31 December 2006

corpse bride

corpse bride

Another shot taken at the King Club. These two were obviously members of a bachelorette party. I tried getting a few shots of them on the dance floor when the colored lights hit them. This one was freakishly satisfying.

30 December 2006

if THIS doesn't get hits...

if THIS doesn't get hits...

Last night we went with friends to the King Club in Madison to see a Violent Femmes cover band, Gimme The Car, and let me tell you, nothing makes L hornier then liquor and a Violent Femmes tribute! Seriously ladies, even sober she's pretty hard to resist. My husband shot this. No arm twisting needed there. I didn't catch her husband's reaction. I'm pretty sure we had his blessing.

Hey Sally, jealous?

29 December 2006

monocromaniac

monocromaniac

I liked the photo, but the neutral tones weren't doing it for me. I opted for the extreme. I know, not my best shot. It's winter in Wisconsin. We have no snow, no sun, no color. I think I'll move on to some indoor photos next until the voices tell me to do otherwise.

28 December 2006

side by side

side by side

Today we were in the Kettle Moraine area (near Eagle, Wis.) attending an auction. Every time we're over that way, we like to stop at this small state park that has a natural spring and a trout stream running through it. It's a beautiful setting even though it was a somewhat dreary winter day. Temps were in the 40º's so it was worth a walk. Glenn and I were amazed to learn on our first trip there, it held a resort at the turn of the 20th century. The upper-crust would come from Chicago and Milwaukee to relax in the natural springs. All that's now left of the structures that were there is a circular wall (sans roof) around the spring itself, a few mysterious slabs of concrete, and a stone wall about two feet high with steps in the center leading nowhere. The wall is covered with moss and 20' trees now stand on top of them. The tennis court has been totally retaken by nature. If you were to stay on the trails and explore a bit, you may never even notice these man-made areas. I'm sure many people don't. There's something very "Mayan" about the whole place, yet this was just a hundred years ago and there is much less there to see then any lost city in Mexico.

As for the photo...it was taken in those woods. I simply couldn't pick which version to post so the b/w has been flopped and placed next to the original. Feel free to comment on which appeals to you.

27 December 2006

christmas at my parents' house

christmas at my parents' house

...and signs of the festivities are everywhere! Glenn took this shot of the deer mount that hangs above my dad's chair in the living room. I should point out that the room also contains two northern pike mounted on a slab of driftwood (looking very much in their element, I might add), and a black bear skin covering the length of the back of the sofa. I asked Dad if the bear had that velvet trim around it's belly when he shot it, and he confirm it did.

At some point, the phrase "twelve days of Christmas" came up, and my niece's husband, Ryan, reminded me that the 25th was the first of the twelve days, which in today's age of consumerism, Christmas Day has become the big finale. Although, I'm by no means, very religious, as a kid, it seems the season started later, and carried on into the new year. The second or third week of December, we usually "stole" a fresh tree from my uncle's woods, and left it up until too many needles were embedded into the shag green carpet, about mid-January. Christmas sort of tapered off. I think that concept has disappeared over the years. I turned the radio on December 26th and there wasn't a carole to be found. Today, I noticed the house two doors down had their tree on the curb already. Personally, I think it's wrong to put your tree up the day after Thanksgiving. Can we please just have one holiday at a time and not succumb to the ads telling us to prepare for the next holiday? I'm not saying you shouldn't shop early. You've got a lot of people on your list and you wouldn't want to put off all you have to do until December 20-something. But seriously, do you now absolutely need to box up those ornaments and start your valentine's shopping? Are the ads for diamonds really that persuasive?

23 December 2006

christmas bounty

christmas bounty

Wishing Santa brings you and yours everything you desire.

Happy holidays!

