Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Final project time

OK, so the semester just finished and I had a final project due. This project was different because I actually had a theme. It wasn't scattered or random, but an honest to goodness theme. And it was actually a decent one for a change.

I totally abused the heck out of Bear for this project. But really, he was kind of the inspiration. It started with this image that I did for a color of light project...

Which made me want to do that shot a little better, so that it meant a little more and I got this..

 which led to a series of 8 shots (I'm only posting a few because really, do you want to see the sucky ones?) and that made it a project.


And I finished out with this....


So if you didn't get it, the theme is smartphone obsession. And how they connect us to the world but can disconnect us from our immidate surroundings. And that's as deep as I'm gonna get with it.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Halloween

Five months since the last blog post. Wow. Ok. Slacker much?

We went to the Street n' Treat downtown. Interesting and a differnet experience, but kind of a let down when it came to the candy haul. Here's the visuals...



Snocones? Really?

My gang!

Dancer girl recycled her Cheshire Cat costume from the spring concert.

This poor lady was hard at work still...

And this guy could probably use a break.


Tuesday, July 19, 2011

It's hot and I wanna go back to Florida.

OK, it's Texas in July. So it's supposed to be hot. But this year is another one of those record setting many days hitting 100 degree summers. Here's my question, if we keep setting more records to the extremes isn't that a sign that something is wonky? Hello? global warming? Hotter summers and colder winters because the ocean temperatures are off and that messes with the jet stream and all that.

Wait... did I sound quasi intelligent there? I need to stop that.

Anyway, I've sorely neglected my little blog here. I had classes. Then dance recital. Then 2 weeks in Orlando. Too bad is wasn't 2 weeks with Orlando Bloom. LOL (just kidding, Bear. You know I prefer Vin Diesel)

So I'll blog. We went back to the World of Mickey this summer and it was hot. But not Texas hot, so really it felt nice. Seriously, 95 degrees is significantly less sweltering than 105 degrees. And it actually got chilly feeling at night there. OK, so maybe it was only chilly when you came out of the pool. Or got drenched on Kali River Rapids. Or by the rain. We did see some rain.

But the highlight of the trip for me was going to Kennedy Space Center. I'm a geek (shocker, I know) and I grew up with a poster of Buzz Aldrin on my wall (Neil Armstrong is not the astronaut in that picture on the moon). And of Discovery lifting off. My mouse pad has Bruce McCandless on it (yeah, you've seen his picture but you have no clue who he is, I know.). So going to KSC, especially when we'd get to see a shuttle on the launch pad, was pretty cool for me.

Note*** the shots are cropped 16x9 for the video I did. I'm too lazy to crop again. LOL

OK, we start here. And inside I'm jumping up and down shouting "I'm at NASA! I'm at freaking NASA!"



Then we went and saw the Rocket Garden. But I've seen capsules that have been into space at the Smithsonian, so it wasn't as impressive as I thought it would be. But it was way cool.

We saw the cool Star Trek stuff they had going on.. I think they dumped the contents of Star Trek The Experience from the Las Vegas Hilton into a truck and took it on tour. It was still neat though. But the best part was the tour. We did the guided tour. I got to see this....


And then we saw this....


Oh wait... that's not a good shot. How about this one...


That's not a crop by the way and it's the closest you can get on a tour. The only bummer was that they had the orbiter covered so we couldn't see anything but gray on the other side. We debated about heading into the area for the launch. We were in Orlando that day. But I just couldn't see dragging the kids there and camping out the night before for something that I wanted to do and they weren't really interested in (big swing and a miss for genetic memory on that one). We had hoped to see Atlantis fly over the Magic Kingdom, and we were a good spot for it, but the clouds were against us. Guess I can get up stupid early and look for it as it comes in to land on the morning of the 21st. Sometimes you can see it fly over DFW.

I have more, but hyper boy needs me right now.


Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Commando

Working on a black and white project. I have to say, taking your son to a park in camo face paint with a bunch of toy weapons does get you some strange looks. Hyper Boy, who loves all things related to the military, loved getting into the role of a commando.

If you have a problem with kids and toy guns, you might not want to look at this post. Part of my inspiration for this set of shots is a Diane Arbus image. You can see it here..
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Childwithhandgrenadedianearbus.jpg

Now for what I shot...





I know, not the usual cute kid stuff I post. No happy fluffy bunnies here. But I was going for something a little unusual. Maybe something about kids, and playing, and toy guns. And how little boys can't just play solider anymore without being looked upon as future terrorists.

Hyper Boy is one of the least aggressive almost 8 year old boys I know. But he does love to play soldier. And I wonder if that's part of why he's not very aggressive the rest of the time. Maybe he gets a lot of that out when he plays.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Spelling Bee

Dancer Girl won the school spelling bee and went to the district bee. She did well. Initially we thought she placed 5th, but then realized that according to the rules she tied for third! Anyway, she is only in 5th grade and has 3 more years of eligibility and is planning on going and winning the district bee next year. We also realized that when she is in 8th grade, Hyper Boy will be in 5th grade. He's a good speller as well and it is not outside the realm of possibility that they could both be at the district bee at the same time.

To that end, we are learning to spell new words at our house and have decided that every Friday night we will have a family spelling bee. Because quite frankly it's embarrassing that my 2nd grader spells better than I do.

It's hard though to make a list of words that balance what both kids can do. I've made a list and I have a good range though. We started with Hyper Boy's recent spelling words and pulled some from the spelling bee list then added some of our own words.

den, eat, again, start, should, before, high, found, home, tank, appoint, charge, quiz, guard, train, around, wanting, ace, skin, kitten, icing, respell, groom, status, prime, chuckle, griddle, expire, mention, valley, yokel, yippee, magical, desirable, cistern, penalty, infectious, maimed, melee, wounded, whisperer, sabotage, submarine, incendiary, carnage, apocalyptic, nonnegotiable, indomitable, rambunctious, arabesque, infallible, inflatable, Midway, worldwide, battlecry, clearance, abnormal, eyelid, payday, Blockdot

The plan is for a different person to give the words each week (which could prove interesting with Hyper Boy) and everyone will get a prize if they participate. Again, gotta have motivation for Hyper Boy. and if we run through the whole list and no one misses we'll have to pull form the longer Spellit.com list with the really hard words!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

So much for regularity

Wow... I really dropped the ball here, huh?

It's cold and I'm planning the next Disney trip. So here's more pictures from the last Disney trip to get in the mood.






More later!