It’s that time again!

Posted: August 1, 2017 in Ramblings

Wedding anniversary time.  Chris and I traded in all the old camera equipment we had lying around the house and treated ourselves to a new Sony Alpha and a big zoom lens.  He took this pic freehand tonight (not even with a tripod).

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Look for more experimentation in the upcoming weeks!

Picture Quality

Posted: July 27, 2017 in Ramblings

My parents said that all the pics in the previous post had been ‘taken by Dad.’  Well, maybe so, and maybe I maligned him unfairly, but these few below were definitely NOT taken by Mom, and so this is how I knew he’d taken them.


I have to wonder if this is a still frame from his video camera.


This was taken while he was up on the steps to Lincoln and we were all milling around at the base.  Very fuzzy.

So maybe it was a camera fault and not Dad’s skill as a photographer.  You don’t see any pictures taken by me (for a change) because I’d purchased an Instax Mini 8, hoping to make photo albums for each of the families who attended.  So I took a lot of instant photos and 95% of them were garbage.  I have since sent off the camera to Diane to see if she can coax anything better out of it.

Summer Vacation!

Posted: July 26, 2017 in Ramblings

You know, I wasn’t even sure whether I should blog about this or not.  Everyone who reads the blog was on the vacation!  (Except possibly Ant.)

So, we got the parents together with us and the Young Master for some hopefully quality time in Washington DC and Tysons.  Ha ha.  I can always find quality time at Tysons.  Anyway, temperatures were pretty blistering hot, so we didn’t get to do as much as we’d planned (e.g., the zoo, although I’m not even sure if the zoo opens on the really hot days for the sake of the animals).

We had a Kennedy Center brunch, one museum day, a private tour of DC and monuments one evening, a dinner cruise on the Spirit of Washington’s Odyssey.  These are the things we managed while staying in Georgetown.  I also bought a pair of Fluevog Givers, but ended up returning them because there was a long blue ink mark on them!


We kept calling this “Alex’s Thing” because he was intrigued by it but we didn’t know what else to call it. Maybe someone else found out. I still don’t know what it is.



WWII Monument. This was the first time I’d seen this one. Very elegant and moving. Despite my attraction to organic forms in my own art, the stern regularity of this monument impressed me a lot.

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MLK after dark. You would not believe how many bus tours were swarming around him. There must have been 200 people milling around at the base of the statue.

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I’m amazed we got him to pose (even though it’s an “I’m not happy” pose). He really doesn’t like having his picture taken!

Thanks to Mom and Dad for emailing all those pictures.  Unfortunately all the ones Dad sent are crazy-blurry, so I am unable to use them.

After the DC portion of the trip, we moved out to Tysons for a week.  Most of our activity during this time was (a) mall trips and (b) looking at apartments.  We needed to stay cool!  We looked at Adaire (nice but the feeling was very cold, clinical, Scandinavian, which is not our style), and The Lofts at Park Crest (which was my #1 choice as far as atmosphere), and BLVD Reston (ultimately won because of location near a metro).  However, we are sternly debating whether we want to live in that area again because of the summer heat.  Right now we are investigating New England.

Thanks to everyone who went, and I hope you all enjoyed it!


And while I’m here…

Posted: June 8, 2017 in Ramblings

…may I just rant about something?

Of course I may.

Why, why, why do people who are selling things online have to put the explicit circumstances of a personal tragedy in the listing?  I saw one tonight that said “I’m selling this yarn because I bought it to knit my husband a sweater and he just passed away.”  WHY?  Does this fact matter to the sale of the yarn?  Not really.  It’s just a play on people’s emotions.  I can’t stand this.  Usually it’s more along the lines of “I need money to fund [vet bills/kid’s school/alimony/whatever],” but any of this stuff really bothers me.  That yarn would have been perfect for an upcoming project of mine, but I’d never be able to look at it without remembering (a) the deceased husband (whom I did not know) or (b) the manipulative nature of the sale.  Yuck.

Redmond Rainbow

Posted: June 8, 2017 in Ramblings

How ironic is it that the pot of gold appears to be in Sammamish?


June 8, 2017.

Bag Purge

Posted: May 10, 2017 in Ramblings

I have a bunch of bags if any family members are interested.  Links go to the Amazon pages.

Lug “Caboose” in teal – this is actually designed as a diaper bag, but I bought it for a personal item on an airline because it has the sleeve on the back to slip over rolling luggage.  Used once to go to Lake Louise.  Doesn’t suit my needs anymore.  The changing pad and wipes case are gone (I donated them to charity when I bought the bag).

Kipling Sanaa in Cool Turquoise – bought this to be Alex’s rolling suitcase, but it doesn’t roll well enough for rapid, adult, moving-through-airports transit (it kept tipping over).  Probably was designed as a rolling kids’ backpack for school, and it would probably do very well for that, or for rolling a lot of items to meetings, or similar.  Cool Turquoise is a paler color than the teal shown in the link – a very vivid light turquoise.  Used once to go to Lake Louise.  It functions as an actual backpack in addition to being wheeled.  It also has a sleeve to slip over rolling luggage.  We thought about removing the wheel mechanism and using it as a travel backpack, but the wheels are mounted right on the outside of the backpack!

Tumi Westport in black – this is a slim briefcase designed for a laptop.  Very narrow, and because I only take my laptop out of the house on vacations, this is not useful to me.  Never used.

Tumi Marino in blue – never used.

Give me a shout if you want any of them.

Great Inventions

Posted: February 25, 2017 in Ramblings

There is always a lot of talk about great inventions.  Sliced bread, for example.  I can remember in college everyone felt the post-it note, ATM, and microwave ovens were the greatest things ever.  (I still believe microwave ovens are in the top 5!)

But recently, since I got my iPhone, I have added a new thing to the list, and this is…remote check deposits.  With our banking app, I can now submit a check for deposit by taking photos of the front and (signed) back, selecting an account to deposit the money to, and typing in the amount manually as a double-check function.  One quick push of an “upload” button and I’m done!  It is such a relief not to have to get to a bank (or an ATM) to deposit it.

What are your favorite inventions?