31 January 2010

time to carve some soap, dawg

time to carve some soap, dawg.

I swiped the image from one of GP's illustrations. I'm sure he won't mind.

Search schwaklakk on facebook for party details. I can't seem to get a link to work. Hope you can join us for some silliness!

29 January 2010

...with bubbles

...with bubbles

Took about 40 shots. Never nailed the focus on any bubbles. Oh well.

Official self-portrait of the week, done.

27 January 2010

red velvet

red velvet

One of Cupcake-a-go-go's delicious creations! See their link in my peeps below.
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22 January 2010

you're soaking in it!

you're soaking in it!

I always considered my hands one of my better features. They're starting to show my age too now with all the scars on them. Guess I should've gone into hand modeling before I got these crazy-ass animals. Anyway, I had to get a self-portrait in this week and I'm contemplating all the ways of abstaining from head shots. Next week? Elbows.

21 January 2010

guard dog

guard dog

I had joined a flickr group this year called 52 Weeks of Pix 2010 which listed a topic for each week. This week's was MY VICE. Now, I always thought a vice was a weakness but maybe I'm wrong because I entered this photo and it was rejected. Guidelines don't say anything about explaining your selection, but the admin for this group feels I need to do so. Here's what she wrote—

Hi there,
Thanks for joining 52 Weeks of Pix 2010 but I must remind you that this is a THEME-based group and not a 52 week project where you post any photo. The THEME for this week is "MY VICE" and unless you put an explanation how this fits the theme, your photos will be removed. Please read the guidelines and decide if this is the group for you. Thank you.

Debby (debby19)
Admin
52 Weeks of Pix 2010


I responded with the following—

can't tags be enough? or is it you feel that a dog can't be a vice? a picture should speak for itself in my opinion, i don't see much point in writing each week "i love my dog, she is my weakness". week 5 is ONE. really? explain it? and then RED?

no offense but i worked for ten year under a micro-manager. i really don't care to be a part of that here at flickr. this is suppose to be fun. sorry.


Back to Debby—

Maybe you misunderstood the meaning of a vice. A vice is usually a bad habit or something that is NOT good for you. I don't see how a cute dog fits into that category. And the guidelines don't state that you have to write something in the caption each week. Your photo was so vague that I requested it.

I am "micro-managing" because so MANY people do not read the guidelines and spoil it for the ones who want to have the fun you speak of. Thank you.


Now at this point, I would have wrote her back saying "I believe a vice is also a weakness, something you are a sucker for, so my dog...yadda, yadda, yadda" But I can't even write back because the bitch blocked me!! Just proving my point she's a control freak. Of course, I dropped the group because I don't care to explain myself every week to a idiot who lacks vision or a complete grasp of English.

Plus I have the last laugh because I have a blog! HA!

It'd be better though if people actually read this blog...

18 January 2010

eeeeeeeheeheeheee

eeeeeeeheeheeheee

I finally finished processing our New Orleans photos. Should have all of them loaded onto flickr by the end of the week. I don't like to dump twenty at a time 'cuz I don't think people bother to look past your first page during their visit. Not that I do that, of course.

Today's "dump" are those shots remaining from our tour of Mardi Gras World, where they store all the floats. I've talked about it already, so I won't blather on.

Well, now I've just humiliated myself from speaking further...

17 January 2010

i'll just use the dryer, thanks

i'll just use the dryer, thanks

Woke up to some beautiful frost today. We had fog over night and as the temperatures dropped, it created this amazing sideways spikiness on everything. I took a number of nature inspired shots, but ended up liking the clothesline images best.

15 January 2010

nigel gets leid

nigel gets leid

Poor little blind boy. So easy to catch and make fun of. His tail was wiggling during this embarrassing encounter so no harm done. The wiggling however, was based on the fact he was standing next to the kitchen cart where his treats are kept.

Will wiggle for food.

I'm still on the fence about this LinkWithin app I've added to my posts. Sometimes it's logical as to why it's seeing other photos, and other times it's so totally random I have to wonder if the creator speaks English. I've actually been going back to old posts and adding labels because the first half of my posts didn't have any. I don't think blogger even offered this feature when I began. The time I'm taking hardly seems worth the effort. I know! Maybe you can play Tribond with my photos! What do a pug, a burlesque performer and a tulip have in common? That's right! All of them are posted here on this blog. That will be the answer to all rounds of this game until further notice.

14 January 2010

(not) alone in the woods

(not) alone in the woods

I made it to week two of my self-portrait experiment. I'd like to thank all those involved who helped me make it this far! You know who you are...half a mannequin head.

