Monday, November 30, 2009

11.30.09 he is a tad creepy

Wu Shock has been named the eighth creepiest mascot in the country. At least, he's not this thing.

11.29.09 a very dapper dude

Randy shows off his bow tie at the transformed Garage MaHall. It's a garage by day and a fancy dining establishment by night (well, one evening a year).

Sunday, November 29, 2009

11.28.09 my Black Friday find

After I finished covering Black Friday I couldn't go back to sleep. So, at 5 p.m. I headed out to Target to see what I could find. I spent a whopping six dollars - $1.50 on the Diet A&W Root Beer that I drank while shopping (Denise hates it when I do that), $2.50 on rubber kitchen gloves to keep my fabulous nails looking fantastic, and $2 on two sets of Smurfs pins I found in the Dollar Bin.

For me, finding these pins was kind of like finding a LCD television set marked half-price for most American consumers. I'm a lifelong lover of those little blue guys (and one lucky gal) and I've never seen Smurf apparel until now. I totally Smurfed a FIND!

Friday, November 27, 2009

11.27.08 Black Friday

My day began at 2 a.m. covering the annual shopping tradition. It wasn't all bad. I got to hear "The Final Countdown" and that's one of my favorites.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

11.26.09 Tryptophan and testosterone

Carter's sisters gets picked up by her two youngest sons. She has four boys who are all much bigger than her. She and her husband hosted Thanksgiving and I'm not exaggerating when I tell you that there were two pies for every guest. Seriously. It was out of control.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

11.25.09 mounted dog

It looks like a stuffed and mounted dog, but it's actually a curious dog trying to get through the cat door.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

11.24.09 SURPRISE!

Lexi and I "surprised" Denise with a chocolate birthday cake we made together. I say "surprised" because, well, it's hard to make plans with a 4-year-old without telling the 4-year-old's mommy.

I had a hard time picking between the above photo and this one. They're both pretty sweet images of two of my favorite girls.

Some other lovely ladies took Denise out for lunch today. Poor Suzanne, nobody wanted to sit next to her.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

11.22.09 it's hard being 2

Poor Gavin. We were able to get some good pics of him, though. Those Chadwick boys are freaking adorable, even when they're bawling!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

11.21.09 Pizza, Popcorn and Pee Wee

We showed the kids "Pee Wee's Big Adventure" and that movie is just as awesome in 2009 as it was in 1985. Seriously.

I know you are but what am I? I know you are but what am I? I know you are but what am I?

Friday, November 20, 2009

11.20.09 Denise decoration

Carter was inspired by the artwork of his talented children to make these stick figurines. We'll use them as party decorations to celebrate Denise's birthday. Of course I came up with the photos and the very clever idea to glue coins to the bottom (sorry, U.S. Mint). My favorite is the tall one on the far left. She's running while listening to her iPod.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

11.18.09 my hair model

Testing out the lights before I shot a woman for a story on hair. This is a good pose for Brian, but not nearly as good as the last time he modeled for me.

11.17.09 my vegetable identification skills are lacking

Thankfully, the folks around me knew that these were turnips. I was pretty clueless.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

11.16.09 homecoming

Photographed a reunion of National guardsmen and their family. The airmen had been in Saudi Arabia since April. It was a fun thing to watch.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

11.15.09 a powwow first

The powwow started ON TIME! I've covered many a powwow during my time as a photojournalist and they usually start about 45 minutes after the stated time. In fact, the organizers have joked with me that they run on "Indian Time," a time zone far, far away from CST.

11.14.09 It's Mudbug Marrying Season

The beautiful triangle player extraordinaire Erin got hitched on Saturday. They had an intimate ceremony and a rocking reception.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

11.11.09 things I learned in a birder's backyard

  • The birder told me that more birds die of dehydration in the winter than starvation. Water your birds, people.
  • Birds love peanuts and hulled sunflower seeds.
  • They do not like wheat.

  • Tuesday, November 10, 2009

    Thursday, November 5, 2009

    11.04.09 almost a full moon

    The moon has been shining bright this week. The CRGs times three were lit by my trusty LED flashlight.

    Wednesday, November 4, 2009

    11.03.09 observation day

    On-lookers are normally not permitted at Lexi's ballet class. Monday was different since it was the most exciting class of the year (at least, for me and the other gawkers). It's when her teacher opens the curtain to family members (and friends who happen to be professional photographers) to take "occasional" pictures (no video) of their little ballerinas.

    Lexi is at least a year younger than most of her classmates, but that girl is destined for the stage (or maybe a quiz show). Her hand darted up after EVERY question Ms. Sharon asked the class. Her mommy turned to me and said, "She is Nick Jungman's daughter."

    Sunday, November 1, 2009

    11.01.09 getting high on a lift

    Shot the annual Toys For Tots Bike Run today. I've covered this event at least five times, but today was the first time that a scissor lift was there to get me high above the crowd.

    10.31.09 HallowOeno

    Attended a costume party/hair show at Oeno. This girl went as a ghost.