I need to take photography lessons

I haven’t had a chance to edit the photos yet. I was playing around with some camera settings and most of the photos the white balance is off and they look really washed out or the color is off. I am sure I can somewhat fix them in Photoshop but haven’t had the time to try.

I took the day off tomorrow but am going to Digby so I doubt I’ll have time. On the weekend I’ll try. I’m going to bring my camera with me to Digby tomorrow as we are heading to Yarmouth as well. Not sure I’ll get much pictures as I am going with my mom to a workshop for Victoria’s quilts but I’m brining it anyways. I reset the camera back to factory defaults

I need to sign myself up for some photography courses or something. I have a decent eye and can take good shots but I’ll be the first to admit my camera has a lot more settings and a lot more to it them my old one and other then shooting this on pre set settings I don’t really know what I’m doing. Even some free online tutorials should help.

Observations On A Sunny Sunday Afternoon

Driving home one sunny Sunday afternoon from dropping Edward off at work I was driving through the older suburban community he works in on some side roads that have a junior high and a high school on them. This was a Sunday. I remember when I was younger when we were living in Calgary at the time on Sunday afternoon’s especially a sunny one there would be kids out everywhere and I mean everywhere. In the park, on the sidewalks riding bikes, skateboarding, going from house to house playing with their siblings and friends. But you just don’t see that anymore.

It occurred to me that you don’t see kids playing outside much anymore, it’s become a rare oddity rather then the norm. The neighbourhood he works in is full of kids. Tons of them. All ages. There are some elderly people as well but a lot of middle aged parents (my age) with kids in junior and senior high and lots of young families with young kids. Yet all I saw in the 3 or 4 streets I drove down that day was 2 kids jumping on a trampoline in their back yard and honestly was surprised to see that because this particular house is on a corner, no fence around the yard just a chain link one around a pool and trampoline which honestly I had never seen in use the hundreds of times I drove by in the evenings or on the weekends.

Fostering & Adopting

After 3 years of trying to concieve we finally decided a few months ago to go to a Fostering & Adoption orientation. My parents came with us as they were also interested in fostering as well. The orientation was very informative and pretty much what I expected of it. We have the paperwork all filled out but have yet to get the required police checks.

It’s not a decision we just came to a conclusion on quickly before going. It’s something for me that has been in my mind since I was a teenager and my parents adopted my brother and when we first got together and the relationshop got serious even before we experienced infertility issues it was something I brought up and he agreed with me that he would love to foster and/or adopt with me.

As I mentioned the forms are all filled out. We just have to get the police record checks done and submit it. I’ve been sitting on it a bit because I need to call and clarify which of the checks we need to get done and submit with the application. We decided first on fostering and maybe adopting down the road.

Saving Money & Budgeting

I am so horrible at saving money. You would think working for a bank for over a year I would be great at it but I’m not. I’m terrible. So terrible. Eddie and I each have a tax-free savings account (TFSA) that we opened about a year ago, a few months after I started working for the bank. So far we each have about 500 saved up. I guess $1000 between us in one year is not bad if you look at it one way.

We also saved about $300 through something called bank the rest where your debit purchases are rounded up to the nearest dollar and at the end of each day that difference is transferred over to the savings account. I’m not sure but I think it’s just set up on my debit card for our joint account. I guess I need to get him to check. We’ve agreed that money is going to be used at the end of the year for something we want not need. Something for the both of us each year. So it’s being saved throughout the year and spent at the beginning of the following year.

Our TFSA’s are for a down payment on a house in another 1-2 years I am hoping. I also opened a high interest savings account which is tiered interest depending on how long you keep the money in the account. However this is empty at the moment. I had initially planned on using it to save up for a down payment on a brand new car however I decided it was more economical at this point to put the money I would have put in there directly onto the car we have to pay it down a little quicker. I set up an extra $25 on the car every 2 weeks on my payday.

Insulin & A Family of Diabetics

So I completely forgot my insulin last night. I have an alarm set on my phone for 11 PM to take it but for some reason I had accidently shut it off which I sometimes I do. I usually catch it an hour or two later but I didn’t until the middle of the night so I never ended up taking it.

So needless to say I have been in the double digits most of the day today. not super high. Like mostly 9s, 10s and 11s. Missing one days not bad but if I miss more then I’m in the high teens. My highest yet since starting insulin last year was 23 and it made me feel so crappy. I was so lethargic and had to pee every 5 minutes, my head hurt and I was cranky and irritable. I get very cranky and irritable the higher my blood sugar goes. I’m glad I didn’t go to high today.

On the other hand trying to find the right dose of insulin is so frustrating. At one point I was was too high. My Endo wanted me to be in between 4.3 and 6.7 mmol. 4.3 fasting up to no higher then 6.7 1 hour after eating. But that was when I was taking mealtime insulin. Up to 5 shots a day. One injection of intermediate acting insulin in the morning and one in the evening. Then 1 injection before each meal of short acting Insulin. This was causing a lot of bad lows. I hate the feeling of a low. It absolutely terrifies me. I remember when I was a teenager like 16 or 17 we used to babysit a little girl who was 4 who was diabetic. My mom ran a daytime and her and I were educated by a diabetes educator on administering insulin, food education, how to spot lows and highs etc.