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lramiro520 3:00am, 16 January 2007
Welcome to my photojournal for 2007.
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Jan:15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Feb:1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28
Mar:1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Apr: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
May:1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Jun: 1 2 3 4
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HI!!!

Enjoy!
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AllanThinks 11 years ago
Wow. I'm glad everything turned out okay on Saturday. No fire.

As for the Sunday meal, I want to come over and eat dinner at your place.

That sounds, and looks, delicious.

Allan
lramiro520 11 years ago
Monday, January 29, 2007



Another week, another Monday. It was a pretty busy day that included a seminar during lunch and a long meeting with my undergrad research assistant which involved staring into a microscope to look at brain cells for 2 hours.

After work, my boyfriend and I stopped by the Japanese "cafe" that is near campus to get some sushi for dinner. We ordered spicy white tuna, salmon, spicy "regular" tuna, and a California roll. It was all quite yummy, especially the white tuna.

I wouldn't call myself a sushi-lover, but rather a "social sushi eater". If I eat sushi alone, I often don't finish the stuff because I tend to focus too much on the fact that I'm munching on squishy, raw meat--a visualization that I don't like too much. But put another sushi eater across the table for me to chat with and I'm good to go!

Today, my Indian friend Nina brought me a gift from Bombay--a pair of colorful wall hangings that I'll end up displaying either in my kitchen or in the dining room. Ever since my boyfriend and I moved into our apartment, we've been struggling to find interesting things to put on our walls. Slowly, very slowly, the walls are starting to fill. My boyfriend has hung up the sitar he bought when he traveled to Iran several years ago and I've put up a small tapestry from Botswana that my friend's mother gave. I like the idea of displaying things from around the world because whenever I really look at the few interesting things that are currently hanging on my wall, my mind gets into a wonderful state of wanderlust. Sometimes I think the travel bug bites me way too often for my own good...or at least too often for my wallet's own good.
lramiro520 Posted 11 years ago. Edited by lramiro520 (member) 11 years ago
Tuesday, January 30, 2007



Gummy bears and those other fruity, edible, gelatinous substances. They are yummy. And I am obsessed with them. Well, not seriously obsessed, but obsessed enough to constantly have a stash laying around the coffee table. Today, it was Gummi LifeSavers.

Ending my day by eating a small handful of gummies was perfect becasue it summed up how I felt when I got home from campus today: still holding shape, but definitely feeling a bit squishy. I felt like my mind was stirred up and swished around to the extent that nothing cohesive could possibly emerge from my thoughts. I really need to buckle down and be productive again. Sometimes, I have those great moments where I hit my stride and am able to crank out project after project. Simply put, I need more of those moments because I don't really feel inspired at the moment. My one shining accomplishment of today was that I started going back to the gym. O, the infamous New Year's Resolution! The first two weeks of the gym are always the worst for me, but after that, it becomes habit. I am hoping that this extra stimulation will help me hit my stride once more. Here I go.
aback account [deleted] 11 years ago
never seen gummi lifesavers...certainly not this close. big fan of the worm variety though.

blow/up diary
AliThinks 11 years ago
Your photos are just excellent.

I grew up on Lifesavers, the regular kind. I will have to test the gummi ones. Maybe they'll help me get my mojo back. :-)

Alison
girlzoot PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by girlzoot (member) 11 years ago
You truly have found the heart of my one true weakness, gummis.

I love them.

Although, after looking through your photos, I think I may love them too.

Not as much as gummis though, but I think you may understand.

I also have a special fondness for your fork in ketchup shot. Love the light on the fork. Very cool.

Girlzoot Gadding About
Meelifluous PRO 11 years ago
Those are yummy - and so is your picture! Cool wall hangings too.
AllanThinks 11 years ago
Gummi Bears bring back memories of high school German club candy sales. They were always so popular. This was back in the day when bears were all you could get, and they were imported from Germany.

It's a wonder we didn't eat up all of our profits.

That is a beautifully composed photograph. Well done!

Allan
lramiro520 11 years ago
@ AliThinks: If you really love the taste of the original Life Savers, then I don't think the gummi kind will really help you get your mojo back. They don't actually taste like the hard candy :)
BellaGaia PRO 11 years ago
You so inspire me!!!! Some days I've been so frantic about what to do for a picture.... like yesterday..... LOL...... I love the life savers and your hand is beautiful.... it's the attention to detail that separates someone who takes a picture from a photographer/ artist. You are an artist and you happen to paint with a camera :-)

p.s. what's for dinner this sunday!!!!

