When I start to feel annoyed with the weather. Seriously - how much freakin' cold and depression are people expected to take? How many days without the sun on your skin should we be subjected to? It's like some cruel joke or torture method from God - "DEPRIVE THEM OF SUNLIGHT AND WARMTH AND THEY WILL BEGIN TO PRAY TO BEG YOU TO BRING IT BACK!!" BWAA HAAAA HAAAA!
I can just hear it now. He thinks he's funny.
So, it's the middle of February, which means that the worst of another winter is almost at an end. For that I am thankful, but not forever grateful, because I know that in 9 months, it will be back - colder and badder than ever!
So this winter has been pretty screwy. It's usually cold. Just cold. A good amount of snow. And a lot of cold.
Not this freaking year! One day it's -40 and you almost freeze solid running to your car (if you're lucky enough that it's starts) and the next day it's -1 and everything is melting and slushy, which always converts to ice by morning. Makes the morning drive to work really nice
So we developed a leaky roof at work because of this. That sucks. One night I was preparing myself to dig out my sleeping bag and haul my ass down there for the night so I could keep an eye on the drainage situation. Luckily it got a little colder at night so it slowed down so we could all go home and rest.
Finally, after a week of this, our landlord came home from his HOT vacation (that dirty bastard!!) and had the roof cleaned. He hired a professional STEAM CLEANER for the job! Seriously - a steam cleaner! It was the best solution to taking the 10 inches of ice off the roof without smashing it and making more problems with the roof. It worked like a charm! Damn it though - our back parking lot is a sea of ice chunks now, which makes getting into the store a bit of a problem. Yesterday the guy I work with wiped out big time. It was funny (after we realized he wasn't "hurt") and I felt ok about laughing because I did that last winter. Fell right on one of those big chunks of ice that falls out of your wheel wells every once in a while - damn that hurt!
Anyways, enough about the weather!
I haven't been out shooting much lately. It's been too damn cold - and the last time I went snow shoeing I did something to my ass. Not kidding. I don't know exactly what or when, but I think that because there was a hard crust of ice on the top of the snow, it makes it really easy to catch your "toe" in it and trip - I must have done that and pulled my ass muscle.
I was limping around for 2 or 3 days in agony. Finally I asked hubby to rub it for me.
Funny thing about that..... ask for a foot massage - no way Ask for a back rub....... I'm busy. Ask for a scalp massage....... no thanks. but OH YEAH BABY!! Ask him to rub my ass and he's all over it like stink on a monkey.
Why is that? Guys, seriously...... what's that all about?? it hardly seems fair, because you know that us women enjoy it equally no matter where we get a massage, yet you guys get all picky and choosy about where you're going to give us a rub, as though it's for your benefit, not ours! And seriously, isn't getting to rub your woman's bum enough for you? Do you really think you deserve "payment" for it?
BAH~! You guys have it all figured out...............
Ok, so more snow shoeing stories. I went out one day, right after a HUGE snow storm. It almost killed me. I got kind of lost and it took me an hour and a half to get back to my vehicle. I was so tired I thought I was going to drop dead on the spot. I was having feelings of despair. I was so freakin' thirsty, I was eating snow off of tree branches. Total exhaustion. So I'm FINALLY getting back t the starting line when some lady goes skiing past me and says "Just in case you are going out that way" (where I'd just come from)" I'm pretty sure I saw a cougar down there yesterday. I'm carrying bear spray with me now." All I could think was "where was that f'n cougar half an hour ago when I was praying for a quick death??" I could have been easy pickins for him - I sure wouldn't have been able to move very fast - I was up to my mid thighs in snow, exhausted and wondering how long it was going to take for someone to come across my blue, frozen, stiff corpse. I could have been a part of the circle of life - feeding the wildlife, being pooped out as fertilizer that would make the grass grow and so on. Kind of gives you a sense of being part of something bigger........
So,anyways, once I re-hydrated and came to my senses, I realize now that it would be bad to succumb to the cougar. I'm kind of afraid to go down there by myself now. Damn it!
So, now that I've typed your eyes off, I will show you the amazing work of your fellow Deviant Artists! Enjoy, and spread some love around - after all - Valentine's Day is just around the corner!
A List of Links for tutorials/info that I've found to be useful!
Basics of Pen Tool [link]
Making Photoshop Brushes [link]
Adding Borders in PS [link]
Depth of Field [link]
PS Borders [link]
The Pen Tool [link]
Making Textures [link]
Layer Masks and Colour Gradients [link]
GavTrain Photo Training [link]
Manual HDR [link]
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