Thursday, February 28, 2008

Day 59-Just another day at the office

Do you like going to the office? I do. I love my office. Its where ever my camera takes me. The entire world is my office. Today my office happened to be at Fauquier Hospital. A couple that I am blessed to call my friends, Kevin and April Swain gave birth to a GORGEOUS baby girl. Well April did the giving of birth but Kevin did a wonderful job of not passing out. I was worried for a second as all the blood drained from his face and he was looking a little pale but he pulled through like a champ.YAY KEVIN! He also was a great coach for April. They made quite the team.
Also, April never threw a single thing across the room! As a matter of fact she never complained at all. What a trooper she was. She didn't even swear at me while I had my camera all up in her face snapping away. She was cool as a cucumber and even smiled at me a time or two.
Me, well I cried more than the baby that was born. I'm such a sucker for a happy ending and no ending is better than a healthy baby.
Welcome to the world Ryleigh Elizabeth Swain. May your life be filled with moments that are just as amazing as your birth.
Peace.Love.Spongy Cake.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Day 54 and 55-Just call me Foxxy Cleopatra

Do you ever get the urge to "fro" yourself? I do. Its so liberating. It makes my toes tingle. "Fro'ing" yourself is exactly what it is. If your not lucky enough to be blessed by this awesome style designed by mother nature herself then you do what I do and buy it for $5.99 at your local Walmarts. Yes I said Walmarts and its not plural. Thats just how I've said it since i was a youngin' so deal.
Anyhow I've always been jealous of my sisters extremely curly hair. The tight ringlets called out to my stick straight haired soul. What did I do? Yes folks I got the P word. The PERM. It makes me shutter at the thought of the smell and the burning scalp I endured. I still have nightmares of the trauma I endured from what ended up being a Kinky-Curl.
The horror. The Pain. I cant believe I walked around in pub-lick with that.
But now with these awesome "fro" wigs at Walmarts, I can be happy and let out my inner "fro-ness".

Friday, February 22, 2008

Day 53-What do your kids do for fun??

What do your kids do for fun on a "no snow" snow day? This is what mine do. Aren't you jealous that my kids are cooler than yours? They're mine and you cant have them.

It got even more neato-torpedo because he was trying to flip it up and catch it in his mouth. He didnt succeed, yet. I'm sure if I give him a few more hours his little genius brain will be hard at work analyzing all the force and angles needed to appropriate this little piece of tree to land perfecty into his own mouth. Its hard being the parent of a genius. Seriously. The kid makes me feel stupid on an hourly basis. I know I'm not but when he starts throwing out 5 syllable words I want to duck and hide in my bed and bury myself deep in my covers. He might have even caused me to suck my thumb once or twice but I'm not admitting to anything.

Peace.Love.Spongy cake.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Day 52-I love this kid

Seriously, how could you NOT love this kid. Just look at those corncob teeth. He is so not my favorite because that would be wrong.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Day 51-He said what??

So I had a conversation at the DMV that went like this today.

"Can i have hot porn when we get home mom?"

"Sure ya can sweets."

I'm surrounded by gasps of strangers crowded around us on the "to close to my personal space" chairs in the DMV. I flushed bright red and I realized that not everyone can understand what we in my family call "Colbynese". My youngest has a bit of a hard time articulating his words. He's getting better but some words have kinda stuck.

Now when Colby asked me for "hot porn" what he really was asking for was "popcorn". Ohhhhh, yeah, now ya get it. HAHA.

An older gentleman behind us heard our conversation and after I explained to the gaspers that what he really meant to say was "popcorn" and not the lastest issue of Hustler they all giggled but him. His exact words were:

"You need to learn-ed him how to talk right if your gonna take him in pub-lick."

Well I'll be a vegatarian in a slaughter house. I knew there was something I was forgetting to teach my kids. Ugh-what a terrible mom I am. haha.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Day 50!-Rock on!

Lots of pics for the 50th day! Most are from hubbys grandfathers house. I'm warming up to the horses. I like them from a distance and when I'm behind my lens. I have a fear of them. They're so freaking big and unpredictable. All they wanted to do was sniff my camera. They're neato animals though. I wouldnt say they gave me the hiney tingles or anything but definitely made my creativity wheels start turning a bit.