BellaGaia (Living with BellaGaia)
lramiro520 11 years ago
Thanks, Bella! You're so kind!
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Ladybadtiming PRO 11 years ago
lramiro520 Posted 11 years ago. Edited by lramiro520 (member) 11 years ago
Wednsday, January 31, 2007



Spontaneity is something that I need. I cannot sit around in one place for too long because at some point I get bored. I do love the stability in my life becasue it is comforting, but I absolutely need those spur-of-the-moment, moments. I don't know if I can explain why. The only way I can describe it is that I feel more "plugged-in" to the world during those moments. I worry less about sticking to a regimen, but rather feel like I am living in the moment.

Examples:
About 2 years ago, within 45 minutes of settling into my office on a Friday morning and bracing myself for a bland day, one of my good friends called me on the phone to try and convince me to go to Montreal and Ottawa with her and her housemates for the weekend. They were leaving in an hour. I didn't need any convincing, and actually, I didn't really need to think about it either. As soon as I got off the phone I took the next bus home, stuffed some clohthes into my backpack, and grabbed my passport on the way out the door.

On a different weekend, my boyfriend and I were craving lobster so we hopped into the car and drove from New York to Maine to get some food.

These are the insane types of things that keep me sane.

I am feeling bored again. Not of the people that I am around or of my social life, but simply of the daily routine. My boyfriend Bo and I have often talked about going on a trip to Copenhagen, which is the last city he lived in before moving to the States. It had been a couple of months since we discussed a possible trip, but the topic came up again today while I was bored and searching various travel websites for cheap tickets that would take me pretty much anywhere out of town this weekend. One of my many searches was for Copenhagen. Unfortunately, tickets for this weekend are not cheap, but the sudden spontaneous impulse of traveling to Europe really sparked something inside both of us. We were determined to go. This weekend, though, is simply too expensive for us. We then contemplated going to Denmark two weeks from now, after Bo gets back from a small conference. But since he is being paid as a teaching assistant this semester, it's probably not a good idea. Finally, we decided to look for tickets which fall during our university's Spring Break, when all the undergraduates will be gone. We found the tickets to Copenhagen during that time in March are actually a bit more expensive than in February...But the tickets to Hamburg, Germany are damn cheap! So we booked tickets to Germany. We also rented a little car. Just thinking that the very first time I will have ever driven a manual car will be in Germany, on the Autobahn, makes me laugh!

So what turned out to be a little playful idea of getting out of town for the weekend suddenly turned into a 10 day road trip through Europe.

We're both good at improvising and so we're not worried about where we're going to end up spending our time.

Travel to Hamburg and Copenhagen are pretty much set in stone. But the rest, we'll probably think about a little more. We've also left open the possiblity of visiting the Czech Republic, Netherlands, and/or Poland...But I promise we won't think about it too much...Gotta leave room for a splash of spontaneity.
dda1605 Posted 11 years ago. Edited by dda1605 (member) 11 years ago
great picture on the 30th.

(Didier 2007 )
~magpie~ PRO 11 years ago
Haven't come in here for a couple of days, and come in to see Life Savers! Well done, it's a fun photo.

"The insane things that keep you sane" sound perfect. Next time you have an inclination to go out to Oregon, look me up!

Erica Day by Day 2007
lramiro520 Posted 11 years ago. Edited by lramiro520 (member) 11 years ago
After not having regular use of a computer for 2 days, I am finally getting a chance to catch up:

Thursday, February 1, 2007



My knees hurt today. A few years ago my knees became injured after jogging on hard pavement too much. The doctor said I had Runner's Knee, and the physical therapist said that the best way to help them was to strengthen my leg muscles, especially the quadriceps, and to manage my weight better. I was good at doing all of that for a while, but alas, I settle back into my old habits year after year.

This year I've made a commitment to myself to exercise every day that I am on campus (the gym is near the building that I work in). I just started a few days ago and so far, I have been good about it. I have been training my leg muscles again, but at the end of the day my knees feel so weak and fatigued because my muscles feel so tired. Even though I know from experience that the pain will fade, I already want to quit. This will be a very tough challenge for me.
Osbornb PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Osbornb (member) 11 years ago
My physical therapist said that the stair climber machines are great for the quads. I can't run anymore because of back problems, and I wish I'd done more cross training back in my running days. You are on the right track with the strengthening. Good luck!
2007 in photos or bust
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Ladybadtiming PRO 11 years ago
do you have a pun with aches like we have in french ?
knee = genou and it sound like "me, us"
do I make anysense ?
still sleepy, sorry !
too much HL I guess ...

