I used to have really long hair.
Most of you will know that already, but those who have only met me in the past few months may be surprised. (When I tell this to my friends at Missouri S&T they can't believe it.) I wasn't really allowed to have short hair when I was growing up (though over the years I progressively cut it shorter and shorter), which is why a month after I got married and moved out, I promptly cut it all off.
But I didn't love it like I thought I would. I had gained weight over the year and felt like my face was exposed--there was too much of it and I wasn't able to hide it behind the invisibility cloak of hair. I didn't feel pretty anymore--I consistently felt bad about my appearance. I stopped taking pictures of myself (which doesn't sound like a bad thing, I know, but I'm a photo person, and I'm typically the only subject on hand.)
And it turns out that hair takes a really, really long time to grow back out.
I get it regularly trimmed, but over the last few months I've been letting it get a bit longer.
And on Friday, I was wearing comfy clothes that I felt good in, I was having a good hair day, I was wearing some makeup, and in the first time for a long time, I felt pretty.
So I took some photos and edited them all differently and just had a bit of fun and felt good about it.
other things I accomplished this weekend:
1) I finished my seven-page paper about conversion as a process of word formation and oops it turned out to be ten pages even after cutting out two paragraphs. The life of an English/Tech Com Major.
2) I cleaned the apartment
3) I finally got caught up on laundry
4) I read about ten pages of Paper Towns
5) I finished watching season two of Switched at Birth
6) I stayed up past 3:30 AM
7) I finally set up my wireless printer.
Let's talk about this printer.
(It is, in fact, wireless--the wire you see is the power cable because our apartment is weird.)
I got it for Christmas from my lovely mother. It's a Canon MX 922 (I think) all-in-one printer...meaning that it also works as a copier, scanner, fax, prints double-sided, and prints photos. It probably does a lot of other things, too, but I haven't figured them out yet.
It has been sitting in the corner of our living room, still in all its wrappings, for four months.
I was bored out of my mind last night (Deacon went back to our hometown this weekend to pick up his car...and I have no idea how I lived alone for two years before we got married) so I thought I'm going to take the wrappings off of that printer.
Some tears, a scraped leg, and three hours later, I'm screaming at the computer saying that the Canon IS ALREADY CONNECTED TO THE NETWORK AND WHY DO YOU HATE ME SO?
But I figured it out (totally wasn't the fault of Canon--the instructions they provided were awesome. I blame Deacon's fancy router that hides buttons in weird places).
So of course I had to test the printer, including printing double-sided, the copier, the scanner, and the photo quality--because Canon included a few samples of 4x6 photo paper with the purchase and have I mentioned how much I like Canon?
Also, I might appear as a moderately intelligent human being, but don't let that fool you--complete idiocy is my natural state.
The first trial run went terribly. Silly me, even when the computer warned me ahead of time, put the photo paper in upside-down (*facepalm*) and had the settings all messed up. But the second run went much, much better. I'm really impressed with the quality of it--it's much better than the cheap printers at Walgreens or Walmart (as it should be. printer + photo paper + ink/toner = expensive).
You guys should have told me to get one a long time ago!
And I was wondering--do any of my photography friends have preferences when it comes to printing? Do you sell prints of sessions, and if so, for how much? Do you prefer a certain type of paper or ink?
It's something I'd like to find out more about for the future. =)
Hope you guys are having a great Sunday. I must now leave blogland for awhile and enter the realm of grading papers. Wish me luck, or at least wish me competence and determination.
P.S. I HATE the way APA style has you write titles. Only capitalizing the first word of the title and subtitle? What is this madness? MLA for life!
Bonus: I found the English major side of Youtube and it is glorious.
currently listening to: Wake Up by Two Door Cinema Club