Monday, May 31, 2010

For those who Serve...(216)

Thank You.
Thank You.
Thank You.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Hot Summer Daze(217)

Miserable hot today. Emma wanted no part of my camera pointing at her.



No, this is not the outtake. This is what we got. I was a good grandma and decided we'd hope for better attitudes on another day so we went on home. (admittedly I took her to the doc in the box a couple hours later and discovered a nice ear infection)

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Happy Feet..(218)

Today Tom bought me a birthday present. Aren't they yummy? They feel so good on the tootsies.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Full moon..(219)

So we were at Roughrider game yesterday. You have to admit it's really a beautiful place. Not a lot of fields have a swimming pool. How fun would it be to have a pool party and watch a game at the same time.



Thursday, May 27, 2010

Little Miss Blue Eyes...(220)

Same photo with two seperate conversions. Which do you like better??

This little one looked up and spotted me at the ballpark.



Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Favorites(221)

I was going to post the outtakes of this shoot and make fun of the boy, but I've decided not to do that and just show you some of my favorite edits from the shoot instead. Hopefully I'll have a chance to shoot something new tomorrow to amuse both you and I.















Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Blue Jays Bobbing..(222)

Ok, this is a lousy photo. I had to take it from the house as I was afraid if I opened the door Buffy would scare these fellows away. I noticed these guys on the fence all in a row. Taking turns bobbing up and down and making a little song. I figured there must have been a female somewhere out of my view. They didn't seem to be aggressive to each other. Just bobbing up and down. How funny would that be, a little gang war of birdies. Determining who's "turf" the neighborhood belongs to. Ahh, suburbia.

Yes, I know. Somedays you wonder why you bothered to come to this page. Don't worry, I wonder too.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Enticing or Mocking??(223)

I see them sitting there, waiting for me. The last bag in the machine. Taunting?? Wiling it's way into my heart? My dear--I miss you too.
For those who say it's "remember, it's all about portion control". This little bag is like 2 servings and has a ton of calories in it. These things are block an artery goodness. No, I cannot just eat half this baggie. I want the whole family size bag!!!

I will however say, for those keeping up---I am no longer obese. True. I am overweight now and heading toward Normal. Strange that I would aim for Normal.

They should attach better descriptions to the BMI chart. Things like "fluffy" and "voluptuous". If I had the time and my wits about me I'd give you all a nice home grown created BMI chart, but I don't have it in me today. I've said it before though--I'll even take lard-ass over the word obese.


Sunday, May 23, 2010

Waxing, Waning , Weary times(224)

This is the moon that is out when I walk. All the different phases, I never quite understand them.


I do know I was waning tonight. Had a tough time making all my miles tonight.


I've continued to increase my miles, but I try to be very careful about how far I go. I'm very nervous that someday I'm gonna walk too far and absolutely just not be able to make it home. It's gonna be pretty embarrassing having to call Tom and tell him to pick me up. It will be even worse if I ask him to pick me up at the edge of the neighborhood or something. Several times that thought of embarrassment has gotten me home. (I didn't even try having Buffy give me a pony ride)

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Such is the difference(225)

The senior boys of 2010 are all calling to do their senior photos, they do graduate in the next 2 weeks after all. The senior girls of 2011 are all calling to do their senior photos, they do graduate within the next 12 months after all. Gotta love it.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Tweet, Tweet..(226)

This little birdie sitting on an electrical wire. Every night when we walk he's there. There was a partner the first night I spotted him but the next night it was just the one. It's been him ever since. I'm pretty sure he accidentally got out of some gilded cage somewhere as he seems quite out of place where he is. Or maybe someone just got tired of them and let them go. (For those of you who know my theory on invisipoop , you should understand animal poop is not usually invisible and usually obnoxious to have to deal with) I wonder which the bird prefers --the cage or the wire??



At least he won't sue his prior owners. (random comment or unique transition statement?)