[LadyBadTiming / snapshooting my life away, day after day, after day, after day]
lramiro520 11 years ago
@LadyBad:...hmmm, can't think of any at the moment...
lramiro520 Posted 11 years ago. Edited by lramiro520 (member) 11 years ago
Friday, February 2, 2007



It was a cold morning to begin with, and turned very blustery by the day's end. When my day started, I was in a slightly despondent mood. Perhaps it was partly a result of the weather. Perhaps I was feeling doubtful of myself, which happens from time to time--doubtful of my photography skills, especially. Different things can trigger such doubt in myself, but this time the doubt was something that came from a very minor incident two nights ago. Anyone else who may have witnessed the subtle situation would not have understood why I became upset. It was very unintentional for my feelings to get hurt, but unforfunately they were. But just as quickly as the moment came, my irritation came and left. I don't stay mad for long. But yesterday, and even this morning, the moment still lingered in my mind. Not in a way that made me angry, but in a way that made my eyes feel fatigued as if I had just been weeping. It lingered in a sad way. I took today's picture in the morning as I was walking to the bus stop. I remember being immersed in doubt, so when I look at this image, that is what I think of. I received an immediate apology after what happened the other night. He asked me if I still loved him. I said 'Of course I do.' And of course, I mean it.

I received a compliment-in-disguise later in the day. When I told my friend Sam that I was leaving campus to go take pictures, she attempted to express that she was "jealous of [my] obsessions", as she first described it. But she clarified her statement by adding that I seem to be one of those people that is so passionate about something that they actually go out and pursue it in a dogged, persistent manner. Am I really one of those people? I never looked at myself in that way before, and I still can't believe that what she said is actually true.

I didn't think too much of the comment at that time, but as I was walking around town taking photos, her words popped back into my head and I realized that no one had ever said that to me before.

It turned out to be one of the nicest things that anyone has said to me in a long time.

So thank you, Sam. That really meant a lot to me.
lramiro520 11 years ago
Saturday, February 3, 2007



Went sledding with Mark and Sam today. We drove up to campus to conquer Libe Slope. The slope's longest stretch is 480 ft., while its steepest angle is 18.8 degrees. Needless to say, it's a fun slope to sled on. Unfortunately, it's also prohibited, which we found out an hour into our fun when the police asked us to stop. Heh. It was awesome while it lasted.

These are the types of weekends that I love. A good mix of fun and laziness with a pinch of work thrown in here and there. I love being lazy with Bo. We're so good at vegging out together. Right now we're just sitting around listening to music. We've probably been doing this for a couple of hours now. We've had so many days like this...and it's wonderful.
AliThinks 11 years ago
Ooh, look at that ice!

I haven't been sledding in ages. Ages! I'm glad that you had fun while it lasted. Damn rules. Can't have anything nice. ;-)

Alison
lramiro520 11 years ago
@ Ali: Yeah I know! But that probably won't change anything. Enough people still sled on those slopes. It seems that the most that the "authorities" do is to shake their finger at you. I think one would have to do something very extreme to actually get fined!
sunshinecity 11 years ago
wow, what great shot from feb. 2nd!
Sorry to hear about your knees. Didn't know that condition actually existed! I too can't job or run. The doctor said I have some weird way my knees are "built". He said that I was born with them in a weird position or something and the hard ground hurts them... so I guess we have a similar condition!

Keep up the good work at the gym, I am going to have to quit mine seeing as my work hours coincide with gym hours... I'm actually sorry about it! Luckily I only paid one month's worth....
= P

~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story
leesure PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by leesure (member) 11 years ago
Ahhh the trials of Runner's knee. In addition to the strengthening of your quads it's very important to stretch your hamstrings. That did more to help my knees than enything else when I had the same condition. Rest is important, BUT don't quit altogether!

I love the icicle shot!

Hmmm passionate about your hobbies...likes to run...needs a break from running (try swimming and/or biking) sounds like you're ready for triathlon!

Lee
ebilflindas 11 years ago
Dig the spontaneity, girl!
Can't wait to see what you shoot in Europe.
Someone will probably get hurt sledding under the influence--that'll get the authorities to drop the kibosh on the fun.
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ebilflindas: Everyday Dad
lramiro520 11 years ago
@sunshine: well maybe you can take up a sport or something :) i'll be sure to update you on the progress!

