Saturday, April 04, 2009

Round Robin Photo Challenge: By The Numbers

From For Ellipsis

"It's clearly a budget, it's got a lot of numbers in it."

-George W. Bush

RRC: By The Numbers
Suggested by Jill, of the blog, South Bay Soliloquy

Tee Hee. Sorry, but I couldn't resist using a Dubya quote for this entry. I am naughty sometimes. Anyway, this challenge had me stumped until last Monday, when I saw this great little game of hopscotch taking place outside my therapist's office. It made me smile, because I haven't seen children playing that particular game in quite a while. Years probably. It's nice to know there is still something from my childhood, which was, you know, way back in the stone age of the late 1960's and early 70's. Sheesh that sounds like a long time ago. How did we ever survive as children without the Internets or iPods or... yikes... cell phones? LOL.

Thank you Jill for the great little challenge! I was looking everywhere for numbers, and when I finally found them, it brought back some really nice memories.


Go see what Jill and all the participating Robins have come up with to meet this challenge round. Just follow the Linking List below...

Linking List

1. Jill... South Bay Soliloquy

2. Carly... Ellipsis

3. Karen... Outpost Mavarin

4. Monica... Click Shots

5. Leslie... Empty Nest

6. Sherrie... Sherrie's Stuff

7. Karen... In The Moment

8. Suzanne R... SuzyQ421's Photo Blog

9. Jama... Sweet Memories

10. Vicki... Maraca

11. Chris... Camera Obscura

12. Linda... Mommy's Treasures

13. Marina... Visual Chronical

14. Wammy... The Ellis Family Cincinnati

15. Karen... Georgia Angel

16. Teena... It's all about me!

17. Connie... Far Side of Fifty Photos

18. ellen b. ... The Happy Wonderer

19. Terri... Ways I see The World

20. Gattina... Keyhole Pictures

21. Molly Mavis... Visual Dialouges

22. Mojo... Why? WHat Have You Heard?

23. Jen... Cherish the Moments **Welcome New Member**

24. Rita... Cashjocky and the Old Salt

Be sure to check the official Round Robin blog tomorrow to find out what our next topic will be!


Friday, April 03, 2009

Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay

From For Ellipsis

"When one man, for whatever reason, has the opportunity to lead an extraordinary life, he has no right to keep it to himself."

-Jacques Cousteau

I told you last week about a day, Alan and I spent recently, playing tourist, well, this was just one more sight from that day, the sea lions at Pier 39. It was a really warm day and they were just sitting on the dock, soaking up the late winter sun. I had forgotten how much fun it is to just stop and watch them being sea lions. Simple. Happy. Life. I tend to see things differently when I am out with my camera. My camera allows me to have an extraordinary life.


Thursday, April 02, 2009

Lemon Water

From For Ellipsis

"We are living in a world today where lemonade is made from artificial flavors and furniture polish is made from real lemons."

-Alfred E Neuman

Ahhh... that hit the spot!

I am messing around with Picasa today. I meant to get to it for months, but you know, something shiny would cross my path and I would get distracted. Here, you see, is an all new really big photo that doesn't look all fuzzy. Happy days are here again! I feel like I should be saying "testing... testing" or something! LOL.

So tell me, what do you think? Like the really big size?


Quick... Turn On The Light!

"It takes a rather special kind of person to follow soaps. You have to be highly intelligent to understand them and think as a brick to want to."

-Alan Coran

CBS announced yesterday, on April Fool's Day, that they were canceling Guiding Light. Sigh. Although I haven't watched it for a number of years, I was still sad to hear that such a daytime gem was being thrown away. I loved so many characters over the years, especially in the mid 90's when I was absolutely hooked. One day I was just surfing, General Hospital had gotten dry as dust, and I came across Guiding Light. It drew me in with just one episode. It was so much fun back then. Reva had just returned, and she was a ghost! Jenna was a jewel thief, and Buzz was just plain sexy! Roger was probably the best bad guy in daytime, I still miss Michael Zaslow, and Nadine was the loveable airhead you just had to root for.

