Tuesday, June 30, 2009

June 2009 Mosaic

Click to biggify. Created using Big Huge Labs Mosaic Maker.

Half a year, can you believe it? I have to admit, I honestly didn't think I would actually make it this far and still be doing so well at this photo a day thing. I will admit, it is getting harder sometimes. How, after six months, can I be forgetting to take my camera with me *more* often? I'm trying to re-integrate that habit. Maybe I can be better about it for the second half of the year. Hope your year is going well so far!

This picture is from the day we had all the drilling done for the termite treatment. These two cats do NOT like each other, at all. They pretty much cannot get closer to each other than about 3 feet without Cleo (the orange one) freaking out (Bengal doesn't care much for her, either). But when the drilling started? All of the kitties were unhappy, and these two happily cohabitated on this 2x2 foot square of carpet under the end table for over an hour.

These little red flowers are each about the diameter of a nickel. I spotted them growing on the top of the concrete island near Artuzzi's, and they just looked so bright and cheery in the sunlight.

The morning of Luke's second swim lesson, we heard a deafening noise as we approached campus. As we crested the hill, we saw this *huge* freight helicopter delivering something to the roof of the Coca-Cola building. This photo does absolutely nothing to emphasize the scale of this thing, but trust me, it was gigantic. Luke was terribly impressed! LOL We didn't actually see what was being delivered, but the noise was just incredible. Everyone who was on foot had stopped and was looking up at it. You just couldn't help yourself.

I laugh every time I see this picture. I don't know what he was up to, but he absolutely had to have every one of these stuck in the waistband of his pajamas. He was limited only by the number of red sticks in his Tinkertoy kit. You should have seen him trying to walk around like that. It was too funny!

Ta-da! Found the earring back that I reported missing on 6/18. This is the photo I thought I was going to post on Thursday, 6/25. Then Michael Jackson died. Earring back suddenly seemed less relevant. Such is life. But I am very happy to be wearing my earrings again.


And this is all that is left of yesterday's cake. Don't worry, we didn't eat it all ourselves! We each had one piece yesterday, and we saved 2 for today. The rest I sent to work with DH. He put it in the break room when he arrived at 7 AM, and when he checked on it at 9 AM, it was completely gone. And I know you can't really see it in the picture, but that cake server is engraved with our names and our wedding date. I bought a stainless steel cake knife and server for the wedding cake (instead of silver, like most people), and I love using them. They make me smile every time. It will be 11 years on Saturday! So hard to believe.

Monday, June 29, 2009


The fruits of yesterday's yummy beaters. I didn't get the icing made and the whole thing put together until today. I do believe this is my first ever multi-layer cake. Upon cutting and tasting, we discovered that the recipe isn't really worth the time and effort, but it looked pretty.

Sunday, June 28, 2009


Ah, the simple things, like licking the beaters after mixing up a cake. Neither of the boys like it much, so I get both all to myself!

Saturday, June 27, 2009


Here is Luke, swimming all by himself without any help from the instructor. Yay!

Friday, June 26, 2009


These iridescent spheres are just sitting in a bowl in an alcove at Maddio's Pizza Joint. I liked how they looked, reflecting and refracting in the sunlight. They're a little dusty, though! LOL

Thursday, June 25, 2009


A very sad day. Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson died within hours of each other.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009


Not sure if you can really see this in the photo. I was trying to capture the tabs that I routinely have open on my browser. They are: Yahoo Mail, Gmail, Bloglines, Twitter, Facebook, the general chat forum of my favorite BB, and Google. It keeps me off the streets, LOL!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009


DH is finally officially official. He needed to sign off on someone else's Professional Engineering application, and he had to stamp his signature as being a PE himself. Obviously, that would require a stamp, something I have been pestering him to get for 5 years now. It came today.

Monday, June 22, 2009


Ah, see, I knew my previous "I forgot to take a picture" day didn't count, since I did actually remember to do it, I just chose not to since I was already in bed. Today? Never even crossed my mind to take one! Didn't even realize it until the next day. So, this is one from a few days ago that I had intended to use as a fill photo at the end of the month. Guess it can fill in now! After realizing that I had only the one good bottle of nail color left a few days ago, I went out and bought a few new ones. These are: Cover Girl 3-in-1 Mauve to the Beat, Sally Hansen Diamond Strength Lavender Marquis, Milani Hot Orchid, and Sally Hansen Diamond Strength Forever Lilac. I've tried 3 of the 4 already. *Love* the Mauve, hate the Marquis, and Orchid is okay.

Sunday, June 21, 2009


My hubby's idea of the perfect Father's Day dinner: Krystal!

Saturday, June 20, 2009


Happy Early Father's Day to my husband. He and Luke played in the leisure pool today after swim lessons. It was the first time Luke has ever played in a pool, and they both had a blast.

Friday, June 19, 2009


Not the best picture, I know, but the other one turned out terribly, and by the third one, the item in question was gone! What was he eating? Cake, a slice of Entenmann's Golden Pound Cake, to be specific. Why is that worthy of documentation? Because the child does not eat cake! He's never eaten a single piece of birthday cake that we've made him in 4 years, nor has he eaten any other cake or cupcake that I've ever made. He ate the chocolate cupcakes briefly at Golden Corral, but he doesn't eat them anymore, and hasn't for quite some time. Maybe I should try serving this at his next birthday?

