A Lot to Learn

Last night an evening blog post eluded me because I was busy taking diligent notes during my first photography class.

Study Up!

I have a lot to learn!

The class lasted three hours and the teacher spoke quickly to make sure he had time to cover the function of all of the buttons on our Nikon D3000 cameras. After taking four pages of notes, it’s clear that I need to study up and practice. I think snapping picture after picture in different modes will prove the most beneficial.

Some of you expressed interest in a post dedicated to beginner’s photography. Since I am clearly a beginner, I would love to create this post once I feel a little more comfortable behind the camera. I think a simple “how to” post covering basics like “this is what the ‘S’ mode means” could be a great starting point for those of you out there who feel as clueless as I do when it comes to pictures.

If you’re anxious to get started, The Pioneer Woman has a whole section of her amazing website dedicated to photography. She even has some tutorials that I’m sure would be very helpful if you’re a good online learner. (I personally need a classroom setting. I dropped the only online class I took in college during the first day of add/drop week because apparently I need a teacher in front of me to absorb anything.)

Attending the photography class last night also gave me a new respect for those of you out there who work full-time and also attend school at night. That little duo requires a whole lot of sitting (I started to get so antsy by 8:30 p.m.!), not to mention brainpower and constant concentration. You are to be commended.


This morning I woke up with one thing on my brain.


One benefit about having a workout log saved on this blog is that I am able to look back and observe patterns and holes in my exercise regimen. A big, gaping hole lately has been a lack of stretching and yoga.

The last time I took a yoga class was on November 21 when I had an all-too advanced experience at a real yoga studio. I guess that detered me from yoga for a while, huh?

Well, today I got back on the mat.

Holy tight hamstrings!

My legs were shaking in several of the poses due to my extreme inflexibility. It’s somethin’ to work on, that’s for sure.

Walk + Breakfast

After yoga and 15 minutes of cardio on the elliptical, I headed home with Ryan to take Sadie on a walk.

Sadie Wants a Hug!

"No Face For You!"

Sadie seemed to enjoy her usual stroll around the lake quite a bit. There were lots of squirrels out to stalk this morning!

Once we arrived home, I popped a whole wheat bagel thin in the toaster to get started on breakfast.

After topping it with peanut butter, frozen banana slices and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice, it was  time to dig in.

PB + B Bagelwich

A lil’ bit o’ spice is where it’s at!

Sprinkle, Sprinkle


I smooshed the two halves together to make a thick breakfast sandwich that was bursting with a nutty, sweet flavor.

In other news, today is a very special day for the furry member of my little family (Sadie, not Ryan) 😉 ).

Laugh Attack

And now a couple of links to hopefully make you laugh…


  1. Jessica says

    I believe pb doggy treats are in order! Happy Birthday to Sadie Hawkins Dance! I know…it’s a bad habit…Tyler’s parents have a cat named Peanut that I call Peanut Butter Cup and my cousin has a terrier named Gracie that I call Gracie Lou Freebush (from the movie Miss Congeniality). I just let the name take me away!


  2. Geraldine says

    Happy Birthday Sadie! Recently my boyfriend and I have been discussing getting a dog and he has fallen in love with Vizlas – he really wants a sporty dog. I once showed him a few of your blog posts about Sadie so maybe (definitely) he got the idea from here! 🙂 I hope Sadie gets some doggy cake or an extra big bone today



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