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lramiro520 3:00am, 16 January 2007
Welcome to my photojournal for 2007.
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HI!!!

Enjoy!
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msspider66 12 years ago
I am looking forward to seeing your pictures.

[Ms Spider66]
ebilflindas 12 years ago
Color me intrigued!
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ebilflindas: Everyday Dad
lramiro520 Posted 12 years ago. Edited by lramiro520 (member) 12 years ago
Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Bland, But Weird

I dreamt in photographs last night. It was a first for me and it was a bit strange, but it was fun. I don't remember everything that I was taking pictures of but I do remember switching between many lenses and taking lots of photos of my friends, which is one of my new year's resolutions. You know, "people" photography. People photography has always been a bit difficult for me because I always feel intrusive, but maybe that's my problem and maybe that's exactly what I need to work on. Even with my 85mm lens, which allows me to be at a reasonable distance during candid moments, I don't always feel comfortable whipping it out. It scares people. Right now I am making a transition from my Canon G6 to my new Rebel XTi, both of which I just love. It feels good holding an SLR again, and I just love the SLR sound when an image is captured. But dammit if it's the sound that makes me feel interfering when I'm taking people shots! Not to mention the look of dread on peoples' faces when they realize they are being photographed.

Didn't sleep till 6:30am and so I woke up at around 1:00pm. Contemplated going to my office to do some harcore writing for the rest of the day, but decided to work from home the moment I saw a fresh coat of snow on the ground. Thank goodness the snow has arrived. Even though I love the warmth, upstate New York is not meant to be as warm as it has been during these last few weeks. It's frightening. There was nothing to eat for breakfast but either fishsticks or cheese, so I opted for the fishsticks along with a cup of coffee. Fishsticks + coffee can only mean one thing in my mind: it's going to be a bland day, weird at most. Luckily, my camera was close enough to me that I was able to document this hopeful feeling: The potential escalation of strangeness!

I'm spending the rest of the afternoon and evening working on my "A Exams," a series of papers that I need to write so that I can advance through my PhD program. Later tonight after I'm finished with work I'm going out to the Chanticleer with B while my boyfriend is out with some other friends. Oh the joys of nightlife!
sunshinecity 12 years ago
... great start to your photo diary!
Look forward to seeing more!

~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story
lramiro520 Posted 12 years ago. Edited by lramiro520 (member) 12 years ago
thanks. and fortunately, i don't expect that most of my entries to be as long as this one...can't wait to see what the next day brings me.
Tom Hall (tommune) 12 years ago
Auspicious start -- love the eyes,a nd love that super macro lunch! :) I'll never look at ketchup the same way again!

Tom Tommune's 2007 in Austin
ebilflindas 12 years ago
In my mind, the equation "Fishsticks + Coffee" doesn't quite equal "bland". ;)

Welcome, and I look forward to you shooting people from a distance!
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ebilflindas: Everyday Dad
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Ladybadtiming PRO 12 years ago
lramiro520 Posted 12 years ago. Edited by lramiro520 (member) 12 years ago
Wednsday, January 17, 2007

So Fresh, So Clean

If there's one thing I love, it's taking long showers, especially when it is very cold outside. I'm by no means obsessive about it. It just feels good and sometimes, like today, it just makes my day so much better.
sunshinecity 12 years ago
in my mind fish + coffee just don't equal at all, they just don't mix! LOL

hot showers are awesome!! Shame you didn't smile in the pic... you look sad!!
= (

~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story
lramiro520 Posted 12 years ago. Edited by lramiro520 (member) 12 years ago
@sunshinecity...hehe...it was kinda tough for me to smile because there was too much water dripping into my eyes! a smile for you next time, though. AND, you could look at the pic this way: I don't look sad, just really really relaxed...or something...lol.
ILIGHT 12 years ago
Nice job on the shower shot and keeping your camera dry!!! Great detail on those fishsticks, too! I can feel the crumbs...
~ilight-2007
lramiro520 12 years ago
@ILIGHT: there was definitely a big moment of hesitation to take that shot...and a bigger moment of nervousness when i was actually holding the camera in the shower!
bunæn PRO 12 years ago
Those are some good photos. The ketchup looks...seductive.
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Ladybadtiming PRO 12 years ago
PutYourFlareOn PRO 12 years ago
Wow, your photos are great!

