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Karin Nelson

Karin Nelson Verified in Google 

I'm not a complete idiot. Some parts are missing.

Occupation: Graphic Designer (Kayenne Photo & Design)

Location: Chilliwack, Canada

Birthday: 02/17

Followers: 91,499

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Lotus Carroll1,777,106Welcome to Self Portrait Sunday for May 1st, 2016. This is a Public event open to all - join us in capturing a current self portrait! *Theme*: No theme - do whatever you like! Please read this post for the guidelines and FAQ for Self Portrait Sunday: https://goo.gl/bxIHd4 Please only post one photo to the event. That photo should be taken during the event weekend, or the week prior to the event. Please no dipping into the archives. Your photo can be taken from Monday, April 25th up until Monday Morning, May 2nd. (Other photos posted will be removed from the event.)  The event will be open for uploading photos at 8:00 PM Central on the Saturday before. Click the Add Photos button in the event to upload your images. As always, have some fun! Everyone is looking forward to some great self portraits. :-) Any questions? We have many moderators in the Art of Self Portraiture Community who can help you along the way. Drop in and ask questions: http://goo.gl/W69Ohj _ #selfportraitsunday   #photography   #selfportraiture   #SSP   #selfportrait  May 1st: Self Portrait Sunday2016-05-01 03:00:0042  
kimberton pemberly133,051  *it's a hamburger party and you're all invited* Are we ready to wear some meat.. LadyGaGa style??  Take a photo of yourself, your cat, your dog.. your fish.. whatever floats your boat and paste that hamburger hat somewhere on the photo! This is all for Gilmar! Let's make her smile that huge gorgeous smile that we all love to see.  Lets get her hamburger hat all over the interwebs! If you don't want to wear the hamburger hat, any photo or happy dedication for her would be fantastical.  Use the hashtag *#HamburgersForGilmar* here is the download link from +Mark Rodriguez if you would like to use the original hamburger hat in your photo:: https://www.dropbox.com/s/1ptju6wztncnxbp/hamburger-hat.png?dl=0 thanks for your participation, everyone!  :) WE LOVE YOU GILMAR!!!!!HAMBURGERS FOR GILMAR2016-02-19 15:00:0088  
Lotus Carroll1,777,106  This is the Event for our January Self Portrait Challenge: *Faceless*. What this means is create a self portrait where your face is not the focal point, or even present... use other parts of your body to make a statement this time. Here is where you enter your ONE Faceless Self Portrait. Your photo must have been captured during this month. This Event remains open until 11:59 CST January 31st, so you have until then to create and enter your best photo from this month. (The dates on the Event are truncated, but you can submit a photo anytime, all month long.) Please read all rules (scroll down). Not adhering to rules will get you disqualified. *Tips & Inspiration* Your creativity will play a huge part in getting this image right - as will composition.  Thanks to Community moderator @112528921891703025888 for recommending this month's theme - he offered this article as a good read in connection with it: http://www.lightstalking.com/faceless-portrait Moderators of the Art of Self Portraiture Community are not eligible to win, but we will also be putting our photos into the Event in the hopes that you'll be inspired. If you have questions or need help, please pop into the Community http://goo.gl/W69Ohj and ask away! We have a category for discussion and questions and are happy to help with anything.  *Prizes* *1 Year @118357019708110162087 Portfolio Account http://www.smugmug.com/features *$150 Gift Certificate for @108289626026839048870  http://www.borrowlenses.com  *@100266938567862344330 Citywalker 20 http://goo.gl/TjWfXK * @101789561086090624750 Gift Code in the amount of $43.95 http://www.capturingcouture.com and @100424993750772730018 Free One Month Awesome Acct Please circle these sponsors - we love their products and services and it's great that they support our learning and growing together. Having them circled is a requirement to be a winner. :) There will be 4 winners. 1st place winner selects choice of 4 prizes, and also has their image take the place of the current Avatar for The Art of Self Portraiture Community. 2nd place selects choice of 3 remaining prizes. 3rd place selects choice of 2 remaining prizes. 4th place receives the remaining prize. Winners must respond within 24 hours of being contacted or new winners will be chosen. At the end of the month, the Owners and Moderators of The Art of Self Portraiture Community will vote on the submissions and choose 1st, 2nd, 3rd, & 4th place winners. Please note that this is subjective (art always is!) and so we'll be basing our votes purely on our own opinions. Everyone who enters a photo is already a winner, of course. :) *Please Remember These Rules:* *Enter Only Your Own Work *Enter Only ONE Photo *Only SELF PORTRAITS *Must adhere to this month's theme. *Photo Must Be Taken in January 2015 (EXIF data must reflect this) *Can Only Win Once Every 6 Months *Winners Must Respond Within 24 Hours of Contact *Circle Our Prize Sponsors *No Trickery or Spamming *We Reserve The RighJanuary Self Portrait Challenge: Faceless2015-01-29 07:00:00154  
Lotus Carroll1,777,106This is the Event for our October Self Portrait Challenge: Your Greatest Fear. We figured we'd go beyond just a general "Halloween" theme, but still keep the "fright factor" alive. So show us something that absolutely terrifies you! Here is where you enter your ONE Self Portrait with a "Greatest Fear" theme. Your photo must have been captured during this month. This Event remains open until 11:59 CST October 31st, so you have until then to create and enter your best photo from this month. (The dates on the Event are truncated, but you can submit a photo anytime, all month long.) Please read all rules (scroll down). Not adhering to rules will get you disqualified. *Inspiration* Moderators of the Art of Self Portraiture Community are not eligible to win, but we'll be putting our photos into the Event in the hopes that you'll be inspired. If you have questions or need help, please pop into the Community http://goo.gl/M7XTQ and ask away! We have categories for questions and discussion and are happy to help with anything.  *Prizes* @100266938567862344330 Blue City Walker 20 http://goo.gl/LbDMIy $150 Gift Certificate for @108289626026839048870 http://www.borrowlenses.com @100424993750772730018 1 Year Awesome Account @101789561086090624750 Discontinued Strap http://www.capturingcouture.com/collections/the-sale-rack 1 Year of @118357019708110162087 Basic http://www.smugmug.com/photos/photo-sharing-features Please circle these sponsors - we love their products and services and it's great that they support our learning and growing together. Having them circled is a requirement to be a winner. :) There will be 5 winners. 1st place winner selects choice of 5 prizes. 2nd place selects choice of 4 remaining prizes. 3rd place selects choice of remaining 3 prizes. 4th place selects choice of remaining 2 prizes. 5th place receives the remaining prize. Winners must respond within 24 hours of being contacted or new winners will be chosen. At the end of the month, the Owners and Moderators of The Art of Self Portraiture Community will vote on the submissions and choose 1st, 2nd, & 3rd, 4th, & 5th place winners. Please note that this is subjective (art always is!) and so we'll be basing our votes purely on our own opinions. Everyone who enters a photo is already a winner, of course. :) *Please Remember These Rules:* *Enter Only Your Own Work *Enter Only ONE Photo *Only SELF PORTRAITS *Must adhere to this month's theme. *Photo Must Be Taken in October 2014 (EXIF data must reflect this) *Can Only Win Once Every 6 Months *Winners Must Respond Within 24 Hours of Contact *Circle Our Prize Sponsors *No Trickery or Spamming *We Reserve The Right To Remove Entries/Participants for Misconduct *Anything Outside Guidelines/Rules Disqualifies A ParticipantOctober Self Portrait Challenge: Your Greatest Fear2014-10-29 06:00:0093  
