Thursday, August 23, 2007

Butterfly bush

Notes and Observations:

- Butterfly bushes are everything they're cracked up to be

- Butterflies move rapidly and often

# of attempts to get an in-focus/decently-framed shot: about 30

While finally succeeding at an in-focus shot in itself was somewhat gratifying, I realized that this looked like the dumb test picture on the printer paper boxes, except with a broken-winged specimen, poor thing. Oh well.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Silverware in Concrete

Seen on Rt. 60 in Medford, in the entrance to a closed restaurant. No other explanation.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

F'chicken + beak

Succulent and chicken-y, but completely boneless, despited the molded-on beak and cockscomb (ok, yeah, I had to look that up to figure out what it's called - it's the jiggly flap of skin on top of a rooster's head). But 100% chicken-free. What will they think of next?

Surprisingly, it tasted pretty good, after sitting up on the top rack of the grill for about 30 minutes, with peanut sauce.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Shorty Goes Public

Yes, these pictures are what they appear to be, and are of my own innards. I'm not sure which exactly is stranger - the formation of a new person in there, or the fact that they can photograph it. Anyhow, Shorty should be joining us in person in late February, when (s)he will be given a real name. Wish us luck...!

This is the fancy 3-d pic, at about 8 weeks. The head is the smaller sphere up top, and the long thing is the start of an umbilical cord.

Comment from my mom: "I can't tell if (s)he looks more like you or like Josh"

Also at 8 weeks, the normal alien view.

And this is a lower-fidelity view, at 11 weeks. The head is slightly visible on top, along with a small and hard-to-see hand. I bit reassured to see the slightly more humanoid form in just those 3 weeks.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Campfire heat

Spent the last few days in upstate NY with my in-laws. Aside from the excitement of tossing my glasses into lake water that resembled pea soup (they were not recovered, no), it was a relaxing few days.

The owners of the house had brilliantly decided to build a fire pit out on the back lawn. Sydney had her first s'more - though seemed to prefer the items unmelted.

And, when the fire became overly warm, Justin devised this fashionable heat shield. Perhaps everyone will be wearing them soon.