I'm sitting up completely wired from too much candy and excitement, so I thought I'd share a few Halloween photos with you.
Apparently I'm not up with the times in my neighborhood, because lots of houses were offering beer, wine and vodka to the adults. Who knew? Apparently I didn't get the memo.
Anyway, don't forget to check out my previous post.
Guess the identities of the bloggers I've actually had a conversation with and you could win a $25 Starbucks Card!! For me, that's WAY better than candy OR vodka.
(oh and by the way, my daughters are the goth girls...the other gals are their bestest friends...)
I wish mom was more in focus here. But I can be sneaky and bribe kids to get what I want.
If the weather is as good as the forecast says it will be tomorrow, I'll be shooting the B. family out around their house in the a.m. Then we might be going to see The Nightmare Before Christmas in 3-D!
Hope everyone has a safe and happy Day Before Halloween!
Number of years blogging: 2
Number of bloggers I've met face to face: 0
Number of bloggers I've actually had a conversation with: 3
Pretty sad huh?
But I HAVE been making progress! As of a few months ago the number of bloggers I've actually had a conversation with was at ZERO.
So now it's time for a little contest.
talked to on the phone?
I'll give you some hints.
Blogger #1 is a tennis player and mom to one gorgeous daughter. She's a world traveler and you could bounce a quarter off her husband's abs.
Here's a quote from her blog: Finally living my happily ever after in my own little tropical paradise. I am a mother first, recently married, I curse a lot, and yeah we're just a little nuts.
Blogger #2 is a complete hoot. This girl is pure energy and personality. You can't help but smile when you talk to her. Oh, and she's sooo SOUTHERN. I felt like Carmela Soprano compared to her.
Here's a quote from HER blog: "a willingly transplanted Midwestern girl living in the South." "...you'll either love me or hate me, but you'll laugh either way."
I am most ashamed that I have never met Blogger #3 in person. She lives 5 minutes from my house. She is a runner and an avid reader. She also writes for a couple of websites under an alias. We discussed attending BlogHer together this summer and one day VERY soon, we are going to meet for coffee.
And finally, a hint from Blogger #3's blog: "A place where I can vent about mommy hood without annoying my husband."
So there you have it.
Just to make things interesting, I'm going to offer a little prize to one random commenter who attempts to guess the identities of Bloggers 1, 2 and 3.
In keeping with the theme of my blog, the lucky winner will receive a $25 Starbucks Gift Card!!!
*APPLAUSE* yeah, I know, $25 doesn't get you far at Starbucks...but what do you expect from me? I'm not made of money!
Here are the rules.
1. If you happen to be Blogger 1, 2 or 3, you can't enter. (Sorry, it's the price you pay for being my friend...)
2. If you are related to me and you know the answer, you can't enter. But I WILL buy you a latte the next time I visit. If you DO guess and ruin the contest, I'll kick your butt next time I visit.
3. The contest ends Sunday, November 1st at 11:59 PM.
Now a little legal junk:
Caffeine Court is not liable for any burnt tongues or over caffeination and jitters caused by products purchased with the Starbucks gift card. Also, remember that there are alot of empty calories in some of those triple pump frappuccinos.
Contest not valid in Bangladesh, Greenland and the Czech Republic. Many will enter, one will win.
Let the games begin!!!
My two favorite baseball teams have both risen to the top, but only one will be World Series Champion.
Who do I pick? The team I loved and watched many times at Veteran's Stadium while growing up in West Chester, Pennsylvania, or the local favorite here in Northern Jersey?
Who do I choose???
I feel like Meryl Streep in "Sophie's Choice."
Sometimes life can be very, very, cruel.
Really, I'm sad, but I was getting comfy with the idea of having 2 cameras, so I wouldn't have to switch lenses all the time. Good thing I hadn't put that into practice.
Un-Zud awaits with South Island trails beckoning in a few weeks. I am looking forward to a proper week out, not just a few days here and there for a bike race or a fleeting trip to Sydney and back.
I also completed the Level 1 Cycling Australia-run Mountain Biking Coaching Course on the weekend, which gave me some valuable skills that I will be implementing in the very near future. The downside to this was that the two-day course was run from 8.45–6pm on both Saturday and Sunday, so coordinating proper rides pretty much went out the window for the weekend and I had to make do with some pretty scant MTB'ing.
Ah, such is life!
Now all I have to do is get back into the swing of riding bikes again...
I'm taking the plunge, leaving my comfort zone (the basement) and am going to take on a few photo jobs. Even as I type this, I'm thinking "Are you crazy?" I guess the next few weeks will tell me if I am or not. I have been offered a couple opportunities already and they are big ones, life altering for the subjects and I want to do them but I'm such a chicken. I only hope I can do them justice.
