I am trying to think of how I am going to style a particular photograph I would like to take. My friend Pants Man (www.pants-man.com.au) are trying to challenge ourselves and work on our conceptual skills in regards to our photography - this weekend the theme was window. I have had a couple of ideas, but none seem to be jumping out at me as the perfect idea. I probably should just take the photos and see how they come out.
This weekend has been pretty casual. Unless you count the monster spring clean that took place yesterday. And when I say spring clean, I really mean hiring out a carpet cleaner from Big W and doing all the carpets in our house. Over the past couple of weeks we've been slowly culling the junk that has accumulated in the house and that was the final step. I hate the carpets here, but they manage to gain a couple of points when they're freshly cleaned. I know I said we'd try and move this year but that plan has slowly died - with my sister moving it it seems we cannot be bothered sorting it out. We fixed the fence problem ourselves and I've just planted my veggie garden, so at the moment it's on the back burner.
I have to say, I've got itchy feet again. It's been one whole year since I went to Hawaii and I'm on the lookout again. This year we have some Qantas travel vouches to use - basically some free flights. Thinking of going to New Zealand to watch a rugby world cup game or two in October and something else next year. Remember that long lost plan to go to South America with a friend of mine? Well, the momentum is building up again for that plan to be realised. I don't know what it is, but at the moment I really want to off exploring. I watched the movie Paul a week ago and that almost set me off planning a road trip around the USA. I just need to find someone that's enthusiastic about the idea.
What I want to do is organise a trip, with the people I went to school with. One year we went camping, and now I want to do something a little bit bigger. Maybe set a date, two years from now and commit to a road trip around Australia, or another country. Set an amount we'd like to spend, agree on a destination and go from there. It's so hard to get anyone enthusiastic about it though. It's never something you'd be able to do in the moment, and I always feel like we'd miss out on something so awesome if it's not planned in advance. But it's difficult getting everyone to think the same way. Different lives mean different pressures, commitments. Some people think it's silly to plan so far in the future. I wonder why that is. I guess it's hard to know what it will be like then - anything completely life altering may make it hard to follow through - but I'm always afraid we'll go "gee, that would have been cool. when we really didn't have to think of anyone but ourselves'. I guess there's always the chance that it will come to the time, and those involved will start pulling out. That's what happened for the trip to Hawaii. T and I planned almost 12 months in advance. Let some girls know, to start saving and planning for the trip. We were the only ones who did (although the enthusiasm was there, it seemed easy to give because it was just an idea at that stage). T and I got to the point where we were booking and putting down deposits, and of course it was only us two. Not that we didn't have an excellent time. We did. But I wish others could have experienced it as well.
I'm actually waiting for someone to throw back at me the whole Qantas thing. Someone did once. The whole, 'easy for you to say...'. That was disappointing. Let's just say I don't think about inviting them on a trip. I'm lucky, I know it. I feel bad about it. I get it. I don't say, 'we should travel' and completely ignore the issue. I ended up paying full fare for the Hawaii trip - full commercial ticket. Why? It wasn't that much cheaper to fly staff and second, I got a guaranteed seat with T which would not have been the case otherwise. Wouldn't that have been nice? She flies off on the holiday and I'm stuck at international because the flight's full and there's no room for a stand-by. I would have missed out on parts of the trip or been stuck at airports waiting for an available seat.
Actually, I think the next big trip with T, I might bribe my brother to put her on his staff travel. Then we can be stranded together at airports and waiting for available seats. For cheap flights that is, haha. She'd have 6 months usage so we'd try and go anywhere and everywhere in that period. Hell, even to freaking Darwin for a weekend.
I think I might go cook dinner now. Think about my photograph. Might think about the whole group trip thing. Write up a semi proposal. See what the response is like.
I was the opposite with this challenge, I almost straight away had an idea that I've been building up to, and I'm about to go out and put it into effect. Mostly because it's a bit yucky.
I have two ideas I'm going to try. I think one will end up better than the other, but you never know. I always seem to have something in my head, but the unexpected turns out so much better.
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