@leesure: hmm, a triathalon sounds reeeeally scary to me :) Thanks for the advice!

@ebilflindas: yeah...they'll ruin it for us all! although at a college campus, i wouldn't be surprised if it's already happened.
Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
sledding - hmmm - much fun - the police tried to stop us forever sliding down the hill we lived near - something about distracting people in their cars when we scoot across the road ??

and we didnt only go winter - waxed cardboard boxes go like snot on steep grassy slopes - good luck with the knees - cant go wrong getting strong :)
lramiro520 11 years ago
@Jonathan: Yeah, there's a road at the bottom of this hill too and so I imagine that's the main concern. But it really depends on the type of sled you have, though. I only made it to the sidewalk once. The police told us that sledding is prohibited on the entire campus, which is ridiculous! Especially when there are absolutely NO signs posted on the hills...
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
Meelifluous PRO 11 years ago
LOVE! Your frozen pine picture. . .that's beautiful, great capture!

Meelifluous (?)
~magpie~ PRO 11 years ago
Mixing up relaxing and activity is my favorite kind of day too. Sounds like a nice one...

Erica Day by Day 2007
lramiro520 11 years ago
Sunday, February 4, 2007



I love the wings. I love the game. But I hate all of the testosterone floating around in any particular sportsbar on SuperBowl Sunday. Unfortuately, the best chicken wings in town come from a sportsbar, so I had to go. Mark and Liz came along with my boyfriend and me, which made it a fun time. We ordered up so much junk food that there was barely any room for the napkins.

Today's photo amuses me because these men looked so concentrated all night, and were ready to explode at any moment. Except for the one who looks like he's about to fall asleep. Perhaps his team didn't make it very far this year...
dda1605 Posted 11 years ago. Edited by dda1605 (member) 11 years ago
Wooow - how concentrate they are. They don't look very happy, apparently Chicago fans....... Great "action" shot.

(Didier 2007 )
lramiro520 11 years ago
Yeah these guys were Chicago supporters. As a native Marylander, even though I was born way after the Colts moved away from Baltimore, they still have a small place in my heart. Unfortunately there wasn't a huge crowd supporting the Colts at this particular bar. Too bad for them! Haha!
Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
not a lot of testosterone in that shot... how can you love the game and hate testosterone - that's like loving beer but hating the fizz - The superbowl is not ultimate frisbee - heeeheeeeheee - just kidding - sort a - in a gentle sort of way - love ultimate - with testosterone - estrogen - whatever's going
okay - now im the one who's gone whacked
i better scoot - bye
lramiro520 11 years ago
But see, I think you can appreciate the skill of the game, disregarding all of the testosterone :) Besides, I can handle the testosterone that's in the game itself, but when I'm watching football, I just hate some of the obnoxious "guy" things that go on in a room full of men--the stinky burps, the farts, beer bellies everywhere...LOL! Haha, I don't really mean it. I love the excitement from watching a game. But I guess I'm not meant to be in a sportsbar!
AliThinks 11 years ago
Ha ha ha! What a great shot!

Ithaca, huh? ;-)

Alison
lramiro520 11 years ago
@Ali: hehe...yup...that's ithaca :)
Great photos and a very interesting and honest journal. I too know about pursuing those "passions". It is what makes life meaninful.
( A Gypsy Outdoors)
lramiro520 Posted 11 years ago. Edited by lramiro520 (member) 11 years ago
Monday, February 5, 2007


The peculiar fascination of the brain lies in the fact that there is probably no other object of scientific enquiry about which we know at once so much and yet understand so little. (-Gerd Sommerhoff)
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I stumbled upon them this afternoon. The human brain collection. They were all moved due to the renovation, but I happened to come across them today in their new home. These are very old brains, about 30 of them individually preserved in thick glass jars lined in rows along the walls. I stood in the middle of the dark room surrounded by these melon-sized objects. Who did these belong to? What stories can they tell? What secrets do they hide?

The brain is the center of thought, memory, emotion, and being. Within its crevices are trillions of cells that coordinate every muscle movement, eye blink, laugh, and decision that we make during the span of our lives.

There is still so much to understand.

