Monday, July 6, 2015

Me on Monday

Happy Monday!
What kind of a weekend was it?
It was a celebrating 4th of July weekend with family and friends


Playing board games (wits and wagers; rumiko) and not just to pose for the #4 Someone playing a board game or card game for the 2015 Summertime Photography Scavenger Hunt
 

Enjoying BBQ
 
And shooting off fireworks!
While my boy was off in another city, driving the float for his baseball team in the Vallejo 4th of July parade:
And my girl sent word that she made it to Machu Picchu in Peru:

It was also a taking the dogs for a walk on the hill to capture #16 a panoramic view from up high
And working away on an article and preparing for my final week of class, both of which have kept me from visiting blogs much but have an end in sight!
How was your weekend? Stop on over to Sian's blog From High in the Sky to wave hi.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

2015 Summertime Photography Scavenger Hunt June Linky!!!

#15 a flag pole with at least three flags
Ah, the best laid plans . . . 
Today I am hosting a linky for everyone who is participating in this year's summertime photography scavenger hunt. Please link directly to a post about the hunt . . . it can be a new post or a post from earlier this month. And please try to go visit a few of your fellow scavenger hunters and leave a comment.
Yes, well, back to the well laid plans. . . . 
there is a beautifully picturesque light house just up the coast from where I live and most days there is a flag pole with four flags on it (you can read about the light house and see the flag pole here). So, today, in anticipation of this post, I got out my big camera and went to take some photographs.  
And. . . nothing. Not a single flag on that flag pole!
So, I'm sharing a back up photo I took with my iphone while at the baseball stadium last week. There's a flag pole that actually has five flags on it (one for each time in the division), and now I'm really glad that I snapped the photo when I noticed it.
Because that's the way the scavenger hunt rolls.
Grab the photos when you find them because you never know when your well laid plans will flop!
So far I've found 7 of the 21, which is right on pace to finish by the end of the summer. For those of you who asked, it's definitely not too late to join. You have until September 22 to find all the items on the list, and that's plenty of time! For all the rules and to see the list, click on this link.


What have you found so far this month? Please share below. 



Monday, June 29, 2015

Some Angels Wear Airline Uniforms

Last Thursday I dropped my just-barely-17 year old daughter off at the airport. She was scared and excited; traveling by herself for the first time and headed for Peru. The first leg of the trip was a short one - San Francisco to Los Angeles. From there, she would have to get over to the international terminal and get on a flight to Lima. And once in Lima, go through immigration and customs, go to the domestic terminal and find her flight to Cuzco. We went over it many times. I kissed her good-bye and waved as she headed off through security.
A few hours later, she called. She was in tears and just beside herself; filled with panic. She was in L.A. and had lost her wallet, which contained her passport and boarding passes. I tried my best to calm her down. She retraced her steps a bit, convinced security to let her into the international terminal to try to talk her way onto the Lima flight with her drivers license and copy of her passport. No go.
She called again; more panicked then ever because the clock was ticking and she knew she wouldn't make her flight. Just as I was trying to calm her down, the other phone rang. 
It was Laurie from American Airlines. They had found her wallet. She said she would leave it at the American Airlines ticket counter. Laurie stayed on the line while I tried to get Clara to calm down and go get her passport. By this point, Clara was so upset she couldn't find her way out of the international terminal. Laurie heard me on the line with Clara and said, "Tell her stay where she is, and I will bring it to her." Laurie imagined Clara - a 17 year old with a brand new passport, on her first trip, panicked and about to miss her flight - and went out of her way to cross LAX, convince international security to let her in and find Clara. All of this was above and beyond what she had to do. She was truly an angel, sent to help Clara in her time of need. 
Clara still ended up missing her flight and had to navigate her way to an airport hotel at 2:00 a.m. But she managed. And the next day, she returned to the airport, boarded the plane to Lima and then on to Cuzco, Peru.
I'm so proud of my girl for sticking with it and not giving up. And so grateful to Laurie, an angel in an airline uniform, who helped Clara on her way.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Summertime Photography Scavenger Hunt Linky Coming Soon!!!

#9 A Tent
Thought I'd share a couple finds for the 2015 Summertime Photography Scavenger Hunt.
I was doing some final pre-trip shopping with my girl at a sporting goods store, and I spied these really cute scale model tents (they were about 9 inches tall) on a shelf. It seems an ingenious way for people to see what the various tent models look like!
#12 A public restroom, bathroom or toilet
And a find from earlier this month. It's in the Detroit Airport Westin Hotel, where I travel several times a year for work. It's a beautiful bathroom, but I don't understand why it needs ten sinks! It actually has more sinks than stalls. 
The first month of the Hunt is almost over, and that means it's almost time for the first Linky! Come back mid-week and share a post about the Hunt. You can write a new post for the round-up or link up one from earlier in the month. Can't wait to see what everyone has been finding.

Monday, June 22, 2015

My Favorite Intern

Item #17: Two or more people in uniform
This summer, my son Henry is working as an intern with a minor league professional baseball team called The Vallejo Admirals. He's working in marketing, media and on-field operations. He's learned a lot in just his first week of work of what goes in to running a baseball team.
So, this last weekend, I went to go watch one of his games. He spent most of the game selling tickets and talking to fans.
Meanwhile, on the field, I captured some of the action.




As a bonus, I captured an item for the summertime photography scavenger hunt (#17).
I'd say the boy hit a home run with his summer internship this year. 
I'm looking forward to going to a few more games this summer.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Do you mandala?

My friend Deb of Paper Turtle has been drawing mandalas; lots and lots of mandalas. Her love of mandalas and the joy they bring her shines through on her blog, and she created this tutorial to bring that joy to others. On a recent business trip, I took along a sketch pad and decided to make a few mandalas.
 
These were the first two I made. They were pretty clean and basic. The only art supplies I brought along were a small container of water color crayons, a few pens (black and white) and a water brush. The top one I drew free-hand, but for the others, I used a plastic cup to help draw circles. And then something happened. . . . 
My mandalas turned in to art journal pages, with lots of writing. .  . . 
And my own mandala style started to emerge. My favorite one of these five is the one up top because of the blended colors and the journaling. I really enjoy making mandalas. It's very calming and it's a perfect thing to do while on the plane or sitting in an airport. I only wish that my sketch pad was square and that I had a selection of circle templates. But I will definitely continue to make mandalas, especially when I'm on the road.
And I'm not the only one making mandalas. Over at Deb's World, Deb (English Deb, not Arizona Deb) made some pink/pink/orange mandalas and this blue/blue/green mandala.  She's making mandalas for Summer of Color. And clearly enjoying herself. What about the rest of you? Do you mandala?

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Two pinks and an orange (summer of color week 2)

Kristin at the Twinkle, Twinkle blog is hosting her annual "Summer of Color" event. She selects a color palette and artists create using that palette - six weeks, six palettes, six creations - tons of fun! This summer, I'm working with plaster strips, as part of my creative focus on 3D mixed media this month. This week's combination two shades of pink and an orange. I used magenta, rose and pyrrole orange. I embedded some puzzle pieces into the plaster before I added washes of the colors. The images are from napkins; the feather is from the chicken coop. I really enjoyed the process, and it came together more easily than last week's creation. I think that's one of the wonderful things about working in the same medium each week - it gets easier and more developed.
Here are my creations from my first two weeks:
I think the both feel very summery, so I plan to continue with that as a theme. These are also pushing me to realize that I really like this style for 3D mixed media. I might experiment with a few other things this month, but I'm feeling like I may have found my groove early this month!
To see more pink and orange creations, go to this link.