Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
Posted by Michelle at 8:50 AM
Sunday, March 29, 2009
- Anyway, here are the rules
- Put the logo on your blog or post.
- Nominate up to 10 blogs which show great attitude and/or gratitude!
- Be sure to link to your nominees within your post.
- Let them know that they have received this award by commenting on their blog.
- Remember to link to the person from whom you received your award
This is going to be HARD! I heart all of you! So here goes....
Julie at Causes Rats in Lab Cancer she is a fellow photog, she lives in a really cool and equally cold place and she used to live right here in Minnesota.
Deb at Daisyhalos she has had a whole boat load of shitty things thrown her way since I started reading her and she has handled it all with a grace and dignity that is rarely seen.
Jo aka Dorn at Dust Bunny Club of North America damn she is funny! No one else could talk about farts and shit hounds and make it as funny as she does!
Joanie at Joanies Random Ramblings another one that makes me laugh. I have spit all over my computer a few times because of her.
Myshka at My London Eye she was one of my first regular commenter's. She is a fabulous writer!
Rachael at Rachael Pachel was my name she has some pipes on her and had lived a very fascinating life.
Kate at Sapphire Springs she was one of the first blogs I ever read way back in the Aol Journals day, she was Lunatic Factory back then. She is a crazy cat lady too and cracks me up quite often!
Kate at Sauciewee is funny and serious at the same time. Her blog is a fabulous read.
Elle Charlie at Sometimes a Girl Needs a Blog is a fellow Minnesota transplant. I love reading her perspective of being stuck in the frozen tundra and she has a really naughty dog who never ceases to entertain.
Cat at Zipbag of Bones is my Jill. She has had a really rough fall and winter but yet never stops having a sense of humor about it all. Sarcasm gets her through and she says Fuck a lot!
Ok that's 10. Everyone should go give them all some love.
Posted by Michelle at 11:50 AM
Saturday, March 28, 2009
- I am a germ nut. I refuse to touch public door handles with my bare hands. When I leave a bathroom I have to use a paper towel. When I go to the store I open the sleeve on my sweatshirt which I nearly always wear just for that purpose.
- I have to use fabric softener. When I'm out I fill the ball with water and throw it into the washer. Its a compulsive thing.
- I count how many times I pull on the toilet paper. 3. Always 3.
- If I had to eat out every day for the rest of my life and I could only go one place it would be Chipotle. Mmmmm Chipotle.
- I'm a compulsive reader. I read at least 2 books a week. The best place to get books is Goodwill and garage sales. When I pick up a book I have to read it within 24 hours even if that means I don't sleep.
- I have to watch TV to fall asleep or I lie awake for hours. It can't be just anything either, I have to tune it to a show I want to watch.
- I heart my Dyson. For the first few years I had it I got mad if anyone else dared to touch my vacuum.
- If I could get away with it I would snuggle with my turtles and give them kisses. I love my turtles *almost* as much as I love my kids. Okay that's a stretch.
Okay that's enough for now. Tell me a few things I may not know about you.
Posted by Michelle at 12:31 PM
Friday, March 27, 2009
Posted by Michelle at 3:38 PM
Thursday, March 26, 2009
It's cold and snowy here today. I need a splash of color. If I liked tomato's I could take a big bite out of these bad boys. I do not like raw tomato though so I will have to imagine them chopped up and made into salsa. These maters may actually still be around in a jar of salsa.
Man I need summer!! So does the Red River Valley. They are about to float away up there. Please keep them all in your prayers.
Posted by Michelle at 2:06 PM
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
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Tuesday, March 24, 2009
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Monday, March 23, 2009
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Sunday, March 22, 2009
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Saturday, March 21, 2009
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Friday, March 20, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
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Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Last night Skylee had to speak at her schools program. I was so proud and I thought Shawn was going to burst open and a rainbow would shine out of his chest. The reason this is such a BIG ASS DEAL for us........until second grade this kid couldn't speak and be understood. She had such bad speech problems that no one outside of our family could understand a thing she said but there she was last night, clear as a bell!!
Posted by Michelle at 8:19 AM
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
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Monday, March 16, 2009
The killer is a grey tom cat who has been neutered and is thought
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Sunday, March 15, 2009
Yesterday was the annual St. Patty's day festivities here in my small town. We took the kids to the parade for the first time and I have to say it was some of the best people watching I have done in ages. This town takes their Irish heritage seriously and go all out with the dressing up and drinking like good little leprechauns.
Posted by Michelle at 10:18 AM
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Posted by Michelle at 8:44 AM
Friday, March 13, 2009
This is the last of the photos from the cemetery. Thanks for all the comments and the compliments on the series of photos this week. Anyone think there is a market for cemetery pics? lol
I am really intrigued by this headstone. First I am wondering what the funky money symbol on the cross stands for. Anyone have a guess? The other thing that's interesting to me is how much later Mrs. Newell died than Mr. Newell. She lived for 22 years without her husband. Where they happy years? Did she spend those years desperately missing him? I hope to never live that long without Shawn. So we both need to live to be 90!
