30 March 2007

boy girl boy girl boy girl boy girl boy girl boy girl

boy girl boy girl boy girl boy girl boy girl boy girl

Son, Luke. Girlfriend, Tria. They actually met in a chat room when they were still in high school. Although, I shouldn't say anything 'cuz I'm bound to get my facts wrong and be reprimanded. All I know is Luke was peddling internet snake oil and Tria believed it would work for her conjunctivitis. And they've been together ever since...

28 March 2007

dog walkers

dog walkers

This dog leash holder hangs in our porch. It gets a lot of comments from first time visitors. As a bonus, it helps keep the Jehovah Witnesses away.

27 March 2007

wahine toes

wahine toes

We reached a record high of 80º yesterday! Opened all the windows to set my little hula girl in motion! I'm afraid the warm temps didn't stay though as it's twenty degrees cooler today. Which is causing Al Gore to appear bipolar.

26 March 2007

ridin' with chuck

ridin' with chuck

I was having some difficulty getting any good shots of the Midwesterners Saturday night. Bad lighting plus a drunk photographer does not make for high quality craftsmanship. I personally like this old shot much better. It was a fun evening out, nonetheless, hanging with Greg and Deb, and meeting Dan and Kerry. I hope Dan shares his experience of going to Blue Man Group with you...although it may be funnier with the visuals. And liquor.

I just spent three hours making a play list for myself in itunes. I hadn't updated my old mini with any new music for the past six months as the battery was on it's last leg, and would only charge long enough to play half a Shins album. But earlier this month, gp and Cub gave me an 8 gig nano for my birthday! They had put several KEXP podcasts on it, but I had listened to each of those several times now, so the time had come to bite the bullet and sift through the 1732 items on our itunes. Cub has the larger ipod which is the reason for it's full capacity. gp proceeded to simply purchase a new battery for my old mini (which I thought required sending away for, thus never getting to), so he's moved up from the shuffle. My older son, Luke and his girlfriend, Tria, each have the video ipod, so if you add in the music we've all purchased, we've invested a grand total of $700,012 in apple products. I shit you not. I'm thinking the dogs will look cute with those new shuffles clipped onto their collars.

24 March 2007

dancing pug

dancing pug

Kensi has a tendency to try and catch things with her front paws. It's pretty damn adorable, her thinking she's people. Both dogs are very good at catching things in their mouths. I can fire a kibble straight at Nigel's face and he'll nab it. One of these days, I fear I'll lodge something down their throat however. I've been practicing the heimlich maneuver incase the need arises.

Tonight, gp and I are headed out for dinner with a)Greg and Deb, and b)Dan and Kerry! Couple b is currently staying with couple a, and we have yet to meet them. Of course, it's easy to make a good impression over your blog because you can say something totally asinine, then realize, hey, I have a delete key! I'm bound to say something I think is assuming and get blank British stares. Fortunately, Greg is in my wavelength. And with that sentence, I insult us both.

23 March 2007

pug stalkings

pug stalkings

These two don't allow me to go very far without them.

Kensi turned two this week! We celebrated with dilly bars. Pugs love to lick the last of the ice cream off the stick. Plus, you may not have realized this, but a dilly bar looks like a pugs rear end. Although, we try not to think about that while eating them.

When coming up for a name for Kensington, we considered Picadilly. Our last name is of British descent and we named our first pug Nigel, so we wanted to keep the theme going. The whole dilly bar reference came up then, but I wasn't keen on shortening it to Pic or Dilly. Kensi is much easier to scream when she's chasing a bicyclist down the sidewalk.

22 March 2007

big. pink. different.

pink light special: 2 for 1

I posted two images of this guy on flickr tonight. I had already posted this one on my blog last July. I started this whole blog venture before I started the flickr one, but now that I have a group on flickr of big, cheesy, fiberglass icons such as this fellow, I needed to revisit these images. You are the lucky recipient of my folly.

21 March 2007

bend it like bender

bend it like bender

No time to chat. I blew my wad tonight creating a new flickr group. Drop by to see if you have anything to offer. Or just to heckle.

20 March 2007

waiting on a friend

waiting on a friend

Saw this adorable couple sitting outside the UW Memorial Union this weekend. Hoping for a mini course in dog obedience perhaps.

19 March 2007

octopussy, take 2

octopussy, take 2

Another look at the Octopus Car Wash octopus. Exciting stuff.

This weekend, while gp and I stood in line for two hours waiting to pick up our film fest tickets, we grew hungry, which often leads to one of us "hankering for a hunk of cheese!" Everyone's childhood can now be relived on youtube. "Yahoo!"

