Friday, May 27, 2011

Week 21 MCP Project 52

QuickestThis is my submission for this week. The theme was Need for Speed. I thought an image of a big slug on my back porch would be kind of funny. He was moving as quickly as he could. I used the autocorrect for color and light, used a distort to give it a fisheye look, and then added a border.


Four Years Ago on In My Words...Reflections at Weymouth Woods Reserve


I am taking two community education classes for the next 6-8 weeks in addition to my "for credit" circuit training class. These two classes are online and are not for college credit, but are a way for me to get some experience that I hope will help me with the job market and future plans.

One is an SQL class which is the language used to do queries on databases, and while I have some experience with database queries, it has all been in Access, which is much more point and click, and I want to have some specific language experience. I may take the SQL II class after this as well. We get certificates of completion so I feel that this can only be a good thing for my job hunt.

The second one is a Writing for Children class because I have had a couple of ideas for children's books that I would like to try my hand at. I think this class is also going to have some great information for getting into the writing market in general so I am excited to learn. I need to get over to my local library and check into some of the books the teacher has pointed out. I did some market research when I first got these ideas so I have a good foothold to start from.

We are in week two of the classes and I am three assignments behind in both of them. Fortunately, they are both online so I can work on them when I have time and they won't interfere with any work that might come up in the near future. The assignments and quizzes have two weeks windows so I am not "late" on anything yet but I need to get my butt in gear and catch up this week. The next lesson is not posted until Wednesday next week so I have plenty of time to catch up.

Six Years Ago on In My Words...OCD

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Racing Again

I had another race this past weekend...and even though I didn't get to train as much as I wanted to, I actually improved my overall time by 3 minutes, 47 seconds to complete the race in 38 minutes, 13 seconds. This means I ran a 12 minute, 24 second mile which is faster than I have ever run (although I have never been measured in all the soccer I have played).

I have never been a runner...always had to have a soccer ball in front of me to get going but a few years ago my husband started helping me to run without a soccer ball and I have been sort of interested in getting better at it ever since then. I was doing 5Ks whenever I could, but I always walked them. In January, I didn't really have a plan to run the 5K I did, but it was so cold that running was the only way to stay warm. That sort of started this most recent streak.

Anyhow the day of the race, I had a monthly visitor show up, and didn't start the race feeling like I was going to do well. My legs felt heavy and I really felt like I had to keep pushing to keep going. I just kept finding landmarks in front of me and talking myself into running to the next one. Before I hit the one mile mark, I was already starting to feel better. The first few minutes are the hardest for me...the entire time my brain is trying to convince me to stop, and I was able to get past it this time without it stopping me. I actually know exactly when that happened and it felt great to reach the one mile mark without having stopped once.

I did walk the biggest climb in elevation, but then kept making myself start running again and I guess it paid off because I never expected to have that much improvement in this race (in fact, I was expecting to do worse than my April race). Of course that means I need to keep it up for the next race but I think all the interval training I have been doing on the hills near my house will help. If nothing else, my legs feel and look better.


Four Years Ago on In My Words...Mom Visit

Friday, May 20, 2011

Week 20 MCP Project 52

BusyBeeThis is my submission for the week. The theme was Spring Fever and I just had to capture the bees going crazy over the newly bloomed flowers in the yard.

I only did the auto-correct, and the addition of a fuzzy border in GIMP 2.


Six Years Ago on In My Words...Guilt

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Feels Good

I spent too much time today on the help boards, but other than a couple idiots that I would rather forget, I helped a lot of people and it feels good. Blogger had a major outage last week after some maintenance and they had to roll it back a few days which means a lot of people lost posts, comments and other changes they made during that time.

Obviously the staff at Blogger has been working non-stop to get things back to normal but there are always ones and twos of things that get lost along the way. I just got done finding the text for this blogger's post that they probably spent hours writing (it was super long) and now they have the post, that they thought they lost, back. It feels great to be able to fix something for someone so quickly. I think this feeling is part of why I love working on computers and supporting people with their technical issues.

Now I just need to get paid to do it.....haha.

Three Years Ago on In My Words...Flowers Galore

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Hooked on Puzzles

So this site is killing me...addicted (thanks Mom), and I am at the point now that I am even creating my own puzzles for the heck of it.

My profile is MishkaOP on it if you want to check out some of my puzzles.

It is a lot of fun so if you have time check it out...but be warned, it is addictive if you like jigsaw puzzles.


Two Years Ago on In My Words...Just Me??

Friday, May 13, 2011

Week 19 MCP Project 52

Bluebell This is my submission for the project this week. We were supposed to do Window Light as a theme but I had to just go with natural light (which is basically the same) since my indoor light is not very good for the most part.

I only added a border and did the autocorrect on this other playing. I probably need to start posting earlier in the week so I can try out some different tools on my images rather than just getting something up at the last minute that I don't have time to edit.


Last Year on In My Words...Easter Bunny Luncheon

Friday, May 06, 2011

WC Rufus

Unedited video I just shot of this little guy...will try to get some edited footage of him later...but just had to share this almost daily attempt.


Six Years Ago on In My Words...Squirrels, Squirrels, Squirrels

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Week 18 MCP Project 52


This is my submission for the week. The theme was first thing in the morning. I only added a border, and auto corrected color and light.

I was amazed that I was able to fit the submission in this week since this was a crazy week with setting up two suprise gifts for family, and preparing to travel to see some family.


Last Year on In My Words...Kijimuna Attack