes slowly. I feel like the days have become longer. I’m guessing that’s because I have more responsibilities now and the workload has increased.

That, or maybe I am taking things slowly and focusing on one task at a time.

Still, I can’t complain.

Even if there are plenty of things to get done (cleaning is just a never ending chore with two pets around the house), we still have time for ourselves. For example, this Monday, we went to the country side where we had a nice lunch and were able to relax for a couple of hours.

The gardenPluto in the garden

Of course, Pluto had to come with us.

I think we are neglecting Marlanu’ (our cat), but then again he stayed at home and slept the whole day.

Pluto enjoying the grass

I am hoping that in the near future we will be able to have more outings and enjoy this nice weather. I miss those one day road trips to different places, or our random outings.

Oh well, taking care of our home, pets and working to make some extra cash is the right thing to do at the moment.