My Apologies

For any of you who may have actually missed reading what I have to say, I apologize.  I tried to actually post a Mundane Monday post, but apparently my technical skills to hit the Publish button are sorely lacking and something crazy happened and my entire post was deleted – photos and all. (except for the first three and a half sentences)  And it was a long post.  And I had to upload the photos directly from the computer b/c my flickr account is full and I don’t want to pay to use it (I’ve since created a new photobucket account) so I couldn’t use the URL link and it took FOR.EV.ER. for the photos to load.  So, naturally when the post disappeared, I was so pissed off that I didn’t bother to re-type it. (The draft is still sitting in my Draft box with three and a half sentences.  Oh well.) 

Moving on.  We’ve been spending a good amount of time with our neighbors Trent and Nicole and their dog Shae lately.  One of these days I’m going to get some pictures of the people, not just the dogs, but for now these will have to suffice:

These were taken last Friday night when Shae stayed over at our house while Trent and Nicole were out of town visiting her parents.  Guinness was in heaven because he absolutely LOVES Shae.  I tried to get a few pictures of them playing, but I had a hard time getting any good shots.  Every time I would get close to them with my camera, they would stop playing and just stare at me.  And they were both covered in dog slobber and that doesn’t look good in a photograph.  Trent and Nicole let Shae up on the furniture with them (as a rule, we allow our dogs on the furniture if we invite them first) and the only way we could get him to calm down was to let him up on the couch.  He hasn’t learned yet how to relax in the floor with the other dogs.  He just stares at them and whines or stares at us and whines.  So naturally we give in and cuddle with him.




Tuesday night I went over and picked Shae up after I got off work to watch him for a couple of hours until Trent got home from work.  Nicole had a job interview earlier in the day and then had to work that night and they wanted to be sure that Shae didn’t spend his whole day in the kennel.  Naturally I said yes and our dogs wore each other out.  They also slobbered all over each other again to the point that I couldn’t put off giving both the dogs a bath.  (also we’re getting ready to go back to GA to visit family on Saturday and I don’t want to have two dogs that smell like slobber) I didn’t get any pictures of Mia fresh from her bath because she dries so fast, but I did manage to get one of Guinness.  (btw, these next few pictures were all processed the same because I really like the texture and I’m in a black and white kind of mood today.)

I have no idea why he looks like he is in trouble because he wasn’t.  I think he thought he was going to have to go into the bath again, which he hates but he will be still for.

*This one was taken by Will – look at his skillz, yo!



**This one was also taken by Will and his mad photography skillz!! (mad skillz with a “z” I feel is totally appropriate.  Shut up.)


Later on after Shae had left and the dogs had been bathed, the cats finally came out of hiding and wanted some time in the spot light as well.





We’re going to have dinner with Trent and Nicole tonight, so maybe I can snag some pictures of actual people instead of just animals.  I also have a long task list of things that I need to get done before we leave Saturday morning that I will be working on.  I can’t promise a Furday Friday this week (lets face the facts here people – you don’t care about what I have to say you just want to see my amateur animal photography) but I do promise lots of Christmas-y goodness to come and I’ll also be working on my Exposaroonie Challenge.  I also want to try to create a bokeh that I saw over at Christina’s blog.  Also, check out her photography blog.  She has just recently launched her photography business and who doesn’t like some free publicity?  (I’m sure all 4 of my readers will check her out.)  While you’re busy clicking on all the links here, be sure to also check out Ashley’s re-vamped photography blog and see her new About Me video.  These are the ladies whose photography I love and look to for motivation and inspiration.  Stop by and leave them a comment or some encouragement because they are way too talented to question themselves as much as they do.  Spread the love, people!!

** Check out my new side bar – I finally figured out how to add the widgets.  Because it’s hard, you know.  To click the button that says ‘add widget’.  Hard stuff, people.  Very technical.**


Furday Thursday – Getting into the Spirit of the Season…..


 You’re getting Furday Friday today because I don’t think I’m going to have any time to do it tomorrow – busy, busy at work and all.