22 December 2006

silver, not gold

silver, not gold

I went shopping today. Yes, I'm one of those people. Didn't find much though. Not sure why I'm having such a difficult time of it this year. Seems I had better luck buying for friends than family. Friends can re-gift without your knowledge. Friends can exclaim their love for said purchase and secretly tuck it away, only to bring it out during your visits. After all, friends are friends because you have the luxury of not seeing them for days, weeks, or months at a time. Family, you're stuck with. There's no hiding the look of disappointment on Dad's face when you've bought him the wrong brand of whiskey.

21 December 2006

a step above celine dion

a step above celine dion

If you're not familiar with Los Straitjackets, they are 4 guys in Mexican wrestling masks who play surf music. We've seen them on three occasions. They have a version on Celine Dion's My Heart Will Go On which usually sends the crowd into fits. Although well done, just a touch sentimental, so I give you Casbah.

But I don't want to deny you one with the girls either.

20 December 2006

surf burlesque

surf burlesque

It's not everyday you see burlesque set to Christmas surf music, so I thought I keep the theme going for another day or so. Plus, that folder is already in view and I'm rather lackadaisical this week prior to Christmas.

19 December 2006

marshmellow world

marshmellow world

It's been two years since this was taken, when Los Straitjackets and the Pontani Sisters had their holiday show in Madison. I'm not happy that they haven't returned. Last year when they bypast Madison, Glenn spoke to the owner of High Noon requesting they try to book them for this year AND spoke to Angie Pontani, saying Madison would love to have them back. This year, by the time it dawned on us that the holidays were approaching and maybe we should check their schedule, we had already missed their shows in Green Bay and Milwaukee, their only Wisconsin appearances. That was early November.

Maybe my buying one of the Pontani's dresses and wearing it to the show lead them to believe this town was full of stalkers and should be avoided.

17 December 2006

waylan wailin'

waylan wailin'

In Madison last night, we went to hear the holiday stylin's of Waylan St. Palan and his Magic Elves, with some friends. The show has become a somewhat popular annual event. Somewhat, meaning there were people at the show who couldn't relate to his rendition of Silent Night and will probably be in no hurry to return next year. But they obviously weren't drinking enough to thoroughly grasp the idea of lounge Christmas music. Hipsters were there in droves with martinis in hand. Waylan included.

15 December 2006

got tree?

got tree?

Glenn behind the camera. A local tree lot. My rather cold hand. And an old ornament I inherited from Mom. Include the message above, and you have our card from 2005.

13 December 2006

taking holiday requests

taking holiday requests

Christmas 2004, Glenn bought me an aluminum tree. In 2005, he bought me a Shure microphone. He was given a gentle nudge in the direction of both. This year, I made no requests for modern, mid-century items. In fact, I haven't made any requests at all. I don't think our credit card can take any more pressure, really. If you're reading this, hon, I can just make due with the new Tom Waits cd. ;o)

12 December 2006

(not so) center orb

center orb

I wish I knew a little more html. The fact that my mast head is flush left makes me want to hit the right side of my monitor in hopes that it will reposition itself. If anyone out there know where blogger beta hid this tag, I'd be grateful for a holla. Now today, there seems to be a few options out of commission in the posting area, so I can't center my image on the page. Greg told me I couldn't leave blogger because I've already moved in and met my neighbors, so to speak. But this condo board has rules I don't care for. Maybe I want a big, plastic flamingo on my lawn. Or butt-people in my garden. Ok, butt-people are just silly, but you know what I mean.

Anyhoo, here's an ornament...enjoy! :o)

11 December 2006

10 December 2006

meeting of the minds

meeting of the minds
Mr. Cup and I discussing world affairs. You may be surprised to know, he has vast knowledge in geo-political affairs...

didn't have much to say
Hello Kitty, on the other hand, had no opinion. Likely due to his lack of a mouth.

09 December 2006

claus convergence

claus convergence

As mentioned, Glenn and I headed into Chicago for the day. This is definitely one of the more interesting sights we encountered.

