What I'm Loving | 10/21/2018

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We took Rusty to a pumpkin patch yesterday and I could not have been more thrilled. I haven’t had a chance to edit the pictures yet, but you’ll definitely be seeing them in circulation because they are too adorable. We’re actually getting some autumnal weather this year, I’m planning on making a pumpkin loaf today (with canned pumpkin, not pumpkin patch pumpkins), and we have the Halloween candy out and ready. Yay autumn!

Here’s what else I’m loving lately:


Reading :: The rave reviews for Bel Canto are spot on. I was fascinated by this story, both due to the overall plot and due to the fact that the premise, once boiled down, is fairly simple. Ann Patchett mastered the art of suspending time while still making it feel that the plot was progressing, which turned something that could have easily been a dull retelling of events into something captivating. Next up, Black Klansman. This is a fascinating story that was recently made into a movie, and I enjoyed reading the book to get more background on the story. This is a rare instance where I do recommend watching the movie before reading the book — the movie has the grabbing thematic elements, while the book is more of a “just the facts” read and a great way to get more detail on what the movie glossed over. Now I’ve just started Behold The Dreamers and I can’t wait to see where the story goes.

Spare Time :: Because of our travels I got a bit behind on my climbing and I’ve made sure to get back in the swing of things this week. My next open competition is in 3 weeks and I feel like I have a decent shot of doing better than I did last time!

Etcetera :: I’m ready to start saving for my next lens, but I have no idea which one to get! I nearly always use my 50mm f/1.4 because the quality is SO good — but with the 1.5x crop factor, I’ve been finding it too close for pets/indoor use. I can’t decide if I should get something with more of a range and risk sacrificing quality (as I can’t afford the $1000+ telephotos) or a 35mm prime for close up situations. I’m also addicted to open aperture photography, and most telephotos only step down to the 2 range. Feedback welcome for any photographer friends!