Archive for November, 2008

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Thanksgiving et al

November 28, 2008

I had to work until 7 AM on Thanksgiving so, needless to say, it was an exhausting day! I left work, went home, showered, and took Kyle to a race. I was so tired and cold that I only took 4 pictures of the race and only one of them is (barely) worthy of posting.

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There are few times in life when I wish I was taller than my petite 5′ 2″, but this was one of those times. There are almost 900 people waiting behind that starting line! Obviously my vertical challenge got in the way of depicting this well.

Sarah was with me as we waited for Kyle to cross the finish line. He had his best 10K time, but not his best overall. He finished in roughly 59:56. Generally 10K races take him over an hour. This race was relatively flat, but there was a nasty SW wind that greeted the runners during the last 2 miles or so to the finish line. I had a horrible position at the finish, and just as Kyle was about to finish, someone stepped in front of me, so I got no finishing photo! Bummer!

After the race we went to my in-laws for dinner. I requested an early dinner since I knew I wouldn’t get any real sleep until after dinner. We ate around 1 PM. I kept thinking it was later in the day than it was and my body never did adjust. I frequently go without enough sleep without too many side effects, but yesterday I just couldn’t figure out what time of day it was. Perhaps my weird schedule has thrown me off. Normally I work 5 nights, sleeping during the day, then have two nights off and sleep those 2 nights. Last week and this I worked 3 nights, had 1 night off, worked 1 night, had 2 nights off, worked 2 nights, had 1 night off, and now I have 2 nights to work, then 2 nights off, and back to my normal schedule. I guess my body is confused!

Oh, here is the feast my mother-in-law prepared. It was yummy!

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Completely unrelated, but in my camera when I loaded the Thanksgiving pictures, I went to Starbucks the other day (shocker, I know!) and saw this in the parking lot…

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There is an apple tree of some sort next to Starbucks and the apples are frequently all over the ground and in the parking lot. Apparently this seagull found this one appetizing. When I backed out of my parking space and began driving toward the bird and his apple, I got quite a squawking at. I wasnt’ sure the bird was going to move. Its mouth was full of apple, so it couldn’t carry the apple to safety as I drove through. I didn’t run over the apple which is probably just as well, for I think that bird would have ‘bombed’ my car if I had!

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My Birthday

November 25, 2008

I had a wonderful Birthaversarygiving Day! You see, my birthday, our anniversary, and Thanksgiving all fall in the same week so there are many celebrations all at once. When my mom mentioned that I don’t get down there very often and the kids miss seeing each other, I decided that I would spend my birthday at my Mom’s house. Then she mentioned that my sister was bummed about not having family together for Thanksgiving. I suggested that we do Thanksgiving on Monday. Everyone loved the idea, so we did it. When I asked what I should bring, I was told in no uncertain terms that I must bring only myself because it was my birthday and I should be relaxing. Feeling only slightly guilty about bringing nothing, I did as I was told. Thanks Mom!

Here are a few photo offerings from the day. I will post my birthday presents in a seperate post. All of these pictures were shot using my new lens, which will appear in my “presents” post.

The kids played and had a good time. Mostly they played Guitar Hero, which was rather loud, so I didn’t get close enough to take pictures. Noise and I don’t get along well. I did however go outside and take a handful of bird pictures. I am embarrassed to say that this is the best one I took…

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I decided to convert this one to black and white in Photoshop, so you can actually see the bird. In full color, there was simply too much going on.

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At some point in the afternoon, Erin came begging for something (soda I think) and this shot was taken…

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She didn’t get whatever it was…I CAN resist that face!

Here are a few closeups of the food my mom prepared.

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Cranberry sauce that was the perfect balance of sweet and tangy.

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Stuffed mushrooms, which I did not actually try. I really dislike mushrooms unless sliced and “covered.”

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Here is the whole feast (except for the bird which Mom carved in the kitchen).

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Oh, the green-bean casserole is not pictured either.

After eating a very hearty meal, the kids needed to work off the feast by sledding. I was not excited about the prospect since I wore all the wrong clothing to stand outside in frigid temperatures, but I was outnumbered, so to the sledding hill we went. I got a chance to really try out my new lens, so it worked out. Of course, it took the whole hour-long ride home for me to get warm again, but the looks on the kids faces made it all worth while!

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Michelle and Erin raced Sarah down the hill, with Ben in hot pursuit…

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…then Sarah’s racing got dirty…

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…but they all had a blast anyway!

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Mom even went down the hill with Michelle…

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…then by herself!

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All in all we had a wonderful time. We left just as the snow picked up which was just as well. On the way home I experienced something I never had in my 20 years of driving in snow. I was on a straightaway going about 40 mph, when the car slid into the next lane. I was not accelerating, decelerating, or anything. It was a rather scary moment, but I calmly shifted the car into 3rd, then 2nd and regained the correct lane just as a car passed in the other direction. The kids were none the wiser, but I had a knot in my stomach for about 20 minutes afterwards!

My mom lives an hour away, and we experienced snow as we left her house, rain at a somewhat lower altitude, but furhter north, and freezing rain in between. The area where we slid was wide open and the wind had effectively burnished the road surface. NOT fun! We made it home safely though. What an adventure!

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Photo Story

November 24, 2008

Yesterday we moved our old couch to the porch and put my in-laws old futon in the living room. There was however a caveat, which Sarah nicely captured on my camera. I did not give her any direction regarding these photos. I was too busy trying to move the couch. I took only the last picture. Kyle may have taken a couple as well. Obviously not those in which he is featured! I’ll let the pictures do the rest of the talking!

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Snow Flower?

November 20, 2008

Is that the opposite of sunflower? I thought it odd when my mom posted a picture of a rose that had flowered on November 2nd. Odd, that is, until I went out side earlier this week and noticed that my rose bush was sporting a pretty red rose in the middle of November. I kept meaning to take a picture of it, but it seemed it was always dark or we were in a hurry. So this morning I purposed to take a photo of my Snow Flower…

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I love the way you can see the shapes of some of the snowflakes. I am rather pleased that I didn’t take the picture before the snow fell, otherwise I would not have been inclined to notice the pretty snowflakes.

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Beautiful Weekend

November 4, 2008

This past weekend was absolutely beautiful. Jeff had a craving for glazed fry cakes, but not just any glazed fry cakes. We went to his favorite cider mill and got them. I have to admit, they are quite tasty. As we were leaving our house, I took a picture the tree in front of our neighbor’s house. I had been meaning to do it for a while, but I was either in a hurry, or the weather was dreary, but this particular day provided just the right conditions to get a gorgeous picture.

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The sky truly was that color. Unfortunately, I didn’t capture just how spectacular the color is on this tree. It more or less glows when the sun shines on it.

While wandering around at the apple place, my attention was drawn to part of a bee hive that is inside the store.

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It was pretty cool to watch the bees doing their thing.

We wandered around the store for awhile and found some wonderful Christmas ideas for the kids and just enjoyed checking out all the cool things they have to offer. Lots of homemade and countryish things. Even the kids enjoyed themselves.

It was definitely a beautiful day!