I love long showers too. Hot ones.

And brains? We will get to see brains? Bring it on! I'm so intrigued!

Thank you for your kind words concerning my recent entry...

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Aimee, PutYourFlareOn's 2007 Daily Photo
ParaScubaSailor 12 years ago
I don't like fishsticks, but your photo is great!

Welcome to the crowd.

ParaScubaSailor en voillage (prononcez voyage, petits voyeurs)...
lramiro520 12 years ago
@PutYourFlareOn: Yes! brains! Just stay tuned...The mad scientist in me will come out soon enough...

@ParaScubaSailor: Thanks for the welcome.
lramiro520 Posted 12 years ago. Edited by lramiro520 (member) 12 years ago
Thursday, January 18, 2007

My Shoes

Hit the books during much of the day. I wasn't very productive yesterday so I had to play catch-up and get some research done.

I braved the cold to go to Gimme! Coffee (my favorite coffee shop a block away). It was 25 degrees F when I left the apartment, slightly warmer than it was yesterday, but not warm enough to melt the snow. I saw a guy sitting out in front of the shop bundled up in a thick winter coat, sipping espresso and writing in his journal while taking puffs of his cigarette from between his gloved fingers. I didn't have the right lens on my camera so I missed an opportunity for a wonderful shot. Sigh. I strolled home with a fresh cup of coffee warming my bare hands and enjoyed the bitter breeze hitting my exposed face. We didn't have a cold winter last year and so I am happy to finally celebrate its return. I'm not a huge fan of winter, but I must admit that I do love seasons.

I forgot to take off my shoes as soon as I got home and ended up tracking muddy footprints across much of the apartment. Then I figured that the bottoms of my shoes were worth a picture.

My boyfriend returned with a fresh haircut. He hadn't cut his hair for an entire year and he was beginning to look like a skater-boy with longish hair growing along the front, so it was nice to be able to see his eyes again!

Our friend Thomas stopped by and invited us to check out a nearby casino this weekend. I'm not a big gambler and I actually have never gambled in a casino, so I admit that I am a bit intrigued...

I guess the only question I need to ask myself now is: Do I feel lucky?
PutYourFlareOn PRO 12 years ago
I miss seasons. We're not having a real winter in Paris. Honestly, since I've moved here we haven't had what I call winter. I"m from Kansas. I"m used to ice storms and snow up to your knees. It's just grey and blah here in Paris. The image of you walking with a hot coffee in bar hands in the cold like that sounds lovely....

I don't like Casinos only because I don't like to waste money. But I do like to watch other people go crazy with their money and I"ll play an occasional slot machine. I once won 110 bucks in quarters. That was crazy fun. Are you going to give yourself a limit before you go to the Casino?

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Aimee, PutYourFlareOn's 2007 Daily Photo Diary
lramiro520 12 years ago
@PutYourFlareOn: Yes, IF I go to the casino, I will give myself a limit, but it won't be a lot. I, also don't like wasting money, so I'm not sure if I'd have as much fun as others, but I figure I'd experience the casino life at lesat once. There are only a few things in my life that I'm willing to splurge on: travel, photography, good food, and family/close friends. That said, I'll probably spend all my time at the 5-cent slot machines!
lramiro520 12 years ago
Ooooo....I forgot that I've heard that many places also have penny slot machines. Now THAT's where I'll be...
lramiro520 Posted 12 years ago. Edited by lramiro520 (member) 12 years ago
Friday, January 19, 2007



I had yet another insomnia-filled night and didn't get to bed until after 6:00am. Of course, my boyfriend fell asleep before I did. When I finally felt tired enough to drift away, the last thing I remember was burying my face into the back of his shoulders and taking in his scent. Fresh, but not soapy; slightly salty, but not sweaty. I smiled into his shoulder blades and felt very comforted.

