31 December 2007

30 December 2007

a winter's night #2

a winter's night #2

Haven't had much time for posting lately. Work, baking, visiting...you know. You can throw a little burn out in there too. But I hope everyone that I never found time to wish a merry Christmas, did just that. :o)

We've gotten a ridiculous amount of snow this December. I seem to recall we had a brown Christmas last year. Personally, I lean towards the white kind. It's been absolutely beautiful outside since we got a fresh coat of about eight inches on Friday, and the temperature has remained in the upper 20ºs(F), so it's been staying put. I took the camera and a tripod out the other night to capture a few shots. The moon was almost bright enough to focus. Got the "pug in action" on this shot. As you can see, if we didn't shovel trails through the yard, the pugs would be up to their ears by now. There are a few layers, as we've had snow, some melting, more snow, rain, snow, snow, melting, snow, so you could excavate through various layers to recreate that of a dinosaur dig, if you desired. Come to think of it, that would make for a pretty cool snow sculpture! I'll get on that, and get back to you...

19 December 2007

holiday spirits

holiday spirits

I'm uploading all Dr. Sketchy shots into a separate flickr account now, so clicking on this image will take you there. Not all the shots are up yet, so keep checking back. Our model was our very own Olive Talique this month, so gp took over hosting duties. We also had a news team join us this month! Coverage can be found at storybridge.tv, or through the Isthmus.

Dr. Sketchy's is always great fun, and they are popping up in cities across the world! If you can't join us here in Madison, look one up in your area. Even if you can't draw, no harm in viewing scantily clad babes over a few drinks! Am I right?

11 December 2007

have a celery christmas

have a celery christmas

Ok, I never said I was a copywriter. This fella stands in front of our neighbor's house, build by their girls, Cammi and Lizzy. Cute, huh? Good day for snowman constructing! I stayed home due to icy roads this morning. Not a good day to have snowblower troubles. Cub and I shoveled quite a bit, but I left one side of the driveway for Glenn. If he wants to he can pull in balanced on two wheels like the Duke boys.

Right after this word from Pepsodent!

09 December 2007

cake mix noir

cake mix noir

As I've mentioned before, I like the light that comes into my kitchen late in the afternoon. The cake mix dust chimpotized me...

No need to tell me I'm strange. It's common knowledge.

08 December 2007

indifferent snowman

indifferent snowman

Cupcake Wahine and I made cookies and chocolates last weekend at her place. Our half is gone already. I did take two dozen of the chocolate covered cherries into work, and a plate full of goodies to the neighbors, but most of the damage was done by the three of us with direct contact to the kitchen. I'm not ashamed.

06 December 2007

"gourdy" the pug

"gourdy" the pug

I've had a bowl of gourds sitting in front of the fireplace since Thanksgiving, and every few days Nigel would go over there, look at them and whimper as if he should have one. He tried plucking one out a couple times, but I would scold him. This time, I let him go nuts. Gourd heaven.

02 December 2007

got tree?

got tree?

An oldie but goodie. Took this in 2004 for our Christmas card. Glenn took it actually as that's my hand. Quite cold as I recall. But I art directed him beyond belief, poor guy. "No, slightly to the right so the left of the ornament covers three quarter inches of the middle tree." I do that for a living, by the way. Although, I'm not always in the studio, it is the enjoyable part to my job. Making demands of photographers. So, I just go into art direction mode at home too. "Honey, shoot from the left of the pugs because the light from that window looks great right there! Down more...no, farther...here, let me do it."

Again I say, poor guy.

28 November 2007

king of the skies

king of the skies

I probably shouldn't mention that this is another shot I dug up from a year ago. But as I never see the light of day any more other than from my desk (and that's not very photogenic), it's archived or nothing, I'm afraid.

This is from our flight to Providence last fall.

24 November 2007

tsbap

tsbap

Spent Thanksgiving at the bar...again.

Just kidding. This is a left over sketchy shot. It's getting dark too early now, so I'm losing the nice southern light that would come in through these windows.

But Thanksgiving was lovely. I made the same turkey I did last year. No one's complained yet. The leftovers are almost gone. Another good sign.

Hope your holiday was equally filling! :o)

21 November 2007

fawn as lara croft

fawn as lara croft

I'm suppose to be preparing for Thanksgiving tomorrow. Instead I'm processing photos and starting a new flickr account. Glenn will ask what I did all day. I'll say, "Look, cranberry sauce!" Which took all of twenty minutes. Only, I'll say that second part internally.

