in which I post too many photos and discuss my new printer.

I used to have really long hair.
Most of you will know that already, but those who have only met me in the past few months may be surprised. (When I tell this to my friends at Missouri S&T they can’t believe it.) I wasn’t really allowed to have short hair when I was growing up (though over the years I progressively cut it shorter and shorter), which is why a month after I got married and moved out, I promptly cut it all off.
But I didn’t love it like I thought I would. I had gained weight over the year and felt like my face was exposed–there was too much of it and I wasn’t able to hide it behind the invisibility cloak of hair. I didn’t feel pretty anymore–I consistently felt bad about my appearance. I stopped taking pictures of myself (which doesn’t sound like a bad thing, I know, but I’m a photo person, and I’m typically the only subject on hand.)
And it turns out that hair takes a really, really long time to grow back out.
I get it regularly trimmed, but over the last few months I’ve been letting it get a bit longer.
And on Friday, I was wearing comfy clothes that I felt good in, I was having a good hair day, I was wearing some makeup, and in the first time for a long time, I felt pretty.
So I took some photos and edited them all differently and just had a bit of fun and felt good about it.
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other things I accomplished this weekend:
1) I finished my seven-page paper about conversion as a process of word formation and oops it turned out to be ten pages even after cutting out two paragraphs. The life of an English/Tech Com Major.
2) I cleaned the apartment
3) I finally got caught up on laundry
4) I read about ten pages of Paper Towns 
5) I finished watching season two of Switched at Birth
6) I stayed up past 3:30 AM
7) I finally set up my wireless printer.
Let’s talk about this printer.
(It is, in fact, wireless–the wire you see is the power cable because our apartment is weird.)
I got it for Christmas from my lovely mother. It’s a Canon MX 922 (I think) all-in-one printer…meaning that it also works as a copier, scanner, fax, prints double-sided, and prints photos. It probably does a lot of other things, too, but I haven’t figured them out yet.
It has been sitting in the corner of our living room, still in all its wrappings, for four months.
I was bored out of my mind last night (Deacon went back to our hometown this weekend to pick up his car…and I have no idea how I lived alone for two years before we got married) so I thought I’m going to take the wrappings off of that printer.
Some tears, a scraped leg, and three hours later, I’m screaming at the computer saying that the Canon IS ALREADY CONNECTED TO THE NETWORK AND WHY DO YOU HATE ME SO?
But I figured it out (totally wasn’t the fault of Canon–the instructions they provided were awesome. I blame Deacon’s fancy router that hides buttons in weird places). 
So of course I had to test the printer, including printing double-sided, the copier, the scanner, and the photo quality–because Canon included a few samples of 4×6 photo paper with the purchase and have I mentioned how much I like Canon?
Also, I might appear as a moderately intelligent human being, but don’t let that fool you–complete idiocy is my natural state.
The first trial run went terribly. Silly me, even when the computer warned me ahead of time, put the photo paper in upside-down (*facepalm*) and had the settings all messed up. But the second run went much, much better. I’m really impressed with the quality of it–it’s much better than the cheap printers at Walgreens or Walmart (as it should be. printer + photo paper + ink/toner = expensive). 
You guys should have told me to get one a long time ago!
And I was wondering–do any of my photography friends have preferences when it comes to printing? Do you sell prints of sessions, and if so, for how much? Do you prefer a certain type of paper or ink?
It’s something I’d like to find out more about for the future. =)
Hope you guys are having a great Sunday. I must now leave blogland for awhile and enter the realm of grading papers. Wish me luck, or at least wish me competence and determination.
P.S. I HATE the way APA style has you write titles. Only capitalizing the first word of the title and subtitle? What is this madness? MLA for life!

Bonus: I found the English major side of Youtube and it is glorious.
–Emily
currently listening to: Wake Up by Two Door Cinema Club

2 Comments

  1. Cait
    April 16, 2015

    YOU ARE GORGEOUS. THAT IS ALL. Well, that's not all. *ahem* Your photos are also spectacular and I'm very envious of your hair colour. 😉 Loooove. xD I used to have mega-long hair too!! I don't know why, but growing up, we always all had long hair too. I think it was an expense thing too, like we didn't have to pay for cuts if we just grew our hair long? So I had it past my waist for like 18 years of my life. (hah, okay not when I was a toddler, but you get the picture). Now it's above my shoulders and I LOVE THAT but one day I want to be super uber brave and get a pixie cut. Or something. XD

    Good luck with your printer! Printers always hate me. I'm constantly crying to my dad to fix it. He's a computer geek thank goodness or I'd be dead.

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  2. Emily Seals
    April 16, 2015

    Thanks for stopping by and for saying such nice things! I will say that a pixie cut has definite benefits (which I might discuss in a post sometime soon), but it's hard to get used to. I keep pinning hair tutorials on Pinterest only to remember that I can't do them! I almost bought elastic hair bands while at the store last week before I remembered that it will be months before I can use them. And my hair has been like this since August!

    I was determined to set up the printer by myself. My husband is majoring in computer science (+ computer engineering + electrical engineering. He's an ambitious guy) and he always does everything related to technology, so I wanted to prove to myself that I'm not useless. =)

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