Thursday, August 10, 2017

County qualifiers' dinner

Last night was the dinner for the swimmers that qualified for county.  I opted to not go, but instead stay back with Tyler and Mister.  We ate at Wendy's with a coupon and had a great time.  

Then Heidi called and asked me to pick up Blake because he wasn't feeling well.  

From Heidi's iphone

When I got there with my big SLR, Blake seemed fine.  So I took some pictures with the flash.  No one wants to carry the big camera with the big flash, but for indoors and daytime fill-flash, it takes the best pictures.  Here's coach Nikki.

Kira made friends with the older girls

Scott looking all dapper but wouldn't smile for the camera because he'd just eaten some salsa he thought was too hot.

with Chandani

Kiko and Christian

The Cejas

This was a shot that the SLR executed well.  The sun was behind the subjects and I forced the flash.  See?  Everyone's eyes are open and they are smiling.  You can still see the sunset.

Scott had a good season.

So now we just have the county meet this weekend and the season's over.  Okay, I gotta have a nap.  I was up late doing the wash, the dishes, and the trash.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

City meet

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (even though we didn't go on sunday) was City meet at Cowell in Concord.  Mister and I went out on Friday for a little bit to watch but most of the action happened on Saturday.

Cool pic with the 75-300 lens.  I like that you can do these candid shots from far away.  

Parent's relay.  Neal and I were on the "C" relay.  I did butterfly.  We got fourth place.  I was just happy that my goggles stayed on and I didn't burn out.  Several ex-olympians were on the "A" relay.

The "B" relay beat us.  Marcus and Brook.

Relay consisting of Scott, Colton, Jacob, and Kyle, broke the pool record.  Nice.

Sunday, July 16, 2017


Pentathlon means they swim five events (maybe this is obvious to you if you grew up swimming, but I didn't, so I have to explain it from my point of view.  I thought a pentathlon involved swimming, biking, running, rifle shooting, and one more event).  It's a huge meet.  They divide it over two days and Scott's day was Sunday, so he opted to not swim it.  It was over 100 degrees, too.  The kids had fun.  Kira did pretty good.  

I've wanted a Canon 70-200L 2.8 IS lens for a while, so I thought I'd practice with the lower-tiered 70-300 we obtained from Grandma.  The optics aren't bad but the aperture is limited to 5.6.  I don't know if I'd use the L lens enough to justify its purchase price, but who knows?  Maybe if I had it, I'd use it more.  

Since I forgot to post for 4th of July, I'll include some pictures here.

We went to Heather's neighborhood for the parade.  I rode my unicycle.  Those must not be popular here because one person said, "Oh!  Look at that bike, with uh, one wheel.  A one-wheeled bike."  Scott was impressed, though.