Zoolander

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Every so often I join Eric and the photography group he’s a member of on one of their Photowalks. Over the weekend, the group went to the Ft. Worth Zoo. I usually enjoy the zoo, and thought it would be a great way to practice my photography and maybe learn a thing or two.

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These guys cracked me up – the ‘roos were just chillin’. And let me say I don’t blame them – it was H.O.T. (August in TX, go figure.)

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Oh how I love the little white spots on the tiger’s ears. Wishing I had a better zoom on the camera.

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The lions were enjoying an afternoon snack.

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I loved this mosaic.

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Love this photo. For some reason I was so enthralled with these little bunches on the trees. They looked like little paper lanterns almost. But I am glad I got the zebras in the shot too.

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This is probably my favorite photo of the day. He was quite content to sit in that little square alcove.

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And just in case you think going to the zoo doesn’t fit into your workout schedule. Take a look at my pedometer for the day. That’s over 15,000 steps in a day!

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The Week’s Photos

8/23/09 – 8/29/09

So my long weekend was rather productive craft-wise. I finished the little pincushion I was working on here. Isn’t it cute?

Monogram Pincushion

I also finished my Peacock Pinkeep (ie the ice cream sandwich). I love how it turned out.

Peacock Pinkeep Side Finished

In fact, I was so happy with how it turned out, I sent photos of both pieces to the designer. Even if you’re not crafty, you’ve got to take a look at the beautiful photos on their blog. They always inspire me to do better with my photos.

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I also finished this little stocking. My birthday is only days apart from my Grandmother’s. We used to celebrate our birthdays together every year. She used to grow African violets, so this little stocking seemed like the perfect thing to stitch around her birthday and mine. Again, I wish this photo was better.

February's Violet Stocking

And finally, one of my birthday gifts from Eric was this gorgeous glass ring. It reminds me of Saltwater Taffy. Too bad I couldn’t get an un-blurry photo of it. My photos kind of went downhill in quality this week.

Saltwater Taffy Ring

And lastly, we went to the Ft. Worth Zoo with the photography group that Eric belongs to. The photos from it are here.

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A Week in Photos

8/16/09 – 8/22/09

My birthday week.

My ILs gave me this beautiful orchid for my birthday.

Orchid

And I’m so in love with the morning light in my kitchen window. Too bad I have to look at my neighbor’s cars because they can’t be bothered to park in their flippin’ garage. Where was I? Oh yeah, pretty orchid in the morning light.

Early Morning

I made this little birthday stocking for myself. Too bad it looks so crappy in this photo. Now to actually make it into a stocking.

Happy Birthday Stocking

I took a couple of days off work to enjoy my birthday, so I decided to work on some of my craft projects. First order of business was to give this wicked sharp curved needles a try.

Curved Needles

And what did I do with those needles? I worked on putting this pincushion together. My frankenstein sewing will be totally covered by trim (don’t worry). But, while I was working on this, all I could think of was that this looked like a huge cookie/ice cream sandwich. That amused me to no end.

Peacock Pinkeep in Progress

I definitely enjoyed my time off from work. And I got a lot done in my craft room.

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A Week in Photos

8/9/09 – 8/15/09

I titled this one “Bluebird of Happiness”. You may remember my photo of the necklace when I made it. I just love the combo of the bird and the blue top.

Bluebird of Happiness

Went to see Harry Potter with my HP buddy, Sherri.

Dumbledore

One of my favorite polish colors – Essie’s After Sex. Appropos to the book I’m reading. I love this photo and how the colors pop.

Essie After Sex

Pulled into the parking lot at Barnes & Noble and looked up at this. Had to have a photo.

Woot

This was my Friday night SSB (Secret Single Behavior). Not overly exciting. Just some stitching and watching reality tv.

SSB Friday Night Stitching

I splurged on some sock yarn from Sunshine Yarns. These are mini skeins in her Twilight colors…Edward, Bella, The Meadow, Isle of Esme, Vampire Baseball and Vampire Blood. Can’t wait to do something with them. Guess I need to relearn how to knit first. But I think these may somehow turn into a scarf for moi.

Twilight Mini Skeins from Sunshine Yarns

And some threads I bought for a project as part of my birthday gift to myself. Love the colors!

