One of the casualties of the switch over to a Mac was I went a few weeks without all of my programs installed, specifically all my Adobe software like Photoshop and Dreamweaver. This was good in that I didn’t spend my nonexistent free time playing around editing images or
breaking making new websites. It was less good in that I also had no real ability to go through any photos I’d taken, which meant I wasn’t posting any photos.
Anyway, long story short, I came across these photos of Yara from Easter:
I only have these two because all the others included or were solely of Uschi who was apparently was still channeling all her playful energy because she’s just as much a motion blur in those as all the shots I took of them playing. I should have just taken a video, but at the time I couldn’t remember how to do that on my camera. (Note to self: Use camera more so this is less an issue in the future.)
Related, Yara has a new little brother! A few days after these photos were taken my father officially adopted a German shepherd rescued by a North Carolina shelter named Eli. The fact that he shares his name with a very beloved mutt we used to have when I was growing up was probably enough to melt my dad’s heart, but what solidified it was finding out that he was surrendered because he has EPI, like Yara. The whole thing is a rather involved story, but I’m happy to say he’s been settling in pretty well. Uschi and I have yet to meet him what with my Dad living in the Middle of No and Corner of Where and the fact that Eli’s still recovering from being very emaciated.1 Not to mention he’s basically a puppy and, well, in her own way so is Uschi. :-)
- The vet figures he’ll top out well over 100 pounds; he was 43 when he arrived at Dad’s. ↩
Well, so much for that daily blogging thing, eh? Sorry for the complete lack of posting, but it’s been a might crazy around here and what wasn’t a distraction from the intarwebs was mostly not worth blathering on about.
I’m still working on that massive office organization project. In fact, just today I achieved quite a milestone by putting my new desk together. See:
Not sure what I did that made the computer screen not show up, but it was just the Apple logo so you aren’t really missing anything. And yes, that is totally a chocobo sitting there reading a book. Personally, I think the metal slime is even more unique because, hello, metal slime. Heh.
Anyway, setting up the new desk only required about 20,000 other things to happen before then, which is why the photo literally only shows the desk itself because the rest of the office looks like a bomb went off. However, it is a very clean bomb because I dusted, swept and vacuumed the entire room to a degree that might be borderline obsessive.
This is because (a.) nothing in my office has really moved since I first unpacked my house and (b.) I got a new vacuum. It’s a very spiffy Dyson and it just so happens to be purple. (I didn’t choose the color but since it IS purple I feel this should be mentioned.) Seriously, everything you’ve ever heard about Dyson is true. It’s a monster when it comes to cleaning. I’m pretty diligent with the daily vacuuming because shepherds really do shed a lot, especially when they’re blowing their coats which Uschi just so happens to be doing right now. Really, though, if you looked at what this vacuum was picking up when I empty the canister you’d swear I’d never run one through this house before. It’s both amazing and kind of gross. It’s also remarkably quiet! Even so, Uschi has decided it is the enemy and has been giving it a wide berth like it might suddenly leap to life and eat her. Ha, Purple Puppy-Eater!
But the desk assembly was certainly the most difficult of the project so now that it’s finally done I expect the rest of the organizing to go a bit more smoothly. Even though I’m sure to continue procrastinating. I just got LEGO Lord of the Rings for one, which is entirely addictive. Oh, and there is school and stuff, too.
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:
- I could have done without all the posing, but these are still more organic than anything previously done within a studio. ↩