August 21, 2014

Taboo tattoo

The other night I went into a north Dallas suburb to be with my close friend Rose as she got her first tattoo. I was the 'documenter' and photographer of the event. Rose and I chatted while she was getting inked.
She was really surprised about how many of her friends (in the 'burbs) were giving her grief about the tat. I really did think that tats were very mainstream now-a-days. It is a "must have' for hipsters at least! And it wasn't as if she was getting bizarre ink on her face! 
Rose is Native American and this is the name of her tribe. The tattoo artist did a great job of the design from all the ideas she had and what she had envisioned. I really like it! It made that old 'itch' for more ink start again in me. 

She finally caught on to my subtle hints that this was just her first tattoo. She laughed and told me that this will be her only tat. I smiled knowingly as I know how addictive they are.

How do y'all feel about tats? Mainstream, too mainstream now or taboo?

August 17, 2014


If y'all have not see the History Channel TV series Vikings yet, then I suggest you do! Oh dear Odin and Freya... the show is great!! You'll never think of Vikings with big horns on a helmet ever again!

Here is a clip of the show:

They capture a Christian monk and make him their slave. They don't understand his Christian ways and he is just as confused by their Pagan beliefs.

This is how I've been passing the time while waiting for paint to dry.

August 12, 2014

12 on the 12th - August

I think I made this a NY Resolution.... Not done so well with it. So why not pick it up for this month... I have nothing better to blog about.

Kitchen project

reflections during lunch walk-about

old and new


under the light fixture

conference room with a view

endless days at the gym (on the elevator)

towering above the trees

exit < way to go to Ft. Worth > way

Kitchen stuff on the table

welcome to my evenings for the next month!

So there you have it... my day in pictures! Woohoo! (not)  See, I really have nothing inspiring going on in life right now. But who knows... that could all change tomorrow. 

Oh... and BTW. It's 16 days till Jimmas!

August 7, 2014

Family vacations

This could also be my throwback Thursday picture.

Mom was from Minnesota. My grandparents lived in a very small town (42 people) up in Pope County. About every third year we would go visit mom's family there. Here we are in about 1969 or so. 
Can you tell which one is me?

Dad would start planning the trip at the beginning of summer. We would take a different route every year. Sometimes we would go way north into Yellowstone National Park on the way and then drive through North Dakota. Sometimes we would go see Mount Rushmore on the way. Another year we stayed south and visited Iowa where grandpa grew up. 

This picture was with our cousins who lived in New Brighton, a suburb of the twin cities. I really loved seeing mom's side of the family. And Minnesota was so much greener and prettier than Utah was in the summer.

Of course with every family road trip there would be minor squabbles in the back seat and a call for who got to sit in the front seat. Once we got into Minnesota we started our favorite game. Mom loved to see a big red barn but dad thought there were more white barns in the vast farmlands. We would count how many of each color during the end of our drive. I was usually on mom's side as I liked the red barns.

August 5, 2014

Funny break

So, I decided to finish my kitchen cabinet project. It's keeping me busy in the evenings and y'all don't want to see pictures of me painting! The colors are white on white. Well, bright white and off white. YAWN!! So how about something that made me laugh?
Y'all have a good week now, ya hear?

August 3, 2014

August tarot

The Lord reversed
The Lord is usually a strong male, sure of himself and his place in the world. So with it reversed it means that there is a lack of confidence and clarity. I may have some power struggles this month... or at least be aware that they are coming so that I can really focus on what I want to do.

Last months card, The Moon, was fairly accurate. There were times when I did need to rely on my instincts and I moved forward even when the road ahead wasn't clear. 

I know I'm a few days late in the post... and missed posting on the Pagan Holiday of Lughnasadh. You can go back and read my post from last year about the holiday and traditions of it. 

July 31, 2014

Answers Part 5 - Final question from Erik

Erik asked my final question: Why did you chose a condo over a house with land?

Back in 2008 when I was looking for a place to buy I considered several things:
1. I did not want to live in the suburbs!
2. I didn't want to live on the flat prairie that is 95% of the topography that is Dallas.
3. I didn't want to have to take a major freeway to work and then have to waste time sitting in traffic.
4. I still wanted to be close enough to a freeway to get out of town on the weekends.

So, with these factors my choice of areas in which to look for a home were narrowed dramatically! Basically about two neighborhoods... My realtor took my instructions well and started showing me homes and condos. I like the idea of a condo where you have a lawn service come into take care of the lawn instead of doing all that myself... plus the benefits of a pool too! You see, in Texas, you don't mind the summer heat if you're near a lake or a pool.

The condo where I live was in the first group of homes/condos we looked at, that first day. I looked for a few more days and narrowed down my list. This place kept coming up on the list. The HOA fees were not unreasonable and everything else fit my criteria. I made an offer and here I am... years later, still loving it.

Thank you to of my five loyal readers who asked me some questions and giving me topics to blog about!

July 30, 2014

Answers - Part Four for Nik

Nik had all kinds of questions for me:

Have you been outside the US? Yes! I love international travel. There was the mormon mission to New Zealand... then back again to possibly get married. I've been to London, Paris and Rome. I've been to Barbados, Grand Cayman and Puerto Rico. I've visited western Canada and Montreal and both coasts of Mexico as well (but liked Puero Vallarta much better)!

However, I have no desire to visit most of Asia (the exception would be Shanghai) nor Africa (with the exception of South Africa). It's on my bucket list to go to Brazil, St. Petersburg (Russia) and any place in Scandinavia. And I seriously want to get a rental car and drive all over the UK. Nik, I would love to meet you, JJ and Penny!

What's the longest relationship you ever had? My longest relationship was with the doctor here in Dallas for a little over 3 years. He's the one I referred to as Valdemort, the evil one who shall not be named, but I have finally gotten over him and moved on.

Have you ever owned a pet? My family always had pets while I was growing up. That's where I learned that I have allergies to most animals. I've owned 2 dogs and 2 ferrets but had to given them up because I'd rather breathe when I was at home. If I didn't have allergies I would have a lot of pets!

You can reread the last adventure with the last pet I had here called the Great Puppy Adventure.

July 29, 2014

Answers - Part 3 for Mac

Mac asked: "Are you a TV Watcher? If yes, what's your favorite shows this summer?"
Actually no. I don't watch very much TV these days. I don't have cable and I don't like a majority of the shows on anyway.... I have the morning news on in the morning when I'm getting ready for work. So, besides listening to NPR, this the only place I get my news. (The local ABC morning news anchor is family, I believe). 

I can't stand crime dramas or cooking shows with a mean host... I loathe the bachelor and bachelorette. I guess I end up watching old Modern Family episodes or The Mindy Project but turn the TV off after the show. 

Meh... I'd rather read, walk outside or surf porn the internet.