A little video montage played in my head, picture it with Kenny Rogers, singing softly in the background. Do you hear it? NO??? Try turning up the volume on your computer. Hear it now?? There you go!!
Flashback...1995, me, with my then boyfriend (now husband's laptop) dialing up and discovering the joys of AOL. 1997...engaged and planning my wedding on "The Knot."
Fast forward to 1999 and I'm sitting with an infant on my lap, looking at the Baby Center message boards and playing "Strike a Match" on Boxer Jam while nursing my new daughter.
Oh look! There I am ordering all my Christmas gifts on Amazon to avoid bringing a 3 month old to the mall! There I am again, getting scolded by my husband for having Amazon wrap all my presents for my at $3.50 per gift!!
It's now 2006 and I discover the world of blogs. See me sit at a desk reading "Suburban Cupcake."
Time flies by, it is now 2007, I look a little older, but I'm still on-line...this time starting my own blog.
The love affair continues into 2009. My blog is now 2 years old, and I have found yet another love. Facebook. Not the Facebook where I look at other people's pictures and reconnect.
Oh noooo. The Facebook that's a "Club Penquin" for adults. The world of Farmville (NOT Farm Town) Island Paradise and Bejeweled.
Oh and don't forget to notice my husband and children in the background, looking neglected.
The video wouldn't be complete without that.
I would be remiss, if I neglected to mention my BlackBerry. Words can't express the love I feel for my sweet, sweet little BlackBerry.
If find myself getting very emotional, so I leave you with Kenny....
I took this from our deck, all photos were shot with my new lens. You can't really tell that it's raining and miserable, everything looks good with the new lens. I took this one March 2008, probably the day I got my Sigma lens. At first I think I like this one better, I like the colours better, but then it's Spring. But when I compare the sharpness and the fact that when I zoom in, I can see in those windows, I like the first one better. I'm nosey like that. The other thing I notice is the corners of this photos. I like that when I do it in photoshop, don't like it when the lens does it for me. I'm controlling like that.
What did I have to promise to do for the lens, because that's how we roll? To put myself out there and take pictures. And maybe some other stuff that's not blog worthy...
Lately there has been critiquing of certain blogs by other bloggers. It's kind of turned into a big drama, so I've decided that I'm going to critique my own blog and that way no one else has to do it for me.
How about Jill over at Caffeine Court? What a bore!! She is so obsessed with boots! And tennis! Who the hell CARES if she won a tennis match? Who wants to hear about the stupid byotches on her team?
What kind of psycho has THREE dogs AND a cat?!!! That's just gross.
Oh and the way she criticizes Obama! Obama is a wonderful man! She must be very, VERY selfish to oppose health care reform.
To top it off, she live in JERSEY. I mean need I say more?!!!
I won't even go into her grammar! Has she ever heard of spellcheck, or editing? What a lazy wench. She has such a messy closet. She should spend less time on Facebook and more time cleaning up her house.
And she's always posting pictures of her hair. Once again...WHO CARES ABOUT YOUR HAIR JILL!!!??? So annoying.
And her clothes! She dresses like a 12 year old boy. Get rid of the hoodies and jeans, put on something cute woman!!! Have some pride.
I could go on and on. Bottom line is, her blog sucks.
Once more thing...she has a fat stomach. Maybe she should do some sit-ups.
There you go.
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He's no GSP, but he's kind of teddy bearish.
And because I like photos on blogs, here's my depressing shot of my view from the couch, taken with my sweet baby 50D, at a super high ISO, because it can. I think it was nighttime, and it's depressing because I was pouting about the fact no one wants their pictures taken anymore. What's the point of having such an awesome camera and so much camera knowledge if no one in my family wants their picture taken?
ANYWAY! Much more exciting things have been happening.
The following is stuff that I've been dealing with.
My hair: After trying to grow it long, I caved and now it's SHORT again. Oh well. I can spend a few months trying to grow it out again, and then I'm sure I'll butcher it again. That's just what I do.
My dogs: It appears that the flea infestation of my home is under control. On Monday I was ready to snap, but I soldiered on...spraying, vacuuming, shampooing and washing. Please pray for us. If they come back I might just lose my sh*t.
Tennis: Things in the tennis department are good. I might have to get a sports agent to negotiate my team play. There's already wheeling and dealing going on for the Spring season, and I'm not sure I'm prepared to handle it. It's a pressure cooker and I have alot of demands that I want met. I hope I make the right choice.
