Foto Friday Sailing Weekend

September 10, 2010

It’s been awhile since I’ve participated in Calliope’s Photo Friday – things have just been crazy lately. And now it seems the theme was announced a bit late so it’s really more of a Photo Weekend which is fitting given the theme: Summer 2010 Photos.

The highlight of this summer was a weekend sailing trip a few weeks ago.

sailing

I'm On A Boat!


sparkling water

Sparkling water


mast and sail

looking up


foggy lens

foggy lens

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P.S. As a side note, I totally credit this trip for allowing me to relax so that my IVF could work.

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Foto Friday – Travel

August 6, 2010

I completely flaked on last week’s theme which was Play. That would have been fun but I just wasn’t able to get to it. For this week I’ll just use a existing photos from my last real vacation: Laos.

Beautiful waterfalls – Kuang Si Falls, Laos
kuang si falls

Ling, my travel(ling) monkey posing with Buddha in Luang Prabang, Laos. I’m often out taking photos on my own so Ling comes with me and gets inserted in to lots of shots.
buddha

Hmong village women making tofu, Laos
making tofu

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This week’s theme from Calliope is “Unplugged.” Much like her, my first thought was music. MTV’s Unplugged and Eric Clapton’s Unplugged. Despite the explanation that this could be about plugs and outlets. I actually think plugs and outlets could make for some interesting photos. But I had to go for the acoustic guitar. I love acoustic guitar. I am a sucker for it. So it’s a good thing Right Guy plays. 😉

guitar

guitar

guitar

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Foto Friday – Pets

July 17, 2010

This week’s theme from Calliope is pets. I have a love/hate relationship with taking pictures of my cats. When I get a good one I LOVE it. But it’s SO difficult. Of my three cats, one is super photogenic, another not so much and the last one not at all. But I wanted to make sure they were all represented. So, without further ado, let me introduce you to my fur babies:

My 12 year old cat Daisy:
daisy
Daisy is my sort of photogenic cat. I can get decent pictures of her but she has some perpetual eye leakage that just isn’t very attractive – especially on a white cat. She turned 12 last month. I can’t believe she’s been with me 12 years!

Now for the kittens. They are now about 9 months old and beginning to look more like cats than kittens.

Lily is my absolutely impossible to photograph cat. She won’t stay still. Her eyes are always closed if I use a flash. And she too, has some leaky eye problems.
lily

And last, but not least (except in size and age), we have my little model: Moxie. She never takes a bad picture.
moxie

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What a fun topic we have this week! Unfortunately I’m going to have to torture you with the back story before you get to the pic.

Back in college, while I was researching my senior thesis on Slave Folktales (I was a history major before I became a tech geek), I had the opportunity to read folktales from England/Europe, Africa and Native American tribes. The American slave folktales took elements from each culture. It was the Native American tales that fascinated me and I read several from various tribes in the southwestern U.S. that had a common character: Kokopelli. If you’ve lived in or traveled to that area you’ve definitely seen him. And if not, you’ve probably also seen him.

kokopelliIn all of these tales I read kokopelli was portrayed as this happy-go-lucky trickster who danced around playing his flute and moved from one village to the next playing tricks and generally making merry. Most of his tricks were funny but some were not. He was a bit of a rogue and liked to do things his own way. In any case, I fell in love with the idea of this music-loving free spirit who danced around happily all the time without a care in the world.

Fast forward a few years. After contemplating a tattoo for several years, and in particular this tattoo, I decided that if I still liked the idea after all that time then I should do it. So I did. It ended up being a little larger than I intended and not located quite where I originally envisioned. The tattoo artist was a friend and he talked me in to tweaking a bit. As I was laying on the table having him ink me, a coworker walked in and said, “Cool. Kokopelli. Fertility God.” I did a double take. Wha? Fertility God? WhatchutalkinboutWillis? I had always seen him portrayed as a trickster. At the time, I was embarrassed to think someone might think I was getting a fertility tattoo. Although I was secretly OK with it because I had endometriosis and knew I might one day have fertility issues when the time came. But that time hadn’t yet come.

I have since come across countless other people who have learned of him as being a symbol of fertility. Over the years I vehemently defended my reasoning that he was a trickster. Yes, some of his tricks were impregnating women (often women who were not being successfully impregnated by their husbands) but those were just a few of his many tricks so why is it that he’s remembered only for that? I have no idea. It seems he is both. See wikipedia for more info. What I do know is that I am no longer embarrassed for people to think my tattoo is a fertility symbol – because I’m trying to get pregnant. And a small, silly, superstitious part of me hopes my tattoo (located near my right ovary) will help. The trickster appealed to me in my 20s. The fertility god appeals to me now. Can anyone else say that their tattoo has evolved with them over the years?
tattoo

This tattoo is now 11 years old and still my only one. And I still love it. Over the years I keep saying I want to get another. And maybe I still will. But it’s hard to top this one (not in quality but in meaning). I know in general what I want my next one to be but I’m not sure where to put it and I haven’t seen a design I love. I’d like a fox. Not a vamped up vixen sexy tat. Not an airbrushed looking realistic fox. Not an overly cartoony or cutesy fox. Just a fox. Maybe in color or maybe just an outline or a tribal-like representation of a fox. But it can’t look too much like the stupid Fox Racing logo. And although I like the Firefox logo I don’t want a tat of a browser. Feel free to send me any fox images you might find that would look good as a tattoo. And thanks in advance.

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What am I good at? Designing databases. I think. Organizing things and data. But that’s pretty difficult to get a picture of. What do I like about myself? Certain physical features come to mind – my eyes, or, once upon a time, my legs. There are other things I’m good at or like about myself but my Inner Strength has saved me countless times so I chose to pay homage to it this week. By taking a picture of my outer strength – such as it is.

Back when I was kickboxing I had some guns. Not so much anymore. But the point is that I am a strong person on the inside. I’m not sure where I’d be without that trait. It helps me survive the ordeals of life. It keeps me calm in a crisis. It allows me to be a good/better friend when my friends need me. And I am gratetful for it.

muscle flex

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This week’s theme is amazing. Flow Chart Thinking/Surprising Loves. Read about it here.

Calliope has urged us to think outside of the box. Which I think I’ve done (it’s not a photo at all). While also rendering a somewhat literal interpretation of the explanation of the theme. You see, one of my unexpected loves is flow charts. So I’ve created one to illustrate my other surprising loves. None of these photos is mine. I just put them all together. You’ll want to click on it to see the larger version so you can read the captions.

Surprising Likes Flow Chart

Surprising Likes Flow Chart

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