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Thursday, November 29, 2007

There's A Storm A-Brewing!


Nice Tail
I like how this picture turned out, even though Felix's tail is in the frame (since he so nicely walked through).
So it looks like this weekend will be the first real snowstorm of the season. I can't wait, really! I'm looking forward to it, right down to stocking up on some things.

We ended up going to Alexandria this afternoon, mostly on a diaper and baby gate mission. It shan't be long before Kirstin is mobile enough to justify keeping her out of places where Bad Things can happen. So some initial measures (purchase of baby gates) have now been taken. That, and we ended up coming home with 324 diapers. Long story short -- coupon expiry. Tomorrow.

So it was a pretty busy day but a relatively relaxing and interesting day. We went to the mall while we were there and picked up some stuff so we can do a really cute Kirstin Christmas picture. Should be awesome! At least that's the plan.

So we're on storm watch now -- if nothing else it'll give me an excuse to get a few random things done around the house (especially if it snows hard enough for Internet service to go out). But we've no snow on the ground just yet; it's just been cold for now.

And seeing as how it's now nearly midnight, I'm signing off. Until next time...
"The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good."
- Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

--MZ

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Oops!


Cute Capture
She was talking to me and making this crazy funny face; I just happened to take a picture at the right moment to accurately capture it.
So I missed a night. It wasn't really all that intentional, but I was just too tired to sit and write last night. My apologies.

I managed to go through and be a little interactive with the Flickr community last night, and that can be a little (or a lot) daunting, especially when trying to at least go through some of the groups to which I added photos and be interactive with other 'artists' as it were. Share and share alike, right?

I really like the whole Flickr thing; it's really an amazing place. All sorts of things, for every possible interest. And the fact that it can be used for free (granted, with several restrictions) is really pretty cool, too. I mean, I signed up with a Flickr account about a year ago but didn't actually upload a picture until late February. And within mere days of that first upload, I had upgraded to Pro. Mostly because I exceeded the 200 image threshold, but also due to the soon-to-be-arriving baby and the removal of restrictions.

It's been an excellent move and has worked out in many favorable ways since that time. For one, it's trivial to share pictures (of all sorts) with everyone I/we know. And that's worth it right there. And people with free accounts (namely family and friends) don't have to do anything (aside from sign up which is free) to make comments and the like. So that's just plain cool to me.

Anyway, it's now nearly midnight (but since I finally started reading Canoeing With The Cree tonight and spent an hour on that, I'm a little late to bed. So I'm signing off for now...and until next time...
"A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both."
- Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969), Inaugural Address, January 20, 1953

--MZ

Monday, November 26, 2007

Brrr!


Winding Along In The Distance
This is one of my favorite shots of the day. I like how the few remaining colored leaves frame the exposed water in this picture.

Sacred Heart Creek, Renville County, Minnesota
So it got really pretty cold this evening. We went from a high of about 42 here this afternoon (around 2:30, according to my thermometer) to a current temperature of 6.3. And we got some snow! Yeah!

I managed to upload the rest of the pictures that I took (this time the 'scenery' ones) the other day. I only uploaded 53 for the day, but I'm done with that portion for now. At least now I can take some time to send pictures to groups and do some of the other cool Flickrite stuff. So that'll be cool.

Today was a pretty average Monday, really. Not a whole lot new in the world, and it was the first real work day after a long holiday weekend. So that makes for an interesting day...but not necessarily in the most productive or 'needs to be talked about' sort of way. It was normal, but just a little slower than most Mondays. :)

I need to do some organization stuff around my desk in the next week or so. It's starting to get cluttered, and I need to go through and do some filing (my 'roughly quarterly' thing). The file cabinet is starting to get very difficult to close (and open) properly...so that's a good indicator that things need to be gone through. That will probably be next weekend's project.

And since I don't really have much more to say tonight, I'm going to leave it at that and head for bed where I can form my overnight cocoon and enjoy some 'beauty sleep.'

So until next time...
"The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them."
- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

--MZ

Sunday, November 25, 2007

A Brief Hiatus!


So Terribly Cute
Kirstin was being too photogenic for her own good sometimes!
So I just looked back and noticed my last post was on Tuesday (11/20). I didn't think it'd been that long, but it's not terribly surprising. Due to the holiday and whatnot, we were kept pretty busy (in a Good Way).

Wednesday we went to the Thanksgiving service at church, then took off from there to head out to my folks' place. After making up a homemade pizza at 11PM, we went to bed kinda late. No post that night. :)

Thursday obviously was Thanksgiving, and we spent the better part of the day (after about noon) at my grandparents place just down the road from Ma & Dad's. It was a really nice time. The crowd was pretty thin, so things stayed relatively quiet and wasn't too busy. Don't get me wrong -- the entire crew is fun to be around, but it gets almost chaotic at times. This was a nice change.

Friday was my day of adventure. In the morning, Beth and I left Kirstin with Ma while we went up to the old house to get a few boxes. While we were on that trip, we went and found the old abandoned house to the east of where my folks used to live. And then we walked down to the creek and I took a bunch of pictures. We returned, ate lunch, and I then went out on my own (on foot) to an abandoned place way back in the woods to the east of where my folks now currently live.

That was an awesome time. I got a load of pictures (most of them pretty good) and probably walked/hiked close to four miles. So that ate up most of Friday, and later that night Mark and Abby came out and we had some good times.

We came back home on Saturday in the midday, and shortly after we returned Minda came out to stay with us for a night. It was awesome to have Minda around again. She's amazing. :) And fun. So that pretty much ate up Saturday and the better portion of today.

Which brings us to right now (late Sunday night). I uploaded the abandoned stuff pictures, all of Kirstin's pictures, and miscellany tonight , but I'm leaving the scenery stuff until tomorrow evening. I just don't have time anymore tonight to do the 'post processing' stuff on those uploaded images (titles, tags, descriptions). That, and I already uploaded exactly 100 pictures today and 27 yesterday, so anyone that comes to see the photostream tomorrow morning (a return to business days) will have some time involved... :)

And speaking of statistics on photos -- I reached the 3,000 photo mark on Flickr last night. Awesome! Some brief stats as of 11/25/07:

  • 3,105 pictures total

  • 1,603 Kirstin pictures

  • 279 George pictures

  • 402 Cat pictures (including aforementioned George count)

  • 127 Dog pictures

  • 370 Theatre pictures

So that's pretty cool. That's not an all-inclusive list, but the largest categories based upon my tag usage. Yes, I'm a dork. But a dork with a load of photos on Flickr! :) Go me!

Anyway, it's now getting to be close to midnight, so I'm calling it a night. Until next time (and I promise it'll be sooner this time)...
"There's a limit to how many times you can read how great you are and what an inspiration you are, but I'm not there yet."
- Randy Pausch (1960-)

--MZ

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