waltz-ing with a rose

My Mary Kay Independent Sales Director gave us all roses for Valentines day.  A following morning had fantastic light, so I figured I’d take some reference pictures of it.  Waltz decided he had to help.  He loves trying to eat the green stuff on the plant.  I can’t have flowers while he’s around.  He’s the worst bee and knocks them over every time I turn around.

Here!  Have some pictures of my kitty with a rose.


Sniff sniff sniff, what’s the red part for?


Ah! The green stuff! Now THAT’S the ticket.




And one of just Waltz because I think he’s so cute. 🙂

i caught a deer on camera!


So, I’ve told you about how there are animals all around at my work since it’s in the middle of a little foresty-park thing.  For Christmas I got a new camera with a nice zoom.  I like zoom and macro.  Lots.

Anyways, I take the camera with me whenever I go for a walk at work when I remember to take it to work in the first place.  I always look out for the deer or any other wildlife I can spot.  California quail, robins, the stray black cat, other random birds, foxes, apparently there’s a beaver around somewhere, and the deer.  I’ve been wanting to get a picture of the deer, but they don’t like to hold still or be in your line of sight.  However, I ran across one and we stared at each other for a while.  I already had my camera out, so I turned it on and snapped pictures.  Take picture, step closer, take more pictures, step closer again.  Third step and the deer ran off.

Here’s one of the pictures I took.  It only looks so close thanks to my nice zoom.  I was maybe twenty feet away.


Ta-da! Deer!

Cool, huh?  I can’t wait to go get more pictures of them!  Maybe I can get some pictures of the fawns when they start wandering around.  🙂  That would be fun.

My new pet snail!

My new pet snail!

So I mentioned in my last post that I found a snail to keep as a pet. This is him! His name is Gandalf, but I mostly call him Snail. He loves sunflower leaf stems and petals, some kind of other weed in the dirt yard, taking showers in the sink, and exploring whenever he can get out of his container.

Arches National Park – May 2012

Around the middle of April, just after finals week, my parents took my husband and me to Arches National Park in Moab, UT.  The weather was beautiful as well as the scenery.  It was very nice to get to walk around again in the area I’ve decided to influence the environment of the novel I’m writing.  Most of it takes place in a desert-like area.  We went hiking on many of the trails and saw a lot of lizards!
My dad likes taking pictures.  He has a very nice camera!

Me and Balancing Rock.

Turret Arch.

Me sitting in one of the Windows.  My husband took the pictures.

Mandatory foot picture.  I liked how the orange-red dirt made my brown shoes look green.
And here I got touristy!  We ate dinner the first day at Milt’s Diner.  If I remember correctly it’s the restaurant that’s been in Moab the longest?  It’s off the main road in Moab and actually had some pretty good food!  Not that the food looks great in the pictures.  I had a very delicious cheeseburger and banana creme milkshake.

For breakfast and lunch the next day we ate at Zax’s, a very nice pizza place.  They also make pretty good pancakes and have interesting decorations/condiment holders/napkins.

Pine Arch.

Landscape arch!  It’s so amazingly thin!
But what I thought was really cool was that I found the same puddle-shape this trip as I did back when we visited the park in 2008!  Four years of erosion had certainly changed it, but it was still very recognizable.  I had my eye out for it.  It still looks like both a rabbit or a fish, depending on how you look.

2008                                                       2012

And that was my trip to Arches National Park!  I saw a lot of lizards and convinced my dad to get me Lizards of the American Southwest: A Photographic Field Guide when we left.  I’ve read part of the introduction so far and it’s been very educational!  There are so many amazing, beautiful, and strange lizards!  I’m super excited to have it for reference.  I highly recommend it, and since all the same species of lizard live in all the northwestern states as well, the book is actually good for all of the western states.

My Trip to LA – Day 6

Saturday March 10
Well, as fantastic as the week was, it had to come to an end.

Saturday morning came and we ended the trip on a very positive and spiritual note.  We went to see the Los Angeles Temple for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  (That is the church I belong to, just in case you didn’t know.)  We didn’t have time to go do anything in the temple.  We just wandered around the grounds and checked out the visitor’s center there.  The sister missionaries were delightful and everyone left with a good, happy feeling.  It’s a beautiful building.  I suggest you go see it sometime!

After the temple the rest of the group went to the Getty Museum, but since we had a long drive ahead of us we just hit the road.  We stopped in Victorville to eat at Freddy’s, a fantastic California-style fast food restaurant with frozen custard that is to die for!  It’s a chain that is close to my heart, since the very first one opened up within about a mile of my house in Wichita, KS, where I used to live.  I’ve missed that restaurant so much!  Getting a chance to eat there again was a real treat.
Then the long boring drive continued, but before we managed to leave California we saw a car that was on fire.  Epically on fire!  The only thing not blazing was the trunk.  The front wheels were completely missing the tires because the tires had burned all away.  Sadly, I didn’t get a picture of that, I was talking on the phone with my mom at the time so my hands were occupied.  I should have taken a picture.  I did snap a few pictures of Las Vegas, NV, when we passed through.  Vegas is definitely more impressive when viewed at night.  There was one structure that caught my interest, does anyone know what it is?  I’d really like to know.  Here’s a picture of it.

After that we listened to music and talked the rest of the way home, arriving about midnight.  Thus ended my epic trip to Los Angeles.  I’m sure I’ll visit again sometime!

So, overall, it was a very good trip.  I learned a lot, got to meet some cool artists, got lots of good tips about art and networking, and got a refreshing break from school work.  Now I’m all ready and hyped to start really trying to produce art!  We’ll see how that goes.