Monday, March 31, 2008

Donkeys and Lions

County Caucus: Went to the Democratic County Caucus for Walker County. Five hours later I walked out an Alternate Delegate. Hello Austin!

SHSU Lions: Next I went to photograph the SHSU Lions Club Charter Night. Upgraded my Flickr account to hold the pictures. I'm a pro now. WOOT! Check out the event photos.

In Land of Pajamas, on the Island of Pillows: Spent Sunday bundled up on the couch with the pugs to get over my public service Saturday. Moved all the bedding downstairs and watched movies, Atonement and Blades of Glory (how's that for disparity), and caught up on HBO series John Adams. It felt like I was home sick from school, but it was fun being so unproductive.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

happy socks

I got my new socks from Sock Dreams in the mail today. I put them on and I think they immediately made me happier. I did a little happy dance in front of the bathroom mirror, put on my hiking boots and headed out for a walk. I even figured out the self timer on the D300 just so I could snap this happy shot and share my happy socks with the happy world. Steve thinks they have laced my socks with drugs. If they did, they are happy drugs.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

my woods

I love just hanging out in my woods, watching the pups snuffle through the underbrush. There was one morning where I was listening particularly hard and wishing I could collect sounds like I collect pictures. I thought that I would concentrate on the sounds and write them all down as I moved through this day in my life. There were all the different bird calls, the dry shuffle of leaves underfoot, pugs snorts, bugs zipping through the air, woodpecker's report on dead pines. Then I headed for work and I realized that the closer I got to town the more I NEEDED to tune out, listening and focusing on sounds was giving me a headache. Diesel engines, radio commercials, air conditioners humming, horns, people chatting away on their cell phones, presses running, printers churning, the whirl of fans cooling hard drives. It made me wonder, how much are we unconsciously effected by this everyday? Would my brain be less tired if I didn't have to tune all this out, if I could hear the wind move the trees all day instead?

anniversaries and assholes

Anniversaries :: Steve and I celebrated seven years yesterday. It was nice, we gave each other food. He picked me up one of my favorites, the veggie chef salad from Cafe Express and a new book, Willful Creatures by Aimee Bender. I got him a sausage and pepperoni Papa John's pizza and a chance to win several million dollars. We sat around and ate our dinners and watched the first part of the HBO John Adams series and watched it rain. There was a bunny in the yard sitting under a bush waiting out the rain. I watched it saunter off when it slowed to a drizzle, stopping to munch on weeds. I sent it a little bunny-mind-speak message, "Go eat the weeds in the garden." Believe it or not, I got a message back, "I will visit your garden as soon as you plant your veggies." We got these lovely begonias from Steve's mom, we got a dinner date from Gina, and we got a night at a local winery bed and breakfast from my parents. It will be a super relaxing and yummy escape. I can't wait!
Assholes :: In other news, I had a crap day at work. I hate getting mad, because when I get mad, I cry. Then all I can think is "don't cry" and not what I want to be thinking which is some bitingly witty remark that proves that this person is being a complete and total asshole who isn't pleased no matter how hard anyone tries to do anything which is probably why we feel like doing nothing, because if you get shit on for doing nothing at least you didn't put any effort into it. The miserable part is that I was really happy with what I had done. I guess I should use this as motivation to work on my own stuff, to find a way to move on.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

podcasts and sunshine

Finding myself shooting into the sunshine a lot lately. Hopefully I will get over it before I go blind. I have been listening to podcasts like crazy. New season of RadioLab just started, This American Life, an old favorite, picked up The Moth and TWIP (This Week in Photography) this week. I love podcasts.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

stuck in my head

I'm a new soul I came to this strange world hoping I could learn a bit about how to give and take. But since I came here, felt the joy and the fear, finding myself making every possible mistake.

sunday mornings

What a Sunday morning looks like: Steve sleeps late, me and the dogs sneak out so we don't wake him, morning walk, over at Mom and Dad's, spilled coffee, crumpled papers, treats for puppies, then we all settle down and sip our second cups of coffee and read the Item and the Chronicle while dogs snooze on laps or extra pieces of couch.

Saturday, March 8, 2008


Yes, that is SNOW.


Primary Day. A line of Democrats with a couple of GOP invaders, voting for Hillary.
Caucus. It was a little crazy, but everyone worked together. Obama got 10 of 16 delegates in Riverside, Texas. Next stop, County Caucus.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

March Goals

Didn't do too well with the whole "February Goals" things, but it was a short month, and I was sick for like a week and a half, and I went caving, and there was the geology weekend, and the weekend where the weather was way too nice to be productive, and there, my month is gone. I think I'm going to keep it simple in March.
  • draw
  • take pictures
  • eat healthy
  • exercise
  • read
I went shopping Saturday. Caught this wrong way sign in the mirror, cracked me up cuz it was the WRONG WAY! It's the little things I guess.