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 MontrĂ©al -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.

06 November 2006

don't blame me!

don't blame me!

Every time election season rolls around, we put this sign up in our yard. It's great seeing cars slow down to try and figure out just who the hell is on our ballot! And why would we want to vote for anyone who refers to himself as "overlord"? Can't be any worse than what we already have, in my opinion.

05 November 2006

"shut up or i'll slap you"

shut up or i'll slap you

Yea!! My one hundredth post (and certain to be my 30th grammatical and/or spelling error)!

Thought I share a sweet story today about my parents. Next year they celebrate their 50th anniversary, and I believe I know the secret to long, happy relationships. I was on the phone with my mom earlier today. We spoke of holiday plans, the lovely weather we're having and venison (what every Wisconsinite discusses this time of year). All the while, my dad, who is retired, is chiming in every few minutes to add his opinions on what mom is saying. Mid conversation, I hear the following—but keep in mind, this is sweet talk. No voices are ever raised—
Dad: Shut up or I'll slap you.
Mom: It'd be the last time.
Dad: I'm not scared of you.
Mom: You should be.
I start cracking up. This is how my family communicates. And you can't get any more loving then that. So, if you know me? Now you know where I get it from.

04 November 2006

barking up the wrong tree

barking up the wrong tree

Ok, the one and only person to guess where these photos were taken, got it. The UW Arboretum. Not that this photo would've helped anyone in any way. Mystery solved. You can all go back to what you were doing or get take a well-deserved nap after all the lost sleep this contest as caused you.

03 November 2006

up and to the right

up and to the right

A shaft of light was thrown across this tree where everything was dappled. As if telling me I should take this picture.

For anyone still trying to guess...this was taken just 50 yards or so from my last photo...I'll post a third clue tomorrow.

02 November 2006

where in madison...

where in madison...

I'm going to take the suggestion of a few friends and post my images to flickr first, then link back to here. So, clicking the image now, will take you to my flickr page. Which was offered as a way to work though the blogger photo problems, but thinking about it, I only have to upload once this way.

This shot was taken at a rather popular spot in or around Madison, Wisconsin. Look familiar to anyone? No prizes will be awarded like Dan's contests, however, as he obviously makes a lot more money then I do.

01 November 2006

tin type pup


Here I was all set to trash talk blogger some more, and my photo popped right it. Now I have to think up polite things to say instead!

This photo was taken last year at this time. A few of us went to the Chicago SOFA Expo (no, not couches), and I managed to get a few shots taken before being scolded. In years past, I took plenty of pictures, but now that I appear to have a more professional looking camera, they fear I'm going to run home and... well, I don't know what, but I still see lots of people with their little point and shoots happily snapping away. Anyway, that's fine. If we get to it this year, I'll just take a sketch pad.

This, by the way, is a purse! Made up of old tin cans and toys. Not a practical purse mind you, but I wanted it just the same. I think it ran $1500, but I don't recall. It was completely out of my league. As is everything at SOFA. But the show is wildly inspirational/depressing because you leave there with all your creative juices flowing, then remember you work in a creative department that is that in name only and you don't make enough to afford real art.

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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.