Sigh. Game shows have all but left daytime TV, instead they are replaced with litigation television and talk shows, so I wonder if the daytime drama has much of a future in general. I still miss Another World. I loved that show as well, and watched it up to it's very last episode. I always hoped that NBC would do a reunion show, maybe like a one week look back, but alas it was not to be. Sigh. Oh well, the decision has been made, so I guess I will revisit the light while it is still on. The last episode is scheduled to air on September 18th, 2009. I think I will give it a look see today, I wonder, will it draw me in with just one episode all over again? Probably.


Monday, March 30, 2009

Ellipsis Monday Photo Shoot #31: Footprints

"I don't have a photograph, but you can have my footprints. They're upstairs in my socks."

-Groucho Marx


in the sand. FOOTPRINTS in the mud. FOOTPRINTS on your freshly mopped floor. FOOTPRINTS in fresh paint. FOOTPRINTS in the butter in your refrigerator might indicate you have an elephant afoot. Set up the tripod, and the timer on your camera, and photograph his incriminating FOOTPRINTS. Little FOOTPRINTS, Big FOOTPRINTS. FOOTPRINTS made with shoes. FOOTPRINTS made with naked feet... it's all good!

Extra Credit: FOOTPRINTS that lead to someplace in particular.

The deadline for the Ellipsis Monday Photo Shoot is next Sunday at 9:00 PM ET. You don't have to post your entry on Monday, just because it's called the Monday Photo Shoot. You have nearly a week to find your photo, post it to your blog, journal or website, and then comeback here with the direct link. REMEMBER it must be a direct link to the entry specific to this Monday Photo Shoot assignment. I cannot accept a general link to your blog or journal. Also, please link back here so other folks will be able to find the assignment and play along!

Linking List for EMPS #30: Things That Float. 03/23/09


1. Liz

2. Suzanne

3. Jama

4. Karen

5. Greg

6. Coy (Here and Here)

7. Your EG Tour Guide

8. Connie

9. Karen (Welcome New Participant)

10. Terri

11. Wammy

12. Mike

Question of the Week: Which is easier to photograph, animals or children?

Very good job everyone, I will be looking forward to seeing your entries for this week's assignment. My schedule is going to be a little bit closer to normal this week, so I should be making the rounds throughout the week, as you post your entries. See you soon!


Sunday, March 29, 2009

How To Prepare A Perfect Beef Wellington

"Hey baby, do you like fine cooking? Cause you know what? I got a Swanson's Dinner in the freezer with your name on it."

-Jimmy Fallon

Well, it's been a long week, but I am pleased to say I got a lot accomplished, not the least of which, was giving AOL the boot! I am now a happy high speed customer of Comcast, and my goodness what a difference a few mbps makes! I have been hoping around the Internet with my foot to the floor, enjoying all the things dial-up just can't do. I finally feel like I am in the 21st century. Dial-up is just fine for folks who just want the basics, but I really enjoy a lot of things other then blogging. I like cooking, and I love being able to see cooking videos, without the buffering every 2 seconds. Alan and I had a YouTube date the other night. It's fun! We got our favorite snacks, a couple cans of soda, and spent the evening looking up weird stuff on YouTube! LOL. Hows that for a cheap date guys? LOL. I'm such a cool wife.

I am back to a semi-normal schedule next week, which is nice because I have some new photos to share. I will probably post a new entry each day, but I am still wrestling with some very unorganized closets in need of attention, but who knows? The weather has been just wonderful the last week or so, so I might just ignore the rest of the spring cleaning in favor of hunting the hillsides of Marin County in search of the Mission Blue butterfly. It's been my photographic goal for going on four years now... maybe this year will be lucky for me. For now, enjoy the above cooking video. It's Gordon Ramsay's recipe for Beef Wellington. I am making it for dinner. Delicious with a nice salad of mixed baby lettuces and pear vinegrette with candied pecans.


Note: I have converted my AOL account to the free account option, which allows me to keep all my email addresses, so you can still reach me at the same old place...