Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween...

I'm be on duty today, so beware...

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Did you know?...

*Today is National Candy Corn Day--watch out for drivers high on a sugar rush.

*Friday is National Carmel Apple Day--and Halloween-trick or treat for you?

*Sunday is Cookie Monster's birthday--his age is not listed, but his face is just timeless.

*Cookie Monster's real name was Sid, that was before he started eating cookies full time.

This concludes our mini trivia.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Thanks & The Girls...

A super big thanks to the lovely family that let me do their photos Sunday. We were all a bit frozen by the end of the session, but it was worth it.

I am currently completely booked in November between portrait sessions and shows. Yeah!!!! Although, I have to say, and for those reading hopefully you have not found me from the photo sites--this scares the shit out of me. I'm so afraid the families will not like the photos, esp. if they are a friend, then what do I do?

Anyway. I would be amiss if I did not mention that October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. I like my girls and want to keep them, likely all other women do too. To help provide free mammograms for those in need, don't forget to pop over to the link on the side of the page and make a donation. It's free, just a simple click or two.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Good To Know I'm the Downfall of Society...

This comment was posted on net as a response to Alabama's recent announcement for their state employees.

I Didn’t Want To Do It…

I really didn’t, I didn’t want to turn my heat on until at least November. However last night when I got home, my house was so damp, I did it. I turned the heat on to 60 and left it on until I went to bed last night. I know I’m going to have to turn it on eventually, but I need to get a new filter and haven’t made it to do so yet. Maybe tonight, I’ll make a Sams/Walmart/GiveAwayMySoul run. I was going to do it Sunday, but after spending so long at the Best Buy Geek Squad counter, I just didn’t have it in me to tackle other stores.

Where did Autumn go, bring it back, I’m not ready for winter just yet!

Monday, October 27, 2008

A Monday Funny...

Sometimes those forwards are worth reading. (borrowed from a mass forwarded email.)


A cabbie picks up a Nun.

She gets into the cab, and notices that the VERY handsome cab driver won't stop staring at her.

She asks him why he is staring. He replies: 'I have a question to ask you but I don't want to offend you.'

She answers, 'My son, you cannot offend me. When you're as old as I am and have been a nun as long as I have, you get a chance to see and hear just about everything. I'm sure that there's nothing you could say or ask that I would find offensive.'

I've always had a fantasy to have a nun kiss me.' She responds, 'Well, let's see what we can do about that: #1, you have to be single and #2, you must be Catholic.'

The cab driver is very excited and says, 'Yes, I'm single and Catholic!' 'OK' the nun says. 'Pull into the next alley.'

The nun fulfils his fantasy, with a kiss that would make a hooker blush, but when they get back on the road, the cab driver starts crying. 'My dear child,' says the nun, 'why are you crying?'
'Forgive me but I've sinned. I lied and I must confess, I'm married and I'm Jewish.'
The nun says, 'That's OK. My name is Kevin and I'm going to a Halloween party.'

Friday, October 24, 2008

More Un-tweaked shots from the Wilds....

Zebra-friendly little beast.

Trying to ignore but but dying to see what is going on in our bus.

A unicorn--well not really

I'm a man-pay attention to me!
The giraffe were in their winter space, so we could not get too close to them. They were all taking a break when we passed by.

A family of Sichuan Takin!

Here's looking at you--enjoy your weekends!
Remember this weekend is the last to enjoy the Wilds this season!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

How I've Been Spending My Saturday's...

My Saturday's have been busy lately, this is what I've been doing.

I can't decide the exact setup just at this point, but I'm sure I'll get there by the end of the season and of course then I will not have to worry about it any more. Just my luck.

BIG Thanks to my Dad for making the frame display, it's GREAT!!!!!

Billions of Apologies...

I've been making an effort to post every day for all my daily readers. I tried yesterday, I really did. However, our net went down and then I was late here at the office for a meeting, so I did not get to blog yesterday.

I'm here today and every Monday-Friday from here on out, if at all possible.

I was planning to post a few pumpkin pics yesterday, so I'll do that today and get back to the Wilds later in the week. Feel for me kids, I'm here today until 730pm or after tonight and likely 6pm or after tomorrow night. Autumn quarter, gotta love it. *grin*
Pumpkin pic in on particluar order...