Threads for Stockings - Birthday Threads

Celebrating my birthday at my ILs. This was an Italian Cream Cake. Mmmmmmm!

Happy Birthday

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Sunday Night Cocktail – Devil’s Tail and Prince Edward

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It’s been awhile since I’ve shared a Sunday Night Cocktail. And since it’s almost the weekend again, I thought it was a good way to ring in a Thursday. Today I’ve got two for the price of one for you. First up is the Prince Edward, which was Eric’s drink. He enjoyed this one, and it allowed us to again use some of that Lillet that he’d purchased for the sole purpose of making a Vesper. Here’s the recipe for a Prince Edward…

Prince Edward

1 3/4 oz. Scotch
1/2 oz Lillet
1/4 oz. Drambuie
1 slice coctail orange in syrup

Shake Scotch, Lillet and Drambuie well with ice.
Strain over rocks into pre-chilled old-fashioned glass.
Garnish with orange slice.

Of course, you know me with the garnishes. So, no orange slice here. But Eric enjoyed his cocktail, nonetheless.

Devils Tail

Now, for me we whipped up a Devil’s Tail. And of course, I was thrilled when it turned out pink!

Devil’s Tail

1 1/2 oz golden rum
1 oz vodka
1/2 oz lime juice
1/4 oz grenadine
1/4 oz apricot liqueur
1/3 cup crushed ice
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Blend rum, vodka, line juice, grenadine, apricot liqueur and ice at low speed for 10 to 15 seconds. Pour into pre-chilled deep-saucer champagne glass. Twist lime peel over drink and drop into glass.

Powerfully pleasant rather than pugnacious.

As you can see, we went with a martini glass rather than a saucer champagne glass. Although I do dearly wish I had some of those. Anyway, although I had very high hopes for this drink, it was way too strong for me. I probably would have also enjoyed it more had I not had an allergic reaction to it, which involved my throat closing up. Nice. So, I won’t be going back for another one of these any time soon.

But, the evening was supplemented with great food. Eric made grilled pizzas, which is one of my favorite things. He even made a dessert pizza for us to share (his half had banana slices on it).

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That’s my pizza on the left. It had sauce, onions, fresh basil from the garden, chicken, roasted garlic and cheese. It was soooo good. I think Eric’s also had banana peppers and roasted red peppers.

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He also made a “white” pizza that had grilled chicken, roasted garlic, olive oil and cheese on it. This one was my favorite I think.

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So other than the cocktail fail for me, it was a fabulous evening. And so tasty!

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My First 5K

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For the past two months I’ve been training for my first 5k. I signed up for the training through Weight Watchers as part of their Momentum Challenge this summer. It was a pretty cool deal, you signed up and got to work with a trainer for eight weeks, getting you ready for a 5k at the end of the training. Plus, I got a cool 5k charm for my WW keychain. So anyway, Saturday was the 5k our team had signed up for. We chose the McKinney Historical Run 5k. And let me just say, for the record, that we were walking not running. I’m not quite up to the whole running thing yet, as my knees keep telling me! Our team has basically been walking a 5K every Saturday morning for the past several weeks in training. So, we knew we were totally ready for the big day.

I had to get up at the ass-crack-of-dawn (aka 5am), in order to meet up with my team and get out to the race. Eric packed me snacks for before and after the race, so I was all set.

At 8am, we all converged at the starting line (unfortunately, their sign only said “finish”. Fail.)

About to Start

And we’re off! My goal for the race was to finish in under an hour, to enjoy myself, keep up a good pace and take some photos along the way.

And We're Off

This is where our paths diverged from the people doing the 1 mile fun run. One of the ladies on our team did the 1 mile, with a cane. She rocks!

Taking the Longer Route

One of the things I loved about doing this race was that the route took us through the McKinney Historic District, and there were some gorgeous homes along the way. I love the bunting on this one. One of these days I’ll have a beautiful wrap-around porch that will lend itself to bunting on the 4th.

Bunting

I was glad to see our first mile marker!

1 Mile Down

Look at the gorgeous red gate at this house!!

Red Gate

Another mile down!

Mile 2

I don’t know where my photo of the Mile 3 marker went, but trust me I passed it. And it was so cool because along with the race people who were along the route cheering us on, there were also people out on their porches and waving through their windows. All of them were cheering and waving and shouting “good job, keep it up!” It was so cool!