But will we ever fully understand this wonderfully complex, beautiful thing? Maybe not. Yet I am hopeful.
ebilflindas 11 years ago
I can't help but think of two things when I look at this--"Abby Normal" and Nixon's head in Futurama!
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ebilflindas: Everyday Dad
lramiro520 11 years ago
Haha...(watching futurama as i read your comment)
dda1605 11 years ago
Scary.......Frankenstein was in the area

(Didier 2007 )
sunshinecity 11 years ago
wow that's a freaky yet fascinating photo at the same time.... your job really is mind blowing!

~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story
lramiro520 11 years ago
@sunshine: I actually don't work with human brains...rather, rodent brains...but I do love my job!
Wespionage PRO 11 years ago
Looks like it's almost ready. Soon they'll be ready to uncork?

I think my brain would get lost in a jar that big.

Wespionage :: A year of spying on myself
Meelifluous PRO 11 years ago
Is that guy picking his nose in your SuperBowl shot?
lramiro520 11 years ago
@Wes : Yes...it has been aged especially for you.

@Mee: Haha, funny...I was thinking the same thing too! I like to think that he actually is picking his nose! Apparently his team is losing and the poor guy has nothing better to do!
lramiro520 Posted 11 years ago. Edited by lramiro520 (member) 11 years ago
Tuesday, February 6, 2007



There are those errands that never get done. Laundry. Dishes. Taking out the trash. Fixing that leaky faucet in the bathroom.

There are those goals that may one day get accomplished. Start smiling more often. Stop biting my nails. Learn another language. Get married.

There are those fears that may one day be overcome. Not opening up myself to those around me. Living a life that will not be remembered. Trusting others. Touching spiders.

There are those moments that I regret, although I feel determined to redeem myself in moments to come. Not telling my dad or my brother enough times that I love them. Not expressing my opinions or emotions because I'm too shy, thus making other people completely happy (while sacrificing my own happiness). Breaking committments I make to myself. Getting the Coke from the vending machine instead of the bottled water.

There are those joys that make life worth living. Friends. Family. The love of my life. Broken-in jeans.

There are those joys that make life worth living. The comforting feeling of a home cooked meal. Knowing that you've made a positive difference in someone's life. Generosity.

There are those joys that make life worth living. A joke so stupid that all you can do is laugh. Hot chocolate on a cold day. The smell of rain. Satisfaction. A job well done.

The leaky faucet is just annoying. Maybe one of these days I will actually fix it.
eelend PRO 11 years ago
There is our life :)
robdepense 11 years ago
Reminds me of Steve Martin playing Dr. Michael Hfuhruhurr in The Man with Two Brains:

"When I saw how slimy the human brain was, I knew that's what I wanted to do for the rest of my life"
lramiro520 11 years ago
@rob: Ha! That was a great movie!! Can't believe you actually remember how to spell that name!
robdepense 11 years ago
Ann Uumellmahaye immediately knew how to spell it, and Michael Hfuhruhurr immediately knew how to spell hers.
~magpie~ PRO 11 years ago
The more I learn about the brain the more I am astounded. The same with all anatomy / -ology classes I took back then. The more I study the hands. We are incredible machines and we take them so much for granted! Love the brain photo. It's crazy that that was someone's being. I'm reading the book "Spook" about souls - do they exist, do they not, and is there scientific proof. Some scientists looked extensively in the brain to see if they could find the soul, or the housing for it. Of course they looked in the brain... how could they not?

It is truly amazing that I can even perform the simple act of typing this right now. Overwhelming if you stop and think about it. OK. I'm done. I've had a couple glasses of wine and science captivates me. Forgive my gushiness.... LOL

Erica Day by Day 2007
BellaGaia PRO 11 years ago
Really like Feb 2 & 6 --

the 2nd -- well, i don't get to see stuff like that here and i just think it's so pretty.

the 6th -- just plain inspired -- I sure wouldn't have thought to do that -- Well Done....

thhe brain kinda spooks me out, but i admire the fact that you're smart and passionate about what you do
" BellaGaia (Living with BellaGaia) "
lramiro520 Posted 11 years ago. Edited by lramiro520 (member) 11 years ago
@rob: LOL! Now you've made me want to watch that movie again.

@magpie: It was once believed that the pineal gland was the "seat of the soul" because it is found right in the middle of the brain.

