Friday, August 29, 2008


I don't post at work, but I just had to let you guys know how completely strange my morning has been! To begin with, Darcy, my cat, has diabetes. Which means that I have to give him insulin shots in the mornings and the evenings, every day. He takes his shots like a champ and always stays still until I'm done. Until today. For some reason, it might have been a loud motorcyle driving by, he twisted around and I ended up injecting myself with insulin instead. So, I wait 15 minutes, decide I am fine and drive to work. Once I get to work, I start joking around with everyone telling them what happened and they didn't think it was all that funny and suggested that I call poison control. So, I do and the lady on the other line tells me that I techinically should be going to the emergency room, but that as long as I eat a lot of carbs today and monitor my blood sugars, I should be fine. So that's what I am doing today - eating candy bars/chips and checking my blood sugars for the next 24 hours because that's how long the insulin will last in my system. I'm sure I will be fine, but what a crazy start to my day!!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Bunny Baby

You would think that living in the city would lead to a dearth of wildlife. Thankfully that is not the case. I regularly see wild bunnies hopping all around our apartment and recently saw a baby coyote! I noticed a particular baby bunnie recently who didn't seem to know to run away from people. This little guy would just freeze and when I noticed him "hiding" in his little den of grass I ran inside to get my camera and see if I could get a picture. I'm glad I did! You can't really tell his/her size from the picture (except by looking at how big the blades of grass are in comparison) but this bunny would easily fit in to the palm of your hand. After taking the picture I was able to lightly touch its back before it hopped away!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Guest Post

I actually did not take this picture, Katherine, my supervisor took this picture on her way to work this morning. She forwarded the picture to us and we were just as surprised to see 100 or so fire hydrants on their way to destinations untold. I asked her permission to post the picture, because I'm pretty sure most of us will go our entire lives and not see that again. There are going to be some very happy dogs in the near future.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Festival of Nations Cont'd

A close up of some Chinese decorations.
An array of those Russian nesting dolls. They were handpainted and obviously took a lot of work.

I was just about to walk on when I noticed everyone's favorite crime-fighting, alien hunting, truth seekers. I just thought that this was the wierdest choice of subject matter for Russian nesting dolls. Maybe the Russians really like Moulder and Scully? I asked the man at the stall if I could take a picture, but refrained from opening the doll up. I wonder what the inner dolls were painted like? Probably some little green men, I think that would be fitting.

Monday, August 25, 2008

It's Here! It's Here!

My Paris Red Map!! I am planning on visiting Paris (and Brussles and Annecy, France) next summer with my dear friends, Shalyn and Elena and my sister Caroline. Elena and I often send each other links to websites describing places that we will want to visit when we go and get quite excited over email. I wanted to find a detailed, but not confusing map of Paris in order to plan our days and read about how fabulous Red Maps are when navigating a new city. Unfortunately, there is nary a place in St. Louis that offers these for sale. So I found the website and emailed them requesting a map. A few days later a lovely fellow called me at work and placed my order. Having the map just makes it feel like it's much more of a reality. I am counting down the days until June.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Festival of Nations

I had quite the weekend! St. Louis holds an annual Festival of Nations in Tower Grove and it is just such a fun place to go.

See those tall creepy figures in the background...well, welcome to my nightmare! When we wre living in Costa Rica, I remember seeing these dudes walking down our street during some festival. I was in my grandparent's yard watching everything when one of them stopped, turned around and started leaning towards me. Being 3 years old, I totally freaked out and ran into my grandparent's living room and proceeded to go in to hysterics. Anyways, growing up, I would have random recurring nightmares about these fellas and was shocked when I saw them walking around on Saturday. ugh.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

The World's Meanest Geese

I went to a park last Saturday with my sister, Aili, my niece, Mara and the newest lil'bit. The park has a lovely working farm and all sorts of fun animals to see and pet. With the exception of a pair of Canada geese that would just as soon kill you as look at you. I walked up to the fence and started cooing at the geese and was greated with malevolent stares and evil squawks.

