Sunday, March 27, 2011

Photo Scavenger Hunt, Vol. IX

1. Decay (old/abandoned)
When I saw the parenthetical explanation of this prompt, I immediately thought of the buildings I often drive by. I have been itching to photograph them, but in my drive-bys, I either don't have my camera, or it is just too stinkin' cold to exit the car. But Sunday was sunny, the temp bearable, and I knew I'd be driving by to pick Michael up from a bday party.
Abandoned 4

Abandoned 2

Alex came along, and she even willingly let me take some pictures. She obviously is not old or abandoned, but I grab the photos when I can!
Abandoned 1

Abandoned 5

2. In the Kitchen
When I saw the suggestion for this prompt to do a self-portrait, I almost choked on my Starbucks sweet iced tea. Unless there is a cake to bake or a mess to clean up, the kitchen is not really my domain but my husband's. He does the cooking for our family.
Kitchen 1

Of course, since he is often gone, I am forced into the kitchen...more often than I want and definitely against my will. I do have a responsibility, though. At least I assume when I birthed these children, I signed some sort of unwritten document stating that I would keep them fed.

It's not that I don't know how to cook. I do. Sort of. There is just a huge gap between my husband's skills and my own.

He cooks gourmet. I have no problem whatsoever with dumping the contents of a box into a pan.

He can make something extraordinary out of whatever is on hand.
Kitchen 2

I have to follow a recipe right down to every teaspoon and dash.

He finds cooking relaxing and claims it as a hobby. Cooking stresses me out.

He will whip up a 6-course meal just for him because it was something he felt like eating. I will throw some Rice Krispies and milk in a bowl and call it dinner just to avoid actually cooking something.

3. & 4. Groups of 3 & "Me" Time
Group of 3 - Me Time

AFAQ (Anticipated Frequently Asked Questions)

Are you wearing glasses in these photos? Because I don't remember seeing glasses in any other photos of you.
Yes. I decided to give you the real me. And when I am watching TV, reading, or working on the computer, I wear glasses or I get a killer headache.

Why do you have theater chairs in your living room? Most people put a couch or sofa in their living room.
Yes, well...we had a nice little theater set-up in our house in Georgia. We do not have a nice little theater set-up here. AND we came to CT with one less couch than we had in GA because our second couch had been abused enough by wiggly, jelly-smeared children that it seemed wiser to leave it behind. They are very comfortable and even have a cupholder. Maybe I'll start a trend.

Is that plastic I see on one of the theater chairs? What are you, an old granny or something?
There are actually 4 theater chairs, and yes, 3 of the 4 still have the plastic on the "foot" part. We thought it prudent since we put our dirty feet on them! The plastic got ripped on one of them, so off it came.

What's with that blanket? What are you, an old granny or something?
I am cold. Always cold. Especially here in the Arctic.

Are you trying to strangle that cat?
I assure you, no animals were harmed in the making of this post. I shot that middle shot 3 times, and she was none too happy with being jostled about as I re-set everything.

5. Things that make you go hmmmm...
I am pulling from the archives for this one. A couple of years ago, we vacationed with some friends in Panama City Beach. We were out one evening playing mini-golf, and I noticed this sign over a motel right down the street. It was too funny to leave alone, and of course the kids all thought it was the funniest thing ever.
Things that make you go...


Anonymous said...

great great pics... that old place looks haunted, your daughter is beautiful, & the food looks YuMmY! =)

Misty said...

These are great! LOVE the rustic shots. I am SO with you on the kitchen. Your ideas of a meal sound totally like something I would do. I don't like to cook. My hubs is actually really good at it but cooking doesn't get done much in our house I am sad to say. My poor kid. I was just saying this week I need to cook more.

Your last shot made me and the hubs both laugh out loud!!!

Nicole said...

Your hmmm capture is hilarious. Nice. Also, I really enjoy your second decay shot with the reflection and strong contrast. Very nice.

Jenn said...

OH!!! LOVE, love, your pictures for decay! Wonderful! And the rest are great too!

Ashley Sisk said...

Wonderful job - I love your decay shots and I also like your cloned selfie.

deb duty said...

Love the old buildings. What a great place for photos! I'm more like you in the cooking area, but my husband knows less than me. You are lucky to have a cook!

kbreints said...

LOL! You Pee sign is so great! The abandoned building is wonderful... beautiful shots! ...and I love your me time!

leavesnbloom said...

Great pics this week. Old building have such a charm especially old industrial sites like yours.

Your daughter is just as photogenic as yourself.

I had to laugh when I read about your kitchen. I had written something similar in my original post but then deleted it.

Great group of 3 cloned shot - I must try that out. As for the blanket over your legs - well today I wore a skirt for my hubby and then I sat on the chair with the blanket over me to keep the legs warm - kinda defeated the purpose LOL - so he told me that it wasn't winter anylonger and swiftly removed the blanket.

Have a Blessed week

Bunch of Barrons said...

Love your shots this week. "group of 3" is really cool!

Dorian Susan said...

You made me laugh with all your "anticipated" questions-none BTW that I had in mind. You are definitely NOT a granny or something-yet.
I loved your mill shots-I've been shooting mills too. And that food that's been prepared looks really good.

allison said...

I LOVED your AFAQ!! So considerate of you to anticipate our questions and answer them! I enjoyed the chuckle, and going hmmmm, on that one!

Dina @ 4 Lettre Words said...

LOVE your 3 & 4 combination, Kathleen! And, that meal looks soooo delicious.

julie said...

Great interpretations! I just LOVE that window shot for decay - what a beautiful old building. Great portraits too :)

mountain mama said...

great post!

love all the pics...especially the last one :)

tsinclair said...

I am right there with you on the Rice Krispie for supper - now whatever it is that Mark cooked in that picture, looks delicious. :-)

Love the 3 group of me shots

See Jamie blog said...

LOVE this! Fabulous job on all the assignments. I have to tell my husband about this challenge because it is right up his alley. :)

Melissa said...

Goodness, I love those buildings, oh the history in all of them! So beautiful, how cool to get to drive by these daily, a perfect place for a glad your daughter cooperated! they turned out beautiful! I had to laugh at the cooking part, we are the same way here, I could so go w/o cooking! We're lucky to have wonderful hubbies that enjoy it huh?
Have a great week girl!

Stefanie Brown said...

What wonderful shots! Nice...

CrossView said...

Love the colors in the first ones...
And what has happened to you? You move up to Yankeeland and now you're doing drive-by's??!! *GASP*

The stuff about you was a fun read! And could you send your hubby here to relax? I have kids that will even do the clean up! ;O)

Michelle said...

Ok, Kathleen! Love these!! :)

Such cool old blgds. :)

And Ashley is such a pretty young lady! Yay you for getting some awesome shots -- I adore the first one w/ her reflection in the window. :)

Oh, to have a hubby that cooks. :) Can't complain, I guess. The grass really isn't greener on the other side.... lol! Love your bragging on him. :)

Your group of 3 is great!! I don't think I've done one of those yet.... must get to that someday!

And I totally LOL'd at your AFAQ!! You are too adorable!!