17 November 2007

when pug and octopus collide

when pug and octopus collide

We have no fewer than three hiding places in our home, which I'll refer to as stuffed toy recuperation centers. Nigel is moderately gentle with his toys, but as Kensi doesn't allow him to keep anything in his mouth for longer then, oh, half a second, it is soon reduced to something resembling George Washington's wig after a night of drunken revelry. I pull an old toy out every now and then to sew up an old wound. Nigel sits patiently waiting for the scissors to snip the thread, as he's learned that that's the sign it's once again ready for destruction. The toy hits the ground and it's a free for all. The pugs play leap frog to get into the better position, but Kensi being the more aggressive of the two, is always the victor. Sometimes Nigel stands back and cries. Our poor little pussy boy. "Get in there! Bite her! She's got it coming!!" It's like watching pay per view. Then Kensi realizes Nigel's no longer in the ring and will drop the toy just to attack him! We run interference until it seems like she's tired herself out a bit. Then we physically hold her back allowing Nigel to get in on the action for awhile.

Kensi also feels the need to herd Nigel in from outside. I'll call them back to the house, but she can't return without him. I should rephrase that because it's not about returning at all. She can already be ten feet from the door, but if Nigel is sixty feet away, it's necessary that she reprimand him. "Sure, I'm not listening to Mom, but more importantly, you're not listening to Mom! You've given me no choice but to bite you."

Just looking at her, you wouldn't guess that she's this evil. Poor Nigel dreams of the days when he was an only pug.

12 November 2007

gramma

gramma

Not a terribly clear shot, but I was lucky to sneak one in when she was smiling.

04 November 2007

robyn in motion

robyn in motion

Last night we saw Robyn Hitchcock in concert. No back up, just him. Shawn Nelson, of Harvey Danger, opened and accompanied Robyn on the later half of his preformance. He still sounds good, and together, they complimented each other nicely.

I'm not overly familiar with Robyn's body of work. Maybe because when he was on the scene, I was raising babies so I can sing along to more of Sesame Street then I can him. Glenn can claim to have had a few of his records, probably on cassette. Mainly, we thought he'd probably never be through here again, and at such an intimate venue. And I'm glad we went. He was equally engaging while chatting as he was singing. He no where near as evil as the shot I captured here.

I found a link that reviews the whole preformance if you'd like to check it out. I'm not familiar with the writer...

02 November 2007

dream state

dream state

Luke and Tria came by Halloween to help distribute candy. And Ramen noodles. Luke depleted our supply of both by the fistfuls. I shouted my apologizes from the door to the parents of toddlers who left with the unexpected "treat". I'm sure they were looking for the hidden razor blades later that night, as no sane person would hand out Ramen.

They also brought over their Wii, so between candy distributions, I was initiated. I was unsuccessful with tennis and quickly moved on to bowling, where I prevailed. And kicked Luke's ass! Correction: Jesus kicked Andy Gibb's ass! I should stick with character names to spare the boy.

The next day at work, I took my normal three flights of stairs. They were a little more difficult, but it didn't dawn on me until the second time up at noon, that it was because I was bowling in my living room the night before.
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No connection with the photo. Just a pug contemplating a nap in the sun.

31 October 2007

dia de los muertos

dia de los muertos

Someday, I hope to make it to Mexico City for their day of the dead celebration. It looks like it would be an amazing thing to see in the flesh. To see those without any.

Until then, Chicago's National Museum of Mexican Art will do. Which is where we purchased this display a year or two ago. I'm not even sure what to call this thing. A sad consolation for not being in Mexico this very minute, would be a fitting name.

28 October 2007

undead

undead

This is me after a thirteen hour work day. There have been many this year.

I wrote Luke and asked him about this japanese playstation game he has. You start with a ball, or some lump of sorts, and roll it all over the room and things cling to it, so the ball gets bigger and outgrows it's surroundings. The bigger it gets, the more "magnetic" it become, so you start picking up cats, then people, then houses, mountains, etc. The game is called katamari. It's completely insane. Just what you'd expect from the japanese.

I bring it up because it dawned on me at work last week that that's what I'm doing. Moving more and more shit around that's grown to an amount that I can no longer even back off enough to see it all.

I don't know how the video game ends, but my version seems almost as pointless, and yet there's no bonus to acquire.

