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Old School Blogging: Five Alive.

By the time you are reading this, I will be in Cape Cod. Or maybe since it’s a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it trip, I’ll already be back!

I had been wanting to link up with Alison and Elaine with their latest “Old School Blogging” edition (#OSBlog for those playing along on twitter) but with my SITS Day on Thursday, I figured it was ok to be slightly late to the game this time around. Only slightly.

Here I am playing along with July’s edition: Five things.

Five Things I Have A Passion For:

1. Photography, of course! Even though I’ve loved it since I was a kid, it took me a long time (really still learning) to learn that just because someone else is good at photography, that doesn’t take anything away from me. The world doesn’t work that way. I used to think every other photographer was a “real” photographer and that I was a hack or a fake. I can’t lie – I still suffer from sometimes debilitating self-confidence issues, but hey, I’m no phony. It’s the whole passion thing. Photography makes me weak in the knees.

Scanned into a negative scanner, from my first roll of film from my first camera. My first portrait, taken of my first family dog:

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And this isn’t the latest photo I’ve taken, but it is the latest photo I’ve uploaded. A teaser from my next post, “Peek-a-boo.”

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2. Writing. This isn’t in any kind of order, by the way. I used to love writing more than photography because it hurt more to do, but in a good way. Lately I find the two to be evenly matched in terms of challenge and depth. I considered myself a writer before I considered myself a photographer. Even with a degree, I couldn’t call myself a “writer” until that first syndicated BlogHer post but I think I was born one. It’s funny – writing. It’s called writing because the act involves taking a pen or pencil to paper (at least before computers). It’s not really writing – it’s thinking. It’s the way you look at the world and the way you sit down to blank pages or blank screens and even without any kind of plan or idea, the thoughts speak loudly and rapidly. Faster than your fingers can write or type.

Isn’t that amazing?

3. Parenting. Maybe this should be first but it’s kind of funny to be passionate about it. I am, though. Many people go a little nutty when they have kids. I’m sure I did – a great new place to channel my anxiety(!) but I also got more grounded than I’d ever been.

4. Social media. Funny, right? I’m a nerd. People say that both photography and internet worlds are shields – escapes from reality. I say it’s the opposite. Even behind a lens or a screen, I’m still giving you my all. You have my undivided attention and focus. Besides, even if they were my shields, who cares? The parenting and the writing sure make me feel exposed and vulnerable enough as is!

5. This one is hard. I could say so much. Rainbow sprinkles on cookies. Sundresses. Books. Doctor Who. However, I will say something else. Animals. All of the things I just named make my world go round, truly, but moose and whales are what propel my dreams and travel plans. You can’t buy them at the corner bakery or on ebay. (I think?) I can read a book anywhere and watch the many, many Doctor Who episodes we have at home. Moose and whales? They make you chase ’em. I dig that.

** The next lists of fives won’t be as long as my five passions. (I think?)

Five Things I Would Like To Do Before I Die:

1. I have to steal from Alison but I would love to attend a blogging conference. This has become such a big part of my life and I want to meet you all someday!

2. Visit Alaska and see no less than moose, whales and northern lights. I have seen moose and whales in my life but never in Alaska. And I’d like to see an Alaskan bull moose (the largest of the American subspecies) and a blue whale (I sense a size theme here..)

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(Not an Alaskan bull moose. An Eastern moose)

3. Publish a book, or something similar. A magazine article? Something BIG.

4. Start a business with my husband. Get fabulously wealthy, after we miraculously learn to work well together (it does happen: see here) and then we use the proceeds to build onto our house and property (outdoor hot tub, indoor jacuzzi, king-sized bed) and we have a house in New England for fall and spring and a house in northern California for winter and part of summer. Wheeeee!

5. Raise these stupendous kids into stupendous adults. With preferably less anxiety than I have.

Five Things I Say A Lot:

1. “I love you.”

2. “Who farted?” (I like to blame innocent people for invisible farts)

3. “Cassidy, can you make me popcorn?”

4. “You woke your brother up.”

5. “Why is your brother crying? What did you do to him?! Oh. You’re on the other side of the house from him.”

