Monday, 27 February 2012
After struggling with yesterday's word, i knew exactly what i was going to do for "mist", even if we dont have any here in the west midlands...
I was very very tempted to be literal and show you all what "mist" in german means, but i think that may have been a bit over the top.. so, instead, i had to create my own "mist"
Sunday, 26 February 2012
Oh my, today's word has caused me headaches and i almost flew into a full blown panic attack as i still hadnt taken my photo by 9pm!! Light... such a little word, so many opportunities, yet none struck me.
I suppose that stems from the fact that a few years ago i took a REALLY nice photo.. ill show you all in a bit, and i was trying to think of something equally brilliant.. alas that was not going to happen! The mood ive been in in the last few days can best be described as a "non mood" ... i havent been in the mood for anything, everything feels "wrong" and "off" and i just could not come up with anything that was worth taking pictures off. Until the lights went out! The kitchen fittings were my saviours.. they make a pretty pattern on the ceiling when they are turned on, so, encouraged by my first find, i went in search of other light sources in the house! I didnt even have to go too far.. the living room provided me with 2 lights, Leo's basking lamp and the newly aquired corner lamp.. and, as i took a photo of corner lamp 1, i felt it would only be fair to also feature corner lamp 2 (which used to be corner lamp 1 until i relocated it to the dining room to give Neppy some light)... so, here are my Lights
Saturday, 25 February 2012
Ahhh the weekend, a double edged sword in this house... i like the lie ins, i like the being lazy, i even like having the kids around, mostly at least. The problem with the weekend starts the minute no1 daughter gets bored and goes on a mission to find entertainment, this entertainment usually involves some kind of warfare. Other kids play sports, play on their games consoles, read, draw or do any other of 1000 hobbies... no1 daughter's hobby is to start fights! or so it seems, dh preempted today's boredom and took her for a quick trot around town and she came back quite tired and subdued, pretty much like Cooper, take him for a long gallop across the field and you get hours of peace out of him.
Anyway, while dh and no1 daughter trundled around town, i made our customary weekend muffins.. they normally last only about 5 minutes, but this weekend i went to town (well not really, just metaphorically) and made 3 different flavoured batches, chocolate, hazelnut/almond and plain vanilla! It should take my lot a little more than 5 minutes to devour all those!
We used to have ridiculously structured weekends, mainly dominated by no1 son's football matches, luckily he has lost all interest in playing the beautiful game and just watches it nowadays.
Friday, 24 February 2012
When i first went out this morning, i should have taken a photo of the glorious blue sky i was greeted with but that would have been contrary to the word for today, "luckily" for me, my worries were all taken care off by the time i was on my way back and there were plenty of clouds in the sky. It is quite windy, so the skyscape (??? i think im getting good at making up words) is constantly changing, about 5 minutes ago it looked like this:
Thursday, 23 February 2012
I can also get myself all hung up in the details... forget the big picture, if theres a tiny something that is not quite SO, i can get utterly upset. It is somewhat ridiculous at times, but what can i say, thats just me.
Despite all this experience "in the details" department, i could not think of anything worth while taking a photo of though, until i had one of my AHA moments (you are all getting used to those by now, right?) and i found one area, where my attention to detail is rather lacking. I have a tendency to take things apart, pc cases, laptops, tvs, radios, bascially anything and everything thats got a screw does get unscrewed at some point in its lifetime... and i learnt something during those processes!!! The manufacturers use way more tiny little screws than the device actually NEEDS.. i have in the past considered bundling up all the spare parts that are not essential to the running of a gadget and ask for a partial refund! As a result, we have accumulated quite a collection of teeny tiny screws and washers and plugs and wotnots. Here is a small sample of the redundant metal bits:
Tuesday, 21 February 2012
We have lots of trees around us, especially along the canals and in the urban forest, so my initial thought was to catch a beautiful BIG birds nest we see every morning on the school run, but, as usual, the day had a different idea and i think i would have caused some serious road rage had i stopped to take a photo of a tree... maybe we need some kind of sticker or badge "caution vehicle may stop unannounced serious 365+1 addict on board" or some such thing..
