Archive for the ‘travel’ Category

What’s up with the hippopotami?

August 19, 2012

Seen today at McDonald’s on our way up to North Texas:


History can be funny

July 9, 2012

I learned a great story today as I was doing research for my scrapbook.  I’m working on a series of pages on Versailles, and I have a great picture of the Royal Chapel inside the castle.

Apparently, Louis XIV was a very religious man and required that everyone in court show up for Mass on Sunday.  The construction of the chapel was such that the entire court faced the king during the service, and he required absolute silence and decorous behavior.

Well, one day Louis’ guards announced that the king would not be attending Mass.  It was a joke, but when the king did arrive, none of the court ladies were present!

I think this will turn out to be really powerful

June 18, 2012

While we were on vacation in Florida, we took a day trip to Miami and visited the Miami Holocaust Memorial.  I’m going to have this picture flipped and blown up to an 8 x 10 :

and then I’m going to crop photos of the names of the death camps that are in the tunnel (like this one):

and shrink them to wallet size, arranging them on the page so that they surround the star of David.  The scrapbook page will be black, and I’ll frame the first photo in a golden-yellow color.
What do you think?

Just Hangin’ Out…

June 5, 2012

…at the Japanese gardens.


You Break, You Buy; I Break, I Cry

June 5, 2012

That’s been my motto ever since I bought my new camera. Yes, you may use it if you want to, but if you break it, you have to buy me a new one.

Today, it broke. That is to say, today, I broke it.

Yes, I cried.

I hope the repair will not be too expensive. Everything looks like it’s working fine – the lens (thank goodness!), the mirror, the flash, the screen, etc. – but the pictures come out pitch black.

I really do not like myself right now.

I didn’t know they had alligators in Japan

June 5, 2012

Fortunately for us, we did not encounter any.


Ew. Seriously? So gross.

June 4, 2012

And I’m not talking about the Geico commercial.

I was using a disreputable outdoor ladies’ toilet behind a gas station this evening when someone came along and started banging on the door. It was a sketchy-looking man who obviously would not be able to hold his bladder for very much longer.

I feel sorry for the lady and her daughter who had to go in after him…

Meet Isaac

June 3, 2012

He’s our mascot. He’s the little ibis that hangs out around the house.



There are lots of ibises around here — we had to run errands yesterday and counted how many Isaacs we saw along the way.


My first souvenir

June 1, 2012

Our friends were not going to arrive in Florida until late this evening, and the forecast called for a steady rain all day long, so Mom and I decided to head over to an independent scrapbook store about half an hour away.  All the independent stores have closed in San Antonio and Plano, and I’ve been getting a little tired of seeing the same products over and over in the two chain stores we have, so I decided I ought to find a place here with a little originality.
I found some AWESOME stickers and papers for which I’d been searching for months.  Stuff for Rome, London, Switzerland, the American Cemetery in Normandy, Florida… Unfortunately, I also found some great papers for Spain, Portugal, and Paris, but I’m all finished with those scrapbooks.  The most unique thing we found, though, was a set of school-themed papers based on classic 1950s readers.  Way too cool.


So, yes – my first purchase on this vacation is scrapbook supplies.

We have an ibis

June 1, 2012

It appears that there’s a neighborhood ibis here.  We’ve seen him twice so far, but the little bugger is so fast that I’ve yet to get a decent picture of him.  Maybe when I get my good camera set up…