I went for a walk in the cold today. It was one of those half-wet, half-dry days where people run out to do chores and grab lunch during those brief moments of clarity. The colors outside were saturated when I left my apartment, but with the gray sky, everything around me was filled with an eerie sense of gloominess.

In an attempt to capture this feeling, I tried taking some tilt-shift photos...but without actually using a tilt-shift lens. Rather, I used a really old Super-Takumar 50mm f/1.4 lens that came with a 1960-ish Pentax Spotmatic camera that my boyfriend bought from e-bay a while ago. Rather than mounting the lens onto my camera, I simply held it in front of the lens mount with one hand and adjusted the angle of the lens to manipulate the area of focus. It was quite tough to do, but it really did accomplish my goal of getting some eerie looking results.

It started snowing a lot as I was out searching for perfect moments. I tried people-watching, but a key element was lacking...people. Instead, I captured my photo-of-the-day while I was sitting out in the open with snow pouring down all over me. Apparently, everyone had sought shelter in nearby stores, and so I was all alone. It makes it sound like I was lonely, but it was actually quite cool! It was a very good day.

The rest of my "tilt-shift" photos can be found on my photostream.
ebilflindas 12 years ago
Damn, what a great story! I'm glad there are no people mucking up that excellent photo. Although if there was one person, it might have a lonelier feel. I love being outside when all the "sensible" people have all found warm harbours; that is, until I'm ready to be sensible again!
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ebilflindas: Everyday Dad
msspider66 12 years ago
I agree. I love wanderuing around in the weather. It broke my heart tonight when I stepped outside after work. There was a light snowfall, perfect to walk around the city in, But had to rush for the train I promised to take with a friend. By the time we got home, not a snowfkae in sight.

[Ms Spider66]
lramiro520 12 years ago
@ msspider66: It's never fun for me if I have to walk out in the cold and snow to run some petty errand. I love to really take in and appreciate the weather...I have a hard time doing it if I'm trying to make it to the post office just before it closes! And I hate it when I miss a good snowfall...since I work in an office with no windows, I often miss the interesting weather that happens throughout the day.
msspider66 12 years ago
We are fortunate to have large windows in our office. It is a rarity. The travel department doesn't normally get the best digs. Years ago I worked in the 3rd floor of the basement. You can't sink much lower than that.

As far as the post office goes, I am lucky. Penn Station, where I catch my train, is located across the street from the main post office. I am fairly sure it is open 24/7

[Ms Spider66]
lramiro520 12 years ago
Another weather-related thing that I love is a good rain storm in the spring...when it's completely sunny outside and very few clouds. Those are the best! I can't think of a time in my life when one of those types of storms hasn't me smile.
~magpie~ PRO Posted 12 years ago. Edited by ~magpie~ (member) 12 years ago
I really like the effect of this last one.

The elixir of being alone but not feeling lonely. I bet the snowfall made it quiet too. I love walks at night where it seems that everyone else is inside and I'm out, alone but not lonely.

Day by Day
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Ladybadtiming PRO 12 years ago
sunshinecity Posted 12 years ago. Edited by sunshinecity (member) 12 years ago
yeah really good story...
I love how you described sleeping next to your boyfriend... god I miss that!

I managed to re-create the tiltshift technique with photoshop... It's fun! One of my pics has been in the explore ever since!!

~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story
Tom Hall (tommune) 12 years ago
What an incredible idea.... Makes me want to try that now.... Beauuutiful image!

Amazing. Makes the street look like a little play set. Cheers to you!

Wonderful story as well. Nice detail!
dda1605 12 years ago
nice effect and the nice thing is that I learned something new. I was not aware of "tilt shift" technic. Due to your comment I read a lot about it and find it very cool. I even find this site which explain how to build a tilt shift lens.

www.dennisonbertram.com/hackmaster/2005/02/tilt-shift-pc-...