08 December 2006

misfit

misfit

As you can see, something is wrong with my blog. I switched to beta (under duress) and all hell broke loose for two days. Greg was kind enough to take a look at it to see if he could nurse it back to health. So, it's out of bed now but still in need of some serious medication. It appears the images are being cut off on one side. However, I've been trimming the tree all evening (not realizing it was back online) and am heading out to Chicago at the break of day, so bear with me a little while as it could look out of wack a few more days yet...unless Greg has absolutely nothing to do. Which I'm sure odds are high, he being a family man and in nearing Christmas, what else could he possibly have going on?

06 December 2006

pug toupee

pug toupee

Nigel, sportin' a sassy new 'do!
My hair, Glenn's driving.

05 December 2006

merde de chien

merde de chien
The dog shit really wasn't that bad for all the dogs we saw in Paris. We stayed in a very quiet area of the city and each morning around 5am, we could hear the shwee, shwee, shwee of the machines that would sweep the streets. When the sun rose, many merchants would be out in front of their shops hosing off their area of the sidewalk. The city smelled more of bleach and cleaning products then anything else.

But keeping the Paris stereotype alive...here's a photo of a dog with some shit in the background. Glenn took this one.

04 December 2006

03 December 2006

parisian market 1

parisian market 1
As I still have the Paris cd in my mac, I'll bore you with a couple more shots from our trip. Today's is pretty typical, complete with "tourist finger" in corner. I'll juxtapose it tomorrow...

02 December 2006

hit sri lanka. win a prize!

As mentioned in yesterday's post, Dan and Kerry, purveyors of All That Comes With It, "volunteered" me to judge their contest "I’ve been to Azerbaijan and all I got was this lousy red splodge on a map." Which, all sarcasm aside, I'm a willing participant!

The contest is already in full stride, but I wanted to point out some guidelines to help boost up your score!

Dan's original post reads I’m hoping it will be the area covered by the countries - then my Australia will beat all the hundreds of piddly little European places Kerry has been to. Excellent point! So, it will help to know where you usually reside. Are you racking up flyer miles, so to speak? AND, what did you do while you were there? Listing a country will gain you a point, but I'm adding extra points for how far you've traveled and what you experienced.

Examples on earning Extra Points:
"I've been to Spain." (0 EP)
"I've been to Spain and ran with the bulls." (2 EP)
"I've been to Spain, ran with the bulls, and spent a week in the hospital after being gorged in my backside." (6 EP)
"I've been to Spain, ran with the bulls, met my future wife in the hospital, and returned the following year to be wed in the middle of the running!" (You may have just won this contest, my friend.)

That said, I encourage you to enter even if you've only crossed the border into Canada for cheap prescription drugs. True be told, I could be handing out Pity Points. Good luck!

...And now, back to my photoblog:

mounting eiffel

In honor of travel, I dug out a photo taken in Paris in 2001. Unfortunately, we did not have a quality camera with us. Digital was pretty new, or it was to us anyway. All we had was a crappy little point and shoot, so our photos are all rather noisey and soft. Let's just call them arty.

01 December 2006

don't anybody move!

don't anybody move!

Today we got 8" of snow. By the time it had finished snowing this afternoon, the sun came out and everything was covered in a gorgeous blanket of white. However, by then I'd been doing so much shoveling and snow-blowing, I remained indoors. Tomorrow I'll venture out. Today the entertainment was inside.

Isaac is Cub's cat. So, when he moved back home, along came Isaac. He doesn't really mind the pugs. We have an older cat, Cam, that stays mainly outdoors, so Nigel, Cam (different shot) and Isaac all tolerate each other. All problems lie with Kensi. She's a total instigator. Look closely and you'll see she's in mid-bark. I love Nigel's expression, as if saying "at least she's off my ass for once."

Now for something completely different...
Dan and Kerry are holding another friendly competition, and they've asked me to pick the winner! So, "world travelers" swing over and see what all the cool people are talking about...and let the ass-kissing commence!

