Instant Camera!

INSTAX MINI. I finally did it. I bought an instant camera. I’ve never had one. This is the brand I got. I like the small size of the prints and the camera was cheaper. I would ultimately like to have a Polaroid as well, but it’s more money (both the camera and the paper). I wanted to get one of these cute little cameras first to see if this was something I enjoy doing.

I really love it! And even if I get the Polaroid I do intend to keep using this one as well with its little credit card-sized photos.

With an instant camera you really have to think about what you’re doing. You can’t take 50000 shots of one thing and just figure that one of them will turn out well. Each picture takes a few minutes to develop and if you don’t happen to be taking pictures in a place where you can set things down and they won’t move, you have to hold that picture. What’s more, instant photography isn’t cheap. If you break it down by picture each photograph cost you about a dollar. If you go in the instant photography treating it like digital photography you’ll be short on your mortgage. With this kind of machine you have to wait until you really know what you want to shoot and just give it your best shot.

Honestly that’s part of the charm. There’s the serendipitous aspect of getting a photograph how you want it, or of having it turn out not necessarily how you wanted it but really interesting none the less. Instant camera photographs also look very dreamy. If you’re looking for Sharp lines and high-definition this is not for you. But if you like a soft and dreamy quality this is actually a really good way to go. And as expensive as it is to buy the paper, if you’re someone who likes to have print copies of the things you photograph it isn’t quite as expensive as it sounds. You can pay 20 or 30 cents to have a digital photograph printed somewhere, and then you have to either go pick it up somewhere or you have to wait for it to ship. With this I take a photograph and a couple of minutes later I have it. No problem.

The photos will be excellent keepsakes. So pretty. I can put them into albums and pass them down easily. They have that nice instant camera border where you can date things or write messages on them if you want to. Photos of photos coming soon!

Lab, Summer

This morning I finally made it to the lab to get tests done. The doctor wanted to run several tests, so they drew five vials of blood. I know from the paperwork he’s testing at least 10 things. I also had to do a test where you breathe into a bag, drink a weird drink, wait 15 minutes, and breathe into another bag. This is to test for certain stomach ulcers. I had to bring Angelica with me because this was the only morning that worked for me all week, and I couldn’t get the babysitter for today. Of course Angelica was extremely well-behaved. She asked if her Bible was allowed inside, and then brought one of her little Bibles with her to the waiting room.

I was glad that they were able to get the blood for me without too much trouble. I am usually a pretty hard stick. The first time she tried she had to dig around and it didn’t work. She had that long needle just moving around. I hate that feeling. But on the second try she got it on the other arm.

Shortly after I came home the really nice girl who cleans for us came.

Angelica has been playing non-stop with a friend since we got home. We got home before noon. We’re approaching five. She’s been playing all day.

School starts in a few weeks! We are coming up on August and everything is getting so real. It felt pretty real when we toured the school and then when Angelica had her evaluation and Craig and I did the parent interview, but it’s amazing to think that before I know it I will be dropping her off. Time is running out.

This spider is really pissing me off. It keeps trying to spread its silk in the air around my back porch swing. That’s not okay. I keep finding fresh string but I can’t seem to find the spider himself.

It is some sort of weird spider season. When I look out the front windows I can see spider threads flying down the street. Some species of spider do disperse their babies that way. The little babies propel with silk and just glide through however many feet or even miles they can before landing on something to build a nest. I just really don’t want to get one stuck on me. I’ll have a heart attack.