This afternoon, I left work a little early. It’s been a fast-paced few weeks… really, who am I kidding? It’s been a fast-paced summer. I took a few hours off this afternoon.

I met a friend for a lovely, lazy stroll along the river. Our schedules are both crazy, and we haven’t been able to catch up all summer. This little guy posed for us.


After our walk-n-talk, we checked out a place for dinner neither of us had been before. I recommend breaking routine and going off the beaten path.

Good food, great convo. Absolutely what I needed.



This has been a pretty phenomenal week.

I’ve been uber productive. I had a surprise visit from a good friend I don’t see nearly enough of. There was some sunshine. Had a GREAT family night; complete with good dinner and movie quotables. Today, I am capping it off by working from home.

There is just something about not being in the office–being in your own space, surrounded by the stuff you love best–that seems to super-charge my focus. Maybe it’s because I don’t have meetings scheduled, and so I have the luxury of working on projects that take a larger chunk of protected time. As much as I like sitting here in my sweats and slippers, I’m not sure I could work from home on a more permanent basis, though. I know my limitations: I get distracted by shinies, the sun beckoning me to sit outside, the clouds lazily floating past the window, the noisy little birds sqwuaking for more sunflower seeds, or {shudder} chores. But on the infrequent occasion I do work from home, I’m able to get a lot done.

Farm Dog is pretty excited about me being home today, too. He likes simply being “with.” So much so that as I plunk this out he’s snoring.

I can hear the other Hairy Beast snoring out in the hallway. She’s stationed there to make sure there’s no way I can sneak down the hall for lunch without her knowing about it.

Speaking of, it’s time to grab some grub and get back to it. Two more projects to complete before I call it a day.

More redneck lawn art

Two of my fabulous friends and I started a blog to help keep us [better] connected across the miles that separate us. My post this week is about redneck lawn art. I had a pleasant little promenade down memory lane browsing through my archived photos of Ferdinand, the old farm truck. Here are a few more of my favorite snaps: 

“I’m ready for my close-up”


the neighbor’s cows are fascinated with him too …


this one gives me the impression Ferdie has a runny nose


I love the way the wheel turned out in this pic


spidey’s web just about makes the perfect frame…


Well, hello 2012!

New Years Day toast. Courtesy of Martinellis.