December 27 – Ordinary Joy
Our most profound joy is often experienced during ordinary moments. What was one of your most joyful ordinary moments this year? (Author: Brené Brown)
Is joy the same as happiness?
I feel joy pottering around in the garden and have had lovely moments of surprise. When I saw my first strawberry growing (the birds subsequently ate it). When my corn began shooting up tall, and then I spotted the first ears growing, I was pretty darn excited. It is amazing what your plants can do whilst you are not looking.
Prompt: moment. Pick one moment when you felt the most alive this year. Describe it in vivid detail (sound, texture, smell etc)
I feel the most alive when I feel like I’m flying, I’ve thrown all caution to the wind, taken a chance and i have all those butterflies in my stomach. An adrenalin rush.
I presented a paper at a technical conference this year, I was dressed in a cute little work suit and heels that I only wear for interviews and things like this. I work in a male dominated industry where most of the females are in admin, PA, or secretarial work, so this was a big thing for me. I had my head buzzing and a slightly shakey voice as I gave my presentation, but I was a bit disappointed I didn’t get asked any questions at the end.
The second moment was when I found an amazing aboriginal art site with my partner. Usually these places feel a bit sad and unloved, like the spirits haven’t been called or ‘refreshed’ for many years. We were on top a windswept and rainy rock outcrop, we had found a significant site that we had been looking for for months, and it felt very special as the sun set.
Prompt: what do you do each day that doesn’t contribute to your writing, and what can you do to eliminate it?
I write sometimes (guardedly) about work, so i can’t eliminate that, plus it pays the bills. I also sometimes write about the garden so although digging up bindis individually isn’t very efficient, it is meditative, and I have just written about that. Sleep? Perhaps that should have been my 2010 word. Need more sleep.
I’ve finally caved in and bought a new point and shoot camera. As much as I love my dSLR, it was a bit too bulky and heavy for hauling around on those long extended hikes. My poor old Pentax optio s5i gave up the ghost when I dropped it on the last trip to overseas, 6 months ago. Normally: okay. When camera on and lens extended: Not Okay. So it was bye-bye to old faithful.
It is amazing how much bang for your buck you can get these days. I spent over $500 to get a 3x optical zoom, 3Megapixel jobby 6 years ago.
And I dislike the Canon ixus. Yes, yes, everyone has got them, and they are popular for a reason, but I find the controls non-intuitive, and I just don’t like that camera. Sorry.
Originally I wanted to spend less than 200AUD, but I caved in after seeing this review: http://www.digitalcamera-hq.com/round_ups/best-point-and-shoot-cameras, and after price shopping (even trying the union shopper service to try and beat it), I decided on the Panasonic Lumix FH20. I played with a friend’s DMC-TZ20 (a dSLR/p&s comprimise) for a bit, just to see if I could cope with the controls. Didn’t want to give that one back, the LCD screen was brilliant, and the ‘intelligent auto’ worked even whilst filming mini-movies.
I got the new camera for more than I wanted to pay, but just enough to get the gst back.
I *love* the low-light response of this one – the Pentax was atrocious, shaky, and indoor shots all came out yellow. It also refused to listen to instructions and just take the darn picture if there was nothing to see. The number of times, in the dark with a headtorch focused on something, and it still refused to fire. GRR. This one will take shots even when I’ve stuck it in a mostly shut drawer to test it. So far, so good… and it has already survived one 2m fall…