Snow Day

After many days of 60 degree weather, we got hit. News stations were hyping the storm, schools were being canceled before a flake could hit the road, and businesses were closing down. While we did get a decent amount of snow, it was nowhere near the “Snowpocolypse” the media made it out to be. We got 6-8 inches…maybe. I stayed home so I didn’t have spend hours on the road. I did have to work, but I took a 20 minute walk to grab some photos of the snow. Here are two of my favorites:

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Wordless Wednesday: Hamlet, Prince of Denmark

Hamlet

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Mess-up Monday: The Ghost Effect

If you have been reading my blog for any number of weeks, you have likely noticed the abundance of cat pictures posted. What can I say? I don’t have kids. So, Misfit Kitty has the pleasure of being my photography subject on many occasions, and is the subject of this week’s Mess-up Monday post.

I was going through some pictures on my DSLR from my Wordless Wednesday post from two weeks ago and noticed this:

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The Dreams Of A 9-Year Old Birthday Boy

Today is Misfit Nephew’s 9th birthday! You may have noticed a password-protected post from me earlier today, which was meant for a group of eight 9-year olds in their search for a missing birthday cake. Misfit nephew has been obsessed with the game Clue for quite some time now, so Misfit Sister put together a Clue-themed party. Here’s a picture of his cake:

Clue-Themed Birthday CakeMy stronger half and I were lucky enough to spend the evening with Misfit Nephew and our other family members to celebrate. I can tell you though, Misfit Nephew is no ordinary 9-year old. Here’s why:

  1. He enjoys wearing a tie and vest, even with a sombrero
  2. He wants to move to Paris, even though he’s never been there
  3. He asks for “rouge vin” and knows what it means (don’t worry, no underage drinking is actually happening
  4. He asked for a violin, so he could teach himself how to play (thanks to Misfit Mom and Dad, he got his wish today)

  5. He reads a French-English dictionary in his spare time
  6. He knows how many steps there are in the Eiffel Tower

I’m so lucky to have such a wonderful boy as a nephew. I can’t wait to see what he’s like when he turns 10!

Do you remember your dreams from age 9?

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My Sundance Schwag

I’ve been home from the Sundance Film Festival for 5 days and I’m still recovering. I think that’s a sign…a sign I’m getting old. Well, that and the fact that I can’t sleep past 8am because my back starts to hurt. *Sigh*

Since today is my cleaning day (the house hasn’t been cleaned since two weeks ago!), I’m going through all of the schwag I received at Sundance and finding a place for it all. I thought you might want to see what kind of brands were giving away product to the celebs…and hard working social media peeps like me.

  1. got2b Texture Powder from Schwarzkopf
    In one of our locations at Sundance, there was a mini hair salon where people could get their hair styled. My hair is super straight and hardly ever holds a curl, so I asked them to give me the “wavy curls” look. After curling my hair, the stylist used this texture powder to give me that “messy, sexy look.” To my surprise, the curls held! Here’s a photo of the product. I couldn’t find this exact one online, which is why I don’t have it hyperlinked for you.got2b Texture Powder
  2. Pin-Striped Military Cap from Contraband
    Contraband sells hats for men and women. The day I picked mine up, it was dumping snow in Park City, and it was perfect for keeping the top of my head dry. I like to wear these hats on the weekend or up camping.Pin-Striped Military Hat from Contraband
  3. New Products from Burt’s Bees
    I am addicted to the lip balm from Burt’s Bees, so I was happy to see them at Sundance with some new products! I got the facial cleanser and moisturizer from their sensitive skin line, facial wipes with white tea extract, one of their new body soaps, and the new grapefruit flavor of their lip balm.Burt's Bees ProductsBurt's Bees Lip Balm with Grapefruit
  4. Boots from Bearpaw
    I happened to be working right next to the Bearpaw Shoes station and was lucky enough to snag some before I left. Unfortunately, they were about a size too small for me, so Misfit Sister got a reallynice gift from Park City. I love the laces up the back!Bearpaw Boots

     