Thursday, June 18, 2009


This is a make-up picture. I did remember that I hadn't taken one during the day of the 18th, but it was 11:30 PM, I was already in bed, and I had been feeling terrible all day. It just wasn't worth it. This does, however, represent something that I discovered that evening. Notice anything? Yeah, one of the backs is missing. The interesting thing about these is that the posts are threaded and the backs physically screw on. How do you lose one of those?! These are my good ruby earrings that I got nearly 3 years ago. I never take them off (mainly because I'm lazy about wearing/changing jewelry these days). I'm still baffled how it happened, and I can't find it anywhere. I hope the store sells replacements, though it might turn out to be cheaper to buy new ones.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009


Tonight, the Battle of Cheeseburger Pie took place on this very spot. It was a miserable night, ending in Luke quite literally going to bed without supper. I think the "without supper" part was fine with him, but the going to bed part was not. The new rule of dinner at home is "you have to take a bite of each thing that is served before Mommy and Daddy finish eating, or you go to bed." It's been this way for 2 weeks now. Up until tonight, he would squeak it in as we were taking the last bite. Today, he decided to see if we really meant it. We did. Being a parent sucks sometimes.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009


Today's field trip at school was to Build-A-Bear. This is what Luke came home with. You can read the rest of the story here.

Monday, June 15, 2009


This little bundle is my life. I don't carry a purse, just this and a cell phone, both of which go pretty much everywhere with me. The name keychain blinks on and off (I got it at the Georgia Aquarium, but I know they sell them other places), and the photo was taken this year at Downtown Disney Planet Hollywood. It replaced the previous photo of DH and me that was 8-9 years old (from our first ever Disney trip as a couple), long before Luke was ever in the picture, no pun intended. (And yes, I did erase the points from the keys, just in case. That's why they look funny.)

Sunday, June 14, 2009


Today's picture was inspired by a quiz on Facebook, if you can believe that. It was trying to assess how "girly" I am, which I scored 0% on, BTW. No surprise, really, to anyone who knows me. But it did remind me that I used to paint my toenails a lot. It was my one concession to girliness. I honestly don't think I have painted my toenails or my fingernails since before Luke was born, so I decided to go for it tonight. Only one bottle of polish was still usable after all this time, but that's okay, it's my favorite one: holographic lavender! (Hey, I said it was girly, not grown up.) I don't even think they make it any more, pout. I got such a kick out of it that I painted my fingernails, too, just so I could look at it more. (Yes, I am easily amused.) Besides, I'm sure you would prefer a picture of my fingers instead of my toes, right?

Saturday, June 13, 2009


Bet you thought every Saturday picture between now and mid-July was going to be of swimming, didn't you? Not when we have to walk right past my old stomping grounds to get to the CRC (which I still think of as SAC, because that's what is was for both me and my father). Oh, the hours I spent in those brick buildings right there. Here is Luke, in front of the sign for the ISyE complex at Georgia Tech.

Friday, June 12, 2009


We checked out a new restaurant tonight, Maddio's Pizza Joint. It opened where Mama Fu's used to be in the Toco Hills shopping center (on the Publix side, across from Chipotle). Not great, not bad. It's pizza, how bad can it be? Just nice to have some options so close to the grocery store (our Kroger is just around the corner from the Publix). They run a tight ship, I'll give them that, plus the make all their own sauces (including the salad dressings) and have more toppings than I have ever seen for pizza. And best of all, they have coloring sheets and crayons ready at the register. Luke's only complaint? No breadsticks! LOL

Thursday, June 11, 2009


"No, Mommy, I not finished!" I just wanted to get some shots of him in the process of building something, and he got so upset. This is the best I managed.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009


A fort (excuse me, a robot tank), a sword, and a kitty copilot. What more could a 4-year-old want? These wood blocks belonged to my husband when he was a kid. They are made from scrap wood from his dad's shop. MIL hand sanded and oiled each one, and his dad made the box to hold them. I hear DH and BIL spent hours playing with them. Luke is definitely following in their footsteps.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009


A perfect evening at home: Firefly on Blu-ray.

Monday, June 8, 2009


What better way to watch television before bed? Luke's idea of unwinding, I suppose.

Sunday, June 7, 2009


Had to buy Luke some new shoes today. When we got in the car, he said, "Look, Mommy, I have bubble shoes." It took me a moment to see what he meant. Do you see it?

Saturday, June 6, 2009


Luke had his first swimming lesson today at Georgia Tech. He did extremely well and was not afraid at all. Go Luke!

Friday, June 5, 2009


En garde!

Thursday, June 4, 2009


Our dual tuner DVR and HD cable box. This is the best $5 a month we spend! Though it isn't doing us much good right now since the regular television schedule is on hiatus.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009


I consider this my virtual self. This is how I attend my numberous weekly conference calls without leaving home.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009


My friend Glenda posted a photo of her most recent temari, which inspired me to take a photo of the one I have sitting in the living room. It's on the mantle not because it matches the decor but because it is the one I finished most recently. It is one of the most complicated ones I have done, and it is the only one I have copied simply from a photo (no instructions provided). I'm very proud of it, though.

Monday, June 1, 2009


So, let me get this straight. In order to prevent tiny insects from creating holes in my wood, humans had to drill large holes in my concrete? How does that make any sense?! (I get it, I really do, I just find it ironic.)