Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas!


Ornament and Lightbulb, originally uploaded by Racergirl1313.

Merry Christmas everyone!!

Monday, December 17, 2007

Snow!


Snow!, originally uploaded by Racergirl1313.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Sunday, December 16, 2007

More Christmas Photos


Ornament, originally uploaded by Racergirl1313.

I have added more Christmas photos to my Flickr. The Christmas madness has begun around here and I have a ton of stuff on my 'To Do' list.

The snow is really coming down. They are expecting 3-5" tonight with another 6-10" tomorrow. I'll grab some pictures and post them to Flickr. Hopefully the snow will stick around and we'll have a while Christmas.

Love and Blessings to everyone!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Christmas Kitty


Christmas Kitty, originally uploaded by Racergirl1313.

I just posted a few Christmas pics to my Flickr account. I also bought myself a Pro account so I don't have anymore uploading limits.

I hope everyone has their shopping done and is ready to celebrate the season!

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Thanksgiving


IMG_1648-2, originally uploaded by Racergirl1313.

Thanksgiving was wonderful this year and Fred and I both have a lot to be thankful for. Pictures from both celebrations are now on Flickr. I hope everyone had a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Saturday, November 24, 2007

New TV er... Color Box


IMG_1669-2, originally uploaded by Racergirl1313.

We bought a new TV and it was delivered on Friday. It worked great for a while and we were super happy with our purchase. Unftunately, we turned it off to go make dinner and when we turned it back on after dinner it looked like this.... Hopefully Amazon will replace it quickly. It was a great TV the 6 hrs. or so it was woking.... :(

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Sorry!

Sorry it has been a while since my last post. It has been busy, but fear not! The posting will pickup I am sure as Christmas approaches.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 9, 2007

Blog and Contest for Beauty Junkies

I am a huge beauty junkie so I thought I'd share this with my fellow BJA (Beauty Junkies Anonymous) members. This is a great blog and right now she is running a great contest. Check it out!

Raging Rouge

The Raging Rouge Benefit & Urban Decay Contest

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Busy Day


Deck, originally uploaded by Racergirl1313.

As you can see, we now have stairs on the deck! We're almost there. Fred spent most of the weekend working on the deck, Dad came down to help yesterday and Bob came down to help today.

I spent the day today making raspberry stuffed french toast, chocolate chip cookies and taking down about 8 feet for grapevines off the fence near the driveway. Pictures can be found on my Flickr site.

Hope everyone else took advantage of the extra hour today like we did! Have a great week!

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Dinner and Crafts

Above we have the makings of a great dinner. Throw one whole fryer chicken, , one bottle Sam Adams Black Lager and Penzy's Lemon Pepper seasoning into the crockpot and cook until the mean falls off the bone. Along with the chichen slice some potatoes, toss with light olive oil and Penzy's Garden Salad Seasoning and put in a 350 degree oven until crispy on both sides. The chicken could have probably used some gavy made from the beer, but I've never been a gravy person so it didn't even cross my mind.

In addition to creating some yummy food I also worked on a few projects I have had planned for around the house. Take a look.


Tomorrow I'll have pictures of the deck and the raspberry cream cheese stuffed french toast I am making for breakfast!

Friday, November 2, 2007

Milestone


Run!, originally uploaded by Racergirl1313.

I just wanted to make sure to mark the 4th Anniversary of my quitting smoking. On Halloween 2003 I smoked my last cigarette. Since then, the only time I've smoked has been in my dreams.

In the past 4 years I have noticed a distinct improvement in my health, especially as far as colds and sinus problems go. If you haven't quit smoking you should. It is the healthiest thing you can do for yourself if you are a smoker. There is a program out there for everyone. If you need an ear, let me know, I’d be more than happy to share my experience.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Our New Home


Our New Home, originally uploaded by Racergirl1313.

Since real estate around Boston is so expensive we decided to build a home, what do you think? ;)

Actually, I finally posted the pics of Plimoth Plantation and some from the beach we found off Rt. 127.

Enjoy!!

Small Deck Update


Starting Railings, originally uploaded by Racergirl1313.

Ballisters should be up soon as Fred cut all of them lastnight!

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Boston - Part 1


Bull & Finch - AKA: Cheers, originally uploaded by Racergirl1313.

We're home from Boston! We had a great time. We celebrated Grandpop's 92nd Birthday (10/26), toured downtown Boston and walked the Freedom Trail, visited Plimoth Pantation and the Mayflower II and saw Karin & Richard.

Check out my Flickr site for pictures from our day downtown. Hopefully I can get Plimoth pics up tomorrow, if not, then soon.

Monday, October 15, 2007

We Have Decking!!


We Have Decking!!, originally uploaded by Racergirl1313.

Yay!!

Sunday, October 14, 2007

The first signs of Decking


The first signs of Decking, originally uploaded by Racergirl1313.

The deck is really starting to look like a deck now. Dad and Fred got some of the decking on, then it started to rain. Luckily, tomorrow is only supposed to be cloudy so hopefully we'll have more decking up.

In other backyard news, I took out a bunch of the plants in the garden. We've decided to take out the section of garden next to the garage and the section against the back fence. Also, we no longer have Hostas!!! We do however have 3 lawn bags full of what used to be garden.

I'll post an update on the deck tomorrow.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

All in a Day's Work


Rough In, originally uploaded by Racergirl1313.

Fred and Dad really got a lot done on the deck today. So much in fact, that Fred and I went to go buy the decking since the rough in will be finished tomorrow. With the sunny cool day it was a good day to work outside.

