Not Exactly the Christmas Present I was Hoping For

I was holding out for a iPhone 6 Plus. And it was working out perfectly as planned. See our “upgrade” became available on November 4th. Right? Just in time for Christmas.

But instead, it looks like all my Christmas money gets funneled into the Gall Bladder Surgery Fund of 2014.

The fund that covers the removal of crappy gall bladder. The luxurious and all-inclusive day stay at the local hospital joint. This fund will save me from being ill all the time, because apparently, my gall bladder is full of sticks and stones. That *do* hurt me. And yes, it’s just stones, but feels like sticks in there too. Ouch!

I didn’t even know I was sick until I spent five days in Oklahoma with my sister. I had trouble with food. Seems like every place we ate made me sick. And come to find out, it wasn’t where we were eating (Ada’s Asian Buffet!). And it wasn’t the bag of Bit-o-Honey’s I couldn’t stop eating in the back seat of my sister’s car.

Nope, it wasn’t any of those things. It’s just my sucky gall bladder full of sticks and stones.

And now, nearly a month, and two gall stone attacks later, the doctor says it has to go.

I’m told I will feel ever so much better without it.

As the day of surgery draws closer (tomorrow!), I wonder what it will feel like not to have a tight band around my ribs. How it will be to have a normal stomach that doesn’t distend and feel grossly full after I eat. What it will be like to ditch the antacids and anti-nausea meds. The joy of not experiencing the twisting, charley-horse spasm while reclining on the sofa. All things I won’t miss and had no idea were even related to my gall bladder.

So maybe, they are right. Maybe losing the rocks will be a big weight off. BIG.

And although, it’s not an iPhone 6 Plus….at least I will feel normal again.

Photography 101 asked to see our bliss today. Maybe, it’s not a place close to me now, but this is definitely my bliss.

The beautiful Huntington Beach, California.

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I took this on my last trip to California two years ago.

Tomorrow after my early Christmas present. If I am hurting at all, I will look at my bliss, hear the ocean waves, and smell the soft sea air. Ahhh…bliss!

The Beauty of Raindrops

It rained today….

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© 2014 Angelia's Photography

Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams. You are the center of your universe, and you can make anything happen. -Ashley Smith

© 2014 Angelia's Photography

© 2014 Angelia's Photography

© 2014 Angelia's Photography

© 2014 Angelia's Photography

And the beautiful raindrops gave me something outstanding to photograph.

My Version of Street Photography

I like taking photos of the streets. But I would not say my street photography is really classified as “street” photography.

There is an art to street photography. It is taking your camera and getting candid shots of every day mainstream.

It is catching life in motion, and those unaware. The trick is people don’t realize you are taking their photo.

Street photography is a gift. It is one I wish I had, but I don’t. I am way to obvious and not sneaky at all. It would take lots of practice for me to get even close to cool street photos.

So, instead, I give you my version.

Street photography of actual streets. Some streets are bridges and I say that is still okay.

These are all taken in San Francisco.

San Francisco has some super cool streets and bridges.

© 2014 Angelia's Photography

© 2014 Angelia's Photography

© 2014 Angelia's Photography

© 2014 Angelia's Photography

© 2014 Angelia's Photography

© 2014 Angelia's Photography

© 2014 Angelia's Photography

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