27 February 2007

me & abe

me & abe

chillin' on Michigan Avenue. Don't we make a cute couple? He left me for that Todd bitch. Like she could even vote!

This photo is a couple years old. Pre-digital anyway. Had to be late summer 'cuz my hair is pretty light. Been going though the photo albums since everything I pull off my camera these days is snow covered.

We're headed back down to Chicago this weekend. Anyone know a good place to eat off Ashland and Chicago Avenues?

26 February 2007

break glass to sound alarm

break glass to sound alarm

This building downtown use to be a bank many years ago. By the looks of this burglar alarm, I'm guessing it saw the days of bank runs and stock market crashes. They have a deposit box by their front door as well. Today it's a Chinese restaurant. I think it would be safe to say this building has never seen any excitement as a bank or Chinese restaurant. I would even venture so far as to say this town has never seen any form of excitement. Unless you know something of Sterling North's and Steve Stricker's wild partying ways that I do not.

25 February 2007

bird bath and lilacs

bird bath and lilacs

My intent was to post this yesterday, when I took it, then today in honor of The Oscars, I rifled though my LA pics and post one of those. But a lot of truth is in the phrase the road to hell is paved with good intentions. If I had a GPS in my car, it would always cheerfully be announcing, "Hell. Straight ahead."

So, this is what we woke to Saturday morning. Lovely, light, powdery snow! About 8" of it. Easy to shovel and the pugs can just barrel right through it! Yesterday, we received blizzard warnings with threats of up to a foot more, blowing winds and visibility of less than a quarter mile. I don't know what those meteorologists keep smoking but you can pretty much watch the doppler yourself and decide whether it's boot worthy or not. My great-gramma could tell you more by watching the reaction of a caterpillar. Seriously, they hinted of a few inches Friday night, but "Saturday night and all day Sunday the whole southern half of the state was going to be closed down!" We received about two or three additional inches. The temps did drop so this snow was much wetter and heavier. (This would be a good opportunity to thank our neighbor, Adam, for getting up early and shoveling off the pug trails through our yard! You rock!! I should also mention they fed us supper last night! I've told you before how great our neighbors are, right?)

Anyway, the roads have already been cleared this morning, and I had hoped to see some neighborhood snowmen make their appearances. However, Glenn just informed me we're getting some light rain. Well, that's a new one. I believe I'll be meeting up with plenty of meteorologists on this road to hell that I frequently travel.

23 February 2007

mild mannered shoe saleman by day...

mild mannered shoe saleman by day...

The snow is starting to come down here like a summabitch. We're suppose to get as much as one foot by Monday. I have no plans to be driving in it, so I don't mind. As long as it doesn't drop back down to -10º. Plus, it makes for pretty pictures. That IS why you're here, right? No one could actually read this drivel...

Or did someone tell you I had a traffic report link?

22 February 2007

Cub, pre-sideburns

Cub, pre-sideburns
This photo was NOT taken by me. My friend, Keife took it back in 2003. We went to his house and set up a "studio" in a large shed (garage, out-building?), and spent half the day taking Cub's senior portrait. (I say "we" out of habit, being that we've had some practice over the years being art director/photographer. Only at work the subject matter isn't quite as interesting.) We had already ran out of film at this point, and thought to throw on the ascot, so this was taken with polaroid film. It needed a lot of clean up, there were fingerprints, scratches, and a whole corner was missing, but I think it turned out damn fine! Cub's gotten quite a few compliments on it. If you'd like Keife to make you look this good, drop me a note.

Unless an atypical senior shot is not your thing. Then just go to JCPenney's. Here, I'll get you started.

21 February 2007

bear, cub

bear, cub

My son, Cub.

The urge to use that play on words was too great to resist. As was actually posting this shot. It looked so much more interesting in my mind. Then again, what doesn't?

20 February 2007

DJ Nigel doing some scratchin'

DJ Nigel doing some scratchin'

Yo, dawg! You don't need any more food. You're pushing 40 lbs. Damn!

Would you believe there are two pugs in our neighborhood bigger than him? I'm suspicious that the local grocery store may be lacing their dog food with Whoppers.

19 February 2007

turdilizer

turdilizer

I was catching up with Deb's blog, reading her entry from last Friday, and was going to post my own take on cats vs. dogs in her comments when I decided it would be too cumbersome to post into a 2" wide space. After all, I have my own blog and can allot all the space I want to this debate that has our nation so seriously divided.

I grew up having both cats and dogs in the house (not to mention birds, hamsters, gerbils, turtles, chinchillas, one wild duck, and a fawn that moved into our backyard and got fat off our bird feeders). Currently our home has two dogs and two cats. Deb speaks of her love of cats and why they are superior in her book...please. Not ever having a dog as a companion, I feel I have a strong case for having her committed.