27 October 2007

coloring beefcake

coloring beefcake

I might need to open a second flickr account. I do my best to get all my dr. sketchy event photos loaded, but I've had little time to load much else I've taken. I'm not sure I want these shots to take over 60% of my account as I really have no idea if my initial contacts care to see all the nonsense that goes on. I just finished uploading all the images from this month, so I think starting next month, that's what I'll do. I'll continue to throw a fave here on the blog. I still need to keep reminding some of you to make an appearance. Although you don't. And you know who you are. You...without a libido. I'm assuming anyway, 'cuz that's the only obvious reason you're not showing up. Unless you've got something against coloring!

23 October 2007

a musical workout!

a musical workout!

Olive couldn't get enough of the theramin! And the crowd was happy for it.

21 October 2007

this concludes wiener week

this concludes wiener week

Seeing that each day I got fewer flickr views, I think everyone's had their share of wiener.

Tomorrow begins another wiener week, of sorts! (Sorry, couldn't resist.) Today we held our monthly installment of Dr. Sketchy's, with our first male model! Boy was a hit! The ladies love their beefcake, I tell ya. They were particularly well behaved really. I was concerned that with the addition of alcohol, some girls gone wild type of action might take place, but there was only one incident of a female getting a bit randy. Boy deflected her quite tactfully.

Head on over to the flickr pool this week where folks will be posting their drawings. I'll do my best to get some photos in there if I can avoid a 55 hour work week...God willing.

20 October 2007

a wiener in flight

a wiener in flight

Standing under the tip, looking up. I pumped up the color a bit on this puppy.

18 October 2007

seconds before i hot wired it

seconds before i hot wired it

I should share that these dogs were being decorated with lights when I encountered them. Two college girls were preparing them for a night time parade. I asked if they minded if I took some shots, and we engaged in small talk. But I was disappointed they didn't pull out any lingo on me. I had always heard that it was required of all weinermobile drivers, to use hot dog shtick in their speach (...um, like hot dog on a shtick?) If you were lucky enough to drive one of these, what line would you open with? Go ahead, we'll all adults here.

(All good answers will be sold to Conan O'Brien. Bad ones, to Carson Daily.)

15 October 2007

oscar mayer has a way with...

oscar mayer has a way with...


This weekend, our small town had a book and film festival. We attended a documentary filmed here in Wisconsin called It's Happiness: A Polka Documentary. It's title comes from the fact that you can't help but smile when you're in a room with a polka band and a group of dancers.

I think the same holds true when you see the wienermobile.

14 October 2007

hot diggity!

hot diggity!

It's wiener week here at phantom kitty! How lucky am I to see two wienermobiles parked in the same lot?! Well, it's not that big a deal to see one, as Madison is the home of Oscar Mayer, but seeing two is like finding a four leaf cover while rubbing Buddha's belly! Or something like that.

Anyway, I took a whole series of shots and lucky you, they all turned out pretty cool. But if it turns out I'm too busy to post again this week, you'll be seeing this same image, and it'll still be wiener week either way.

13 October 2007

let's bowl!

let's bowl!

It only took a week, but I managed to load the rest of these concert photos on flickr. It may be I have to go the route of dumping a set of photos on the weekend, as oppose to one pic a day like before. Work is too consuming. Believe me, I'd much rather blog, but spending 12 hours straight in front of the computer doesn't exactly drive me to come home and do the same. Plus, the lack of a life gives me little to chat about.

I'll still stop by, but I may be going the way of the endangered Greg Lee. As he was my blog mentor (blentor), it's only right that I follow his lead.

08 October 2007

herro madison!!

herro madison!!

Peelander Z is probably the most insane concert I've ever attended. They were right up there with Gogol Bordello, only GB have mastered their instruments, where PZ invites the audience to play theirs on stage. If you must choose to be sober for only one, pick GB.

Glenn didn't think my choice of title was culturally sensitive. I don't think these guys would mind. Watch a clip.

07 October 2007

church of the good hustle

church of the good hustle

Sorry about the delay between posts, folks. It's unavoidable these days.

This was taken from the balcony of the High Noon Saloon last weekend. Same place we hold dr. sketchy's. Great venue. I've heard people complain that it's too small, but I don't feel that way. It's perfect for working your way up front to get photos. And I have to add, nearly every concert that I've motioned to someone that I'd like to stand in front of them for five minutes while I take a few photos, has NOT kicked me in the head! This isn't just High Noon, but every where in Madison. People tend to step aside while I invade their personal space. It brings a tear to me eye just thinking about! The occasional under-age drunk female is the only species that finds me a threat. As if they may want to offer up their perky C-cups to the band at the very moment that I'm in their direct line of the stage. If their beer cup has recently been filled, I will avoid confrontation with this animal.

