Wednesday, November 20, 2013


"I've been running all my lives...through time and space."

I cannot wait for Saturday! Errr...or Sunday, when those of us without cable can download The Day of the Doctor from iTunes.


Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Cherry Blossoms 2013

Cherry blossom season is long gone by now, and I'm finally getting a chance to blog a little about it!

This year the cherry blossoms were really late. As in super duper, I wonder if they're just going to freeze off and not bloom this year late, since it was so unseasonably cold here right up until the very end of March. Finally, though, they started to pop out, and of course I ran straight out with my camera and took eleventy billion photos of them.



I love it when the trees are still full of clusters of really tight buds, with just one or two that have fully bloomed.




Sunday, August 4, 2013

back to the gardens

I have fallen so behind on getting photos blogged, and it's time to fix that! I'll be trying to post here more often and bouncing between more current photos and some from the last 8+ months that I haven't posted yet. Posting is how I remember those little details, and I need to make more time for it! :)

A few weeks ago I went from working a 30 hour week with a 5 day, 6 hour per day schedule to working 40 hours with a 4 day, 10 hour per day schedule. I admit that it's been a little hard to adjust to the much longer days than I was previously used to (don't get me wrong, it's nice to be needed!), but one of the big perks? I have every Friday off! Darren was in South Africa on a mission trip for my first two off Fridays, and I mostly stuck around the house trying to get caught up a few things. This last Friday, though, we took a little time in the middle of the day to visit the Botanical Gardens! We hadn't gone in ages, and it was so awesome to see some of my favorites, like the water gardens, again.


Since it was the middle of the day and not really the best light at all for taking photos, I only toted my 50mm lens along (one of these days I'll get out around dusk with the macro lens again) to take a few shots.

The crepe myrtles are in full bloom here right now, and so gorgeous!


And of course we had to stop by the bonsai exhibit. They change the trees out here periodically, and today this crazy little dude was on show.



This one always amazes me- at first it looks like the trunk has been broken, but in reality it's just growing that way.


There was a bit of playing with the koi at the water bridge, as always.




And the figs are starting to ripen! The gardens are totally cool and actually encourage people to try the fruits and vegetables from the various displays, so Darren gets a fig or two every time we visit.


We're going to have to make a point of going here a lot before the cold weather comes back again!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

how geeks spend the weekend

One Sunday in mid-April I really, really, really wanted to go running, but the weather absolutely would not cooperate. It just kept raining, and while I actually love running in the rain, rain accompanied by thunder and lightning is an entirely different story.

So I pouted a bit and then decided to head on over to the gym and put in an hour on the elliptical trainer instead of hitting the road. And when I came out? The rain had stopped (timing!), and as I was walking to my car a lady popped her head out of her van and said I should look at the rainbow.

So I looked up and saw this!


I shot the photo above with my trusty iPhone5 (love the camera on that thing), but I really wanted to try to catch a shot or two on my DSLR, too, and since it was just half a mile to the house I jumped in the car to run home and get it.

I also collected Darren while at the house, and a few minutes later we were up on the top level of the university parking garage. Unfortunately the rainbow had faded quite a bit, but I still managed to get a shot of the tail ends. :)


Part of the convenience of where we live is that the university where D is working on his master's degree is pretty much right in our back yard, and my gym and the parking garage we were standing on top of to take that photo are all right on campus.

And guess who had an experiment running and decided to take me along to the lab while I was there? :)


I got to see all the nifty lab equipment and scope out the -80 freezer, and then...


...we went to the dark room to develop some films that Darren had left to develop from a radioactive gel. Yes, I just said radioactive...Geiger counters were in fact in use!


I took just a couple of photos of the darkroom (oh, what an awesome craft space this kind of setup would make!!) before the main lights had to be shut off and the red darkroom lights used instead.


From a rainy substitute-workout to developing photos of radioactive experiments in a university darkroom...just another weekend in Geekville!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

sophie's christmas pageant


This post goes all the way back to the end of November of last year, but I'm finally taking the time to get caught up on photos (Christmas and a vacation caused them to really back up!) and am so happy to get these stories told!

On November 30th I took off from work just a touch early to drive up to Nashville for my adorable little niece's Christmas pageant and to hang with the family for a few hours. The program was short, but oh-so-adorable as the teachers at Sophie's school brought out the classes one by one to perform a short song, starting with the youngest group.



The next class was soooo cute with the little tiny drums!


And then it was time for Sophie's class full of energetic two-year-olds to take the stage!


Ohmygoodness, the gingerbread tutu!!!


Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter, everyone!

After church we had a nice, quiet day at home. I meant to color eggs, but somehow never got around to it. But since D likes hardboiled eggs, anyway, there's nothing that says that I can't make them any time, right? :) To be fair, I only hatched (pardon the bad pun) the idea that I might like to color eggs last night after seeing Allison Kreft's post and pinboard.

Lucy at Craftberry Bush posted an image this morning that so beautifully captures the meaning of Easter.

And as for the awe and wonder of it all...well, this time-lapse video of Earth as seen from the ISS is at least a start at capturing that (thanks to Darren for passing it along!).

How great is our God.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

i just geeked straight out

Two of my favorite YouTube channels are not, in fact, related to scrapbooking. They're actually music channels, one belonging to fab violinist Lindsey Stirling and the other featuring the cello-and-piano stylings of The Piano Guys.

I've been a bit behind on both lately, so when I discovered that last month the two collaborated on a video...yeah, I was giddy!