Thursday, February 2, 2012

Woo-Hoo!

As you can easily see, it's been over a week since I paid any attention to my lonely little blog here, and that's too long!  Every day when I finish my other two blogs, I say "Oh, I'll come back to mine later," and then something prevents me from doing that, so today I pulled this right up after finishing the scrapbooking blogs.  If you want to see what I've done there, check them out:

Beth Rimmer's Creative Chaos
Silvia Romeo Designs

It's just a small bit of creative writing, but I do enjoy it a lot, and hopefully it helps increase traffic to these two designers' scrapbook stores, that's the intention anyway.

Yesterday was the beginning of Verb Tribe, the 37-day writing class with Patti Digh.  I am so excited to be starting this class!  Yesterday we had a writing prompt:  How do you compare yourself with others?, and we were to do our writing on both sides of a paper lunch bag using a Sharpie pen, like the one Johnny Depp uses to sign autographs with, LOL!  We were to write for 10 minutes or until both sides were filled, and "write like our hair was on fire."  So got that one done!  We also copied a poem in longhand that Patti gave to us, which was interesting, it really helped me to notice things about the poem that I wouldn't have noticed otherwise.  She also had us start using a notecard to note observations about our day that might be used in later writing - this was very interesting, I didn't fill up my card because I didn't start until 5 pm when I read the first assignment, and today I just haven't grabbed the note card yet, but I promise I'll do that as soon as I'm finished with this blog entry!  There are a whole bunch of wonderful women (maybe a man or two also?) taking this class, and I am so excited to be in their company!

So, Monday my dear friend Miriam made it possible for Santa and I to visit Animal Kingdom at Disney, and we had a glorious day.  We got there about 10:30 and stayed til 4:30, which is quite a good stretch for me, and though I was tired at the end, it wasn't unbearable.  And we got to do ALMOST everything we wanted to do - we missed Expedition Everest, which Santa really wanted to ride on, but that will be our first stop next time.  Miriam is always so gracious in getting us in to the parks, but I have not felt up to going for the longest time.  This is a great indicator of how much my energy level has improved recently - I wouldn't have even attempted this two months ago.  Now the Flower and Garden Festival will be coming up in another month or so, and I hope we can see that - it's been several years since I've been to that.

Of course, one of the big things I wanted to do at Animal Kingdom was take pictures with my iPhone, and I was not disappointed in that.  I took approximately 200 pictures - started with a full battery and was down to about 15% by the end of the day, but I pretty much took every picture I wanted.  Some were successful, some not so much, but I felt like I got great pictures without having to cart around my DSLR - of course the pictures are different than I would have shot with the DSLR, and the phone camera isn't going to replace it, but I know I will use it a LOT!

Here are some highlights of my picture expedition:

Miriam and me before we went into the park


Santa and me


Big fat hippo lying in the sun


Reticulated giraffe


Baby elephant in front of the baobob tree


It's kind of hard to see, click on the picture to see the larger version, but right in the center you can see the lion all sprawled out on his back, basking with the warmth of the sun on his belly


The rainbow was not there when I took the picture - it's magic


Help Mr. Lizard!


The only gorilla we got to see - the others were otherwise occupied apparently


Painted mural in Asia


Bas relief in Asia - see the elephant on the left?


Sun flare


Tree of Life


This one is priceless - David was chosen from the audience at the Lion King Festival to show our section how to act like wart hogs.  Here he's crooking his fingers like tusks and making the BEST snorting sound!


Finale of the Festival of the Lion King


You can see this better if you click on the picture to enlarge it, but it's a tree full of (ibis, ibes, ibises, ibides - take your pick of plural form) roosting for the night.  We used to have large numbers of these birds come to our house when we lived on the lake, but I have no idea where they roosted.


I should add that all these pictures are straight out of the camera, with the exception of a couple that I cropped.  I know that editing them would brighten up the colors and sharpen them, but not so bad for a camera phone, huh?

I was going to catch you up on all the books I've finished since last we spoke, but Santa wants to go to the library (I need more library books like a hole in the head) so that will have to wait until tomorrow.  For now...

Peace and love to everyone!

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