30 September 2007

@#%&!!

@#%&!!

...I worked even longer on Friday! This has got to stop. My fun is being affected. For example, all the photos from this event are crap! I had the wrong setting on my camera so everything is dark and/or blurry. My apologies to Foxy Veronica's Peach Pies. They were totally cute and I have no decent images to offer. There was a guest photographer there however, and he's actually got some clear shots in the sketchy pool. Check out everyone's illustrations too! I think you can tell what a great time everyone is having here!

27 September 2007

yet try to get them to bathe

yet try to get them to bathe

Another Millennium Park image.

I'm tired. I worked thirteen hours today...

edited by author. sue me.

25 September 2007

the windy apple

the windy apple

Someone appears to be having more fun than normal! Actually, I think I just caught Joel in the middle of a sentence. He doesn't tend to get overly excited about things.

We took this carriage ride around ten o'clock friday night. Temps were still in the 80ºs. Afterwards, Glenn and I were ready to hit the sack, but tlc and Joel continued to play tourist and went to the top of the Hancock Tower for drinks. I didn't think to loan them my camera. According to them, it was quite the view. But, they were drinking afterall, so I'd have been taking my chances that they dropped it from the ninety-sixth floor, or decided to photograph each other bare asses. 'Cuz you know that's what every drunk does with a camera.

24 September 2007

do not adjust your monitor

do not adjust your monitor

The Blueman Group make a valid point during their show that face to face conversation is being threatened in a world of blogging and instant messaging. Their show encourages everyone collaboratively to read, act like a rock star, and pass 460 pounds of crepe paper to your neighbor. All without them saying a word. However, they do manage to get in a few bowls of soup.

Today is Glenn's birthday! It's one of the reasons we decided to whoop it up in Chicago. We were joined by tlc and Joel, who celebrated his birthday last week. I'm glad to have spent a weekend with all of you pretty much succumbing to all my demands. Happy birthday, gentlemen! And sorry about the blisters, Joely.

23 September 2007

park life

park life

I neglected to tell anyone who may care, that we were heading to Chicago for a few days. To anyone who lives vicariously though these photos, my apologies for leaving you hanging for a couple days. I'm also truly sorry if your life is that sad.

You may be familiar with Millennium Park as the home of "the bean", but these two water towers also reside there. This is the first time I've been up close to them. Mainly because it's the first time I've seen them on a summer(ish) night. The high had been near ninety, so the water that falls from the towers was getting plenty of use still at 8pm. Every few minutes, water comes jetting out of one of the mouths and kids scramble to get under the spit. What a amazing work of public art! Creative, unique and fun. Almost makes me wish I lived in Chicago.

Almost.

19 September 2007

just saying

just saying

Does anyone know if Hallmark is hiring? I can do poetry too. Only not on the spot, so no requests, please.

I've just come to the realization, I've got a pretty shitty selection of flourishy fonts.

18 September 2007

you suck

you suck

We've come to the conclusion this is either a hawk moth or hummingbird clearwing. It moves just like a hummingbird darting back and forth, up and down, so I'll go with the later. But scanning some websites, there's lots of variations of this moth, so I don't really know. Down right freaky, is what it is! Check out that proboscis!

17 September 2007

good clean fun

good clean fun

I think I need to find one of these bubble machines. They were pretty darn cool. I have a fantasy to recreate the Lawerence Welk Show in my living room. Seriously, my Great-gramma was the only person I know who watched that show and passed away twenty years ago. Could it possibly still have a following? Are they showing it on in retirement homes to people who no longer have the willpower to scream, "turn the channel, for godsake!"? I think their caretakers are misinterpreting them soiling themselves as a sign of excitement.

16 September 2007

sunny honey

sunny honey

Taken yesterday at Madison's farmer market.

It's been a gorgeous weekend! Other then the farmer's market, I got a bit of fall planting done, we got all our remaining green tomatoes picked due to frost warnings, and today we hit the Willy Street Fair. So, I should have a week's worth of photos to share right there! Only right now, I've gotta get back outside to enjoy these final few hours of sun.

