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Saturday, May 09, 2009

The Three + Hour Tour

Let me begin by stating a simple fact - I am NOT a fan of boats. Canoes are okay, kayaks will do, but big old boats - especially those with motors have been a nightmare for me since I was a small child. I mean, everyone thinks they know motion sickness and its aftermath, but let me assure you have you have NO IDEA what the aftermath of my extreme super motion sickness looks like. You're not alone, since I haven't been on a boat with a motor for 10 years.


The longest boat ride I have ever taken is the 2-hour ferry ride to Martha's Vineyard. Which was a total disaster. It was raining that day and everyone else on the ferry was comfortably inside staying dry and having cups of hot cocoa while I spent a couple of hours getting uncomfortably damp and heaving over the side of the boat.

I have tried all of the usual tricks. I have the acupressure bands (I had them for the ill-fated MV trip), I have tried pills and really nothing seems to work.

So I am EXTREMELY concerned about tonight's 4 hour dinner cruise. Especially since it is with G's new co-workers. My constant hurling and heaving has the potential to ruin everyone else's enjoyment. Sigh.

My mom was all "Oh, honey. Did you tell him about the time you threw up for hours after riding the world's smoothest 10 minute ferry when you were a kid?"

Um, no. No I didn't. Because it has never really come up. I have successfully managed to avoid boats for years and years. But that changes tonight.

I have several coping strategies. Tonight I will be instituting the following measures:
• chewable motion sickness relief pills
• acupressure bands
• endless ginger chews
• large mostly empty purse filled and lined with lots of plastic bags
• staying outside on the deck of the boat as much as possible

I'm not sure what else I can really do. Sigh. I'd best get myself ready to go and will keep my fingers crossed (unless it interferes with subtly whipping out the big purse for secret and hopefully silent barfing).

Thursday, May 07, 2009


SOMA kitty

I am totally obsessed with using Tilt-shift to make my photos look like miniatures/scale-models. Look at the model roof kitty! So cute!

What I'm really loving about it is that it makes some rather blah digital landscape photos look really cool.

Beaver Creek, CO
Before Tilt-shift this was a rather disappointing, flat shot of a Beaver Creek hotel or apartment building. After tilt shift it looks really cool!

Of course, you can use it with photography that's already good as well.

Echo Lake
Look at those adorable toy boats!

Warning: this filter is highly addictive and I cannot be held responsible if you decide, much as I did, to search through your entire library of say 20,000 photos obsessively to find the perfect photos to convert into miniatures...