Tuesday, April 24, 2012


We have an unused attic room that (after discussing it with LV) I have decided to make into a little photo studio!

 I went out to a thrift store today and bought some fabric for backdrops and some fun props...I placed the first pieces of it into the room this evening. I hold no wish to do studio photography work. I don't want to do wedding photography...or any form of business with my photos...I just...wanna create. Ya know?

This hobby of mine, brings me peace. It fills a void inside me. When I am capturing things through the eye of Chanda or working to fine tune a cluster of photos...I feel calm. Happy. Content. There are so many people who are much MUCH better photographers than me.

 Sometimes I get disheartened when I feel I've captured a particular photograph and then see someone Else's work and it makes mine look like child's work.


 But I press on. Creating. Learning. Creating. Learning. It's some kind of weird compulsion of mine to capture that one photo that will step out from the photo paper and tell its story. Like those in Life Magazine.

Have you ever noticed that as far as quality work goes, the photo's that take our breath away are not the perfectly sculpted ones...but the ones that demand we pause and listen to its story?

That, my Peeps, is what I want to do. What I strive for. I'm not there.  


But I will be.


Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Retirement Schedule

Having spent the last couple of days plinking on my laptop, reading books, watching T.V.--basically whiling my life away--I woke up this morning and decided I must give myself a schedule or I'll end up wasting my life away.

I know. I know. WHY schedule yourself you say? Isn't retirement about NOT having a schedule?!

Alas, I'm afraid reality is one must schedule themselves to ward off the razor claws of the dreaded lazy beast.

Once that decision was made--it spurred me into motion and I got more household jobs done in the last two hours then I've done in the last 3 weeks.


*pauses to contort myself into a chicken dance of victory*

*shoop shoop!*

Ok...back to retirement.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Haphazardkat "Retirement" Update

I've been so busy since quitting work to be a "stay at home Mom"--that I haven't had a chance for the reality of no longer having to commute to work--to really sink in!!

I "retired" on Friday, March 30th and flew out with MiniWarrior to Southern California on Monday.

We visited my birth Mom, took a road trip to Venice Beach where MiniWarrior got to work out in the famous Muscle Beach Gym with the big guys :)...and headed back home last Thursday night.

Friday evening I met up with my favorite Chickies where we spent the evening dancing and whooping it up to an awesome band Full Zoo at the Red Lion Inn bar.

Sunday was Easter--where I got to live my dream of making a fantabulous Easter breakfast for my little family and then relaxing in the Spring sunshine for a lazy Sunday afternoon.

Monday I was in the Doctors office for a throat maintenance surgery (went fast and I was outta there in less than an hour)...then LV and I headed into downtown Portland where we feasted at Macaroni Grill. I text my old boss and let him know we were in his neck of the woods, he slipped on over and visited with us for a bit. It was strange to realize it had only been a week since I had seen him!!

Tuesday, LV and I headed out to Cinetopia and watched "The Hunger Games" loved it!. I spent Wed and Thursday finishing up reading the rest of the Hunger Game books and spending time with MiniWarrior.

Friday LV and I met with the people who are selling us our new baby Bichon!! She gets her final shot this coming Friday so we get to pick her up then--WOO!!! We are so excited! We have decided to name her LuLu :)

Saturday morning, early, I kissed my little family goodbye and headed out with LV's family to Seattle for a Bridal Shower.

So many people and only a fraction of what was LV's sweet family! We ate at Salty's Restaurant on the outskirts of the city and had a spectacular view of Seattle--including the space needle!

Sunday was the shower--which went really well. Much laughter and girl food--then we headed out on the long 3 1/2 hour ride home back.

We stopped at our favorite hamburger joint--YUM! I text LV a picture of my hamburger with a bite outta it to torture him back at home--LOL--cuz that's just how I roll...hee hee! :D

It's a good thing he loves me!!

It was wonderful to finally walk into the door of our home and hug my LV and our baby (gabbyabby). MiniWarrior is at his Dads so his hug comes later ;)

So...that brings us up to today's activities...

You'll have to go HERE to see what I've been up to! ;)

So. There you have it. You're all caught up!!

For my Blog Friends :)

Someone posted this on Facebook. I "stole" it so I could post it here--because it is so true!!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Retirement: 2 weeks and going Strong!

Yup--tomorrow marks 2 weeks since I've been "retired".

I am loving every single minute of it.


Monday, April 02, 2012

Retirement: day one

Sitting in an airport with miniwarrior waiting to fly to see grandma in california. My work life seems like a distant dream. I appear to have made the adjustment of working woman to non--smooth as creamed butter transition.

So far i scoff at the "you'll be bored!" predictions.

Bring on the boredom--bring it!