30 April 2007

ghost derby

ghost derby

One team entered the bout through a phone booth. They were wearing these neon green wrist bands. That's the trailing light you see here.

I added the letterbox effect. The floor and ceiling were wasted space with nothing going on.

29 April 2007

derby action

derby action

We went to the derby finals last night. Didn't use a flash so I got plenty of abstract images to go through. But today was too gorgeous a day to do it! I'll post a few tomorrow, if nothing better crosses my plate. Too tired tonight.

28 April 2007

yippee, it's lounging season!

yippee, it's lounging season!

We’ve got a problem that maybe someone reading this, might be able to offer a tip or two.

Nigel has to take 8 pills every day! He hates it, and is so stubborn and yet a little too smart! We have tried everything. He can smell it no matter what you wrap it in. bacon, butter, yesterday I tried a piece of caramel thinking it would be perfectly encased. Nope. He’ll eat the empty ones but he sniffs carefully first. It’s a little easier in the evening because he’s more of an afternoon gorger. One night, I fooled him by putting them in tiny bites of marshmallow, but I had to sit there pretending to be happily snacking away on marshmallows in order for him to be interested. But by the next day, he had caught on the pill-in-the-marshmallow trick. He’s such a little shit.

Usually in the mornings, we just force the pills down this throat. It takes both of us most of the time, and by the fourth one a lot of slime and foaming has been produced. (From all parties.) THEN the vet says he should eat something with these pills, but he’s lost all trust in us to feed him anything, so an hour later, he’s hurled, causing all the struggle to be for nothing basically.

If anything, he’ll be losing weight simply because he thinks we’re trying to poison him, so our goal will be the same either way.

27 April 2007

window seat

window seat

Taken up north on the farm. Growing up, my Mom always called it "over home" because that's where she was raised, right next door. Strangely, we all took on the phrase "over home". Something rather comforting about having your grandparents' house as a back up to your own. It's not looking too good these days. I think all the comfort from the inside is causing too much pressure on the structure itself.

26 April 2007

bowling...it's so cool

bowling...it's so cool

...they play a promo on local radio stations saying that. Not sure if it's fooling anyone.

Hey, don't feel like bowling this weekend? I'm starting a new feature here at phantom kitty called Hip Replacement to tune you in to all the "hip" things going on in southern Wisconsin for the upcoming weekend. Don't laugh, there's a few. And "replacement", as in "I guess these things are better then anything I had in mind." Ready to rock? Read on...

Botham Vineyards is having an open house this weekend which includes a new gallery setting with some sort of fish theme. So, you can get tanked and...yeah that. Oh, and there's chocolate. Cha-ching! (Disclaimer: chocolate does not make that sound.)

While you're over in those parts, swing into Mount Horeb where they're having their city wide rummage sale...ok, that's not all that hip, but it could very well be kitsch! There are plenty of trolls there to be seen, after all! And if come back without stopping at the Mustard Museum, I will bitch-slap you.

Saturday night are the derby finals! U-S-A!! Seriously, America doesn't have all that much going for it these days, so take what you can. Plus, I'll be there! Say you know me and get a dollar off at the door! Just kidding, you'll get a blank stare and a "who now?"

SCOTS are playing at the High Noon Saloon on Sunday! Duck! Fried chicken coming your way! Meanwhile, check out the guitar detailing on their website!

I told you this would be hip, didn't I? Have I ever steered you wrong before? Well, except for that summer of '92 when I said, "we should go bowling!"

24 April 2007

maybe they'll grow!

maybe they'll grow!

While Randi was changing, Olive did a series of one-minute poses she titled "Quickies with Olive", with varying degrees of undress. This is early in the series for those of you with children in tow. I should mention however, that Randi brought her two girls along. They were along the ages of 8 and 10. They're obviously being raised in a very open-minded home. They just came along to color.

If you check out my set in flickr, you'll only be able to view a few unless you're a contact of mine. I didn't feel it necessary to share all that t&a with the world, or equally bore people with crowd shots. But if you were at the event and would like to see all the pics as well as illustrations from everyone, please join the Dr. Sketchy–Madison group! (You have to join the group to view the private shots...so whatcha waiting for?!)

23 April 2007

1-2-3 red light

1-2-3 red light

Madison now has it's own Dr. Sketchy's chapter! Get in on the fun before it starts getting so busy they have to turn you away! This month's model was the lovely Randi O'Toole, a gal who's just as comfortable around ostrich feathers as she is a power drill.

Check out:
{my space for Dr. S in Madison}
{it's flickr group}

21 April 2007

da biz

da biz

The neighbors got their croquet set out today. "Biz" here prefers to treat the wickets as hurtles. Despite that bump on her nose from an unrelated incident, she did not trip once!

18 April 2007

the farm has seen better days

the farm has seen better days

The barn is no longer standing. A hay wagon stands on the edge of a barren field holding a load of tires. Feral cats live off day old bread in a dilapidated garage. But if you were to talk to the woman living here, you'd think she is the most blessed person on earth.

I love you, Gramma.

