Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Driving to Eric's conference from Abby's house, we had a bunch of time to mosey. We saw signs for Shawnee Lookout park, so we pulled in there and drove around. Although I feel like I should hate these smokestacks (for environmental reasons), they're quite impressive, and the smoke is beautifully puffy and graceful.
It is a shame, though, that they kind of overshadow a bunch of the park. I thought the contrast between the tree branch and the giant, concrete, man-made structure was interesting.
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We drove from Binghamton to Abby's (near Cincinnati) today. The air conditioner in our car is kaput, and strangely for April, it's 90 degrees...so we were cranky. But it's windy, and there's lots of flat space in Ohio, so Eric pulled over and we flew his kite. That made things better.
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Tuesday, April 21, 2009
This is TV Turnoff Week, so last night Eric was reading to me out of The Foxfire Book. This is a book of Appalachian lore, with stories and home remedies and hunting tips....and moonshining advice. This particular section describes how to hide your still from the law.
We were really getting a kick out of the home remedies, though. Here's an example:
"If bitten by a black widow spider, drink liquor heavily from 3pm to 7pm. You won't get drunk, you will be healed."
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Yesterday was a beautiful day, so I went for a walk and took a bunch of pictures. As I was walking back toward home, I noticed this cloud that was reaching down toward the tree, and I just had to capture it.
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Through work, I'm able to order food from an organization called Chenango Bounty, through which we can obtain food (prepared food, fresh produce, meat, etc.) from local-ish producers. It's such a fantastic idea, and I'm so glad to be able to support local farmers and food producers instead of getting everything that's been brought to the store in a truck from California.
Eric wanted to order a cream cheese Danish, and he sure got what he asked for!
I finished our income taxes Monday night. We had to file in three states, plus the federal return and one local form. Thankfully, my father is an accountant and was able to answer all of my MANY questions.
I'm glad that's over for another year!
And I'm glad that my parents' lives will calm down in a couple of days, after April 15!
I did edit this picture.
I hesitated because I thought it would mislead people into thinking I'm great at capturing sky color. Then I remembered that when Matt and I took the photo class a few weeks ago, the instructor told us that part of the art of photography is to capture the feeling that you had (or the feeling you wanted to convey) when you took the picture.
So here's the cropped version of the actual photo, with the colors and softness adjusted to make the sky seem as beautiful as it did to me when we were driving home after the Easter sunrise service.
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Friday, April 17, 2009
This one was an accident. I was trying to take a fun picture of Eric peeking up into our bedroom from the stairs, and I kept taking straight-on shots lying on the floor at eye level with him. This one where I sat up for a minute ended up being the best one.
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Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Saturday, April 11, 2009
I bought these pants for $2 at a thrift store one summer while I was working at camp. They are giant polyester bellbottoms with an elastic waistband. Almost every week of camp, there would be a dance, and I wore these pants with a tan flowered shirt that I salvaged from the rag bag in the craft shop at camp. As you can imagine, I was the most stylish lady there.
I was going through and weeding out some of my clothes, and I found these. I wasn't sure that they'd still fit, but to my delight, I managed to squeeze into them!
Although it might seem silly, I'm going to hang onto them. You never know when they might come in handy for a costume....*grin*
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Friday, April 10, 2009
Our friends at the Park Terrace Community United Methodist Church held their annual Good Friday Art Show this afternoon and evening. The theme for this year was “It is Finished”, based upon the lectionary reading for this day: John 18:1-19:42. The above was my submission to the show. Here’s the statement that accompanied it:
“The roll of film in a single lens reflex camera captures for me the essence of what those standing at the base of the cross must have been feeling when Christ uttered those final words: ‘It is finished.’ Like those disciples, someone who has never used an analog camera would not necessarily know what to expect when the final frame is exposed and the film rewound—even if they have been told repeatedly. Perhaps it is the end. Perhaps.
“Yet, those who have taken a completed roll of film to a lab know that through an intensive process something new and glorious comes from it. So it is with Christ—the cross is not the end.”