Jeff Smith61,363Welcome to The Selfy Sunday Project for Oct. 26, 2014 *Halloween Edition* Don't forget that this ties in well with: *October Self Portrait Challenge: Your Greatest Fear* found here  https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/cgik4hlbf2g0j3fgv7kun5nkb28 Thanks to @113847951893881070422 for her fantastic photo on the theme image. Please read this post for the guidelines and FAQ for Selfy Sunday. http://goo.gl/SKnkZ8 Your photo can be taken from Oct. 20/14 before the event up until 8:00 AM EST Monday Oct. 27/14. Older photos posted will be removed from the event. Please only post one photo to the event and that photo should ideally be taken the weekend or the week prior to the event. Again, please no dipping into the archives. As always have some fun. Everyone is looking forward to some great selfies. Any questions, We have 18 moderators in the Art of Self Portraiture community who can help you along the way. _ UPLOADING The event will be open for uploading photos at 9:00 PM on the Saturday before. Click the Add Photos button in the event to upload your images. This is a Public event open to all. Any questions, again please check the FAQs. http://goo.gl/SKnkZ8 Cheers, JeffThe Selfy Sunday Project2014-10-26 02:00:0058  
Jeff Smith61,363  Welcome to The Selfy Sunday Project for April 27, 2014 *Theme: Your Alter Ego* You have to ask yourself this question: Who or what would you want to be if you had the chance to change yourself? Or even perhaps what other "alter egos" just lurk inside your head, waiting to be revealed. Thanks to the "most" extraordinary @110573952887886961621 for his theme suggestion and photograph. Please read this post for the guidelines and FAQ for Selfy Sunday. http://goo.gl/SKnkZ8 Your photo can be taken the week before the event up until 8:00 AM EST Monday Apr. 28/14. Older photos posted will be removed from the event. Please only post one photo to the event and that photo should ideally be taken the weekend or the week prior to the event. Again, please no dipping into the archives. As always have some fun. Everyone is looking forward to some great selfies. Any questions, We have 18 moderators in the Art of Self Portraiture community who can help you along the way. _______ UPLOADING The event will be open for uploading photos at 9:00 PM on the Saturday before. Click the Add Photos button in the event to upload your images. This is a Public event open to all. Any questions, again please check the FAQs. http://goo.gl/SKnkZ8 Cheers, JeffThe Selfy Sunday Project2014-04-27 03:00:0082  
Jay Patel1,636,262Just how do you make a choice before getting the next tripod? We will also be sharing storied about what happens when things go wrong...and what is the best workflow to ruin your tripod. ;) @115105647022907007398, @101145980349117737014 and rest of the Visual Wildernes will join a special guest @117697399358826098478 to talk about how to go about selecting a tripod. Enjoy & Share. ________________ Via: http://visualwilderness.com/articles #landscapePhotography  Visual Wilderness E9: How to choose a Tripod2014-04-22 03:00:0066  
Jeff Smith61,363*Happy New Year* Welcome to the first Selfy Sunday Project of 2014 (Jan. 5, 2014) *Theme: A fresh start* Since we have started a new year its time for everyone to have a fresh start so that is a theme for this week.  Please read this post for the guidelines and FAQ for Selfy Sunday. http://goo.gl/SKnkZ8 Your photo can be taken the week before the event up until 8:00 AM EST Monday Jan. 6/14. Older photos posted will be removed from the event. Please only post one photo to the event and that photo should ideally be taken the weekend or the week prior to the event. Again, please no dipping into the archives. As always have some fun. Everyone is looking forward to some great selfies. Any questions, We have 18 moderators in the Art of Self Portraiture community who can help you along the way. _____ UPLOADING The event will be open for uploading photos at 9:00 PM on the Saturday before. Click the Add Photos button in the event to upload your images. This is a Public event open to all. Any questions, again please check the FAQs. http://goo.gl/SKnkZ8 Cheers, JeffThe Selfy Sunday Project2014-01-05 03:00:00124  
Lotus Carroll1,777,106This is the Event for our October 2013 Self Portrait Challenge: Creepy/Disturbing Halloweenie Theme! Here is where you enter your ONE Self Portrait with a creepy/disturbing halloween type theme. Your photo must have been captured *this month.* This Event remains open until 11:59 CST October 31st, so you have until then to create and enter your best photo from this month. Please read all rules (scroll down). Not adhering to rules will get you disqualified. *Inspiration* Keep an eye on the submissions to the Event and you'll notice moderators of The Art of Self Portraiture Community adding their own "creepy/disturbing" self portraits. We each may add multiple photos - remember that moderators cannot win, but we're putting our photos in to inspire you! If you have questions or need help, please pop into the Community http://goo.gl/M7XTQ and ask away! We have categories for questions and discussion and are happy to help with anything.  Get your _disturbing_ on, be creative, and have fun! *Prizes* 1 Year of @118357019708110162087 Pro http://www.smugmug.com/pro @100266938567862344330 Sling O' Matic 20 Sling Bag http://goo.gl/UZh1N @101789561086090624750 Gift Code in the amount of $43.95 http://www.capturingcouture.com A signed copy of the newly released book by Jon Blacker, Musical Ink http://goo.gl/suKg7w Please circle these sponsors - they make these prizes possible, so having them circled is a requirement to be a winner. There will be 4 winners. 1st place winner selects choice of 4 prizes. 2nd place selects choice of 3 remaining prizes. 3rd place selects choice of 2 remaining prizes. 4th place receives the remaining prize. Winners must respond within 24 hours of being contacted or new winners will be chosen. At the end of the month, the Owners and Moderators of The Art of Self Portraiture Community will vote on the submissions and choose 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th place winners. Please note that this is subjective (art always is!) and so we'll be basing our votes purely on our own opinions. Everyone who enters a photo is already a winner, of course. :) *Please Remember These Rules:* *Enter Only Your Own Work *Enter Only ONE Photo *Only SELF PORTRAITS *Must adhere to this month's theme. *Photo Must Be Taken in October 2013 *Can Only Win Once Every 6 Months *Winners Must Respond Within 24 Hours of Contact *Circle Our Prize Sponsors *No Trickery or Spamming *We Reserve The Right To Remove Entries for Misconduct *Anything Outside Guidelines/Rules Disqualifies A ParticipantOctober Self Portrait Challenge: Creepy/Disturbing Halloweenie Theme!2013-10-31 06:00:00156  
Jeff Smith61,363Welcome to The Selfy Sunday Project for October 20/13. Theme for this week is: *Halloween* A great companion theme to The Art of Self Portraiture October 2013 Self Portrait Challenge: Creepy/Disturbing Halloweenie Theme! http://goo.gl/BuPxDD Ghoulish, gruesome, creepy and horrific, they all fit the bill for this Selfy Sunday. Lets have some fun. Everyone is looking forward to some great selfies. Any questions, We have 18 moderators in the Art of Self Portraiture community who can help you along the way. _______________ UPLOADING The event will be open for uploading photos at 9:00 PM on the Saturday before. Click the Add Photos button in the event to upload your images. This is a Public event open to all. Any questions, again please check the FAQs. Cheers and have fun! JeffThe Selfy Sunday Project2013-10-20 03:00:0084  
Jeff Smith61,363Welcome to The Selfy Sunday Project for October 6/13. *No theme for this week* but I can guarantee the next SPP will be a scary one. Everyone is looking forward to some great selfies, so have fun. Any questions, We have 18 moderators in the Art of Self Portraiture community who can help you along the way. _____________ UPLOADING The event will be open for uploading photos at 9:00 PM on the Saturday before. Click the Add Photos button in the event to upload your images. This is a Public event open to all. Any questions, again please check the FAQs. Cheers and have fun! JeffThe Selfy Sunday Project2013-10-06 03:00:00167  
