Once upon a time there were three very different little girls who grew up to be three very different women with three things in common:
they’re brilliant, they’re beautiful, and they work for me. My name is Poppy!
We are sorry that we cannot be with you this year, we are thinking of all of you! Hope you holidays are wonderful and warm!
Well now that I am flying I am trying to combat all the reasons I hate to fly. Last time my “carry-on” wouldn’t fit in the bin so I bought a new smaller bag and will carry less. So when you see me in New York and I have the same clothes on more than once- it’s all I am bringing. My new bag is from Target and should work well. Next issue for me is the camera. My bag is as big as a carry-on so I down sized there as well.
I bought a small camera. This baby delivers big bang for the buck.
With twice the sensitivity of conventional sensors, the camera assures beautifully detailed, low-noise images, even when you’re shooting in low light. It has a powerful 10x optical zoom. Covering a generous 25-250mm range (35mm equivalent) within a compact body, the high-zoom lens is ideal for any shooting situation from wide-angle landscapes and group shots to dramatic close-ups.
Left your camcorder behind? No problem: as well as brilliant 10.1 megapixel stills, the HX5 captures smooth, brilliantly detailed Full HD video clips for easy sharing. Just touch a button and start recording crisp 1920 x 1080i video footage using the highly efficient AVCHD format.
Making its Cyber-shot debut, HDR (High Dynamic Range) Back-light Correction produces natural, balanced results with high contrast and strongly back lit scenes. The HX5 automatically shoots two frames of the same scene in quick succession, with exposure values optimized for highlights and low-lights respectively. Powerful algorithms then combine the two frames, producing a single, detail-packed HDR image with bright, evenly-exposed highlights and deep shadow detail.
A brand new Portrait shooting mode takes the guesswork out of grabbing beautifully-framed self portraits when you can’t see the LCD screen. Just hold the camera at arm’s length and press the shutter button. Using Face Detection, Cyber-shot detects when you’re framed correctly and fires the shutter automatically. There’s also a 2-person setting that ensures you and a friend are both in shot before firing the shutter.
Another interesting feature- it takes 10 stills in 1 second. Now I can take good photos and not carry the kitchen sink on a plane. This camera will fit in my carry on.
I am now ready to travel! If I could just find a solution for the cramped seats, late arrivals, over priced tickets and having to undress and being felt up for security reasons- it might almost be perfect.
I just put a few of my mom’s Christmas photos from long ago on my FlickR. This one has Kevin when he was really young, along with my sister and I, with Santa. I thought it would be fun to share.
One stormy Halloween night at the Castle Von Dessis, the guests of a midnight buffet become suspects in the murder of the host, Neville Aster-Night (pictured as the burned and blood drained corpse in the middle). Also pictured from left to right are: ASTHMADEUS The Prince of Dimness (devil), ANGELA DETH DDS, BALIHI the Rogersandhammerstein Monster (Frankenstein), (below) HANNIBAL SCHECTER the Kosher Cannibal, the skele of Neville Asternight, LIZZIE BORDEAUX the dead guy’s fiance, GLUMDA THE WICKED WITCH OF DEPRESSED, THE MUMMY OF KING ALDRINKTOTAT, (below) ARETHA GARLIQUE the fortune teller.
This past weekend we had our “How to Host a Murder” and it was so much fun so I thought I would share. We chose to do “An Affair to Dismember” because it was Halloweenie in feel. We really enjoyed ourselves and the food and invitations were a big hit (everyone called and asked if the invite was a clue… it was not, but it was a rather clever kit from Martha Stewart I got at AC Moore/Micheals that I modified a little). The best food was Hannibal’s neighbor’s ribs, which our friend Billy shared with us and I will have to post the recipe because they are the best darn BBQ Ribs you’ll have (of course, the recipe is stolen from the Texas Roadhouse grill where he used to work).
After the murder, we just had some good ol’ fun, including playing Micheal Jackson’s thriller about 4 times in a row while we all tried to figure out the dance (really funny when you put about 8 people who have been drinking on this mission). Well, we made up a bunch but had a darn good time doing it. Each move had a name we came up with, like the Creep Crawl, or the broken leg, etc. We got so carried away that our friend Chris even grabbed his own shirt and sent the buttons popping all over the kitchen.
Aunt Kris joined us for a little while to witness, dressed as a very chic vampire… I wish I had gotten a picture (maybe my friend Kelle did – I have to get her pics). Originally she was going to take part but wasn’t sure if she was going to make it back from Matty’s game in time. I sorta wish we had waited for her because my friend Kelle brought someone to fill the roll that didn’t bring glasses and couldn’t read so his participation level was a little low… Oh well.
I wanted to let people know that I would be more than happy to share this murder mystery so let me know if you are interested in it. I also wanted to find out which other ones are floating out in the family that I might be able to borrow. We would like to do another one at some point, and even if I purchase one I would like to make sure it is different from other in the family so that we have a greater variety to choose from. Please post and let me know…
This summer Kelsie joined the “Big Girl” club getting her ears pierced.
“Little stones make big mountains,
Little steps can cover miles,
Little acts of loving-kindness
Give the world it’s biggest smiles…
Little words can soothe big troubles
Little hugs can dry big tears,
Little candles light the darkness,
Little memories last for years…
Little dreams can lead to greatness,
Little victories to success,
It’s the little things in life
That brings the greatest happiness.”