14 September 2007

6119

6119

This photo brought to you courtesy of the Chicago Metra. (This would be a good place to say their motto if I knew it.) I dug it out because mybuell posted a ticket image and I wanted to say, look at me! I ride the metra too, see? Me, her and 700,000 drunken Cub fans every year.

Today Greg and I went to lunch for a little birthday celebration. His birthday, not mine. Not nearly as exciting as last year, but the food was actually edible this time.

Many happy bananas, Greg!

12 September 2007

i'll have the char, please

i'll have the char, please

They have both a creme bruele and this molten chocolate cake on their dessert menu, that are to die for! Yes, yes, entres good too. Now bring me dessert.

Their menu.

11 September 2007

where'd i put mine?

where'd i put mine?

Weren't we voted the #1 biking city in the US this past year? I don't believe this has anything to do with the Ironman competition. I honestly don't know why they picked Madison or it's history here. I think we won the opportunity to hold the event by promoting it with the motto "Madison—As good a city as any!"

Normally, we avoid going downtown anytime a major sporting event is being held, but we were fortunate enough to book a restaurant with private parking. No drive-thru for us! We're what some people refer to as a-dults now! Although, I'm sure we'll never entirely grasp that concept.

09 September 2007

product placement

product placement

Not the greatest shot. I could've messed with it to improve upon it's color and tone down the noise, but I'm rather lazy tonight. And I like the shot anyway. So there.

Glenn and I were downtown Madison for supper and being the non-followers of sports that were are, we didn't realize until today that the Ironman competition was going on. Not that this effected us really. One lane of traffic was closed coming in on John Nolan but I think anyone who wanted to be downtown by the time we were heading in, was already there. They were already at their final leg (and on their final legs), so they filtered by randomly. By the time we left the restaurant, we could hear the announcements being made at the capital square about five blocks down, so we strolled over to gawk. It was quite an international event with the common factor of everyone dressed like a baked potato...I'll add some more photos in the next day or so and you'll see what I'm talking about.

08 September 2007

super cute happy fun dog go!

super cute happy fun dog go!

We can't set foot outside these days without being eaten alive by mosquitoes. It's horrible! The month of August set a record for rainfall. Which normally this time of year, the grass is starting to turn brown and flowers are drying up. But it currently looks like spring has returned! It's beautiful! You're just forced to enjoy it from the safety of your house unless you have no problem with losing a pint of blood every time you step out into the fly-zone.

Kensi loves sitting outside in the sun. It's always difficult getting her to come back in. I give the pugs back and rear a quick shot of repellent before sending them out to do "their business", otherwise I could easily see a swarm of 30-40 mosquitoes carrying her off. They would need an assist from a few hawks to get Nigel off the ground.

I should add, in his defense, he's lost six pounds since being on his thyroid medicine. He's now a curvy 38 pounds! Ok, all the curves are still convex, but he's feeling better about himself! So if you see him, tell him how good he looks. He likes that. Plus, we're tired of hearing, "man, that's a fat pug!" Yes, he's on meds now, and what's your excuse?

06 September 2007

i ripped out his heart and handed it back to him!

i ripped out his heart and handed it back to him!

In case you can't tell, it's the inside of a red bell pepper. I thought it had an artery like quality that required a photo. But hey, it's me. Everything requires a photo. Am I right people?

Today's is my parent's 50th wedding anniversary! (hence the heart theme) Over the course of the last year, they have discussed having a party or even taking a cruise around Alaska, but Dad couldn't quite talk Ma into that one. "I can watch whales on PBS." she said. Ok... Pretty amazing they lasted 50 years, huh? If I know them, and I do, they probably settled for some early morning fishing, a evening at a steak house, followed by a night at the casino. Which doesn't venture far from the last 364 days of the year. Just kidding. In the fall, they hunt. How I ended up a liberal is any body's guess.

I sent them 50 long-stemmed, red roses today. Ma emailed about how beautiful they are. I'm sure Dad would've been happier with a package from Cabela's, but anniversaries are really for the woman, don't you think? Men are happy as long as sex is had at some point. I should add, Glenn and my anniversary is this Sunday. I have an inexpensive gift in mind. But he better have gotten me jewelry.

05 September 2007

forward!...or that general direction

forward!...or that general direction


According to wikipedia, (knower of all things great and fabricated), this statue titled quite uniquely, "Wisconsin", wears a helmet with a badger on it. The artist went through a lot of trouble for something 270+ feet off the ground. What wikipedia does not share is that the helmet also holds two cans of PBR. Gilded, of course.

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