I didn't have any exciting plans for last night -- just another Thursday, and I figured I'd stay home and work on my backlog of post-processing. Then yesterday morning I got wind via Sacramento Connect that in the evening, a scant three blocks from my apartment, the second annual Sacramento Bastille Day Waiter Race would be held. Now, given that I've →
It's spring break, y'all!! :-) Yesterday morning I had to drop off my car at the repair place because, as I was rolling up my windows at the barn on Tuesday, my driver's window suddenly fell inside my car door. If you've been reading for a while, you may remember that this happened to my →
I do realize that today is Tuesday, and as such, I should have a Moose post online. But honestly, this past couple of weeks have been so crazy that unless you want to see a picture of the gnarly nasty ear infection he had, there's just nothing for Tuesday Mooseday. Sad, I know. But trust me, you did NOT want to →
This past Saturday was Second Saturday, so John and I walked over to the coffee shop across the street from us to grab a drink and watch Stoneberry, the band a friend of mine is in, play. It was a kick to just hang out and people-watch and listen to some good live music, and get to really relax and →
If you know me, you know that I have this slight tendency to overcommit myself and end up with a breakneck schedule. (Mom, quit nodding. John, you too.) I work full-time, go to grad school full-time, have a horse, take pictures, and write this blog. The blog alone is somewhere in the neighborhood of ten hours a week, sometimes more (depending →
One of the nice things about my photography habit is the record that it establishes for my sometimes spotty brain. I noticed last weekend that the saucer magnolias were blooming, and I thought to myself, "Self, it seems kind of early in the season for such things, isn't it?" So I went and looked up some pictures I took of them →
Dear Forbes Magazine, Last week you published your annual ranking of "America's Most Miserable Cities." I somehow missed reading about it until a couple of days ago (probably had something to do with the flu-induced delirium I was in most of the week) but ever since I read it and saw that Sacramento was ranked American's Fifth Most Miserable City, I've →
Poor little passenger pigeon. Once one of the most abundant birds in the world, the poor little thing was hunted to extinction in the 19th and early 20th centuries. I remember learning about it back in around the 3rd grade or so, and being utterly horrified. Anyway, the purpose of this reference wasn't to depress you, but rather to make note →
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 →
While I can cook, I admit that I tend to be fairly lazy about it. I don't really have much of an excuse, other than being perennially busy and finding other things I'd rather spend my time on. Also, I'm cheap. I kind of have to be, given that I'm a high school teacher and grad student who has three →
One of these days my bad puns are going to come back to haunt me. But I just can't resist them, no matter how many people roll their eyes and hit the "unsubscribe" button on their RSS reader. (And please don't do that. I'd be very sad to lose a reader over a bad pun... or 50.) In case you missed it, →
Seeing as I had two Moose posts last week, and as how yesterday's post was horse-related, today's Moose post has been pre-empted in favor of something non-equine. Don't get me wrong -- I love what I do. I really really do. I'm blessed to live where I live and have the life that I have. But lately I feel like this →
The idea of 10 on 10 is to, on the 10th day of every month, take ten pictures -- one each hour for ten hours. It's a "snapshot of daily life" kind of thing. :-) ~~~ For some reason, I woke up yesterday with Dave Brubeck's "Take Five" stuck in my head--I'm not sure why, but the first thing I did when →
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. →
Dusk is my favorite time to photograph neon -- moreso than complete dark. The colors are just as vivid, but there's less of that sharp contrast (and therefore glare) between the dark sky and the bright light. I live about eight blocks from the Esquire Theatre, a movie theater that opened in 1940 and was converted to an IMAX theater in →
The title is a reference from the best Christmas movie of all time. If you've somehow missed seeing it (I don't know how, given the 24-hour loop of it that one of the cable channels runs on Christmas Day) go see it immediately.
The title is a Spaceballs reference, in case it left you scratching your head. Hey, it's a classic! Anyway, I only got a small handful of decent pics on my walk around town Friday night with my new camera, but this is one I really liked. I've been meaning to take a picture of this sculpture on the corner of 16th →
This isn't actually my beer, as I'm not much of a drinker, but this is the first official (after numerous crappy, quickly-deleted false starts) picture with my NEW CAMERA!! I have to confess that I'm not wildly in love with it yet, but that's only because it's a BIG step up from my old camera, and I'm still trying to →
Another one from Second Saturday.
Another pic from Second Saturday this past weekend.
So here I was, just beginning to write a quick blog post with a picture from tonight's Second Saturday walk around midtown Sacramento, when I heard 8 shots fired in a row. I looked up and said, "Gunshots." Without looking up, John responded, "Firecrackers." Then 4 more shots. Nope, gunshots. Turns out four people got shot the next block over →