@Bella: Thanks! As far as the brain goes, the one in my photo is reeeallly old. I think it has been preserved in a jar somewhere between 60-90 years ago!!!
lramiro520 Posted 11 years ago. Edited by lramiro520 (member) 11 years ago
Wednesday, February 7, 2007



After Bo's soccer game ended at 11pm, he came home, showered, and met up with Bern and me at the Chanti. A cold cold night and we were all very tired. After parting with Bern a couple of hours later, we went home, cuddled up for warmth, chatted for a while, and fell soundly asleep until morning.
BellaGaia PRO 11 years ago
very cute :-) well framed.
sunshinecity 11 years ago
I agree with BellaGaia, very well composed!
I love the loving look in your eye!! Well captured!!

Your thoughts from feb 6th are wonderful!!

~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story
YoannLeGoff 11 years ago
Eum, it's not friday.
you must shave ;o))
ReeBeckiSupergirl PRO 11 years ago
Great composition! I love it!
lramiro520 11 years ago
@Yoann: But it's almost Friday...Does that count?

Thanks, all, for the comments!
lramiro520 11 years ago
Thursday, February 8, 2007



I did a bad thing today. I ate an entire (small) pizza by myself...And I didn't feel guilty about it afterwards...Well, at least not for a while.

A coping mechanism? Perhaps.

I am home alone tonight. No boyfriend and an empty space next to me in the bed while he is away at brief conference at Niagara Falls. I think this is actually the very first time that I've had our "new" apartment to myself since we moved here in August.

It's quite lonely here without my other half.
AliThinks 11 years ago
That pizza box does look quite lonely there. It's a great photo though, as is the one from the 7th!

Alison
~magpie~ PRO 11 years ago
I love the shot of the two of you... Well done. You'll begin to enjoy your time alone in no time. Not because you don't want him around, but because you need alone time. Then you get to miss him, and we all know how sweet reunions are.

The book Spook specifically mentions the guy who studied the pineal gland for that exact reason. I can look up his name but am feeling lazy...

Erica Day by Day 2007
ebilflindas 11 years ago
I don't think whole-pie-consumption-guilt should set in until one is putting away large pizzas.

Great mood picture; did you set it up like that, with the empty stool back there?
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ebilflindas: Everyday Dad
lramiro520 11 years ago
@magpie: I think the scientist was Descartes??

@ebilflindas: The thought of consuming large pizzas by myself makes me shiver with fear...I don't even want to imagine myself eating one of those by myself!! Re: the picture, no I didn't set it up. I threw the box on the stool to remind me to take out the recycling and I went to the living room to clean up the space where I was eating. When I came back to the kitchen there was this bit of light from the window shining just on the box, you know, like a spotlight at a comedy show or something. It looked pretty lonely, and of course I had to take a picture!
sunshinecity 11 years ago
aww, sorry to hear you were alone... but *sigh* I know how you feel. It sucks parting with my fiance every time we do....

As for the pizza... well... ya gotta fill that void somehow right? Don't feel bad!
= P

~ sunshinecity
a photo, a story
lramiro520 11 years ago
@sunshine: thanks :) we've been apart many many times before and i usually enjoy having "alone" time, but i guess i'm usually the one going out of town. but hey...he'll be back tonight (if the weather behaves), so it's kinda silly that i feel like he's been gone for such a long time!
dda1605 11 years ago
I understand. The "bad" thing is that it was only a small pizza.....


(Didier 2007 )
lramiro520 11 years ago
Haha...well, now that you put it that way...
Meelifluous PRO 11 years ago
Wednesday's picture is great. Very intimate, very sweet.
AllanThinks 11 years ago
I'm going to experience that 'empty nest' feeling for several weeks very soon.

I don't know how I will cope with it. Probably eat a bunch of pizzas or something.

The shot from the 7th is lovely!

Allan
lramiro520 11 years ago
@magpie: i just picked up the book Stiff from the store yesterday. i guess it's by the same author as spook :) maybe i'll check out spook too!

@Allan: Ah, pizzas will do the trick! At least for a little while :)
Tom Hall (tommune) 11 years ago
Like the depth of field, macros, and little moments you've captured....


I am BACK and CAUGHT UP! Whew.

Tom Tommune's 2007 in Austin
lramiro520 Posted 11 years ago. Edited by lramiro520 (member) 11 years ago
Friday, February 9, 2007



I decided that I needed a change of scenery, so I took my things over to the cafe at Barnes and Noble to do my research. On my way out I picked up two books: A History of the World in 6 Glasses and Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers. They seem like very interesting reads!