Fashion: I've had a fixation on the J. Crew catalog and I can't stop looking at it. I wonder how I would look wearing 3 chunky necklaces, a ruffly shirt, boyfriend jeans, bright ankle socks and pumps. I think I know the answer. Only 20 year old hot models can pull off that look. Middle aged housewives look asinine in 3 chunky necklaces, a ruffly shirt, boyfriend jeans, bright ankle socks and pumps.
So there you go. I'll bet this post makes you long for one of my political rants. I've been holding off on that. Why? Because some of the nuttiness that's been going on is quite frankly too much for me to take, so I'll just stick to hair, pets, sports and clothes.
Okay. Enough about me.
How are YOU?
So, the last thing why I'm so racy this morning is, tadi malam ada HUJAN METEOR! :D
Seperti yang gue bilang, gue sangat sukaaaa banget sama bintang, dan segala tentang perbintangan. Gue suka stargazing, sampe gue bikin kamar di lantai 3 rumah gue yang tadinya gudang, cuma biar bisa stargazing tiap malem.
Tadi malem, gue sama sekali ga ngeliat hujan meteor, atau satu biji bintang yang jatuh. I saw nothing. Tapi dari dulu gue bener-bener excited sama yang namanya bintang, dan tertarik banget mempelajari apapun yang berhubungan sama bintang (ada yang mau menemani gue pergi ke planetarium? gue pengen banget tapi belum pernah loh. Tapi pasti keren deh, huhu mauuuu).
By the way, koq ga ada beritanya sih tentang meteor rain kemarin? gue pengen tau bangettt, sampe saking penasarannya tadi malem gue mimpi ngeliat hujan meteor, tapi siang-siang -_____-" gue googling Meteor Rain Orionid, ehhhh yang muncul malah foto-foto F4. Sigh.
Rasanya mood yang dipengaruhi sama kata-kata 'meteor rain' tadi malam masih terbawa sampe sekarang. Denger kemarin bakal ada hujan meteor, gue sangat bersemangat, nungguuuu, sampe akhirnya ketiduran juga. Hmmmh... sambil menunggu, ditemani lagu-lagunya... yes you could guess it, paramore, hahaha (jangan bosen-bosen ya, gue memang lagi tergila-gila sama satu album, keren dan dalem gitu lirik dan musiknya, sekarang aja lagi di-repeat untuk yang ke 16 kalinya untuk hari ini).. Termenung dengerin lagu Brand New Eyes (The Only Exception), Misguided Ghosts, All I Wanted. In this album, Paramore's getting a lil bit mellow. So do I. Killed by the desperately romantic mood in my own brain.
Stargazing, reminds me of some memories, of him.
Like A Star
Just like a star across my sky
Just like an angel off the page
You have appeared to my life
Feel like I'll never be the same
Just like a song in my heart
Just like oil on my hands
Oh, I do love you
You've got this look I can't describe
You make me feel like I'm alive
When everything else is a fade
Without a doubt you're on my side
Heaven has been away too long
Can't find the words to write this song
Oh, your love
I have come to understand
The way it is, it's not a secret anymore
'Cause we've been through that before
From tonight I know that you're the only one
I've been confused and in the dark, now I understand
I wonder why it is
I don't argue like this
With anyone but you
I wonder why it is
I won't let my guard down
For anyone but you
We do it all the time
Blowing out my mind
...Oh, I do love you. :)
-Like A Star, Corrine Bailey Rae-
That song was played on the radio... On Saturday nite, right when he drove me home. Lucunya, malem itu kita abis stargazing, walaupun ternyata pada kenyataannya ga ada bintang sama sekali, but we were enjoying that nite so much. Rencana yang udah dipersiapkan rame-rame sama temen-temen kita buat hari itu ternyata batal semua, and there were us, sudah mulai malem, semua udah mulai mati gaya, jadi cuma nyender di luar mobil sambil ngadep ke langit, hening.
Dan tadi malem, di hari pas kita putus, ada hujan meteor. I wish I could watch it, dia juga, walaupun ga barengan. But we'll take some time to think, and slowing down. Not to look back, but to make sure that we'll never forget.
Tentang bintang, walaupun terobsesi banget sama yang namanya bintang, tapi gue ga tertarik sama ramalan bintang. Karena gue sendiri bingung, gue di 21 Juni, berarti kadang gue Gemini, kadang gue Cancer. He once told me, that I maybe made a greatest Cancer in his heart, but I'm his greatest Gemini. Yes, maybe I'm a Gemini Cancer. Bittersweet. And Strange.
** "It's not an ending story...
It will live in my world...
It's you I'm thinking of...
Coz you are the centre of my universe..."
