May 24, 2016

A Print Shop Update

For the last six weeks or so the Etsy shop that I sell photos in, EMR Imageworks, has been on vacation. That's a nice way of saying that I was tired of having trouble with my printer and was about to throw it out a window, and therefore deactivated the entire damn shop.

Did you know that big fancy photo printers are finicky?And annoying? Hmm? Does that seem likely? (I use a Canon Pixma Pro-100 if you're curious.) I have three words for you - clogged print head. 


But now I've taken a break, reevaluated, and no longer want to throw my printer off the back deck and into the swamp. 

So far there's not much available in the shop. It's been open long enough that I have a good idea now of what works and what doesn't, so the listings have been pared down to a minimum. (I used to put pretty much anything up for sale, to see what would happen.) 

Although, my idea of what makes a good picture is completely subjective and also probably wrong, seeing as I have no idea what I'm talking about. 



 

If you're interested, check it out. If not, then don't. It's all good, my friend. I just wanted to put it in writing, here on the interwebs, that I'm back in the print shop game. 

See you later!


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May 20, 2016

Perfume Talk

I have a problem. I somehow find myself intrigued by scents I've never smelled before, and have to debate whether or not to order a perfume that I might end up hating. 

(To explain that a smidge, I have what is either a very sensitive sense of smell, or maybe I can't smell anything very well. It's one or the other. Most perfumes smell like chemicals to me, and sweet scents make me nauseous. Powdery scents give me a headache, and so on. I don't know. All I do know is that it makes finding perfume a real pleasant experience.) 

But hey, sometimes you have to throw fiscal responsibility out the window and try something new. Here are the perfumes I've been thinking about lately.


Dita Von Teese Erotique. This popped up in my twitter feed the other day. It's down to a while-supplies-last situation, and now I have FOMO. Anyway, it's supposed to be spicy, rosy, leathery, and musky. All of which sounds lovely. 


Giorgio Armani Sí.  I have actually smelled this one before, and it's amazing. It is floral, woody, and has a note of chypre, whatever that is. (Oak moss and bergamot! Google is my friend.) The only thing I don't like about this one is the price, which makes me want to cry a little.

 
Chanel Coco Mademoiselle. Oh, we couldn't get through this without Chanel, now could we? Citrus, florals, and earthy notes. And it's amazing. (I've smelled this one too!) And the price makes me want to cry. Again. 

If you're noticing a DAMN THAT'S EXPENSIVE trend here, you aren't mistaken. The fancy-pants fragrances never smell like chemicals to me, so I tend to like them more. 


Lubin Black Jade. This is one that I am very curious about, and have never smelled. This is Marie Antoinette's fragrance. Inspired by the gardens at Le Petit Trianon, this perfume is very floral, with amber and tonka bean. 

This might smell amazing, or atrocious. I can't decide. And of course it's expensive. I can buy a sample, however, so I may do that to see if I like it or not. 


And finally, Ralph Lauren Romance. This is a good one. Flowers, moss, and musk. Apparently I like all my fragrances to smell like the damn woods. I smelled this one in a magazine perfume-fold once, and it's so good. And not cripplingly, that's-more-than-my-electric-bill expensive.

My birthday is coming up, so I might just have a treat-yo-self moment and pick up one of these perfumes. Or I might dither about it for the next four years. With me, it could go either way.

Have a good weekend!


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May 17, 2016

Abandoned Railroad Tracks

We are keeping it self-explanatory today. The railroad hasn't used these tracks in years, so why not walk down them, right? (Except this is maybe the most boring, swampy stretch of track in the northern hemisphere, but that's a story for another day.)






See you later!


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May 13, 2016

A Very Big Hill, and No Sense of Direction

These pictures were taken in March, in case you're wondering why there are no leaves. And if you notice the sky in all of these pictures is too bright/blown out/white, that would be my fault. The exposure meter on my camera was playing me. (Does anyone care? Probably not, but it annoys me. Anyway.)

 Where I live there are many, many Forest Service roads that just...go into the woods. We picked this one, on this particular day, and went for it.


There were remnants of old buildings.


And this absolutely, 100% terrifying sledding hill. 

We climbed it. Not straight up, because I didn't want to pass out, but we went around to the right where the hill was less steep. 

I had to stop 4 times on the way up this hill. Meanwhile, my husband just waits for me, NOT EVEN OUT OF BREATH, as I'm dying. Slowly and painfully. (Not that I'm bitter about it or anything. It reminds me of the time he climbed this, only that time I was smart enough to stay on the damn ground.)



There's a road at the top, and damn this was a tall hill. That's a lake in the picture below. A big one. 




There is no way in hell I would sled down this hill.

None whatsoever. 


On the way out we came to this gate. This was not the way we came in; we somehow got turned around coming down from the hill. So my husband says, we just have to cut through the woods about 1/4 of a mile, and we'll be back where we started. 

He starts leading me through the woods. No path, no trail, no nothing. 

The entire  time I argued with him that he was going the wrong way. I knew we were going the wrong way, I felt it deep down in my soul. Deep down in my plums. I had conviction. 

He ignored me, and after 20 minutes of walking, we came out where we started. I know I have absolutely no sense of direction, but this was just embarrassing. I should consider myself lucky that I know right from left.





And that's my story for the day. Don't trust me to read your maps. 

Have a good weekend,
- Magellan 


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May 10, 2016

Another Day, Another Trail

I don't know what made me think of it, but I just glanced at the clock and realized that I completely forgot to write today's blog post. Ahem. So it's a few hours late, but it still counts, right?

These pictures were taken on March 28. WAY TO BE TIMELY, BETH. Jeeeeeeez. 

This is a trail that we have hiked before, but we did it again. The trail looks slightly foreboding when it first starts. 


We hiked it mostly because I wanted to see if the Forest Service (or DNR, or whoever the heck maintains this trail) attempted to move the gigantic tree that fell across the trail. I am pleased to report that the gigantic tree is still there. 







Aside from the gigantic tree that I like so much, there are other interesting things on the trail. Like splitting branches. 


There is an old railroad grade as well, and of course I found a frigging bucket. I can find old buckets and pails anywhere. If only I had this talent with gems or gold, then I would be in business. 





If you hate these in-the-woods posts, then you're in luck, because the bugs have arrived. Not all of them, but the flies and wood ticks are out. The mosquitoes will be here in a few weeks, and then all the rest of the biting flies will follow suit.

Which means these types of posts are coming to an end until this fall, because the bugs love me and I get bitten to death every time I attempt to venture outside. (Cry face emoji.)

See you later!


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