About Me

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Phoenix, Arizona
Growing up my initials were OP, which was pretty cool in the 80's, right? Then I got married and my initials got updated to match our very texting obsessed era that we now live in (and shake our heads at)...OMG. For those who are texting illiterate, I'll spell it out..."Oh, My God!". I pity the girl whose initials are W.T.F. (I won't spell that one out. You can Google it or email me for an explaination on that one!)


My weirdness & updates

First we will start with updates. Plenty of weirdness to come.
Here's my pretty new plant. Some sort of succulent, rubber leaf plant. Isn't she pretty? Glistening in the sun after a cool spray of water. Stay tuned to find out if she survives the summer. We are taking care of my mother-in-law's rose bush. The heat got to it while we were on our vacation so we cut it back and have been giving it lots of TLC and it is looking great! Just thought she'd like the update. I know nothing about roses and keep hoping it will flower but now I'm thinking...maybe it's past season? We shall see. You know I will post pics if it flowers!

I have a plant experiment going on. I recently was informed of the beauty of a sweet potato plant. So I've stuck a few in some water and watched them grow.

June 14:
fascinating little creature, isn't it!?

June 27:

June 14 :

June 27:
it's getting tropical up in here! i can't believe how fast these things grow.
why can't cilantro do this??!!

Here's what I had to convince my husband to eat on Saturday morning. Yum, right?
Yes, I said convince him! Sadly, he does not appreciate the pancake like I do.

I felt like baking and made this.

I looks awesome but I found it inedible. (Made it with applesauce instead of using butter, to cut the fat out. I'd rather have the fat.)

Funny how my husband, who resists fabulous pancakes, thinks this Chocolate Banana Bread is just fine and happily eats it with his coffee every morning. Confused? Me, too. (Notice how I put chocolate in everything? It's because that's his love language. I love you, sweetie.)

Am I weird for taking pictures of everything?
I can't help it if I see beauty in everything around me, can I?
I think it's something about looking at life through the lens of a camera.
It focuses my attention on the beauty of details and lighting.
I have to admit, I can't help it anymore... and I'm trying to not be embarrassed about it.
I tell myself that I'm just a bit eccentric and artistic. I know it's not normal.
I mean, what normal person takes a half dozen pictures of this....

I guess I'll end with an update to round things out...
I start classes in 2 weeks. Will attend every Friday & Saturday until next May.
I have been a LPN since 2001 and have been chipping away at the requirements to get into school to become a RN. This has been quite a journey and I am BEYOND READY for this opportunity. It's my own fault it has taken me this long because I would often get off track with my goals & motivation. My husband has been so supportive and helped figure out a way for me to finally DO THIS. Thank you, Brian.
Even in this current job market & economy, I know things can only get better for us as I reach this goal.


Manual Focus

I love manual focus. I dream about taking pictures with manual focus. It's just so cool to make a camera do something I've never been able to do before. I've been reading some photography blogs so I know there are even MORE things I could do with a camera...just not the one I have. An upgrade is in my future for sure...in a few years, I guess. Until then, I am making the most of what I CAN do with my current camera.

Here are a few shots so you know what I'm talkin about.

These are the first pictures I took when I discovered how to use manual focus on our road trip in May. I've had the camera since December and couldn't figure out how to use manual focus until now! Oh, the wasted time! All the missed shots! :(

This is my first successful shot. I just love it. Am I wrong? Is this not a great shot?! :)

At my sister-in-law's graduation. We are very proud but it was a graduation ceremony...there was plenty of time to play with the camera!

This is at home the other evening. Practicing focus on something not in the foreground.

Kinda cool.

Tastes as good as it looks.

No manual focus here, just turned the camera around for a sec. Hope my bangs don't look like that all the time. Yikes.

See the subtlety of manual focus. This pic looks just fine at first glance but his face is too sharp. I want to really focus on his hand.

This is what I was aiming for. Sharp on the fingers, slightly blurred face. This statue was about 4 feet above me and it was actually night, so it took about a dozen shots to get it how I wanted.

I probably could have gotten the focus sharper but there was so much sunlight so it was hard to judge. Still makes a pretty pic though. I love how the flower looks translucent.


Road Trip '09: My Favorite Photos

So green in Minneapolis. If I ever move away from the desert, it will be to this house which is across the road from the above photo. What a pretty place to live.

Chicago gave us the most BEAUTIFUL clear, blue-sky day. This is a view from the 3 story tall ferris wheel.

I'd need an entire day to check out this building. The Merchandise Mart. 100,000 sq ft. of kitchen & bath Boutiques. 4 MILLION sq ft. of floor space in this building! It's very impressive to see in person. The amazing part is that it was constructed way back in 1930!

I did a search on Chicago buildings and have yet to see better photos than the ones I got during the architecture boat tour we took. Not boasting or anything...I'm just sayin. :)

The view I had of the first several days on the road. ALOT of rain driving through Nebraska & Iowa. Made for a great shot though. Least I got something out of it, besides a nap & a headache.

What you can't tell by looking at this pretty photo....it was in Wisconsin & was 100 degrees & super windy outside. The GPS took us through back roads cutting diagonally through Wisconsin. Is this how most people take road trips? Amazing what you see when you get off the freeways.

My very favorite picture. Leaves me speechless and lost in the moment.

Want more? Don't worry, there's plenty more where these came from. Keep checking back and I'll give you something worth looking at.


Enough is Enough!

I will admit it, I have enough.


kitchen towels, hand soaps, socks, hair bands & headbands,

fingernail polish, room air freshener, candles,

plants, tank tops, flip-flops,

dress shoes, picture frames,

books needing to be read, throw pillows, sheet sets,

kitchen utensils, pots & pans, kitchen & bathroom cleaner,

tupperware, cake & loaf pans, mixing bowls, knives,

lip liner, body lotion, shower gels,

measuring cups & spoons, sweaters & scarves, bags & purses,

backpacks, wallets, note cards,

batteries, flash drives, blank cd's & dvd's,

jeans, blouses,

summer dresses, work scrubs, furniture, hair styling products,

earrings, note cards, towels, pots for plants, eye shadow,

lip gloss, sunscreen, clocks, music, car sun shades,

sunglasses, travel mugs & bottles, muffin tins,

shot glasses, coffee mugs, storage boxes.

If you can think of anything I don' t already have ENOUGH of, let me know.


Thoughts. Events. Life.

It's Monday. I'm home today. I was supposed to work but they didn't need me.
I don't mind being home except I officially have too much time to think.

Too many thoughts about things happening in the lives of people around me (and a few about my own life).
So many marriages, births, illness, death, job worries, vacations, relationships broken & whole.

It's just life, right?

I guess it's just getting to me today...alone in this house. Waiting for my husband to get home from work and tell me if we have to add "job worries" to our plate.

There is so much GOOD stuff going on in the lives of those I know but there is also so much heartache & struggle. Add the state of our nation to that pile and you get one overwhelmed Olivia.

Too much time to think...I think.