Just look at those DEVIL eyes.

The geese followed me up and down the fence and this awful fellow leaned his head out and bit my toes while I was leaning over to take a picture. He tried doing it again a number of times, but since I am quite a bit smarter than they are, I stayed out of harm's way. All I am saying is that it's a good thing that they're protected as I am pretty sure there were a number of visitors that would have been fine serving these two up for dinner - myself included.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Wake Up Call: We're Getting Old

Tonight was Leanne's 21st birthday and it was also her last night in St. Louis before going back to college. We (the sisters) felt that it would be wrong not to take her out for her first drink, so we picked her up after work and took her to a bar. Pictured above is Leanne's first carding.
She didn't really enjoy her first beer. She thought it tasted like a "weird" soft drink.

My goodness we are getting old. Most of you have known her since she was 7 years old. Yikes.

We love you Leanne and have a great Junior year at college!! We'll miss you this winter!!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008


I'm happy to announce that Janae and Kirk are now the proud parents of Logan Woodruff McFarland. He is 8 lbs 1 oz, 21 and 3/4 inches long. Mom and baby are resting comfortably at St. Lukes in Chesterfield. No pictures to post, but Cayce reports that Logan is of the "cute" baby variety. Hopefully I'll get to meet Logan this weekend. CONGRATULATIONS JANAE!!

Nasty Ants

For some reason blogger keeps turing this picture on its side. These are those nasty ants that will totally bite you and it will hurt. Anyways, they have a little colony near my parent's house. YUCK.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Sun Flare

I've read that it is particularly difficult to "catch" a sun flare. Here's my first try.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Implied Movement

I like how the plant looks like it's swishing by. Speaking of swishing: GO MICHAEL PHELPS!!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Tree Frog

Newborns are just wonderful. Caroline especially likes when they curl up like little tree frogs, and that is Elena's new nickname, since she does this on everyone. Here's our new tiny tree frog taking a nap on her grandpa.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008


Another little bug getting dangerously close to the lamp.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008


So, I visited my parents this past Saturday to watch a movie (Doomsday - not very good). On my way out to my car my mom and I were passing their garage lamps and noticed all manner of moths flying around. I thought I would try and see if I could get a photo of one, and here it is!

Monday, August 11, 2008


Mara asked me on Sunday if I would help her pick some flowers for her mommy. I agreed, and we went on a flower hunting expedition in my parent's backyard. We did find some lovely flowers (I'm not sure what they are called) located a few feet in to the forest that comes up to the backyard. Mara was too scared to walk in the somewhat muddy dirt, so she cheered me on from the safety of the fence.

Mara, happy in her success. We came in and gave the flowers to Aili. She loved them.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Red Drops

I am developing a penchant for macro photography, I think. There's just something cool about getting upclose to small things. I've also been enjoying spraying everything I come across with a fine mist of water (a la this picture). If you click on the photo, you should be able to see some of the reflected images of the flower in the water droplets.

Thursday, August 7, 2008


This is actually my favorite picture from the wedding. My sister, Caroline, informed me that she thought it was "boring", but I disagree. Then again, I'm pretty boring sometimes. Ha!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Soft Light

A close up of part of the centerpiece at the wedding. I thought they were just lovely.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008


Well, my computer is working again! So here's the picture I wanted to post yesterday - the lovely bride and handsome groom waiting to be announced at their reception. Seriously, how absolutely beautiful is that dress?!

Monday, August 4, 2008


Well something is wrong with blogger tonight, I have tried several times tonight to upload some photos but no dice!
I'll use this time to wish my friend John good luck today on your tests!!

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Liquid Lights

Red Wine

Martini Olives

Some type of cranberry vodka?

Ice water, and my favorite of the five photos. I attended a wedding over the weekend of a dear friend and had a lovely time. It's not often that my old group of college/high school friends can get together and I cherish those times when we do. I took a ton of photos at the wedding and will most likely be posting them throughout the week.