Monday, October 29, 2012

2012: Week 43

2012: Week 43 by MAStapleton
2012: Week 43, a photo by MAStapleton on Flickr.
This week in London started off very foggy. So foggy that the fog didn't lift FOR DAYS. When even the London locals are talking about the fog, you know it's something.

But that didn't deter my 13-year-old and I as we embarked on climbing over The Dome (or the O2, if you want to be all Corporate Sponsorship about it). We couldn't even see Canary Wharf, just over the river. As you can see, we only got half the view. Alas, we did not get half-price tickets due to conditions.

It was awesome, though. We highly recommend the experience.

Monday, October 22, 2012

2012: Week 42

2012: Week 42 by MAStapleton
2012: Week 42, a photo by MAStapleton on Flickr.
One of the things I've really enjoyed about the 52 weeks project is how I've been able to capture moments big and small during the course of the year.

We've been American expats living in London for nearly 14 years so I can't decide if voting in the US Presidential election is a big moment or a small one. But this shot dovetails nicely with my shot from week 18, when I voted for the London mayor in my first election as a British citizen. (See it here:

I don't know which way the election is going to go, but we've done our part. Also, it's always nice to check in with the mothership and remind ourselves that we are American too.

Monday, October 15, 2012

2012: Week 41

2012: Week 41 by MAStapleton
2012: Week 41, a photo by MAStapleton on Flickr.
We picked up my cool new purple glasses (colour hard to discern here) on a day with beautiful blue skies.

It definitely was time to replace the old pair. Bought in 2003, the frames were selected by the then 4-year-old (now 13) while the baby (now 9) slept in the buggy. They were purple too, so I'm seeing a pattern here.

Monday, October 08, 2012

2012: Week 40

2012: Week 40 by MAStapleton
2012: Week 40, a photo by MAStapleton on Flickr.
Photo trickery!

I really have loved the 52 Weeks project. Some weeks, like this one, I really struggle with picking my one photo to mark the week. This beat out two other pictures for Week 40. I captured this snap while taking a photography course with my son, who got a new camera for his 13th birthday. We both loved it.

This picture is also Exhibit A as to why you should never delete photos while out and about. I completely missed how this looked while I was taking it-- at the time, I felt I had missed the shot I really wanted. But I looked again at home on the view finder and actually turned the camera upside down because I thought I had taken it the wrong way around. Now, after downloading, I also noticed the arrow sign that seems to be pointing at the reflection and saying, "Hey! Look at this!"

Only 12 more weeks to go!

Monday, October 01, 2012

2012: Week 39

2012: Week 39 by MAStapleton
2012: Week 39, a photo by MAStapleton on Flickr.
One of our greatest family traditions is having cake for breakfast on our birthdays. So we did again on Saturday. And it was good.