Monday, October 31, 2005

Late Afternoon

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Thursday, October 27, 2005

Who Doesn't Like Bubbles?

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Taken at the 2005 Eugene Celebration.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

In The Middle Of A Filbert Grove On Sunday Afternoon

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Patience is waiting. Not passively waiting. That is laziness. But to keep going when the going is hard and slow - that is patience.

Author Unknown

Monday, October 24, 2005

The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself.

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Quote by Henry Miller

Sunday, October 23, 2005


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Friday, October 21, 2005

Newport Morning

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Saturday, October 15, 2005


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Monday, October 10, 2005

Monday Morning Roundup

I copied this from the Mighty Lambchop Gospel blog. Both Lambchop and her hubby Opaco are hotties living in Oregon and blogging about their lives. I enjoy both blogs quite a bit.

Go to Google and click on the images link. Type in the following for each image and select the first one that the search engine returns (or your favorite one found).

-Name of the town where you grew up
-Name of the town where you live now
-Your name
-Your grandmother's name (either one you choose)
-Your favorite food
-Your favorite drink
-Your favorite song
-Your favorite smell
-(and because I'm trying to be a little bit original, I added this one in) the job you'd like to have if you didn't do what you're doing now- or the profession you'd study if you weren't studying what you are right now in school.

A view of the Capital in Madison, Wisconsin.

Eugene, Oregon in the 1950's. Perhaps Willamette Street?

Entering punkindunkin into Google returns about four pages of my old photos. How cool is that?!?! I chose this photo because it's mine and because it's the picture that started it all. I didn't know about digital photography and I certainly didn't know anything about macro photography till we got a free Fuji camera from Dell with our computer last year. That Fuji changed my life.

When we downloaded this photo and put it on the internet, I discovered how easy it was take digital pictures and share them with the world almost instantly. If you'd told me a year ago that I'd be considering photography as more than a hobby and that I could actually be good at it, I'd have laughed my ass off. I'm not laughing now.

Henrietta. She is the daughter of Norwegian immigrants. They settled in Iola, Wisconsin with many other husky Scandinavian peoples.

I was raised on the staple foods of Wisconsin such as brats, cheese, meatloaf, chicken and dumpling soup, Salisbury steak... a very basic meat and potatoes kind of diet. Since then, I've discovered Mediterranean and Indian food. My favorite restaurants are Poppi's Anatolia in Eugene, Oregon and Chautara in Madison, Wisconsin. This dish below is Indian Mattar.

Amy's Frozen Meals includes a wonderful dish of Indian Mattar Paneer which has garbanzo beans, peas, basmati rice, and Indian cheese all together with a delectable curry sauce. And the best part is that I can have it any time I want. No reservations, no waiting, no getting out of my jammies. I just have to open the freezer!

MMMM... Izze fruit drinks rock! I discovered them this summer while in Portland. I'm allergic to coffee and the Chai tea sucks so I don't have too many options when it comes to drinks at Starbucks (any other coffee joint has Oregon Chai...what's up with that?!). But an Izze is worth putting up with the long lines of zombie yuppies demanding their morning fixes of caramel lattes (do they sell those at Starbucks? I don't even pay attention to the latest coffee drinks).

Sleepwalk by Santo and Johnny.

There are many things in this world that smell divine. Old Spice for one. Chanel N°5 for another. But lately, Pantene has risen to the top of my favorite smells.

I think I like the smell best just after a shower when I can bury my nose into a head of soft, cool hair and twirl my fingers around damp curls of yummy goodness. Um, I don't use Pantene myself (I'm into Aussie- no animal testing, hooray!) but I know some people that do use Pantene. It's like pure heaven in a bottle… at least that's the way it makes me feel.

I think if I wasn't going to be an architect and I could actually stand the sight of blood without getting woozy, being a midwife would be a great profession. Imagine being responsible for helping thousands of children come into this world and helping women feel good about childbirth. What an amazing and fulfilling career that would be.

Friday, October 07, 2005

Eugene Celebration

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Thursday, October 06, 2005

It's That Time Of Year Again!