12 January 2010

daddy-o

daddy-o

Dig that crazy wavy 'do! Guess that's where I get that crap. I've never known Dad to have this much hair as this was taken years before I was a twinkle in his eye. These self-portraits are from the late 1950's, which would have put him around twenty. Here's the other shot. I asked my Mom what would have been the occasion that Dad would have taken these, and her deadpan answer was "I don't know. Because he thought he was cute." Ah, love.

11 January 2010

what the tree threw up

what the tree threw up

Took the tree down this weekend. Back to the attic for eleven months for these dust collectors.

I have another bronchial infection going on. Ode to joy. Except now I have a lesser insurance with a higher deductible so I can't drag my ass to the doctor for drugs. I'm considering going after the mucus myself with an ice auger*. Right through my chest! Can't hurt anymore than this burning cough, plus it'd be quicker. I'm kidding, Gramma. What I meant to say is, I'm getting plenty of rest and fluids, and will be back in the swing of things come April!

(*For those of you NOT in the frozen midwest...)

09 January 2010

r.i.p.

r.i.p.

Obit.

By the way, this is my 666th post. No connection to Gumby there. Although I could probably link Gumby's ability to walk through a book as satanic, but it's late and my brain is shutting down.

08 January 2010

4 girls

4 girls 1

Over the holidays, my neighbor asked me to come out and take a few shots of her two girls with their visiting cousins. I happily obliged snapping only about six shots in three minutes. The fastest photo shoot in the history of all photo shoots! The girls took charge. "How 'bout we all get on the inner tube?" Snap, next! "Now, get one like this!" Snap, next! I was happy to see in post that no one had blinked.

It was a fun! It gave me something to do for a whole three minutes.

07 January 2010

here's your glove, mom, let's go out! here's your boot, mom, let's go out!

here's your glove, mom, let's go out! here's your boot, mom, let's go out!

Kensi is a weapon of mass destruction when it comes to her stuffed animals, but I somehow managed to dog whisper her into knowing my items were off limits. She likes to bring whatever she finds within my view, so I'll approach her, thank her for bringing it, and pat her on the head. Then she drops it. She'll just standing there holding it, looking at me beforehand. It's pretty damn adorable. In the case of my boot, it got too heavy waiting for me to get the camera out. Adorableness requires jaw strength.

05 January 2010

a new year requires reflection

a new year requires reflection

If you've skimmed my photos, you're probably aware I mainly play the the part of observer. I've never enjoyed having my photo taken. Ever. I'm not completely sure why. I didn't care to stand out in school, could certainly not be the first on the dance floor, and would turn three shades of red if more then three people were looking in my general direction. Oral reports amounted to weeks of distress. Suicide wasn't an option, but mini thoughts would pop into my head like, "if mom would just drive into that lake right now, I would get out of that book report tomorrow."

Then why the hell am I posting a photo of myself now? Pushing my limits, I suppose. I even joined a flickr group - 52 weeks of self-portraits. Being unemployed is getting to me and this will force me to put on makeup once a week. Except in the case where I'm too lazy for even that and go the artsy route. Like here. I'm still trying to sell this whole idea to myself, so your patience is appreciated.

Please don't force me to turn the comments off.

04 January 2010

wheeeeeeeeee!!

wheeeeeeeeee!!

Look at those tassels fly!

These are not the best photos and I'm normally more selective in what I post, but this was such a fun show, lasting four hours and costing just $10(!), that I had to show all you losers what you missed. "But it's 5 below outside! Boo hoo!" You know who you are.

This is the last of them now, so I will return you to less titillating imagery in days to come.

03 January 2010

wardrobe assist

wardrobe assist

These two beauties are Madison's own Kitty LaRue and Moxie Rhodes, part of the Dead Man's Carnival vaudeville and variety show that came to Madison's High Noon Saloon last night. If you weren't there, you missed a death-defying show! Complete with glass-embedded, male genitalia. Your loss. But as always, I'm willing to share photos. More shots (including genitalia) to come, so consider yourself warned.

02 January 2010

gordon & em: the book

gordon & em: the book

now in print

I can finally share with you the book I made Gramma for Christmas! I made one for myself and sister as well. Many of the photos can be seen in this flickr set, but there are some I haven't yet uploaded. I think I've mentioned before, I have quite a stash. Both Gramma and Kim loved it! Although Kim said all she had gotten for Christmas was an abscessed tooth, so I probably could've gotten her a mug saying "world's greatest brother" and she'd have done a merry jig.

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EDIT: I realized later in the day while writing the date, that today is a palindrome. 01/02/2010. I'm probably one of sixteen people (none of whom read this blog) who find this interesting.

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