I'm at this unfortunate stage where because I haven't written a proper blog post in so long I feel incredibly rusty. I've gone to write a post and can't get past the first line, and yet I know that the longer I wait the worse it will be. So here I am trying to break the ice, which is very fitting because it's a cold and unpleasant day in Canberra. Part of my issue is I generally blog through photos and I haven't been shooting all that much recently (I have a excuse sob story coming up). So why don't we go there straight away and I'll start with a piece of advice.
Never, ever, ever in your life purchase something from such a place called Import Stock! Seriously! You will regret it your whole life long and will only look back on this dark section of your life with tears. Don't believe me? Here's my story. Back in May I ordered a brand spankin' new 24-70mm ii Canon L lens. I bought Mr. Dombey from them last year so figured they'd be OK and had hoped to have it here in time for Benny's shoot. To cut a long story short after about 7 weeks and lots of emailing and being told they'd have stock in by the end of the week I gave up and asked for a refund. It has now been 4 1/2 weeks since I requested my money back (excuses go from "it bounced" to "it was missed" to "we never received the email with your details") and it still hasn't showed up. I have some hope of it being resolved soon as I've taken formal action and now Fair Trade is sorting it out for me. A friend is due to have a baby anytime soon, so I'm praying my baby arrives first or in time for a little photo session.
Also about a month ago my laptop crashed. It's only 7 months old so not sure what's up with that. One day it started freezing and Dad was looking at it for me but couldn't figure out what was wrong and then a couple of days later the whole thing crashed. Thankfully my very wise friend Abbie had been telling me that I should back up my laptop or else one day it's would crash and I'd be devastated because all my images would been gone. So thankfully I did listen and back it up, but unfortunately as I am a bit of a computer dummy I only backed up my files and not the whole computer, so all my pictures were saved but I had to reinstall all my software. I'd been reading a book by Scott Kelby about Lightroom and I'd just organised my photos and then plop. But thankfully some of it was saved and it gave me practice having to set things up again. The worst part actually was the fact that my Microsoft software licence key went missing one day, which meant that I couldn't use my software. I searched high and low and even old bags of rubbish for it and almost keeled over in the process. I was ready just to pay for another one and then Lachlan found it in his SAT test book. Investigation is still underway regarding whether the disappearance was suspicious.
Caitlin, Tegan, and Emily are participating in the 40 Hour Famine this year. They are all giving up food and furniture plus some other things, so if you'd like to support them you can donate here, here, and over here. I participated once a couple of years ago and it was downright awful. Those last few hours on Sunday morning were absolutely frightful, so I reckon if these guys are going to be brave enough to do it again or try it out for the first time they deserve a round of applause and some support if it's something you can do. A big thank you to those who have already donated, the girls really do appreciate it.
Last December I bought tickets to the Phantom of the Opera show at the Canberra Theatre and August felt so far away. Now August is here and last Saturday Tegan and I went along with Sean and Cassandra and some friends to see it. I could write a whole big 3,000 word essay on how good it was, but you probably would get very sick of it and I still don't think I could describe it well enough. Tegan's violin teacher was the lead cellist and we managed to book our seats in the 4th row so we had a nice view of the orchestra when we stood up, which for some strange reason you're not allowed to do in a concert. It was probably a good thing though I might have spent too much time watching the orchestra and not enough time watching the play. I've never seen a musical live before and the music, oh the music. I had goosebumps for like 75% of the show. So now I'm setting my sights a little higher. I figure if a production in Canberra could be that good, Cameron Mackintosh's Les Miserables must be out of this world. I can't wait until that comes to Australia next June!
Mum is flying to the Gold Coast tonight for her grandmother's funeral, so we'll be fending without her for a few days. She hates flying and it's a bit tempestuous today, so hopefully it'll calm down.
You know when you look at a blog post and it looks as long as a thesis, so no matter how interesting the content promises to and will be, it takes just a tad of courage to start reading. I'm afraid this post is reaching that point so I shall finish up. I'm really hoping now I've broken the ice I'll post some wordy posts a little more regularly. And we might just put some photos up soon. Depends on when the baby and the lens arrives.