Jeff Smith61,363Welcome to *The Selfy Sunday Project* for September 22/13. No theme for this week. Everyone is looking forward to some great selfies, have fun. Any questions, We have 18 moderators in the Art of Self Portraiture community who can help you along the way. _______________ UPLOADING The event will be open for uploading photos at 9:00 PM on the Saturday before. Click the Add Photos button in the event to upload your images. This is a Public event open to all. Any questions, again please check the FAQs. Cheers and have fun! JeffThe Selfy Sunday Project2013-09-22 03:00:00153  
Jeff Smith61,363Welcome to The Selfy Sunday Project for June 2/13.  The theme for this week is *I've got the music in me* Again this can be taken literally or metaphorically but basically since we have have some love or appreciation for music I would like to see that incorporated into your selfy. Like always everyone is looking forward to some great Selfies. We have 17 moderators who can help you along the way. _____________________________ UPLOADING The event will be open for uploading photos at 9:00 PM on the Saturday before. Click the  Add Photos button in the event to upload your images. This is a Public event open to all. Any questions, again please check the FAQs. Cheers and have fun! JeffThe Selfy Sunday Project2013-06-02 03:00:48127  
Jeff Smith61,363Welcome to *The Selfy Sunday Project* for *May 19/13.*  No theme for this week.  I want to thank +Jason Jakober  for allowing us to use his fantastic "Selfy" from a previous project as the *event cover*.  Like always everyone is looking forward to some great Selfies. We have 17 moderators who can help you along the way. _______________________________ *UPLOADING* The event will be open for uploading photos at 9:00 PM on the Saturday before. Click the  *Add Photos* button in the event to upload your images. This is a Public event open to all. Any questions, again please check the FAQs. Cheers and have fun! JeffThe Selfy Sunday Project2013-05-19 03:00:00155  
Jeff Smith61,363Welcome to The Selfy Sunday Project for March 24/13. Coming off our monumental "Film Noir" themed SSP we will be free styling it this week so *no theme* but please consider our  March *Self Portrait Challenge: Face Close Ups! Event* here https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/ckh29md3mvj0g8pa5ch8gks426g for some inspiration. There are 16 moderators who can assist you along the way with SPP. The Selfy Sunday Project is the cornerstone event in the Art of Self Portraiture Community. This Community was designed as a place to share self portraits and to learn, grow, and challenge one another. The Selfy Sunday Project allows everyone to share their results on a bi-weekly basis all in one event.  __ Selfy Sunday FAQ can be found here. http://goo.gl/ngQeF Please check there first if you have any questions. Thanks _ UPLOADING The event will open for uploading at 9:00 PM EST. You can upload your photo by viewing the event and clicking on the "Add Photos" button. This is a Public event open to everyone. Any questions, again please check the FAQ or let post here in the community. Cheers and have fun! JeffThe Selfy Sunday Project2013-03-24 02:00:00189  
Peter From82,449Time for the (shorter) November challenge... Your task is to upload a creative self portrait to the event.  *Rules: only ONE picture (must be taken by you or by using a self-timer) or you will be removed from the event guest list. Please add a few lines about your photo as well, it's always nice.* The contest ends on November 30, 1 PM CET. Winners will be announced in my feed as soon as possible after the event has closed. Good luck!November Challenge –– Creative Self Portrait –– Please Reshare2012-11-14 19:00:00466  
Jeff Smith61,363Welcome to *The Selfy Sunday Project* for November 11/12 This will be an "open" project this week so no theme. __________________________________ The Halloween SSP was the scariest, most ghoulish, terrifying Selfy Sunday ever. The submissions were amazing. Well done everyone. As always I want to thank +LaDonna Pride   for all of her hard work and she will be helping along the way as our co-host.  Thanks everyone we are all looking forward to some great Selfies. Selfy Sunday FAQ can be found here. http://goo.gl/ngQeF Please check there first if you have any questions. Thanks _______________________ UPLOADING The event will open for uploading at 9:00 PM EDT. You can upload your photo by viewing the event and clicking on the "Add Photos" button. This is a Public event open to everyone. Any questions, again please check the FAQ or let myself or LaDonna know. Or check the +Selfy Sunday   page for updates. Cheers and have fun! JeffSelfy Sunday - Nov. 11, 20122012-11-11 03:00:00196  
Isabelle Fortin27,350Whatever your poison of choice is, I am hoping everyone can raise a glass to celebrate Mark Rodriguez's Birthday on Sunday Sept. 23rd. Mark will be away on a trip in wine country so I thought we could all post a photo raising a glass and toasting one of the best people on G+ Cheers !! Raise your Glass to International Godriguez Day ! Happy Birthday Mark :)2012-09-23 05:30:00144  
Leslie Lina Sigala7,006Hello Everyone!  September 19 not only happens to be Luc Asbury Birthday  (Okay Ladies Swoon together ;p ...)  It's also "Talk Like a Pirate" DAY!!!!  Two of my favorite things wrapped into one day!   Surprise Luc with some Birthday Luv on September 19! If you can cross anything to do with Pirates, talking like a Pirate or some fun Nekkidness... (wink, wink) anything Luc is known for, Do it!!!!!!!  And don't forget to hash tag it as well !!!      #lucasburybday  #lucasburybirthday  Also, Please pass this along!!! Luc Asbury Birthday / Talk Like a Pirate Day2012-09-19 09:00:0012  
Scott Jarvie446,318*POST YOUR GOOGLE+ ALBUM OF PICTURES* It's been very very popular event in the past and I'm finally doing it again tonight. _This time it will be more organized, more heads up than usual and even a live event._ *SHARE AN ALBUM/GALLERY LINK* It's simple and easy but a lot of work and very fun for all. You simply share an album here and I'll be going through every single one of the albums. Then I will +1 the pictures in the album that I'm really drawn to. *BENEFIT* Well it's simply if you'd love to know which pictures I like most.  I always loved knowing which pictures people really love of mine because it helps me have an eye for which pictures are best received. It's a huge part of becoming a better photographer in my opinion. _*To be able to put out great art is first to know what great art looks like*_ *ON AIR* This will be something new... I'm going to go through all the albums Live, Online as an On-Air hangout. I'll talk a little bit about what I'm doing. If the show goes well I'll keep it for later viewing on YouTube... if the recording isn't great I won't. *SPECIAL GUEST* Because I want to have an outloud conversation about what and why I'm doing things  I will have my good friend and great photographer @109486822103622036238 on the show to facilitate the discussion. She will also visit a lot of these albums and +1 pictures as well. We ask that everyone add her to a circle ... not just because she's awesome (though that's reason enough) but so that if any of these albums are by mistake limited access she will have access. *DIRECTIONS* 1. Paste a link of a Google+ image gallery 2. Put a title or description of what we'll see in the album 3.  *IMPORTANT* If you post a link you hereby give us permission to use a screenshare view of all those pictures and perhaps your profile in a recorded Youtube video. 4. Make sure the album is Public access 5. Add @100962871525684315897  @109486822103622036238 to your circles 6. Return the favor. Take some of the other people's albums and +1 some of your favorites. *IMPORTANT* It bears repeating: _If you post a link you hereby give us permission to use a screenshare view of all those pictures and your profile (maybe) in a recorded Youtube video._ Do not post a link if you are not ok with lots of people visiting that link in addition to us and are not ok with it being on video as well.Share your Album- A Jarvie PlusOne Critique Experience2012-09-12 05:30:00141  

