Maury loves to play the crane game. Regardless of the fact that his odds of winning, based on both scientific studies of the games and his own actual life-to-date history, are slim to none, he always pleads with me to play. Tonight, at Walmart, this was the face I got from him as he begged. This, of course, followed a bunch of other harrying from the girl child for everything she saw in the store that she wanted for Christmas.
Definition of HOLIDAY GAUNTLET - a series of events strategically placed on the calendar in December such that no free time is left for optional things like sleep, laundry or dishes, much less putting up the tree and
Throwing all caution to the wind ("caution" defined as my desire for people to think my taste in music is ultra hip), I bring you the negative street cred 8tracks playlist. It begins with the tune that I saw a lot of other adults enjoy as Lizzie's dance studio danced their way through the Christmas parade to it this year (that's Lizzie and I after the parade in the picture). It continues on with a set of goofy songs that don't make me cool, but they do make me happy.
On the last song, the below is where I first heard it and every time I hear it now, I think of this and laugh. Out loud. Even if I'm alone.
During the last few years, I noticed what looked like mistletoe in the tree in our front yard. Today I saw a patch of it again and thought it would be the perfect "green" picture for this challenge. When I got closer to it, though, it really looked like it was growing right out of the tree. I don't know what I thought mistletoe was, but I thought it would be connected in a way that would look more foreign to the tree than this did. So, I Googled it to be sure it was, in fact, mistletoe. It is. I found out mistletoe is a parasitic plant that grows attached to and within the branches of trees and shrubs. Learning things all the time.
By the way, I now understand "harry" being on the list. It means "to persistently harass". Not only should I have known that, but I was schooled on this by a sweet twenty-six year old on Instagram. At least I couldn't see her eyes rolling when she filled me in. Embarrassing.
This is day one of a new photo challenge I found on Instagram, 31 holiday adjectives. The shots can be done in any order and any number of pictures can be posted a day. I like the freedom of that given the busyness of the month.
I'm not entirely sure what the creator of this meant by "Harry", by the way. Is this a misspelling? Why would "hairy" be a holiday adjective, though?
Today, the first day of Advent, I am thinking of Mary, mother of Jesus. Her song, found in Luke 1: 46-55, is, I think, one of the most beautiful scriptures. Her surrender to God's will is so complete, so unquestioning, so grace filled. And, this song is one of the most lovely of the holiday to me.
If a wiser one should have had my place?
But I offer all I am
For the mercy of your plan
Help me be strong
Breath of Heaven-Jessica Simpson
Commute pictures taken from 9/22/2011 to 11/3/2011-various Hipstamatic settings
The sky rolls by while the days are gone
The night falls prey to another sun
All like clockwork they won't stop
Clockwork by MuteMath
Nearly a month ago, our family of four went to visit my family in north Alabama. It was a beautiful fall weekend during which we celebrated my father and mother's birthdays. There were a few impatiens still in bloom and the light that afternoon was irresistible to me and my camera.
There were also some pretty good looking kids around that weekend. Taking pictures of them reminded me that I don't take enough pictures of people and that I really should do that more.
Hipstamatic: John S, Alfred Infrared
My office...wow. What can I say? Nothing, really. But, let me share a video that I think of EVERY TIME I put money in the vending machine at work...especially when I'm trying to buy a $1.00 bottle of Diet Coke with mostly dimes and nickels I've scraped together from the bottom of my purse.
Hipstamatic: John M, Ina's 1969
Filter Mania: Retro, The Lion, Retro
Hallelujah, all my stains are washed away, washed away
Grace Like Rain by Todd Agnew
Hipstamatic: John M, Rock BW-11
I've said it before and it's still true. My style is 90% black and white. Monday's version included one of my favorite shirts...this lightweight really drapey cowl neck shirt. I feel slightly like Marcel Marceau when I wear it but I still love it.
Hipstamatic: Lucas AB2, Blanko
Collage made with Diptic
Lizzie catching some air on the swing set after church while waiting on her daddy to finish wrapping things up in the booth. I should have joined her. Swinging is really a great feeling.
The lyrics to this particular song are so wonderful, you're going to get every word of them here and I hope you will listen to it if you don't already know it.
O the joy and O the sorrow
O the sorrow
And yet will He bring
Dark to light
And yet will He bring
Day from night
When shadows fall on us
We will not fear
We will remember
When darkness falls on us
We will not fear
We will remember
When all seems lost
When we're thrown and we're tossed
We remember the cost
We're restin' in the
Shadow of the cross
Shadows by David Crowder Band
Hipstamatic: John S, Pistil
I am a tax accountant and this video, made by the vendor whose tax prep software we use, is SPOT ON.
I do love office supplies (binder clips of all sizes included), so that much about the job rocks.