Friday, July 10, 2009

why i've not been blogging 1. I finished grading about 120 final essays and research reports . . . I was at a total loss for words after that. :) 2. I had company last week. One of my best friends from college came and spent three days with me . . . we talked, did a little shopping (I think we spent 3-4 hours in one book store and another 2 in a bakery supply store), we made apple crisp, pizzas, chocolate chip cookies and carrot cake, and we talked, talked, talked. It was good to catch up with her. 3. I'm caught in the middle of a book I hate but can't stop. Someone loaned it to me, it is based on a true story of our criminal justice system gone really wrong. I hate it because I just don't want to believe it's true, but I can't stop because I keep hoping for a happy ending (which I know won't be there but I can't stop hoping either). 4. My camera died. The shutter won't stop shaking--totally not a good thing for picture taking. There have been more times than I could count with my two hands that I wanted to take a photo and couldn't in the past two weeks. My purse feels so empty without it's constant companion. 5. I'm trying to start digital scrapbooking. Most recently, I helped my mom to make an invitation to my sister's baby shower. I wanna get started with it, and I'm trying to discover what is "my style" before I start investing in kits and supplies. Any suggestions from experienced digital scrapbookers are welcome. I currently am leaning towards sites like Ali Edwards and the other Digital Designers, Heather Ann Designs, and Simply Yin. And, I like what I'm learning over at Write. Click. Scrapbook. 6. I'm helping Lawrance to create a storytelling summer class . . . spending time looking for images to make flashcards with and creating worksheets. Fun, but time consuming. 7. And, finally, there is so much I wanna blog but haven't had time to, I don't know where to start now that I have a bit more time. I'll leave you with a photo that Lawrance took two weekends ago when we were in PingTong at a worship gathering of 17 different Taiwanese churches in the southern area of Taiwan. Sarah took it from our flickr stream and "painted" it for us. :) Gorgeous, right?
unfortunately and fortunately I now like chocolate for more than one reason. Lawrance came home with a new chocolate-colored camera last week. After we got the new camera, we, unfortunately and fortunately, learned that our older camera wasn't as broken as we thought. (Unfortunately since we didn't "need" to buy a new camera, and fortunately because now we each have our own camera.) At first we thought it was just the perpetually shaking shutter, which rendered the camera useless even with power. And, then since "fully charged" batteries were not able to power up the camera for more than five seconds, we assumed that it was dead for sure. When we got the battery charger for the new camera, we noticed our older camera batteries fit inside, so we charged our old batteries in the new charger. We discovered that the perpetual shaking of the shutter stopped once the batteries were charged with our new charger. So, it wasn't our camera that was broken. And it wasn't our batteries that were bad. So, it must have been our older battery charger, right? But, the sad thing is . . . the charger wasn't broken either. The charger was just dusty, so the connection was bad. So, I got a new camera all because we have lots of dust in Taiwan. So . . . the moral of the story is if you think you have a bad camera or bad batteries, make sure the charger is clean before you reach your final verdict on the state of your camera. :) Anywho, here are some of the photos we've taken with our new camera: {our Sunday ritual of "ice"} ~*~*~ {cutest bug zapper ever} ~*~*~ {one of Law's fav snacks--dried tofu--kinda like "tofu jerky"} ~*~*~ {where I teach English on Fridays--at a livestock research institute} ~*~*~ {buying a train ticket}

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