Monday, December 31, 2007
These little grass seeds make life exceedingly difficult with a long-haired dog- they dig their way into her fur and won't come out easily. Still, kind of pretty (especially when not in Amelia's fur).
It's my birthday today, start of another year. I'm wondering if Kaya will be born today.... that'd be cool. I wish you all a wonderful and enriching 2008, and thanks for all the love in 2007.
Saturday, December 29, 2007
My friend Alex has a serious eye for found nature objects- his arrowhead collection is awesome. This is a red-eared turtle skull he found walking through the woods last week. The last time I walked with him he found a bird of prey's shoulder bone.
Some guys have all the luck.
Friday, December 28, 2007
I saw this mushroom growing in the space a train spike should have been. Kind of a cute mushroom, although I find the majority of the fungi world decidedly un-cute.
Do you like the new watermarks? My photos were being lifted and taken to other sites, so I thought it was prudent.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
This is the first loaf of bread I've ever made- looks pretty, doesn't it? It didn't have a lot of flavor, but maybe next time. I'm letting some milk spoil on top of my fridge right now to make sourdough bread-- we'll see how it turns out. it sure looks nasty now.
I hope ya'll enjoyed Santa's Ghetto, I thought it was awesome, which is why i left it as the top post for so long.
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Found on Santa's Ghetto, 2007, which brings artists like Bansky, Paul Insect, Ron English, and Faile to the streets of Bethlehem... Bansky's piece above was finished by local kids after he left in order to diffuse the 80+ crowd that had gathered. The wall marks the spot where 40 people were killed (bullet holes on top of wall).
I absolutely love Blu's work too- one of the army men made of money being blown away by a giant infant-like monster was powerful. The artwork for sale in the shop is pretty damn fabulous too.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
I wish I knew the artists name, but I couldn't find it anywhere on the website. Very interesting... familiar...
Click to watch the short animation, here to watch Bendito-- The prayer says it all, I think. I don't want to quote the whole sentance but it ends "and praise your loving ideals of justice, fairness, and consumption".
Thursday, December 06, 2007
Monday, December 03, 2007
Killed five seconds at The Blog Readability Test. Found over at my favorite Fin's blog: Pretty things I see. I would have taken the hotlink, but I hate the ad they sneaked in.
(Incidentally, the word 'sneaked' upsets me. I always think it should be 'snuck'.)
Sunday, December 02, 2007
I was on my way to a buddies house when I saw these geese. I slowed my car and took some pictures while the larger of the geese eyed me suspiciously. I was leaving when I spotted a skinned dear hanging from a tree branch about 20 yards from the car. Welcome back to Southern Illinois wildlife, Lea.
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
Becky created this most delicious of dinners Saturday. Homemade pizza dough cooked in a cast iron pot with all my favorite toppings-- spinach, artichoke hearts, olives, garlic, feta... so-freaking-good. So good in fact, I had to blog about it.
Becky should be canonized for her cooking. Or at least invite me to dinner more. ;-) Notice the wine glasses in the corner of each shot? That's my contribution.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
Friday, October 26, 2007
Heater on, shower taken, toilet fixed, for those of you fretting. I feel bad about bitching in the earlier post.
Stopped at High Point coffee- wonderful place where they gave Amelia a dog treat and me a caffeine buzz like you wouldn't believe. Now if only I could still smoke inside places...
Here's a picture of a praying mantis I met in Redlands. Creepy, I know. I raised praying manti once from an eggsack- apparently they will stay were you leave them although I only ever spotted a couple of the hundreds I placed around the properties in Carbondale.
As I attempt to warm my fingers from the heat of the laptop battery I think of what I would give right now for a hot shower. I'm waiting for my landlord to show up and fix the heat, hot water and toilet (could these tasks be any more essential?). He's said he'd be here in fifteen minutes a few times now.
I got a couple books in the mail today, one of which is supremely good: David Sutton’s “Remembrance of Repasts”.
So good, so yummy, so not what I do here at UM.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Monday, October 22, 2007
Thanks in large part to forest fires, headwinds and a late plane I missed my connecting flight home to Memphis and had to spend the night in Salt Lake City (where they are not supposed to sell wine on Sunday, apparently). I was able to get a flight early this morning (or was that last night?), but got stuck in Atlanta when that connecting flight was canceled, and the next delayed. I finally made it to Memphis though, but my luggage (and half of my textbooks) are in St. Louis (for reasons that are still unclear to me).
But, on the bright side, I'm finding everything completely hilarious at the moment.
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Apparently associated with the United Nations World Food Program, Free Rice promises for each word you guess correctly they will send 10 grains of rice. I haven't checked them out fully, but I'm not sure I care too much, frankly there are worse ways to kill five minutes.