Later in the evening, I went to see the new movie, "Hannibal Rising" with Bern and Lona. I thought it was much better than Red Dragon, which was the previous prequel to Silence of the Lambs (my favorite movie of all time!). Still, not nearly as interesting without the psychological creepiness of Anthony Hopkins. Chills my bones just thinking about it...
AliThinks 11 years ago
Oooh, those do look like interesting reads! In any case, it's a cool photo.

Let us know how the books are...

Alison
sunshinecity 11 years ago
lol they do indeed seem like cool books!!
Not too sure about the prequel to silence of the lambs... do let us know if it's any good!
; )

~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story
~magpie~ PRO 11 years ago
Oh! Let me know how Stiff is! I've heard good things... She writes well and with humor.

Erica Day by Day 2007
lramiro520 Posted 11 years ago. Edited by lramiro520 (member) 11 years ago
Saturday, February 10, 2007

Pink Party

A pretty lazy afternoon. After finally finding an ounce of motivation to get out of bed, we decided to face the world and went for a little walk downtown for a late lunch and to find something pink to wear. Tonight we went to a fun little "Pink Party" at Sam's house (She's the one looking into the camera in the photo above). It's simply a party in which a pink piece of clothing or accessory is required for entrance. I ended up wearing a pink bandana, while Bo found a pink shirt in the girl's section of Wal Mart :)
leesure PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by leesure (member) 11 years ago
LOL what a great portrait. Love the biting of the cup. The light and bokeh are great too.

Pink party eh? that's a new one on me.

How are the knees?

Lee
lramiro520 11 years ago
The knees are making progress.Thanks for asking! :) I'll be increasing the resistance during my strength training starting tomorrow and so they are bound to feel pretty fatigued during the beginning of the week.
girlzoot PRO 11 years ago
Ooo I love Stiff, great book, wonder about the history of glasses. Keep and update! 8^)

Girlzoot Gadding About
lramiro520 Posted 11 years ago. Edited by lramiro520 (member) 11 years ago
Sunday, February 11, 2007



Sundays are meant to be lazy: A bit of grocery shopping in the afternoon and a chocolate fondue party at Misty's in the evening. That's it. It was a good day. In fact, it was so lazy that for the first time this year I was truly stuck on what to take a photo of for today's entry.

Lazy-Day Music:

There were several songs (mostly mellow) floating around in my head today. Together they seem to sum up the pace of my day pretty nicely. Feel free to check out the links to hear them, but note that the links will take you to versions of the songs that are not of optimum audio quality...but I promise that the regular versions really are quite lovely songs for a slow day!

1.)One Day You'll Dance For Me, New York City by Thomas Dybdahl. My boyfriend has been listening to this one a lot lately, and now it's stuck :)

2.)Red Right Ankle by The Decemberists...Probably my favorite lately. Beautiful lyrics. A very interesting love song.

3.)Just A-Sittin' & A-Rockin' by Ella Fitzgerald. Heard this one in the car tonight. She's my very favorite jazz vocalist.

4.)Wonderful World:A wonderful rendition by Eva Cassidy

5.)On The Radio by Regina Spektor. She has a very crisp and dynamic voice. Another wonderful vocalist! Unfortunately, the link I've provided doesn't do her much justice at all.
~magpie~ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ~magpie~ (member) 11 years ago
Looove Ella Fitzgerald and Regina Spektor. Am unfamiliar with Eva Cassidy, and should know the Decemberists but really don't. Thanks for the recommendations!

Have you heard of Bonnie Prince Billy? Another excellent mellow day guy... Good night!

Erica Day by Day 2007
lramiro520 Posted 11 years ago. Edited by lramiro520 (member) 11 years ago
@magpie: nope, haven't heard of that artist, but i'll definitely give him a listen! thanks for the recommendation!
AllanThinks 11 years ago
Sundays should be lazy, but our wasn't. Our dinner party was a smashing success, but we are paying for it today.

Allan
lramiro520 11 years ago
I think I much prefer hosting parties on Saturdays so that Sundays can be more relaxing. Glad to hear your party was a success. Hopefully today wasn't too brutal for you, though :)
lramiro520 11 years ago
Monday, February 12, 2007

Ithaca Falls (2/12/2007)_5

I had about 40 minutes to kill before meeting with my research assistant up on campus late in the afternoon, so I took a quick trip down to Ithaca Falls to walk around and clear my head after a productive day working on my A-Exams. More pics from my walk near the falls can be found here.

