On decorating

March 24, 2008 at 8:45 pm | Posted in Photographs | 5 Comments

You would think that as a photographer I would be able to find some pictures suitable to my liking to hang around the house. Maybe the sole reason that my walls are blank is because I can’t chose which ones to hang. These blank walls have so much potential, and yet I can’t settle on just a few photos when I have so many that I love.

Take this one, for instance. This little long-eyelashed beauty is a small Jersey cow named X-mas Candy. She was one of my favorite subjects back in 2006 and she forever flirted with my camera. She’d stick her cute cow tongue towards the lens and flash a big smile, and if that didn’t make you fall in love with her she’d bat her eyelashes.

I spent a lot of time in those cow barns back then, falling in love with the cows over and over again.

But when I think of art that people hang on walls, photos of cows don’t come to mind too quickly. Maybe that’s why my walls are still blank. Those photos that mean something to me would make my house guests think I was the worst interior decorator on the planet.  Correct me if I’m wrong, but doesn’t Cow go with everything?

My goal for tomorrow: sort through my photos and frame some.


March 19, 2008 at 9:38 am | Posted in Photographs | 1 Comment

Three at random: Ciara

February 15, 2008 at 10:17 am | Posted in family, Photographs, Three at random | 3 Comments

One mission completed

February 8, 2008 at 10:37 am | Posted in Home, Photographs | 3 Comments

We FINALLY finished painting the second coat in the living room this week.  I thought we’d never rid ourselves of that blue painting tape.  Doesn’t Sean look so thrilled to be at work at home at night on a weekday?

Three at random

February 1, 2008 at 9:59 am | Posted in Photographs | 2 Comments

Looking through my photo collection this morning, deciding which photo to post today, I came across three that I like very much.  Although I have over one hundred thousand photographs, I feel often that I’ve posted all of my favorites on the blog, probably because I look at them all so frequently and have familiarized myself with almost all of them.

This one was taken in February of 2003 outside of the hotel I was staying at in New York City.  I had yet to purchase my first good quality camera and the picture moment had much more potential than I could produce with such poor equipment, but I love this photo anyway.  There are two photos of mine that define the war for me.  The other is a black and white photo of crosses set up on the main lawn of my college campus to symbolize the death of the many soldiers who have lost their lives in Iraq.

Ah, this photo.  It is of Sean and his dad at the white house some twenty or thirty years ago.  I love the expressions on their faces here.  Sean is probably asking his father about something historical and his dad more than likely knows the answer.  Sean’s mom must’ve taken this one and she captured the two of them beautifully.

And the last one is just Georgie, my landscaping coworker.  I could not describe the awful stench that followed George around, on warm days he smelled worse than a rotting trash heap.  I loved George anyway.  He is constantly stopped by the police and accused of public intoxication as he walks down the sidewalk to Paul’s Pizza.  He shows the officer the scar from his metal plate in his head and it is obvious that he is mentally slow.  The cop usually lets him go on his way.


January 11, 2008 at 10:43 pm | Posted in Photographs, silly pants | 9 Comments

Tonight we discovered what happens when you mix bubbles with a jet tub. I swear I laughed for a good ten minutes straight.

Two thumbs up for bubbles!  So silly.

[Photos by Sean]

Hike@Black Rock

January 6, 2008 at 3:14 pm | Posted in Happy, Photographs | 3 Comments

My boys

December 20, 2007 at 8:49 pm | Posted in Love, Photographs, Puppy, Sean | 6 Comments

Eat this candle

December 20, 2007 at 8:20 pm | Posted in Photographs | Comments Off on Eat this candle

Sister hike

December 19, 2007 at 5:12 pm | Posted in Photographs, sisters | Comments Off on Sister hike

Slow going

December 18, 2007 at 4:47 pm | Posted in Home, Photographs, Puppy | 5 Comments

Still no house progress. At least we spoke with our mortgage broker today. She didn’t call voluntarily as we had hoped, so our lawyer called her and ripped her a new one. I believe his words to us were, “Well, she hasn’t heard me scream yet.” I love our lawyer.

We have a few more steps to take to complete the house buying and Sean keeps saying, “We’re going to be homeless in two weeks!” Luckily, Sean’s dad offered to take Sammy on Saturday while our current landlord comes by to inspect the premises. We may own the house by then anyhow, but the babysitting offer warms our hearts.

We’re stressed. We’re tired. We haven’t even thought about Christmas. But we’ve been getting plenty of exercise and smiles thanks to our new four-legger.

Check the sidebar: Sammy’s got a blog. 🙂

The most handsome Christmas tree

December 14, 2007 at 7:10 pm | Posted in Photographs | Comments Off on The most handsome Christmas tree

But my goodness, he is so cute.

December 13, 2007 at 7:17 pm | Posted in Photographs | Comments Off on But my goodness, he is so cute.

I can’t wait to see what Sean is like when he is an old man.

Insomnia is…

December 5, 2007 at 11:50 pm | Posted in Home, Memories, Photographs | 6 Comments

Sean leaves for Orlando tomorrow morning before dawn. Another business trip, this time not for so long. He’ll be home Sunday, and after struggling through five weeks apart, I can survive three days standing on one leg. By Monday, we’ll own our first house.

As happy as I’ve been to buy this new and oh so large house, I’m starting to feel homesick for our condo. Sean has lived here for five years, almost six, and I for two. This is our home. And yet, we’re moving on to bigger and better things.

I can’t sleep. I keep trying paint colors over and over in my mind for the new house. I want the dining room to be red, but will the rest of the house flow? Green office? White office? Beige office? Blue bedroom? Slate gray? And what about the living room?

I’ll have to call the power company tomorrow to get everything turned on for Monday. And cable? I don’t even know where to start.

And so I get up out of bed, crawl out of our double sleeping bag where Sean lies cozy, adjust my eyes to the glow of the computer screen, sit a few minutes, grab the camera and head into the bathroom.

I’ve taken thousands of photos here in this bathroom over the last two years: photos of me and Sean brushing our teeth, photos of Meg on the day she cut her hand open, photos of water and of me in the mirror. I start to push the shutter button. I want to remember how I felt less than a week before my life would change forever. Our first house. That sounds so permanent.

This bathroom was so easy to paint. I knew what color it should be, I finished it in one day. I wish the colors of my new house would come to me so easily. I’m worried about whether or not I will feel at home in our new home. I hate waiting. I’m not one of those people who can wade into cold waters, I have to jump right in before I can get used to having wet cold feet.

Five days and counting.

Winter in the backyard

December 4, 2007 at 4:32 pm | Posted in Photographs | 6 Comments

I drove across the state today back to my alma matter thinking that if our backyard looked this beautiful this morning, cow country would be an amazing photo shoot. Sadly, I didn’t see another patch of icy trees until I pulled into our driveway at the end of my travels.

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