It actually happens a good number of times. That the smoke alarm goes off, I mean.
But that’s not, because I can’t cook. I hardly ever cook anything that smokes :D It’s because for some reason that stupid smoke alarm we have is so sensitive that it starts screaming when you toast bread in the toaster. And the toaster’s not even near the smoke alarm. I always end up taking out the battery of the smoke alarm. Kind of defeats the purpose, but it’d be stupid to have the fire dept. on your doorstep for a false alarm 2-3 times a week, because someone in the house hears a fire alarm and calls them in.

Pots and pans and a stove

D700, ISO200, 1,5 sec @ f/11, Nikkor 50mm

Maybe I really should…..


Russian Blue

D700, ISO200, 1/125 sec @ f/6.7, Nikkor 70-200mm, off-camera SB-800

I t  h a s  b e g u n . . .

Snow truck

D700, ISO200, 1/125 sec @ f/4.8, Nikkor 50mm

This will be what the environment is going to look like for the coming six months.
The only thing that will change during those six months is the amount which is visible of the car, the truck, and the road.

Seriously… I really have to do EVERYthing by myself. In some cases it’s hazardous to let me try things. Remember the first night living on my own when I ended up in the hospital getting my finger stitched up again because a glass broke while I was drying it? Imagine what could happen if I pick up a needle…

If you haven’t heard from me by ten tonight, something really bad has happened.

It’s about time you come home already, Sweetie. I miss you…

Sewing on a button

D700, ISO200, 20 sec @ f/11, Tamron 90mm macro

Was feeling a lot better today, luckily. Not completely 100%, but good enough to go downtown and do my appointments.
Driving back home around noon I got stuck on the motorway behind a car which was going 65-70 km/h and kindof swerving from left to right on his lane. Motorway on that particular stretch allows 80 km/h. So, you’ll probably say, stop nagging and pass the car. Right. But the car was driving on the left lane. And overtaking on the right as such isn’t allowed (yes, yes, I sometimes do it).
So I drove behind the car for about 4 kms and then it finally moved to the right lane. I passed it, and the driver was typing a  message on his phone. Of course, figures!
So here -and Finland in general- are two things, notorious left-laners and hand-held drivers, that I think should be permanently banned from traffic. Finnish people in traffic, or at least 90-95% of them, are otherwise likes saints on a celibacy-workshop.
In Holland the fine for hand-held driving is 150€, and is pretty strictly enforced by the police. In Finland it is prohibited by law (not sure what the fine for it is here), but I don’t think the problem is accepted for its full danger, unfortunately. My trip home was about 25 kms and took about 30 minutes. In that time I passed a lot of cars (yes, yes, I drove about 10 km overspeed on the motorway) and I counted 11 drivers either talking on the phone or typing a text message or email, or whatever.
That’s 11 x 150€ = 1.650€ made in about 30 minutes. I wish I made that kind of money! Talking about the Golden Goose!

Get those off the road would be a whole lot better than chasing people driving 5-10kms overspeed on the motorway… I think…

Old mobile phone stacked on a new mobile phone

D200, ISO100, 1 sec @ f/13, Tamron 90mm macro



D700, ISO200, 1 sec @ f/11, Tamron 90mm macro

The Better Half always used to get me a chunk of soap from Lush. I like what they have there, but in the stores there are always so many different scents, so many layers of scents, that it’s like a wall where you can lean against. If I set foot in that store I’ll be facing a pounding headache within two minutes (which is why She, and not I, gets the soap). Unfortunately my stash is slowly running at its end and I will have to take on the challenge in person.
That, or then buy a few bottles of Axe and smell like all the other guys out there ;)

Chunk of soap

D200, ISO100, 6 sec @ f/8, Sigma 28-200mm, backlit with torch

It would’ve been a great day to go out shooting, but I haven’t really been feeling all that well. I guess the structural 4-5 hour nights of sleep are finally catching up with me. Tonight’s early to bed. For real.
In the mean time you’ll just have to settle with some more pet-images. They’re an easy subject/target. And like me they’re having a lovely lazy Sunday.
There’s some weird interaction going on between cat and turtle, though. Or… It’s more one-directional interaction.

Cat and turtle

D700, ISO800, 1/250 sec @ f/2.8, Nikkor 70-200mm, off-camera SB-800

And the other cat just doesn’t care. He sleeps and sleeps, and sleeps, and eats, and sleeps, and sleeps…


D700, ISO800, 1/250 sec @ f/2.8, Nikkor 70-200mm, off-camera SB-800

Nothing important happened today…

(sorry peeps, can’t keep on posting pics of vacuum cleaners and irons)
(anyone wanting to know how this looks in sepia or black and white, just drop me a line *grins*)

Smiley face

D700, ISO800, 1/125 sec @ f/3, Tamron 90mm macro

Awhile back I wrote a blog entry about Pet Portraits, in which our cats seem to have the habit of strategically positioning themselves so that they can overview, but disappear in a moment, too. Lately I’ve been catching -especially- Cassandra doing this peek-a-boo game with me. Yesterday I caught her again. She’s so übercute when she does that! :D Maybe I should make a peek-a-boo series…?

Russian Blue

D700, ISO200, 1/320 sec @ f/2.8, Nikkor 70-200mm, off-camera SB-800