Jul 1, 2010

Almost home

I’m on my way back home, flying through Dallas.  This is a shot from the SkyLink train as I dashed between terminals.

Since I’m traveling again, I renewed my Admiral’s Club membership that I let expire when I was on leave from work.  It makes flying a tad more tolerable.   American has finally enabled wireless for no charge in the lounges.   That makes it even more worth it.

Hurricane Alex made landfall in Mexico and the rain bands have made their way up as far as Austin for the last few days while I’ve been in NY.   Water for the garden, yay!

I’m looking forward to the 3-day weekend.   Lake.  Friends.  Laughs.  Fireworks.  Relaxation.

Jun 30, 2010

Irony

This sign made me chuckle as I drove past today.  It’s located about a mile and a half outside of the IBM Somers campus.  I turned around and drove past a second time, just so that I could snap this picture.

After this week of meetings here, I can report that the Circus is alive and well.   🙂

Today is the last day of the first half of 2010.   How fast was that?!

Jun 29, 2010

In the blink of an eye

I didn’t  bring the camera with me this morning, so by the time I got back to the hotel room tonight there was little material to work with.   I’m determined to keep this photo-a-day thing going, though, so I opted for a self-portrait-ish shot.   Ok, just the eye — but it IS mine.

I learned the other day that my mom will be having cataract surgery.  I was checking out my eye in the mirror for early signs of cataracts, but didn’t see anything, so I think I’m ok…..for a while, anyway.   Whew!

Anyway, that’s what led to this shot.

Jun 28, 2010

Empire state of mind

Back to NY for meetings this week.  I indulged myself by traveling on Monday instead of Sunday.

As we were landing, I took this shot of the Empire State Building and surrounding part of Manhattan right before sunset.   I don’t have time to hit the big city this trip though.  I’m blowing right through La Guardia and headed to Somers.

I have another shot of the Financial district on the southern tip of the island,  but it still just looks wrong without those 2 towers.  Hard to believe that was nearly 9 years ago.

Over the weekend I read in the news that a 6 month old infant was killed and her mother seriously injured by a falling tree branch while posing for a photo taken by the father during a visit to the Central Park Zoo.   So terribly sad, and so random.

Jun 27, 2010

Wheeeeee!!!

Jen and Rob invited us to go tubing with them and their niece, Channing, today.   We did our traditional  San Marcos River extended float.   We go farther downstream past the official take out point where we park a car and trailer ahead of time to haul tubes and tubers back to the starting point.  That way we have a 3 hour float.

It hasn’t hit 100 degrees yet this year, so it’s a little unusual for us to go tubing until triple digit temps.   But we had a fun time.   The flow was unusually swift, so it was more work than your typical lazy float down the river.

This is a shot just as I entered the chute at the rapids.  I’ve never turned over before, but this time I did, and ended up losing my hat and sunglasses.   My hat was found a bit down river, but my prescription raybans are gone for good.   Oh well.   But it didn’t dampen the fun.

Can’t wait for the next float!

Jun 26, 2010

Strawberry moon

The moon, she is full!   This month’s full moon is called the Strawberry Moon, and it occurred at about 5:40 AM this morning, as the moon was setting.   I was already up, so I walked outside to try to find a view not obstructed by trees (difficult to do in this neighborhood).    A partial lunar eclipse was happening at the same time.

This is a shot of the full moon as the shadow of the Earth clipped the top right portion while passing between it and the sun.

I guess it just looks like an ordinary waning or waxing moon, but it’s a bit more unique than that.   I’m glad I was up to see it.

Jun 25, 2010

Another zinnie

Another week flown by.  Got a lot accomplished, but lots more to do.

I had a bit of an inspiration-less day today.   Meetings start at 6:30 every day, and run through the early evening.    It’s refreshing when I can finally log off for the day.

Walking around outside seems to take bit of the fogginess out of my head.   I know I’ve been posting lots of flower pics, but I enjoy sharing them.  Here is another zinnia.

I really like this Canon PowerShot D10.   I’ve found it takes great close up shots.  But, not so great wide shots.   Or, it could be me.  I think it’s time I dig out the manual.  Maybe I’ll flip through that this weekend.

Tonight we are enjoying a quiet Friday night at home.   We’ve got the original “Flipper” movie queued up on the DVR.   Yes, that’s right — the 1960’s movie about the dolphin.

Oh, by the way… just 6 months from today until Christmas (!)

Jun 23, 2010

Volunteer

For the last couple of years sunflowers have mysteriously appeared in the flowerbed out back.  I assume they were seeded by birds on their way back from the feeder… or maybe those pesky squirrels.   They’re a nice addition to the garden.

This one is about 4 feet tall so far and has a number of buds ready to pop.

Jun 22, 2010

Time to light the grill

We love to grill.  Year round.  Weber kettles and charcoal, baby.

Tonight’s menu:

insalata caprese, grilled chicken, spinach risotto, and a decadent chocolate cake from Marty & Sue, who joined us for dinner.

Delicious!

Here’s how we do the chicken, in case you want to give it a try, too……

Grilled Chicken

1 whole chicken
a couple fresh rosemary sprigs
olive oil
kosher salt and ground black pepper

Prepare coals for indirect cooking (2 piles – on left and right side of grill).  Clean chicken, rub with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper inside and out, stuff a few sprigs of rosemary inside (and sometimes a chunk of onion, apple, ..), tie the bird up and put in the center of the grill breast-side down (though we’ve tried both ways, I think it’s juicier this way).  Cook for about 15 minutes per pound.   Remove from grill and let sit 10-15 minutes before carving.

Jun 21, 2010

Summer!

Today is the Summer Solstice — gateway to the REALLY hot temperatures for us.   Tis the season for sprinklers!  Our herb and flower beds will need some extra H2O to get a break from the heat from here on out.

I watched the spray of water go back and forth for a while and thought about what was going on the first day of Summer a year ago.   We had just returned from a most excellent week-long trip sailing through the Abacos with Lori & Dave.   The remodel on our house had started while we were away.  We returned to a house full of boxes, dust and workmen;  and no kitchen or laundry room for the next 6 months.   Whew!  I’m really glad that’s behind us.

As for Summer 2010….bring it on!

Jun 20, 2010

Pretty blue flowers

I have work-work to do today, so Monte’s gone to the lake by himself.     For a change of scenery, every now and then I need to get up and take a walk outside.

This is a shot of some blue plumbago that I planted a year or two ago.   I like plumbago because of the pretty blue color, and how it contrasts with the orange flowers that are nearby.

Also, it’s pretty much indestructible in the Central Texas heat.

Jun 19, 2010

Sweet

This morning we worked slavishly in the yard – mowing, edging, weedeating, trimming shrubs and low hanging branches.  Whew, it was hot!   I was tuckered out by about 1pm.   So, what to do?  Go to the lake!

We loaded up our motor (again) for service.   Then we put up the shade on the catboat,  and we just sailed the slip for the rest of the afternoon.

We played with some of the usual suspects – Marty, Sue, Joe, Sonya and friend, Robert, Nick, Isabelle, Laureen, Morgan and Dimitri.

Late afternoon I noticed a skywriting plane had left some streaks in the sky.   We had to step out from under the shade on the boat to see it, but someone had put a big heart up for all to see.  How sweet!

I ♥ sailing