I didnt use to fear horses. When I was a kid horses were everything to me. Every little girl wants a pony right? I cant ride them though. I can look at them. From a distance and behind my camera I can love them. I want to not be afraid of them. I really do. Maybe I should try sleeping in a stable with one or something. However, I refuse to share any food or my water. I'm stingy. I need my own oats.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Days 47, 48 and 49

Sorry its a little late. It was a crazy weekend :)

Friday, February 15, 2008

Day 46-Bestest Friends

She's supposed to be my dog. She was given to me on my birthday from my husband. It appears that she has instead adopted my 4 year old as her best friend instead of me.

I'm starting to have "the fat kid out" flashbacks from elementary school. Thats fine if she doesnt want to be my friend. I dont care. I'll just go hang out with a nice mountain lion or something. At least they're loyal.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Day 45-You think you know, but you have no idea....

Ahhh, one of my favoritest posts ever. I wrote this last year. Its so like, deep and meaningful. I think I have a "vintage daisy soul".

Man I'm so Emo. Pass the white face paint and black eyeliner dude.


Sometimes, I get tired of dealing with people. Not in a bad way. I just want some "me" time.
Sometimes, I wish I had smaller feet because I think a size 6 foot is more womanly than my size 9.
Sometimes, I think we have ghosts in our house.
Sometimes, I wish I lived in a one season state. 24-7,365 summer.
Sometimes, when you come by my house and peek in my window to see if I'm home, I stand very still and pray that you dont see me inside.
Sometimes, I need a drink more than you know.
Sometimes, I close my eyes and imagine I'm on a tropical island being brought lots and lots of Capt. Morgan by Johnny Depp dressed like Jack Sparrow. Who doesnt love a pirate?
Sometimes, I believe I am so boring that my own thoughts make me want to doze off in boredom.
Sometimes, when I'm driving down the highway I pretend I'm racing with the other cars and if I dont pass them, I'll lose my pretend race.
Sometimes, I could seriously kick my dog across the room when she pees right next to the sliding glass door.
Sometimes, I like me.
Sometimes, I wouldnt want to be my own friend.
Sometimes, I make up not feeling well so I have an excuse to lie around all day doing absolutely nothing at all.
Sometimes, just sometimes, I say a prayer for those who dont believe in prayer.
Sometimes, I pray that I am forgiven for not wanting to be your friend because you dont believe in prayer.
Sometimes, the world sucks.
But most of the time, its a great place to be :)

Wednesday, February 13, 2008


Congratulations "Cathy"! You have won this totally like "so dope" one of a kind piece of artistic decadence. Isn't it delish??

I have a MAJOR headache today. While I was taking pictures of these beautiful $5 Walmart Tulips, I attempted to blow off some "dust" that was on the stamen or piston, wait thats on a car. Is it a pistle? paddle? All I know is that when I blew alllllllll of this stuff came blowing right into my face. I'm clogged. I cant breathe and my eyes are swollen. *sigh*.

In the end it was all worth it. I like what I got and I got what I like. HAHA That was like, so deep wasnt it. Seriously. Like, uh-huh.

See the pain that I endure for my fans? All 4 of you. Next weeks "Take a Gander Tuesday" should be just as titillating as well. (heehee I said titillating again)

Tuesday, February 12, 2008



What is this strange industrial looking object? What could it be? Is it a contraption for torture? Is it something used for picking your nose? (ouch!) Maybe its a multi-button-puller-onner-thingy.

Go ahead take a gander. The winner gets and 11x14 mounted print of one of my new macro flower shots. It will be posted tomorrow :)


Monday, February 11, 2008

Day 42-Extraordinary Ordinary

I like that I dont see things like everyone else. The world would be such an ordinary place wouldn't it.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Day 41-I didnt get much sleep last night

N.O.P.E. Pretty much no sleep at all. I got to snap a few quick shots before we started back home. We're only about 45 miles away from where we were. I slept most of today. haha.

Day 40-eeek i'm late!

okay so we did a last minute "adults only" night at the beach in Maryland after my Sunday shoot was cancelled and it was a BLAST! The resturaunt is within walking distance (this means drunk walking distance so you know it had to be close). Enjoy the couple of pics. Your lucky to get anything that wasnt blurry. haha

Friday, February 8, 2008

Day 39

New shot with my new cam :)

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Day 38-Hope by Paper Airplane

Spam. We all get them filtering through our emails right? Its annoying. It twists the hairs on my arms. It makes my evil side come alive.

