I’ve never been willing to pay much for cell phone service. We’ve had pay-as-you-go phones for as long as the concept has existed. $15 flip phones for everyone, and $26/month for service for the four of us, and more minutes than we could possibly use in a lifetime.
I was so thrilled when our pay-as-you-go company introduced Android phones into their lineup last year, and I eagerly jumped on that bandwagon. Unfortunately, the phones they had available were truly bottom-of-the-line, and mine was fraught with minor (and a few major) frustrations.
One of the minor disappointments was the 2 megapixel fixed-focus camera. It was for the birds. I might be able to take a decent picture outdoors on a sunny day, but that was about it.
Happily, the phone company’s Android offerings are much improved now, and I found a shiny new phone under the tree this year. It’s still an inexpensive model, but I’m kinda in love with it. It runs like a dream, and as long as nobody shows me what a top-of-the-line model is like, I won’t even know what I’m missing.
The camera has a whole 5 megapixels, which these days is not particularly impressive, but it’s more than twice what I had, and it has the ability to auto-focus, plus it has a flash, and probably some other features I have yet to explore.
Being able to take phone pictures that aren’t completely terrible has given me a new interest in Instagram. And that’s putting it kind of mildly. I should probably apologize now for the amount of images you are going to have to scroll through this week. And trust me when I tell you, I was actually holding myself back a bit.
I’m trying not to go TOO crazy here. I mean, really. It’s still not the most amazing camera in the world, but I am enjoying the challenge of making it look good.
So, what is This Week in Pictures?
It’s a roundup of the photos I shot for my Project 365 (one image each day for all of 2015), plus some everyday-life snapshots I posted on Instagram during the previous week.
Ready? Cast your mind back to this time last week…
Instagram: I saw the snow, I wanted coffee. So here I am 🙂
365: 2015 3/365 – Because simply *having* a goal hasn’t been enough lately, I am doing a Fitbit challenge today, the object of which is to actually reach my goal. Hence, a walk in the snow.
Instagram: While water and a breakfast bar may be good for the body, the soul was really hoping for a mug of hot coffee and a warm croissant. Sigh.
Instagram: This afternoon, a walk alongside the woods.
365: 2015 4/365 – My new LG Tracfone. It’s cheap, but it’s running Android, it’s got a 5mp camera, and it hasn’t crashed on me once in the week and a half I’ve had it. (By this time last year, my first Android Tracfone had already blown up on me several times.) Hooray for cheap smartphones that don’t feel cheap! P.S. My last phone had a fixed-focus 2mp camera, so this one feels like a dream in comparison – I can’t seem to stay off of instagram…
Instagram: My favorite time for this is Sunday night, when there are guitars and drums and young people and energy 🙂
365: 2015 5/365 – Well, hello, Early Morning. I can’t really say that I’ve missed you these last few weeks…
Instagram: Started the day off right with a good workout at the Y. Back home now and settling in to start my work day with a nice hot cup of coffee. It’s cold and windy out there today.
Instagram: It’s a nice night for knitting on the bed and watching a British mystery.
365: 2015 6/365 – It’s 15 degrees and the snow is starting to stick. Maybe I’ll scrap my plan to leave the house. I *think* I can put off food shopping for one more day. Maybe.
Instagram: I’ve had a bedroom makeover on the agenda for YEARS, but progress has been really slow until recently. Today I rearranged some furniture, and decluttered everything that was piled on top of the desk. Eventually (once I figure out what to do with all the stuff that’s in it) the desk will get out of here altogether.
Instagram: It is so so cold outside that I am actually looking forward to working up a sweat here.
Instagram: I was working on a small blanket a while ago but I am going to scrap it and start over, I think. This will be square number one. #crochet
365: 2015 7/365 – Neil gave me these lights for Christmas, and I’m getting to use them tonight. I’m still playing around with the best way to set them up for the most natural-looking light, but this worked pretty well for a first try.
365: 2015 8/365 – If he thinks that he can snuggle up to me and sweet talk me into leaving my cozy nest, bundling up, and driving him to school on a 5-degree day, well, he’d be right. That kid has my number, darnit.
Instagram: I ducked in here to flip through my new library book (I don’t particularly want to read it but I kinda think I need to, you know?) but I’ve already finished my croissant and have yet to crack the book. I fell down the Instagram rabbit hole instead. Oops.
Instagram: I thought I ought to warn the others.
365: 2015 9/365 – It was a snowy morning, and I was going out anyway, so I gave him a lift to school.
I may already have plans to blog about some of these things in greater detail over the coming week, but be sure to leave a comment if there’s something in particular you want to know about!