Tuesday, January 22, 2013


Hey guys!

I signed up for my first ever blog chain via Absolute Write. Nothing like trying something new for the new year.

The topic was fairly open.  All we had to do was write about something related to the number 13. Easy, right? I figured I'd sign up and worry about the topic later. (I'm sure we can all agree that's not always the best plan, but I think it worked out this time).

I had lots of ideas, but none of them seemed quite right. I could talk about what I was like at 13 (way too scary), 13 things about the Middle East (meh, love it, but wasn't quite right), 13 books that inspired me (again not quite showing off me).

And then I figured out what I wanted to do. I wanted to combine my topic with something else I'd been trying to figure out how to write about.

For Christmas, my husband got me an awesome camera. It's a Fuji  HS30 EXR (for those of you who know anything about cameras). It's awesome. I've wanted a big camera for a while. But I have absolutely no idea what I'm doing with it.

And I don't want to be a person who has this big camera and no idea how to use it. So, I've been struggling my way through it. Taking pictures as often as I can and trying to read about things like aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. (most of those still seem like foreign words).

So in honour of the number 13, I thought I'd show you 13 pictures that I've taken with my new camera. Some I like, some are so bad they make me laugh, but they all just make me happy that I'm trying to learn something new.

So without further ado, here are my 13 pictures (watch out, this is about to get pic heavy).

P.S Don't forget to check out all the links at the bottom of my page for other interesting takes on 13.

Originally, I was going to post a whole bunch of explanations for the photos, but I decided that was a little boring...and just not me. So instead, since a picture is worth a thousand words, I'll let them speak for themselves.  Though I did cheat a little and add captions to some.


This was supposed to be dinner...until I opened it up and saw the seeds had sprouted.

My Ghost Husband.

Students...doing what they love best

They were trying to get the ball off the roof. My nephew was forgetting to raise his hands.

Totally got in trouble here for being a Guitar Hero distractor

I love that you can totally tell she's messing with me

I'm cheating here...two pics...

...for the price of one. The cat might hate me now. It was worth it.

Believe it or not, this thoughtful expression is about soccer.

And this was me trying to play with the shutter speed. It was actually very bright out.
The very first picture I took! (and the first roast chicken I made!)

Family Lunch!
And the husband looking handsome

And proof that those Christmas tree photos are harder than they look


  1. It looks like an awesome camera! That Christmas tree looks great. My favorite pictures are the cat (looks like my cat! ^_^) and "ghost" husband. Lol!

    Um, that first picture is...interesting.

  2. Love the cat pics! And love the way you did your post. It's so much fun to see the different spins everyone puts on the monthly topic. :)

  3. Congrats on the camera. Very nice photos.

  4. Love the cat pix (and isn't the internet nothing more than a cat photo distribution network?). In particular, it looks like she's been caught with her erstwhile paramour Woody by the paparazzi--hope Bo Peep doesn't see those!