I added a picture of the patio concrete back when we started working on the deck project to my Flickr account, take a look.

Check back tomorrow for another update. Maybe we'll have some decking!!!

TrekPod Go!



Take a gander at the newest addition to my camera gear, the TrekPod Go! It is a tripod/monopod/trekking stick all in one. It has a magnetic mounting system, is made of aluminum and packs down to an easy to carry size! It is made by Trek-Tech and more information can be found here.
Stay tuned for an update on the deck progress.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Projects Galore


Patio No More!, originally uploaded by Racergirl1313.

Fred and I each have a host of projects going on, which are keeping us nice and busy. Most of mine are Christmas present related so you will forgive me for not going into any detail. You all will thank me come December for not spoiling the suprise!

One project I can talk about is our conversion from broken concrete patio to deck out back. The buidling permit was approved on Monday so now we can really get to work. I'm excited to have a nice space to sit out back. The deck, when it is finished, will be 10' x 13'. Look for updates as the project progresses.

The other project is my planned re-organization of the office. Right now it is pink with open book shelves. For my birthday I recieved a new desk which is very nice and I just picked up a chair to add some seating besides my office chair. My plan is to paint the room Baize Green (Sherwin Williams color) and get some closed storage. Also Fred and I should probably look to shed some books, or at least put away some of the ones we don't read.

On another note: I just want to get an idea if anyone is actually reading my posts or not so give me a shout in the comments section if you're out there.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Lawn Beetle


Lawn Beetle, originally uploaded by Racergirl1313.

We seem to have a little Beetle problem in our backyard....

Friday, September 21, 2007

Mirror


Mirror, originally uploaded by Racergirl1313.

A&W was packed lastnight. For a while there you couldn't find a spot in their lot. Only 4 Bugs lastnight, but that's ok. This is my favorite photo from lastnight. Enjoy!

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Harvest


HArvest, originally uploaded by Racergirl1313.

This morning I spent my time at the Royal Oak Farmer's market. Not only did I come home with a bag full of delicious goodies, but I also came home with a camera full of photos!

I met a number of nice and interesting people. Many people asked me if I was taking a photo class, one gentleman and I discussed DSLR's, and one man even asked if he had to sign a model release! I tried not to take pictures of people who didn't know I was photographing them. The woman in the photos has a booth full of interesting things, including a whole rack of silly glasses. She was nice enough to allow me to take her picture. It was a great morning!

I have uploaded a number of my favorites to my Flickr site, so go take a look!

Thursday, September 6, 2007

New Camera Bag!

My photo backpack arrived today! It is the Lowepro Slingshot 200 AW. I liked it because I won't have to put my bag down to take out my camera when I want to take a photo. It also received some nice reviews.



Photos taken with my HP R967.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Home Improvements - Crafting Area

Monday night Fred put up my Ikea rods in my crafting nook. I was so excited to finally get them up and I think they look great! Right now they are empty, but I am sure they will soon be filled. To the right you can just barely see my quilting cart which has a ton of work space once it is rolled out and set up, not to mention a ton of storage too!


This is the other part of my crafting nook (a little messy right now, but I am still organizing). These shelves were in th house when we bought it. However, they are made of MDF and the previous owner only painted the front of the shelves and the top. A few months ago, I took out a few shelves, painted the inside of the cubby and both sides of the shelves which I think made them look "finished" finally. I think they turned out great.


Wednesday, August 29, 2007

ITIL

Hooray! I took my ITIL Foundations Certification test today and passed!

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Wishing


Wishing, originally uploaded by Racergirl1313.

On days as hot and humid as today I wish it looked more like this out!

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Various Things


So the Mio50 is a no go because the engine is only 50cc and it tops out at 30 mph which is just too slow. I'm now looking to get my motorcycle endorsement and a larger scooter!! I have always wanted a motorcycle so I am pretty excited to go look at scooters.

I haven't had any occasion to use my camera in the past few days so I am going to post some pics I didn't post before one of Mason and 3 from the Clawson car show. Enjoy!







Saturday, August 11, 2007

New Transportation?



This is the Mio50. I think this would be great to take to work, especially since the new building has tight parking. What do you think?

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Photos with new lens

Here they are. Enjoy!!!








Yay for new lenses!!!

Today the UPS man delivered my Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM Lens! That means that I now have the following lenses for my XTi:

1. Canon EF 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 II USM
2. Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
3. Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM

Here they are in all their glory (as taken with my Sony Cybershot W70).



Now I just need a longer zoom lens, and I have recently been eyeing other lenses, but I think I have my fix, for the moment anyway. I do need a flash though, and a tripod and a better bag (looking at the Tamrac Expedition 4), and...



I'll post pictures taken with my new lens later. As long as it doesn't rain Fred and I will be heading to A & W for the Thursday night cruise so I should be able to get some shots there. I need new shots of the Beetle anyway, now that Fred waxed it it is shiny. I have never seen it polished before in all my 5+ years with Fred!

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Mason in the Sun


Late this afternoon Mason was laying in the sun in my office. I took that as a perfect opportunity to take some pictures with my new camera. I think they turned out great!





Beginnings


I believe this is my third or fourth blog attempt. The only time I kept up a blog sucessfully was when I lived in Japan. Hopefully this one will stick too.

I started this mostly to post pictures that I have taken (Flickr site here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/racergirl13/), but also to post about my life.

With that said... here we go.