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2017-01-17 00:16:34 (61 comments; 3 reshares; 49 +1s; )Open 

Can someone explain to this German living in Canada what is going to happen if the Republicans are doing to dismantle the affordable care act? If someone gets cancer in the US and doesn't have the money to pay for the hospital... will they just let them suffer and die? Surely, I must misunderstand something...

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2017-01-09 04:59:29 (20 comments; 11 reshares; 316 +1s; )Open 

I'm getting the hang of this home-made bread thingie. OMG I could eat the whole thing myself. This north-American spongy thing people call "bread" around here has never been something I could stand for... but a hard, crunchy crust that crumbles when you bite in it, with a soft, airy center ... that's real bread alright. 

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2017-01-09 04:59:29 (20 comments; 11 reshares; 316 +1s; )Open 

I'm getting the hang of this home-made bread thingie. OMG I could eat the whole thing myself. This north-American spongy thing people call "bread" around here has never been something I could stand for... but a hard, crunchy crust that crumbles when you bite in it, with a soft, airy center ... that's real bread alright. 

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2017-01-20 20:16:31 (1 comments; 3 reshares; 23 +1s; )Open 

It's all downhill from here.

It's all downhill from here.___

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2017-01-20 20:07:58 (7 comments; 10 reshares; 29 +1s; )Open 

Weep world, weep. 

Weep world, weep. ___

2017-01-19 23:03:08 (18 comments; 0 reshares; 32 +1s; )Open 

Seriously, people. I am still here. I will keep posting here. And I won't be leaving. I'll stay until they drag me out of here.

#theresnoplacelikeplus

Seriously, people. I am still here. I will keep posting here. And I won't be leaving. I'll stay until they drag me out of here.

#theresnoplacelikeplus___

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2017-01-17 22:57:41 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

Camera Backpack Mod, part 2
My camera has Peak Design anchors attached to it, and I usually have their Ultralight strap attached to those. But even with the lightest camera and the most comfortable strap, after a while of wearing it around your neck, a strap gets uncomfortable. Put long hair and a backpack into the mix, and it gets downright annoying. Therefore, when carrying a backpack, I like to attach the camera to the backpack shoulder straps. I am already carrying a load on the shoulders, and I don't even notice the camera anymore. I have my hands free for other things, and I can lift the camera to my eyes in a second. I found some handy Quick Attach snaps from Amazon (Gear Aid), with which I was able to attach two wrist straps from Peak Design to my backpack straps. With their handy-dandy anchors, they are easy to remove or reattach as needed during the day. The fact that they are... more »

Camera Backpack Mod, part 2
My camera has Peak Design anchors attached to it, and I usually have their Ultralight strap attached to those. But even with the lightest camera and the most comfortable strap, after a while of wearing it around your neck, a strap gets uncomfortable. Put long hair and a backpack into the mix, and it gets downright annoying. Therefore, when carrying a backpack, I like to attach the camera to the backpack shoulder straps. I am already carrying a load on the shoulders, and I don't even notice the camera anymore. I have my hands free for other things, and I can lift the camera to my eyes in a second. I found some handy Quick Attach snaps from Amazon (Gear Aid), with which I was able to attach two wrist straps from Peak Design to my backpack straps. With their handy-dandy anchors, they are easy to remove or reattach as needed during the day. The fact that they are adjustable is the icing on the cake. And if I ever need one of the wrist straps as an actual wrist strap, it can be quickly removed from the pack and reattached just as quickly (so I don't lose them and I know where they are at all times.)

(+Peak Design Team, sorry for using the pack from the competition! I still like your accessories though) :)
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2017-01-17 22:45:35 (5 comments; 1 reshares; 26 +1s; )Open 

Camera Backpack Mod, part 1
I successfully applied a coat of Aquaseal on the bottom of my camera backpack. After curing it for 24 hours it is now a glossy, waterproof substance that stays flexible and is very resistant to scuffing and tearing. I love how it looks, and how I don't have to worry about puddles and dirt anymore. I also think it looks pretty good, for a first try...

