Wednesday, January 29, 2014

GoPro fail

My friend John makes promotional videos.  He'll really good (see representative sample here).  He uses a GoPro camera mounted to a little helicopter to get the overhead shots.

Looks real nice, right?

My children have destroyed our small point and shoot.  Like, the casing fell off but it still worked, and then the shutter was stuck open, but it still kinda worked.  And then it wouldn't turn off, but if you took out the battery when you weren't using it, it still kinda worked.

Tyler and I decided to hike Mt. Wrightson a few weekends back, and as I was afraid I'd drop our nice camera off the side of the mountain, plus it's heavy, we decided to borrow John's GoPro.

I'm not sure what went wrong, but these are some of the better shots.

This is a herd of wild turkeys, obviously.

 Because it takes like 6 hours to do the hike, it was either take the baby or lug a pump.  I almost wish we had taken the pump because 1. I think it would have been lighter, 2. The baby was freaked out about the fact that it was VERY COLD up on the mountain and refused to nurse, and 3. I wouldn't have worried about the pump getting frostbite.

I think this is me... maybe its' Tyler.  There is only one button on the GoPro, so I'm not sure how we could have screwed it up, but here it is.  Unfortunately, the camera died before we could take a picture from the summit.  It looked like this:

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Monday, January 27, 2014

Hold my hair, I'm going to blog.

Remember when I used to blog?  And read blogs?  Why don't I do that anymore?  

I was considering this issue while I was up with the baby last night, and I don't know is the answer.  Maybe because my IQ has plunged dramatically with the addition of this 4th child, such that I'm having trouble coming up with complete sentences.

What would I write?

Well, I'm tired of people telling me "Calories IN=Calories OUT"

because I think it's not true, especially when breastfeeding.

In an informal survey of a few moms at the park, 100% of them told me that they had TROUBLE getting weight off while breastfeeding (which, supposedly burns 500 calories a day) and that when they quit the weight just came off.  So bodies are sometimes miserly and hoard calories, which has nothing to do with this calories in=calories out mantra that somehow is supposed to make me feel better.

Science agrees with me.  In the book "Do Chocolate Lovers Have Sweeter Babies," the author cites studies on the children of the Dutch famine during WWII, and how they are all mostly overweight today because their bodies were programmed to be really efficient with their calories.

I'm not trying to lose weight in order to be thin and pretty.  My clothes don't fit; it's an economical issue.  I don't want to have to buy a whole new wardrobe when I have a closet full of clothes that are just fine... just a little on the small side.  Plus, I hate shopping.
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