Hi.

Welcome to my blog! I write, and take photos, and use Photoshop every day. I love learning and surprises and my sweet family and being a transplanted southerner.

So.

In the words of Inigo Montoya to Westley, who has been half-dead all day: “Let me e’splain. No. There is too much. Let me sum up.” 

It has been a long and crazy couple of weeks. No doubt about that. Less than 48 hours after I got back from CKU, Jared’s parents came into town. They stayed for a week. While they were still here, my mom came into town, so for 2 nights, we juggled sleeping spots and tried to help everyone be comfortable. My mom is still here, visiting for the first time since we moved here, so we’re super excited for that. :)

We went pumpkin hunting, and even did some home improvement (we painted our door.. what else? RED! :D a pic of that will follow). On Sunday evening we went for a walk at the Yates Mill pond and took lots of pictures. As the light faded into sunset, Jared and the kids threw rocks into the pond. Here’s my favorite of those shots:

YatesMill.jpg 

And if you’ve been following the saga, I FINALLY got my hands on one of these:

phone_hero20071019.pngIt is so awesome.  I’ve barely had time to figure out how to make an outgoing call, let alone pimp it out or set things up or even get any music or pictures in, but I HAVE used the web browser and the maps. And I must say, this is one sexy machine. That zoom thing? With the fingertips? Makes me squeal with delight every time I get to do it. :) (And if you have no idea what I’m talking about, run to your nearest Apple store and ask them to show you the iPhone zoom thing. They’ll totally know what you’re talking about. And don’t blame me if you end up buying one just for that.)

It’s different to get used to as a phone, though. I called my dad twice today on accident. I’ve hung up on a couple of people trying to get the answering slider to work. And you might wonder why someone who dislikes the phone as much as I do would bother spending $400 on a new one. That’s a question I still haven’t answered with anything better than a shrug and a slightly sheepish smile. :) Something words can’t explain, I guess. :D

 But wait! Tonight I stumbled on these:

Gelaskins 

I think I’m going to have to do another poll to decide which of these I should get for my new phone. :D (I like Monster, Tea Party, Volcano, and Farbstudie Quadrate. Got a favorite?

Our Obsession with Space

 In the past few months, Elliott has developed a real passion for space. An obsession, even. He talks about “galaxies” all the time, and can name each one of the planets, either by clues (“Which planet do we live on? Which planet is the red one?”) or by looking at them in a book. The Borders near our house happens to have space-y carpeting in their children’s book section, and he dances on the Saturns for minutes at a time. :)

One other offshoot of this is that we MUST sing “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” to him at LEAST twice before putting him in his bed. So tonight, the lights were out, and I held him in my arms, with his head on my shoulder. I could feel his cool soft fingers on the back of my arm as we spun a slow circle and sang.  It was magic. :) There will come a day when he’s too big for me to hold and sing to, or when “Twinkle, Twinkle” isn’t part of any nightly ritual. But that day hasn’t come yet, and I’m grateful.

And I am so proud! I cooked! One of our favorites for rainy days is Zuppa Toscana (like the Olive Garden):

Zuppa Toscana

  • 1 lb spicy italian sausage (you can get it in the casings and cut it out, or get it ground)
  • 2 russet potatoes, sliced in half lengthwise, then cut into 1/8 inch slices
  • 1/2 c. bacon bits (I like the Hormel Real Bacon bits, in the 3 oz. jar - just put the whole jar in) 
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cans chicken broth
  • 1 quart water
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 cups kale, chopped 

Combine the chicken broth, water, garlic, potatoes, and onions in a large pot. Cook over Medium heat until the potatoes are done. Meanwhile, brown the sausage. Drain, place on a plate with paper towels to continue draining, and set aside. When the potatoes are done, add the sausage and bacon bits, salt and pepper to taste, and continue cooking for about 10 minutes. Turn the heat down to Low. Add the cream and chopped kale. Heat through and serve.

I make this with frozen garlic breadsticks and it ROCKS. It’s even awesome heated up for lunch the next day - although you’ll need to stir it well, b/c it gets a little scary looking as it settles overnight. :)

Well, with my mom in town this week, and the in-laws the week before that, and CKU before that, this place is starting to get a little dusty. I’m in a weird spot right now, starting a lot of new things, and figuring out a few others. I’m going to pass on Photoshop Friday for this week, and see where we are next week. :) But the real crunch time, I think, is past. My last two digital classes of 2007 are in full swing right now, and the Big Project is just about ready to go to the presses. :D I’m not coasting, by any means, but I’m also not working 15 hours a day, either. So that nice, happy, balanced medium is where I like to be. A place where I can hang out with my family, cook if I want to, play a game if I want, or read a book or two. I think I’m getting back there. And it’s good. :)

(And now, inexplicably, I need to go watch The Princess Bride…)

Halloween prep.

Chat tonight at the CK Message Board :)