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So my weekend last weekend started on Friday since it was another furlough day. I spent Furlough Friday sitting in a too small chair at a too big table with my macbook working with two school librarians, a retired school librarian, two high school volunteers and a parent to try to get a school library back up and running. Why was it not running in the first place? Well the school was closed a couple of years ago because the district opened two brand new schools.  That school was dismantled and the library was split amongst the two new schools. Now there is a need to reopen it as a k-2 school and needed a library.  I worked for 7 hours straight trying to get that library set up and while me made a dent in it- it wasn’t nearly enough.  I hope they are able to get it going soon- but since school starts tomorrow I seriously doubt it will be ready by then. Close- but not ready.

On Saturday I went to the fair to check out my pictures and see how I placed. I got my highest placing yet- a Third in the Agricultural Photo competition. I got an honorable mention for my crash picture in Photojournalism. And my pelican picture didn’t place but animals is a hard category to place in and I knew that going in.   I always study the pictures that win- and I think the problem with my pelican picture was that it wasn’t colorful enough for the judges. My dad thinks so too because technically it was extremely sharp but it was taken of a gray bird sitting on a gray rock with just a piece of ocean behind it. I ended up Saturday evening turning down an invitation for Pizza at my brother and sister-in-law’s house because I had the worst headache that just wouldn’t go away. Finally it did…but it cost me free pizza- damn it.  I did get to see my nephew for a couple minutes though- he was wearing a Tony Stewart outfit I bought him before he was born that he now fits in.  Unfortunately it reminded me that I really need to get that kid some 14 clothes. Maybe for Christmas.That just gave me a GREAT idea for a toddler shirt for Old Spice. You guys who make up Tony’s shirts and stuff- should really tap my brain for ideas because I have some great ones!!!

Sunday I was actually up before 7! Can you believe that? Me neither- but Roxy needed to go out early for some reason and I may have grumbled at her but I would rather get up then clean up if you know what I mean. Then my dad invited me to go the HIstoric Car Races at Laguna Seca- which I turned down because I honestly didn’t want to spend the fifty bucks to go.  It was a good thing I was up that early though because there was a knock on the door and who was visiting? My brother and my nephew….still in his pjs (I was still in mine so I didn’t feel so bad). We had some breakfast…and then my nephew played while my mom tried to figure out her new camera. Mostly she has it down but we still occasionally end up with pictures like this:

My nephew had been ignoring the pre-race until Tony came on. Then he dashed over to the TV and turned him off. I may have said "NO NOT DURING TONY!!!" at which point he giggled.

My nephew had been ignoring the pre-race until Tony came on. Then he dashed over to the TV and turned him off and giggled - like he KNEW it would get a rise out of his Auntie. And it did."NO NO NOT DURING TONY!!!!" causing everyone to laugh!

My nephew looking up at Grandma who is trying to show him a flashlight. See how he is ignoring the prerace?

My nephew looking up at Grandma who is trying to show him a flashlight. See how he is ignoring the prerace?

Roxy gets a big hug from my nephew

Roxy gets a big hug from my nephew. Awww!

My dad sent me this picture from his adventures at the Historic Car Races at Laguna Seca

My dad sent me this picture from his adventures at the Historic Car Races at Laguna Seca.

If you have been reading for awhile, you know that I like to take pictures and that the last couple of years I have entered some of what I think is my best work to the local county fair. These are my three entries this year:

Crash In Turn 7 from Infineon

Crash In Turn 7 from Infineon (category: Photojournalism)

Pelicans at the Coast Guard Doc

Pelicans at the Coast Guard Dock (category: wild animals)

and

Artichokes

Artichokes (category: Bounty of the Valley (local Ag photos- a new category)

You can enter up to 4 photos…and I usually do enter four each year.  However I was going to use this picture I took of my nephew as my fourth entry:

Pensive At The Park

Pensive At The Park

But I needed to get a model release signed by my brother…who said he’d “have to think about it” and then never did sign the release for me…but It’s a great picture…because he’s a cutie (of course I am biased). Unfortunately I didn’t think it would be an issue since they gave me permission to use a picture of him last year so I had spent the money to have the photo printed in uber high quality format (that is what I get for procrastinating a little this year I guess). Oh well…guess what they are getting for Christmas.

As much as I love photography and I love entering them in the fair- I am sad to say this will probably be my last time doing it. It’s kind of an expensive process…of course I say this now…who knows what I will say next year.