Day 73- Keeping those brain cells alive. . .

Today is Macro Monday, and it feels so good to be confident that I can participate, since I have my new macro lens!

Photography takes up a lot of my time, but there is something else in my life that manages to eat up almost an equal share- SCRABBLE! No, I don’t mean tense competitions with a board and tiles- I’m talking Facebook.

I justify my time playing Wordscraper (the Facebook app that is a Scrabble-like game) by claiming that it is keeping my brain cells healthy. I am preventing Alzheimers, people! I joined Facebook relatively early on for a person of my age (maybe three years ago?- oops, my brain cells are failing me again…) solely to play Wordscraper with some teacher friends. Of course, I discovered all the other diversions too- chat, Farmville, YoVille etc. , but they fell away eventually, leaving Wordscraper as my main Facebook activity.

I really wasn’t a Scrabble person before Wordscraper- and I was surprised to find out that I was a really lousy player! It took me about a year to learn all the handy 2 letter words and the basic strategies.  I am happy to report that I am now adequate. I can hold my own against everyone except my daughter and my friend, Julie.

And the best thing about Wordscraper? I am in daily contact with a large number of friends through this game. I play with teacher friends, friends from when I was a young mom, my college roommate, and even one childhood friend (who has recently given up Facebook for Lent!). Best of all, I always have a couple games going with my daughter (I love that, even though I rarely win).

And I guess I should mention the iPhone app, Words With Friends. I play that too!

I introduced my friend, Joan, to Wordscraper (and Words With Friends) – and she is as addicted as I am.  In fact, she now is actually part of a group that plays Scrabble with REAL tiles and a REAL board- yikes!

Last year, Joan gave me the coolest gift- a name plate for my desk that is made of Scrabble tiles! I love it, and it is the subject for today’s macro shot.

f/5.6, 1/60, ISO 2500, 85mm

Notice how slow my shutter speed was and how high my ISO had to be in order to get this shot. With my aperture more open, the depth of field was too shallow to get the letter M entirely in focus.

3 responses

  1. I’m loving that lens! What a great shot. Of course I love the backstory, too. I wonder why we never played Scrabble in college? Oh, I forgot. . .bridge preoccupied us then!!

    March 14, 2011 at 12:52 pm

  2. Those facebook games can be so addicting! You are mastering your new marco.

    March 14, 2011 at 6:01 pm

  3. joan

    Love the photo…

    March 15, 2011 at 12:04 pm

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