Saturday, January 28, 2012

Oh Christmas Tree

On my first few days back in Washington, my body was having a hard time with jet lag.  Most mornings I'd try to stay in bed as long as I could before venturing downstairs to cozy up next to the fire and read.  One early morning I decided to skip the reading and play with my camera instead.

I read a little 'how to shoot sparkle lights' somewhere online and followed the directions. I was most surprised with how the lights came out--it's a mini-Christmas miracle that it actually sort of worked.   In the 4 tree pictures above I used a tripod, low shutter speed (1/5s, 1/8s, 1/8s, 1/4s respectively), low ISO (Lo1), f.1.8, and a remote.  Later I ended up changing the f stop, ISO, and shutter speed in all sorts of various configurations.  I seems that the lower the shutter speed, the more twinkles. I like twinkles.

Finding and decorating the tree is one of my favorite parts of Christmas. I love the fresh smell. I love unwrapping and 'discovering' the same ornaments year after year.  I love the way it looks once it's covered with lights and surrounded by presents. I'd say it almost casts a spell on me.

Must be magic.

♥, Molly






Wednesday, January 25, 2012

my sentiments, exactly.


sometimes, i want to do this to my students.

their father, photographer jason lee, has a whole blog full of crazy photos he takes of these two little sisters. pretty cute.

♥, Molly

Monday, January 23, 2012

Christmas in Stop Motion

It's never too late for a little jingle.

Merry and Bright from Jill Cox on Vimeo.

Many thanks to my dear friend, Jill, who made this little video after our Hump Day Christmas party.
♥, Molly

Sunday, January 22, 2012

2.5 Years And Counting

Today, January 22nd, marks the day I came to the UAE exactly 2 years and 6 months ago.

To celebrate, I pulled together a few random photos that I've taken. Almost all of them are from blog posts I never finished during my first year here.

I'm pleased about the things I've been able to do while living here. Things like . . .

Kayaking in the mangroves
photo by Fiona


Learning more about Islam
(This man is doing his evening prayers. Wherever you happen to be when the sun sets, you face Mecca, keep calm, and pray on.)


Eating Pakistani bread after yoga



Going to art shows


Getting acquainted with Indian food (This is my first dosa!)
photo by Esther


Goat watching


Saying good bye to co-workers; Trying new ice cream flavors

 Making our own fun
photo by Jill


Commuting in crazy traffic; living to tell stories about it


Enjoying a few movie nights at the Bidingers
photo by Curt


Watching my babies got their booster shots . . .


and learn their alphabet . . .


be silly . . .


and go on school field trips to Action Zone. Wheee!

Sometimes two and a half years feels like a long time--sometimes it seems like I just stepped off the plane for the very first time. Even though it's been an interesting haul with some unexpected twists & turns, I have to credit my time here as an adventure.  I'd even say a good adventure.

And it's not over yet . . .
♥, Molly

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

'Tis the Season

. . . for a little Christmas recap.

I spent the days leading up to Christmas with my mom in Western Washington. Looking back, it seems like most of my time was spent with family, friends, and finding ways to sit by the fire in my unending quest to stay warm. It was so nice to be back, to have face to face conversations, to walk arm in arm, to hug, and to be in the same place at the same time with the people I love.  Most of that is hard to capture on camera, but I do have a few digital memories to share.

Christmas Morning -- surprises under the tree, my favorite toast for breakfast, stockings, and relaxing in our pajamas.


Christmas dinner . . .


 

Family game night -- complete with baby Eli, Grandpa's slideshow, and some funny Minute-To-Win-It moments.



And my mom's lovely little Christmas tree.
 
♥, Molly
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Check. Check. FAIL.

i put so much thought and effort into making goals for 2011 (here, here, and here) that i thought it only proper to do a quick recap.
 + make moss graffiti.

 and the results are in . . .
1. pay off student loans. check.
karate chop that college debt
2. get a new job. check.  (getting the job and starting the job are 2 different things, right? right.)
3. email! FAIL. big FAIL.


♥, molly


Saturday, January 14, 2012

In with the New



In general, I'm much better at making goals than I am at accomplishing them. However, that doesn't seem to stop me.  This year I decided upon a serious and somewhat silly mix of things I want to work on in the upcoming months.

My 12 resolutions for 2012:
1. Send home ____ dirhams each month.
2. Learn how to change a flat tire on my bike.
3. Figure out imovie.
4. Practice planning ahead, doing little bits along the way, and avoiding last minute crunches.
5. Go on a hot air balloon ride.
6. Respond to emails within 1 month of receiving them.
7. Finish reading my camera book.
8. Set better boundaries.
9. Practice more consistent giving.
10. Declutter, organize, and back-up my electronic life.
11. Ride my bike without hands.
12. Rehabilitate my shoulder so I can do yoga, lift, and rock climb pain-free.

Wishing you all the best for the year to come!
♥, Molly

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

The Help

{21.2011}

sometimes, when something gets really popular i refuse to partake simply because i don't want to jump on the bandwagon.
sometimes, when something is really popular someone is kind enough to point out that maybe so many people like it for a reason.  there are definitely good reasons why one should read the help

♥, molly