Miss Gioia

Saturday, May 30, 2009


When you are two years old, you can no longer hold up one finger when people ask how old you are. But two fingers is tricky. Needs some practice.

I took these pictures while we were laying around in our hotel in Rome yesterday. The one below is my Every Day in May 28. Other recent Every Day in May images can be seen in my Flickr set here.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Every Day in May 6 - Self Portrait

For today's creative endeavor, I tried some self portraits using the Canon 50 mm f/1.4 lens. I was not very successful with getting the focus right, as you can see from the shot above. The internets seem to say it is near impossible to do, actually.


Tuesday, May 5, 2009


On Saturday evening, Chris and I left baby G with a babysitter. We have used a babysitter in the past, but this time we left before bedtime, before she was in her crib for the night. All day long, we talked up the babysitter. She is coming over to play with you! Isn't that fun? You can read books together...play legos...yay!

But as we were getting ready, Gioia went to the cupboard and got out her own shoes. She even put them on. When the babysitter arrived, Gioia happily called out her name. But after a few minutes, she figured it out. We weren't taking her with us. I looked over at little G, sitting small on the couch, glancing between us and the babysitter. And I saw her eyes well up with tears. Tears of knowing. Of recognition.

She survived our leaving that night. Everything worked out fine. But in that moment of stillness and tears, my heart broke for her a little bit.

This picture is my Every Day in May 5.

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Monday, May 4, 2009

Every Day in May 4

These strawberries are growing in a hanging basket on the balcony. A little birdie told me that Gioia keeps asking when she can eat them.

Soon. Very soon.


Sunday, May 3, 2009

Every Day in May 2 and 3

I took this picture yesterday as we climbed the mountain a second time. The picture itself was for challenge day #2, but today I downloaded a trial version of Photoshop Elements to see if I could make it better (day #3). The photo on top was the original; the one on bottom is the edited version.