And it's only going to cost us $184 to get there and back. How, you ask? The 72-hour Southwest sale. The sale ends tonight at midnight, so check it out if you want to get away! Flights for both of us were only $90- the remainder was taxes and fees (of course).
Unfortunately the sale is only valid for flights during parts of December, January and February, but it'll be worth it. Shorter (or non-existent) lines, cheaper hotel costs- the whole deal. Who cares if it'll only be 30 degrees?! :)
I've already made reservations for the Skylon Tower, but if you have any other suggestions for places to eat or things to do, throw them out! We'll be sure to bundle up so we can still enjoy everything.
I can't wait!
So I posted here and here about going camping with the Mr. and some friends last weekend. I was asked no less than ten times what compelled me to do this, and honestly I had no good answer. Yes, I love camping... but camping in the cold is different. And camping in cold, wet weather is just miserable. Luckily the company made up for all the evils and we still had a great time!
It pretty much rained the entire time we were there. We set up two tents and a canopy in the rain, we made fires in the rain, we ate in the rain... you name it, we did it in the rain.
I actually woke up Saturday morning really early because I felt a lot of water. More water than I should, sleeping in a tent with layers and layers of blankets. Turns out our tent leaks... a lot. The three blankets, sleeping bag and pillow I used were pretty much soaked. There was also a puddle on the side of the tent, which was keeping my gloves and sweatshirt nice and damp for me. Talk about a huge bummer!
Luckily there was a small break in the rain Saturday afternoon and we took full advantage by drying off all the wet clothes and blankets. I pulled out a book to read by the campfire and the boys played cornhole. It was an awesome two hours, let me tell you! I also took that time to get some pictures, since there was no way I was pulling out my camera while it was pouring buckets and buckets of rain.
Sunday was a bit nicer- I only needed four layers instead of six :) The rain also subsided for a few hours so we could enjoy some eggs and bacon. Bottom line it was still a fun weekend. Not something I could do all the time, but when you're with great friends, you can pull through pretty much anything.
The gang that survived it all!
Happy 28th birthday! (I promise I'll stop posting your age when you hit 30.) In honor of your 28th birthday, I'll list 28 of my favorite things about you.
1. You make me laugh like no one else can.
2. You fit in well with my (sometimes crazy) family.
3. You are so incredibly patient with me and those around you.
4. You always take the dogs out on weekend mornings.
5. I know you'd do anything possible to help out your family.
6. You love (and hate) all the same sports I do.
7. You never bring your bad days home with you.
8. You always kiss me good night before saying "I love you".
9. You write me an email every morning.
10. You think I am beautiful, and you tell me it all the time.
11. You have the most gorgeous blue eyes.
12. During vacation you drive 99% of the time.
13. You have always supported me in whatever I want to do.
14. You're not a slob.
15. You watch my silly romantic comedies without complaining.
16. You are even tempered- you rarely get sad or upset.
17. You never forget dates- whether they're important or not.
18. You put the toilet seat down, and did it without "training".
19. You inspire me to be a better person.
20. You give me "me time" whenever I need it.
21. You look great with nothing (in particular) on.
22. Your presence at night makes me sleep better.
23. You love me unconditionally.
24. You always run to the grocery store if I forgot to get something the first time.
25. You grab for my hand whenever we walk or drive somewhere.
26. You are always open to new things.
27. You, without a doubt in my mind, will be a great father to our kids.
28. You married me on September 22, 2007- the best day of my life.
I've got a pretty awesome present waiting at home, so don't stay at work too late. I love you!
Like I said, I've been horrible about updates this month. I don't know what's going on with me! So, quick recap with some pictures.
September 30, third class:
We talked about the rule of thirds, exposure and white balance. I really enjoyed this class because I learned a lot of new things. Of course I had heard the term "white balance" before, but nothing beyond that. Our task was to play with white balance and see the differences it can make in a picture.
I decided to take the same picture repeatedly, changing only the white balance setting. I don't remember off the top of my head what these two settings are ( shady and fluorescent maybe?), but the difference is mind blowing to me.
I also used Macintosh for a different test (daylight and incandescent, I believe):
Exact same lighting conditions for both tests- completely different results. So cool!
October 7th, no class
October 14th, fourth class:
We talked a bit more about white balance. He loved my pine cone test, since it was an easy way to view variations created by changing one setting. We also started talking about flash. Flash exposure, adjusting it, when it's good or bad, how to use your external flash and more.
Our assignment was to adjust white balance some more (probably because 90% of the pictures people uploaded didn't do this the first time! grr), play with your flash- built in or external- and take some portraits. Easy enough!