30 November 2006

29 November 2006

acme cup-o-cake

acme cup-o-cake

I baked cupcakes tonight. Chocolate fudge with a cheesecake center. I filled two pans fulls and had about two or three cupcakes worth of batter left. Not enough to keep the oven going for 18 more minutes, so I put the batter in a mug and popped it in the microwave for 90 seconds. This is the outcome. And it's pretty damn delicious if i must say so!

28 November 2006

awaiting strings

awaiting strings

Our friend, Joel, is a potter with his own wood-fired kiln, and invites us over each time he unloads it. Or whatever the terminology is for removing-the-pieces-once-they've-cooled. If you're familiar with pottery and glazing, you know that you DON'T know just how a piece will look until all is said and done. This time he used what he thought was a red glaze on several items, but it turned out to be blue (a lovely blue however) which he speculated may have been due to allowing the kiln to become too hot. Unfortunately, the heat effected a few of his platters and cracked them. This violin survived intact, thankfully. I can't say my photography did much to enhance it's detail, but I wanted to show it just the same. Maybe he shouldn't have been serving wine all evening.

shameless plug: You can find his stuff for sale here!

27 November 2006

2906 Hennepin Avenue

2906 Hennepin Avenue

Somewhere in our mess of photos, categorized only by date, I have some cool shots of some of the theatre marquees in Madison. This is not one of them. This is in Minneapolis. I located it first. And I (being all for seeing something and going with it to save the time and work involved in looking for the elusive Madison image) decided sleep would come quicker if I were to simply post this one.

26 November 2006

the windy apple

the windy apple

Taken with the lensbaby on, about two blocks down State Street looking toward the capital (duh).

25 November 2006

b-side

b-side

Did some shopping today on State Street in Madison. Went into B-Side to see if they carried the new Langhorne Slim cd. They did not. Maybe they don't carry it since it's only 4 tracks. Instead I picked up the newest Malajube. I heard the song Montréal -40° C, and was hooked. You can make your way to it via their website...

24 November 2006

the morning after

the morning after
Breakfast, the day after Thanksgiving. A little hair of the dog, if you will. I added the strawberries to the chocolate pie so I could argue that I had "some fruit" this morning should anyone ask.

23 November 2006

magnificent breasts

magnificent breasts
I'm not getting nearly as many hits on this site as I'd like, so I thought I go for a title that would lure in the high-brow viewers I desire.

As for this photo, Glenn took it. I was preoccupied in the kitchen. Go figure. We had a total of seven for dinner, but enough food to feed twice that amount. Which is the goal of a true American Thanksgiving after all. My goal is to have four days of leftovers.

For anyone who would like this recipe, I've been following this one for several years now and it's been superb each time. Only I'm not a huge onion lover so I forgo the whole oniony part. Your call, stinky.

22 November 2006

drink, reflect

drink, reflect

Do you think they'd put this image on one of their labels if I sent it in? Yeah, I don't think so either.

21 November 2006

ready for an afternoon nap

ready for an afternoon nap

Nigel and Kensington about to crash in whatever slivers of sunlight they can find.

20 November 2006

one is plenty, thanks

one is plenty, thanks

Our cabby took this shot! He was a chatty fellow. World traveler. Lover of food. Glenn takes a recorder along on our vacations. Here's a sample of the conversation prior to this photo...
la cab ride

19 November 2006

size 11?

size 11?

I'm just guessing Johnny's shoe size. I positioned my heel to the back of his heel imprint and took this shot. This is as close as I've ever come to playing footsy with him.

18 November 2006

the saharan

the saharan
the saharan

Taken by gp at sunset in LA this past March.
Today's two-for-one day here at phantom kitty! ;o)

17 November 2006

hurray!

hurray!

I know, you've seen this iconic symbol a million times before. And it's really not as impressive in a photo as it is with your own eyes, but I stood there waiting for the sun to move into the right spot so the sign would be lit. The least you could do it is appreciate my efforts!*

*The acting skills used above were brought to you on behalf of SAG. Thank you.

