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Another lucky shot….


This was taken a couple years ago, and I just happened to take it right as Pancake was shaking, so it turned out kinda neat. Today is the first sunshine in almost 2 weeks, so I am getting my butt outside! Hopefully, I’ll get some good pictures. Saw Pan’s labyrith yesterday, and it was AWESOME. The website is way cool too: http://www.panslabrynith.com. It is one of my new favorites. I had my favorite goat cheese salad while watching it, so not a bad rainy day afterall. I just hate seeing movies in regular theaters, now that I can go to the Alamo and eat good food while I watch.

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A picture of me that I like….


A lot of blogs have lots of pictures of the person who does the blog. So here is one of me! I like this picture because I think it is funny and I like funny pictures. I am giving Mike my “leave me alone” look, since I was reading. it’s not even a good picture, but I think it looks the way picture myself, so I like it. Plus, I like candid shots. I think Mike had been pestering me, and shooting a picture was the last straw, hence the look.

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A very weird picture…..


This picture was taken on the town lake hike and bike trail. I wanted a picture of the swans, and this grackle flew into the shot right as I was taking it. I really like the way it turned out. I think of the hike and bike as the crown jewel of Austin. A 10 mile trail in the middle of the city is a true gem. I believe Central Park is only 6 miles. Sometimes Austinites take the trail for granted. I love it! It has been so wet lately with ice and now rain, it may be pretty muddy. I hope to make it there this weekend. I love to people watch and I love the fact that it is smack in the middle of Austin, and folks from all over Austin use it; it’s not limited to one demographic. I like the dog watching more than the people watching. I swear some of the dogs running look like they are smiling, they are so happy.

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I like photography


I really am tyring to get better at taking pictures. This was taken in Montana ,summer 2005, and not using a very good camera, but I got lucky with the lighting and it turned out somewhat interesting. I’ve learned it really takes an artisitc eye to create a picture that works, but isn’t boring. I have a really good camera now, and I am still learning. I’ve learned if I go hiking I can hike or take pictures, but it is hard to do both. I really admire people who are talented photographers. I cheat a little with iphoto…..

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Thinking of warmer days….


Here’s a springtime picture to help us all remember how nice Texas can be! I made it out for a run, finally. It took some doing to get out the door, but once I was out it wasn’t too bad. The roads were pretty open, as everyone was still in. The forced house arrest wasn’t as bad after that. I just finished making homemade butterscotch-chip oatmeal cookies that kick ass, so maybe snow days aren’t that bad…..

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Wishful thinking!


Here’s a picture of me and my friend Karen. Don’t we look hot….as in toasty warm! This was taken at Lake Tahoe in summer of 2003. Me, Karen, and Stephanie had an excellent girls’ trip. There was record heat in the area of 90+ degrees. I think we even have a tan in this picture (we are pale girls!). Ahhh, what I wouldn’t do for a day like this right now!!!!

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It’s cold outside!!!


Pancake and snow do not mix. Another day of being homebound. Ugg. this is fun for about a day and then cabin fever sets in. How do other people do this all winter? One good thing is I am thankful I have a very warm house! I attempted to run this morning, and hit a few icy patches and went home. It wasn’t so much that I wanted to run, I just wanted to get out for a little while, as it looks like tomorrow will be a repeat. Time to catch up on my netflix……

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Up next….


Up next is Rocky raccoon 50 mile run. here is a picture of Huntsville State Park, where the race is held. It was taken when I did the Little Rocky raccoon 50K in October 2005…my first ultra. I can’t wait to see those pine trees again…and maybe an alligator.

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Ok, so maybe it’s not this bad……


But, it’s cold outside!! Life is almost on hold for a couple days as we ride out this winter storm. This pic is from SLC, Utah, last SPRING. This is what they call Spring Break weather. At least in March it is warm here, although right now it is hard to imagine it being warm at sub 30 degrees. Yikes….bike trainer here I come…no outside for awhile.