This weekend my husband and I took our three kids to Disneyland. My first thought was how am I going to keep up with my #nerdlution challenge? But, here I am iPad in hand, posting to my blog for Day 6 of the challenge! I started out the morning with an invitation to write a haiku by Kevin Hodgson (@dogtrax). Since I am at Disneyland, here is my haiku.
Haiku from Disney
The happiest place on Earth
Long lines await me
We actually got here on Friday night. I tried taking pictures with my iPhone of all the holiday decorations they put up. But, for some reason, my night photographs don’t turn out very well. I have to talk to my friend, Kim Douillard (Thinking Through My Lens). She is an expert at taking pictures with her iPhone. I don’t know why I keep getting a shadow of light when I take pictures with my iPhone at night. And, how do I get rid of it? I decided to stop taking pictures and wait until the next morning to take them.
The next morning I decided to take pictures of the same things I photographed the night before. Here are pictures of the Christmas tree and the garland across Main Street.
I love Disneyland over the holidays. I love the decorations. It’s a tradition I share with my brother, and sister, and their children. I am trying to enjoy every moment, because I realize as my daughters get older, these moments will be few and far between. Soon, my kids will be going off to college. Hopefully, they will get married and have kids of their own. I hope my daughters can continue this tradition, maybe with their children. Who knows? For now, I am happy in the Happiest Place on Earth. 🙂
This week’s SDAWP photo challenge was on the design element of repetition. I had a hard time with this one. I think it had something to do with school starting. It was our first full week back at school, so all my focus and attention was going to that. I did manage to take a few pictures of things that showed repetition. The first one I took was of artwork at a local restaurant. It was a series of three pictures, exactly the same that covered the wall of the restaurant. I got to thinking that I better start looking around for more elements of repetition for the week’s challenge.
I think I have mentioned before that I have not been able to continue my running in the mornings before work due to a knee and ankle injury. So, for the past few days, I have been walking instead. I put my earphones in my iPhone and listen to my favorite music from various artists to keep me going. The good thing about having to walk is that I can look more closely at my environment, and since I have my iPhone, I am able to take pictures along the way. I passed this house and noticed its fence had repeating patterns.
When I got to the end of the block, I noticed this house had repeating flags in its front yard.
Further on into my walk, I saw that the white lines on the street repeated and so did the pattern on this chainlink fence.
I noticed several more things on the way home. I also snapped a picture of my husband’s wine press in our garage before I walked into the house.
All in all, I was pretty happy with what I found for this week’s photo challenge. I probably would not have paid much attention to these things had I been running. Walking forces me to slow down and be aware of things around me. I am not just focused on what is in front of me, but what is to the side of me as well. The next challenge is based on textures. I need to be on the look out for anything smooth. Hmmm. I wonder what I will find on my next walk around the neighborhood.
Yesterday I had to go to our district’s offices to attend an inservice about a new computer program we will be getting at my school. It’s actually an old program that is being updated, and I am expected to train the rest of the teachers at my site. The new and improved program is different than what teachers are used to doing. So, I bet there will be a lot of moaning and complaining over it. But, hey. My response to that is to “suck it up.” The change is here, so we all better learn how to roll with it.
Anyway, this post is about small surprises. The first of my small surprises came at the end of the inservice when I was given a time sheet for attending. I was able to claim the hours I spent in the inservice and will get a little monetary bonus. It was a nice surprise and something I wasn’t expecting. My friend told me that we were getting time sheets, but I wasn’t sure. It doesn’t always happen. Most of the time I have to pay to attend an inservice. I was glad that I would be compensated for my time.
The next small surprise came when I left the training room which is on the second floor of the building. As I made my way to the stairs, I noticed this interesting shadow on the wall. I thought it would be a great photo for my photo of the day challenge for SDAWP Photo Voices. This week’s challenge is on angles.
I thought the shadow made a great design. I liked all the angles in the shadow. I had never noticed that shadow before, and I have been to the District Office many times before. I don’t know why I never noticed it before. Maybe I was not in the District Office at the time of day where that shadow would be cast on the wall. Or, perhaps that shadow had been there before, and I just never paid attention to it. I stood there for a moment with my iPhone and wondered where that shadow was coming from. That’s when I looked up and saw my third small surprise.
It was the sky light in the ceiling of the building. I did not realize that the building had a sky light. I just thought it was well-lit. Wow. It is neat to discover something you never knew before. It’s like finding a secret treasure.
If I had not been participating in the SDAWP Photo Voices challenge, I would not have been looking for angles, and I would have never looked up. I am glad I took the time to slow down, stop, and look around before I hurried out of the building to my car. I think this is a great lesson to teach my students. If you slow down long enough you might learn something new. There are lots of small surprises waiting to be discovered.