(Didier 2007 )
lramiro520 12 years ago
@magpie33: Thanks. I agree. I love those moments of silence when no one is around even though there's alot happening (i.e. a good snowstorm!)...

@LBT: Seems like you've got an eye on several people these days! Exactly how many eyes do you actually have? :)

@sunshinecity:i've gotta play around with the PS version of tilt-shift one day. i've never actually tried it before. thx for the idea!

@dda1605: very cool lens in the link you referred me to. haha, my boyfriend and i tried doing something similar, but with a plunger...lol. it looked soooo goofy! i'll post a pic of it for you once i can find it :)
lramiro520 12 years ago
@tommune: You should give it a try! Good luck with it!
humorous cats [deleted] 12 years ago
this was great. i looked at the rest of your tilt-shift pics and i had a real hard time settling on a fav. i must, must try this for myself.


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lramiro520 12 years ago
@blow/up & tommune:i'd recommend trying it with the lowest aperature lens you own. if it happens to be a zoom lens, then use it zoomed all the way out. also, if you're interested, the type of lens that i use for tilt-shift is also being sold on ebay for $40: search.ebay.com/search/search.dll?cgiurl=http://cgi.ebay....

even if you find that tilt-shift is not your thing, the Takumar lens is very good glass, not to mention super sturdy, and in my opinion, is worth checking out anyway!

you should start out by holding the lens directly against the lens mount, but do not actually mount the lens. hopefully, there will be at least a little bit of focus through the viewfinder. if it's out of focus, then try stepping back further from your subject. then, tilt the lens very slightly in any direction. you actually don't need to tilt it very much, probably not more than a couple of centimeters, to see an effect. it takes practice, so don't give up! you'll also probably find that your photos will come out very light, but that's normal with this method. since you're not using a real tilt-shift lens, there's some extra light that will enter the camera from the tiny gap you create from tilting the lens. so keep the really light pics and add the extra contrast afterwards. also check out the link in dda1605's message above to check out a funky homemeade tilt-shift :-)

happy shooting!!!
lramiro520 Posted 12 years ago. Edited by lramiro520 (member) 12 years ago
Saturday, January 20, 2007

Winter/Falls

If only everyday could be a weekend...
It was a nice lazy day for me. I slept and watched TV for most of the day (including a 2-hour Mythbusters special with a pirate theme...yesss!). We went shopping for a while to buy some wood-glue for the set of speakers that my boyfriend is building. (His most recent pastime is putting a set of speakers into every single space of our apartment, an idea that I just love!) We also went to check out the ice formations on Ithaca Falls, a gorgeous waterfall that is about 3 or 4 blocks from our apartment and right next to a quiet residential neighborhood.

It was very very very cold by the falls because it was heavily shadowed by rocks and windy from the force of the water. Not to mention, we also decided to walk all the way up to the falls, and so I suppose freezing to death was, in the end, our own damn fault. Today's pic was taken while I was trying to prevent my bare hands and ears from falling off. My boyfriend is on the right side of the photo, shooting some frozen trees from a distance and providing a chance for me to include a nice comparison between the size of the falls and the size of an "everyday joe" just passing through to take a few pictures :)

Not much else happened today....just the way I like it.
Jonathan Riverwalker 12 years ago
3 or 4 blocks away ?? how sweet is that - can you/ do you swim there - in the summer i mean hehehehe
lramiro520 12 years ago
@Jonathan: Yes, swimming is allowed. One great thing about my town is that it has a few dozen waterfalls (although some claim there are 100+, but they probably count the tiny ones). And we have many GORGES!!! Nobody uses the public pools around here. We all go swimming in the gorges instead. Ithaca is not the best town for nightlife, but it is definitely beautiful! It was so strange when I first moved here. I drove through this quiet neighborhood just to get a feel for the town, and just randomly drove past the massive waterfall that is in my photo. My jaw dropped in surprise and amazement..lol.
AllanThinks Posted 12 years ago. Edited by AllanThinks (member) 12 years ago
Re: Your entry from the 17th. I love long showers any day. And I am going to stay in the shower a very long time on this icy day in Kentucky.

