Oh my goodness – I never dreamed I would get such a response when I asked for questions! I’m a little flattered. 🙂
So without further ado, here are some answers!
How did you and Noah meet?
We were actually acquaintances for years before we dated. It was one of those “I know the guy’s name and I’ve met him, but we barely know each other” kind of things. My sorority/his fraternity had a swap in November 2005, and that’s when we actually talked for the first time. We’ve been inseparable ever since.
Where did you get Hardy?
Hardy came from a breeder in North Alabama (I honestly can’t remember the name of the town). We found him online in early January 2008. His original name was Hoosier, and he was the smartest puppy in his litter. We were sold. (And my in-laws actually still have his picture from that website on their fridge!)
Are you so ready to be out of school for the break yet?!?!?!
YES. Don’t get me wrong, I love my job, but we all (students, teachers, and parents) just need a break to kind of collect our thoughts and regroup for the next couple of weeks. I am so excited!
(I had a TON of questions about this.) How did you learn to design blogs? Do you have any advice? How did you learn photoshop too?
I learned how to design blogs shortly after I started this blog (in April 2009). If you know me, I am very particular about design kinds of things, and usually just opt to make it myself rather than use somebody else’s creation (I’m like that in my house too). I tried the free templates for a couple of weeks and just couldn’t find one that was me. I started kind of researching and found out that blog designers use digital kits to make their designs. So I did my blog, and two girls that I went to high school with (April and Allison) wanted me to do their blogs as well. I did it, put a link to my page on their blogs, and the rest is history.
Now, I was a computer science minor in college, and had a couple of classes dealing with html code, so I had a (very limited) background with code. The way I learned how to modify blogger blogs was really just a whole lot of research. If I saw an element I liked, I fooled around with the code in my blog until it did that too! I took a few months to really figure it out. My best advice would be just to play around with your own blog to see what you can do! Html is like another language…once you learn it, it isn’t that hard to “translate” something new that you’ve never seen before or guess what you might need to put in your code to change the look of your page. Also, if you right-click a blog, and choose “view page source” (or some derivative or that), you can see the html code for a page. Look through it and see what you can learn (just be careful copying code – most designers have a copyright on the code they write. Individual elements (like colors, adding borders, etc.) aren’t copyrighted though – knowing this kind of stuff will help you learn a lot!).
As for photoshop – I don’t actually use photoshop to do my graphics. It was just too expensive, and when I tried the free trials of several different graphic programs, I couldn’t get comfortable with it. I use Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 – and LOVE it. It isn’t very expensive, and it works just as well in my opinion. Once again, I really just learned it by playing around with the features for SEVERAL months (and I’m still finding new things I can do in there).
So now that I’ve given all of my secrets away, let’s move on. 🙂
What type of camera do you use? Did you take a photography class?
I have a Nikon D40 camera body, but I don’t think that’s what’s important about how I get good pictures. With Digital SLR cameras, lenses are EVERYTHING…which is a big reason I went with the D40 (it is the base model SLR camera in Nikon’s line). The reason (in my opinion) you get a more expensive camera body with SLR’s is for features (for example, I have to look in the viewfinder instead of at the screen on mine when I take pictures).
The lens that came with my camera was a Nikkor 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6 GII …I think it comes standard with all D40’s. It is a great lens to start with, because it has a reasonable zoom, isn’t very expensive, and has enough features to let you get comfortable with your camera first. It also has autofocus that works on D40’s, but you can turn on the manual focus too and experiment with that.
I just got a Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 prime lens as an early Christmas present, and I am OBSESSED with it. It was not that expensive (a little over $100 on eBay) and takes just amazing pictures (all of my pictures for about the past week have been taken with this lens, if you want to compare). I only have 2 complaints so far – the autofocus on it doesn’t work with D40’s (another reason you might want a nicer camera body – it works with the upgraded models) and the fact that it doesn’t zoom in/out…you have to adjust yourself to be far enough away from your subject to get the right picture. However, with prime lenses, you trade zooming in/out for VERY crisp, clear pictures…with this lens it’s worth it!
I have never taken a photography class, per se. I learn a lot from The Pioneer Woman and Mckmama…they will both occasionally post tutorials for how they get their amazing pictures (I acutally bought the 50mm prime lens after learning about it on Mckmama’s blog). Check them out – they both have a link to their photography section on their blog!
(From my sweet bloggy friend Ashley) What’s your dream vacation?
Good question…Noah and I just started planning a big vacation for this summer, so we’ve actually been thinking about this! To be honest, I am not that much of a traveler. I am very much a homebody, and get really homesick when I’m gone too long. However, I have wanted to go to Hawaii for as long as I can remember. I would also like to go to New York during Christmas one year, and would love to see the Mediterranean countries one day.
How did Noah propose?
He got me good. 🙂 He told me we were going out to eat with some friends that were coming in town for the weekend. He was supposed to be with them before we went, so I was just going to meet them at the restaurant. So I walk in the restaurant, go to the back room (still with not a clue what was about to happen), and he’s in there on one knee. Turns out, the friends were never in town. He proposed at the restaurant where we had our first “real” date and had my favorite flowers on the table.
Come to think of it, I don’t think I’ve ever put pictures from our engagement on here!
Are you and Noah planning on having kids? What are your favorite names for (future) children?
We are definitely planning on having kids! I can’t imagine life without having children…it just wouldn’t be complete. We can’t wait!
Ok, so we’re that couple…we’ve had our kids named since about two weeks into dating. For a boy, we like Jackson Lee…Jackson is just a name that we both like and has a lot of meaning to us (Noah is from Mississippi; the first time we went out was to see “Walk the Line” – of course that was a big song in that movie) and Lee is Noah’s middle name. For a girl, we like Emma Ramey – Emma is the first name of my maternal grandmother and Ramey is the maiden name of my paternal grandmother. I don’t know what we’re going to do if we have two girls or two boys though!
Phew – I think that is officially the longest post I’ve ever written, and I’m not even done with all of your WONDERFUL questions! I’ll try to get every question answered by the end of the weekend, and if you have any more, you can just comment on this post with them! Have a great weekend before Christmas!!
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