19 December 2012

A Month of A to Z: C

Cactus. August 22, 2009.
C is for Cactus! This is a lovely one I saw when I was in Arizona. Isn't it pretty? :)

A Month of A to Z: B

I am so behind! But I will keep posting even into January, ha ha! :)

Sea Meets Sand. May 25, 2012

B is for Beach! I love the beach. :)

12 December 2012

A Month of A to Z: A

So Pip over at Meet Me at Mikes is doing a month of A to Z posts on her blog, you can read all about it here. I am a little behind but I want to start in the fun! For a while I will be posting 2 a day, as it is the 12th already!

Image found via wikipedia.

A is for Anne! I just finished reading Anne of Avonlea and it was wonderful. I definitely recommend it! It is available free online because it is now public domain, you can read it on goodreads here.

13 November 2012

Gloria & her kids

Last weekend I had the pleasure of taking family photos for my friend Gloria for the 3rd year in a row. Her kids are hilarious and always goofing around, which makes taking pictures a bit difficult, but I think we got quite a few lovely ones this year.

Here's one of my favorites:

Gloria, Indigo & Tolkien, November 2012.

You can see the rest of the set here: Gloria & Kids 2012

It's fun to see how much they've grown since 2010 when I took this photo:

Gloria, Indigo & Tolkien, December 2010.
P.S. In other photography news, did you know you can view your instagram profiles online now? Check mine out here: http://instagram.com/cleartrampoline/ kinda neat-o dontcha think?

30 October 2012

Tamanawas Falls

Tamanawas Falls, September 8, 2012.

Last month my sister, Scully (my dog) and I went on a hike up to Tamanawas Falls. For some reason this is the only picture I have saved from that day. I must have accidentally deleted the images off my CF Card thinking I had already backed them up (and I hadn't). Sad face indeed. At least I have this one photo though! Something to commemorate the hike. It was really fun, I hadn't done that hike in years. We often hiked it when we were kids, my mom and grandma used to take my sister, brother and I on lots of hikes while my dad was at work (he likes to hike to, we often went on weekend hikes with him as well as long drives through the country). Thanks to that I have a great appreciation of the area and feel lucky to have grown up here and experienced all the beautiful natural wonders that surround us here in the Pacific Northwest.

29 October 2012

Late Summer (September) in Grandma's Garden

This pics are from almost a month ago, but I just recently added them to flickr and had to share. What a lovely place we live in! :)

Grandma's Garden, September 2012.

Purple Flowers, September 2012.

Pink Flowers, September 2012.
Pink Flower, September 2012.
Yellow Flowers, September 2012.
Sunlit Trees, September 2012
Pretty flower (and a bee flying away), September 2012.

11 October 2012

It's Ten Eleven Twelve!

Fall leaves, October 2010.

That fall crispness is in the air! Makes me want to bake something yummy and curl up on the couch with some hot cocoa and watch When Harry Met Sally. Or go for a lovely walk and take pictures of the fall foliage. Or go to a farm stand and buy some apples and look at cute farm animals. Oh fall, you are my favorite! I'm so jealous my brother AND my sister both have birthdays this month. My brother yesterday, and my sister tomorrow. Born two years and two days apart. Ha! :)

Last weekend I spent some time organizing photos and files on my computer. My what a mess that can be! Hopefully I'll get that all straightened up, and add some new pics to my flickr. For now enjoy a few pics from Falls past. :)

Apple, October 2011.

Fall leaves, October 2010.

Apples, October 2011.
Fall leaves, October 2011.

05 October 2012

The Shaky Hands are playing tonight with the old lineup, I'm so excited! :)

The show is at Backspace, tickets are only six dollars!

In honor of this exciting reunion, here's a few pics I took from some past Shaky Hands shows.

Crystal Ballroom, December 2007
Crystal Ballroom, December 2007
Holocene, June 2008

Holocene, June 2008

The Know, March 2010

The Know, March 2010

Happy Friday everyone!

17 September 2012

Weekend Instagram Shots

Here are a few of my instagram shots from the weekend. It was beautiful! The first shot is from the 26 near Hillsboro. The sunset Friday night was amazing, This picture doesn't even do it justice. The rest of the shots are from Cannon Beach. It was a lovely weekend. I'll post again later this week with some shots from my dslr. :) Anyone else do anything lovely over the weekend?

