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Day 363 ~ Indianahhh...
|I'm pretty sure I couldn't have possibly napped more than I did during Kylie and I's 3 day visit to Indiana over Christmas to visit her family. I mean, I think her parents are still waiting for my body imprint to come out of their La-Z-Boy. This was pretty much how my schedule went while we were there. Eat - nap - snack - watch some TV - eat more - snack - watch TV - put a few pieces of the 1000 piece puzzle together - graze - snack (if I wasn't napping) - nap - go to bed. Get up next day and repeat. It was the best 3 days of the year. I seriously haven't felt as relaxed and rested for as long as I can remember as I did after our trip.
I did manage to squeeze in a little walk in between naps on Christmas Eve day, if only to prove I didn't sleep the whole time I was in Indiana.
Funny little story about this first image. Who says photography's not a contact sport? I was inspired recently by friend and super-talented fellow Dallas photogapher Jen Weintraub and her photo of an adorable little girl on a spinning merry-go-round, and when I spied one near the police station in downtown Princeton, I thought I'd give it a try.
Now, I was the only one around, so no cute little models in fun clothes were available to spruce up this image, so I'm already -3 points. Anyway, let me paint you a visual. Close your eyes and imagine me leaned in holding my camera in the center of the merry-go-round with the other hand on one of the outer rails. I've got one foot on the merry-go-round (so I can reach the center with my camera) while the other is pushing on the wet stone/grass around this death wheel to generate the motion that will give this pullitzer the motion blur. Got that in your head? Good. Well, it lasted about 3/4 of a revolution before my wet shoe slipped off the merry-go-round. Now I was faced with a dllemna... I've got a rather expensive camera & lens in one hand, and my other is precariously still holding on to the rail. I'm starting to go down and I can either A) let the camera go to help brace my fall with that hand and probably come out unscathed, B) take my non-camera hand off the rail it was on and try and break my fall on the merry-go-round platform while my knees likely drag in the wet grass and stone or C) keep my camera hand on the camera and my other hand on the rail and break my fall with my shin on the edge of the platform and my chin on the next rail over. I ask you, what would you have done? I chose C... and all the ungraceful glory that came with it.
I'm just glad there wasn't anyone around to see my merry-go-round fail. I popped right back up (biting my lip and shedding a tear on the inside because of the sharp pains in my knee and chin) and went about my business like nothing happened just in case someone might've seen the debacle from a nearby window. In any case, was it worth it for the image below? I say yes.
Here's the courthouse in the quaint little downtown square.