I am not writing to tell you about my desire to vote early, however, I am writing to express my complete disgust with many people’s lack of desire to critically analyze the presidential candidates. I am not here promote one candidate or another, but to urge you to find out the facts about the matters that concern you most and please don’t base your decisions on the results you got by adding letters to the names of candidates.
“I can not vote for the Obama Biden team because it’s like voting for Osama Binladen. See if you change the B with an S in Obama, it becomes oSama and then insert the insert NLA after the”i” in Biden and it becomes biNLAden for OSAMA BINLADEN”
That is part of an actual email chain that I managed to get onto. It is disturbing to me that this person is less than the usual seven degrees of separation from me.
Please don’t let yourself be caught up in non-sense because it is very likely distracting you from the things that should actually be upsetting you. Imagine if you will, what we might be missing while we are caught up in conversations about anagrams and lipstick.]]>
I’m a lemons to lemonade type of girl though, so I turned my “capture-that-magic-wedding-moment” lens into a “pretend-I’m-a-cop-doing-surveillance-on-The-Wire” lens which was loads of fun even though it may not have produced the most captivating images. Especially since we were staying in a very quiet area of town. So I ended up with a lot of men-at work photos like these:
Things on the water photos like this:
And pictures of people and animals that were unaware they were being photographed:
I’m looking forward to meeting this lens again, just under more appropriate circumstances]]>
There were endless amounts of things to see and do from crafty stuff, to robot wars, to bonsai gardening, to the human mouse trap to catching things on fire to art cars… and that is just the beginning. There are loads more pictures up at flickr if you feel like living vicariously through them or reliving your own experiences at the event
I had to get some of my digital images turned into slides for this project and wow was I impressed. I got a few of my own images done as well as a couple from our wedding. I forget how wonderful the color is on slides – it was a real treat. Maybe I’ll find myself an old slide projector so I have more use for these slides (as well as have an excuse to get more slides).
Anyway, Anna Fizyta taught the workshop. She has a lot of great examples of her various Polaroid manipulation projects on her website, you should check them out. All this Polaroid talk also reminded me of this great artist I met at the Utah Arts Festival named Joachim Knill. He built his own huge Polaroid camera and creates some really great images. He has done some off-the-wall scenes with food – three of which hang in my kitchen (bananas, tomato crossing and pear hikers).
*I’ve always used this word wrong and apparently so do many others. I have always used it to mean casually glancing through something, but in reality it means to read or review something with great detail…
**If you are ever tempted to buy those little two-minute in a box dishes from Trader Joe’s (Pad Thai, Kung Pao and Peanut Sauce), spare yourself. They sound like a good idea, but taste pretty awful.]]>
Anyway, today I clicked through so I could see this (very safe) image and noticed this banner at the top
Ha! I love it. The chosen escape route is to the kitten pictures (which admittedly I’ve spent many hours looking at).]]>
My two obsessions right now are the kitchen and the camera. My husband recently commented on the fact that the tripod has become a permanent fixture of the kitchen. I spend what free time I have cooking and baking and then taking pictures of my creations. I am getting a little bit better about posting things to Flickr so you should visit there sometimes.
|Thursday is our second date with Mariquita Farm and her wonderful Mystery Box. I love the Mystery Box for two reasons. The first is that it leads us to an increase in our vegetable consumption, which is always a good thing (not to mention these are locally grown and organic!). The second and perhaps most exciting reason is the challenge to use up all this produce.This is not an easy challenge since there is A LOT of produce in this package (well considering there are only two of us) and some of this stuff I have never even heard of, let alone met in person.|
Some of the highlights: an all vegetable Shepherd’s Pie (filled with chard, turnips, carrots, shallots, rapini, leeks, fennel, spring garlic and topped with sweet potatoes) and Meyer Lemon Crème Fraîche Pasta with Rapini. I still have a couple of turnips and a bunch of parsley left over that I need to work with and there was one vegetable that was entirely too bitter for me to use, but ultimately it was a success and I’m going to do it again. The challenge this go-round is that my partner in crime will be traveling a lot which means there will only be me to feed. I guess that means I’ll have to figure out some good recipes for freezing.
On a slightly unrelated note, my dear friend wrote an amazing post about her 5th graders perspective on politics. I think this might be the best article I’ve read on politics this election season.]]>
So far, the festivities include a trip to Nola’s (I know, we just went there but I liked it so much I want to go back!), and tickets to Beach Blanket Babylon preceded by brunch at Mama’s. Should be a great weekend.