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Showing newest 13 of 17 posts from January 2011. Show older posts
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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Dood I was so cute back then.

Me in 2004

Uh, hello.  Where have you been all my life, Karly?  I can't believe that I thought I was fat back then (2004), when I weighed 130-140lbs.  Weight has always been this crazy struggle, something that I always obsess about.  I wish I didn't have to think about it so much, but when you bloat up to over 210lbs, you really forget where it all began.  You only see you, now, and the image in your head of what you want to be.

I'd forgotten so many photos, but they are all hanging out on my ginormous external harddrive that I decided to peruse earlier.  A big, fat reminder of the girl I used to be.  Ugh, to be that thin and have that perfect skin again!

It is my mission, upon completion of bearing this child, to get my weight back down to 130.  I know it won't be an overnight success, much to the dismay of my dreams, but I will get there.  Somehow.  I want to wear cute clothes again, and not have boobs that look like they're trying to attack small children from my chest.

And then, when I'm a millionaire, I'll get all these stretch marks and cellulite removed.  I'll keep the C-section scar, and the gallbladder scars, though, because they add character, ha.

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Monday, January 24, 2011

Shoot N Edit Week Three

There are so many elements to a Good Night.  Back in the day it used to be great friends, great drinks, great music and oh yes, great sex.  Ha.  That was a good night.  But things change over the years (do I make myself sound old or what?), and sometimes too much of any of the above just ruins everything.  Now, a good night includes kids going to bed without a fight, a living room that isn't completely destroyed, and more than ten minutes of reading time without my eyes slamming shut.  It's the simple things now.  Silence, mostly.

dimly lit candles

One of my rare pleasures during a good night is candles.  I love the smells, the gentle, waving light, and the wee bit of warmth that comes from nicely lit candles.  Only, I am not allowed to read with lit candles, after the incident at Mom's during Christmas one year when the fireplace mantel started on fire with me reading a book right next to it.  Oops.

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After looking through my camera's memory, I found a picture I had previously passed over, but decided it was time to give it a go.  It's not in focus or anything special, but there was just something about Afton and her face right in front of the lens as she tried to show me her toy that made me giggle just a little.  When she's been a punk all day long, it's good to be reminded that she's really one heck of a kid.

Afton extreme closeup

Stop touching me!

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Sunday, January 23, 2011

3:52 Morning

I am not a morning person.  Once upon a time I was a morning person, back when I was in the Air Force.  I loved mornings then, because I was up before the sun and I loved all the sounds of the base as it sprung to life; the early morning workouts and the delicious breakfasts (which anyone who has been in the USAF would probably call me crazy for saying), and of course getting right to work pestering trainees to get their crap together faster.  For a brief period of time after Delaney was born I liked mornings too.  Mostly because here in Phoenix during late spring/early summer, sunrise occurs amazingly at 5am.  I would sit in bed and nurse Delaney and just watch the sky lighten and the colors of the leaves change.  It was great.

But the rest of the time I hate mornings.

Karly looking creepy on the floor

My friend, Chronic (her name is actually Melissa, but as USAF buddies I took to calling her "Chronic" which is based off her last name), saw this photo and mentioned that it looked a little frightening.  Like my head was decapitated and just lying there on the floor with a dead stare.

I honestly hadn't even thought about it, nor was I going for such an effect, but it is actually quite fitting for how I feel in the morning.  Between kids screaming, changing diapers, feverish feedings and the ten-thousand other things that need to occur in the first hour of waking, I often feel like a chicken with its head cut off.  I'm running around like crazy but my brain is screaming for me to go back to bed where it's comfy, warm and oh so nice.

I'm sure if I managed more sleep I'd find mornings to be a lot easier, but Delaney isn't allowing me that luxury yet, even at 8 months.  The punk.

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Friday, January 21, 2011

Shoot N Edit Week Two: Part II

Let's take a look back, shall we, at my SOOC entry for the Shoot and Edit Challenge:
Afton at the pond

Afton hanging out by the pond.
I opened the photo in Camera Raw and proceeded to do a clean edit by simply adjusting the white balance, the brightness, fill light and blacks, and even a little color saturation tweaking.

Camera Raw:
Afton at the pond edit one

After that I started following Ashley's tutorial, but I did skip a few steps that I didn't need, as they pertained to working on the white of the table and the shadow of the cup.  I did use a few layer masks, to paint on and off certain effects.  I also did a high pass filter twice, once at the beginning and again at the end, with a layer mask so I could keep the effect on only the eyes and the hair clip.

