Figured that this could be a thing while I actually have the ability to be bored and think about something for once.
Haven't gone out to shoot anything yet for this month's page of next year's proposed calendar, but I'm sure that'll change soon. January's shot was just a remake of a photo I took last year, in hopes that I would remember to submit it to the Iowa State Fair this year, but I'll also be including it in the calendar. I figured I didn't need two nearly identical images in my gallery, so I decided against uploading it. This is the old photo.
Tbh I've been too tired on my days off to go out and shoot, but my work schedule is supposed to be changing again so I'll be working two 8 hour days and two 6 hour days to keep me at the same amount of hours per week while giving me an extra day off, so that should be nice, and do a lot for my motivation on my days off, haha.
I'm still working hard with my "new" band, and we recorded a few rough demos during our last rehearsal. I was hoping that they would be edited and posted to our website by the end of this week, but the band leader wants everybody (except for me) to re-record their parts, though I'm not entirely sure why. Oh well. Shit happens, as seems to be my life motto these days.
Speaking of shit happens, yes, another installment of "How hard can life fuck me over?!"
On this week's episode - my barn caught on fire!
Well, that makes it sound a lot worse than it really was. One of the heated water buckets that we had out there shorted out or otherwise malfunctioned and started on fire. We were just sitting down to dinner when my mom happened to look out the window and see smoke outside. We had just gotten some snow, so she asked, "Is that snow blowing off of the roof of the barn, or is something on fire?" My dad and I went out to investigate - we both immediately smelled burning plastic and heard the wood popping, but he walked around the side of the barn to look into the large sliding door while I started walking straight into the building. He saw the fire and told me that it was indeed on fire, and we got it put out in just a couple of minutes. We figure it hadn't been burning for more than a minute or two before my Mom noticed it, or otherwise the entire barn would have gone up. Here's a shot of the damage - the half wall stands about 4 feet tall, and the charred area is about five and a half feet long, and 6 feet deep. We're no experts, but we figure that the fire started at the bucket and worked its way along the wall and the power cord for the bucket, instead of starting at the extension cord it was plugged into.
All of the animals are fine - no alpaca chops or roasted chicken for dinner that night, but still an unsettling and somewhat surreal experience, from which I learned that, in the absolute worst case scenario, I can be ready for work in less than half an hour, and not walk in smelling like a pile of charred tires.
Anywho, I'm just getting over a bit of a cold that's been making its rounds in my area lately. I passed it on to my girlfriend who has it far worse than I did, but my parents remain healthy I still don't have my Samyang 35mm back from repairs, even though it was only supposed to take 4-6 weeks upon being received by the company, and it got there December 3rd. I should give them a call soon to see wtf is going on, buuuut let's be honest. Probably not. Despite that, I really hope to have the ability to work with a new model soon, but we'll have to see how all of that works out. Excited about it no less
And last but not least, I've got a couple of music projects that I've been working on a bit this month, one of which I literally just started last night, which is why it mostly sucks lmao. We'll see if I get anywhere with either of these, or if they just sit around, uncomplete like the rest of my projects. Check it here, since YouTube muted it because copyright. Make sure you click on the little "Vimeo" button down in the bottom right corner of the video to read the description.
So, how have the whole two of you who will read this been?