Five Books And/ Or Magazines I Have Read Lately:

1. Last week’s issue of Us Weekly.

2. “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn.

3. “Fly Away” by Kristin Hannah.

4. “The Storyteller” by Jodi Picoult.

5. Two weeks ago’s issue of Us Weekly.

Five Favorite Movies (Maybe You’ve Seen Them Five Times?):

1. Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind. (I haven’t been able to watch it in seven years but I imagine it would still take my breath away)

2. American Beauty. (See above)

3. Unbreakable. (See above too. Man I need to reinforce these loves!)

4. Edward Scissorhands. (And…yup. Same. Been a long time)

5. Hook.

Honorable comedy mentions to Groundhog Day and The Wedding Singer.

Five Places I’d Like To Travel To:

1. Alaska. Alaska. Alaska.

2. London.

3. Disney World. My own personal idea of hell, since I hate heat and crowds, but I want to take my kids there.

4. Greenland, followed shortly by Aruba. I’d like to think of it as jumping into a cold pool and then sinking into a hot tub after.

5. Farallon Islands or Great Barrier Reef. I want to see Great Whites, but not too, too close. I’m insane, I know.

Five People I Invite To Do This Meme:

You, you, you, you and you. If you want to, of course. And if you do, visit Alison and Elaine to link up!

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  1. This took by breath away because our lists would be so similar. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Oh my. And American Beauty. The only film I'd have to add to that list is Thelma and Louise. And I just finished reading Gone Girl! I love your photos. The world is a better place due to them. xo

    1. Ah, that doesn't surprise me. Eternal Sunshine…I couldn't speak for about 20 minutes after I walked out of the theater. I still can't really grasp it. It's almost too much.How did you like Gone Girl?

  2. I love #5 in the things you say a lot! I'd find it hard to narrow down on most of these categories, especially the travel section. I want to go everywhere and see just about everything!

  3. These are great! I also really want to visit Alaska. My husband (then-boyfriend) lived in London for a few months while we studied abroad in college. I absolutely want to go back. I'd so live there again!

  4. I like number four on your bucket list. LOL! Oh, and Edward Scissorhands is awesome. I would put almost any Tim Burton film on the list. He's awesome!

  5. I love reading these!!!We have very similar reading tastes – I love the authors you mentioned and think I've read all the books you listed!!

  6. This sounds like a lot of fun. I really love looking at your photography, might have to find you to get you to do some of Madison. 🙂 Alaska is on my bucket list of places to visit before I die along with London, but we're getting to that one next year summer. Can't wait! I LOL at who farted. Too funny. 🙂

  7. Loved a glimpse into your mind and life, Tamara (not in a stalker-ish way, though). Go to Disney in January/February – weather is not bad and crowds are light. We were going to go back to Aruba (where we honeymooned) for our 10th anniversary, but took the kids to Disney instead!

    1. Aw, thank you! I love seeing glimpses into your mind too! I would love to go to Disney in January – to escape a New England winter while also giving Scarlet a dream vacation. We all win! Aruba sounds so good!

  8. I admit I am liking photography a little bit its very fascinating to see what a camera can capture. This sounds like fun to do I may do this next week on the blog. Stopping over from SITS

  9. Awesome! I'd love to go to Alaska too, my MOM & sister went on a cruise there years ago, and I would love to go there too someday.I'm officially stalking you now on FB, Pinterest, Instagram & G+ and Twitter, Bloglovin – lolHope your'e having fun in the Cape. 🙂

    1. I'm so glad you found me! I think I found you back on all of them! My parents went on an Alaskan cruise and loved it. And they're not really the type to like cruises if they're not something like that.

  10. This is such a fun meme. I linked up as well. I loved what you said "It's not really writing – it's thinking." I wrote almost the same thing in my list of passions. I love Hook and Edward Scissor Hands too. Thank you for sharing a little bit of you with us.

  11. So fun! I love that I learned more about you and that we have a whole lot in common (not surprised by that one). I am dying to read Fly Away and I am a People, US Weekly and InTouch junkie. Leo and the boys went to Alaska last summer and said it was the trip of a lifetime. Leo and I went to London and since I thought I was going to Jamaica (long story), it wasn't quite the trip it should have been. We share a lot of the same passions. 🙂

  12. Love this meme. Can't wait to participate next week! And like you, Edward Scissorhands is an eternal favorite of mine. Love your photographs!