Final Edit:
afton at the pond edit two

Let me know what you guys think of the edits, and check out more edits over at Ramblings and Photos!

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Shoot N Edit Week Two

We are not morning people.  We've never been morning people.  Even the girls are somehow not morning people (much to my endless delight).  So I don't really have anything to shoot that says good morning to me, because everyone and everything is a crank-butt in the morning.

So I will once again submit a different photo for this week's Shoot and Edit: Part I.

Here we have Afton, at the pond by GG's house.  That park is a lot of fun, and Afton really enjoyed throwing bread in the water, even though not a single duck came to eat.  Dumb ducks.
Afton by the pond

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Aaaaand, as an after-thought, I am going to include a few more photos that I edited using Ashley's tutorial from last week.  I lovelovelove the way they turned out.

Afton looking upward

Delaney from above

There are, of course, slight variations in the levels I used and other adjustments, but I used the same basic scheme Ashley laid out for her tutorial.  Oh!  I did also use a skin smoothing action on Afton's face to erase the large craters she has picked out of her skin on and below her nose (a habit she developed lately while sucking her thumb).  I just adore the way the girls' eyes stand out, I've been wanting to get their eyes to pop for so long now.

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Monday, January 17, 2011

Yay Delaney!

Babies are so funny.  I am certain I mentioned once that Delaney had somehow forgotten how to roll from her back to her stomach, and it was driving me crazy because she's a stomach sleeper and she would roll to her back and then FLIP OUT because she couldn't roll back over.  She would do this like five times every night.  Every night!

And it's funny, because she knows how to crawl and stand and cruise and all sorts of other crap that babies do, but she just couldn't manage to roll back over anymore?!

Well, that my friends, has finally changed!  For reasons unknown, last night Delaney suddenly remembered how to roll onto her tummy and she slept pretty much the entire night.

Le sigh.

That was great.  Truly, it was.  I am such a happy momma right now.
Now to move the fan back into my bedroom because I'm becoming to big and hormone-laden to not overheat all night long and wake up like I took a bath in bed.  Ew.

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Sunday, January 16, 2011

Photo Challenge!

Alrighty folks, time for another photo challenge over at The Paper Mama!  The theme this week is "a different view", so everyone is challenged to take a photo from an angle they normally do not.

Today, the kids, grandparents and I took off to the park for some fun, and I got a great chance to get a shot for this challenge.  I really had a tough time deciding between two photos, but I finally picked:

Afton from below, headed to the slide

Afton was headed to the slide, and super excited about it.  I love the shot for her smile, and for all the colors!
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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Shoot N Edit: Part II

Let's take a look back, shall we, at my original photo of Spaz, loving up the shoe:


I proceeded to open it in Camera Raw format, where I adjusted the white balance, as well as the brightness, contrast and clarity.

Camera Raw edit:

From here I followed along with Ashley's tutorial, but I adjusted the layers and opacities for my photo to what I felt fit better for my photo.  I also did do the fill layer in a light cream/pink, reduced the opacity and fill, then erased it from the cat and shoe.  After that I ran an unsharp mask and resized my photo.  Here ya go, the final product:

Pretty kitty.

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2/52 Books

I have always loved books.  I'm a great reader, too.  But I am one of the slowest readers out there.  I don't know how to skim or speed-read or anything of that nature.  I read every.single.word.  Back in 6th grade, I was placed in a lower English class because I couldn't read quickly, but the rest of my abilities were far more advanced.  I had a higher vocabulary, could spell difficult words with ease, and had a better understanding of grammar than my peers.  But none of that mattered because I couldn't read quickly.  It was lame.

While in high school I was introduced to the author James Clavell and his book Shogun.  I was instantly in love.  It took me almost four months to complete the novel, and when I discovered there were more books in what is called his Asian Saga, I was giddy with glee.  Tai-Pan is the second novel, and one of my favorites, in case you couldn't tell by the missing covers and torn pages.  I've read it many times over, just like Shogun. I read pretty much every night before bed, because it helps me clear my head and go to sleep far better than watching TV or just laying down and closing my eyes.

