the past week has been a little hectic....as was bound to happen with our down-sized staff, i had to take an extra week-day off to account for having to work today, sunday, so i was out both monday and tuesday, and my co-worker got very sick, so he was out both those days and the next, as well...so when i got there wednesday, our photo assignment basket was full of sheets of paper, including 5 things that (from all indications) had to be arranged and shot that day...holy moly...so that was a pretty non-stop day -- first a musical history lesson assembly, then an 83-year-old woman who has been working at an elementary school every day for the past 6 years under the state's foster grandparent program - that day also being "Foster Grandparent Day" - then a fire department on the northwest corner of the county getting pet rescue oxygen masks, then a sports feature profile portrait, then a photo of the remaining rubble from a house fire out in the country, to serve as the illustration for a sunday section story on the county's unsolved arson fires from last year....got back to the office after shooting all that, and of course (cos Murphy's Law just has to rear its ugly head on a day like this!), i am having computer problems up the ying-yang - servers quitting, photoshop crashing - after i spent an hour downloading to the server, and then toned/captioned the same photo 3 times only to have it crash out on me yet again, i gave up - came home and did all my editing here, then e-mailed it all to the page editors....craziness!
the next day, my co-worker was back, which i wasn't expecting, so i'd come in in the morning, even though i knew there were evening assignments - just to check in, and try to do some arranging on all the stuff not critical which i hadn't called on the day before, so, i worked kind of a split, left for a while in the early afternoon, then headed out late afternoon for a party for a man who was just named the new county CEO, after that, it was off to a school to shoot a swim meet
things seemed to settle back in after that...shot kids celebrating the state's birthday - basically, they all had to bring in some dish or beverage that used michigan-based products - they drank Faygo or Vernor's, ate lots of baked goods made with Jiffy mix, ate michigan-brand chips, and had other things using state produce in them....this one kid loaded up 2 platefuls, plus a big bowl of bean soup, and proceeded, to the amusement of his classmates, to finish it all -this class was pretty funny - after roaming around some of the others, i settled on this one, because the kids were pretty lively, so at least there were moments to work with, as opposed to kids just sitting there eating while reading or something....not the greatest foto, but i had a really good time shooting it, the kids were funny and goofy - they kept saying i was writing down their names because i worked for the FBI, which in 4th grade brain translates to "Fat Butt Investigator"
so, i have a new title it seems
saturday, shot an RV expo show - oy! then went to a wrestling tournament, then got that in and did the night desk
this morning, it was up and at 'em to the far southwest part of the county to shoot a sunday school class created for special needs children...and a portrait after that
and now, here i am, posting this up at month's end and planning to relax a bit before it's back in tomorrow