Magical Mystery Tour--shout out for Cheap Trick. Float getting ready for parade, we didn't stay for the parade.

Ms. D with tour of pumpkins, look out I think they are starting to fall.

Traffic trying to get into the festival. Sadly it was this bad when we were arriving also, an hour and a half thank you and another 45 minutes getting back out.

Biggest Pumpkin--can you see that -----1375 1/2 pounds--even with the dry summer we had this year.

I had a sense of deja vu with we arrived, the hog calling contest was about to begin. We were going to stay but I'm a horrible person and after sitting in traffic for so long, I couldn't handle the screaming child who was old enough to know better and was just ticked off because she wasn't getting her way. I had to move on to sugar and pumpkin tastes.

Harley float!
The moose, gotta love it.

I enjoy the pumpkin dumpling, pumpkin pie, not so much the pumpkin burger (I should have remembered from last year, not that great.).

Circleville-if you are going to have a pumpkin festival--please hire a few police officers to direct traffic. Sitting for that long in traffic can be very frustrating.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Busy Weekends Continue...

I'm going to be a busy girl for the next several weekends. This week involved a craft show that was a bust, but again a learning experience. I have more hopes for the one Nov. 1, cross your fingers please.

I also make an impromptu trip to the Circleville Pumpkin Festival and a short "Wild" ride. Fest pictures soon, hopefully.
My parents and I went to the Wilds a nature preserve in Southeastern Ohio. I highly recommend going if you are looking for something to do next weekend. It's the last weekend they will be open this year, but look for them next spring if you can't make it this weekend. If at all possible get to the Wilds by 9:30am to make the 10am or 10:30am bus tour. According to those in the know, the aminals are checked on and given some feed in the early morning, so most animals are within easy viewing. I found this to be the case yesterday.

Below are a few pics, in no particular order...

Wild African dogs, ugly little mutts. They hunt in packs and rip their food apart before it is dead. Not your neighbor friendly pet.

The Cheetah, my favorite animal I think. So pretty, agile, and yet lazy.

This guys wins best fun hair do. Horse of some sort from Mongolia, I think. Cave paintings are believed to be based from these horses.

I don't remember the name of this animal. Several that worked at the Wilds said it was their favorite, I'm not sure why. It has hooves like a deer, but walks like a bear. It's kind of odd and apparently rare.

Baby, whatever from above.

Bison, Buffalo? They are not the same, I always thought they were. These are American Bison, I think, or they could be the Buffalo. I got so into my pictures, I lost track of which they were.

This guy wanted nothing to do with us.

Feeding the fish, fun for all ages.

These guys rule the waters.

Catfish, tons of them. It's so gross, yet like a train wreak, you just can't turn away. You have to keep watching and keep snapping photos.

More Wilds soon!

Friday, October 17, 2008

It's Friday...

Ah, I'm so ready for the weekend, excited to be leaving work a couple of hours early. Of course this is only because I've done a couple of 12 hour plus days this week.

There is a delightful chill in the air and I'm enjoying it to bits.

Enjoy your weekend and party like a rock star!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Food for thought...

New Freshman entering college this year were born in 1989.

They are too young to remember the Challenger Explosion.

AIDS has always existed for them.

The CD was introduced the year they were born.

They have always had cable and an answering machine.

Jay Leno has always been on the Tonight Show.

McDonald's never came in styrofoam containers.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008


I've been a horrible slacker when it has come to this blog and my loyal daily readers. I do apologize, I'm had a bit of writers block and I've been insanely busy. No excuse is a good one, but there you have it.

I had my first show last Saturday, it was a terribly long day, thank goodness for Ms. D if she had not been there to entertain me, I think I might have gone insane. It was a learning experience, which is good, I just need to remind myself it's a good thing. *smile*

Today one of my students cracked me up. I often get random emails from students, usually in a panic over one item or another. I'm a firefighter, except not in stellar shape. I put out fires all day long--student fires. Today one of my students sent me an email, subject line: "My Life!" I don't think I would have laughed out loud when it came in, if it had not been for "!". The email then goes on for several paragraphs, another fire or two, but the subject line gave me a good chuckle to make it through the rest of the day.