16 November 2006

page turner

page turner

Glenn took this shot while we in LA this spring. It's a movie poster from the Betty Page movie (which we did end up seeing...and have screen shots of that too. Geesh, we're pathetic.) Anyway, I played with this image to tone down the colors. I think it looks a little more retro this way.

15 November 2006

the water must be cold

the water must be cold

The background for Mr. Blulips here was rather dull so I added a few layers of junk, did some burning, and voila, some crap to throw on my blog.

Seriously, I'm working some nasty hours. Don't expect any recent photos unless you want to see how much shit is in my in bin, or how much dust is behind my monitor right now.

14 November 2006

no cow can bring it down

no cow can topple it

The water tower on Michigan Avenue in Chicago. Looks cool at night, doesn't it? I didn't do anything to this image except sharpen it a bit. The contrast and lighting were just as you see them. I wish my camera would've been set to raw at the time, but I can live without a 16x20 of this image.

12 November 2006

coltrane undone

coltrane undone

Today we attended the holiday art fair in Madison and I had no intention of spending any money, yet I managed to. This painting caught my eye and it was the artist's first show, so his work is still relatively inexpensive. We've managed to acquire a couple original pieces by local artists over the years. They were purchased when they were just starting out, so we've seen their work become a bit more sought after. Not that these "investments" will gain us anything since we buy them because we enjoy having them. Our kids may discover we made a wise decisions when they're selling all our stuff at auction 50 years from now.

11 November 2006

one for olive

one for olive

I had to smile when I saw a message on my flickr account that said, you are now a contact of Olive Talique. This is Olive Talique. You may recognize her ass in my last post, but then again probably not. I just wanted to point out to all that she's equally adorable on both ends.

Glenn is working the camera here. This was taken in 2004, and I normally wouldn't remember who was behind the lens, but in this case, I'm the partial eye to the far right. It was the only thing far right about the evening, frankly.

09 November 2006

do what the asses tell you

do what the asses tell you

This was taken at a Cherry Pop Burlesque show we attended back in 2004. The Isthmus, Madison's local weekly paper, takes photo submissions, so I sent them this at that time. They didn't run it, and I soon forgot about it. Flash forward to 2006...they printed this photo in this weeks edition. yay! I think they should of ran it just before the election, but I don't think it would've swayed any voters anyway. However, a few uber-conservative, Christians may have opened their paper, saw this image and suffered a massive coronary half way through their Dunkin Donuts coffee, swinging a few votes our way. Which would be all good if conservatives read the Isthmus.

08 November 2006

they're on the list

they're on the list

I could use this opportunity to rant about how I don't believe that most Wisconsin voters ever took the time to find out just what the civil union referendum was even about, and therefore smart, single, professional couples will leave this state and take their money with them. Leaving the rest of us wonder why our taxes are so high.

Or, I could rant about how much LOST sucks this season, yet I'm hooked so I have to wait until February(!) to see if Jack stitches Ben up, and Sawyer and Kate get the hell away from there.

OR...I could just tell you it was a gorgeous day here, hitting nearly 70! I took the afternoon off to get my sunroof fixed (it was off track and howling like a banshee), so my oldest son, his girlfriend and I just tooled around Madison, and had a lovely lunch at Roman Candle. Luke had a logical explanation for the perfect weather. "It's Jesus's way of thanking us for voting to ban civil unions." Where does he get his sarcasm?

07 November 2006

leaves. for jumping or lounging? discuss.

leaves. for jumping or lounging? discuss.

Nigel: "Leaves! Leaves! Throw the leaves! Leaves! Throw them! Throw! Throw now! THROW THE LEAVES!!"
Cam: "God, that dog is retarded.

And, scene.

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this blog is my "live" photo album of sorts. occasionally, i'll throw in some art i've done or some work of my husband's as he's an artist as well. we have a nice yard in a quiet neighborhood with two pugs and a cat, all black. which most of my photos will attest too. ;) i'd love to hear from you, but happy for you to just browse. hope you find something to make you smile. b.