In other news, Shawn and I finished over at the hell house yesterday. I have never felt so accomplished. We did an entire tear out and remodel of a kitchen and bathroom. How many couples can say they have done that together and not killed one another? I love working with him. We built our deck together, half assed finished our basement together and now remodeled that hell house together. It was not by any means all sunshine and roses though. I can't count how many times I texted Cat to vent to her instead of beating him over the head with a hammer and burying his body in the crawl space. I just don't want to live that many years without him AND be in prison.
Besides all that my Dad can finally move in! OMG! That is fanfreakintasticical!
Happy Friday ya'll!
Posted by Michelle at 8:29 AM
Thursday, March 12, 2009
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Wednesday, March 11, 2009
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Tuesday, March 10, 2009
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Monday, March 9, 2009
She was to far away apparently, he needed a closer look.
Posted by Michelle at 8:52 AM
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Another one taken from a moving vehicle. This place was so beautiful, I wish I could have stopped and taken some shots. Alas, I didn't get to do a single thing I wanted to on that trip.
Bitter? Me? No!
Posted by Michelle at 10:03 AM
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Posted by Michelle at 10:08 AM
Friday, March 6, 2009
Yesterday was a balmy 46 degrees here in the metro area of the Twin Cities. I saw balmy because the air was so thick you had to fight your way through it. The fog so dense it was palpable. What better day to go out for a shoot? Ha!
I took this photo in black and white but I swear this is exactly the way it looked. Everything is grey and white. Its quite a depressing sight to see. I feel as if all I do is focus on the negativity of this winter but I absolutely hate it. I am such a nature girl and am far happier trudging through a wooded area or camping in the woods than I am sitting on my ass staring out the window wishing I wasn't such a weenie when it comes to the snow. Near the beginning of the winter I vowed to not let the winter get to me. I would still go out and take walks, I would have snowball fights with the kids. I would really enjoy the outdoors this winter. Then it hit -50 and stayed there for what seems like years. Yeah screw the cold. I spent most of the winter huddled on the couch under a blanket in turn my car has spent the entire winter under a blanket of metal eating road salt. Blech.
I was so desperate yesterday for a touch of spring, for something more than my hibiscus to be the subject of my photography, I ran out and bought myself an orchid. I took hundreds of shots from various angles. Guess what?? They all suck. Why you ask....because the sun didn't shine inside or out yesterday and the lighting was awful. The sun is shining today and the orchid and I are going to try again. I am thinking of using a black background to make the white and red of the orchid pop.
Okay, enough rambling already. Have a good day!
Posted by Michelle at 8:24 AM
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Posted by Michelle at 8:30 AM
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
This should be the last of the water park pictures. I know you are all breathing a sigh of relief. I'm not, after this I don't know what I will post. I am for all intents and purposes out of pictures. Even the archives have run dry. This 100 pictures thing is much harder than I thought it would be but it has forced me to be a bit more creative than I normally am and that can't hurt anything. Right?
Sorry for the lack of words lately. I have been so disenchanted with the economy and several republicans openly calling for President Obama to fail. It makes me sick. If he fails, the federal government fails. Who would hope for that?
I couldn't take any more and since I cannot have the television on without obsessively checking CNN and MSNBC every few minutes I decided yesterday to tune out. I came home from dropping the children at school and didn't bother opening my laptop nor turning on the television. I instead picked up the seventh Harry Potter book with the intent of rereading it and actually digesting the meaning instead of speed reading the entire thing just to see how it all ends. I read the entire day away, made dinner, took Sky to dance and read into the night. I turned on my laptop long enough to check a few emails and a few must read blogs. I did sneak a peek at CNN long enough to see what the DOW was doing. Beyond that I cut myself off from all technology. I finished reading the book this morning and cleaned the girls room. The break did my heart good and I haven't once turned to CNN today.
Tomorrow if I am in the right frame of mind I will tell you all about the tattoo my sister got last weekend and all about the symbolism behind it. I will have to be in the right frame of mind though as the story includes the ghost of my stillborn son and it isn't a fun story to tell.
Posted by Michelle at 11:42 AM
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Monday, March 2, 2009
My hibiscus bush is still blooming like mad. As of this morning there are 6 blooms on it.
I sound like a broken record here but I am just dying for spring. I cannot wait to get this plant back outside and in the ground.
I have a midnight blooming jasmine and gardenia that are patiently waiting for spring too.
If you click on this picture and look closely there is another bug besides Miss Lady.
Posted by Michelle at 8:33 AM
Sunday, March 1, 2009
The kids had a blast yesterday splashing around in the water. They were bummed that they weren't allowed in the hot tub or the steam room. Its okay. Cat and I enjoyed both sans kids!
I have a few more pictures that turned out rather cool even without kids in them. I'll share those later this week.
Posted by Michelle at 9:29 AM
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