can it be, is 2008 almost over?? it's weird, it either flew by or I just lost total track of time. There are moments that stand out in 2008, like my trip to Minneapolis, our summer vacation in Lake Placid, the Olympics, the launch of the iPhone 3G, my trip to the Martha Stewart Show, births, engagement, marriages, and promotions. In 2008 we also said good-bye to a lot of important people. Photographer William Claxton and the great Artist Rauschenberg, the wine maker Robert Mondavi, the sax player from Dave Mathews Band, LeRoi Moore, comedian George Carlin, actors Paul Newman, Heath Ledger, Estelle Getty and Charlton Heston. We say good bye to things we grew up with, as of today Polaroid will stop producing film, a sad state of affairs to those who love the polaroid print. And in my own personal life I had to say good bye to the puppy that I raised from birth. Guinness was 12, and lived a lot longer than anyone, especially all the many doctors that were lucky enough to meet him over the years, predicted he would live. I can only assume that he was happy, and I have to thank him for every minute he gave us. Guinness enriched our lives more than he will ever know, he gave love unconditionally, everyday of his life and asked for nothing in return except to lay next to me on the bed, his big brown head on my chest, keeping me warm from the inside out. That, and occasional cookie. We move forward into 2009 with our new additions, Seamus and Mac, growing by the minute, and are happy to have them as a distraction to the two great dogs that have left us (you all remember Marley, who passed suddenly in 2007?). In honor of those great dogs we piled into the car today and went to see the movie Marley & Me (which we attempted to see the other day, only to find it sold out). We emerged from the theater sobbing, to be greeted with a fresh snowfall of about 6 inches. A perfect distraction to our sadness. So Happy New Year everyone, lets all look forward to 2009. Oh, and lets not end 2008 without a little thanks to the best thing in my life, my husband Tim, be it 2009 or 2099, as long as he is there with me, nothing can be bad!
As the Holiday season starts to fade away and I'm actually able to relax a little bit around my own home I'm over joyed with the warmth that surrounds me. The twinkle of the lights on the tree, the smell of pine in the air. This is actually my favorite time of the year, the days just following Christmas, after the gift giving has been done and food marathon is over, the traveling to this relatives house or that party. I actually have a minute to sit, with a glass of Eggnog and some cookies left by friend returning from her visit back home in Wisconsin (thanks Abigail), and read the holiday cards filled with wishes and see how everyone's family has grown, how those puppies you remember from what seems like yesterday now have gray chins. It's also nice to take the time to change the bed sheets, and lay right down in them surrounded by the smell of clean sheets, and to refill all the candles that have little by little burned down to nothing, and hand wash the Fair isle sweaters, and let them dry outside in the crisp air. I know these are mundane chores that people do all the time, but my usual routine makes me rush through them either late at night or first thing in the morning. I have one more day of vacation, and then it's back to the rushing, getting up early, driving in traffic and angry customers that I have to smile at and make things all better for. So today I'm reading the blogs, watching Elf and going to see Marley and Me, and tomorrow I will sleep in as late as possible take pictures, visit with my nieces, bake some cookies and just enjoy being home. How was the holiday for everyone else??
I'm still not there gang, and i know it's been a really long time since i posted last, and i really have no excuses, except that it's the holidays, and i do work in retail, so to speak, and we did have a little bit of weather, and i was feeling a little under the weather.... anyway, i still don't have much for you, except for a few shots taken with the birthday lens. I promise I'll do a lot of posting this week, just let me get past my two midnight shifts at Apple, then i'm all yours till Monday, five solid days off, with lots of family plans and relaxing, and of course shooting of the camera. Is everyone done shopping?? I know i'm not!
I mentioned briefly the other day that I was invited to join the Flickr group, sponsored by Molly, entitled evidence of reading so I thought today I'd post some of the photos I've taken for that. I never really realized how much reading I do until this little project call my attention to it. It's true, that on any given day there are at least 3 books in my purse, all half read, or there to be reread. Next to my bed, they are piled high, stacks of random reads sit on hall chairs, layers of literature line the stairs, magazines in baskets....stop me please. I so enjoy being seized by the book, taken to another time and place, becoming someone else, ever believing i can do things that are so beyond my ability, the power of the book can do so much for the mind and the soul. Please, drop by and if you can, recommend a book for me to try, it can be anything, my mind is open. Here are just a few of the books i've opened today, and it's only noon.
and here's a look at the book that I got to make for free a few weeks back, from Snapfish. It's not very well made, I prefer either Blurb or even Kodak which makes them straight from my iMac in iPhoto, but for free i'll take! O.k., well, that's enough books and computer for today. I've just consumed almost an entire bag of Sunchip while posting, that can't be good. The sun is out and my new lens is calling to me from across the room, as well as Seamus who's been eyeballing his ball since about 8 am ( the dog walker spoils him, she takes him outside for a full hour and throws the ball until he's exhausted, that's what i have to live up to today). I'll see how much outside I can stand , it's actually cold here today, it finally feels like winter! Enjoy your Saturday, however you are planning on spending it, be it outdoors with a camera and a pet or snuggled on the couch with a good book (or 3) and the sounds of James Taylor at Christmas playing in the background...NO, I must go outdoors, at least for a little while.
