Friday, April 20, 2012

7 Quick Takes Friday

7 quick takes sm1 7 Quick Takes Friday (vol. 163)
1) I have been hungry for two days now.  I keep eating and I keep being hungry. Teenagers everywhere have my sympathy. I need to go to the grocery store.  I have food, but I need to fix it.  I don't want to, because I'm too hungry to cook.  I'm also extremely reasonable when I'm hungry.  Can you tell? I get this way sometimes if my metabolism's gotten ramped up from things I've been doing.  It's not all bad, but you need fuel, actual nutrients.  It doesn't work to just down ice cream. Darn it.

2) My house is a mess, and I have errands to run and food to prepare.  So I'm blogging.  Heck, yes, I have my priorities straight!

3) So I found something out this week.  Climbing shoes are not walking shoes.  I mean, yeah, that should be obvious, and I would never walk distances in my climbing shoes, but I got shoes that only pinched my toes a tiny bit. So I could walk in them and stand in them without too much of a problem.  However, when you try to do precise foot placements in shoes that are a little big, it's very hard to do.  So I got some shoes that make my toes curl slightly when I put them on.  Walking in them kind of makes you feel like your toes are going to break off (okay, maybe not that bad, but it isn't comfortable), but when you get on the wall, it's amazing what you can do!

4) I have a hike this weekend that should be interesting.  It's a long ways away, so that might be a bit of a drag, and it's a pretty flat area.  It doesn't sound like it'll be any elevation, or much of a view, but some interesting things to see along the way.  I'd tell you more, but if it's any good as a hike, I'll post it with a lot of pictures.

5) Speaking of pictures, I have to make a camera decision.  Here is my camera saga.  About 6 years ago, I got a camera that was fairly expensive at the time, and used that for about 5 years with decent results, but sometimes inconsistent results.  The problem was that it only had 4 megapixels, so when I did get a good shot, I'd be lucky to get a decent 5x7.  Then I moved out here, and decided to get a digital SLR. LOVE it.  The only problem is that it's big and bulky.  It takes fantastic pictures, but if I'm on a long hike, or a climb or a hike with a big group, sometimes it's too much to deal with.  But I don't like my little point and shoot anymore because the pictures are truly awful in comparison.  So I got another camera.  This one was one from a rewards program, so I didn't actually pay for it.  I didn't think it would be here by this weekend, but it came yesterday.  So now, do I take the new, shiny, and tiny point and shoot (with 16 megapixels), or the heavy and bulky but wonderful dSLR? It's a long hike with a lot of people, but I think they'll all want stops where I want pics, so it might be okay to have the camera that takes a few minutes to get out. Decisions, decisions.  But such a first world problem that I'm not going to worry too much.

6) Well that one was so long, you deserve a short one. How about a picture?
The Midwest wishes you a happy Spring!
7) Since we're on the subject of pictures, I did decide to start a picture blog.  I don't know if anyone's interested or not, and I'm not going to pretty it up much. I'll just post pictures when the mood strikes me to post more personal pictures. It will be private, but if you're interested in an invite, just email me at catholicmutt(at)gmail(dot)com. If I do post and it's related to something on here, I may link over.  I put up a few of family and friends from last month just to get it started (though if you are my family and friends, they're also on fb).

Have a great weekend, and head over to Jen's for more Quick Takes!


  1. I find it easy enough to get explanations of the confession but a lot harder to find some deep scriptutal insights into it. For example, is there a good place in the New Testament to get some insight into how to make a good examination of conscience?

  2. 1.- sounds like you need more protein or fiber in your diet to fill you up...eggs, beans, meat, etc.

    5.- I know your dilemma. I'm the same way. I love the convenience and lightweight factor of a small point and shoot, but it doesn't take nearly as good of pictures as my heavy, bulky DSLR. Will you have a chance to play around with your new camera to get familiar with it before your hike? If so, it might be fine to take it. If not, I'd take the SLR and not have any regrets.

    7.- I'd love to see your picture blog! I love outdoor photography!

  3. I would take the new camera if you feel like you have a good sense of the bells & whistles it comes with. Have a good hike!

    Easy Mac with peas is my good to "I'm starving but should eat real food" meal.

  4. sign me up for the picture blog. I hope you already knew that before I posted it.

  5. Please sign me up for the picture blog!

  6. I hear ya on not wanting to cook, but super hungry. Too bad ice cream is t more nutritious! :-)
    Love your picture blog and I can't wait to see more!
    It's so interesting about your hiking shoes needing to be smaller ... Interesting!