Monday, November 28, 2011

Words fail me

Every year I post some of the most bizarre things that I see in catalogs.

Be careful*, everyone, hoodie-footies have gone wild. (really? They call them that?? Really???)

*Don't let that unfortunate private zoo incident get you down ... Just stroll right out to the mailbox in your leopard print hoodie footie. No one will shoot you. Probably not, anyway.

And, the bunny is not even sexy on this skinny photoshopped model. I think if I wore it my family would be incontinent laughing...while they booked me some time with an experienced psychiatrist.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

I love a parade

I'm a little partial to this one which is not of the parade at all of course, but that's just me...odd, I know. But I like me the way I am, and if you don't, well, you can just wander on off into the internets, can't you?

Anyway, you can browse a few of my parade photos in the set by clicking here.

I love, love love LOVE my new camera. It's fairly easy to change settings around on the fly, and the ISO goes to 6400. So I can take nighttime parade photos without blinding everyone constantly with useless flash. (cough, cough, pet peeve, cough cough)

Friday, November 25, 2011

I'm actually playing Christmas music

... and if you know me, that is NOT how I normally proceed the day after thanksgiving. Really. Trans-Siberian Orchestra. M.e.

I got myself a couple of goodies online today... I booked my tickets to FLORIDA in February :::cue the cheering::::: and got myself some accessories for my new camera (they will be Christmas gifts from my mother, who declared that no one buys cameras anymore because they just use their cell phone. ) I got myself a nice camera strap ( I don't need CANON in 3" high letters all the time, something nicer like this ....) and something that goes on the strap that you can click your lens cap into, since I set mine down all the time.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!


Tuesday, November 22, 2011


For my cool children and nieces and nephews (two of each plus one more in the oven!)

For every day I get to put my feet on the floor and stumble off to work at a fun/easy job where people like me. :)

For my new camera which I'm going to really fire up this week - turkeys! And this weekend - holiday parade !! 6400 ISO !!! Yeeeehah!!!

For a somewhat unexpected infusion of cash that lets me pay off some of my "cancer debt"!!!!!

And so much more.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Meet my new best friend

I'm sure you'll be seeing a lot from ...her?

Friday, November 18, 2011

Happy Friday

Both of my kids have dates tonight. (It's the Sadie Hawkins dance, where the ladies invite the gentlemen, and a senior has invited my son, who is in... 9th grade.... ::::thud::::)

These, however, are not for them. cough cough cough MINE cough cough

I'll be playing with my NEW CAMERA... I gots me a Canon Rebel, after years of wanting one. Wheeeeeee!!!!!

Monday, November 14, 2011


Warmer. Bokeh. Insomnia. Two out of three ain't bad.


Picfx is my app of the day. You can add texture (peeling paint, shown here, or several others), bokeh, frames... It's pretty cool for when you want to take a simple image and get creative.


So my friend just reminded me that I have a blog... It's been busy, with birthdays and traveling to Pitt for my niece's baptism.

At 11:11 am on 11/11/11 (damn, I wrote that the British way didn't I?) I was sewing some lace on a little camisole so that the baby could wear it under her gown.

(Or, to keep from engaging my mother in any sort of argument.

She rode with us, and was pretty well behaved, but just got a little bit anxious at the end of each drive. )

Friday, November 04, 2011

Buy this

Logitech has their shit together. It took less than ten minutes to set up this remote for my tv, DVD, and dvr.

No pointing at devices and turning things on and off and cursing. Nope. You USB this to your computer and type the model numbers onto a webpage and it just works. It JUST WORKS.

A mere $30 really can buy you happiness. Happy birthday to me! Well, next week, but whatever. :)

Growing pains

My daughter has her first boyfriend, and all the angst and drama is killing me. Sobs and "but I haven't seeeeen him since ...." - I have tried explaining how far down that is on my list of priorities, but whatever.

To give you a hint as to how the rest of my day is going:

This morning I drove up to an ATM. Rolled my window down, put in my card.

I told the ATM that I want to conduct my business in ENGLISH PLEASE and it once again pretended to save those preferences. (every damn time... sigh...)

I got $60. Magic. Me likey. But I got my card back and still had a check to deposit.

Went to put the card in again and it slipped out of my fingers (no doubt from all the ATM cooties on them) and bounced... Under. My. Car.

By this point of course there was someone behind me. Waiting. Watching.

I pulled forward and by some miracle he didn't... Got my stupid card and stood there, trying to deposit. The atm spit an envelope out (the last time I was there, THAT shot out so hard it fell under my car. I'm clearly not smart enough for this whole process.)

I then found out that it helps if you DON'T hit "continue" before typing any dollar amount for your deposit, by the way. Transaction denied! Got my card back.

So I had to put the card in AGAIN, the ATM shot out ANOTHER envelope (which I struggled to put in the old envelope bin-- by that point I wanted to tear it to pieces and throw them up in the air all over myself like lunatic confetti, just for the benefit of the poor bastard waiting for me to finish).

Finally I got my tax refund check deposited. Yes, you read that right. Just. Don't. Ask.

If you need me I'll be hiding behind Seuss for the rest of the day.

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Ta dah

They said I wouldn't get flowers here in the test lab. Excuse me, I have to to tape some pencils together to stake this up. (do ya love my magnet? I do)