Camera Backpack Mod, part 1
I successfully applied a coat of Aquaseal on the bottom of my camera backpack. After curing it for 24 hours it is now a glossy, waterproof substance that stays flexible and is very resistant to scuffing and tearing. I love how it looks, and how I don't have to worry about puddles and dirt anymore. I also think it looks pretty good, for a first try...___

2017-01-17 00:16:34 (61 comments; 3 reshares; 49 +1s; )Open 

Can someone explain to this German living in Canada what is going to happen if the Republicans are doing to dismantle the affordable care act? If someone gets cancer in the US and doesn't have the money to pay for the hospital... will they just let them suffer and die? Surely, I must misunderstand something...

Can someone explain to this German living in Canada what is going to happen if the Republicans are doing to dismantle the affordable care act? If someone gets cancer in the US and doesn't have the money to pay for the hospital... will they just let them suffer and die? Surely, I must misunderstand something...___

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2017-01-16 23:43:19 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

Yes, I know. Camera backpacks these days are conceived with the notion that you don't put the pack on the floor, ever. They have all kinds of handy openings from which you can retrieve your camera without having to take the pack from your shoulders. But sometimes, you want to put the backpack down. When you're sitting down, for example. But even when you're not in the forest, would you want to put your bag on the floor of a busy restaurant? Not me. So what do you do when you find the perfect camera backpack, but the bottom of the bag isn't sealed? Why, you seal it yourself of course. With a tube of Aquaseal and a small brush.
Protect the camera bag with strips of flexible tape (electrical tape works), then apply the product evenly all over the bottom. Smooth it out with wet fingers. Wait 24 hours. Done.

Yes, I know. Camera backpacks these days are conceived with the notion that you don't put the pack on the floor, ever. They have all kinds of handy openings from which you can retrieve your camera without having to take the pack from your shoulders. But sometimes, you want to put the backpack down. When you're sitting down, for example. But even when you're not in the forest, would you want to put your bag on the floor of a busy restaurant? Not me. So what do you do when you find the perfect camera backpack, but the bottom of the bag isn't sealed? Why, you seal it yourself of course. With a tube of Aquaseal and a small brush.
Protect the camera bag with strips of flexible tape (electrical tape works), then apply the product evenly all over the bottom. Smooth it out with wet fingers. Wait 24 hours. Done.___

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2017-01-15 23:28:48 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 39 +1s; )Open 

Week 2 - The slow melt
Tried a different path today, but it's still slippery as heck. It is slowly getting warmer, and the temperatures are supposed to be rising well above freezing with rain in the forecast. Soon all this snow and ice will be gone. 

Week 2 - The slow melt
Tried a different path today, but it's still slippery as heck. It is slowly getting warmer, and the temperatures are supposed to be rising well above freezing with rain in the forecast. Soon all this snow and ice will be gone. ___

2017-01-15 23:15:34 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

DAMN YOU, exposure compensation dial!!!!

DAMN YOU, exposure compensation dial!!!!___

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2017-01-15 01:06:27 (11 comments; 0 reshares; 53 +1s; )Open 

A quick shot before heading out...

A quick shot before heading out...___

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2017-01-13 17:19:55 (10 comments; 1 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

While I was looking on Amazon for a new pillow, I found this "interesting" review from an unnamed customer. Maybe someone should warn his wife?

While I was looking on Amazon for a new pillow, I found this "interesting" review from an unnamed customer. Maybe someone should warn his wife?___

2017-01-10 20:10:19 (11 comments; 3 reshares; 27 +1s; )Open 

When you are buying into a fitness device, a gym membership, a weight loss app, or a weight loss program, just always keep in mind: Nobody is looking out for you. They are looking for what's in your wallet. Sure, some of those are helpful tools, but in the end, you're on your own.

You make your own decisions, for yourself. Whatever you do, it's only for yourself. You have to look out for yourself. Don't get overwhelmed by offers and emails and sales. Whatever you do, remember - they're in it for their profit. The ultimate weight loss tool is your mind. That's all you need.

You can do it. 

When you are buying into a fitness device, a gym membership, a weight loss app, or a weight loss program, just always keep in mind: Nobody is looking out for you. They are looking for what's in your wallet. Sure, some of those are helpful tools, but in the end, you're on your own.

You make your own decisions, for yourself. Whatever you do, it's only for yourself. You have to look out for yourself. Don't get overwhelmed by offers and emails and sales. Whatever you do, remember - they're in it for their profit. The ultimate weight loss tool is your mind. That's all you need.

You can do it. ___

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2017-01-10 17:56:42 (19 comments; 0 reshares; 33 +1s; )Open 

After long and careful consideration, I have decided that I will not buy a new camera this year. I will not upgrade my X-T1 to an X-T2 or an X-PRO2... instead, I will keep the camera I have and try to use it more.

I know, sometimes new gear is all you need to get your creative juices flowing again. New gear gives you new motivation, but new gear also costs a lot of money, and frankly, I cannot justify a new camera quite yet. My X-T1 is still as great and as useful as the day I bought it, so it will have to do for a little while longer.

I'll stick with 16 Mp vs 25... and a flash sync speed of 180 vs 250... and 1 SD card slot compared to 2... but life goes on, and pictures will be taken.

So here's to keeping the gear you have, and making the best of it. 

After long and careful consideration, I have decided that I will not buy a new camera this year. I will not upgrade my X-T1 to an X-T2 or an X-PRO2... instead, I will keep the camera I have and try to use it more.

I know, sometimes new gear is all you need to get your creative juices flowing again. New gear gives you new motivation, but new gear also costs a lot of money, and frankly, I cannot justify a new camera quite yet. My X-T1 is still as great and as useful as the day I bought it, so it will have to do for a little while longer.

I'll stick with 16 Mp vs 25... and a flash sync speed of 180 vs 250... and 1 SD card slot compared to 2... but life goes on, and pictures will be taken.

So here's to keeping the gear you have, and making the best of it. ___

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2017-01-09 04:59:29 (20 comments; 11 reshares; 316 +1s; )Open 

I'm getting the hang of this home-made bread thingie. OMG I could eat the whole thing myself. This north-American spongy thing people call "bread" around here has never been something I could stand for... but a hard, crunchy crust that crumbles when you bite in it, with a soft, airy center ... that's real bread alright. 