Sometimes, you might get something that has a mass forward that makes you spend 5 minutes just scrolling to the bottom to see a picture of a Santa sitting on a Harley wearing nothing but a thong and a candy cane. I just cant look at my lifesize Santa the same way again. Hmm-I just might have to try that outfit on him next season. I think the neighbors would dig it.

The other day I saw a thread posted on a message board that I'm a part of. It was about a little boy named Hunter. He was recently diagnosed with a rare form of non hotchkins lymphoma called Burkitts cancer. It only affects about 300 children a year. He is five years old. Right now, all Hunter wants is to break the world record for recieving the most paper airplanes. It takes under 15 seconds to make a paper airplane. My almost 5 year old makes me fold one for him at least twice a day.

My boys and I have been folding a box full to send to Hunter. If you want to take the time to fold one and mail it to him let me know. I'll tell you where you can send it. I would hope that if something like this were to happen to one of my children someone out there would have enough heart to fold and send them one. 15 seconds. Thats all it takes. You've already used up 5 paper airplane seconds.

Heres the info where to send everything:

"My son Hunter has been diagnosed with a rare form of non hotchkins lymphoma called Burkitts cancer. It only affects about 300 children a year. Usually between the ages of 2 and 11 and its usually boys but can effect girls also. Burkitts is one of the fastest growing tumors that we know of. He went into the hospital on a Friday and the tumor was about the size of a tennis ball. By Monday it was a little bigger than a cantaloupe. He was started on cemo and it shut down his kidneys and then his liver started failing. On Wednesday, He told me that he could not see very good and then he quit breathing. He had tubes placed down his throat, nose, arms, and toes. He has swelling of the brain due to high blood pressure. Hunter went into the hospital weighing 40 pounds and now weighs about 70 because of fluid build up. He is now stable and is in the intensive care unit at Buffalo Children's Hospital in Buffalo, NY. Hunter is only five years old. I would just like everyone to know, that Hunter has been set up with the Guinness book of world records to try to receive the most paper airplanes. Please forward this on to everyone that you know. All you have to do is make a paper airplane and write the state or the country you are from on the wing of your plane and send it to..

Hunter Winship (The Airplane Cancer Goal)
11227 North Hill Road
Freedom, NY 14065
United States of America"

Wednesday, February 6, 2008


Yes folks we have a winner for the "what is that thing" photo post.

"cathy" has guess correctly. It is a SEA URCHIN. Note the key clue-It is of the aquatic persuasion not to be confused with the kind that roam the streets. Then it would be a "STREET URCHIN".

Ah, this was a fun few days! I promise next week it will be something we see or use everyday. Let your brains rest up and get ready for the titillating (heehee i said titillating) photo for the next "Tell Me Tuesday".

Spongy cake for all of the guessers out there!

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Day 36-Happy Fat Tuesday!

Okay so here's the deal. Mama's not letting out any kids out to play until someone guesses the photo of the day. So, when someone guesses what it is, I'll post a full size version of it :)

Isnt that exciting! You sit and try to figure it out for hours and hours of good clean fun. Its like "so dope"!

Heres a shot from tonight of my dearest Nate. This will be the last time you see him smiling. I had parent teacher conferences tonight. Lets just say-I went in and got schooled. Uh, yeah. Mama's not happy.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Day 35-What is that thing?

So I'm really into macro photography right now. Macro photography is basically taking close-up photos of stuff. Some like to take close-ups of things like bugs, flowers, crusty fingernails, waxy ear drums. Okay well waxy ear drums aren't exactly my area of expertise but I'm sure its someone's.
See if you can guess what my photo of the day is. Go ahead, don't be shy. Take a dive at it.

UPDATE: There have been a couple of good guesses but its not a zipper. It looks like it though huh!

HINT: Guess again and take another dive at it. Think deeper.


Sunday, February 3, 2008

Day 34-What are you reading?

This is what I'm reading while I "watch" the Superbowl.

I wanna know, what are you reading?

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Day 33-Beach Baby

I'm tired of winter! I am so ready for some fun in the sun. I want sand in my underwear. I want seaweed around my ankles. I want the smell of the fishy sea to be part of my hair aroma. I need the ocean. I need the sun. I need WARM WEATHER!!

My photo of the day is a seashell that I have from Jamaica. 'sigh'.

Peace.Love.Spongy Cake.

Friday, February 1, 2008


Yeah, um, so its freezing and raining and then it freezes and rains again. I think is pretty on the branches though. Its melting a wee bit now though. I still got something cool though :)