Wednesday, March 19, 2008


Amy arrives tonight, in about 5 hours. I've been in Las Vegas since Sunday at a conference which ends mid-day tomorrow. We're going to spend a few days seeing the sights. I'm excited that she'll be here soon, though not soon enough. I'm counting the hours. (And yes I am pathetic.)

In the meantime, I'll have dinner with 5000 of my closest friends (it's a big conference) and then go listen to Bare Naked Ladies.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

RT and Horton

(Not sure why I'm inclined toward pictureless posts today, perhaps it's the rain, but here's another.)

When I first saw the trailer for Horton Hears a Who several months ago I knew that I would have to see the movie as soon as it came out, and that I would have to see it with RT, my college roommate. I read a lot of Dr Seuss as a child - The Cat in the Hat, The Cat in the Hat Comes Back, Green Eggs and Ham and even the little known I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew - but I had never read Horton.

Way back freshman year when RT discovered that I had never read Horton she was appalled. Shortly after I received a copy of Horton for my very own. It's in the bookcase next to my bed even now.

Work has been a bit nuts lately (preparing for an upgrade in late June) and I kept forgetting to call RT until the wee hours of the night. I finally grabbed a couple of minutes yesterday and gave her a call. After determining that she was in fact free today I mentioned that I wanted to take her to see Horton today. She was so excited that she decided not even to check with her partner, K, to see if she'd made plans for today. She'd been expecting to have to wait until the film came out on DVD because K was not interested in seeing it, she doesn't live near a theatre and doesn't drive long distances.

The movie was everything we could have hoped it would be, and RT was thrilled to watch not only the movie but also all the small people who were watching it with us. It is a testament to how good the movie is that there was very little unrest among the children. I highly recommend the movie. It has action, is visually interesting, stays true to the Seuss story, and delivers its message without being preachy. RT's favorite line - "...eats rainbows and poops butterflies".

After the movie we went out to lunch. We could have spent several hours more talking, but I had errands to run so had to rush off after dropping RT back at home. It was nice to be able to make RT's day and to remember that sometimes it's the little things that matter.

Voted Favorite

I just discovered that my PhotoSunday post for W, which you can see here, was voted one of the favorites. While not a huge honor (out of 12 entries there were 4 favorites) but I'm still thrilled. It gave me a nice smile on this grey, gloomy day. Now I just need to figure out what to post for Z.

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Shutterday: Thing Seen

This week's theme at Shutterday is "Thing Seen" (swing on over to see other submissions). The photos submitted are to be of things yoy have a unique view of, something you noticed that most people might have missed, or something you saw and needed to show the world. I spied this traffic cone while walking in my neighborhood last weekend.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

LensDay: Wood

Taken February 9th.
Another picture of this gnarly tree was included here.

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Sunday, March 02, 2008

Playing in the Snow

I'm going to make myself really unpopular here but despite that I'm going to say what's on my mind. I want a blizzard. A good old fashioned feet of snow, no school for a week blizzard. I am tired of the 3 inches of snow that melts 2 hours after it's falen storms we've been having. Okay, I feel better now, and those of you who are cursing at me can just keep muttering about what a nut case I am.

Despite the lack of measurable snow I have managed to spend a little time playing in the snow. My snowshoes, however, are a little lonely.

Last Friday we got a good dumping of snow. Saturday was "fruit unloading day" for Amy's chorus. Every winter they team up with another chorus to sell citrus fruit. Due to the snow still on the ground I was recruited to drive to the farm where the truck was dropping off the fruit. The parking area at the farm is dirt, and Amy was worried that her car would get stuck.

While Amy was unloading, sorting and repacking fruit I wandered the farm. Codman Farm is a working farm that provides agricultural education in Lincoln. They have a variety of critters . On my wander I saw
white cow
including this one who gave me the evil eye
and turkeys
amid the barns.

Meanwhile, Amy and the others from the 2 choruses were sorting through dozens of boxes of citrus fruit. When the sorting was done boxes were loaded into cars for delivery and we headed home.

And because this post is about the fruit, here's a shot of one of the oranges that we brought home.

See It Sunday: Flag

Taken along the Charles River February 11th

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PhotoSunday: X

Seen at Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary February 24

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