I'm getting the hang of this home-made bread thingie. OMG I could eat the whole thing myself. This north-American spongy thing people call "bread" around here has never been something I could stand for... but a hard, crunchy crust that crumbles when you bite in it, with a soft, airy center ... that's real bread alright. ___

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2017-01-08 23:01:00 (19 comments; 3 reshares; 110 +1s; )Open 

Someone decorated the brush along the path. Unfortunately, they didn't remove the decorations after Christmas. Some of the glass balls shattered, the tinsel is blowing all over the place, and I'm thinking it's another one of those ideas that were well meant in theory, but not really thought out in practice. 

Someone decorated the brush along the path. Unfortunately, they didn't remove the decorations after Christmas. Some of the glass balls shattered, the tinsel is blowing all over the place, and I'm thinking it's another one of those ideas that were well meant in theory, but not really thought out in practice. ___

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2017-01-08 20:20:43 (7 comments; 1 reshares; 40 +1s; )Open 

It's a gloomy, cold, windy day today. What better use of my time than reprocessing old photos from warmer days with a new RAW file processor. Well... I have to say, I'm super happy with the Iridient Developer. The X-Trans photos don't play well with LR, they develop weird artefacts and watercolour effects. Iridient Developer to the rescue. It's like I have a new camera.
(Previous version posted here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+KarinNelson/posts/2wAQU6dRtVU?sfc=true)

It's a gloomy, cold, windy day today. What better use of my time than reprocessing old photos from warmer days with a new RAW file processor. Well... I have to say, I'm super happy with the Iridient Developer. The X-Trans photos don't play well with LR, they develop weird artefacts and watercolour effects. Iridient Developer to the rescue. It's like I have a new camera.
(Previous version posted here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+KarinNelson/posts/2wAQU6dRtVU?sfc=true)___

2017-01-08 20:08:38 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Yesterday I finally took the plunge and purchased the Iridient Developer. OMG. The difference between Iridient and LR is absolutely astonishing. I am finally happy with the way my RAW images turn out. No more worms and watercolours in greenery. No more lost detail in shadows. It's like I got a new camera. I'm super happy. It integrates into my LR workflow like a charm, and it's not a bother to use at all. I'm just wondering why the hell I waited so long. 

Yesterday I finally took the plunge and purchased the Iridient Developer. OMG. The difference between Iridient and LR is absolutely astonishing. I am finally happy with the way my RAW images turn out. No more worms and watercolours in greenery. No more lost detail in shadows. It's like I got a new camera. I'm super happy. It integrates into my LR workflow like a charm, and it's not a bother to use at all. I'm just wondering why the hell I waited so long. ___

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2017-01-08 03:20:32 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 37 +1s; )Open 

Week 1 - Even the eagles are freezing
We went for a walk today. It was cold. Really cold. The trail was covered in ice. I almost fell a few times, which forced me to keep my eyes on the path most of the way. Nevertheless, I spotted the bald eagle sitting in a tree by the river. He didn't move. His feathers were blowing in the icy wind. I approached him carefully, not wanting to disturb him, but he didn't seem to care. 'Just don't make me move', he appeared to be thinking. I don't know, but to me, he looks like he's freezing. 

Week 1 - Even the eagles are freezing
We went for a walk today. It was cold. Really cold. The trail was covered in ice. I almost fell a few times, which forced me to keep my eyes on the path most of the way. Nevertheless, I spotted the bald eagle sitting in a tree by the river. He didn't move. His feathers were blowing in the icy wind. I approached him carefully, not wanting to disturb him, but he didn't seem to care. 'Just don't make me move', he appeared to be thinking. I don't know, but to me, he looks like he's freezing. ___

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2017-01-07 22:47:05 (10 comments; 0 reshares; 54 +1s; )Open 

Evidence of Bigfoot? For reference, I'm a size 11. 

Evidence of Bigfoot? For reference, I'm a size 11. ___

2017-01-07 20:48:08 (33 comments; 1 reshares; 38 +1s; )Open 

So now Google is discontinuing Hangouts. What the heck am I going to do without Google Voice? How am I going to call my parents in Germany? Hangouts is by far the best and cheapest service to call a landline. What are the alternatives? Skype? That's twice as expensive. 

So now Google is discontinuing Hangouts. What the heck am I going to do without Google Voice? How am I going to call my parents in Germany? Hangouts is by far the best and cheapest service to call a landline. What are the alternatives? Skype? That's twice as expensive. ___

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2017-01-07 19:27:53 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

This is nothing short of genius.

What's next? Happy Feet Blood And Snow edition?___This is nothing short of genius.

2017-01-06 20:29:05 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

What is it, when suddenly everything else doesn't matter anymore because your mind is stuck on a thought, a worry, like a broken record, playing the same thought over and over and over, until it takes over your life?

What does it mean when your life passes you by, in all its glorious beauty, with the love you receive, and the gifts from everyone all the time, the looks, the smiles, the handshakes, the conversations, the texts, the contact... and you can only dedicate it 10% of your attention to them, because the rest of your mind is focusing on that one thought...?

What is happening to you, when nothing can cheer you up, and the thought of impending doom takes over your life? When that thought of doom is really nothing but a thought... an idea... the faintest of possibilities, yet it has become as big as the moment you are living in right now?

It's called anxiety.... more »

What is it, when suddenly everything else doesn't matter anymore because your mind is stuck on a thought, a worry, like a broken record, playing the same thought over and over and over, until it takes over your life?

What does it mean when your life passes you by, in all its glorious beauty, with the love you receive, and the gifts from everyone all the time, the looks, the smiles, the handshakes, the conversations, the texts, the contact... and you can only dedicate it 10% of your attention to them, because the rest of your mind is focusing on that one thought...?

What is happening to you, when nothing can cheer you up, and the thought of impending doom takes over your life? When that thought of doom is really nothing but a thought... an idea... the faintest of possibilities, yet it has become as big as the moment you are living in right now?

It's called anxiety.
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2017-01-06 16:54:02 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

I wish people would stop posting their photos in the "Discussion" section. There is a photo section. Leave the discussion section for discussions only, please. 

I wish people would stop posting their photos in the "Discussion" section. There is a photo section. Leave the discussion section for discussions only, please. ___

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2017-01-06 04:00:40 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 55 +1s; )Open 

The museum at 108-Mile-House also has an outdoor section, where they proudly display this trapper cabin.

