Ann's son works at the Hilmar Cheese Factory, which has fast become my favorite place to eat. We met just before noon, giving us both lots of time to shop in their little store. They not only have great Christmas items, but loads of condiments, jams, pasta, olive oils and other local fare, not to mention their great cheese.
When I saw this little gem, I figured I could spread the JOY at my house, as well as Hilmar Cheese, maybe helping pay for a little of Ole Bessie's grain. This little sign really did it's job when a nice lady who works at Children's Hospital came by to say she wanted one, which was sold in their gift shop, but sold out. Pretty soon there were three of us admiring the sign and having a good laugh about rolling the dice to see who ended up with it. Lucky for me, I got my hands on it first. Even a sign can bring a little more JOY into the world. It's programmable too, so I don't have to remember to turn it off!!
The second box was a wine toting Santa from my Ex-Sister-in-Law. I don't remember Santa needing wine, but to be honest, I sure could use a glass about now.
I was asked to help with the critique of the portfolios the Intermediate Photography Class prepared for their final. It's a fun time spreading the joy, then ripping apart their images and building them back up again!! There's so much more to photography than just snapping a picture. Some of these kids missed that part, but overall they did a great job.
The colors in this image are perfect, but it needs to be cropped. Those six images of totally unrelated things in the antique store with the price tags showing ... you can take those out and burn them!!! Same goes for the picture of your niece and the black dog in the black truck. I know you love your niece, but NEVER put family or pet images in a portfolio ... I think that was in Chapter 1.
The photo shoot they did in one of the old buildings at Castle Air Force Base resulted in many, MANY of the exact same images. Some however, were able to move their feet and get the shot from a different angle, making for some poster quality vintage 50's photography. Unfortunately I can't show you any because they are all copyrighted. The lesson is to move around and get that shot from a different perspective and angle than 99% of the people who just walk up and click.
It was a long night on several levels (I got home at midnight, definitely past MY bedtime), making for a distinct lack of sleep and crabby attitude. There's no JOY in the house this morning and I have a 9:00 hair appointment. Maybe I can sneak in a nap before another Christmas dinner and meeting this evening. I think I'll go turn my sign on ...