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.

04 September 2007

03 September 2007

hide and seek

hide and seek

Taken Saturday at the Taste of Madison. Pretty difficult for these kids to hide when their heads glow like that.

01 September 2007

lily 1

lily 1


I'm pulling out another blast from the past. Although I did actually take some shots today, they're still in the camera. This was taken last July when I took this shot, but that was before I had a flickr account, and I always intended to get these on there. 'Cuz you know, who doesn't like flowers...I did nothing to these in post, btw. They didn't need any help from me.

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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.