I was going to do a whole “12 Days of Christmas” thing – but I don’t have any of my Christmas decorations here, so I wouldn’t have enough Christmas pictures to do that.  I did find, however, all of our stockings (yes, all the animals have their own) and these awesome hats/antlers:

Just to be clear, he’s yawning, not crying.


He looks like a gangsta in this one

He looks like a little gansta in this one.


And now to show you how bi-polar Mia really is….

She can go from being a perfect lady:


To a sullen, Emo teenager

 If you’re wondering why there are no Olivia pictures – it’s simple:  Olivia is smarter than the rest, doesn’t care about dog bones and hides the very second she sees these hats come out of hiding.  We tried to get a picture last Christmas of all three cats (Frankie was still alive), but Olivia was having none of that and she ended up biting the hell out of Will, so we gave up. 😦


I hope everyone enjoys their weekend –  Will and I will be going to Carlin Park (on the beach) Saturday morning where they are hosting a Sandcastle Contest and I plan on taking lots pictures and practicing my settings….hopefully it won’t get rained out. I also joined an amatuer photography club that meets around here – that is where I found out about the Sandcastle competition…..we’ll see how that goes b/c I’d LOVE to learn more about my camera and photography in general – I’m pretty excited!

Furday Friday

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  Will and I went to April and James’ and had a very nice time, but it wasn’t the same for either of us.  This was the first year EVER that we hadn’t been with our families on Thanksgiving.  We really missed them.  It makes me even more impatient for Christmas because we’ll be going home for 9 whole days!!

Anyhow, getting to the the four furry reasons I know you all visit here:

When we were getting ready to go to April and James’ for dinner yesterday, I had some trouble deciding which necklace to wear and I left the pearl one downstairs on the table since we were always running behind – and I came home to find the cats playing with them, so of course I snapped some pictures!!




One of these pictures with Olivia will be my Exposaroonie Challenge Submission – but you’ll have to head over there to find out which one!! 

Exposaroonie - Expose Yourself

Furday Friday – It’s all about Sammy

This week, I managed to actually get a few really good shots of Sammy that I’d like to share with you…..

I heard Sammy playing with this toy, so I grabbed my camera and got down into the floor to snap some shots:




And my favorite of the series:

Mundane Monday

A new weekly photography title that I can forget to do!!

Anyhow, this past weekend was pretty mundane for me.  It was pretty much just sleeping in, aggravating Will until he went to SB, laundry, dishes, attempting to brush the cats, and watching Buffy DVDS (for like 6 hours at a  time) until he came home.  I did manage to get in a little photography, though.  I don’t know why, but I haven’t been particularly motivated lately. 

In a house with 2 cats and 2 dogs, we have TONS of animal toys littered about that I pick up AT LEAST 4 times a day. Once Guinness realizes that they are no longer on the floor but in the toy box, he feels COMPELLED to drag them all out, one by one.  Again.  We repeat this all day long like he is a toddler. Well, that is until I get frustrated and say “NO! Leave it ALONE!” and he hangs his tail and ears and skulks away.  And does it again when I’m not looking.  Before I stacked them, he used to get all the toys out of the cats toy box, too.  Which is even more annoying because there is really nothing like the sensation of stepping on a wet, cat-nip filled mouse.  Gross.  I’ve never had this problem with Mia getting the toys out of the cats toy box, but if they left one on the floor, she had to eat it.  It was like a compulsion.  She would even find them under the bed, under the desk, behind a door, anywhere and everywhere except the toy box. She would wriggle under, between, and stretch out her little spotted tongue to get that mouse and then she would destroy it.  And eat the catnip.  And then throw up on my carpet.  Several times.  So, when we got Guinness and he started pulling out hundreds of mice out of the box and leaving them scattered all over the floor like some creepy mouse battlefield,  I just stacked the toy boxes and the cats can stick their little paws into the sides and pull out a mouse if they want, but the dogs cannot.  Saturday, I found this in the spare bedroom when I went in there to open the window and decided it was super cute and I wanted to photograph it:



With texture:

And then wouldn’t you know that Sammy saw me with his mouse and decided that since I didn’t ASK if I could play with it, he was going to take it away from me:

And thus ended my photo shoot.

