Monday, December 27, 2010

oldies but goodies

In Pittsburgh for a few days after the holidays, I found some old photos this morning on Mom and Dad's hard-drive and thought I'd post a couple.

These were taken about two years ago or so.  It was a cool summer day and I remember feeling a little bored sitting at home, you know, twiddling my thumbs.  Instead of staring at the wall for the rest of the afternoon, I decided that I'd venture down the country roads of Clinton, PA (home of Janoski's Farm and many a cow) in hopes of finding a few good photographs.  Not too far into my drive, I happened across this particular junk yard of old vehicles, got super excited and proceeded by jumping over the "No Trespassing" sign.  No more than 10 minutes into it, flashing red and blue lights pull up next to my car and I see a policeman walking in my direction.
In a deep, intimidating voice the cop asked what I was doing and informed me that I would need to leave.  This is private property, I'll have you know.  Didn't you see the signs?  All I could do was hold up my camera, apologize and follow his instruction.  He watched as I hopped into my car and took off.  I made sure I was going the speed limit until he was no longer visible from the rear view mirror.  

I, undoubtably, got the last laugh.  Aren't the photos evidence enough?

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Holiday Post

It's finally starting to feel like "the holidays".  For weeks now, I've been anticipating the First Snow-- wondering when we'd finally get to see those annual white-lined streets and lacy trees again.  I'm so glad it held out for such a long time this year.  It really felt like an Event today because of it.  Winter, oh Winter,  how I love thee, yet shiver at the thought of you.

I've already ventured out for a long walk to commemorate and enjoy this beautiful First Sighting.  Without planning it, a mug of hot coffee and the most delicious Red Velvet cupcake that you could ever imagine found their way into my day.  Never has a cupcake tray sitting in the window looked so enticing and never has it fulfilled it's intent so fully as it did this afternoon.  What a day.

Now it's time to snuggle up with the cat, order some pizza and enjoy a hot toddy or two.... well, Maybe.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Lori Nix: Miniature Apocalyptic Scenes

"What would remain if Man left today? What would our architecture, our museums, malls, laundromat and bars look like and how would nature reclaim its space?"

Wishing I would have stumbled across this photographer's work/mini-creations a little sooner... it's only on display in New York for 1 more week!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Daily Whine-o.

I just thought that maybe someone out there might be interested in this article from Snooth.  I received the article in one of Snooth's daily e-mails way back in July (lightyears ago, you know).   
Anyway, since reading it and taking into consideration some of the suggestions, we've enjoyed some really great wines and have understood a little bit more about the wine we were drinking and the process it underwent before getting bottled.  One particular wine with a similarly helpful label is Mark West's Pinot Noir (I mention this one because I'm pretty certain that it's fairly easy to find in stores across the States).  That, and the Ridge wines (obviously).  Why can't all labels be this helpful?
Hoping someone else out there finds this as useful as I did!