Anyway, with that idea also squashed, i contemplated some other possibilities.... like conquering my total fear of heights and climbing up on the step ladder to take a photo, but i figured that to most people that would not necessarily classify as SKY high.. high but not quite THAT high... so, back to square one...
With all the little people back at school and the dear husband in a "funny" mood, i was on my own with this one.. and stayed that way only dear son 2 came to the rescue late in the afternoon. And what a fun couple of hours our skyhigh adventure turned out to be!!!!! On the way into town, i spotted the art gallery as a possible subject for skyhigh.. i must admit, ive walked past it plenty of times, but never set foot in it.. we were discussing the "skyhigh" prompt and dear son 2 says.. "Oh you know you can go out right on the top of the gallery" ummm cool, but ME being up SKY high?? this child is as scared of anything higher than platform shoes than i am, and hed been to the top of the building... in an elevator (that has windows that nobody mentioned to me until it was too late) lets just say, our trip to the art gallery turned into a white knuckle ride for me... fortunately the elevator doesnt mess about and zips you up there quicker than any camera lense can take a shot!! I must admit, i stayed firmly behind 6" thick security glass and did not venture out onto the balcony (which looked far too dodgy if you ask me) but we got a beautiful look across town! We took the tamer flights of stairs on our way down and explored the different levels a bit more.. what a giggle we had, greeted witn quite a few "ssshhhs" and "tsks" and funny looks until the "helpful" security guard thought we were lost and kindly showed us the stairs :D
Here is how SKY high we were today:
Monday, 20 February 2012
I kind of surprised myself though, i was having visions of trying to capture photos of open heart surgery (to show fragile hearts are) or come up with some other deep and meaningful post, instead, the first thing that popped into my mind was EGGS... i purposefully strutted into the kitchen to capture the glory that is our special free range eggs just discover that they were all gone!!! now, how is THAT for fragile?? so, i needed a new victim.. and my mood was not the best after the failed attempt of completing the challenge before midday, never mind midnight. In a last ditch effort to save my mood, i suggested we start painting the hallway... now that certainly caused something FRAGILE.. the mood in this house was in fact so fragile, it was brittle... all that over a pair of trainers the (usual) dear husband could not locate and blamed the perceived disposal of said trainers on me, which in turn caused my already fragile mood to disintegrate completely! especially when i had not disposed of said trainers.. anyway, as a matter of revenge i took a photo of the (usual) dear husband painting the corner (in a very fragile mood)
Sunday, 19 February 2012
Fashion and me are really two worlds colliding, always have been, always will be. I have always been opposed to fashion fads, and rather did my own thing (much to the dismay of my poor mother who had to put up with a goth).. the only time i insist on being in with the "hip and trendy crowd" is where my gizmos and gadgets are concerned! i cannot stand not having the latest, fastest, shiniest electronic thing, where my wardrobe is concerned however, not a single solitary fashionable thing to be found.
I do however love Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis (almost as much as apple)... and it seems that even almost 200 years later these fabulous items of clothing will not be relegated to being "unfashionable".. yup, i live in them, they are comfortable, hardwearing, survived toddlers, tweens, teens and puppies... they forgive the fact that your tshirt may not necessarily colour match, they make you forget you are even dressed and good to just run out of the door! so, here is a small sample of my beloved JEANS
Saturday, 18 February 2012
Friday, 17 February 2012
Thursday, 16 February 2012
- 1 matching inside bag with my essential supplies like more chapsticks, more hand sanitizer etc.
- 1 packet of tissues
- 1 handsanitizer spray bottle
- 1 mint flavoured breath freshener
- 1 hairbrush
- 1 doodle i did while waiting somewhere or other
- 4 receipts for various gifts
- 1 stick of gum
- 1 pen holder
- 1 notepad
- 1 camera (my "old" one, you just never know when it will come in handy)
- 1 iphone
Wednesday, 15 February 2012
Tuesday, 14 February 2012
Saturday, 11 February 2012
Friday, 10 February 2012
Thursday, 9 February 2012
Tuesday, 7 February 2012
Ive narrowed it down to two possible things.. either i can have a rant about these new fancy bubblewrap type sealed packages that manufacturers imprison our newly purchased goodies in.. You know the kind: you attack them with scissors, knives, screwdrivers and any other sharp object you can get your hands on and still the only pay off for your efforts is a trip to the first aid box to doctor the war wounds that were just inflicted upon you. I swear, they do it on purpose and use some alien superstrength NASA material for the packaging! After batteling with the bubble round this particular object for the better part of 30 minutes, i lulled it into a false sense of security and walked away in order to engage the help of the most destructive being in the house - The Cooper! His sharp teeth soon had the evil bubblewrapped punctured in several places. Victory!!
