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Sunday, Oct. 03, 2004
Sunday Afternoon In Pictures

As promised, 00 and I went on a photo binge this afternoon, using the digicam. Some of these have been altered with filters, mainly because I hate the pixilation that occurs with digicams when there's a sharp contrast foreground-to-background. And as usual, if you click on the thumbnail you can see the larger version of the picture.

This is me, out on my front porch this afternoon. As promised, I'm still obviously fat. Believe it or not, though, this is significant progress, as when I began Atkins in April I was over 250lb. While I love the color of the shirt I'm wearing here, it's actually on the large size, and the pants are baggy enough I won't be able to wear them in another couple of weeks or so (if ever). And about the Captain Kangaroo haircut... I have to keep telling myself, "This, too, will pass..." Otherwise I'd probably murder that woman who massacred my hair three and a half months ago.

And this is 00, though I think she's pushing a size 5 now. She is healthy and happier than I've seen her in an extremely long time, as some of these images will show. We were both in a bizarre mood today so we went camera nuts.

00 dubbed this my Church Lady picture, after the Saturday Night Live character portrayed by Dana Carvey. No cannabis was injured by smoking, inhaling, or other use, in the process of snapping that picture. No tequila, wine coolers, or beer, either. It was pure, unadulterated insanity, nothing more, nothing less.

This is a closeup of 00, as you probably have guessed by now. She said she wanted a serious, glamorous shot, so we came up with this Garbo-esque version. Very cool, sophisticated, and very unlike the kid. She has a nicely goofy sense of humor, which is better illustrated in the following examples:

We had a lot of fun, as evidenced by the smiles (not to mention the goofy faces and horsing around!) And 00 actually liked several of the photos we took today, which may well be a record. I didn't like many of mine, but that's because I'm uuuuugllllyyy!!! That's just for your edification. I do try to do the right thing, and I appreciate the comments to the effect that I'm beautiful inside. The exterior is the stuff of horror pictures, hehehe. It's getting better, admitted, but still pretty scary.

This concludes this test of our sense of humor and our photography skills. While the former is intact, I am not quitting my day job for the latter!

P.S. For G: Wally World is the local slang for Wal Mart. I think originally it was lifted from one of the Chevy Chase Vacation movies, but it's really what everyone here calls the store. I know it's called that in other parts of the country, too, from friends who have told me as much.

And for Wenchie, I ordered the CD Celtic Harpestry a little over a week ago. (There are links on that page so you can listen to short audio excerpts.) Some of it is very classical in style, even though the ad says it's New Age. While I love several singers, when I am writing and/or working, I want an instrumental. Vocals distract me.

Before - After

In the grander scheme of things, no soul can truly be replaced. Each one of us has a place in the universal tapestry. We each contribute our own color and texture. When one thread is snipped too soon, it distorts all the threads around it. Other lives can unravel and tear. If the wrong thread is ripped away, the whole fabric of life becomes dangerously fragile.
- LeiLani, aka Radiogurl aka Bright Opal (1957 - )