What a week! I was so busy at work that my head was spinning by the time I went home each night. It’s ok though because I just have to get through today, and then I can enjoy a much deserved weekend. This weekend will be especially great because yesterday was my oldest son’s 21st birthday, so we are going down to his college to take him and his girlfriend to the Mandarin restaurant. It is the best Chinese buffet around, and I am going to pig out!! I might even have a couple of fancy drinks with umbrellas in them, which will be entertaining for my children because one drink and I will be sloshed. The last time we were there for one of their birthdays, they kept ordering me more drinks when I went to the bathroom. Funny aren’t they?
So, what do all my blogging friends have planned for the weekend? Is it going to be a busy one or a relaxing one? Or maybe a combination of the two. Whatever your plans are, I hope you all have an amazing weekend. Now, let’s start it off with some fun. It’s time to play the mystery photo game, and all I’m going to say this week is that you should think very carefully :). Ok, ready, set, go….
There are many things that I am drawn to when it comes to photography, but there are three words that mean I’m definitely going to be a while with my camera, so you might as well just sit down and relax. Those three words are: detail, patterns, and texture.
While touring the Parliament Buildings in Ottawa last fall, I found my eyes being constantly drawn upwards to gaze in awe at the decorative ceilings. They were rich and colourful and bursting with incredible detail. It’s a wonder I didn’t end up in a heap on the floor because I was certainly not watching where I was going, but I managed to stay upright and capture many beautiful works of art (because that’s what they really are in my opinion) before the kink in my neck made me turn to lower attractions. Here are a few of the most interesting ceilings, and I have saved my favourite of all for my next post. Stay tuned!
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We will start off today normally with the mystery photo and then see if the rest of the day unfolds the same way. Yesterday was abnormal, although some might consider it normal for the nasty winter we have been having.
I got up yesterday at my usual time, only to find out that the school buses were cancelled once again! Looking out the window, it didn’t look overly icky, so both Mike and I started our vehicles to let them warm up as we were also under a wind chill warning. Then one of my coworkers called to tell me that I should stay put because she was on the highway and almost hit someone because the blowing snow was so bad that she couldn’t see much further than the front of her car. Mike also started down the highway and then called me to tell me that it should have been closed.
Wonderful, I thought. I can stay home and feed my reading addiction :). So, I settled on the couch, keeping an eye on the regular Facebook updates about the roads. After about an hour, everything was totally calm outside, so I decided to head to work. Silly me had forgotten how snow squalls work around here – they come and go! I did get some work done, but by 2:30 the snow and winds had picked up again and many roads were closed, including the highway I take home. There had also been a horrible 96 car pileup about an hour away and other smaller accidents in the area. So, I packed up early and headed home up a backroad, so that I didn’t have to suffer my worst nightmare – getting snowed in at work. It was a horrendous drive home with my 4-way flashers on the entire way, but I made it safely thank goodness.
So far this morning, it looks like clear skies. Let’s hope it continues on as a normal Friday because I’ve had enough white knuckle drives for this year. Time to exercise your brains and give me some awesome guesses for the mystery photo. Ok, ready, set, go…..
You may have noticed that I haven’t been posting as much lately. Part of the reason is how crazy busy life always is, but there is also another reason. I have an addiction but one that I just can’t look at in a negative light. I am addicted to reading! Since I learned how to read as a small child, I could always be found with my nose in a book, and that hasn’t changed. However, I seem to go through stages where this wonderful addiction comes above every other hobby I enjoy, and that’s where I am right now. I just can’t get enough of reading, and I get really annoyed when I can’t stay awake at night to read into the wee hours like some people can.
I will read pretty much anything, and I actually do book reviews for a company where sometimes I am challenged to read something that normally wouldn’t tempt me, but no matter what I am reading I figure that it is stimulating my brain, and that’s a good thing. I would have to say that my favourite genre is fantasy, but historical would be a close second. There is just nothing better than the smell and feel of a book, and although I do have a couple of devices for reading ebooks, I still prefer to buy the real thing for the ones I love the most. I have even been known to read the ebook and then go out and buy the physical book because I need to have it as part of my collection.
I have, however, been missing blogging, so since I just finished a book last night I decided to do a quick post before I become lost in another. I keep thinking back to our visit to the Parliament Buildings in Ottawa last November and the beauty of the architecture. I was especially entranced and fascinated by the multitude of intricate carvings on and in the buildings which you just don’t see on modern architecture, and I wanted to share some of my favourites with you. I hope you enjoy them.
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I was telling my blogging friend, TBM, yesterday how hard it is sometimes to think of a mystery photo, and being the great friend that she is, she immediately sent this photo to me by email to use this week. That’s what I love the most about blogging – how everyone jumps in to help each other without a moment’s hesitation. Thanks TBM :).
What I like the most about this photo is that I can actually see colour. Do you see it??? There is green grass in there, and I tell you I am starting to forget what that looks like. Two storm systems have come together overnight once again to wreak havoc on Southern Ontario, and as a result I didn’t sleep well at all :(. It started out as a snowstorm, switched to freezing rain, and then the rest of the night was rain whipping against the house. Plus our power get going on and off for a few hours. My son’s bus is cancelled again, but unfortunately the highway will probably be fine and I will have to go to work.
I guess you’re wondering if I will ever post normal photos again and not just mystery photos. Trust me, it is not for lack of photos – I have hundreds from as far back as a year ago that I haven’t shared with you yet. However, between the exciting winter olympics that I have become slightly obsessed with (GO CANADA!!!!!) and beginning to plan a trip to London, Paris, and Edinburgh for my hubby and I for this summer, I just can’t seem to find enough hours in the day. Don’t worry though, I will get back to regular posting one day. You’re not getting rid of me that’s for sure.
Enough babbling. Let’s get to work and see what you come up with this week. Ok, ready, set, go…..
When you are playing a game, it is very easy to get discouraged if you never win. I know that my mystery photos are sometimes very difficult to guess, and sometimes people whine a little bit about that (cough, cough, LouAnn LOL). So, last week I made a promise to make the mystery photo easy this week.
Now, having said that, I really hope that a certain person (cough, cough, LouAnn LOL) gets it right, or I’m going to have a real problem on my hands. I also think we could have a lot of fun this week because if you use your imagination, this could be something really very interesting and maybe even out of this world. So, what do you think? Is this an easy mystery photo?
Ok, ready, set, go….
It’s amazing! It’s Mystery Photo Friday, and I’m not going to talk about the weather. Can you believe it? Instead, I need you to cross your fingers and your toes. We have finally decided to start the long overdue job of redoing our bathroom, and today while I am at work (thank goodness) my hubby and his friend are going to rip out our bathtub and tub surround and replace them with new ones. Because we only have the one bathtub/shower, I’m crossing my fingers that they don’t find any problems behind the tub that will leave me without a shower for more than the one day. I can’t start my day without my shower!
So, I need you to keep me entertained with your guesses today so that I don’t obsess over possible renovation disaster scenarios all day. Help me out blogging buddies :). Ok, ready, set, go…..