Weekend Coffee Share

Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)!
Grab a cup of coffee and share with us! What’s been going on in your life? What are your weekend plans? Is there a topic you’ve just been ruminating on that you want to talk about?
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Good morning! It’s Sunday morning, and you might of wondered why I am so late to invite your for coffee this weekend? Well, I had some challenges with my MacBook Pro. It was 7 years old, and had been through a lot (photo shoots in the desert, resulting in having to had sand vacuumed out from the inside..etc..) My old computer served me well, and when the motor finally burned yesterday morning, I totally understood why. I tried to see if it could be recovered. It could not.

Ready for some coffee? There is plenty of delicious, black, strong, hot dark French Roast. It cold easily be iced, if you’d prefer a cold drink this morning.

Since my faithful old MacBook died, I had to start thinking about a replacement. I looked around for a while yesterday, and with help of some knowledgeable staff at a local Best Buy, I settled for a HP 2-1 Laptop with touchscreen. I just set it up this morning. It is definitely different compared to my old computer, but I am familiar with the system, since I used it back when I studied for my BA. It is going to take some time adjusting to the changes. Some changes that I like a lot, and others that might not really meet my expectations. I liked that I had the option to add a second keyboard as I was customizing the computer. It makes it easier to chat faster with friends and family in Sweden, since the Swedish alphabet has three more letters. The new computer is as fast as my old one, a big plus. I wasn’t 100% convinced that it was going to be, since I’m not that tech savvy when it comes to different processors. The colors are great, but not as vivid as my old MacBook Pro. I do like having a touchscreen. I believe as I get proficient in using it, it is going to be very helpful. Maybe especially for editing photos? Being able to zoom in and out quickly.

How was your week? Is your weekend everything you wished for so far? Despite the challenges with my old computer, I’d say it’s been a great, busy week. I have been working a lot, having fun, done a lot of off-leash dog training with my German Shepherd, and yesterday I tried a new Mexican restaurant. I’m very proud of my dog. Before my computer died, I spent a couple hours writing a post about obedience training for dogs. I had some nice photos of Gretchen doing different sets (sequences of obedience exercises,) to go with the post. I’ll start working on a new one next week, since I lost all that.

I’d love to hear more about your week! I’ve read some of the weekend coffee shares from my phone, and I’m planning on catching up on the rest today. What’s the weather like where you are? Is it fall yet? I can’t wait for it to be a little chillier. I spent a great deal of time yesterday organizing my closet. I’ve been forced to make some radical changes in my closet since I moved. Most of my clothes were meant for working with horses, or gardening. Activities I used to spend most of my day doing, up until less than a month ago. I still like the same type of clothes/style/colors, but I’ve been adding some new clothes, and dresses, to fit my new life. It was fun getting everything organized yesterday. I consider myself a minimalist. I like to be organized, and only have things that I actually use.

Talking about my old lifestyle, I really miss having horses in my life. I’ve been starting to look in to a way to be able to ride at least 1-2 times/week. I’d like that very much. I can’t really justify buying a horse right now. I work too much for it to not be an element of stress in my life. Riding someone else’s horse, a couple times a week would be very doable. I’m hoping to find someone that have a horse they would appreciate help with, and do some kind of work exchange, where I get to ride a couple times/week, and their horse gets exercise/training. That would be awesome if I found that. I’m going to look into local rescues that might appreciate a hand as well. I hope you’re having an awesome week. Feel free to grab another cup of coffee to go! 

 

Love,

Ms Zen

Weekend Coffee Share – almost a Las Vegas local…. or not?

Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)! Grab a cup of coffee and share with us! What’s been going on in your life? What are your weekend plans? Is there a topic you’ve just been ruminating on that you want to talk about? All are welcome! 

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How are you doing today? It’s Friday, and life is good, right? There’s plenty of coffee, if you’d like a cup? How is your week so far?

I’d say that I feel great, on top of my world great. I have a fun adventure planned for my daughter this weekend. She’s going to be so stoked, and that makes me very excited. I told her about it this morning, but she doesn’t know exactly how awesome it really is going to be. I spent a lot of time planning this adventure, and getting everything ready. As you might remember she asked me two weekends ago why we never go on adventures anymore… (like if moving over 600 miles, to another state, isn’t adventure enough…) When she said that, I immediately started to think of fun adventures. Girl..I’m going to give you a good one! I can give you one clue, and tell you the rest when we get back on Sunday. It will include getting out of the city. (It’s going to be 109 in Las Vegas this weekend, I don’t really care so much for more heat.) Lol, what did you say? You already knew that I wasn’t going to stay in the city during a weekend? So that’s not a good clue? Sorry.. that is the only clue I will give you, for now. I promise a full update afterwards. Well, I guess I could tell you that the adventure will include roasting marshmallows over a campfire. Do you have any fun plans for the weekend? 