Here's how things work in our house. The cats are indifferent with family or strangers. You are either a)in their way, b)capable of working a can opener/door handle, or c)a warm lap. They are enjoyable in that they bat things around looking cute, once every 2.5 weeks.

The dogs (aka more intelligent species) on the other hand will 1)not bark when family enters the house, 2)bark several times until they recognize the extended family member or friend, and 3)bark annoyingly at strangers until this person in question has proven themselves worthy of being in our home. Granted this may take up to 30 minutes, but I think the dogs know something I don't, and I've clued in unoccupied family members to hide the valuables during this time.

Yes, incessant barking IS more obnoxious than incessant meowing, I'll give her that. Both need their poop scooped, have costly vet bills, and eat more than children do in third world countries. But, who greets me at the door every evening with tails wagging with "gifts" in mouths, and is even happy to see me coming out of the shower as if that were some secret door? As opposed to the pet that gradually realizes I've come home, greets me with a yawn and a stretch, as if to say "Great, you're here. Whatcha got to eat?"

I'm guessing that if cats had thumbs, they'd sit around playing playstation between napping and eating. Deb will see my point when her children hit their teens. I'll put money down now that that's when Greg gets a dog.

18 February 2007

facetime

facetime

Could it be I've gotten this far into February without posting a pug picture? God, you must be jonesing something awful! Well, here's that sweet drug of choice...Kensi with a precariously placed rawhide. She was sitting there still for so long, I believe she forgot it was there, sticking out of the side of her face. What a goofball...

If you need more humor in your life, I highly recommend a pug.

16 February 2007

this is the city...

this is the city...

Los Angeles sure is peaceful looking from Mulholland Drive. We rented a car and took it in from above. Such a scenic and serene area so close to the city. It's no wonder that's where all the celebrities live. As we were driving by Jack Nicholson's house, and I was pointing out that fact, my husband announced, "yeah, I think that was him in the car that just went by."

15 February 2007

the lookout

the lookout

Yes, they're real...and so are these geese. These bad boys were guarding the goose crack house at Rotary Gardens in Janesville. Don't cross their paths. I saw one packing heat.

Hey, did anybody catch Ellen today? I sent in this photo of Kensi, and apparently it aired today. I missed it. I guess Ellen reruns on Oxygen in the middle of the night. So, stay up late and see this photo again. Yeah, the one you just saw, only while being sleep deprived. I'm sure that will add to the spectacle of it all.

14 February 2007

v.d.

v.d.

Valentine's day greetings to the both of you reading this! If you're a couple, all the better. This lovely lensbaby shot was modeled by my pal, mybuell, stop over and say hey!

And now a serious note to Wisconsin drivers in winter. If you are sensitive to bloggers who bitch, or are a smart and considerate driver, you have no need to read any farther. As for the rest of you:

It snowed, yesterday. And it was slippery. I understand your need to drive slow...yesterday. Today the roads were clear and ice free, and many around you were going 72mph. Feel free to do the same. Yes, you should probably take extra caution when entering and exiting the ramps. They are indeed a little slushy and still have slippery spots. However, here's where it's NOT slippery...everywhere a car went in the ditch the day before! Why do you feel the need to slow down every two miles to view the snow covered auto twenty feet off the road? Will it suddenly speed back onto the interstate without warning? Don't you think that if it could do that, it wouldn't be buried up to the floorboards? Or lying on it's side?! Yes, it's scary to think bad weather causes this predicament, but there is no perimeter of bad weather currently surrounding this vehicle. I assure you, you are in no additional danger being in it's vicinity. I'll also personally guarantee there is no polar bear, arctic gorilla, or swarm of killer Canadian bees about to materialize from said vehicle.

Hey! Thanks for listening! Come back tomorrow as the forecast calls for clear skies so I should be in a reasonable state of mind once again! And happy travels! :oD

12 February 2007

algonquin square table

algonquin square table


This shot was taken at the Mad Rollin Dolls holiday party held at the Orpheum. I didn't take many photos. I'm kind of shy about getting in people's faces with a camera, plus it was a fairly dark setting which would require getting in their faces with a flash! Hey, you've seen those girls! I don't want my teeth kicked in!

10 February 2007

pornatorium

pornatorium

My boys dubbed this room the pornatorium when they both still lived at home and the computer resided here. Guess we're not the type of family to have a "den" in our home. Who decided a den would be a favorable place to go anyway? If you enjoy bear attacks maybe.

