Saturday, September 12, 2009

It's a good time for family portraits

Many of you know that I do a bit of photography on the side. I've had a ton of fun doing family, senior, and wedding portraits in Twin the past couple of years.

If you are thinking of doing family portraits as Christmas gifts (or for Christmas cards), you might like to know that I'm giving 10% off sitting fees and print prices this month. 'Tis a good time to get 'em done because of the cooler evenings, the upcoming fall colors, and the fact that everyone's pretty much done traveling for the summer, etc. Mention this posting to get the 10% off.

The 10% applies to senior portraits too.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Harvest time

Our tomatoes FINALLY came on... and boy are they ON! Anyone want tomatoes?


Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Job security... at least for now

The following is from a press release from CSI today:

"More than 8,300 students are enrolled at the College of Southern Idaho this semester marking the first time the college has ever reached the 8,000 figure and its highest one-year increase ever."

It is something of a maxim in higher education that economic hard times are generally a good thing for enrollment. People out of work tend to want to improve their job skills or change careers entirely. CSI has had continual growth throughout it's 40+ year history and this year, as you saw above, continues the trend-- in a big way.

In practical terms this means that I have full classes and they are staying full. In other, leaner years I often start the semester with full classes, but once they get a gander at my syllabus and/or hear me talk, some certain number of them scamper off to another section (or, perhaps they drop college entirely-- who knows). This year, however, if they want to go for that AA or AS, there is no other section of 101 or 102 for them to go to. EVERY class is full. We even opened a bunch of new sections (once of which is an overload class for me). Hurray for higher education.

The flip side, of course, is that we're being asked to do more for more students with less money. When the economy is in the tank, people come back to college but they don't buy big screen TVs or wave runners (and thus sales tax and other state revenues are down).

You know, though (I hope), that I love what I do. It's work, but I love it. . .

. . . most days.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Saturday is a special day...

... it's the day I harangue lovingly, patiently persuade my children to get them to do their Saturday work.

In addition to inside work, we're mowing, raking, generally cleaning the yard, AND mowing, raking, and generally cleaning the yard at a neighbor's house.

What are you doing today?

Thursday, September 3, 2009

I'm a-learnin'

I'll be the first to admit that I have a long way to go in mastering the real power of PhotoShop. I'm nothing like the master that others in my circle of friends (Sonnet) have shown themselves to be. I have, however, had a bit of fun learning some new things and trying them out on the pics I took of Nick and Lindsay last weekend.

I was so taken by one of these shots, in fact, that I've set it as my profile pic over on facebook (where, in fact, some of you are reading this post, I'm sure).

Do me a favor, will ya'? Tell me which of these you like best. Which ones don't work?