Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Out of my funk!

Oh man, have I been in a funk or what?

First I was sick and then I got better. And then I had a whole slew of projects thrown at me from all directions: patent drawings for a medical airway device that looks remarkably like a penis (I had to do multiples angles!), a Batman themed logo for a chiropractor (THE BACKMAN!), a Scrubs themed t-shirt design for my sister-in-law, more patent drawings, and blah blah blah.

And all the while, Clark kept giving me papers to sign. You have to sign a lot of papers to buy a house and I was being a brat and complaining that the house was too big and living in a big house was going to make me want to get pregnant to fill up all those empty rooms and I don't want to have to clean a big house that's full of babies and blah blah blah.

And then I realized that if my biggest problems are being too busy and having to live in a big house, then boy, I needed swift kick in the pants. So I went to a Bon Iver concert with my sister, had a fabulous time and came home determined to get out of my funk. And determined to finally edit and post some photos from my cousin Hannah's wedding.

It occurred to me that although I've been looking at these photos endlessly for 10 days now, no one else has seen them so I needed to hurry up and share them. Now I can't possibly include all of them but here some of the highlights...

Photos from the temple.

Photos from the reception venue.

And last, my favorite photos of the happy couple.

Mike and Hannah are insanely happy and I felt like a creepy stalker following them around all day taking photos. But it was lots of fun and it meant I got to spend tons of time with the bride and groom. Thank you guys for letting me stalk you all day!

If anyone is having trouble viewing these, please let me know.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Sneak Peek

I was just going to edit ONE photo (from the 1000+ I took this past weekend at Hannah's wedding) and then crawl back into bed, but I got too excited and edited three instead. I can't wait to feel better so I can get my hands (and my cursor) on the rest of them. And I promise, I have some with Mike looking at the camera. Hannah just looked too gorgeous in these ones to pass up.

So stay tuned for a report on the wedding and many, many more photos. And now, back to nursing my broncs/lungs.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Mission Accomplished

Do you know where your little brother is right now? I know where mine is! He's here.

This morning I flew to Las Vegas, met up with my brother Danny and flew back to Tucson with him. Then we drove out to Ft. Huachuca, AZ. And he didn't run on me or punch me in the face even a little bit. Not that he has a history of punching people in the face, but I was transporting him to an all boys working ranch in the middle of nowhere.* So he wasn't exactly jumping for joy. He was, however, smiling more than usual. He was quiet, probably a little nervous about being in a new place but he seemed proud about where he's been and what he's accomplished. I'm really excited about this next phase in his life. And I'm especially excited that I'll get to see him more often. When I get a chance to visit him, I'm going to visit this, this and this (all in the area). Who knows, maybe Danny will get to the point where he can come with me. That would be rad.

Thank you to everyone who made it possible for me to spend a day doing this- namely my dad and my amazing friend, Emily.

*My apologies to those of you who think the Benson/Sierra Vista/Tombstone area is not the middle of nowhere. But come on now, there are more rattlesnakes than people out there.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Signal Hill Petroglyphs

You know what I love about Arizona?


It's no fall in New England, but boy, do I love a big blue sky over a vast desert of Saguaro and purple mountains in the distance. I love thinking about all the creepy crawlies that live out there... the coyotes, the rattlesnakes, the javelina, the tarantulas, the bobcats, the mountain lions, the scorpions, the mice, the foxes... the DANGER. It's kind of thrilling.

And I love how you can go for a hike (a half mile hike because this little cold of mine has turned me into a huge wuss) and stumble upon some PETROGLYPHS! That's right, prehistoric rock art made thousands of years ago.

It might look like graffiti, but it's not. Not hoodlums, but Hohokam indians. They pecked those designs into these very rocks many, many years ago. And who knows why? It's fascinating. Truly awesome and good old Arizona is filled with them. Is it too outrageous to try and see all the petroglyphs the Southwest has to offer? Maybe.

But it's good to know my family would be obliging if I did try. A big thank you to Clark for making sure both boys AND the dog didn't get eaten by a rattlesnake. He actually had to carry Fergus back down the mountain because he got too hot and tired.

If you know of any other good petroglyph hikes, please share. I can't wait for it to cool down because there's nothing like an Arizona winter.

Go on, check it out. You know you're as excited about rock art as I am...