Earlier this week, I finally got around to putting up an About Me page on ye olde blog. I’ve never done one before, so while I’m pretty happy with how it turned out, it’ll probably be in a state of constant tweaking for at least a little while.
The other day, I saw some really beautiful black and white photos – they were clearly very deliberately considered and just lovely. It made me realize that it’s been a long time since I took any black-and-whites, so I added it to the list of New Years resolutions that’s floating around in my head but to which I never actually formally committed. I had my nice camera at work this morning anyway, so I snapped some photos and actually spent some time on them. There’s just a difference in mindset when you approach a scene knowing that it’s going to end up grayscale, as opposed to shooting first and considering later. Without further ado, I present: BFA meets Limited Range of Scenery.
Okay, first a side note: I was the worst at coming up with names for my projects in college. Other people could take a picture of a grape and call it “The Sublimity of Raw Beauty” or “Body of a Woman” or something, but I just couldn’t do it. I was okay at BSing some kind of meaning into the work itself, but when it came to names, I would usually draw a blank and resort to the totally literal – “Photo of Shoe and Grass” – or the cop-out – “Untitled #4.”
Man, if this doesn’t inspire you to go out and buy a new camera, I don’t know what will.
My boss asked me to take a “management training” course this semester, and the first session was yesterday. By the way, I feel the need to mention that this is like AP Management, not a remedial thing. Anyway, this first session was far less of a time-waster than I expected, and I’m actually looking forward to the rest of the sessions. This doesn’t change the fact that I hate small-group discussions, and I really hate being put on the spot. That didn’t stop a disgustingly morning person-type from – how to put it charitably? – really getting into things (FYI, the less charitable version includes the word “brown-noser.”). He appointed himself leader of our table and just kept calling me out to talk. In fact, I thought it was a little weird how he kept insisting on getting my opinion while ignoring everyone else. As the morning progressed, though, I started to wonder if he was trying to prove how non-sexist he was.
In any case, this led to an afternoon of bitter reflections about how extroverts often make introverts a “project” and try to get them to talk more. If we flipped the situation around, it would be like the introverts telling the extroverts to just shut up for once. Both are equally ineffective.
Due to a scheduling snafu, I’m going to be working all weekend. Super excited about that. Really, though, it’s going to be extremely quiet and I’ll probably end up getting a lot of knitting and reading done. One of the things I didn’t finish on last year’s reading list was Lord of the Rings, so I’m actually going to do it this time. I read it for a class sophomore year, but that was four years ago now (yikes!). I’m really excited to get into it again.
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