I'm at a super cool conference, Evo '10, in Utah at the gorgeous Canyons Resort (this place is awesome!!!) this weekend. It is terribly beautiful here. The mountains are as green as can be and the air is fresh and cool. I am meeting so many interesting people (even someone from my tiny hometown...what are the odds?!) and am learning so much. The focus of this conference is "the evolution of women in social media." While I am having a blast (and SO glad that Lea and my mom came with me), I have to point out two observations from today...
1) Why would someone pay money to come to an awesome conference such as this, attend an educational workshop for three hours, but then shop on-line the entire time? Seriously, this gal beside me is shopping for dresses during our workshop. Does she not want to learn anything? And, if not... why is she here?
2) I understand how popular social media is and I totally get how important it is in my work life, but I do not understand that while I am listening to a keynote speaker talk about seriously personal and touching topics, about 90% of people around me are on their iPhones doing who-knows what? Seriously? Maybe I am just old-fashioned (and, yes, I am pretty old-fashioned), but I just think that is terribly RUDE!
I just wanted to get that off my chest. Now I will get off this laptop so I can continue listening to the blogging workshop I am currently attending (don't worry... we were on a break while I typed this!). I'll update more after this trip as the entire thing is a whirlwind! :)
We have used our Dropper Stopper on high chairs, strollers and even on our diaper bag. It's been such an asset to our lives! Here's Lea chillin' during the Relay for Life walk with her 'Aqua Dot' Dropper Stopper keeping her sippy cup close by...
So I am taking this cool, on-line photography 'class' called finding the joy. I say 'class' because it's more about the artistic side of photography and less about the technical stuff. We're to focus on 'finding the joy' of photographing our kids. I love the inspiration and ideas it gives me for taking cool pics of Lea.
It's a lot of fun, however I am so intimidated because the other people in the class have AMAZING photos. I feel like I really have an eye for the composition and subject of my images but I have NO knowledge about the technical stuff... stuff like aperture, f-stop and ISO. I have to learn a little bit because I am getting more and more frustrated with myself. I get so frustrated, in fact, that joy is not what I am finding! I would have so many awesome pics if they were just focused correctly or had the right lighting. I ordered a book that several people have recommended (Understanding Exposure) so hopefully that will help me some.
In the meantime, here are some (potentially) cool pics that I have taken recently...