2013 Portraits

Last week Uschi and I had the opportunity for some rather impromptu portraits to be taken. I say “impromptu” because the original plan was merely for me to get photos taken for my renewal passport application, but we ended up having the entire studio to ourselves and so it was actually one of the best in-studio sessions I’ve had with either of the shepherds. For once we weren’t dealing with distractions from other groups (or more specifically their children) and there wasn’t a time limit set upon us so we weren’t rushed along and rather leisurely went through getting pictures.1

I’ve already shared my two favorites from this set, and there are actually a few more that I haven’t included here, but of note you’ll see a handful of shots of just me, including some with me in my new purple glasses. I threw in some “outtakes,” too, since those always seem amusing for all. Enjoy:

  1. I could have done without all the posing, but these are still more organic than anything previously done within a studio.

Odds and Ends

I had the fastest, most impromptu set of portraits taken last month. One of those “in the right place at the right time” kind of moments except that I literally was still in the process of taking my shoes off while most of these were shot. You may recognize a few of these from recent posts, but supposedly these are for holiday cards. Though, quite honestly, I’m debating whether I’ll even bother this year.

My personal favorite is this one of me lying on the floor with Uschi on top of me:

Portrait of me and Uschi on a black background; me lying on my back with Uschi rolling partially on her back on top of me

Of course there are also some fun outtakes. Specifically, this one taken right before the above photo that I am referring to as proof of why I was wary of practicing yoga for the better part of this year.

I’m thrilled to say that I’m still keeping up my daily routine of an hour or so of yoga. I’m definitely feeling it. Or more precisely I’m feeling the fact that I wasn’t practicing for so very long. I can’t speak as to whether I’ve lost any of the weight I’ve supposedly gained because my bathroom scale reads about fifteen pounds to the left of zero when it’s sitting idle and so I find it’s results highly suspect. However, I have lost an inch around my waist!

Most notable is that the yoga is really helping with the pain issues. I wish I could say it was completely alleviating the pain and stiffness, but so far it’s quite literally the only thing that’s had any real effect. I’m fine with this as a solution; however, I’d prefer a conclusive answer as to the cause of the pain. My latest battery of tests came back negative, including the allegedly more definitive Lyme test. I missed the call with the results so the office left a message that was pretty devoid of anything more than blandly reading the information so I plan to call Tuesday morning and talk with my doctor.

The whole thing is ludicrously frustrating and I’m very close to the point of just giving up. It’s becoming increasingly evident that the only answer anyone is willing to give me is essentially to take a bunch of meds. I’m not surprised. I had pretty much the same experience trying to get my migraines under control. But my concern here is the myriad of potential things that could be causing the pain and the possibility that I am doing something (e.g., working my guide dog) that is exacerbating the issue. For the record, I’m not arguing that it isn’t fibromyalgia, though, I am not willing to believe that it is the sole cause of the pain until other things have been ruled out.

Anyway, enough of my yammering on about all that. Tomorrow I’m having Thanksgiving #1 with Mom and Paul and my list of things to get done before then is likely impossible to accomplish.

Friday the 13th

I’m failing remarkably well with this promise to give you all a proper post and fully update you on everything. Mostly it’s because I’m so preoccupied with all the things that I want to update you on that I don’t have the time to do the actual updating. Also, and I can’t stress this enough, I am extraordinarily lazy.

In an attempt to make up for this I present some photographic adorableness:

I have mixed feelings about the above portraits, but I’m reserving comment for the time being.1 Instead, here’s an outtake:

Uschi sitting beside me, giving me a surprise kiss on the face

  1. It is worth noting that these were not taken at the studio I generally use. Nor do I know the photographer.

Holiday Card Portraits

And that’s all of the holiday portraits! I figured since these last two are fairly close to these two, I would just post them together. But lest you feel cheated, I do have another to share that I think is rather cute, though, I consider it an outtake simply because it wasn’t what I wanted it for the cards.

I don’t know if it’s the unseasonably mild weather we’ve been having or all the other stresses going on, like my basement flooding and the long overdue college refund, or some other elusive thing but I can’t quite wrap my head around the fact that Christmas is only a week off or even truly get into the holiday spirit. I’m pleased that my holiday cards are completed and even went out early (for once!) and my holiday shopping is almost complete, but I still haven’t finished decorating my house and I’ve hardly begun to wrap gifts. Not to mention other than a batch of chocolate chip/chunk cookies that I made for tonight’s holiday movie marathon at Alice and Josh’s, I haven’t baked anything. Thursday was National Cupcake Day even, so that’s saying quite a lot.

Oh, well, perhaps the combination of good food, wine, and company while watching holiday miracles on TV will work their own magic to get me in the mood. At the very least, it wouldn’t be Christmas without allergies clogging up my head, so between the kitties and the tree I’ll have that accomplished before night’s end!

Outtake

Uschi climbing on me, kissing my face

I actually find this “outtake” rather adorable. I’m always happy to see Uschi’s lovely personality shine through in a photo, but this one didn’t turn out exactly as Cindy, our photographer, had planned. Actually it kind of reminds me of this photo that Jean took earlier this year because not only did it end in hilarity, but it’s a similar example of expecting a dog to understanding posing. At any rate, it gave us all a good laugh and that’s certainly not nothing.