Tuesday, March 31, 2009

self portrait tuesday

march's theme is "headless"

photographer's stance #23

this is a popular stance for beginning to intermediate level.
mild to moderate physical exertion.
you may also have to put your hands out occasionally to keep your balance.
may include slow leaning to both sides and possible knee bends.

anything for the shot, right?

Monday, March 30, 2009

find the extraordinary in the ordinary.

happy monday!

Friday, March 27, 2009

things to fill your weekend with

eyes closed in the sunshine
lackadaisical mind drifting
laughing so hard that you can't catch your breath
so much fun that that you feel like you're 5 years old again
warmth down to your toes
sunshine that freckles your nose
food so yum that your stomach thanks you
sleep so peaceful that you're sure you've just been to heaven when you wake up
sex that makes you glow
and days that go by s-l-o-w

have a happy weekend!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

learn from yesterday
live for today
hope for tomorrow

- albert einstein

my fellow shutter sisters are launching a new project on hope.
please go have a look
spread the word.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

the trouble with cherry blossoms

is that they all fly away.
spring is fleeting.
but i wish it could stay.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

self portrait tuesday

march's theme is "headless"

warm or cool?
these days, i'm choosing to live in the warmth.

Monday, March 23, 2009


yesterday, i went and got a mani and a pedi.
i swear i hadn't had a pedicure in about a year.
poor thing...she broke out in a sweat trying to scrape the funk off my feet.
after i got over the embarrassment, it was sheer heaven.
and now i have pretty pink toes.

don't wait to treat yourself.
do it now.

happy monday!

Friday, March 20, 2009

happy friday!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Wednesday, March 18, 2009


i know you're worried.
you wonder if you're doing the right thing.
and if everything will be okay.
it seems that this period in your life will never end.
that every day is a constant, uphill battle.
but don't forget,
when you look down, worried that you're going to fall,
you'll see me there.
with my hands outstretched
ready to catch you
and hug you so hard and tight

and i promise i will not let go.


Tuesday, March 17, 2009

self portrait tuesday

march's theme is: "headless"

green beetle bugs.


Monday, March 16, 2009


i am so lucky that i have the opportunity to go thrifting on a regular basis.
and i never even have to leave work to do it.
the non-profit organization that i work for started a thrift shop so that the money could be used to benefit the people that live there and may need it.

pretty smart, huh?
the woman that started this thrift shop has raised more than 100,000 for our organization.
she's pretty amazing.
in her 90's and still going strong.

people do such amazing things.

have an amazing monday!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

eraser head

happy birthday, c.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

question: "why is it raining?"
answer: because it's the weekend

question: "why did God invent blueberries?"
answer: to go in fage yogurt with almonds

question: "what will dawn do in the rain this weekend?"
answer: go to ikea and eat lots of blueberries and fage yogurt and wish it wasn't raining

happy weekend to you!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

dear spring,

i have something i need to tell you.
i love you.
i love everything about you.
i love how you make the trees and bushes and flowers bloom.
i love how your morning light filters through the trees and they get all glowy.
i love how the grass gets green again and the earth comes to life.
and it's not just me that loves you, because the birds love you too.
they sing your praises every morning.
i love how you greet me in the morning when i wake up and linger into the evening hours so that i can enjoy every last drop of you.
i love you so much.
i don't even mind that your pollen makes me sneeze my stupid head off and my eyes feel like they're exploding in their sockets.
because i love you that much.


p.s. don't tell the other seasons, they might get jealous

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

looking for signs:

it's easy to find signs. they're always telling me what to do and where to go and how fast to do it and the right way to do it and how much i have to pay for it and what i'm going to see and what i'm going to watch and the right way i'm supposed to go and the right house and the right building and the right restaurant.

but when i really need a sign, i can never find it.
like how to parent
and how to maneuver through a sticky situation
and the correct thing to say to someone

where are those signs?
because i'm always looking for them.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

self portrait tuesday

march's theme is "headless"

Something always takes the place of
Missing pieces you can take and put
Together even though
You know there's something missing
Something always missing always
Someone missing something


Monday, March 9, 2009

so proud of the big guy

mr. ntm rocked the half marathon this past weekend.
i love your perseverance and your discipline
and i love you!
congratulations, sweetie.

Sunday, March 8, 2009


i am being a very lazy blogger...i can't help it.
i am lucky enough to be enjoying 80 degree, sunny weather for both yesterday and today.
unheard of, even here in the south.

i hope you are having a wonderful weekend.

Friday, March 6, 2009

how about these two goofballs?

what we could learn from dogs

When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.
Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy.
When it's in your best interest, practice obedience.
Let others know when they've invaded your territory.
Take naps and stretch before rising.
Run, romp and play daily.
Thrive on attention and let people touch you.
Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.
On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.
When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
No matter how often you're scolded, don't buy into the guilt thing and pout....run right back and make friends.
Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.
Eat with gusto and enthusiasm.
Never pretend to be something you're not.
If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.
And most of all...When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by and nuzzle them gently.

i'm not sure who wrote this because
it was passed on to me
but i will strive towards these "dogmas" on a daily basis.

have a very happy friday!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

and now for something completely different

wonderful meg and i are starting a new project together.
we met on flickr and are both photographers that like a lot of the same things.
so we decided to start a new blog called "today is the day"
each week, one of us will randomly choose a theme....
"today is the day i walk backwards" or "today is the day i jump for joy" etc....
we have each written down ideas to choose from
which will inspire a photo that we will then post together side by side as a diptych.
today is the day that our first post was published.
the theme was "today is the day i see green"
please go check it out and see what you think.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

what a great surprise to discover this photo landed as a daily click on the esteemed and very wonderful shutter sisters website. if you have never been to this website, please go and have a look. they are a daily source of inspiration and i am very honored to have been a small part of it. see it here

at the end of the day

it was such a long day at work.
a good day, but a long day.
spectacularly long.
so i left an hour early and grabbed mr. camera for some exercise.
mr. camera didn't mind.
neither did my boss (luckily)
just leaving work that one hour earlier to catch the last bit of sunshine with my camera was an amazing attitude adjustment.

when i look through the lens of my camera, i am totally in the moment.
i have finally gotten to be good friends with him.
we play almost every day and we get along now.
he worried me at first.
because i wasn't so sure about him and not sure exactly how to play with him.
but i'm finally getting a real comfort level now.
and it feels so good.
i actually relax when i pick him up and look through him.
and i see things differently
especially at the end of a long day.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

you're 21 years old today.

old enough to vote
old enough to drink
old enough to get married
old enough to know better
old enough to drive
old enough to begin a career
old enough to become a mother
old enough to pay your own bills
old enough to overload your own dryer
old enough to take responsibility for your own life
old enough to know where you came from
old enough to form your own values
old enough to live your own life
old enough to laugh and be a goofball
old enough to take risks
old enough to make choices
old enough to live by your own rules.
old enough to burn your own pans when you cook

but you'll never be too old to be my little girl.

i love you more than anything i could ever possibly imagine.
happy birthday.

self portrait tuesday

march's theme is "headless"

Monday, March 2, 2009

today i smile

by god, i'm going to smile if it kills me.
even though it's monday.
and this morning when i woke up, i was greeted by 5 inches of snow outside.
which is not so good for all these beautiful blossoming trees and bushes we have.
but we got that winter weather over with and now i don't think we'll have anymore.
it will be daylight savings time this coming weekend.
and longer daylight hours
is another good reason, to smile.
whatever is in your day today,
i hope you're smiling too.
i really do.

happy monday!

p.s. i'm taking an informal survey....which processing do you like best on these photos? any feedback would be most appreciated!