Fall is here because the leaves are turning brilliant colors, pumpkins are for sale at the supermarket and area corn mazes are in full swing. I'd really like to go to one this year. If for no other reason than to say I finally did it (even if it takes hours and hours to do so). If I go, I'll be sure to take along these handy dandy tips for surviving the fun that is a corn maze.

Anybody care to join me?

I’ll bring the machete.

The Lengths We Go To For A Few Laughs

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Here is Bubble Boy again, torturing his nose with a chip clip. I can't help but giggle every time I look at this photo. He's such a goofy little boy.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

I Just Felt Like It

I was thinking about all the things that make me deliriously happy (and let me tell you that the list seems to never end), when it occurred to me that I've never sat down and actually thought about all the songs that I love. I overheard someone doing this today as they made a list of music to download for a road trip. There are so many great tunes that when I hear them while in the car or when I’ve stumbled across an old cassette tape (yes, I still have a few of those), I can't help but smile and hum along. Um, okay sometimes I just belt out the words like a moron if no one’s looking. I wanted to start an inventory of them today… well... just because I feel like keeping track of the pleasurable things in life.

1. John Lennon “Imagine”
2. Tori Amos “Precious Things”
3. Ani DiFranco “Superhero”
4. Janis Joplin “Me and Bobby McGee”
5. Beethoven “Symphony #5”
6. Bob Marley “Stir It Up”
7. Sarah Brightman’s version “Pie Jesu”
8. Etta James “At Last”
9. Chet Baker “My Funny Valentine”
10. Tori Amos “Icicle”
11. Patsy Cline “Crazy”
12. Britney Spears “Slave 4 U”
(Shut up. Just shut yer mouth. It’s my list, not yours. No snickering!!!)
13. Bob Marley “Guava Jelly”
14. Melissa Etheridge “Sleep While I Drive”
15. John Hiatt “Have A Little Faith”
16. Sophie B. Hawkins “Damn, I Wish I Was Your Lover”
17. Sarah Brightman “Harem”
18. Ani DiFranco (live version) “Both Hands”
19. Charlotte Church’s version “Habanera”
20. Kenny Loggins’ “Danny’s Song”
21. Paula Cole "Feelin' Love"

The best songs ever created:

1. Santo and Johnny “Sleepwalk”
Classic. Haunting. Gives me shivers every time.

2. Van Morrison “Into the Mystic”
Ah.. like butter. This song makes me want to be a hippy chick, living on some communal farm with a large group family, a couple of braids in my red hair which flows freely down my back, doing some titillating belly dancing and making love under the twinkling stars. Mmmm.. yeah.

3. The Who “Teenage Wasteland”
It's really hard to listen to this song in the car when all I want to do is get up and dance around, slamming into things, beating on my chest and releasing lots of pent up passion.

4. Jimmy Buffet “Margaritaville”
I named my first major design project Margaritaville because it was an unusual vacation home set on the South Carolina coast. I wanted peace and quiet instead of the chaos and anger I experianced during that period in my life. Margaritaville was my happy place and the song is the perfect anthem.

5. Annie Lennox’s version “Waiting in Vain”
I was listening to Bob Marley this summer and I had heard Annie's rendition from the movie Serendipity but for some reason it took 3 months to connect the two as being the same song. I love Marley, but Annie wins with this version hands down.

And that’s pretty much in the perfect order too.

He Only *Thinks* He's a Lawyer

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But he's got business cards, and that makes it official, so I guess he's legit.

Actually, I hear he's a damn good lawyer. In fact, he's good at lots and lots of things. And he's a saint for putting up with everyone's teasing. But we know he secretly loves the attention.

(D.- next time you can hold the hand of any girl you find attractive. This, I promise you.)

Monday, October 03, 2005

Bubble Boy

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As evident by his smug look, this young man thought it was pure genius to catch bubbles on his tongue and hold them out for the world to see. His father said "So if he's doing this and he ends up swearing, are we to wash his mouth out with soap? Would that make any difference?"

I really don't think so.

(This photo was taken while at the Eugene Celebration Parade on Saturday. We were surrounded by bubble blowers and kids that liked catching the bubbles using a variety of techniques and body parts.)