The museum at 108-Mile-House also has an outdoor section, where they proudly display this trapper cabin.___

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2017-01-04 17:49:39 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

I just placed an order for these today...
Looking forward to doing a lot of hiking this year! :)

I just placed an order for these today...
Looking forward to doing a lot of hiking this year! :)___

2017-01-03 18:56:04 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

So, the new year has begun. We are writing 2017 now instead of 2016, and I have started the new year with good intentions. Lots of them. It's my last full year of being in my forties. I am getting old. Well, ok - the hope is that I am getting old. But my fear is that I will not get old at all. That I will die young. Young-ish.
I'm reading about Trump, about climate change, and I'm wondering if it wouldn't be better not to get old. However, life is too beautiful to quit early. Anxiety sucks. Worrying sucks. But why am I worried? Why am I anxious? I'm worried about my health. Why am I worried about my health? Because I'm afraid of dying a painful and untimely death. Why am I afraid of dying? Because I don't want my son to grow up without a mom. Because I love life. Because I love living. So why do I think that throwing in the towel would be an option? I am making no sense.... more »

So, the new year has begun. We are writing 2017 now instead of 2016, and I have started the new year with good intentions. Lots of them. It's my last full year of being in my forties. I am getting old. Well, ok - the hope is that I am getting old. But my fear is that I will not get old at all. That I will die young. Young-ish.
I'm reading about Trump, about climate change, and I'm wondering if it wouldn't be better not to get old. However, life is too beautiful to quit early. Anxiety sucks. Worrying sucks. But why am I worried? Why am I anxious? I'm worried about my health. Why am I worried about my health? Because I'm afraid of dying a painful and untimely death. Why am I afraid of dying? Because I don't want my son to grow up without a mom. Because I love life. Because I love living. So why do I think that throwing in the towel would be an option? I am making no sense. Life is worth living. As long that there is a flicker of life in me, I will hang on. With my worries and my anxieties. With my fears and my paranoias. As long as I am needed, I will be there. Because even an imperfect life is better than no life at all. ___

2017-01-03 02:57:33 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 27 +1s; )Open 

If anything, dish soap should smell fruity, or like something edible such as coconut, and laundry soap more like detergent or perfume. The other way around is just wrong.

/opinion.

If anything, dish soap should smell fruity, or like something edible such as coconut, and laundry soap more like detergent or perfume. The other way around is just wrong.

/opinion.___

2017-01-01 22:46:00 (20 comments; 1 reshares; 47 +1s; )Open 

Happy New Year! Lots of resolutions for this gal, but one of the more important ones is to take ONE serious picture a week. A 52-week-project if you wish.

When I say "serious" picture, I mean a picture that requires planning, set-up and post processing work. A picture that is not just a snap with the phone. A picture that requires maybe a light setup, or a tripod, or a remote shutter, or a walk or drive somewhere else. Not all of the above. But something, ANYTHING at all to make me use my camera more.

So there you have it. And I will make it a collection, the "Fiftytwo Pictures in 2017" collection.

Yeah yeah. I know. New Year's resolutions. Bla bla yadda yadda. I get it. But you watch me. You just watch me. I'm all talk, and all action.

Happy New Year! Lots of resolutions for this gal, but one of the more important ones is to take ONE serious picture a week. A 52-week-project if you wish.

When I say "serious" picture, I mean a picture that requires planning, set-up and post processing work. A picture that is not just a snap with the phone. A picture that requires maybe a light setup, or a tripod, or a remote shutter, or a walk or drive somewhere else. Not all of the above. But something, ANYTHING at all to make me use my camera more.

So there you have it. And I will make it a collection, the "Fiftytwo Pictures in 2017" collection.

Yeah yeah. I know. New Year's resolutions. Bla bla yadda yadda. I get it. But you watch me. You just watch me. I'm all talk, and all action.___

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2016-12-30 19:30:05 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

From the category, "Why didn't I think of this?"


From the category, "Why didn't I think of this?"
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2016-12-29 23:23:40 (16 comments; 0 reshares; 72 +1s; )Open 

I'm down in the dumps today. It's raining buckets... it's dark and gloomy... someone broke into our car last night and stole my husbands expensive prescription glasses and everything else that was in it ... I'm reading about cancer everywhere... and now I'm really depressed. I should think about all the good things that have happened to us in the past year. So I'm making a list:

1. We're alive.
2. We have a roof over our head and it's warm in here.
3. We have food in the fridge.
4. We have access to running hot water and indoor plumbing.
5. The power isn't out.
6. Internet is up.
7. My son does well in school and doesn't do drugs. At least not to my knowledge.
8. My husband doesn't beat me up.
9. We haven't run out of money yet.
10. We have friends. Somewhere. At some point. Maybe.
11. I don't... more »

I'm down in the dumps today. It's raining buckets... it's dark and gloomy... someone broke into our car last night and stole my husbands expensive prescription glasses and everything else that was in it ... I'm reading about cancer everywhere... and now I'm really depressed. I should think about all the good things that have happened to us in the past year. So I'm making a list:

1. We're alive.
2. We have a roof over our head and it's warm in here.
3. We have food in the fridge.
4. We have access to running hot water and indoor plumbing.
5. The power isn't out.
6. Internet is up.
7. My son does well in school and doesn't do drugs. At least not to my knowledge.
8. My husband doesn't beat me up.
9. We haven't run out of money yet.
10. We have friends. Somewhere. At some point. Maybe.
11. I don't have to work today. Or tomorrow. And the house is somewhat clean. But I do have to cook dinner. Gah.
12. We're still alive.
13. We don't live in Manitoba (like some other poor souls we know... right, +Sandra Parlow?
14. They stopped with the Christmas music in the stores.
15. And we're still alive.___

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2016-12-27 18:04:14 (11 comments; 0 reshares; 42 +1s; )Open 

It snowed, it snowed, it snowed last night...

It snowed, it snowed, it snowed last night...___

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2016-12-27 04:09:37 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 39 +1s; )Open 

Poker with Monopoly money...

Poker with Monopoly money...___

2016-12-26 00:01:15 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

2016 had another curveball up its sleeve. Dammit 2016!!! #RipGeorgemichael

2016 had another curveball up its sleeve. Dammit 2016!!! #RipGeorgemichael___

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2016-12-25 21:34:36 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 59 +1s; )Open 

Merry Christmas from the road. Love you all!!

Merry Christmas from the road. Love you all!!___

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2016-12-24 17:33:27 (10 comments; 1 reshares; 49 +1s; )Open 

I wish you and your loved ones a wonderful Christmas. Whichever way you celebrate, slow down and just enjoy being. Remember the magic of Christmas, and be good to yourself and others.
Merry Christmas!