In the morning, I drove Bo up to campus then I went down to Barnes and Noble to work. Strangely, B&N has become a favorite place for me to do my non-laboratory related work lately. I've always enjoyed working in the coffee shops downtown, except that I usually get distracted too easily and end up not making the best use of my time. The B&N store is not directly downtown and so it's not as crowded, but it still has coffee, adn I tend to be very diligent when I work there.

Songs that dominated my work-day:
-Chan Chan (from the "Buena Vista Social Club" soundtrack)
-Is You or Is You Ain't My Baby (Cab Calloway)
-Doodlin' (Horace Silver)
-'Round Midnight (John Coltrane)
-Love In A Trashcan (The Raveonettes)
-Heroin Is So Passe (The Dandy Warhols)
-Hurt Me Soul (Lupe Fiasco)
-Can I Kick It? (A Tribe Called Quest)
-Red Right Ankle (The Decemberists)
-Etudes-Tableaux, Op. 33 No. 1-9 (Rakhmaninov)

Tonight for dinner we tried making sushi--well, california rolls--for the first time ever. A huge success, I must say!
ReeBeckiSupergirl PRO 11 years ago
I love the rings in this old tree. It must have been quite old. The snow adds some great framing to such a cool photo.
BellaGaia PRO 11 years ago
this SOOOO rocks!
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
I really liked your brain shot. A lot of food for thought there!

It's pretty revealing that the brain can look at itself and recognise that the seat of thoughts it is creating is right here, in front of its eyes. Talk about levels of self-awareness. Even more amazing would be to watch your own brain (during brain surgery, or with CAT-SCAN?)...

Great tree pic with the snow.

ParaScubaSailor en voillage (prononcez voyage, petits voilleurs)...
~magpie~ PRO 11 years ago
Am overall digging your music choices...

And making veggie california rolls is a strange pleasure of mine. I love the entire process.. the chopping of the veggies, the way they look all lined up on the bamboo cutting board. The sticky rice on my fingers. Rolling them up and not having the insides pop out too much. And of course eating them...

Erica Day by Day 2007
lramiro520 11 years ago
@magpie: Yeah, it was a lot of fun! But definitely more difficult that I thought it would be! I think we tried putting too much of everything into our rolls. But we quickly improved :)
ebilflindas 11 years ago
nice play list--gotta love the Tribe.
Can I kick it? Yes, you can!

great point --"Alas, poor Yorick..."
lramiro520 11 years ago
@ebilflindas: Yeah, I've been going through my old-skool collection lately....lots of Tribe and of course some Wu Tang...lol!
AliThinks 11 years ago
Great shot of the stump...great playlist, too!

Alison
lramiro520 Posted 11 years ago. Edited by lramiro520 (member) 11 years ago
Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Giving

I only wanted to go up to campus for a couple of hours today to print some articles that I needed to read and to meet up with our facility manager, Tim, because I'd heard that he was looking for me to talk more about renovations. While I was on campus I happened to walk past a flyer that was advertising a blood-drive happening today. So I went.

The fist time I ever donated blood was in my high school's gym when I was 18 years old. I have donated blood at least once a year since then and so this year marks my 8th consecutive year as an active donor. I usually donate twice a year. At my current university they hold the blood-drive in a big hall with very high ceilings and windows that look like they would fit nicely in a cathedral. It's very beautiful when you're looking up at the magnificent ceiling, like when you are laying on a gurney donating blood.

I hate that they use a huge needle for blood donations. It gives a temporary burning sensation as it goes in, and leaves a big hole in your arm afterwards, as shown on the photo (Okay, maybe it doesn't look that big) . My boyfriend really hates needles. He teased me afterwards by saying that I must really enjoy getting poked with those dreadful things. I thought about it, and realized that perhaps in a weird subconscious way I do, otherwise I probably wouldn't volunteer to do this year after year unless I absolutely had to. Hmm...perhaps I am discovering something new about myself. At least for now, I hate pain well enough that I don't see myself developing any, umm, pain-related fetishes in the near future.

The snow is coming down at a steady pace now. The reports say that we could get up to 12 inches of snow by 8am tomorrow, with up to an additional 6-12 inches on top of that during the day tomorrow, followed by another 6 inches of lake-effect snow from Lake Ontario on Thursday. Public and private elementary and secondary schools have been cancelled for tomorrow, making all the kids very happy. And while the university will likely remain open, my professors decided to cancel the afternoon seminar, which means that tomorrow I won't have any business on campus. None.

Now, I am off to go disable my alarm clock...
Courageous you.
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