Monday, February 7, 2011

Project 365/35-37

We're experiencing a short warm-up around here, in preparation of another storm this weekend.  There is definitely hope that it will miss us, but they are talking about 6+" of more snow on Tuesday. UGH!!  I usually love winter, but I think I may be getting old; I'm finding myself in a bit of a funk.  Difficulty focusing, irritability, depression; I'm experiencing them all.  Who knows, it could be the hysterectomy and not the weather at all; but I'm going to blame winter and move on!

Now, on to the subject of a lot of my irritability.  Is it frustrating for anyone else to cook for your family and then have the majority complain that they don't like it.  I am not in love with cooking, really, I'm not!  I have developed some ability over the last couple of decades, but not a love affair.  It frustrates me to no end to have tons of leftovers that no one will eat.  Case in point, I make home made chicken noodle soup for my family frequently.  Couple of weeks ago, I was in a hurry and bought some of the freezer egg noodles to use in my soup instead of making my own.  They noticed!! How could they notice??  None of them went back for seconds (except for the ever loyal and hungry hubby), I asked what was up and they said they weren't sure but something was wrong with the noodles and they just didn't like it.  Seriously!?  Suffice it to say, I don't buy freezer noodles anymore, ever.

I have learned over the last 16 years to "keep it simple, stupid!" when it comes to cooking for my family, go with what I know and don't prepare too much, leftovers never seem to leave.  I can't really complain about the leftovers, I personally don't eat much of anything reheated, soup and stew are the exceptions.  How do other families deal with this, I hate short order cooking because someone is being difficult and refusing to eat what I made, but struggle in letting them go without.  I am really struggling with this right now, seems shallow, but it is wearing on me.

The other thing wearing me out is the video games and tech.  Yeah, I know, I'm typing this on a computer.  I'm a hypocrite, sue me!  The kids got a PS3 for Christmas, they play it incessantly, to the point of not getting school work and chores done.  I'm seriously considering a tech hiatus for the kids, they are becoming difficult and contrary.

On a different note, something that I am having fun with is learning more about my camera and photography in general.  The next to pics were taken with aperture priority, a spot focus and the second I adjusted the white balance. (Didn't I sound all official there???)

The spot focus is on the left hand side of the pic, where the pile of noodles, flat noodles and rolling pin all meet.  The white balance adjustment made the second pic look exactly like what I was seeing with the naked eye.  I really like how it turned out.

This one I used the scene settings on my camera and set it for snow, it automatically adjusted the white balance and probably a bunch of other stuff that I haven't figured out yet.
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Mike said...

Photo editing is awesome! That second picture of noodles looks a lot better. (If you ever need help figuring out photoshopping, just let me know. I love it! :)

Christi said...

Thanks, Mike, I might take you up on that. The fun thing on these is that it's all camera settings, not editing. My camera is a little complicated, but still just a point and shoot. I love it and will probably love it more as I continue to learn all of the settings.

Tracy said...

LOL on the hypocrite statement!

I am not quite sure if the guy above was talking about the same picture but on my calibrated monitor the WB in the FIRST noodle picture is better. (right under, didn't I sound official there??) But I guess if you were in Tungsten lighting than it's probably right?

Christi said...

Thanks Tracy. I'm not sure, the second one looked closer to what I was seeing. I liked the first one but it seemed a little washed out to me. I do have the ability to change the type of lighting, but I haven't figured all of that out, yet. Thanks for stopping by.