Or i can show you some yummy chocolate that never made it OUT of their packaging, because every time i go to bite their heads or tummies, or other body part, i feel guilty...
I know.. how about this, as i am writing this up late, a good punishment would be to have to include BOTH photos right?? Problem solved then, i dont need to choose one photo and you get to see both of my somewhat lacking photos!
Sunday, 5 February 2012
Saturday, 4 February 2012
Aftee trying out water, bottles of various liquids, the fish, the dog's water bowl, the fairy liquid and goodness knows what else, i settled for my favourite soft drink: Diet Coke Now you can all debate wether my glass is half full or half empty, but thats about as exciting as it gets im afraid.
Friday, 3 February 2012
When i saw this prompt this morning, i had some grande ideas... i should have known better than to expect my children (or animals for that matter) to cooperate willingly... i pleaded, begged, threatened, cajoled to get "the perfect photo" to no avail. Apparently tween girls and autistic boys dont mix well together when it comes to "interaction" (unless you count the fists that were flailing and feet that were at the ready to kick) needless to say, i eventually gave up on that idea and swiftly moved on to the dog as my next favourite target.
However, Cooper decided that interacting with the newly discovered stuffed toy was more fun than interacting with the human who provides his walks, entertainment and food... so i had to fall back on the predictable.. ME.
I dont do much interacting in real life, i am way too shy... but i have plenty of online friends that i interact with on a daily basis through the wonderful world of technology... texting, instant messaging, occasionally facebook, pinterest and online forums are all great places to get that social fix without having to worry about the hairdo, makeup, fashion...
I still couldn't quite make up my mind which photo to choose.. so here is my interaction and cooper's encounter with the teddy bear...
Thursday, 2 February 2012
I really, really wanted to take a photo of a panic button, but i couldnt summon the courage or energy to go out in search for one, then it crossed my mind that i could put a photo of CJ on here, as his nickname was "button" when he was little (he earnt his nickname because he used to hoover up chocolate buttons, if i laid a trail of buttons, he would follow it, picking each one up ever so carefully)... next was the obvious choice of finding any old button on clothes, or raiding the button box that has somehow filled up..
None of those really were the "right thing"... in the end, i spotted our collection of buttons... yes, it confuses me which buttons go with which appliance and i often find myself turning on the projector when im really wanting to watch a dvd.. or the stereo starts blasting the last song i listened to instead of me changing the channel.. what is even more infuriating is the fact that buttons have this tendency to just "disappear", poof gone... then the hunt begins, accompanied by many "who was the last to have the buttons" and "have you checked in the bathroom/kitchen/under the kids' beds/in the dog basket/under the sink/next door"...
Wednesday, 1 February 2012
Anyway, today's word prompt is Accessory... this was a relatively easy one for me :) i say relative, because i still had to make a choice between my favourite gadget accessory or my favourite personal one.. the personal won out in the end, as i want to document some things about "ME" for the kids to look back on.
I only wear one piece of jewellery that has not left me since the day it was put on me.. i dont often wear jewellery, i find it gets in the way and i worry terribly that i might lose a valuable item, so it just adds stress for me. It is usually only for special occasions and nights out that i will put on more than this one thing. But my wedding band has not left my hand since the day my husband put on my finger (ok, once when we had had a spat.. but it was so horrible not having it, i had to put it back on).. we chose very plain, simple gold bands. My mum has saved my dad's wedding rings (yes, he had two) and we are hoping to have those made into wedding rings for us eventually.. but i may just be a touch too attached to my original wedding ring to want to swap it for another. So, here it is.. my wedding band, plain and simple, no diamonds or sparkly bits... just a perfect circle with no beginning and no end.. like my love for my husband.