You Capture – YOU!

Beth over at hosts the weekly “You Capture” challenge and this week is my first time joining. This week’s theme is “YOU” – as in capture yourself. Truly challenging for me as I have a problem w/taking pics of myself (kinda shy, hands too shaky, flash doesn’t work well w/the mirror, my arms are short, etc..)…so, sorry for the poor quality of the photos. Hoping to have a better week next week!

Well, here goes:

  • Sportin’ the look of the day…It’s amazing I’m not in PJs!
  • morning me morning me

  • With a dress I’m too short for, but I really like it. Need your opinion on this one as I’m thinking of getting it hemmed. I think it’s supposed to be a little past your knees and not above your ankles. Then again, the long makes me, well, longer and more lean. What says you?
  • short? long?

  • Again showing how short I am w/a Maxi dress (and I’m already wearing kitten heels like in the dress above)…and just meeeee….sans make-up, contacts, etc…I did use a bit of blur on PS b/c my face was looking a wee bit shiny!
  • me w/a maxi dress me

    Want to participate or see other’s who’ve joined in on this week’s challenge? Head on over to Beth’s page:

    Daily Reads (besides Tweets):

    For the past 4 or 5 years, I’ve pretty much kept to the same blogs (in no particular order below). Who makes your daily reads list (aka blogroll/google reader/etc.)? Here’s my list (again, in no particular order):

    • Kim, aka Miss Zoot: I honestly can’t even remember how I found her site, but am glad I did. She designed my skins on my old site, (no longer online). She has a zootiful family and her NikkiZ and my Beans share almost the same bday. I’ve followed her life’s triumphs (marathon! childbirths!) and downfalls (death of her dad). I’ve been awed by her beautiful pictures and her ability to be up and at ’em before the crack of dawn. We also share an obsession over pens and school supplies.
    • Laura Lohr: Her Allie Kat is a couple of weeks younger than my Beans. She’s inspired me to train for runs and I’ve also followed her triumphs (marathon! birthdays! anniversaries! new house!) and worries (almost the comeback of cancer). I also enjoyed her pictures and breath taking views of San Diego.
    • Y over at JoyUnexpected: Watched her boys grow into young men…her daughter turn into a beautiful little girl. She’s funny too! I also felt for her as she struggled w/her weight and Hashimoto’s. I felt her pain without feeling it, that’s how well she writes. She also has a great knack for photography.

    Via RSM (who’s no longer online), I found a few others (who are also no longer online), but Carissa is!

    • Carissa of andsosheblogs: I drool over her recipes and her pictures of the yummy food. She started a workout/weightloss comeback around the same time as me. She has an obsession for bags (like me!) and found a site that has a great deal on glasses (which I have to search for her on her blog again). Her husband makes great art! I envy her for meeting her online blog friends and attending BlogHer and having a kick arse time – especially b/c she claims she’s shy (like yours truly).
    • Steenface: She makes a mean face! lol…Seriously, I love her love of cars and wish I knew as much about cars as she did. And also her love of video games.

    And from Carissa and Kim, I found:

    • Ree of ThePioneerWoman: Need I say more? Ok fine…Reading about life on the ranch makes me wish I lived on one and married a cowboy (j/k pDaddy!). She inspires me to take pictures, fiddle with Photoshop and even got the idea of homeschooling my kids in my head. Her cooking page is awesome and has great step-by-step instructions that I have yet to follow, but keep saying I will. I often have to wipe the drool off of my keyboard after reading her cooking page. And she has a whole “love story” going on recounting her courtship, dating and marriage to Marlboro Man. Did I mention she has awesome giveaways (mixers! DSLRs! giftcards!)?

    Then lately, through these same bloggers above, I discovered new ones that I’ve gotten hooked on and then one led me to another. I’m sorry if I’m not as detailed with these new blogs I’ve discovered, but I’m new to their ‘hood:

    • Heather of thespohrsaremultiplying: I recently found her via Y. The death of her daughter, Maddie, made my heartache. I mourned with her. I pray for her and her hubby and their Binky baking in the oven. I admire her strength…the amount of effort it takes for her to get by day by day.

    From Heather, I found:

    • Midwest Mommy: I just started reading her site a week ago and am hooked. I joined in on the fun this week for Totally Ticked Off Tuesday. I recently found out she has an addiction to school supplies, as do I. She takes pictures for her readers (did you catch the entry where she was taking pics all over the parking lot)?
    • Stacie of Stacie’s Madness: Funny gal going through hell to get her divorce finalized, but is doing much better than I ever would. She also takes beautiful pictures.
    • Angie of SevenClownCircus (who I discovered via Stacie): I just found her yesterday and participated in her “Wordful Wednesday” challenge. I know that “Wordless Wednesday” was around for awhile, but I talk too much (no way? really? yes! really!).

    Now, since I participated in some of these challenges, I discovered more new blogs and got comments from others who also participated.

    I have decided, after reading some entries in addition to the said challenge, that I’m now a fan of:

    • Life with Kaishon (I’m still trying to find out if she has a name/moniker): Girl is FUNNY! So what she can’t cook? She takes great pics and I found myself cracking up with some of her entries.
    • JAM of Just A Mom: I love her pics! I still have yet to go through more entries, but anyone who can post more than 3 pics per entry while telling a story just makes my day! She gives me some eye-candy and makes me want to travel (and upload more pics).
    • Sandy of shopaholicmommy: She’s a shopaholic who seems awesome and gives me way too many temptations to shop! She’s devilishly-good that way!
    • ishouldbefoldinglaundry: Is another great read with a catchy name (b/c I, too, should be folding laundry) w/great pics (see a trend here?). She also does some challenges and I think I will partake in her challenge of “You Capture” today…if I can get around to taking a picture of myself…I’m shy like that.
    • Mona of mamamona: An American-Muslim who’s transplanted herself in Egypt. It’s interesting to see how different life is, not only as a Muslim, but also life in Egypt. Oh and yes, I know her in IRL, but pre-Muslim and pre-Egypt. So, I feel like I’ve got a lot of catching up to do!
    • JamieAnn: I don’t even remember how I got to her site, but I think from twitter?? Anywho, I’m still around her world, but she seems like she’s a keeper with a good sense of humor to boot!

    If you’re not reading any of the above, go on…get your read on 😉 I’m sure I’m missing a few, but I’ll update again!