I wish you and your loved ones a wonderful Christmas. Whichever way you celebrate, slow down and just enjoy being. Remember the magic of Christmas, and be good to yourself and others.
Merry Christmas!___

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2016-12-23 21:51:38 (9 comments; 0 reshares; 37 +1s; )Open 

The Christmas celebration I enjoy isn't on the 25th of December - I celebrate Christmas Eve (Heiligabend) like most Germans do. Christmas Eve holds a very special place in my heart. It has really never lost any of its magic through the years. When the sun sets, all the lights turn down low, and the candles are being lit. Soft Christmas music (classical and German traditional) is played, and we sit down to enjoy our fondue. All the preparation for that has been made the day before. This year is the first year that we will be also opening our presents on Christmas eve. (Because Thomas is now too old to even remotely believe in Santa Claus - BUT Baby Jesus (who brings the presents to the German children on Christmas eve) still is clinging on... somehow. Because I want to.


The Christmas celebration I enjoy isn't on the 25th of December - I celebrate Christmas Eve (Heiligabend) like most Germans do. Christmas Eve holds a very special place in my heart. It has really never lost any of its magic through the years. When the sun sets, all the lights turn down low, and the candles are being lit. Soft Christmas music (classical and German traditional) is played, and we sit down to enjoy our fondue. All the preparation for that has been made the day before. This year is the first year that we will be also opening our presents on Christmas eve. (Because Thomas is now too old to even remotely believe in Santa Claus - BUT Baby Jesus (who brings the presents to the German children on Christmas eve) still is clinging on... somehow. Because I want to.
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2016-12-22 17:37:39 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

And all I want for Christmas, is you...!

And all I want for Christmas, is you...!___

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2016-12-21 05:11:28 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 57 +1s; )Open 

The best part about Christmas are the boxes.
#itsnotcaturdaybutwhocares

The best part about Christmas are the boxes.
#itsnotcaturdaybutwhocares___

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2016-12-20 20:22:53 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

Ich bin ein Berliner.

Ich bin ein Berliner.___

2016-12-19 21:58:57 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 17 +1s; )Open 

Another senseless attack that will do nothing but bring about more fear and hate. My thoughts are with the people of Berlin. 

Another senseless attack that will do nothing but bring about more fear and hate. My thoughts are with the people of Berlin. ___

2016-12-19 18:36:49 (8 comments; 1 reshares; 25 +1s; )Open 

My review of "Rogue One" in one word: Meh.

My review of "Rogue One" in one word: Meh.___

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2016-12-14 04:54:23 (27 comments; 8 reshares; 135 +1s; )Open 

For dinner tonight, we had Spinach Pasta bake - basically, a much easier, but equally good type of lasagne.
In large pot in salted, boiling water, you cook one box of penne rigate al dente. While they're cooking, chop up two or three garlic cloves and warm them up in a large pan with a bit of olive oil. When I say "warm up" I mean just make the oil fragrant - don't burn the garlic. Yes, it happens. Then throw in some spinach. I use a box of frozen chopped spinach that I thawed beforehand. Then you pour in one jar of pasta sauce. I like the one with sausage, but any kind works. (You can make this vegetarian, of course). In a separate bowl, mix 1 cup of ricotta, 1 cup of shredded mozzarella and 1/4 cup parmesan cheese. Drain the pasta, mix with the tomato/spinach sauce and then carefully mix in the cheeses. Dump it all in a casserole dish, and sprinkle with another cup of mozzarella.... more »

For dinner tonight, we had Spinach Pasta bake - basically, a much easier, but equally good type of lasagne.
In large pot in salted, boiling water, you cook one box of penne rigate al dente. While they're cooking, chop up two or three garlic cloves and warm them up in a large pan with a bit of olive oil. When I say "warm up" I mean just make the oil fragrant - don't burn the garlic. Yes, it happens. Then throw in some spinach. I use a box of frozen chopped spinach that I thawed beforehand. Then you pour in one jar of pasta sauce. I like the one with sausage, but any kind works. (You can make this vegetarian, of course). In a separate bowl, mix 1 cup of ricotta, 1 cup of shredded mozzarella and 1/4 cup parmesan cheese. Drain the pasta, mix with the tomato/spinach sauce and then carefully mix in the cheeses. Dump it all in a casserole dish, and sprinkle with another cup of mozzarella. Bake it at 350 or at 400 or whatever, or bake it and broil it, or broil it without baking it. Just don't burn it. It's already warm, you really only need to melt the cheese. Let it sit for a while before serving, so it won't fall apart. Bon appetit!___

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2016-12-12 22:47:35 (8 comments; 1 reshares; 19 +1s; )Open 

Today marks the day my son corrected me in a text for the first time ever. He's growing up!! I'm a proud mama!! 

Today marks the day my son corrected me in a text for the first time ever. He's growing up!! I'm a proud mama!! ___

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2016-12-12 05:36:53 (5 comments; 4 reshares; 67 +1s; )Open 

My neighbours don't mess around at Christmas. It's sparkly and beautiful!!!

My neighbours don't mess around at Christmas. It's sparkly and beautiful!!!___

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2016-12-11 23:59:23 (6 comments; 5 reshares; 115 +1s; )Open 

Avalanche No-Bake cookies. Just melt chocolate, mix and cool. Sure. You can get all fancy and drizzle them with melted dark chocolate, but fancy is optional.

Best stored in the fridge.
(Recipe here: http://cookiesandcups.com/no-bake-avalanche-cookies/)

Avalanche No-Bake cookies. Just melt chocolate, mix and cool. Sure. You can get all fancy and drizzle them with melted dark chocolate, but fancy is optional.

Best stored in the fridge.
(Recipe here: http://cookiesandcups.com/no-bake-avalanche-cookies/)___

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2016-12-11 20:50:12 (8 comments; 0 reshares; 47 +1s; )Open 

Snow kitty!

Snow kitty!___

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2016-12-11 16:54:51 (12 comments; 0 reshares; 59 +1s; )Open 

Woke up to this. Holy %#$&!!!

Woke up to this. Holy %#$&!!!___

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2016-12-11 06:52:51 (8 comments; 0 reshares; 38 +1s; )Open 

Too. Much. Snow.
I never thought I'd say that. And with temperatures staying well below freezing for the next week, it's here to stay. But... but... I thought I'm living in that part of Canada where it never snows!? 

Too. Much. Snow.
I never thought I'd say that. And with temperatures staying well below freezing for the next week, it's here to stay. But... but... I thought I'm living in that part of Canada where it never snows!? ___

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2016-12-11 06:20:07 (8 comments; 2 reshares; 32 +1s; )Open 

It's nuts. We almost never get snow!!!

It's nuts. We almost never get snow!!!___

2016-12-09 19:54:47 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Did I reach the end of the internet?

http://twentytwowords.com/times-moms-proved-they-were-the-funniest-ones-in-the-whole-family/11/

Did I reach the end of the internet?

http://twentytwowords.com/times-moms-proved-they-were-the-funniest-ones-in-the-whole-family/11/___

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