Monday, January 27, 2014

SPC - 'Flashback 2013' - #3

School Projects

At school, Harrison is getting ready to celebrate the 100th day of school with a collection of 100 things. His collection is of 100 propeller beads in four groups of 25 beads (The clear beads are a little difficult to see). He was excited to get to use the hot glue gun for his project.

Hannah's science class is studying the solar system and her project (besides a written report) is a model of her chosen planet, Neptune. We got the traditional Styrofoam sphere from Hobby Lobby, but instead of painting it, we decided to use watered-down school glue on colored tissue paper. It gives the planet model interesting coloration and texture. We're letting it dry to see if any touch-up work is necessary and we need to work on the cross-section showing the inner make-up of the planet, but it is coming along nicely.

Flashback themes:
White space
tiny words
Many - propeller beads
Mini - Model Neptune
Orange - (incidental)

Sunday, January 19, 2014

SPC - 'Flashback 2013' - #2


This was taken mere seconds before I walked out of this building as an employee for the final time.

In October, the company who had employed me for over 17 years informed me that the department for which I had worked that entire time would be outsourced to a company in Nashville, Tennessee effective January 1, 2014.

The months of October, November and December were spent alongside my long-time colleagues and friends assisting in the transition to the new company.

This day, I was the last one out of the building of only a very few who came in on a day that was officially a holiday.

I gathered the last few personal items from my area, put my key on my boss's desk, turned out the lights, locked the door and walked through the dark and cold of the lonely parking lot to the only car remaining in the lot.

Darn near poetic.

I am not quite sure what's next for me. I know I'll be OK, but I don't adjust well to change. I tend to be content and loyal. Risk-averse, some would say.

Still, there is a part of me that is looking forward to the adventure of something new.

I'll just feel better when I know what that "something new" is going to be.

Themes: Widescreen tiny words White Space (compare to this shot).

SPC - 'Flashback 2013' - #1

During the month of January, Self Portrait Challenge will be looking back fondly on the themes from 2013 and combining two or more themes into a new self portrait.

Here's my first:

Snowed In

Combining themes: Blue and Many

What to do when your family is effectively snowed in? Make hot drinks and start a 1,000 piece jigsaw puzzle. You can see Harrison in the background. He likes puzzles and made his fair share of contributions to the joint effort, but he was taking an exercise break when this photo was taken, apparently.

Progress shot:

and completion:

SPC - 'White Space' - 2/3/4/5

So, like clockwork, December got crazy. I kept current with the weekly challenges, but I fell behind in posting here. Just catching up by posting my last four entries from December.

If you're interested in any background, click through to the image on Flickr and there should be a bit more detail about these shots:

A Christmas Carol

White Space

Living Nativity

This one (above) was taken as the kids and I attended a Living Nativity at a nearby Church before Christmas. Here's a bonus shot of the Nativity:

The Light Shines in the Darkness...

Indiana Snowstorm