Monday, June 30, 2008

6.30.08 the view outside my window

This spectacular view is deceptive. Yes, there is a beautiful sunset happening right now, but it's not that stunning. A thick coat of tint makes it look more spectacular than it really is but I don't mind. I like a little bit of fantasy with my sunsets.

6.29.08 more summer drinks

These beautiful babies were used in some refreshing drinks I enjoyed at this party.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

6.28.08 gin and juice

Mmm...a Tanqueray and tonic with a twist of lime on the patio. Niiiiice.

Friday, June 27, 2008

6.27.08 congratulations Alisha and Seth

I photographed a beautiful wedding today at the Arb. As you can see, the wedding party was a lot of fun to work with.

6.26.08 a Mudbugs field trip

The Mudbugs went to see Cajun Blues guitarist Tab Benoit (pronounced Ben Wah) last night. He's been a huge influence on our band and we had a blast. (You know it's a good party if Fernando Salazar was in attendance.)

6.27.08 coming up roses

Well not really but stuff sure is coming up in my side yard!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

6.25.08 must be a square dance thing

Thousands of square dancers are in Wichita for their national convention. I photographed a dancing demonstration today where I spotted these two dancers (must be some type of square dance ritual).

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

6.24.08 G. Marc

Today was the first day of G. Marc's last week at the Eagle. I'm gonna miss that G. man. I'm psyched that he's sticking around the ICT.

Monday, June 23, 2008

6.23.08 amber waves of grain

Wheat harvest in Kansas has begun and today I photographed a family working on their farm. This cute 9-year-old was in charge of driving a gigantic tractor behind his grandpa's combine. Pretty impressive. I could barely drive my bike at that age.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

6.22.08 Lamby

Little Lamby ate all of his pancakes and eggs this morning. He was thankful not to see any chops on the menu. 

6.21.08 Gracie Rose

The premier of "Gracie Rose" was last night at the Orpheum Theatre. Carter scored the entire movie. I'm also on the soundtrack playing about a minute's worth of drumming during two bar scenes. 

This picture was taken during the opening credits and it's impossible to see that the screen actually looks like this. We had a large posse with us that hooped and hollered when CRG's name appeared on the screen.

Here is a behind-the-scenes montage with Carter's music playing in the background.

Friday, June 20, 2008

6.20.08 gumball machine

The Little CRGs are reminding me of something I had forgotten in my old age - vending machines are like the coolest things ever! They told me that we should carry a pile of quarters at all times.

Unfortunately, I only had one quarter at Pizza Hut. We decided to use it on the jukebox that STILL plays vinyl records. I was hoping to find Bon Jovi's "Livin' On A Prayer" since CRG fell in love it after first hearing it on that very same machine. That was twenty years ago and it is no longer on the playlist. We chose another one of Carter's favorites, Alabama's "Roll On Eighteen Wheeler." It's a pretty sentimental song for a truck driver's son.

6.20.08 my spidey sense is tingling

It says RUN! This mo fo is in my basement and its two inches long

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Slideshow of the first six months

I put together a slideshow of the first six month's worth of photos from this blog. It was really simple to make the show. Did all of you PowerBloggers know that your photos are automatically stored in a Picasa album? It's private until you make it public, which is also really easy to do.

no sheep and no guns

The handgun sign is a very common site in Wichita, since it is legal to carry a concealed weapon in these parts. The sheep sign is not as popular. 

These graphic signs are hanging outside a local advertising agency's building. Apparently, they hate sheep. Although, if they really hated sheep, wouldn't they encourage guns and sheep? I guess that would get kinda messy.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

6.18.08 An Engineer's Guide To Cats

I'm working on a story about a few local feline Internet stars I met today. They really enjoyed lounging in my stuff. It's a bag built for two. 

Check out their video here.

6.18.08 mooove over

I was almost on the receiving end of about 30 cow's worth of poop

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

6.17.08 direct marketing has come a long way

Got this in the mail today. As far as I know, there is no such thing as Oppenheimer University,  but I can order T-shirts, sweatshirts, hats and onesies in various sizes that proudly proclaim the school that doesn't exsist. Weird.

Monday, June 16, 2008

06.16.08 Tiger wins

Bonnie can't stand the suspense while watching Tiger Woods and Rocco Mediate battle it out in a playoff situation at the U.S. Open. I asked her who she was rooting for and she said she wasn't sure, but she was anxious, nonetheless. 

This was the only bright spot during a very gloomy day in the newsroom

Sunday, June 15, 2008

6.15.08 Happy Father's Day

Happy Father's Day to my favorite dad in the world, CRG. He's always trying harder to be the best father that he can be, and a great son to his beloved dad. Just two of the many reasons I love him so. 

He's also a great pop because he doesn't care if his kids decorate his car with stickers. How cool is that?

6.14.08 UFOs and YoYos

The Smuggling YoYos played at a private party last night in Colwich in a field that had been converted into a beach. It had sand, tiki torches and a very talented bartender who made tasty pina coladas.

Check out this picture. I'm fairly certain a UFO was trying to listen in on the YoYos. Can you blame them for wanting to hear good music? I can't.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

6.11.08 SpiderMan on the ceiling

I was on an assignment at a pediatrician's office today when I noticed Spidey hanging from the ceiling of an exam room. It's much more interesting than what is at my doctor's office. Lucky kids. 

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

6.10.08 a Delano dog

Yes, that is a dog on a roof. No, that's not a common thing in Wichita, Kansas.

Monday, June 9, 2008

6.09.08 I've been accepted!

I've been accepted into the city's Speeding Ticket Diversion program and my friends and family could not be more proud of me. 

What this means is that if I don't get another moving violation in the next six months, my insurance company will never know about this one and the city of Wichita is an additional $110 wealthier. (I think our city officials are smarter than we give them credit.)

This also means that I have to appear in court tomorrow at 8 a.m. I am a little nervous about not making it there in time since they have threatened to have me put away forever if I miss my court date. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it all goes well.

UPDATE: I was successful at court (talk about a royal waste of time) and I am now officially, officially in the program. I served really strong coffee to Carter before we went and he was acting a little unruly in the courtroom. Here's his "crrrriminal" face. 

Saturday, June 7, 2008

6.07.08 lemony wickets

I just returned from the fifth annual Summer Solstice Garden Party at the Bartlett Arboretum. This is the fifth year I've attended the party, the fifth time I've taken this photo (the largest yet), and the first time I didn't have a lemony wicket (stuck to Corona, which did me right). 

I hope to post more pics on Scruffins tomorrow.

6.06.08 toting a classic

Carter played classical guitar in a concert held at a former rock quarry near Winfield. It was a really cool outdoor space (not nearly as nice as yours, Robin).

Friday, June 6, 2008

6.05.08 my furry friends

Shot this photo while hunkering down when the tornado sirens where going off. (Hunkering down to us means continuing to cook dinner in the kitchen while watching meteorologist Dave Freeman.) Thankfully, the storms were pretty tame.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Monday, June 2, 2008

6.02.08 pretty color in the cracks

Peggy pointed this out to me today. She feeds and waters the flowers on the deck at the Eagle and noticed this little flower peeking through the crack. Kinda cool.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

6.01.08 bribery

I watched Lexi this afternoon for a few hours and we had a blast. We entertained ourselves for a solid thirty minutes playing a musical game that involved drums, piano AND Beanie Babies.

Before she napped, I promised her a bowl of ice cream. Almost three hours later, that's the first thing she asked me about.

5.31.08 nuggle time with mama

Little Georgie wanted some mama time so she took a nap in my second computer station with blankie. Posted by Carla (even though it says below that it was posted by Jaime, it wasn't).