And in about 56 minutes, we made it to the finish line. And we were not last.

Finish Line

I cannot tell you what an accomplishment this is, and how proud of myself I am. To a lot of people, walking a 5k may not seem like much. But, it is.

My First 5K

I’m so glad that not only did I do this myself, but that I had a great team to do it with. And, completing this milestone I can now cross something else off my 101 Things list “Participate in a fitness event”. And, I’m also signed up for two more 5Ks this year, one in September and one in October. This was a great experience!

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Week in Photos

8/2/09 – 8/8/09

When I was putting away my new program from the circus, I thought it would be fun to look at some of the programs I’ve gotten since Eric and I have been together. In fact, I loved this photo so much I’ve set it as my wallpaper on my phone.

Programs

And I wanted to add a little photo of these to the sidebar on my blog. Wish I hadn’t used the flash though.

Harry Potter

And I have silks and linen to start a new project. This is for a workshop I’ve signed up for in September through my guild.

Madeira Tin Silks

My new bracelet. Love love love the juxtaposition of the snakeskin and the bow. I got so many compliments on this one.

Snakeskin

I also participated in my first 5k. You can see the photos here.

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Under the Big Top

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The past couple of summers Eric has taken me to the circus. In fact, the first time I ever went to the circus was when he took me and I enjoyed myself thoroughly. This outing was no different. I love the anticipation of the show before hand.

And the snacks…

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Gotta have a sno-cone!

And of course, there is so much to see.

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So much fun. My photos don’t do it justice at all. I love that Eric has introduced me to the circus!

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The Bangles

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Recently, I entered a really generous giveaway on Coterie’s blog, and won! I won this amazing bangle from A. Tierney. As soon as I saw this beautiful piece, I fell in love with the little seahorses. Isn’t it fun? Thanks so much to both A. Tierney and to Coterie for this wonderful opportunity to own one of these. I was ecstatic when I opened up the mail on Friday evening to find my package had already arrived! The bangle was inside as well as a sweet note from the company congratulating me on winning the bangle with the hopes that I would enjoy it. And a catalog of their products as well. I flipped through the catalog and I think I’m definitely going to have to order a couple of these and maybe these. But, I am in love with my seahorse bangle for sure.

A Tierney Bangle

Love it! In fact, I wore it on Saturday. Eric got tickets to the circus (pics soon), and we had such a fun afternoon. That night he treated me to Nick’s Pizza (our favorite), which I have not have in forever. We even split some tiramisu. And we topped off our fun day together by watching Fast and Furious. We get to spend so little time together that Saturday was just the best. And, I got to wear my new bracelet!!

I thought I’d share another new accessory too. My favorite silver watch of many years has finally hit the point of no return. I keep having to replace the battery ad nauseum, so I decided it was probably time to replace the watch. For Christmas last year, Eric bought me the most gorgeous gold watch that I absolutely adore. But, I also wanted a watch that I could pair with my silver jewelry, especially in the summer when that seems to be all I wear. So, I searched around and finally found a watch that was inexpensive but seemed to fit the look I was going for. Just something simple and classic.

New Watch

I found this watch by Peugeot. Never heard of the brand with regard to watches, but it was a good price, and I liked the look of it. I actually ordered the watch via Amazon. I’m very pleased with it and my wrist no longer has to be naked on silver jewelry days. And I still have my very nice, gold watch for gold days.
Thanks, again Coterie and A. Tierney!!!
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Week in Photos

7/26/09 – 8/1/09

Last week I…

  • finished my Earth Sampler. I just love it and had so much fun working on this one. The colors are lovely.

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  • got a manicure. OPI Cha-Ching Cherry – one of my favorites. And I’m reading Drums of Autumn.

Cha-Ching Cherry

  • got bit by something that strangely resembles a vampire bite on my neck.

Bitten

  • wore my garnet ring that always brings back memories.

Remembering

  • worked on Simple Things and tried to remind myself to keep it simple

Stitching

  • fell in love with the bracelet I won on a blog giveaway. The seahorses are so dang cute.

A Tierney Bangle

  • noticed the crepe myrtle blooming in our front yard

Summer Tree

  • and went to the circus. Photos from the Circus here.
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