Monday, 22 June 2009

Song of the Moment

"Eve of the War" by Jeff Wayne from the War of the Worlds musical

How I heard about this song: Dad has loved the War of the Worlds musical by Jeff Wayne since it first came out in the late 70s! If you haven't heard about the War of the Worlds musical, its basically the story by H.G. Wells set to music. We went to see the stage show at the O2 Arena in London and it was AWESOME.

Why I like this song: Because it reminds me of my childhood and I just love it.

Info on the artist and album:

Thursday, 18 June 2009

Best Estate Ever!

Whoever thought that a new estate in South Woodham Ferrers should have roads named after characters and places from Lord of the Rings is a genius.

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I want to live there! Mostly in "Rivendell Vale". How cool would that address be?!
I'm a geek. And I know it.

Wednesday, 17 June 2009

Thankfulness, Again

I'm having a bit of a downer day today with very little motivation and a high dislike for anything work related. But of course, I am still determined that my blog should not become a vent for all that is blah, so I shall yet again write a list of things I am thankful for.

♥ I am thankful for Twinny, who has been online during work hours the past week and has kept me sane...literally.

♥ I am thankful for the internet, for which I would not have met some amazing people and learnt so much. (I've just noticed I was thankful for this exact thing the last time! - I think I'm just loving the babycentre boards and the awesome blogs I get to read...)

♥ I am thankful for the roof over my head. We are so blessed to have a house, and I must be grateful even though there is stuff everywhere and DIY projects unfinished.

♥ I am thankful for the beautiful little baby currently growing in me, and thankful that technology means that I get to see Baby G wriggling away on a scan screen - totally amazing.

♥ I am thankful for my husband, who has been incredibly supportive, especially through all my complaining!! ♥ ♥

What are you thankful for?

Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Song of the Moment

"Open Sky" by Iona

How I heard about this song: My parents bought the album a looooong time ago and I borrowed it for also a very looooong time. Haha! This is the song that inspired the name of my blog and my very first post on it. If you want to hear my fave bit without listening to the whole song, skip ahead to 3:08. I love the virbrato in her voice.

Why I like this song: Because its beautiful, and it calms me and I want to have a voice like Joanne Hogg.

Info on the artist and album: This song is on the album "Open Sky" by Iona. The whole album is pretty much perfect.

Saturday, 13 June 2009

Decisions Decisions

Back in April I posted about my technology cravings which included the Canon 450d. We've been diligently saving our Amazon vouchers in order to make such a camera purchase by the time baby comes along. I would love nothing more than to be a prosumer photographer for our little one. However, costing it up it looks like its going to cost a lot of money. The body only is over £400, then there's lenses and a bag and all the other stuff that comes along with it. I reckon it could come close to £1000 knowing us and wanting the best of the best. We really can't afford that now in my opinion, and so we talked to my brother-in-law about it as he is a wedding photographer himself and he has a Canon 5D for his pro-shots. He was saying that he would get a Canon Powershot G10 which is £358 on Amazon.

So...the decision is between a DSLR, the Canon 450D oooooooorrrrr a prosumer point-and-shout, the Canon Powershot G10...

Argh I just can't decide! There are pros and cons to both. The G10 would be much easier to carry around and about, especially when going to the park with Baby or something. But the 450D has a lot more scope for doing interesting things with it, and getting interesting lenses. But then would we really use all the features the 450D has to offer? I don't think we would. I don't know! I need some right now!

Monday, 8 June 2009

Photo Envy

Just recently, I have been feeling a fair bit of photo envy. Not many of you will know the story of our wedding photos, and why I have reason to be envious. The short version of the story is that we had a not-quite-so-professional do our wedding photos and we have regretted it ever since. We were shown the photos, on a slideshow and then in one of those cheap books by Photobox and we had so many discussions with the photographer afterwards. Basically half of them just weren't flattering, so he hadn't taken enough shots to get that perfect one, and the post-processing on them was awful. Thankfully hubby's brother is a photographer and he did some post-processing work on them and they look a thousand times better, but they still aren't exactly what we wanted. Its not like we can do it all over again...

When we went over to F&F's (hubby's brother et sister-in-law) the other day, he showed us an album he had put together for a wedding he did a month or so ago. It was beautiful. And I was so envious.

Recently Becka and Nate from Studio222Photography have been posting a lot more on their blog and I absolutely adore their photography. If they had been running their business when we got married back in Sept 2007 (were they? I don't know...) then I would have paid ANYTHING to have them be our wedding photographers. I am envious.

We only had one wedding day, and it was a perfect day. I just feel like the fact that the photography wasn't exactly how we wanted it has marred it a little.

I still love this picture of those captured moments...

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