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Do you know the feeling?

photo cabineDo you know the feeling when as you’re driving you round a corner, pass a building or crest an overpass and all of the sudden the sun is blinding you. And for a few seconds you can no longer see the road ahead of you. My heart sinks every time and for a split second—even when I am all too familiar with the road I am traveling—I question if I am going to drive into a ditch or cross the lane into oncoming traffic. Have you ever had that feeling?

I just had that feeling this morning. I was coming home from getting coffee after pulling an all-nighter trying to fix my computer. Being a graphic designer, my computer is practically my life. It’s my income, it’s my muse, it’s my baby. Well, two days ago my baby decided to have a fatal error and refuse to run my operating system. boo! I had that same sinking feeling when I realized it was something more than a mere glitch. But I refused to be intimidated by the temper tantrum. This time it wasn’t going to be a total freak out moment. For one, I had partitioned my hard drive into to 4 different disks, and after starting up from the OS install disk and running disk utility, I found only one partition was damaged. More importantly, at the time, I did have all my data backed up on my terabyte external… or so I thought. It seems through an innocent mistake, after backing up the damaged disk, I managed to reformat my external thinking it was my startup. I know.. I know… a total amateur move. I promise, I really do know what I’m doing.

Long story short, I was able to recover most everything—thank you DiskWarrior. It took me a complete day and night to straighten everything out and get this contraption running smoothly again. It won’t ever be exactly the same as it was, but I can now breath a sigh of relief, at least. And as I am constantly learning, change is one part of life you cannot change.

I’ve taken a bunch of pictures over the last two days, though. I have a butterfly report—with some gorgeous closeups of the two butterflies that hatched in my studio—and a crochet reef update (I’m making pretty good progress on that project too). I took pictures of our BLT lunch and I have some recent found images that inspired me through my debacle. BUT! Posting them will have to wait until tomorrow. Because right now… I am going to go to sleep. I want to hit up my knitting group tonight, to work on the crochet reef, so I’d better get at least a few hours in—minimize the mistakes in my stitches. ;)

Hope this photo strip makes you smile… it’s my delirious-sleep-deprived-self trying to show you some of the faces I wore over the last two days. The second face lasted by far the longest and the last face is me right now—headed off to bed!

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Photo Booth Fun
February 3, 2010, 1:15 pm
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photo booth pictures

The last photo booth I went into was at a diner in Texas. My baby sister was four years old and had never seen one. I dropped in the coins and we went inside. She sat on my lap, and as the camera flashed in our faces, I tickled her ribs and we made piggy snouts. I kept the piggy snout picture and gave her the other three.  I’m not sure if she still has hers, but I still have mine, and looking at it reminds me of a simpler time in my life. It was 1996, and I haven’t seen a photo booth since.

Recently my husband wanted me to see a French film called Amelie [Le Fabuleux destin d’Amelie Poulain]. He said I reminded him of Amelie a bit, and he thought I’d enjoy her character, he was right. The movie was wonderfully quaint and creative, with a charming narrator, hilarious characters, and subtitles; I loved every minute of it. I won’t spoil any part of it for you if you haven’t seen it, but to say the least it sparked something in me. I sat mesmerized, eyes glued to the screen; I don’t think I sat back on the couch the whole time.

In it, though, was a photo booth, seeing it brought back to my mental faculties so many fun memories and that same sense of nostalgia you get when you find something from your childhood like your old roller skates. You know the ones you won three speed skating titles with, the ones you had those rainbow pom poms on. Oh come on… you know the ones you were wearing when you couple skated with Brad Hubbard… aaaahhhh Brad. Yeah, those roller skates. Those were the days.

Where was I? Oh yes, the photo booth on memory lane. That brings me to the point of this post… This is La Photo Cabine. It’s a superbly done online photo booth that I could tell you more about, but I don’t speak French. I can tell you it’s loads of fun though. All you need is a web cam and some funny photo booth faces (additional persons to share your absurdity with are completely optional), and no, you don’t need to know French to operate it. And bonus score, It lets you save your photos for free! Go on! Have fun and take as many as you like!




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