Monday, November 23, 2009

Love Ruin The Yard

It was pouring down rain the other morning when it was time to go out to the car for work. Frankie said he was going to take his chances and go for it. Off he went.

I wasn't completely ready so I didn't go out just yet. I heard him gunning the car but didn't really think much about it, because this is Frankie and these are things he does. He honks the horn, guns the car, etc. Not because he is impatiently waiting but because he knows it irritates me. Yes, he can be THAT immature.

I get everything together and look out the door. He is parked in the grass. I wonder what in the world he is doing. I am not going to walk in the too tall wet grass in the pouring rain and risk falling! I grab my phone to call him and when I do he is calling me.

He wanted me to know that he was in the truck because he got the car stuck in the mud when he was trying to get it closer to the house so that I wouldn't get as wet. Awwwhhhh....

Later he asked the neighbors if they could help pull it out with their tractor. They did and all was well, but now there are gouges in the yard. It is a good thing we don't really put much (read that any) effort into our lawn!

Here is a picture of the love that ruined the yard. I love you too, puppy! : )

tire tracks in mud

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Published Photographer

I, my friends, am now a published photographer!

On October 20, 2009 I received an email through my Flickr account that said,

"I am writing to let you know that one of your photos has been short-listed for inclusion in the ninth edition of our Schmap Houston Guide, to be published mid-November 2009.

While we offer no payment for publication, many photographers are pleased to submit their photos, as Schmap Guides give their work recognition and wide exposure, and are free of charge to readers. Photos are published at a maximum width of 150 pixels, are clearly attributed, and link to high-resolution originals at Flickr."

I had two questions. Was this a hoax and which picture?

I had never heard of Schmap Guides. So I did some research to make sure they were legitimate and it turns out they were. It is actually a very neat website with lots to offer!

The picture was one I had taken of Reliant Stadium where the Houston Texans play.

Reliant stadium and Astrodome

I had a great view of it out of our hotel window. I took it this summer when Frankie and I went to the Land Surveyor's Conference in the Houston area. I had uploaded it to Flickr because I was going to put in my blog, but then changed my mind.

I told them I was interested in being in the running to have my picture used for their Schmap Houston Guide and didn't really think too much else about it until today.

Today I got another email through my Flickr account that said,

"I am delighted to let you know that your submitted photo has been selected for inclusion in the newly released ninth edition of our Schmap Houston Guide:

Reliant Stadium

I am excited about MY photo being used and by the fact that I can now say I am a published photographer! Even though it is a small accomplishment, I am pleased. :)

Saturday, November 7, 2009

It's Time For A Random Photo Blog

It has been awhile since I have done a blog of random pictures. I got a new camera and have been playing around with it, having fun. Here are the photos that I would like to share with you. Enjoy!

Let's start with a Halloween warning.

It is sad they have to put these up, but I still find it funny. I think they should leave it up year round as a joke, but that is just me.

I have another warning for you. Don't try to take night pictures while riding in the car.

Although, it does make for some really cool pictures!

Now, for things you can find in thrift stores. I love going to thrift stores!

This is an old record with really random pairing of Wilma Flintstone and Bambi. You just never know what you will find!

Speaking of things for kids, or just kids...I know it was a stretch....but I went to a baby shower today. It was all well and good, but you see, there were decorations on the tables. I couldn't resist.

Zombie baby with really buff pectorals!

Really shiny baby.

These things are just way out of proportion with each other. It was really bugging me. That bottle would squish that baby and that baby would squish that stroller! It is just all wrong!

Last, I have some pictures that deal with food.

I wondered why the peanut butter tasted funny yesterday. :| But I still ate it. When I saw the expiration date TODAY, I did throw it out.

Some one mislabeled this. It is a truck...not a fish! Silly people!

That is all I have for you today! But I am sure I will find more soon, so be on the lookout!