Saturday, December 31, 2011

We Got Leid


Finally, we got leid. I was slightly disappointing not to get leid at the airport, but getting leid at the hotel may have been best.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Landfall - Hawaii


Again, I do realize that it is mildly insane to be taking pictures of airports all of the time. But, what else am I supposed to do during a layover? Plus, we were really excited to be in Hawaii. First and foremost, because we got off the blasted plane, and second because, well, frankly, WOOOO! Honeymoon!!!!!


The airport had some good touches, and I wouldn't be surprised if that was an actual translation. But, I'm pretty sure Aloha means mostly hello and goodbye. Which if it meant to love, would be a really odd way to great and leave.

And then, lunch. Or was it dinner. Linner? Anyway, I had some good local beer to kick off the trip. A good, local, $9 bill.


It was a good break from traveling.


Thursday, December 29, 2011

The Only Choice


I don't know about the rest of you, but the only choice as far as I know is Canada Dry. That sweet delicious ginger ale makes every flight complete. It is so ingrained in my mind that is what to order. I have no idea why, or where it comes from but I am delighted that I am not the only one to think so, The Oatmeal . Of course, why take a picture of it. Well, any number of reasons. Boredom, new camera toy, boredom, an opportunity to reference The Oatmeal, and boredom.  It was very necessary to break up the monotony of "the train game" and writing thank you cards on a 9 hour flight. If only it had been overnight and I could have slept.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

O'Hare A'Gain


O'Hare, the launching point of so many adventures. And really, not the worst place the Monday after Thanksgiving. No one was flying by the time we got there. Well, no one in the O'Hare sense, there were still a load of people. I was not the only one who photographed the decorations.


One reason Kat was willing to allow me to receive the camera is its portrait prowess. Amazing thing that nifty fifty.


I enjoy the hustle and bustle. Now that I'm a suburbanite and not walking through downtown every day, I genuinely miss it. Which is sort of sad, except my house is awesome. And better than yours. Niah.


It must be odd being an airport architect. So much of what you do is pure utilitarian. Structure following need, form following function. It seems there are only so many ways to a link terminals via walkway. But, when they do have a great space, it really makes you feel it is well thought out, and in its own way beautiful.


Tuesday, December 27, 2011

It's a Party

This is all for me?

The day after we had a traditional wedding present opening. Something I had no idea was traditional until in the middle of the party.

Andy, you player.

As usual, Andy was too cute with the kids. The kids destroyed everything in their path, including Andy. And everyone ate so much cake. Man we had a lot of leftover cake.

A picture of picturing pictures.

The classic me taking a picture of the girls taking a picture of the picture book with pictures of themselves in it. The girls did proceeded to take a picture of every page in the photobooth picture book. You know, just in case my mom wanted that on her camera.

Who's got the fastest iPhone?

Then we all took out our smartphones.


Monday, December 26, 2011

What Nice Wrapping Paper

Yeah Presents

I for one, must admit, that presents are awesome. But, I don't think it dawned on us until much later that people would actually be giving us stuff. I know what people might have said, but we didn't get married for the presents. And they ended up being a total life saver, otherwise our house would be an example for a miserly Spartan.


Sunday, December 25, 2011


The Pfister

The night-cap ended up being water. After a night of fun and ceremony we were exhausted. The good way, but exhausted none-the-less.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

My new favorite toy

I'll get it!

It was after the wedding, after the reception, pretty much after everything, and time to wind down. I, oddly, was smart enough not to walk around drunk with my brand new camera the entire night. But, just the end when we were heading up to Blue.


To drunk, and the camera being new, I just ran with full auto. (Or maybe it was aperature priority?) Well, the important part is that the low light prowess of this beast was staggering.

And so I said

It can even focus in low light! The Olympus either used the strobe flash, ick, or it would need the big flash. In this case, I can literally point and click, and amazing happens.

Hey Kat

See, amazing!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Elegance, Thy name is

So pretty!
Hey you.

And, because as well as beautiful and elegant, she is also smart. She ordered it with a lens, and memory card so I could immediately begin snapping pictures. Super - duper awesome. In hindsight, I wish this was the first picture instead of Xavier. But, whatever. I was just so excited to get it going.


Thursday, December 22, 2011

So, I have THE camera.

The first pic! A-OK says Xavier

As a surprise wedding gift, Katherine got me the wedding gift of the century. The one, the only, Canon 5D Mark II .  

Xavier says, awesome.


Wednesday, December 14, 2011

What's On?


I enjoy the marks of civilization. Of our waste, of our triumph, of our defeats. That there might be a former owner with a tragic story, a TV that's just past its prime, or a broken heap that no one is going to pick up. Each item has a history of its own. From inventor to designer to trash, the life of an object is not without its own tale of how it arrived where it is. I'm always reminded of this as man made objects always seem so random, so out of place compared with nature's own grandiose plans. That we just drop things along a curb, entirely lacking circumstances of arrival makes each an exhibit for all. They are part of a web, but in this place they seem so removed from it. Did the designer realize that in the end, it was trash they were designing? That once the idea left their desk its fate was sealed, future landfill fodder. I suppose not, and maybe that's better.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

I know the answer


Who put these here is the question. Without any evidence it will be hard to ever know for sure. I cannot believe that man even has the technology to put up such crazy icons. And even though you think you know, I can disprove your "science". This riddle only has one solution:

Monday, December 12, 2011

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Hey Snaky-poo!


What's up little snake? Gonna find some crickets and eat them? So glad I didn't accidentally step on you on my way to that flower. Maybe later we can hang out, but now I've got to get back to my hike.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Color Fantastic


So much color! Enjoy it while you cannot. As now is the winter. Oh, we can only hope it is a bright and cold winter, and not the long slog through gray blegh that it can so often be. What I wouldn't give for snow almost every night, and clear skies every morning. *finger's crossed*.


Friday, December 9, 2011



Thy name is wedding planning. Well, not just wedding planning. There was also the simple fact I overwrote a trip to Madison with my nieces Christmas card pictures. Yes, I finally did it. I mismanaged my memory cards. It is an awful, traumatic experience. A whole weekend with the Ferkos down the electronic toilet. It did, however, focus and double my "get this done" attitude towards the photo session. But, I was deflated, the blog was missing critical pictures. I know I'll go back, but it will never be the same. Why is time so fleeting?