Ok, so it isn't really a question. Let me back up a bit. Meet my mom and stepdad. Back in October of 2009, they bought off of eBay Motors a 10' long, 1959 Shasta "canned ham" style travel trailer. It came cheap -- apparently it had been sitting in someone's back pasture and wasn't in the best of shape. In January of 2010, they →
I wasn't going to do a blog for Thursday or Friday this week, mostly because I'm swamped (almost 13 hours at work yesterday -- whee!) and exhausted. But something that my friend and coworker Kim wrote on her blog got me thinking, and then when I called my dad last night to wish him a happy birthday, we got →
I meant to post this on Saturday, but I ended up posting those fireworks pictures instead, because I liked how they turned out. So here is my second and last "year in review" post --help me pick a "best picture of 2010" shot by posting in the comments with the number of the one you like. :-) Here's a link →
In the vein of both Dooce and Pawcurious, I've decided to compile a list of my favorite posts from this past year. This should have been not hideously difficult, given that I didn't blog much if at all for a fair amount of the year (I somehow only managed ONE post in August -- can you believe it?) but yet →
Early last week, I randomly came up with the idea to take a picture of one of everyone's eyes at my parents' house on Thanksgiving, and make a collage out of them. As I was taking the pictures on Thanksgiving Day, I decided it'd be fun to make a contest out of it, to go along with the other games →
This is a special bonus post to participate in Sarah's Thanksgiving recipe exchange -- it seemed like fun, and come on, who doesn't like pancakes? :-) On Thanksgiving, family descends upon my parents' house for a couple of days of food, games, music, and vicious table soccer tournaments. Part of the tradition is for my cousin Grant to make pumpkin pancakes →
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Competing, arranging, roasting, glowing, sparkling, and serving were taken by my cousin Grant -- we swapped cameras for the afternoon and I lent him my 50mm lens, and he did a fantastic job! Thanks Grant!! :-) .
The title of this post comes from a table grace I learned backpacking in the Sierras with my church when I was a kid. I may have learned it before then, actually, but I associate it most strongly with backpacking, and I've been known to not just use it as a table grace, but whenever I'm feeling happy and blessed. →
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good pumpkin must be in want of a knife
I feel like I should apologize to Jane Austen for that absolutely atrocious pun in my post title, or at least to my mother, since I'm sure her groan will be audible from here, despite the almost 600 miles that separate us. But what fun is life (and why was I an English major for four years??) if I can't →
This is one of John's nieces, looking at his parents' parrot. Sure enough, mischief did ensue.
Question: What happens when you get a three-year-old, a window, a camera, and the sugar-laden promise of birthday cake and ice cream together in the same place?
If somehow, heaven forbid, my apartment were to catch on fire or for whatever reason I had to evacuate quickly, there aren't many things I'd grab. I love the things I have, but honestly, most of them are replaceable. That's why I have renter's insurance, right? So what would I grab? Well, my cats, of course. My laptop and camera (because, →
I took these on the way to my sister's house on Friday, after she picked me up from the airport. My niece faces backwards in her car seat right now (she's not old enough to face it forward) and so my sister put up a mirror on the seat so that she can look in the rear-view mirror and see →