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Open letter to my blog

Dear forgotten blog,

I am sorry I have placed you on unpaid leave. To be honest I had every intention to keep this going, even through the summer. But then we left town and the listicle I scheduled to publish never did and then one thing led to another and I kinda realized that I am loving this time off. In all fairness if you dear blog had a Siri like my phone does you wouldn’t be in this predicament. Because it’s not like I don’t have anything to say. I do! Obviously I am a female so I have plenty to say. I would love to dictate it to you so you could post it for me but you keep insisting on making it difficult. Like having to log in and type and link and publish. It’s summer, nobody has time for that!

So many fun things happened since I stop updating you. We spend a lot of time in the backcountry without shower or vegetables and we survived. We went to Portland and realized it wasn’t that weird after all. We went to Canada and never heard anyone say ‘ey’. We stayed home and did nothing. Little J informed me he has a girlfriend in the class and is enjoying the summer away from school and her nagging. Bruce got bigger, Max got slower and my husband grew an epic beard. I met Frank. He is rough and smells like coffee and I like to spend time with him in the shower. My husband approves. At some point I even got a sunburn while reading a book on the porch. Yes, an actual book, with covers and all. From the library. Which believe it or not I even finished reading! It’s been a treat summer so far.

But best is yet to come my dear blog so I will continue to neglect you further. I double triple promise to be back in September and post the forgotten Listicle the first Monday. Until then, stay cool like fish in the pool.

A little bonus

We had a fantastic 4th of July.

Our neighbors came over and the total of 11 kids were having a blast all afternoon. Some of them were playing UNO and and sooner then later there were cheating accusations and calls for referees. Us moms agreed that Vegas is not for everyone and you got to be made of special cloth to play cards. But we might be wrong.

It’s summertime and vacations are not free so we are all trying to make a little extra money. When I heard of no deposit bonus blog I figured that could be my lucky break. They say that casinos are a place you loose money but online casinos can be free to play at. You can play at many online casinos for free with no deposit bonus and cash out your winnings. These days we do everything online: shopping, socializing, candy crushing, gossiping. So why not play a bit, specially if you get a casino bonus and see what happens. And unlike bickering kids playing cards you are guaranteed peace and quiet to do it the way you want.

I love playing UNO with my son although cards are not my thing. And I really love when he plays it with his friends. Seeing his happiness when he wins is priceless. I doubt he is a future gambler in the making but one thing is for sure: everyone loves the chance to win.

Lumoid

Some girls like to shop for shoes, some love clothes. I am mad about gadgets and photo gear.

If it wasn’t for the mistakes I made in the past which cost me a fortune I would be spending most of my income on cameras and lenses and collect vintage photo gear to fill my house with. But after working off a camera I don’t really love last summer I decided to always rent what I fancy before I commit to buying it. I am downsizing my camera bag yet I have shot with more fun cameras in the past few months then ever.

A friend introduced me to Lumoid and as soon as I googled their page I fell in love. The company is full of people you would love to grab a cup of coffee with. They are innovative and incredibly customer friendly. They have the neatest cameras all packaged in fun kits that beg to be tried and tested. I decided to give Fuji X100s a go because I have been eying it for a while not sure if it is the camera for me or not. I was really chuffed when it arrived because in the box I found everything one needs to start shooting including fully charged battery, memory card and even card reader! So it was ready for me to test it straight up.

I had fun taking photos with this little rangefinder style camera until my six year old decided he must try it and confiscated it for the next couple of days. Lumoids completely understood the significance of my photography mad kid having to test my gear and they let me keep it even longer! Everyone, including my dogs were sad when the time came and we said goodbye to Fuji but we got an email a day later offering us a great deal on the Fuji if we decide to buy it after all. Clearly this is meant to be.

There is a lot of stuff that I think is rad about Lumoid. For me I will always rent the next gadget I am dreaming of and then buy if I really like it. I also love the idea that I can have photo gear shipped to my destination, shoot while on vacation and ship it back to them before I return home. Pretty fantastic right?

For the record this is not a sponsored post! Lovely ladies at Lumoid send me the camera and were genuinely interested in my work. In fact they wrote a lovely post about me and featured some of the photos I took with the Fuji. You can read it HERE.

And then they gave me a little code for you to take $5 off your first rental too: NWM5off
See? Awesome!

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