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High ISO

I took this photo of my dog the other day with the ISO cranked up to about 1600 in mid day strong lighting and it did a really interesting thing – it gave the photo that antique look that we usually Photoshop in after the fact. So, i thought this was a nice trick to get that effect in strong lighting. Not a lot of noise either…

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separation anxiety

i’m starting to understand the helpless uneasiness that gus seems to feel when mr. parks and i leave him at home alone. true, this is a relatively rare phenomenon, seeing as we usually prefer to all be lounging within a very close proximity to one another, but when it does happen, gus is demonstrably displeased. from andy, i’ve heard that gus will pace anxiously and peer out the window hopefully at each passing car. when we finally do arrive home, we see his little black nose and curious eyes watching us from the bedroom window, eager to determine if it is indeed us.randy-and-barb-in-sd-2-077.jpg

i am starting to exhibit the human version of these sentiments. i have been spoiled for most of the time that mr. parks and i have been together. i’ve been in school the entire time, which lends itself to an atypical and flexible schedule, so that i have been free to spend time with him with few restraints. he was also in school for a year of our time together, which meant that we both could structure our shedules to spend the maximum amount of time together. the semester that we were apart, i was flying to california about every two weeks for another fun weekend adventure.

when we finally moved back to ohio together, i became even more spoiled with not only his company, but my brother’s. since both of them just graduated, they were busy interviewing and looking for jobs – but without any regular schedule tearing them away from our homestead. no, they were both around and the three of us were fortunate enough to have tons of time to spend together.

then, it all came to a crashing halt. andy started working, and mr. parks quickly followed. suddenly, i felt like gus – alone and anxious for my little family to return. it’s been a much more difficult transition than i expected. i was really accustomed to never being alone in this big, quiet, victorian house, and now it seems to be the norm. sure, i have classes (just started my last semester last week), but as we all know, being in school affords you quite a lenient schedule. and, since i can get my work out of the way pretty quickly, i find that this lonliness that i am experiencing to be even more magnified.

don’t get me wrong, i’m happy for the both of them that they’ve found jobs and all the accompanying congratualatory niceities, but the bottom line is: I MISS THEM!!!! it makes me even more determined to formulate some sort of future business in which we can work together. our quality of life would grow exponentially, and i would work so hard towards something that is ours; that we create together.

until then, i’ll do my best to finish up this semester without counting down the minutes until they get home too much!! wait…is that them???? i think i heard a car….

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our furry neighbors

i just got back from a spin around the neighborhood with little gus, and i got to thinking about some very valued members of our nearby blocks…the dogs, of course!!  i’ve come to know them by their unique little faces, some adorably smushed, some long and elegant, some quirky, some boxy.  gus, in turn, has come to know them by their scents and their varying degrees of interest in stopping to playbow with his mohawk-terrier self.  today, as we walked through the brisk air (sadly, this is an improvement in temperature after the last few days), we didn’t see as many friends out to play as usual.  the walks are getting shorter and more urgent as the days become more characteristic of the midwestern winter, but we still saw their eager faces.  this time, however, the little eyes and beards and paws peeked out from each successive front door and window that we passed.  they have an innate ability that alerts them of our impending arrival, and they gallup excitedly, following us for the length of their houses; this time on the other side of the glass.  i love our neighborhood dogs! 

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