Furday Friday #11

I am going to start out this post by saying SHAME ON ALL YOU!! I know that people are reading my blog because I can SEE on my dashboard that you are clicking on your GOOGLE READERS each time I post.  Only TWO little comments on my birthday?  I don’t know if I should be hurt or angry.  Or both. 

Just kidding!! I appreciate the comments I received from Nik and Christina, two awesome ladies whose blogs I love.  The rest of you can delurk yourselves when you’re ready, I’m just glad you’re visiting!!  I know I promised to tell you about my best birthday experience, but it just isn’t the same without the photos, and I cannot for the life of me, find them anywhere.  I’ll give you the highlights, but trust me when I say the pictures are priceless. 

My best birthday EVER was the year I turned FIVE (1985)!! My brother was about 9 months old at the time and my parents were throwing me a Strawberry Shortcake (again, mid-eighties here people.) themed party.  I even had a red dress for the occasion and all my family and friends were coming.  Well, my Mom, being the time-saving super mom she is bathed my brother and I together and he decided that it was the perfect time to poop.  In the water.  With me in it.  Yeah, gross, right?  So me being the five year old birthday girl/drama queen start squealing and jump out of the bath and get water everywhere and run around like a crazy child.  My mom cleans everything up and starts over, succeeding this time to get two children clean.  Then we go set up the party, Strawberry Shortcake plates, napkins, cake, etc.  (My mom is a champ, for real)

My awesome birthday present from my parents was a Cabbage Patch Doll!!! I was so freakin’ proud of this doll that in an awesome picture you may never get to see, Heather (a friend of mine) and I were posing these awesome model/Charlie’s Angel poses with our cabbage patch dolls with her little brother Brian doing an MC Hammer-esque crossed arms rap pose.  We all look so serious, it’s hilarious. 

Anyhow, what made it my best birthday ever was all the trouble my parents went through to set it all up and they gave me the coolest things.  Unfortunately, my parents are quick learners and once they realized how much trouble it was having huge birthday parties, we didn’t do that again.  Most of my other birthdays were spent at Six Flags or the Fair because that meant less cleanup!!

On to Furday Friday!! This week I will once again show some guest babies – My Mom’s dogs, Samson and Missy.  Enjoy!

First up is Missy.  If you remember, she is the Pom that my mom rescued from a puppy mill.  She is so cute and has that tongue that hangs out all the time.


 This picture is of me holding her right after my mom got her.  Mom had taken her to the vets office and had her groomed and had her health checked out.  She was overweight and has a heart murmur, but she’s in good hands.  I don’t know why it’s blurry or why my Mom picked this one to send me, but whatever:



 Samson is my mom’s baby.  Seriously.  She has had him since 1997/98, I think.  She bought him from a really nice breeder as a puppy and he’s been around ever since. 



He needs to be brushed in this one, but he’s so cute it doesn’t really matter.



 And of course, no Furday Friday would be complete without pictures of my babies:

Mia, in her favorite spot:





Sammy with his favorite blanket:



Guinness still looking terrified but nailing his new trick and doing a little product placement:




 And finally, a photo manipulation of Olivia:

Insert cute post ‘play on words’ title here

Thanks to Tropical Storm (soon to be Hurricane) Faye, I am having a very dreary day.  A few bullet points of how my day is going so far:

  • Tropical Storm and inclement weather SUCKS (this is my first hurricane btw)
  • Got fired from Publix for calling out tonight – details in a later post
  • The copier has jammed on me TWICE and spilled powdered toner all over me and everything in sight
  • My soup for lunch was crappy – not a big deal but not helping my already crappy day
  • All I feel like doing is sleeping but since I’m at work, I can’t. 

