Things I Love Thursday is finally back everyone!
I survived Dead Week and Finals, still have a pulse, and made it home safe with about 45 suit cases crammed inside my tiny little Civic only hours ago.
Also, I have some very exciting news to share. Yesterday I launched the new look (which started as a Winter look, but I like it so much I’m thinking about keeping it) and it got so many views that you guys broke this site’s record for the most views I’ve had in a day within only a few hours of my posting it! I had no idea that many people even knew I existed, so thank you so much for taking the time to click a little link. For someone trying to turn this photography thing into something, it means an awful lot.
Now, on to the good stuff! I’m so completely excited about today’s post. I’ve had to keep quiet about one of them quiet until now and it’s been torture.
Here we go!
ONE. Prepare yourself. I’m about to reveal a photographer’s secret…Mpix.com. By FAR the cheapest place I’ve found to order picture prints from. You can get anything from simple 3x5s all the way up to giant canvas prints. They’ll back them in foam core, wrap them gallery style around a 3D frame, and print them on just about any paper you can imagine. They even have sections on the site where you can create Christmas cards and accordion folds. I use it to design and order coffee table books for brides. The software is SO easy to use and gives you tons of creative liberties in how you want it to look. The next time you need pictures printed, please give your wallet a rest and use Mpix. It has changed my life.
TWO. This semester I took an astronomy class as one of my science credits; mainly because everyone said it was easy and the professor was awesome. The professor was amazing, but the class was far from easy. My lab for this class was mostly learning constellations of the different seasonal skies (y’know…the seasons! Fall, Spring, blah blah blah). The labs were easy and everything but when it came down to the final, our professor was like “Surprise! You have to have 30 constellations memorized by finals week!” Suddenly I was in a panic. How was I supposed to study for this!? It’s not like the average college student has a planetarium handy where they can go and learn these things like we did in class. So after researching a few software options online I found Google Sky***.
Coolest. Thing. Ever.
If you have Google Earth on your computer, there’s a tab at the top that looks like Saturn, and under that you’ll see options for Earth, Sky, Mars, and Moon. Click on Sky and have fun being lost in the wonders of the glory of God for the next twelve hours. As I studied, I kept zooming in on the different galaxies and nebulae and sitting there in awe. “The heavens declare the glory of God…” has never meant more to me. Check it out. It’s free, and a worship experience in and of itself.
***the link will take you to the less-awesome website, but I suggest downloading the Google Earth package and enjoying the incredible image quality of Google Sky
THREE. If, like me, you find yourself on a life-long quest to find the perfect car air freshener you need look no further. Bath & Body Works and their magical crafting of all things sweet smelling has come up with the perfect car accoutrement, the Scentportable. This nifty little device is designed to hold these crazy little scent cups and slide neatly on the edge of your visor like a garage door opener. The scents look a little something like this.
It’s $5.00 for a package of two scent cups (BARGAIN!). The scents last for about three months each (sooo much longer than those old pine trees) and are so worth checking out. They have about a billion different scents so you’re bound to find one to suit you.
FOUR. Now, for the part I’ve been waiting for….ladies and gentlemen, Young the Giant!! Where has this band been for the past three months as I’ve starved for new music?! I heard them on Jay Leno last night and fell in love. Totally my kind of music. The lead singer, which I’m just gonna go ahead now and ask to marry me (I mean seriously, how gorgeous is he?!? MARRY. ME.), has one of the best I’ve heard in a long time. I got their whole album yesterday as I was packing at 2am and loved it all. Definitely worth your time.