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It’s been a great week here in southern Nevada. I’ve had lots of fun at work, getting to know the kids better. I’ve had time to work on my photography, learning more about my new Canon EOS 6D Mark ii. I’ve also edited all the photos from last weekends adventure, even though I haven’t had a chance to share all of them yet. The best ones, if you ask me, are yet to come.

I’ve made some new local friends. People seem very friendly, and open here. I take the kids at work out to parks, and talk to other parents, or they talk to me. When I go out on photo excursions I often meet other photographers, that likes to talk. When I work with my German Shepherd a lot of people approach me. I’ve had a few offers from people wanting me to train their dogs, and a few people trying to buy Gretchen from me. I have been offered several thousands for her, even though I didn’t pay a dollar for her when I got her, she is worth a lot now with all the training I’ve put into her. For me she is priceless, and I will never sell her. She is my best friend. Anyways, it seems easy to make new friends here. Actually a lot easier than in northern California. Not that I ever had a problem making friends, but here it seems very easy. The days are just flying by. I might not feel like a local quiet yet, but I do like it here. (As long as I get to do some exploring outside the city every week.)

The sweet family I work for took me out on Wednesday night, to a very good buffet at the M RESORT SPA CASINO. It was absolutely delicious, and everything was super fresh. The casino itself was exquisite. I particularly liked the entry, it had beautiful flower arrangements in a glass wall. I was kicking myself a little, because I knew that the lens I had on my camera wasn’t going to do the sen justice, so I didn’t even try taking the picture. I will be back for that one..

I hope you’re having a wonderful, amazing weekend!

Love,

Ms Zen

Weekend Coffee Share -Valley of Fire State Park

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Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)! Grab a cup of coffee and share with us! What’s been going on in your life? What are your weekend plans? Is there a topic you’ve just been ruminating on that you want to talk about? All are welcome!

It’s been a great week, and I am settling in to some kind of routine with everything. I really enjoy my new nanny job, the children are wonderful, and the parents are great people that I like a lot. How was your week? How would you like your coffee today?

I realize that I have not been posting as much as I usually do on my blog. It’s definitely not because of lack of content. On the contrary. I work more hours now. Even though I feel that I’m starting to come into a new routine with most things, I have been working less on my blog. I’m going to do something about that, because it’s important to me, and I’m going to try to stick to the writing schedule I have. Do you experience that sticking to your writing schedule is more challenging when there’s lot of changes going on in your life? For me writing helps to keep me grounded, and stay in the zen. Writing, and photography goes hand in hand. When I write something on my blog, I often re-live a wonderful event. Both while sharing some of the details in writing, and posting the photos to go with the story. 

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Atlatl Rock, at Valley of Fire State Park

I spent yesterday exploring Valley of Fire State Park. It’s 42 000 acres of incredible sandstone formations. Located 55 miles northeast of Las Vegas (NV.) Basically in my (new) backyard! It was pure magic! It was close to a Grand Canyon experience, if you’ve been there, you know what that means! It was an emotional experience, to the degree of bringing me to tears at times.

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Petroglyphs at Atlatl Rock. The light conditions were very harsh. I will try to get some better photos of the petroglyphs during my next visit.

I went on several shorter (around 1 mile) hikes, to different points of interests in the park. I’ve only edited a few of the photos so far, and I’ll share the first ones with you today. I’ll post more during the coming week, as I have a chance to look at them. The light in the park, the colors, and the desert landscape was simply breath taking. It felt like something from another planet. The geology is most interesting. I saw hundreds of caves, and I’m sure there was thousands more hidden in the park. The rock formations are incredible, with the way the light plays on them, they sometimes look very harsh, and sometimes as they were soft to the touch.

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Valley of Fire derives its name from red sandstone formations, formed from great shifting sand dunes during the age of dinosaurs, 150 million years ago. Complex uplifting and faulting of the region, followed by extensive erosion, have created the present landscape. 

– Valley of Fire State Park visitor brochure

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My dog Gretchen resting in the shade. 

Yesterday morning it was around 85 degrees when I arrived, and when I left it was 100+. There was extreme heat warning signs on some places (some of the longer hikes,) stating that hikes are not recommended at this time. I honored these signs, and only went for the shorter hikes. There will be plenty of times to go back, and explore to my hearts desire.

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On some places the sand was deep, and it was quiet exhausting to hike. Still it was definitely worth it.

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There’s natural caves everywhere.

The park has a couple campgrounds, and I am planning on trying them out. That’s the only way to experience the early morning, and late evening light, as the rest of the park is only open sunrise-sunset. Today, the day after, I still feel high on life after this incredible experience. If you get the chance, I can highly recommend a visit. If you have been there, I would love to hear about your experience 🙂

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I hope you’re having a wonderful, amazing weekend! ❤

 

Love,

Ms Zen