Monday, March 21, 2011

I love Seattle

I love visiting Seattle! In years past during school months my girls and I would try to get over there at least once or twice a month. The last 2 years however we might have made it over a half dozen times. Where is the joy in that?

My youngest loves to watch a tv show called New Day NW. Its a late morning local tv talk show. She does not watch daily but she does watch it enough that she decided she wanted to be part of the studio audience. I never would have initiated this at all. Not because its bad or anything, its just something I would not have done or put thought into.

My girl corresponded with the producer lady who sets up the audience, reserved us tickets and looked up the Seattle Ferry schedule. *Ü* What a fun day!!

We woke up at O stupid early to catch a 7 something boat. I live a good 30/40 minutes from the ferry, so we were up EXTRA early!

Once on the Seattle side we walked ok hiked up to the Seattle Space Needle across the street was the King 5 studio. We went through security and waited in a large upstairs lobby. Then at about 10:00ish we were ushered into the studio.


After everyone was situated and seated they had to teach us how to applaud! Not kidding.

We were also taught how to look and not look into the camera. How to view and look at the host and how to avoid looking at the monitors. Again, NOT kidding *Ü* I personally think I needed a longer session for instructions. We sat in the front row and every time the camera guy came by I got embarrassed and couldn't remember my instructions so I never looked at him or the camera! lol OR when the camera was on me, I would look up at the monitor! The thing they said not to do.

They begin the show 30 minutes before its actual air time. They began taping at 10:30 but the show doesn't "actually" air till 11. This is just in case they experience technical difficulties. *Ü*

The show has 6 segments per show. They break down and set up the stage for each one. The day we went they had a Seattle based clothing store and fashion show. We all received a $20.00 gift card for that store. Bonus! PCC grocery ( Natural food store )was there cooking.... some musicians I had never heard of and I cant remember the others.

Margaret is the host and is on the far right. She was a tiny thing.

Like I said PCC cooked up some good eats so after the show we were all starving and drooling a little. We decided to take a detour to Fremont where we said high to the troll under the Fremont bridge. It might be hard to see but under his left hand is an actual VW bug. *Ü*

Then we went to PCC Natural Market for lunch! YUM! Wish we had that here where we live!

After that we went back into downtown Seattle and hit Urban Outfitters to shop a bit. Its a fun store and I love the clearance rack! That's how we roll.

The last stop of the day? Pike Place Market. Bought fresh mini donuts before hitting the ferry. We ate a healthy lunch so that should cancel out the fried doughnuts right? *Ü* It was a long good/fun day! *Ü* We love day trips to Seattle.

If you live in WA check out the show. Link is below.

The link to New Day is here: New Day North West

Thursday, March 17, 2011

The girls went to class today and I got to stay home! YES! This is one of those times I appreciate my teen driver!

Then again there is a down side of them being gone. I run out of things to do and people to talk to.

I decided to play with my camera and used Lil man and Gidget as my modles. *Ü*

LiL Man
AKA Nothin but trouble!


AKA Mary Poppins of dogs!

Still trying to figure it all out~

Monday, March 14, 2011

Canon Reble XTI RIP

A few years back I was able to buy a camera I had wanted for ever and a day. Ok maybe not that long. But It was something I really wanted and wanted it for a long time! *Ü* It was the Canon Rebel. I loved my camera! Yes, loved.

So did my daughter! She stole it every chance she could! It turned into a steady hobby for her and I. Although this hobby turned into much more than that for her. She has been asked to take countless Sr. photos for friends, prom and even a wedding over the last few years. She really does have a knack for photography. Its the artistic gene she inherited from her Pa not Ma.

Sadly, this daughter... I will only name initials... CHRISTIAN left my camera bag on the floor and opened! Might not be a problem in your casa, but here in our casa, casa of pets its a big NO NO! LIL Man ( our male cat ) decided that the bag belonged to him along with all its contents. My camera, extra lens, extra battery, charger... you name it he marked it! Yes, he MARKED it!! Everything was a loss, even the camera bag.

Not sure exactly when he claimed it all, but one night I was sitting on the couch and I heard this constant clicking coming for one side of the room. I got up to investigate and lo and behold, it was my precious camera! The shutter was going nuts! It was actually off, but ehhum... the markings shorted it out and caused it to go haywire even in off mode. :( Big sad face inserted here.

NOW insert big smiley face here!! *Ü*

It has been almost 2 years since the death if my XTI. I now have a new baby!! YES!! The Canon 7D!

Holy Canoly this is an awesome camera! So much so, I am still figuring it all out! Ive had it for over a week now and still don't fully comprehend its greatness!! All I know is I love this camera!!

Canon Rebel you ask? What Rebel?

PS. LIL Man is not allowed near this camera, ever!! Ok, Maybe... but only to take his mug shot!