Here lately I've heard a lot of folks comment on "Nanny State" mentality and the government stepping in and taking control. For example regulating smoking in certain places such as bars, helmet usage on motorcycles, labeling on products, legalization of pot. I'm glad I didn't go into law or politics--I truly couldn't make these kinds of decisions. (Tom on the other hand feels he would make a great king to our land)



For some reason as soon as Americans discovered a person is allowed to sue for any silly thing on the planet we lost all our common sense and now laws have to be in place to protect ourselves from ourselves.



Wear a damned helmet people, I don't care what kind of tough guy you are on your motorcycle--your skull will crack as easily as Mr Nerdypants'. Seatbelts and carseats do save lives. Even Britney is not so special that she can breastfeed and drive.



Texting and driving?? You should be smacked in the head if you do this. Repeatedly. But I'm certain someone will sue the cellphone manufacturer's soon and they will have to start putting labels on the phones the same as cigarettes do.



Cigarettes in bars. I'm so sorry that the employees have to work in those conditions and are exposed to all this second hand smoke. NOT!!! Seriously, you have a job in a bar. Good grief that's like suing for sexual harassment if your a stripper. It comes with the territory.



Yes, it's sad that so many laws are written that just seem excessive but I'm also sorry that silly lawsuits force this type of thing to happen.



Thursday, May 20, 2010

Helium Daze(227)

Funny how sometimes it's the fuzziest most distorted photos which are the most appealing.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

This old couple (228)

Actually I don't know how old they are, but they are at a senior living location in Dallas. Can I go live there?? Small living accomodations which means very little cleaning. Planned activities and a diner to go eat if you don't want to cook. Yep, where do I sign up??

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Cherry Bang Bang (229)

Well, this is what happened to the cherry tree. At first I thought a drunk got it but it looks like it was lightning.



Monday, May 17, 2010

Ring a Ding Dong (229)


Another last minute post...I'll try to do better tomorrow.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Bigger and Better...(230)

I went to shoot a friends party tonight and when I walked in I saw this. One of the photos I took of him was blown up really large. I can't explain to you how awesome it was for me to see this.


Saturday, May 15, 2010

Graduation Rules (231)

This morning was fun. I still don't understand boys though. Don't know that I ever will.



Friday, May 14, 2010

Refill(232)

I need all weekend to refill my energy level. Every minute of it.

I was spacing out and truly almost ran out of gas. Dumb luck I looked down just in time to avoid catastrophe.

I also just barely got this post up in time, this is what kind of garbage posts you get when I forget.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Dear Metabolism...(233)

I know you and I have been quite distant over the past several years. As a matter of fact, you've been almost non-existent in our relationship this whole time.

I have however taken it upon myself to develop you and make you work stronger and more efficiently.

I've been eating right and walking so much my feet are full of blisters. I don't even have a pinky toe anymore, it's been completely replaced by a blister. I can't go get a pedicure cause of these blisters and lord knows I'll probably end up with staph if I do.

I feel resistence on your part however. I really am not fond of the whole "plateau'ing" thing. I'm not sure I really buy into all this fat turning to muscle and I think it would just be best if you get on board and cooperate in all this. I wan't numbers darn it...Solid factual numbers...and those numbers better not include anything to do with "obese".


The next time you hear from me won't be so pleasant, so I suggest you straighten up and act right.

*+*+These puffy's (not the technical name for them) are in the median areas of the road where the city has planted wildflowers. They are about as big as a dessert plate. *+*+*+*+*+



Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Hey Honey, Honey...(234)

Every night on my walk I smell these. I remeber this smell from growing up, that tiny drop that tasted so sweet. Hmmm, almost as good as smoking...Ha.

I missed Jen Lancasters stop in Dallas for her book tour, I'm so sad.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Burning in my heart....(235)

or close to it....


Today I remembered a topic I wanted to talk about. My love love love of smoking. I quit smoking a couple years ago but before that I really enjoyed my ugly little habit.