  5. Joan of Arctic Boots from Sorel
    Ok, so I can’t complain toomuch about not fitting in the Bearpaw boots, because I got a pair of Sorels. I didn’t get them for free (we were explicitly told they were for celebrities only), but I did get a VIP card for 50% off. I was able to snag these boots for a great price and they showed up just a few days later. They’re waterproof, but we hardly have any snow left here in Colorado! (Notice the tiny patch I was able to find in my backyard).Joan of Arctic Boots from Sorel
  6. Karen High Rise Skinny Jeans
    Skinny jeans look terrible on me. I have big hips and small ankles and skinny jeans just perpetuate the situation. BUT…skinny jeans are a must for riding boots, which I bought recently. So, I was super excited to get a pair of these high rise skinny jeans. What I love about these jeans (other than the dark color of course) is that the waist is slightly higher (we’re NOT talking mom jeans), so when you sit down your underwear is not hanging out. They’re awesome!
    Karen High Rise Skinny Jeans 
  7. Samsung Galaxy Tablet
    I was super fortunate to pick up a Samsung Galaxy Tablet before flying back home. I must admit, I’m an Apple fan through and through and have been wanting an iPad since they came out. I just couldn’t swing the $600 though, so I’ve been content with my iPhone. However, I have to say that Apple has a strong competitor in Samsung. I’ve been using my new tablet for blogging, to hit up Swagbucks, watch videos, and play on Facebook. Oh…and this tablet plays Flash, unlike the iPad.Samsung Galaxy Tablet

I’m truly blessed to have had the opportunity to go to Sundance, meet some great people, and bring home some great schwag.

Next up? SXSW in Austin!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Hope

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge for this week is “Hope“. So, during my lunch break today at work, I decided to take a walk outside and ponder what it means to hope. The word has a stigma around it. President Obama used it in his campaign to inspire the nation. We often hear people hope for world peace.

But have you ever noticed that we hope for the small things in life too? I hope that my car will start every morning. I hope that my favorite chai will be on sale at the store. I hope that the elevator in my office building gets me to the 4th floor. I hope that my breakfast tastes good. I hope that people will do what they say they are going to do. It was at this point in my walk that I found the perfect photo for this week’s challenge:

Weekly Photo ChallengeI bet each time a truck driver rings this bell he thinks, “Man, I hope I don’t have to wait long.” After all, hope is in the small things.

What’s your interpretation of this week’s challenge of “Hope?” Leave a link to your post below.

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The Sundance Film Festival: Why I Don’t Want To Be Famous

First, I want to say that I realize I completely fell off the blog structure band wagon this past week. It’s for good reason though! Read below to find out why and get ready for me to be back on my blog structure next week.

Have you ever dreamed of being famous? I have. I’ve always wanted to be a rock star. There’s just one problem…I can’t sing! However, after attending this year’s Sundance Film Festival, I’ve decided that being famous is not as glamorous as I had thought. In fact, I’m thankful I’m not famous. Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Winter Wonderland

Ok, this photo warrants at least a few words. I arrived in Park City, Utah today to work at Sundance Film Festival and the snow is coming down! This photo is taken right outside my condo door. More pics of Park City to come!

Winter Wonderland

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Tuesday Tip: Practice Photography Every Day

Last year was my first “real” photography year. I say that, because 2011 was the first year with my digital SLR and the first year I started blogging. I’ve always enjoyed taking photos, but it wasn’t until last year that I really started to pay attention to photo composition, exposure, etc.

While having a nice camera can certainly help take your photos to the next level, it’s still only a piece of equipment. As Misfit Dad likes to say, “It’s not the camera. It’s the person behind the camera.” You’ve heard it before, but practice makes perfect! So, for today’s tip, I wanted to give you some ideas for practicing photography every day. Continue reading

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Mess-up Monday: White Balance Blunder

I’ve been spending more time playing with the settings on my digital SLR lately. I’m a firm believer that it takes time and a lot of trial-and-error to enhance one’s photography skills. If you read my Mess-up Monday post from last week, you’ll know that low light settings have been a challenge for me as of late. I have also been taking a lot of pictures indoors, since by the time I get home from work it’s dark.

Enter the white balance setting. My camera (which is a Nikon D70) allows me to manually adjust my white balance settings to accommodate for specific photo conditions. (All DSLRs I have seen and quite a few high-end point and shoots also have this setting). Since I’ve been shooting indoors, I had my camera on the “Incandescent” setting and forgot to change it back before taking my camera along for a recent 4-wheeling trip. Here’s the result: Continue reading

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