A budding idea

So, I don’t know if anyone noticed, but I like taking pictures. As a matter of fact, it’s one of the things that can get me out of the house and unglued from the computer when the mood strikes. During our vacation, my Fujifilm S700 was accidentally left on the roof of Matt’s car and got knocked the f*** out. So, there we were… at Sumter National Forest and I was close to a gorgeous waterfall (Whitewater Falls) with no camera. Painful, but the pain of hiking and the joy of traipsing through the woods soothed me. I cannot wait to get back out there and do proper justice to the majesty of Nature I beheld.

Going back to my original sentence, I like taking pictures and I’ve always been interested in the technical details of photography. In line with that, I purchased my first DSLR. This was an unplanned purchase, but it felt so right. Once I discussed my desire and possible foray into being paid to take pictures, my husband & I concluded that it would be a wise investment. Besides, used DSLRs have a decent resale price tag so I am sure that should the sad day arrive that I should sell my camera, I won’t get too shafted. I don’t plan on parting this item anytime soon unless something happens in the 30-day period during which I can return the camera & obtain a full refund. This is the 2nd biggest purchase I have ever made (after my laptop) and I don’t believe I’ll regret it. I’ve gone slightly crazy reading up on cool tricks to perform with the camera and reading about the technical aspects of taking/making pictures. It’s hard not to feel overwhelmed, but the best teacher is experience. So, wish me luck! Once the camera arrives, I’ll definitely be putting it through the paces and watching the 30-day deadline. I did not make this purchase lightly and I agonized over it. I did the research and came to the conclusion that the D90 was the way to go for me.

In other news, Matt & I rode hard tonight on our bikes. The parking lots and the fields were blessedly devoid of the usual hordes of undergraduates. The weather was perfect and we just bonded. I love those moments we have and I can’t wait to capture them on camera as well. πŸ™‚ G’nite!

Having a blast

Soo, my dear blog, I have neglected thee. How can I get back in your good graces? πŸ™‚ Well, by crafting an incredible well thought out blog post. Or just rambling, we’ll see how this goes.

Matt & I finally took a break from working and decided to do a mini-vacation thingie. We had this planned out months in advance and I use the term “planned,” loosely. πŸ˜€ Then, issues with the ‘new’ used car starting popping up and finally, it was determined that the car would need a hefty infusion of cash before it could be road-worthy. Our second car would not be a happy camper if driven like we wanted to ride with the other car. Well, talk about a bummer! However, when life gives you lemons, you make lemonade!

So far, we have managed to make a serious dent in our summer cleaning-of-the-house plans. lol. We also hung out on the boat with Margie, Mike & Big John. It was a fabulous ride and a very interesting and scary incident occurred which I shan’t discuss. Nevertheless, all’s well that ends well and we retired back to M & M’s for the night.

We were able to use some of the vacation funds to sponsor the purchase of a laptop for my little brother & internet connectivity for the house. So who knows what tomorrow will bring? Right now, I’m content with relaxing with my husband and having a little TLC time. Cheers!

Dreaming of my vay-cay-tion. :)

So, it’s no secret that Matt & I are planning on getting unplugged from the world during our 5 days of roaming around. We have no set plan although we have some areas that we hope to visit. I’m looking forward to this road trip and just … being. Not working, reading news, watching TV… Just breathing and watching Matt sleep and keeping my eyes open for bears when/if we go camping. lol. Our tax refund was rather meagre this year, but it could have been worse. As a matter of fact, if I had filed alone, I would have ended up owing the government!! I need to adjust my withholding in order for me to make sure I don’t owe Uncle Sam anything when tax time comes. On the other hand, Matt appears to be overpaying (somewhat) so he was the main reason we even received a refund at all. Our plan is to spend less than $500. At first, that seems a little high or even unrealistically low, but this is a roadtrip and we will be using some serious gas. We may stay in a hotel/inn and a cheap one would be ~ $80 or more per night. In any case, our trip coincides nicely with pay periods for Matt & I. In case of any disasters, we will obviously have some extra money on us so we won’t be stranded.

Our wedding anniversary is coming up and to be perfectly honest, I feel like a newlywed around Matt. πŸ™‚ Get your mind out of the gutter. I mean, there is no shortage of “I-love-you’s” and that gives me a very warm feeling everytime. He spoils me and pretends he hates spoiling me. lol. In fact, he’s threatened to get me a shirt that reads “Spoiled Rotten”. πŸ™‚ In the heat of things, we sometimes take things for granted and with our 2nd year of marriage approaching, we will definitely take time out to remind each other of the things that matter most to us. To here’s to my wonderful and persevering husband, Matt! πŸ™‚ And many many many more years of companionship, friendship, understanding and love.

In financial news, we hit nearly hit our emergency fund goal, but life intruded i.e. medical bills, tuition bills, etc. πŸ™‚ I’m not too worried because after the month of May, I’m going to attack our savings fund with a vengeance. I’m currently moving over 30% of my take-home paycheck into our joint savings account and I’m looking forward to recovering from all the expenses we will be dealing with this month: road trip, car tune-ups, eating, etc.

In personal news, I have to make a big confession: remember how Matt taught me to ride a bike last May? Well, after a 7 or 8-month long hiatus, I finally got back on the bike. I got burned out last year really quickly because I had resorted to daily tortuous bike rides (~ 12 – 15 gruelling mile rides).  This time around, I am going to implement recovery days i.e. bike on some days and walk/run on some. Today is supposed to be a recovery day and I will attempt to stay true to that. πŸ™‚ Biking will also give me an impetus to gain some much needed weight as I will be eating more so there’s that to look forward to. lol. Biking and the overall physical activity, will allow me to build my fitness for our upcoming trip. So wish me luck with these goals.

Finally, the time is approaching for us to begin proceedings for removing restrictions on my conditional permanent residency. I’m dreading this process and have considered engaging the services of an attorney. However, the $1,000 price tag plus $565 in filing fees are leaving a very nasty taste in my mouth. I’ve decided that we will be doing the paperwork ourselves. It has been done in the past and we are getting our stuff together. The “paperwork” involves 1 form (I-751), but requires a lot of supporting evidence which is the bulk of the work. So, excuse me as I get back to my work. Have a great week, y’all!

In a Shania Twain kinda mood

Today started out on a nice note. I got up in a hurry although I kept my smile. I did what I had to do at work and when it was time for me to return home, trouble came knocking on my door. However, this is where my darling came through for me. I decided to quit being Mrs. Capable and I reached out to him. Without even hesitating, he offered his services and to him, I’m dedicating Shania Twain’s “Forever and Always”. πŸ˜€ I’m looking forward to celebrating our second anniversary and a stronger & healthier marriage. πŸ™‚ I’m currently at my favorite watering hole (think a certain franchise at Wally World) and I just caught myself thinking about how blessed I’ve been. My dad’s birthday is coming up and I am planning on being one of the first on the phone to be with him. I miss them (my family in Nigeria) so much & I’m looking forward to my visit next year. Not very sure about the details, but I know I will make it there by the special grace of God. My tech blog has gotten off to a neat little start. I’ve got a vision for the site and hopefully, it’ll crystallize soon. That’s about it!

Cheers!