I enjoyed every part of smoking. The click of the lighter, the first inhale to light the cigarette. Holding the cigarette. The feel it would give me. I spent the majority of my life smoking and it was the perfect thing for everything. When I was stressed, when I was happy (with a couple carona's), when I was sick, after a good meal, when I woke up, before I went to bed.

I did realize however that it was not good for me, and breathing certainly never got easier the longer I smoked.


Today I spoke to a woman who may quit now. She had the cherry of her cigarette blow down her shirt. Her bra literally lit up in flames and she burned 'the girls' all the way across her chest and down her elbows. After this story I'm guessing I'm glad I quit smoking.



Monday, May 10, 2010

Taser Bird(236)

This little bird still makes me think of the PD Eastman Bird..."Are you my mother". That was one of my favorite books when I was little. As for mother hood.....

I am very proud of myself for not getting fired today. Some day I'm going to talk to some absolute idiot and not control what I say. Self control is not a strong suit of mine, ADHD doesn't leave much room for self control. However, I did not make any snyde remarks to the (insert multiple 4 letter words here) mother who "doesn't remember" if her children were wearing seatbelts today. The kids had to have serious stitches due to facial lacerations. (More curse words for the woman here). Wanted to make sure I understood the baby was in a carseat. Well good on her for only trying to kill the other children and not the little one. So, for now I am still employed.

Taser's. I know you all remember me considering purchasing a taser for Lauren when she was traveling quite a bit. Now, I'm wondering if I should get a taser for my late night walks with the dog. They are quite powerful and I definitely think this would keep me safe. The downside is, if you spend over 300 dollars on an item you have a tendency to wanna try it out, right? I can just imagine walking and having Buffy's big butt tempting me to point and shoot the whole way...probably I should reconsider on the taser. I would like to use a taser on that woman however.













Sunday, May 9, 2010

Death by Guac...(237)

I'm showing you my pretty flowers I got this weekend.


I figured that was better than to show you the beautiful chicketn fajitas I had today. I haven't "indulged" in anything yummy for at least the past 6 weeks. Today was quite certainly a break from that. The sauteed veggies were just right as were the black beans, the garlic tortilla butter was amazing and I had a wee bit of a problem with portion control. Later when I was in a carb induced coma I considered how I could have done things differently and the answers all lay in portion control.


Tonight it was time to take the dog for a walk and I was still sluggish from all of this. I didn't feel like going and I mentally checklisted off all the reasons why I should skip my walk. I felt guilty though cause Buffy was pacing and panting at me, so I figured I'd get her out for a short walk just to humor her. I continued to mentally check off the reasons why I should turn around and not continue. I was mentally in my own world and would come out of my fugue long enough every now and again to note that I was making quite headway in my trek. I finally turned around when the rain got quite heavy. I didn't make it all the way to my normal turn around spot so I even--dare I say it--ran a little to make up for the shortcoming.


Of course I use the term run very loosely. I simply started walking really, really fast and things got all jiggly and shaky for a minute or so and then thankfully that came to a stop.


So, now that I've had my Fatty Fatty Mothers day I'll walk away knowing I seriously learned a lesson about portion control today. Which leads me to my final thought of the night.....Alice, please please please--do not eat the whole pint of butter pecan ice cream.


Happy Mothers Day!!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Naughty..(238)

Is Naughty genetic?? She is naughty. Climbs on the back of the couch onto the counter and this is what you get.





Friday, May 7, 2010

Froot Loop (239)

Here is the cherry blossom tree I showed you last month out by my job...It actually made fruit!! The same day behind one of the buildings I found wild strawberries. I admit I put one of the cherries in my mouth...but it wasn't fully ripe so I didn't eat it. I can't bring myself to try the strawberries. Maybe I will, maybe I wont.



Thursday, May 6, 2010

Smile (240)

I didn't feel like walking today during lunch. I did it anyways. I was walking along having an internal conversation with myself about how I was going to have to start leaving the camera at home. It's just getting too much to haul it to work everyday and with the weather turning hot I don't think I'll be able to get out and shoot so much.

