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Excuses, excuses

Well, the huge mountain of ‘things that need doing’ which I have been trying to run away from (and which must be attached to me by a long length of elastic) has finally smacked me in the back of the head and I have been forced into doing something about it. Consequently, I have been working on the e-commerce web site I am designing for a friend and am almost cross eyed with the twin joys of html and css. The site will eventually sell hand crafted jewellery and the other thing I have been doing this week (and continue to do) is processing dozens and dozens and dozens of photographs (which I confess up front – I took) which are basically not very good so they need lots of TLC and Photoshop to make them useable. Removing backgrounds, adjusting colours, removing specks (hint- always clean computer screen before starting THIS job) cropping and more cropping – it has been endless. Still, I think it is taking shape and starting to look very good (even if I do say so myself.)

So not much else to report. I am continuing to post a photograph to my 365pix project every day because that is quick and easy but I may have to go AWOL here for a bit while I concentrate on getting the web site finished. Sorry I’m not checking out your blogs at the moment too. Anyway to avoid this post being a complete waste of time for you, here are a few random things I found today while I was putting off starting work (still procrastinating)

  • I read this on the BBC web site today.

“In 1778, the third Duke of Chandos arranged a christening for his new-born son. The whole of fashionable society, including the Royal Family, was invited, and the Duke commissioned a lavishly embroidered christening robe. At the moment of baptism the child was uncovered and found to have suffocated under weight of the robe, upon which the Duke died of shock.”

  • I have already put this on my Facebook page, it never fails to make me smile, so I am adding here too. Love it.
  • I found this photograph yesterday of my youngest son when he was tiny. I adore it..

That’s it. Back to work!

16 responses to “Excuses, excuses

  1. enddo January 27, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    I can relate to what you are saying. I’m in the same boat too. I have been working on my own website. This year I will concentrate more on my online business.

    Have a good day.

  2. Daddy Papersurfer January 27, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    I very pleased to see that you’re keeping yourself busy …….. but also very concerned about your lack of proper time management. There should always be times set aside throughout the day just to be able to sit down and enjoy a cup of tea and a gingernut. I realise that I am far more experienced than you but I’ve cut down my work to about 25 minutes a day leaving plenty of time for the finer things in life – snoozing, Celebrity Big Brother and leaving very long comments ……….

    • Diane January 27, 2010 at 7:42 pm

      My big son is home at the moment and brings me tea (no gingernuts – I’m on a diet) which is excellent. Trouble is I am sat at my desk for 12 hours at a time. Tonight I am taking a break and going to see Avatar 3D again. My son hasn’t seen it yet so I am quite happy to go again as I loved it so much.

      Erm – Celebrity Big Brother? Say it ain’t so….

  3. strugglingwriter January 27, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    Great pic of your son!

    I love the little kid and he sound just like me when I’m trying to sing a song on the radio :)

    I’m down to blogging every day now. Used to be every day. I feel I’m losing steam while gaining steam on twitter.

    Good luck with everything friend :)

    • Diane January 27, 2010 at 7:46 pm

      Thank you, Paul. I don’t know how you manage your busy life and blogging every day. I have felt as if I’m running out of steam too but will keep plugging away, if sporadically.
      I’ve started the other blog (which is not the obvious answer!) I know Twitter is definitely not!

  4. cathryn miller January 27, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    Always glad to know that you are alive and well, though slightly distressed by your recent choice in music.

    Thanks for the post!

  5. Diane January 27, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    But he’s so cute! I love the nose itchy-wrinkling thing going on!

    Good to hear from you too.

  6. TeresaR January 27, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    Goodness, if you’re comparing your photos to National Geographic’s, then I may as well just crawl back into bed and forget about my own 365. Stop it, I tell you…your photos are gorgeous!

    My lesson from the Duke of Chandos is to dispense with religious ceremonies all together. ;D

    That is the cutest photo of your son! I often long for those days when my boys were that age and found delight and wonder in everything. Nowadays, I’m lucky to get a quick smile and a grunt from them. LOL!

    • Diane January 28, 2010 at 10:22 am

      You are very kind but I have to say I love living my life vicariously through your photographs. Being on a diet, just looking at the delicious food you photograph satisfies me and I have managed to lose 7lbs so far. I put this down to you. Thank you. :-)

  7. TeresaR January 27, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    p.s. good gravy, that little kid plays the uke better than I do! My boys got a good laugh from his performance, so thanks for sharing it!

  8. RennyBA's Terella January 30, 2010 at 8:52 am

    Ohh you clever, stubborn, busy bee – hope you’re client know how lucky they are to have you working for them!

    I just love the vid – actually I had a ukulele when I was young – quite some time ago you know!

    Love the photo of you’re son too – adorable :-)

    Btw: Hope you are aware of that the Oslo Blog Gathering is open for booking.

    • Diane January 31, 2010 at 6:15 pm

      I hopemy clients do too! As always I end up spending far more time on the project than I thought I would – I am useless at estimating how much work there is going to be…

      Yes, I am going to book the Blog Gathering soon, thanks for the reminder :-)

  9. Melinda January 31, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    Just found your blog today and I really enjoyed visiting. your list of to-do’s reminds me of mine, that I’ve been putting it all off forever. : )

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