18 March 2007

octopussy

octopussy

What follows is a conversation between a photographer friend and myself. Feel free to add your two cents. It all started because I came across an image that was so saturated with color, it made my teeth hurt...

me>>> His guy (XXX) has some good shots and this one is nice enough, but don't you think the over processing of the colors is gimmicky? Is flicker really about getting 107 comments on one image, or would you rather get a few nice things said from people who's work you admire as well? 107(!) people saying "great color" on something completely oversaturated isn't a compliment. It's just telling you their rods and cones are in working order.

d>>> Forget about the comments part. Do you like what he is doing or not? I like the hyper saturation and contrast control. It seems to work well on flower pics where the colors may already be super vivid. XXX seems to REALLY like it as all his pics look the same. From what I've seen on flickr, it definitely seems like a popular trend to ramp up the colors for the masses. Good for selling calendars and getting fav'd, but maybe not an exploration of ones own visual expression. I totally agree with you as far as compliments from peers goes. But we also need to see our work as how successful it is to what we felt at the time of creation. "does it work for you? Great. Does it work for me? Better" bla bla bla bla

me>>> I guess I don't consider myself successful if someone's aunt hilda, who only takes shots of her cat in the center of her floor, LOVES my work. Sure, I appreciate her stopping and looking, but the general public also picked Norbit as the #1 comedy hit of the season! I suppose I'm trying to decipher human nature here and I shouldn't be. ;o)

Here's a young man worthy of all the praise! nouk b

d>>> This guy's got something to say and it shows in his work. In contrast, while very stunning to the eye, XXX's work is more commercial, he's giving the viewer what they want to see; the happy colors and pleasing compositions. They are totally different, but I would argue, both successful at what they are trying to accomplish. I have seen you make excellent images and you are prolific. who knows. maybe aunt Hilda used to work at MOMA. hahaha

me>>> ha!! Thanks for your imput. Guess I'll stick with my non-commercial ways, and hope hilda leaves me in her will if that's the case.

17 March 2007

lawyer dave

lawyer dave

We were out a bit late last night. We went to the Annex to see Holly Golightly in concert. I can say with pride, that being to two different bars, two nights in a row, I am finally an official Wisconsinite! Sixth generation? Bah! This is the clincher! Actually, I believe true bar flies are not going for the likes of concerts or film fest previews. When I get it figured out what people find appealing about just going and drinking, I'll be sure to let you in on it.

This photo is of Holly's back up band, the Brokeoffs. Lawyer Dave is the whole band, using his bare feet to keep the beat on two drums and some cymbals. To quote his site–"The group is largely self contained inside Dave with occasional members playing this or that depending on availability and/or the liquor situation." He played a great set of music all by his lonesome before Holly joined him, and I would go so far to say I liked his solo stuff better. (Bonus: His site offers free downloads. There are samples on myspace as well.)

Overheard drunken observation of the night: "Hey guys! She has a accent!"

15 March 2007

white stripes in black and white

white stripes in black and white

I'm digging through some film images to post as I haven't shot anything interesting in the last few days. No excuse really as trees are budding and cardinals are out in full force. But I'm sensing you'd rather see a concert photo from 2000. White Stripes opened for Sleater Kinney. Yes, I said opened. They immediately blew us away! But that shouldn't surprise anyone at this point.

Tonight we headed up to Madison to see some movie previews for the Wisconsin Film Festival. This will be my fourth time as a volunteer. I've become very good at yelling "THIS IS THE LINE FOR ADVANCE TICKET HOLDERS. IF YOU'D LIKE TO PURCHASE A TICKET, PLEASE GO TO THE RUSH TICKET LINE!" and things like that...now that I think about it...Why didn't I post a photo from a past film fest attendance? Because I'm dense, that's why...Too late to remove this one as people have commented on flickr since I've written. Shit.

So, prior to my ramblings, I wanted to mention what a very cool time we had meeting one of our flickr friends, Olive Talique! Luckily, she had the good sense to put a memory card in her camera this evening. She and gp have united their wonder twin powers, and are bringing a formal Dr. Sketchy event to Madison. How dope is that?! In your face Milwaukee and Chicago! So sharpen those pencils and stay tuned to any of our sites for details!

14 March 2007

now serving low riders

now serving low riders

There usually isn't much for news in this little town. I don't read the tiny weekly paper, as I don't own a bird to place it under. But, I'm sure that the roof collapsing over the A&W will be front page material.

ROOF ROT! BUT WHAT OF THE FOOD?
"Who will pick up my tray now?" says local tobacco farmer, Roger Barton.


Kidding aside, A&W serves up some mighty fine root beer and twist cones. Seriously, they're good. I didn't sabotage your fine eating establishment. Please don't contact me.

13 March 2007

companion...

companion...

...piece to the last image.

We had temps here in Southern Wisconsin in the 70ºs today! Woo hoo! I had to drive into Madison this evening for a meeting, and the walking/bike trail that follows along John Nolan Drive was so busy, you would've guessed it to be a cool summer evening! But it comes as no surprised as Madison was just voted the best walking city of 2007! High praise considering we're under two feet of snow three months out of the year.

12 March 2007

your gramma's gonna LOVE this!

your gramma's gonna LOVE this!

A lensbaby can make anything look sexy, don't you think?

Hey, we were in the 50º's today! It's so worth all the mud the pugs are tracking into the house! Tomorrow it should be even warmer...followed by cooler temps again...but that's fine. The robins have returned! A sure sign that spring is just around the corner.