I really hope this Monday is being nice to all of you and to prove that, I will leave you with some pictures from this weekend that I edited today:


I caught this rare moment that Olivia wasn’t being a total bitch and was actually being kinda sweet to Sammy.  They took turns grooming each other and the SECOND Olivia realized I had my camera and was paying attention to them, she darted under the table and hid and shot me dirty looks:

















So what did Sammy do?

We had to put a little bit of that Ph solution in Guinness’ ears because he is very prone to ear infections, so of course they got pictures, too:

Mia is checking on Guinness because he is in the process of rubbing his head all over my floor to try and rub that solution out.  I thought it was really cute, so I tried to get some good pictures, but of course Mia kept getting in the way.  She HAS to be the center of attention all the time:

So, enjoy these lovely pictures and then visit some of the blogs listed on my blogroll if you are interested in who I read.  Also, I have noticed that a lot of you have clicked the link on my Myspace profile, but alas, mine is private.  If you have a profile, just add me as a friend.  My profile is private because someone in Texas kept checking my profile like 12 times a day EVERYDAY and I don’t know anyone in Texas.  It was getting creepy, so as long as you’re not THAT person, send me a friend request.  I’m sure I’ll approve.

You know you miss them

Since I’ve started my part time job at Publix this past weekend, I haven’t had much time for photographing anything, much less keeping up with ideas for blog posts.  So, in order to keep everyone interested, and because I know you love them almost as much as me, here are some old pictures of Sammy that I edited in photoshop today.  I chose to post them in black and white because I really love how the sunlight and shadow play and I feel it makes the pictures more interesting.  Decide for yourself:




I swear, he looks like a fat little gerbil in this last one!  He’s SO LAZY!  Olivia will jump into the windowsill and stare outside, but Sammy won’t.  He’ll climb from the couch to the windowsill or, like above, just lay on floor if the blinds are down and open.

Time to get serious

I’ve been noticing that this blog is slowly turning into a “photography” blog.  (I use that term loosely because I’m not a professional.)  That was never my intention for this, so something must be done to correct this oversight.  I will still post lots of pictures because it’s a large part of who I am, but I will also get back to regular postings – with WORDS.  I am challenging myself to write a post each day next week with something interesting in it.  (it’s the interesting part that’s gonna be hard)  I plan on starting this as soon as I get back from my Brother’s wedding, so if anyone sees me walking around with a little notepad, scribbling things down, don’t freak out – I’m just writing down every word you say so I can remember it and embarrass you online with my 4 readers (Hey Mom!) So, until this challenge officially starts, here are some random pictures because I can:


 A dog and his bone!! 




 A ‘family’ portrait:

Look who’s got a Budda Belly!!

Wishing for freedom:

Miss Mia and her amazing FETCH abilities:


This week is going to be a little hectic for me because Will and I are getting ready to go back home for my Brothers wedding on Friday, so the postings will be slim to none.  I am still going to try to participate in this weeks Exposaroonie Challenge, but I may have to skip it.  I doubt I will be able to do a Furday Friday post this week because I will be super busy getting ready for the wedding and being at the wedding, so I will try to get something up Saturday if I have time (maybe some guest doggies??).  If not, I’ll see all of you good folks on Monday and I hope your week is super!!  I’m positive that I will have PLENTY of pictures for you next week!!

Oh, and before I forget, I watched Grace is Gone, a John Cusak  film about a dad who takes his kids on a road trip after finding out that their mom (a solider) has died in action and he can’t find a way to tell them, and I have to say I cried through almost the whole film.  (I’m such a girl, I know) It was a really great movie and it really showcases what a great range that John Cusak has. It looked like he put on a little weight for this film and for once, his sister Joan wasn’t in it.  John Cusak is probably one of my favorite actors, he’s definitely one of Will’s.  Anyhow, check it out if you have some downtime!!  If you watch it, let me know what you thought!

Just for good measure, here is a picture!  I am still trying to learn how to use photoshop to get the effects that I want, and here is a re-edit of Sammy’s Paws.  It wasn’t exactly what I was going for, but more of a ‘happy accident’  Let me know which one you like better.









And here’s the original:

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