Ta Daaaaaa! I am officially RETIRED.
Yesterday I cleared out my desk, said my farewells, and walked out of a grim, gray cube farm into a glorious early spring day. I shed no tears. I did not look back.
And now that it's a done deal, all I can think about it is, What the hell took me so long?
I can't remember ever feeling so light, so happy, so free.
So ... what to do first?
Well, I couldn't sleep, so I got up around 5:30 AM, had coffee, and browsed the newspaper. Then I WENT BACK TO BED. Until 9. And I can do that every morning now. Any time I feel like it. Yowza.
It's Shadow Shot Sunday meme day, and the sun is shining, so photography was in order. I bought a neat bottle-turned-turned-into-a-candle holder at a gift shop a week ago, and I've been looking forward to seeing what I can do with it with my new 50mm lens (which I am loving). The results so far are over at Maraca. And if I want to, I can spend the whole day playing with it. Again, Yowza.
Now about that bottle. It looks like it is covered in frost crystals. I adore frost crystals. And I have never seen anything like this outside of the dead of winter:
The shop owner didn't know how this effect had been done, either. So, of course, I fired up Google and went searching. It took a while to find the secret, but it turns out all you need is a can of a craft product called Crystal Frost, available at craft stores and online. You just spray it on glass and stand back while the magic happens. Come Christmas, I will be frosting the daylights out of this place.
Meanwhile, tomorrow is Easter and I have goodies to bake and shop for. Because I am not going to work today. Or tomorrow. Or ever. Yowza!
Longwood Gardens - Part IIII
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