Then I saw this. Someone lost a reflector but it just felt like the world was sending me a smile. (sappy shit huh?) But, it did make me think I should keep bringing the camera.

What commercial it is that has all those objects that look like they're smiling? I was making myself crazy trying to remember. Help me out here.



Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Finding the perfect gift just got easier...(241)

My photo is completely off for the day. Maybe I should save them for next St Patty's but here it is Cinco deMayo and I'm posting them now. Similar holidays indeed however. I'm sure there is some very important significance to both days and us Americans just turn them both into a"Good Beer" day.


Mother's day is coming up, talk about needing to turn a day into a Good Beer Day. All mom's need a drink or two...


So, driving to work and I hear about a great opportunity. Completely Free!! I can go to Walgreens and utilize their Personal Gift Advisor. Yes, For Free. Don't worry, you can do this too. Only the most exclusive stores offer this kind of service and now I can get this at the local Walgreens. (Yes, I will be making my friends do this on our next walk)


The thoughts that raced in my head. Firstly, who wants to put that on their resume?? Did they hire people specifically for this task or just pick "special" associates already working in the store to do this. (meaning the associates who aren't already totally bitter about working at the Walgreens in the first place) What training does this take, did these folks take a class or a seminar an online course or just read a nifty pamphlet and get the special nametag?? What person in corporate came up with this?? Who's the 2nd schmuck who signed off on it?? For those shopping at the Walgreens for their mom--do they need an advisor? Is there a possibility that they will invest a significant amount of money into a gift and not get 'just the right thing'. I'm pretty sure the cubic zirconia necklace at the register is only $19.99....your in the Walgreens people, go ahead and risk it.



Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Walk of Death..(242)

This weekend was supposed to be potty training. We'll talk another time about the total fail on that front, but I mention it just so you know I had mentally prepared to be home all weekend forcefeeding Emma gatorade to facilitate our project. I decided I would however, be able to sneak off around one since Emma would nap.

The walk was also a good way to catch up with two friends. I figured with it being the hot part of the day I could get in a quick walking talking session and possibly take Buffy out again later that night. Freind 1 mentions a car show up at the school and we decide to jaunt on up there. It really doesn't seem very far when I drive it. Yes, it does cross a major highway. No, not a lot of trees and the crosswalk buttons are "iffy".

Hmmm, the walk up seems quite nice and when we get there we are rewarded by cold bottled water. We proceed to plop ourselves down in the parking lot and listen to one high school boy play his guitar and sing some random country ballad. Of course, being the friends we are our conversation quickly turns wrong. Which of these cars would our 16 year old selves have been having sex in?? Would 16 year old guitar boy even have had to sing a second song?? Yes, it was wrong considering our 16 year old daughters happened to be wandering around the car show.

The trouble comes on the walk back. I was smart enough to send Buffy back with the daughter who drove, and I quickly learned I should have gotten into the car with the dog.

In the time we had sat at the car show, the sun had a chance to get extra sunny and any and all breezes had died. The roads all of a sudden were all uphill and friend 1 (the athletic one) kept mentioning how much more quickly it would go if we ran. (friend 2 and I did stand firm on the "no running") This was followed by friend 1 suggesting she could push me all the way home....Jesus mother o lord do not let me die here on the sidewalk!! I'm so proud I did not utter that out loud, of course with the panting and wheezing I don't know if I could have said that.

Yes, we made the full 7 miles and I did not actually die. Buffy did not get a walk later that night and the potty training died the next day. We'll try that again after the Oklahoma trip.

As a final note, most of the vehicles shown belonged to staff and students at the school. The old MG had so much bondo and primer on it---still my favorite though.










Monday, May 3, 2010

Time for Recompense..(243)

As I said before, I think we had some nice results in photos for my friend. Just that one lapse in judgement for myself. I think these make up for it.










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