Saturday, February 28, 2009

Album Cover

To Walk Very Far by Flaminio Ponzio

I discovered this on Facebook and posted it there, but I figured I would post it here as well. I thought it was kind of fun and I really like the results (though I might have chosen a different picture if I had the option...)

Here are the "rules" if you want to try it:

1 - Go to "wikipedia." Hit “random”
or click
The first random wikipedia article you get is the name of your band.

2 - Go to "Random quotations"
or click
The last four or five words of the very last quote of the page is the title of your first album.

3 - Go to flickr and click on “explore the last seven days”
or click
Third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.

4 - Use Photoshop or similar to put it all together.

5 - Post it with this text and TAG the friends you want to join in.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Afternoon at Paradise Valley

I've been taking a professional development class out at Paradise Valley Community College on Thursday afternoons for the last few weeks (with 2 more to go). I've found that I really look forward to my project 365 Thursday's because there are so many great things to capture at PVCC. This week I had a few too many to choose just one, so I'm posting the one I chose to represent the day at my Daily Photo Journal ( along with my others here.


Thursday, February 26, 2009

World Champion!

Sorry about the lack of posts lately! I've been really busy and then tired when not busy. I've been trying to get some more Monday Music Mania posts together, but haven't been too successful to finish before Mondays the last few weeks.

Anyway, last weekend, I went to see Summer compete at the Scottish Highland Athletic Games here in Phoenix and it just so happened to be the Women's World Championship. Did I mention Summer was the reigning World Champion (twice over) going in? Well she won her third and will (hopefully) be going for her 4th a year from now! Woo hoo!

Anyway, I'm not great at people photography, and I was pretty far away for a lot of these photos, but I figured I would post what I ended up with anyway. Enjoy :-)

Throwing Weight Over Bar...

Trying to turn the caber (she succeeded all 3 times!)

Satisfaction after turning the caber

Waiting for the awards to begin...

It's official!

Summer is the 3-time (in a row) World Champion!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Chocolate Festival!

As I mentioned previously, Summer and I went to the Chocolate Festival in Glendale, AZ on Saturday. We had quite an adventure! It was pretty crowded in the main area where all the booths were, so we ended up going to take a tour of a candy factory first and by the time we got back it was a little less hectic at the booths.

Here are some photos I took while wandering around Downtown Glendale and the Chocolate Festival. There are things I didn't get this time that I'll be going back to get some time soon!

Waiting outside Cerreta's, the candy factory

Inside Cerreta's
The chocolate dipped strawberry assembly line

Chocolate dipped Jalapenos!

A giant 300-pound chocolate heart being raffled off (tickets cost $1). Since I had no idea what I'd do with it, I didn't buy a ticket as I figured that would be a sure-fire way to win!

Yet another "naked" tree outside Cerreta's waiting for the shuttle back

Here are some signs from local businesses that I found had interesting names and signs

A Mad Hatter's Antiques

Bitzee Mama's Restaurant

The Wonderful Wacky Women booth at the festival

Monday, February 09, 2009

Week in Photos (2/2 through 2/8)

I've been taking tons of photos again thanks in part to my taking part in Project 365. I truly agonized over what photo to choose for the day the last few days, so as I suspected when I started this project, I have lots to post here!

These are some random shots from my week last week (most of which didn't make it as the photo of the day). I'm going to devote an entire post to the Chocolate Festival that I went to with Summer on Saturday, but it probably won't go up until Tuesday or Wednesday. For now, enjoy these photos!

Here's the church across the way from my house

I took a walk around campus Friday afternoon as I was leaving...

The branches on this tree are really intertwined in an odd way, but I need to get the shot when the light is at a better angle

I've been really intrigued with "naked" trees lately...

More "naked" trees from Thursday night at Paradise Valley Community College where I'm taking a professional development class

Sunset at PVCC Thursday night

Monday Music Mania: Spanish Edition

Sorry this post is a little late. I forgot to set it to post in advance. This week, I decided to focus on music in Spanish. When I took advanced placement Spanish in high school, my teacher had us listen to a song every day (a different song each week) to become more immersed in the language. At the end of high school, Liana, one of my friends who was in the class with me, surprised me with the best gift ever: a mix tape with all of our favorites from Spanish class! She borrowed all the tapes from our instructor to make it! We had quite an adventure in that class. I still remember a crazy story we made had to write to incorporate all of our vocabulary lessons one week about needing help because a barracuda bit someone and we ended up getting a ride to a hospital on a motorcycle. Ah those were the days :-)

Since tapes have become obsolete for the most part, I've tried to re-create my mix tape digitally. While I haven't come close to finding them all, I did find quite a few. I also added in some Mana favorites from their album that I bought when I saw them in concert at age 16 and from La Ley who I discovered more recently. Enjoy!

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Wednesday, February 04, 2009


I've definitely been getting not so subtle hints today that it is time to put my Christmas decorations in storage. Not from people, but from music. At work, I listen to Launchcast radio and at home I've been listening to iTunes. I don't have all that many Christmas albums on my playlists compared to other music and I've heard probably 10 today!

The decorations are down for the most part, but not packed up. I've been so busy with work and grading even on weekends that I just haven't felt like dragging out the storage stuff from the garage. It's time I suppose. Sigh...

Monday, February 02, 2009

Monday Music Mania: Disco!

I absolutely adore Disco music. I think it's my favorite genre of all time. My favorite parties in college were the disco themed parties. I don't know why I love disco music so much. Sure I was born in the 70s, but I was much to young to get into Disco then. I'll have to ask my mom if she listened to Disco a lot while she was pregnant with me.

Here are just a few of my favorites. Note I excluded Kool & the Gang since I devoted a previous Monday Music Mania just to them...

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