But now reading isn't just for me.  I have to pass the love to my kids too.  Rudy wants them to appreciate books the way I do, because he never learned to love books the same way as me.  So we do our best to read to them, and give them many books to look at and explore on their own.  The girls both love to just turn the pages and touch everything on them, the pictures and the words.  I love to watch it, and I love to read to them, even when they steal the book away after only a sentence or two.

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Shoot N Edit

I have decided to join in on Shoot and Edit to help increase my photo editing skizzzizles.  This week's theme is something that reminds me of winter, but as I live in Phoenix, snow is not plentiful.  In fact, it's non-existent.  Ha.  No more pretty lights and trees and anything winter-like.  It's sad.  So my contribution will be of the cat, Spaz, as she lovers-up my shoe by the door.

SOOC Image:

I'll post up the edited version after Ashley posts her edit on Thursday!  Link up, y'all!

And before I forget, we found out Baby #3's sex:

Vivienne Selene Gomez

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Saturday, January 8, 2011

Does this girdle make my stomach look fat?

I've been having a lot of issues lately with pain and pressure and swelling and a general inability to move around like a normal person.  I didn't really contribute it to being pregnant for a third time so soon, with distraught muscles from a second c-section.  I didn't really contribute it to anything, in fact.

Grandma started to tell me about some miracle product she referred to as a pregnancy girdle.  I thought, what? girdle?  All I could think of was something constraining my body and making me hotter and more uncomfortable than I already am.  I mean, that IS what a girdle is, yeah?

Take a look at this crazy contraption:
1950's maternity support

OK, OK, take three looks at it, because I know you are distracted by the fact she is holding both liquor and a cigarette.  This is from the 1950s, a vastly different era.  But does that crazy thing look even remotely comfortable?  I would literally melt in something so bulky, and I never wear nylons so hell no to attaching the bottom to anything.

I was really uncertain about even considering looking at a pregnancy girdle until Grandma called me one evening and said she picked up one for me to try.  Inside I was throwing a little fit, but I figured What the hell, I might as well see what all the hubbub was about.

I was very surprised when I found this:
maternity support from Motherhood Maternity

Now that is faaaaaaar different from the one above.  It looks more like a back support belt, and it's really easy to strap on.  It did take me awhile to get it to fit the way I think it's supposed to fit, but I'm honestly quite pleased with it.  I feel like I sit up straighter and my back hurts far less than it did before.  My swelling has also gone down and I don't feel like my uterus is about to fall out my crotch.  At first, though, I wasn't too sure I was getting any results because I had been doing OK, but once I went without it for an entire day I became a believer.

So yeah, if you plan on being a marathon baby-producer, this is a must-have product.  No longer need we fear the word girdle in reference to pregnancy, because it's a good thing!

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Uh, what?

Is anyone else having issues with their blogger layout? I just want to make sure I didn't mess something up, but it will not correct! So is it me, or has blogger gone a little nuts?

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Friday, January 7, 2011

Today was a Good Day.

I have a headache the size of Texas.  Yes, Texas, because as they say...Everything's bigger in Texas.
So yeah, my headache is THAT big.

I spent four hours making a short rib dinner tonight at Grandma's, and although everyone absolutely loved it and wants me to make it again, I was a little disappointed.  I'm sure it's because it didn't come out tasting exactly like the short ribs I had eaten at Campiello, but I seem to always have that problem with cooking.  Every time I make something I find fault in it and then inevitably don't eat it.  But at least everyone else loved it, so that's not too bad, eh?

During some of the downtime, I was able to get a few really nice pictures of Afton and Rudy.  Rudy always whines about not having any photos of himself, so today I said Enough! and took him outside.  Here are my best shots:

Afton standing on a sidewalk

Afton closeup

Rudy holding Afton by a large flowering bush

Rudy and Afton looking cute

Rudy by a wall looking to the distance

I did my best to edit out the yucky scabs on Afton's nose from her picking at her nose (she does this without realizing while sucking her thumb), and she did a great job of actually holding still for me today.  It made me happy.  Rudy was a good little model too (don't tell him I said that!), but I can never get the guy to make any other face than one you see in all three photos.  He actually claims to be smiling, but it's not even close.  I think he's self-conscious, but he shouldn't be, because he's my hotty hubby, and he's lost quite a lot of weight (I wish I could!).

He was also showing off his new cowboy hat.  I think it's seeeeeecsay.

Alright, I am going to find a hammer to bash my skull in before my brains find the way out through my ears.  Owwie.

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