Wow, that nasty cold really took over my body in a bad way. But I'm happy to report that I'm almost better, just the lingering stuffy nose and occasional cough, but the fatigue is gone and I'm raring to go. Too bad I'm stuck in the house today, UPS is holding me prisoner in my own home. My wonderful husband ordered me this for my Birthday next week and it needs to be signed for at the door, so I've been up since 8 waiting patiently, not only for it to get here so I can go to the grocery store, but also for it to get here so I can start shooting away. And for those of you that feel like me this time of year, a little less inspired to take photos because of the grayness outside and overall lack of light in your life, there are some really great things around to get you in the mood. First , I was invited to joined this Flickr group, by Molly, which will probably only distract me from finishing the 5-7 books that I am in the middle of, but who cares. I tend to buy lots of books, lots and lots of book, sometimes stashing them away to read at another time, and then forgetting that I bought them and buy them again. You might say I am a book addict, they are all over my house, and I love it that way. Then there's the interesting things happening over at The Dawn to Dusk Project, by the students of the Ohio University School of Visual Communications, who documented the daily lives of ordinary people during one whole day in their lives, from dawn to 9, 9 to noon, noon to 3, 3 to 6 and 6 till dusk. I'm thinking about doing a similar project of my own, only documenting my own life for one whole day. I encourage everyone to take a day, break it down and document it, you'll be surprised at what you see in one short time period. Also remember to stop by one of my favorite places Shutter Sisters, not only is there something to please the eye everyday, but for the month of December they are having a daily giveaway, and who doesn't like free stuff to get you through these gloomy winter days. Then, if you have any spare time left and want to really see how your photography skills hold up, Photojojo has given a list of Photography contests that you can enter, the prizes ranging from $$$ to photography equipment, to publication. This is really great, especially for me because i have a few really great shots, that I keep returning to over and over again, especially during this photo drought, and now I can enter them and see what others think. Wow, that's a lot to think about for one day, I'm off to bake up a batch of corn muffins, there's a pot of Chili in my future that will warm the heart and the belly while my husband is off in Florida at a Coaches convention (how do you spell boring?????). I've been taking the things out of the Christmas box bit by bit.
These balls are a keepsake from my Great Aunt Lena. As far back as I can remember, no matter what time of year, if you went to Corona, Queens, to the brownstone with the porcelain white marble doorway, you would find the blue haired, plump little woman, sitting in her living room, little bowls of pins and beads on a TV tray in front of her, watching her "episodes" and making Christmas balls. Everyone in the family has at least one, and since she passed away years ago they have become quite coveted in the family. Although most are as gaudy as they come, over decorated with little images cut from the previous years holiday cards and scraps of wrapping paper (which she was always collecting and placing in her little purse), they are filled with love and warm family memories. And it wouldn't be Christmas without the not -so- proper joke made, eluding to "Aunt Lena's balls".
The problem with this time of year is that although everything is bustling around me, gearing up for the Holidays,(which I LOVE) and every day i wake up it's a little bit colder, and every drive home i notice another home decorated with twinkling lights and other decorations, all these little changes seem to be happening in the dark. I usually leave my house in the morning just as the sun is starting to peak it's head over the horizon, and I usually don't get back in my car until it has long set. I miss the sunshine and I'm noticing it even more so this year. And without the sunshine comes the ickies that fall upon you when you're not expecting it. It seems everyone around me has been complaining about one ailment or another, the head colds associated with the beginning of winter, the achy body and throbbing head, so it was only a matter of time before i fell victim to this monster. I woke up yesterday with a heavy head and a throat that felt as if I'd swallowed glass. Subconsciously I must have know on some level that i would be getting it because quite unexpectedly on Saturday I picked up two pomegranates while at the grocery, something i hardly ever do. But it was like the antioxidants were calling me from the kitchen, begging to be consumed. It amazes me how the human body works, how it knows to completely shut down on the exact day you have a day off from work. And thank God it does. I spent the morning in bed, resting, with my two furry companions on either side. When i had finally mustered up enough strength I made my way down to the sun filled (YEAH!!!!!)kitchen and made two turkey pot pies
(and by the way, i'm done with turkey for another year, please don't show it to me again for months)& Turkey stew with dumplings
. The perfect heart warming meals for someone under the weather, and enough food to feed us for the next few days when i'm back at work, sniffling and sneezing on the next group of people in line to share the gloom of winter. I appologize in advance to whom ever i spread it to, i did not start it, i'm only passing it on. And before I take my Green tea and lemon down to the couch and see what kind of girly movie i can watch, i will wrap myself in a scarf and bring the dog out to the yard, and while he chases squirrels, i will throw face up towards the sky and soak in 5 or so minutes of glorious sunshine to tide me over until Sunday. Have a great week everyone and take your vitamins and wash your hands A LOT!!!!