This morning started off the way a bad day does, I must have slept funny because I'm very sore today and fighting off a head-ache. And I woke up 9 min. before my alarm went off and then the power went out for over 30 minutes. Which to a certain teenager meant 'no school' and she went back to sleep, but I made her get up. The power came on just before she left. The internet has been super slow or non-existant. That same teenager only had half a day of school and got rained on. But...I am not having a bad day despite all that. Made 18 of these.
We live in an age where people like to live in the public eye. Facebook, Twitter, blogs. We can all be celebrities in our own little realm. The thing with being a celebrity is...we lose our privacy. ESPECIALLY when we CHOOSE to put it out there.
Here are some examples. My neighbor and his wife love (let's call them Bob and Darlene) to have arguments on Facebook.
Here is an actual example of one of their Facebook exchanges:
Bob status update: Hungover. Had too much to drink last night and told wifey she needs to lose weight. Sorry babe...I love u.
Diane: Looks like someone needs to go to AA.
Diane's friend: He's an a**hole!!
Diane: Yeah, he was drinking tequila all afternoon and then said I shouldn't wear jeans because it made my butt look big.
Hello!!! Do you people know that people read Facebook? Do we need to know about your marital conflict and drinking problem?! (Actually, it's pretty interesting...keep up the good work!)
Or, there are those who blog about INTIMATE relationship details, and then in the next post, complain that their lives are nobody else's business and that everyone should mind their own business. Hey! You just TOLD us everything, so if someone asks how you are doign, don't get all huffy. YOU put it out there!
Sooo, since I'm not a hypocrite, feel free to ask me about my dogs' flea problem, my boot obsession, or my messy house. There are other issues in my life, but don't ask about them. UNLESS, of course, I Tweet, Facebook or blog about it.
In which case, it's all fair game.
Davin and I tested the limits of his hybrid car that evening, driving the steep roads up to Rimforest, a small community near Lake Arrowhead and on the path to Big Bear Lake. Under her pines, oaks, and cedars, the sparkling San Bernardino city lights enchanting us, we spent a relaxing night at my sister's house there, giddily inflated with clean air and elevation.
The morning put Davin, my sister, my brother-in-law, and I on the road to Big Bear. Where my thoughts at the studio strayed to the mountains, my thoughts in the car connected the mountain scenery with pottery. Each exposed trove of decomposed granite, every naked ochre-lined cliff made me want to fly out of the car and eat at the clay like a wild parrot. The anticipation of our hike to a natural spring, however, clipped my wings and sat my behind firmly in my seat, the fall foliage flying by.
A friend who used to reside in Big Bear told me of the spring. He recently brought some spring water down the mountain for us to use for tea, and I wanted to gather more for myself and my own experimentation. He gave me a map, and I decided to hunt for the spring.
We easily found the spring, located not too far off a dirt access road. Bursting forth from the recent rains, the outflow like a geyser, the spring fed a small stream that likely emptied into the lake below. The three one-gallon jugs we brought quickly filled with cold spring water, and we spent the afternoon hiking around the area. Wild roses brambled about the pines and yellow shrubs, showing juicy, red, puckering hips, their stalks bristled with thorns like a hair brush. Bark mulch and dead trees, pine saplings and baby ferns, decomposition yielded to new growth.
My sister gathered leaves to press. I gathered beetle-eaten, twisted twigs to use for teapot handles. We all took home the sights, smells, and soft taste of the cold spring water.
Back at my sister's, I gathered stray acorns to use for knobs, and cleaned out her fireplace ash to use for glaze. Happy for a haul of free, local materials, natural inspiration, and good company, I sat in contented silence for the drive down the mountain and homeward. Although I returned home loaded with water, twigs, and ash, at the threshold of the door I felt a tinge of sadness for the one thing I forgot to take: photographs.
Here's a little description straight off their website:
How does it work?
Here were my results:
I guess that means I'm quite the sporty gal....
Once you've determined your style, you get occasional e-mails with notifications of sales on fashion that they think you might like based on your profile.
Some of the brands include, Athleta, Loeffler Randall, Tory Burch, French Connection, Miss Sixty and even Mossimo at Target!!
I love the way most of their choices match my style perfectly!!
So go ahead, check it out. Taking the test is actually fun and they really nail it.
Then let me know what you think.
So... even though it's based on a children's book, it is not a children's movie. Both E. and I. really liked it, they got it, they understood the underlying message, liked the 2 funny parts, and felt sad at the appropriate times.
It did not ruin the book. So if you haven't read the book and want to see the movie, that's okay, and if you have read the book and want to see it, I don't think you will say "I enjoyed the book more".
Although now that the monsters have names and voices, it's kind of wierd. The main monster, Carol, is James Gandolfini and after Kerry told me that it was hard to not see Tony Soprano whacking someone every time Carol spoke.
Off to search ebay for some pj's like Max's 'wolf' suit.