17 April 2007

the birthday boy reflects

the birthday boy reflects

Today is Nigel's fifth birthday. He'd had what we thought was a cold the last two weeks. After a second vet visit last Friday, x-rays showed fluid in his lungs, and his diaphragm pressing into them. Turns out he has bronchitis, and his weight is definitely not helping the matter. The vet took blood work and discovered he has a thyroid condition. Which is good news, really. Nigel has always been heavy. He went from puppy chow to diet food at the age of one. People assume we're dropping him full turkeys and sides of mashed potatoes from the table, and letting him finish that off with chocolate cake ala mode. Not true. He gets the recommended amount of Science Diet, maybe two diet Iams biscuits a day, and a sliver of chicken mixed into his food. Yes, he is very determined to finish off my last bite of cheese or cookie by digging a hole in my leg until his demands are met, but even the vet said these are harmless amounts.

At long last, he is now medicated and will soon be "taking control of his weight". Just in time for swimsuit season!

Happy birthday, big guy. May you have many, many more...

16 April 2007

heart of a nerd

heart of a nerd

Went to see "Heart of an Empire" at the film fest to check out all the storm troopers in the lobby. Pretty funny sight seeing all of them in casual conversation with whatever they would call us non-storm troopers. Gentiles, gringos, warm-blooded mammals? Anyway, had an interesting conversation with Darth about my camera. Turns out he owns a Rebel himself. Quite ironic really. Or more so the opposite of ironic. I'm gonna bail before this gets any deeper...

11 April 2007

coming to a theatre near you

coming to a theatre near you

Tomorrow begins the Wisconsin Film Fest! This is my fourth year volunteering, and the reason you may not see many posts from me in the next four days. I'm scheduled to put in twenty hours, in addition to our viewing four movies. I'll be hopping around like a bunny on crack!

gp took this shot in 2005. I was preoccupied taking tickets or something. The Majestic here has been going through some trouble and is changing hands, so it is not participating in the fest this year. Even though it's one of those grand old theatres, I'm glad I won't be working in it. The screen had been removed, so we were required to take it down each night and replace it in the morning, so the night club patrons wouldn't throw their bottles on it, or hurl on it, or do whatever night club hooligans do. This year I work the MMoCA theatre! First class this year, baby! I've never been in that theatre as it's a fairly new facility, but my fingers are crossed that this is an inside job, seeing we got six inches of wet, sloppy snow today, and it's not looking particularly warm over the course of the weekend! Let the college kids work those damp, dark threatres! My creeky old bones require warmth. Really, isn't it enough, I volunteer?

09 April 2007

ode to pete

ode to pete

So, this is one of my first attempts with the Nikon loaner. Not even in focus if you look closely. I thought I should post it though because it reminded me of Pete's work, who I admire because I, myself, don't normally look for the simple things around me. He was one of the first flickr contacts I made, and it's good to remain in contact with "old friends" (six months, at least!)

;o)

08 April 2007

peepster

peepster

I had borrowed a friend's Nikon for our trip up north this weekend. Unfortunately, I didn't take any shots that screamed Easter, so I'll fall back on all the peep imagery I've collected the past week. It's sad how I am really. Just to liven things up, I thought I'd get all arty on the ass of those of you sick of coming to my blog and just seeing peeps. Now you can print this out, turn it into a card, and get it over to your mother's before the day is through. Get me! I'm providing a service! Soon I'll be linking my paypal account so you can tip me as well.

06 April 2007

olive from the archive

olive from the archive

I have no photos to share from last night's belly dancing outing. Your loss really 'cuz it was lovely and entertaining. Truth is we stayed busy eating, socializing and making plans for the upcoming Dr. Sketchy event here in Madison. As I mentioned before (although I'm too lazy to look back at what details I've offered), my husband is in cahoots with the lovely Olive Talique to get things successfully rolling, so that this may become the first of many burlesque/drawing adventures in our area! We're rather excited and surprised that we've beat Milwaukee and Chicago to the punch! We could get quite a turn out being the upper midwest's first cabaret life-drawing class (minus the class, as the web site says). We hope to attract artists from all over, but how many people can we cram around one lovely centerpiece? Or maybe no one is taking this seriously and we'll only get the few friends we've been hitting up about his. It's a hard call at this point. Either way, from what I know of Olive and her friends, it should be cheeky entertainment at it's finest!

This photo is from a few years back. Though I don't recall which one of us took it, it's from the front row at a Cherry Pop Burlesque show, with Olive shaking it like she means it...

04 April 2007

circle of life

circle of life

More peep fun!

Been a busy week. Too much work and not enough photo takin'. Tomorrow night however, we'll be attending another belly dancing event, so hopefully I'll have something spicy to offer on Friday.

02 April 2007

serving up peeps!

serving up peeps!

Sometimes there's no explaining what pops into my head.

So, my friend, Cupcake Wahine, brought this PSA to my attention today, and I laughed my ass off for a solid ten minutes! If you are offended by fowl language...too fuckin' bad! 'Den don't watch it!!

01 April 2007

holgapugaroid

holgapugaroid

We've had a Holga, and a Polaroid back to go with it, for some time now, but today was my first time playing with it. I let my husband figure out all it's nuances before I started wasting film. As you can see there's a light leak coming in from the bottom right, which apparently wasn't there a few months ago when gp used it, but the film could be getting old at this point. But then, that's the joys of a Holga, I'm told.

I should've been paying better attention and kept the shed out of the shot. I was just happy they were both sitting still next to each other.

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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.