Monday, September 3, 2012

Money Shot Monday

Maybe you noticed, but I started Money Shot Monday. I invented it. Like the internet.
I'm sure your Mondays were revolutionized, as of one week ago. What did the world ever do without me?

The thing is, I've been a photo slacker. And a blog slacker. I blame it on a general loss of mojo coupled with increased life insanity, but the truth of the matter is this: I hate uploading photos to the computer.

There. I said it.

I hate finding the cable, hooking up the cable, transferring the photos into the file, deleting them off the memory card, editing them, and loading them to the blog.

This entire process used to be one million percent simpler. And that's no joke. Now, my folders are all in disarray. We have duplicate photo numbers so we now have a duplicate file. Blast it.

Aren't you glad you came here today?

Do I light up your life, or what?

But I'm committed to pushing through. I can do this.

If Dean Cain can pretend to be in the armed forces, I can embrace a bit of unruly technology.

Also? It's high time I started sniffing out the best moments of my day and holding on to them.

So every Monday, for the rest of my life or until I tire of it, I will be posting one photo, taken on the very day, that summarizes one of the happy little blips on the radar.

I'll try to keep my yammering to a minimum.

Though tonight totally doesn't count.

And really, if I'm feeling especially verbose on a Monday, well, you'll be kicking yourself that you didn't invent this game first. I wrote this rule book, Mamas.

Or, as I tell Silas numerous times a day, "I'm the boss!"

I have no idea why I'm in the mood to throw my weight around tonight. It's just the cards we were dealt.

Maybe I'm angsty because we went to the zoo and all of the animals were boring and lazy. I needed to hear those lions, man. They freak me straight out.

Maybe it's because I hit up the new J Crew store and had trouble understanding why a rayon granny blouse needed to cost $80.

Maybe partially stuffing myself into bright coral cropped jeggings from the Gap clearance rack was even more demoralizing than I remember.

Whatever the case may be, that's not even what I'm supposed to be talking about tonight.

(Be honest, you don't hold high hopes for MSM, do you?)

(Me, either.)

But I'm The BOSS!!!

The moral of the story is this: Our landscaping was installed on Friday. Yes, I said installed. Some landscape snobs might say "planted". Whatevs.

We were exactly zero percent helpful in deciding what would be installed. I regressed to my typical level of helpfulness, saying things like, "What about those little trees that look sort of like umbrellas?" I said that very line to an ex-Amish man. Over the phone.

In the end, he read between the lines and planted a crab apple tree, some boxwood, a knock out rose bush, and a black eyed susan. The flowers are totally random and were never discussed, other than my constant refrain, "I just love flowers!"

I do love my flowers. I'm thankful for the surprise. I feel a bit more like my real, old self, the one who has flowers and mulch. It's been too long.

If the plant installation business ever dries up, ex-Amish Dave might consider a career as a therapist/mind reader.

Boss Lady

ps - Have you watched the Mercy Project video yet? It's important stuff, homies.


  1. I love your money shot.
    I have so many pictures to edit tonight.
    I should do a post shouldn't I?
    Tell me to get to it.
    I will watch the video right this second.

    1. Yes! Yes, you should. Help us streamline the process. Pretty please?

  2. You make me smile. I TOTALLY understand the photo thing which why my blogging has been nonexistent outside of a little project that I'm doing with Thoughts on Dirt. But so goes life. I do like the idea of MSM and reminder to look for the good in a busy, crazy life.

  3. Oh, I feel your pain with the photos and duplicate numbers and files and editing and deleting and...
    it can take hours!!! There has to be a simpler way. Let me know if you find it.

    I love your money shot, too.

  4. I put on my sister's mint skinnies and felt so freakin cool. It's amazing what bright pants and landscape installations will do for your day.

  5. A photo now and then is fine-just don't stop yammering with us. We need you.
    Hope life in your new home will be a happy one. Looking forward to hearing more about everything.

  6. i wore those very pants to a bbq tonight. i got them a size bigger than i normally wear just so i wouldn't have to put them back on the clearance rack. they are my most favorite.

  7. I heard myself saying "I want to learn about Money Shot Monday!" and realizing "What the heck IS MSM?"

    I get it though..I always refer to Sunday to anyone who will listen as "And as you know..Sunday is FUnday!" The hubs and one nephew have now taken it on as their own.

    Your direction to your landscapers reminded me of my lack of ability to do much of anything regarding my wedding. I'd like to point out it was in the Bahamas, we showed up and only had to choose a few things. "What kind of flowers would you like for your bouquet?" Me: "Ahhh..anything tropical here." "Cake flavor?" Me: "all cake is so good. You decide!"

    I was part idiot, I guess.

    No, YOU are not.

    I'm off to watch the Mercy video.

    Love and Laughter~


    PS: You may be happy to know that Brad saw the weird neighbor SWEEPING the excess grass off of his lawn right after mowing it on Sunday. He was stunned as he was always trying to maintain that the guy was "a great guy and the wife is weird." He expressed disbelief as we both watched and I got to get in "told ya so, Bradders. Trust me, kid."

  8. Crack a sista up, girl. You're onto something with the MSM. And if anyone can stuff themselves into coral jeggins its gotta be you, cause it sure aint gonna be me. Ha. Well you go have yourself a good night, boss lady.

  9. I generally think of Japanese Maples or Weeping Cherry trees when someone mentions an umbrella tree, although our crab apples tree kind of is umbrella-like and has pretty pink flowers in the Spring. I'm not sure what variety boxwood you planted, but I hope the nursery guy was kind enough not to sell you a variety that has a bad odor (on hot days some varieties smell very bad - kind of like strong cat pee). Hopefully he didn't steer you wrong! Enjoy your new home!

  10. I'm really jealous of MSM. You always think of the really cool stuff first. If I was capable of actual quality pictures I might resort to copycatting, but well, no.

    That being said, I'm glad you now have flowers and I also hate to load pictures. Sometimes I just take one from one of my daughter's Facebook pages and call it a day. They have fancy cameras. Also I birthed 'em so it's okay. G'night! :)

  11. You really make me laugh. And I'm thinking I ought to do something like that on Mondays too, because my inspiration for blogging has dried up. In fact, maybe I ought to post a photo and no words on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays too. And If I do, I shall give you the credit. Boss ;)

    Love the flower. Sadly, we can't have flowers here because our winds will not allow it. 60mph last night and we've only (officially) begun Autumn. Oh well, c'est la vie

  12. so totally unrelated...last night the hubs and i watched the new pbs show market warriors. it makes me think of you for some reason!! have you seen it???? i totally want to be the girl named miller:)

  13. I love it! And the ex-Amish. And the Amish. And you.

    I am officially the biggest internet slacker in the history of the world lately. So you might be the Boss, but I'm the title holder there. And you are hilarious. Times a million. Thanks for MSM!

  14. Thank you for visiting my nomadic mind, and in-turn taking my thoughts and translating with your beautiful words.... Your photos say a trillion words.....

  15. I'll take your ol' bossy pants any day of the week! There is nothin' wrong with a little sass :-)

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