11 March 2007

worst schwaklakk ever

worst schwaklakk ever

Here are a couple of snapshots from last night's soap carving party. Schwaklakk has been a tradition at our house for twelve years now. Our tag line is "It's Good, Clean Fun!" though that's in relation to how much liquor is consumed. The phrase "worst schwaklakk ever" is uttered regularly as someone usually breaks off a vital part of their masterpiece or accidentally rubs soap in their eye. We were fortunate as no blood was drawn this year.

Our older son, Luke, attends another Schwaklakk party in Madison made up of his friends and coworkers. I believe theirs has grown to be larger than ours. Probably because his buddy has an open invitation on his web site, and better catering.

Greg and I talked in depth about Schwaklakk on his blog several years ago. You can read it here, though you'll need to scroll down to his March 15th entry.

10 March 2007

09 March 2007

can i get an amen?

can i get an amen?

It was our intent to see the Rev. Horton Heat in concert Wednesday night. Alas, when we arrived, the show was sold out. Damn all you kids and your love of rockabilly! And get off my lawn!! Instead we ventured to the bar below the one he was playing and cried into our chocolate martinis. Well, Cupcake Wahini and I had the chocolate martinis. Our husbands ordered manly drinks named after power tools. Actually, gp ordered a Clockwork Orange, which is what I had last time we were there.

But I digress. This photo of the rev, was taken when we saw him back in 1999. Madison still had a little club called Bullwinkle's, digital cameras were for the elite, and Bush had yet to lead our nation down the path to hell. How times have changed.

08 March 2007

diet delay

diet delay

My (so-called) friend, Cupcake Wahini, brought me chocolates and cupcakes for my birthday, all of which are beyond decadent! I, of course, having no will power was happily eating some when it occurred to me...she's lost a considerable amount of weight this past year. Does she have a desire to make sure I am never smaller than her again by fattening me up with goodies? Just how well do I know her anyway? I know she's originally from Illinois—that's one strike against her...ok, that's the only one I can come up with. On the positive side? She's a damn good kisser!

07 March 2007

...then if you'll follow me, due east...

...then if you'll follow me, due east...

we'll come to the Frank Gehry-designed Jay Pritzker Pavilion. (I swiped that right off the web site.) AND, there's another cool thing on their site— (quote) audio tours of Millennium Park for your MP3 Player are now available for download. (unquote) Pretty darn awesome, huh? Guess I should've looked at this site myself before we went! ;o)

06 March 2007

cloud gate photo #4,270,338

cloud gate photo #4,270,338

...and that's just MY collection!

Seriously, the bean is just so photogenic. Every time I'm there, there are at least eight other people snapping away. I even ran into a local guy I knew this time (also with camera in hand). I'll point you in this general direction, should you like to go take some shots of your own!

05 March 2007

chicago, sold out

chicago, sold out

View from our hotel room.

Obviously, I messed with the color here. I brought down the color of the marquee as well because when I turned the rest black and white, it appeared much too colorful. I thought this gave it a nice "hand-painted" feel. Or some such crap like that.

04 March 2007

three rather pale nerds

three rather pale nerds

We headed down to Chicago this weekend to see Jim Gaffigan at the Chicago Theatre. He's a funny, funny man, and a good sport in that he waits after the show to sign autographs and pose for pictures. Like this one! The show was at 10pm, lasted two hours and we stood in line an additional hour for an autograph. He graciously thanked everyone who approached him, nice midwestern boy that he is. Glenn is holding the Pale Force comic he drew and had Jim sign. He was quite impressed with it and asked Glenn if he could have one. Pretty cool, huh?!

Jim is doing a great job of not showing that I have a tight grip on his ass. Always the professional.

02 March 2007

happy birthday, dr. seuss!

happy birthday, dr. seuss!

Today is the 103rd anniversary of Dr. Seuss's birth! I am significantly younger, and not nearly as dead. Here is an impromptu poem in our honor (ahem...)

chug. chug. chug.

the end.

01 March 2007

an open letter to dan

an open letter to dan

Dear Dan,

I believe I actually let out a squeal when I opened the package you sent! The book is heartwarming and the illustrations tie in beautifully to the sentiment of the book. But, the real excitement came when I saw the cd! It wasn't necessary for you to include, as I had convinced myself I could wait twelve more days (and counting) until the US release of The Fratellis, but I'm so thankful you did as I sit here with my head currently swimming full of British pop! So far, I'm only up to the fourth song but could possibly orgasm before it's finished! There, I just stepped over the line of what we can say to each other! Hope that wasn't a shock to your reserved English demeanor. The sad part is, no one I know cares about my taste of music. I want to run up to someone and say "Look what Dan sent me! Look, dammit!!"

Now, what would you like in return? I can pay you (in lousy american dollars) when you arrive, or I'd happily have you and the Lee's over for a meal. Monster cookies included for Kerry. I've plenty of photos too, of course, if you find any of my work worth having in your home. Please let me know!

Thank you, thank you, Dan! It was extremely kind! I'm going to go dance around my kitchen now.

bon bon

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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.