  13. I would love for you to share and link up at my weekly TGIF Link Party if you haven't already this week. Your favorite posts, most popular, recent or new! The party is open every Thursday night and closes Wednesday's at midnight. Followed by (Not SO) Wordless Wednesday! http://apeekintomyparadise.blogspot.com/. I would be honored if you join us! Have a wonderful week!Hugs, Cathy

  14. My sister studied abroad in Cape Town. We took the a rickety boat to Robbin Island when I visited. The whole time, I had my hand over the edge of the boat, catching the sea spray. A few years later, I watched one of those nature videos about oceans and saw a Great White leaping out of the water to catch a seal, in the background I could see Cape Town. I NEVER KNEW they were in the waters there and I died a little thinking about it. My sister laughed and said she knew I didn't know and didn't tell me on purpose. So, me too- view a GW from far far away, like me on the couch, watching it on TV distance.Have you ever wrote about what kind of equipment you use for your beautiful photos? I'm curious!Have a great vacation.

    1. Oh my – what a story! You were just calmly watching the water…shudder. Yes, from a great distance!I sometimes write about my equipment. Most photos are taken with a Canon 60D body and a 50mm prime lens or a 55-250mm zoom. Never a kit lens. Sometimes I use an the 580exii external flash!

  15. Loved reading this!!! We have lots in common on our lists!! 🙂 I wish I had thought of the "Who farted" — that is a common comment in our house too…the kids, the hubby, the dogs…ugh!! I loved Gone Girl and anything by Jodi Picoult (she is one of my favorite authors) and we are going to Alaska next summer and I can't wait!! And of course there is photography! It is so much fun getting to know each other better! Have fun at the Cape!

    1. I love Jodi Picoult! I met her once at a book signing. She was totally cool in person. And I'm already excited for YOUR trip to Alaska. I know there will be great photos from you.

  16. Loved reading this and seeing how much in common we have! I'm just taking a photography class this weekend – your amazing pictures inspired me to kick my butt to make the time to take one!

  17. I love old school blogging! Such a great way to learn more about you! I can't wait to watch Hook with my girls when they're a little older – what a great movie! We saw tons of whales when we were in Oahu in January. It was so cool to sit on the beach and watch them spouting just off shore.

  18. I love the way you wrote about your passions. I feel the same way about writing except I could articulate it as well as you did. Love this! And thank you for linking up.

  19. Oh man, The Wedding Singer is so funny. And I gotta give you props for loving Eternal Sunshine… I did NOT get that movie! Ha!So what did you think of Gone Girl? I have to ask everyone I know who has read it. They are making a movie of that too!

  20. Oh man, I hear you on Alaska! If I ever get a chance to visit there (which is #1 on my list of places to visit) I really hope I see some whales and the Northern Lights. But, I've heard that winter in the best time to see the Northern Lights and I refuse to go to Alaska in the middle of winter!

  21. I could NOT put it down..however I did slow down at the end because I knew how hard it would be to end it. I give her credit for how she chose the ending. It made sense. Not exactly what I wanted but…that's how it goes, I guess.

  22. I hear you! Gotta do Alaska in the middle of summer and maybe Iceland for northern lights? It's cold there in March and April but better than Alaska in December..I would hope. Maybe not!

  23. Tamara, you are like my twin. lol I have done some of your to-do list wishes already, and I totally would want to do number four too! Oh, and I thought I was the only one who asked, who farted? more than the average joe. lolLove Old School Blogging!

  24. I love your lists!! My reading list looks similar to yours – I am just starting Gone Girl and US Weekly is a staple (although I left it off my list!). And Alaska – it's beautiful. I've only been once briefly but I was obsessed with seeing a moose. Didn't happen. My mom thought I was crazy.

  25. i quite enjoyed learning more about you! 🙂 i never do these because i fear i can't think of anything interesting enough to say…i too am passionate about parenting. i love it so much i could cry joyous tears at the very thought of my son. corny, i know – but i think i was born to be a mama!

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