Tuesday, April 28, 2009

oh what a colorful day...

I accompanied my friend to a wholesale floral dealer in Seattle this morning. They seemed to have no problem with me snapping one shot after another. Polaroids included. It was a pretty scene - hard not to take a photo !

The flowering trees on campus have been beautiful this past month. Had to stop today and take some shots before the blooms fall away.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Happy Birthday Wendy

Wishing my sister a very Happy 49th !

(I have to come up with something good next year !!)

Saturday, April 25, 2009

they're back...

Like birds to Capistrano, the tomato plants have returned to our basketball court. Hopefully it will be another banner summer for them. Five plants so far - two sungolds, a husky red, a patio and a golden jubilee. I can taste them already.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Happy Earth Day

An Earth Day quiz - taken from cnn.com:

1. On average, what is the approximate daily home water use for each person in the U.S.?

A. 25 gallons

B. 50 gallons

C. 100 gallons

D. 200 gallons

2. On average, what percentage of household water is used outdoors for watering lawns and gardens?

A. 10-30 percent

B. 30-50 percent

C. 50-70 percent

D. 70-90 percent

3. Approximately what percentage of the water in the world can be used to meet the agricultural, residential, manufacturing, community and personal needs of humans?

A. 1 percent

B. 5 percent

C. 25 percent

D. 40 percent

4. Approximately how many sheets of 100% virgin copy paper can be made from one tree that is roughly 40 feet tall and 6-8 inches in diameter?

A. 2,000 sheets

B. 8,000 sheets

C. 20,000 sheets

D. 50,000 sheets

5. In the average home, which of the following uses the most water?

A. Flushing the toilet

B. Filling the bathtub

C. Taking a 10-minute shower

D. Washing one load of clothes

6. For approximately how long can a person live without water?

A. Two days

B. Four days

C. One week

D. Two weeks

7. Which of the following takes the longest time to break down or disintegrate?

A. Disposable diaper

B. Hard plastic container

C. Aluminum can

D. Plastic 6-pack holder

8. Which of the following accounts for the greatest percentage of total waste in the U.S.?

A. Yard trimmings

B. Paper

C. Plastics

D. Glass

9. In the same amount of time, which of the following home appliances consumes the most electricity?

A. Space heater

B. Hair dryer

C. Computer and monitor

D. Water heater

10. Which of the following accounts for the greatest percentage of a typical home energy bill?

A. Heating and cooling

B. Clothes washer and dryer

C. Computer and monitor

D. Refrigerator

11. Which of the following is NOT a renewable resource?

A. Ethanol

B. Natural gas

C. Hydrogen

D. Methanol

12. What substance is released into the atmosphere when solid waste, fossil fuels and wood products are burned?

A. Hydrogen peroxide

B. Sodium chloride

C. Carbon dioxide

D. Calcium sulfate

13. Which of the following U.S. government environmental acts was NOT a result of the first Earth Day demonstrations?

A. Endangered Species Act

B. Clean Water Act

C. Clean Air Act

D. National Wash-Your-Car Day

Answers are here.

Commit to action !

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Polaroid fun...

My gracious friend picked up a couple vintage Polaroid cameras for me at a local thrift store and I've been having fun with them ever since. Feels like 1978 all over again. I have to remember how spendy the film is now as I shoot at will. I love the sound of the photo shooting out the front of the camera. Classic.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Our first Mariner's game of the season...

...and they lost to the Tigers. Oh well. It was a nice afternoon with friends.

It was Kosan's first time at Safeco.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Santa Cruz

I am not slacking on my blog again, we were away on VACATION ! We took a trip down to the central California coast and spent some time in the Santa Cruz area. We saw a lot and fell in love with the surroundings. I think this will be our new home, in about a year. We've been contemplating a move - just had to figure out where we wanted to go.

Here's a sprinkling of what we saw:

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

iPhone fun

I downloaded an application for my iPhone called Camera Bag, on the recommendation from a friend. It applies different filters to your photos for varying effects.

Lolo: crops the photo to a square, adds a white border and increases saturation and contrast

Instant: looks like an instant photo (d'uh)

1974: adds sepia tone to photo, adds white border and crops photo

Helga: de-saturates and adds a vignette border as well as crops the photo

Fisheye: Creates a bubble type of effect with your photo

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Happy Birthday Mom

Since she's one of my eight readers, I want to give a big shout-out to my Mom on her birthday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM !

Also celebrating a birthday today is Mike McCready - Happy 43rd Mike !