Monthly Archives: June 2011

177|365 Jump Into The Deep End (6/30/11)

It’s been very hot today and this very ‘cool’ view is from just next to the patio of the apartment I think we’ve decided on for Travis and Kelsey.  Here’s hoping this is a win win option for all involved.


Taken with my iPhone.

176|365 Light in the Dark (6/29/11)


In searching for an idea for what image to capture, I fell back on the suggestions from the digital photography school theme for this week, which is lighting experimentation. I do not use a flash for 99% of my photos at this point mainly because I’m still trying to learn how to take photos with the various IOS and white balance, shutter speeds and f-stop settings.  So, tonight I played with only the lighting from my laptop screen and keyboard.

Looking at this photo reminds me of watching TV with my Grandma Billings.  In my home we watched TV with the lights on, I think, because we believed to watch it in the dark was bad on our eyes.  But my Grandma must not have believed it because she watched TV in the dark.  I never really thought about why before but when she was younger she went to the movie theater a lot so maybe she liked to simulate that experience.  To this day, if I’m somewhere watching TV in the dark, I have fond memories of my Grandma.

175|365 We’re Surrounded (6/28/11)

While I was gone this weekend the workers put up our new fence using 6″w x 6’h planks of western red cedar.  We are surrounded yet not deFenceless. I suppose we’re good for another 18 or so years.

174|365 Roll ‘Em & Throw Them In The Pan (6/27/11)

After the nearly 4 hour meeting (yes, it was useful) in a freezing cold convention room, I sauntered during lunch via the Riverwalk shopping on my way back to my hotel.  Along the way, I bought some pralines for my family and my traditional Christmas ornament.  Also, I watched through the glass window at the Cafe Du Monde as they made the beignets.  The man pushed the dough through a machine that cut the dough and then he systematically picked the pieces up and tossed them into the hot grease.
I got back to the hotel with plenty of time to meet the shuttle.  The shuttle company told me I had to be picked up at 1:50 for 4:45 flight, which seemed like a lot of excess time but I was there.  Somehow the shuttle driver was expecting to pick up 2 people and I was the 3rd but he let me get on since I had my confirmation number.  Of course, that meant there was a problem by the time we picked up at the 4th hotel.  Somehow, it worked out because we were on our way.

The traffic on the highway was backed up because there was a large (maybe 15 feet x 5 feet) statue of a beer stein with its lid open laying across two lanes of traffic that must have fallen off of a truck moments before we arrived.  It did not appear to have caused any wrecks, thankfully.  If only I could have gotten that as my photo of the day.

At the security check point they pulled out my toiletry case and my empty computer bag and pulled me aside to go through them thoroughly. My small conditioner & toothpaste weren’t in a ziplock bag of liquids.  They’ve never required that before. Oh well, I still had plenty of time until my flights so I headed to my gate to wait.

About the time we were to begin boarding our flight at the New Orleans airport, they announced the delay.  They had to divert the plane I was going to be on due to the rain here.  They sent it to Baton Rouge to refuel. So, my flight that was scheduled to leave at 4:45 was rescheduled for 6:00 landing in DFW by 7:33. Boy, was I thankful for the long layover I planned at DFW because I wasn’t one of 50+ people who stood in line to get another connecting flight. My connecting flight wasn’t scheduled to leave until 9:10.

On the flight to DFW a man cut has hand pretty bad on a metal band in his briefcase. One flight attendant and 2 passengers helped to bandage him from his thumb to his elbow.  That took the bulk of time and the other flight attendant served the rest of us drinks and almost didn’t finish in time.

Once in Dallas, I had no more odd situations.  It was a long day that had some useful, interesting as well as frustrating moments.  Somehow, I lucked out by not having any greater inconvenience other than the layovers I knew I was going to have.  Now, I’m home and so ready to sleep in my own bed.

173|365 Looking Up (6/26/11)


Walking into the hotel where the John Cotton Dana reception was being held, I looked up and admired the architecture. It’s very grand and, to me, impressive. The food at the reception was artfully presented with selections on little, doll-sized, square plates. One of them had a little plastic test tube like container with basalmic vinegar in it. I’ve never seen anything like it.

I didn’t eat much because I wanted to save room for a meal at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse. A group of us always go there during a convention trip for the delicious food. I especially love the petite filet with crusted blue cheese on top.

It’s been a productive day and I had a fabulous meal with a great group from work.

172|365 Riverwalk (6/25/11)


After a full & successful day conducting the orientation workshop and attending meetings, I went to Cafe Du Monde at the Riverwalk and enjoyed a cafe au lait and beignets. I bought one of their sturdy coffee mugs that reminds me of the ones my grandparents had, with the thick rim. I walked around the shops some and couldn’t help but people watch. The 3 people dressed as Santa’s elves walking down the street sweating in the heat and humidity will stay in my mind for a while. Then I observed the steamboats along the water’s edge and listened to the music.

Soon I met up with a group from work at a place called Daisy Dukes where we had some great laughs and drinks. Then we went to another place that offered better air conditioning. It was an enjoyable day.

171|365 Ask Any Mermaid (6/24/11)


My flights were uneventful but the 3.5 hour layover and the hour shuttle to my hotel made for a long trip.

When I arrived, there was no room ready so I had to wait for a while. Finally, I got my room key and headed up. The moment I opened the door to my room the current guests yelled at me. It was a shock for all of us. So, I lugged all my stuff back down and told them the room they gave me was already occupied. It took them a while to figure out that there was someone else here who has a name similar to mine and then the hotel gave me a different room.

Once I unpacked I headed to the 29th floor where there is an outdoor pool and I sat outside with a group from work. The gentle breeze was very nice, which helped to minimize my fear of the height.

Then several of us went to Lucy’s Retired Surfers for drinks and dinner. Our drinks came with a miniature surf board or a mermaid, which we had fun posing.

We had a good time and stopped at Pinkberry for a frozen yogurt on our way back to the hotel.

I’m super tired but making sure to post a photo today.

170|365 My Bags Are Packed (6/23/11)

It seems as though I’ve been checking things off my list all day and that’s a good thing.  However, I’m getting really tired and still have a bit more to do.  My bags are almost completely packed for this trip to the American Library Association Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana.  I fly out very early tomorrow morning and just hope I’ve remembered the important things like my powerpoint presentation.


I do already have books, a couple are epub (downloaded free from my public library) as well as videos and music.  I’d be more likely to run down the batteries on my iPhone than run out of entertainment, which is why I’m bringing my paper books and charging cord.

169|365 A Place to Rest (6/22/11)

For the past few weeks we’ve been looking around for apartments for our kids to share while they go to college.  I do not enjoy that task because it seems the more I learn the more I need to learn or I just need to give up. I’m thinking they can live together cheaper than when they lived on campus and had to have a meal plan but it is way more involved.


On a different topic, I want to again wish my husband and my Mom a happy birthday today!

168|365 It’s a New Post (6/21/11)

Yesterday someone came and marked the location of our utilities and today we got our new fence posts placed.  This time we have metal ones and in a few days our new fence will be installed.


For some reason when I was outside taking this photo there were a ton of little bitty flying bugs that were biting me.  I guess they miss their fence.