Monday, April 30, 2007


Couldn't decide which was cooler, 110000, 110001, or 110011.

[Ed: The third happened on the way home from Topeka May 1, going 70 mph, so there's no picture--OK no *good* picture. :o) ]

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Nocturnal Visitations...

These are *raccoon* prints... There are also a few on my hood. And when I got in my car, the condensation on the windshield had what looked like little handprints in it.

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Supercalifragilistic Cool!

Max explains the Jurassic period...

Took the nephews to T-Rex. Most of the pics didn't turn out well, but... I feel totally successful, I opened the door and Max and E stopped still in the doorway with their mouths open.

"Max, what do you think?" "Supercalifragilistic Cool!" Plus, I also go down the water slide with them (it's a little like doing windows). I get the coolest aunt award...

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Where's that Sling again?

David vs. Goliath at fighter practice.

A great pic of Khaentlahn in armor.

Miguel in Kyle's armor.

The perks of being a fighter... getting your shoe tied by the birthday boy.

Beauty at the rose garden.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

The Many Faces of Jennwynn

I'm looking for new glasses, and this sort of decision usually requires assistance. Last weekend a friend said, "Take pictures of your options and email them to me," and it's also time for this week's self portrait, so...

I didn't have contacts in, though, which means these were taken pretty much blind, and the lighting meant that I had to look toward the ceiling to get the frames to show at all. These factors combined make them a little weirder than they might otherwise be (I think I left out all the ones where I look cross-eyed). But here they are:

A: the Metro (aka, just havin' fun)

B: the Ray-Ban (aka, make my day)

C: the Librarian (aka, how you doin')

D: the Myka (aka, I'm soooo innocent)

E: Close to now (aka, I'm just here for the beer)

Please feel free to vote for your favorite. :) I'd kinda like to *not* do exactly what I've got now, and I'm leaning toward making a statement. I also have contacts, so these are really only for work, so "event compatible" doesn't make a difference. It's tough not to let the expressions affect your choice.

And as a bonus, here's the over the top librarian:

Monday, April 23, 2007

Dishes can be beautiful...

Another boring photo today. This is the first (and last) load of dishes done in my dishwasher...

(What you can't see is the puddle it made on the floor in front of it. Apparently I was right to be worried.)

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Spring also means...

An attempt at organization... :) My mom is coming to stay with me in a week, and I've decided to quit temp living and actually move in a little. I mean, I'm not going over the top and putting out my books or anything, but I'm taking baby steps. And today was all about movement--I came *this* close to making my bed, and then I realized it was less than 6 hours from time for me to get back in it... :)

This makes for exciting pictures. Check it out, even the closets look special...

Saturday, April 21, 2007

More Disco Dancin'

Somehow, I've become identified with disco balls. Can't imagine how that happened.

Today was Eve and Aidan's wedding--and Xorazne and Semjaka's anniversary. Here's the bride looking cute:
And a photo of people milling about contributed by a "mystery guest" photographer (that includes an angle of myself that I can't take):

Friday, April 20, 2007

Prehistoric Family Adventure...

I can't wait to go to this restaurant with my nephews: The T-Rex Cafe at Legends Mall just outside of KC. Above is the huge octopus that covers the bar area. (Did I mention that it's tentacles move?!?)

This is the sun that's on the ceiling.

And I didn't even take any photos of the dinosaurs. There's a moving t-rex that greets you at the door and multiple aquariums throughout the place. Upstairs is "the ice age"--it includes a woolly mammoth and a couple of her babies--and snow shoots out periodically. I walked into the bathroom and there were the nautiloid fossils that I had researched after Max and I found the sea lilies on the farm.

There's no way we'll get them to stay still long enough to eat. :-)

Thursday, April 19, 2007


A week since I've had a picture of Jacque. Just not right. ;-) Here she is relaxin' in the grocery cart. Khaentlahn arranged some cans of something for her to sit on, and she put her feet up all on her own.

And these are her feet. She was very adamant that I take a picture of them.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Frog's-eye View

Welcome to Grit-land. The frog through whose eyes you are seeing is one that I got when a college friend (whose name starts with X) and I went to the Nelson-Atkins Museum in 1990. It's been on my various computers ever since. :) I'm nothing if not consistent and/or sentimental...

Monday, April 16, 2007

We Stand Undaunted...

The one tulip that survived the cold weather.

On the way back from lunch it was in shadow, so I came back after work to capture it in the slanted rays.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Unloading, Again...

I commute to work and live out of my car, but, even then, this picture shows a particularly bad day. Two looms, bedding, and eventing stuff for the weekend in addition to the normal complement. (Aggie rode with me, and his armor and baggage have already been removed.) Also notice that, for a change, I got home while the sun was still up.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Moon in Venice

On the wall outside the community center was this gorgeous (if slightly damaged) luna moth.

This is how I looked decked out for Venice (I started to crop it, but then you can't see the dress. *sigh*):

And a couple of other Venetians for the day, Tatjana and Suzanne (whose dress I'm wearing above):

Friday, April 13, 2007

Defective Helmets

Truck stop kitch. These guys really should have worn more armor. Taken at Butler, MO, on the way to the Venetian event this weekend.

Other joys of the journey:

Thursday, April 12, 2007

I Swear by my Pretty Floral Bonnet...

Jac in the bonnet that we bought for her at the Lincoln Library. (Which I didn't buy *just* for the Firefly reference, though it was the first thing that went through my head. Picked it up, turned to my brother, and quoted Mal. Can't really picture Jac saying, "I will end you"--but I could teach her... hmmmm...)

Wabbit season! Jac scares the ducks at the park.

There were *fighters* in a park in Topeka at something I think is called "fighter practice," so I couldn't resist documenting it. :-)

Khaentlahn and Kyle (and the van):
The nip hides:
Though it was all for naught:

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Not Really Me

Time for another self portrait. Tonight I want to be someone else, so the hair came down, and this is what came out. (My eyes are really green tonight.)

And of course, the day would not be complete without a shot of Jac being cute:

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Duck Season

I was home sick today, so all you get is another duck. Through a strange twist of timing my mom got into my new place before I did. She left this duck as a house warming present. I love it muchly. :)