Sunset, September 2012

Cannon Beach, September 2012

Rock & Water, September 2012

Starfish, September 2012

Haystack Rock, September 2012

Happy Monday everyone!

14 September 2012

Going to the Ocean

Haystack Rock, May 2012
Going to the Ocean this weekend. Excited to take some photos, hopefully I will have some material to enter in the Words to Shoot By call for entries. If you don't already follow that blog you should, its pretty great.

12 September 2012

Still summertime

Yellow Flower
It's been such a lovely summer, and while it's been getting colder at night the past few days, it's still been nice and warm during the day. I'm going to soak it up (metaphorically speaking of course, I don't literally soak up sun with this pale skin of mine, hehe) while it's still here!

This has really been a summer full of fresh food, it's been so wonderful to have access to friends with gardens, haha! I do hope that next summer I will have a garden of my own. Canned some tomatoes earlier this week and will be freezing some peaches later. Can't wait for pears and apples to be in season, which always seems to signal my very favorite season, fall! I think the pears are already being harvested around the valley, yay! That means apples aren't too far behind!

Happy late summer folks, hope you're still enjoying some lovely weather!

13 July 2012

Some songs

My top five most listened to songs according to my itunes folder on my macbook (which for some reason seems to randomly reset at times):

Video Games - Lana Del Rey
(Do you wanna date my) Avartar - The Guild
In the Mood - Glenn Miller & His Orchestra
Bloom - Radiohead
Seven Swans - Sufjan Stevens

Kind of a weird list. But then again, that's how I roll :)

08 May 2012

It's almost summer!

I have a new favorite fun photo website: www.picmonkey.com
It's so fun, you have to go check it out!

So we're moving soon. It's gonna be great.
Gonna hang with my grandparents a lot, plant a garden, tickle my niece, do lots of art, walk in the forest, go swimming.
It's almost summer, are you excited?? :)

03 April 2012

On microwaved coffee and watching TV at the grandparent's house

I was just struck with a memory of my Grandpa Gorman today while microwaving my coffee in the break room at work. Don't judge me, it's been a long week! This might seem strange to many of you who know me as a bit of a coffee snob, and a "I don't own a microwave" snob, but hey, desperate times dude. :) On to the real subject matter...

When we were kids, my brother, sister and I would spend time hanging out down at Grandma and Grandpa Gorman's house. Usually "hanging out" involved helping them with fun chores like yard work or stacking firewood for a few dollars so we could run up the street to High School Pharmacy to buy some candy or gum, but sometimes we got to just relax and watch tv, which was awesome because they had cable something we didn't have at home, nor would our dad ever let us sit around all day just watching TV, so it was definitely a treat. The other bonus was that my grandma had a VCR, and boy did she know how to use it! She would record shows all day long, and if you had a favorite she would make you a tape just full of hours of your favorite movies or shows. When we were young it was all about John Wayne, Fred Astaire and Shirley Temple movies, oh,  and my brother went through a big Three Stooges phase too, it was fun times.

When we were a little bit older it was all about things like, the Simpsons and MTV, things we were DEFINITELY not allowed to watch but could get away with at the grandparents house. I particularly remember one summer when No Doubt's song Spiderweb was on heavy rotation, as well as that Soundgarden video for Black Hole Sun with the barbeque'd Barie doll which both fascinated and disturbed me at the same time. Watching TV at Grandma's house was also where I first discovered MST3K, and fell in love with bad movies.

While we'd be piled up on the bed in my grandma's room watching TV (and boy was that amazing that they not only had cable but TWO TVs!) my Grandpa would watch TV in the living room, sitting in his easy chair with a mug of coffee. Of course, he was more into watching things like reruns of Lonesome Dove or some other western (although if you know my brother & sister & I well you'd know that we weren't adverse to watching westerns either, we're big fans). It was always slightly annoying to watch TV with him though, because he watched it with the volume practically maxed out, due to the fact that he couldn't hear all that well.

So the volume blasting, sitting in his easy chair, drinking his mug of coffee, every once in a while he'd yell to us kids in the other room to go heat up his coffee for him. He drank his coffee at home instant, black, and most importantly SUPER DUPER hot, so when it got to cooling down he would send one of us grandkids into the kitchen to microwave it for 90 seconds and carry it back to him in the living room, which was always pretty tricky because it would be super hot and you had to be careful not to burn your fingers on it while it seemingly TRIED to splash out and land on your skin. And you'd hand him this steaming cup of coffee and he'd say thank you and start sipping it right away.