The computer is now in the spare bedroom and this has become an art room/gallery/anti-den. Or something. Although I'm sure there's still porn in here somewhere so it's still referred to as the pornatorium.

If you click on the image and go to flickr, I've added notes as to who the art was created by, and other uninteresting facts about the room. Not including, it has never been occupied by a bear.

09 February 2007

singular boy

singular boy

I am happy to report, we were not the oldest attendees at the Rhett Miller concert last night. Apparently, he has fans in the 50-60 range. It's only a matter of time, however, before I qualify as the fossil singing out of my range along with a bunch of 20-somethings, as I tend to like music that the "kids" like.

Anyway, this kid thoroughly enjoyed herself. When Rhett came through Madison last year, he had an entourage backing him. This time, it was just him and his guitar in a smaller venue. A more intimate experience. If flying sweat and spit is your idea of intimate. And if you think about that sentence...but I don't want to embarrass Cupcake Wahini who may be reading, so I won't continue.

Older songs from his days with the Old 97's, like Barrier Reef and 19 were full fledged, semi-drunken sing-a-longs. Which I suppose is part of the charm of a live performance, but I tend to want to hear the person I paid to see. Call me fickle. But it was obvious Rhett was having a good time and it carried through into the crowd, so yes, I was right there belting out Question towards the end. Then, as he does live some times, he added a verse in French. This is when only his voice is heard and a scan of the audience shows doe-eyed hotties committing him to memory as to use this whole experience to enhance their next sexual encounter. Sorry Wahini.

(This is the best sounding video i could find. Luckily our crowd wasn't this loud.)

08 February 2007

now with 37% more monster!

now with 37% more monster!

Will photos of food garner me more comments? Probably not. But a girl can dream. These are Monster Cookies. I'll post the recipe up at flickr in a few days. Don't have time tonight as we're headed out the door shortly. Off to take more photos, no doubt.

07 February 2007

06 February 2007

spin the spinner and call the shots

spin the spinner and call the shots

Too cold to do much other than hang out playing Twister! Naked Twister is still out of the question until at least May. But, Drunken Twister is a game for all seasons! They didn't make those games out of giant sheets of plastic for nothing, you know.

05 February 2007

as far as the eye(s) can see: redux

as far as the eye(s) can see: redux

This is what one does when they are trapped on the couch with two overweight pugs on their lap, and a camera on hand with the lensbaby macro attached. Have you ever tried using a lensbaby without looking through the viewfinder? It is a challenge, my friend. I won't bother to tell you how many shots I threw away or the amount of up-the-nose shots I could have shared. No need to thank me.

One of these eyes is rogue, belonging to my son, Cub.

04 February 2007

a friday night commute in wisconsin

a friday night commute in wisconsin

I actually left the comforts of my car for this shot. The weekend has not fared better. Weather reports say this is the coldest it's been in ten years. The evening news already posted closings for many schools tomorrow. Can't say I ever remember seeing that happen. I plan to take the day off myself just so I don't have to remove my blankets in the morning. Sound advice for all really.

03 February 2007

where there's more for your life

where there's more for your life

The high here in Wisconsin today was 5º. I'm living vicariously though past vacation photos mainly because I have no plans in the near future to go anywhere. Doesn't this look warm and inviting? Not Sears, just being in the vicinity of palm trees. Although, I'm sure Ty Pennington would say Sears is also warm and inviting. But they pay him.

02 February 2007

walk the walk

walk the walk

Hollyweird Boulevard, taken with the lensbaby on.

Wish I was there right now instead of this arctic shit we've got going on. My down coat today actually made a crinkling noise while I have outside, like if I moved in it too much, it would crack! It's bullshit. Cold weather brings out the foul language in me too, incase you haven't noticed. Fuckin-a, it's cold.

01 February 2007

a kodak moment

kneel before the false idol that is hollywood

a kodak moment

Someday I may fit into this strange thing called society. As of yet, it has averted me. Or I it. Maybe because I use phrases like "or I it", but I doubt that's a factor. I've never been a follower of trends. I don't care about designer labels or where Beyonce is on the charts. Some people can pull this off with an edgy rebel persona, but I just come off as a outcast. No one wants to hear about who I saw in concert last night because what is a gypsy punk band anyway? I've pretty much always laid low. My kids have taken on this trait as well, but fortunately their generation is much more accepting of the odd. They grew up being able to easily connect with someone thousands of miles away who equally shares their love of Charles Bukowski...I'm just saying.

I'm ranting I suppose. Isn't that what blogging is for? Tomorrow, I'll be in a different place, come back here and erase all this aimless drivel and in it's place write: I took these shots in LA last spring.

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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.