FYI: Keep a look out for updated photos on the portraits page. I lovely family let me into their lives for a bit Sunday, it was GRAND! Thanks lovely family!!!!!

Monday, October 13, 2008

A quick Monday Hello...


Busy today catching up from being out most of Thursday and Friday. I was going to come in briefly yesterday, but ended up not so limited time today.

Enjoy the nice weather outside and cross your fingers November really is November-esk weather.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Head Rush...

This Thursday morning has brought on the killer of killer headaches. I had the kaleidoscope going on in my eyes this morning when I woke up. At least that has passed but the head ache is still there. It kinda feels like a Samurai Warrior is stabbing me over and over right above my right eye. It's fun really. How is my reading audience? Is there a weird front about that is creating such issues for you also?

Wednesday, October 08, 2008


I'm alive, here, breathing on this earth. I've just been in a bit of flux the last few days with furniture moves in my office. This created a lack of internet access and some frustration. Thanks to some tasty wine and the salmon at Paul's On Fifth, I'm doing much better.

I highly recommend Paul's. He is a little pricey, but it's damn good food and it's a small business so go- visit- enjoy some really yummy Italian food.

Friday, October 03, 2008

Was I Watching Something Else?...

I watched the debates last night, I didn’t want to, however since I don’t have cable and all the network tv stations were carrying it, what else was I to do. This morning I see a few postings on the web on how well Palin did, of course they all seem to agree there was little expectation of her, so maybe that is why they are all giving her favorable remarks. I however, must have been watching a different cartoon. She was scripted; Biden was too, however at least he seemed human.

I swear there was a string in Palin’s back. Pull the string, “Energy…” Pull the string, “The Maverick…” Pull the string, “Iraq…” Pull the string, “Energy…” Pull the string, “Energy…” Pull the string, “The Maverick…” Pull the string, “Iraq…” Pull the string, “Energy…”

Good grief! I think the talking heads in the McCain campaign gave her 3 talking points only. She didn’t answer the majority of the questions, I believe because she didn’t know how to answer them, the talking heads didn’t prep her on those topics. Good grief Tina Faye could have done a better job, at least she could likely pronounce the world leaders names correctly. I can’t, but I’m not running for the 2nd most powerful position in the US.

I have another issue with Palin. Now, I’m not saying you have to have a college education to be a success in this world, however, it really pisses me off that Ms. Freaking Palin has a Bachelors degree. Yep, that’s it. So, I-- I have more educational credentials then she does. So, I-- I had to have a Masters Degree just to get my foot in the door to the field I wanted to work in, yet, I could have run for public office and then VP of the United States without spending two years working three jobs to finish a Masters Degree. What was Palin’s major? Was it international affairs, foreign politics, political science, business management? NO! Her major was none of these, her major was Communications. Communications! This is the most general non-descript major in the history of majors. I love Communication and think it’s a great general arts major, but it’s not prep for the 2nd most powerful position in the US. Good grief, I at least majored in Polcitical Science. Pissed, hell yes!

Biden you ask, well he has his Juris Doctorate. That’s right a LAW degree.

Thursday, October 02, 2008

I think Fall is really here...

Last night I pulled out the first sweatshirt of the season. It was terribly excited. I was jumping for joy. Time to pull out the long sleeves and smile. I'm not asking for snow any time soon, but I think October is my favorite month. Hail, hail October.

I did make the mistake of sleeping with the window open, I'm not going to be able to do that much anymore. I have a sore throat today. I've been drinking loads of liquids, I don't have time to actually be sick.

I'm been a busy little bear flying here, pulling up worms there. (Sorry, random reference to my favorite children's book.) I have been getting items together for my first craft show, next weekend. Cross your fingers I don't loose my shirt on this venture. I'm afraid of the looks of horror if I really did loose my shirt, yikes!

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Do you know...

Do any of you know these kids? I love this picture and wish I know who these kids belonged to. I would give them the photo. For some reason it reminds me of a 1970's magazine cover or something like that.