Your photos from both the 19th and 20th are stunning. Nice work.
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Allan's 2007 Daily Photo Diary
francophony 12 years ago
Love the watefalls... they're gorgeous!

Kim
sunshinecity 12 years ago
what a wonderful shot!

~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story
dda1605 12 years ago
woooow wonderful. I am cold in my living-room, just from looking at your last shot.

(Didier 2007 )
lramiro520 12 years ago
Thanks all!! Hope everyone is enjoying the rest of the weekend.
lramiro520 Posted 12 years ago. Edited by lramiro520 (member) 12 years ago
Sunday, January 21, 2007

Screenshot

This is what my day consisted of: Buying a new pillow for my aching neck and counting brain cells through a computer. Or at least trying to...

Tomorrow, I'm supposed to be teaching a colleague how to use an image analysis program that I, myself, am not too good at right now. Mainly my fault really, because I've been too lazy to learn it in the past. But since I have to teach the program to 2 people this week (one of them tomorrow), I'd better get my ass into gear and actually figure things out.

The photo is a screen shot of several brain slices stained in a couple of different ways. The blue stain is a general stain called Cresyl Violet and stains every single cell in the brain (the dark blue dots). Different parts of the brain have different densities of cells, and by using this stain, it is easier to locate the "boundaries" of different structures of the brain. The B&W image is the same image as the brown image. I used the brown stain to tag individual brain cells that were active when the brain recalled a fearful memory. The little black dots in the B&W image are cells that were activated. It's interesting stuff, and you'll hear more about that as the year goes on. In the meantime, it's going to be a long night for me...
msspider66 12 years ago
very cool!

[Ms Spider66]
humorous cats [deleted] 12 years ago
this is cool. love to learn about the brain...memory, etc.


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AllanThinks 12 years ago
Thanks for the glimpse at what you do for a living.
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Allan's 2007 Daily Photo Diary
lramiro520 12 years ago
mwaahaha....the mad scientist in me is starting to emerge once again...
BellaGaia PRO 12 years ago
wow, brain slices.... that is very very cool stuff you're workin with.
Osbornb PRO 12 years ago
I really like the tilt-shift photo. It's appealing because it looks so un-digital. I'm trying to learn how to get the analog look with my digital point-and-shoot.
I was anticipating some brain photos from you, and it will be interesting to see and read more about your work.
Love the falls picture. The size of it is impressive, being in the midst of a city. Really all I know about Ithica is that it's the home of the Moosewood Collective. I have two of their cookbooks.
2007 in photos or bust
lramiro520 Posted 12 years ago. Edited by lramiro520 (member) 12 years ago
@ osbornb: The Moosewood restaurant is awesome! I haven't been there in about 2 months, however there is a cafeteria in the building next to where I work that serves a Moosewood dish once a week. Great stuff. Have yet to check out their cookbooks yet, but I think I will invest in one!

The Other Side Of The Fence
AllanThinks 12 years ago
We have one, and maybe two of the cookbooks. They are well worth having in your collection.
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Allan's 2007 Daily Photo Diary
AliThinks 12 years ago
You've taken some great photos!

Regarding Moosewood, yes, we have a couple of the cookbooks, as Allan said. The original ones by Mollie Katzen are great, and we have one from the collective, Moosewood Cooks At Home. (Jeez, I think that's what it's called). They are definitely worth owning.

I've always wanted to visit Ithaca. I mean, more than the drive-through my family did when I was a kid. ;-)

Alison
lramiro520 Posted 12 years ago. Edited by lramiro520 (member) 11 years ago
Monday, January 22, 2007



Being a czar isn't always easy, you know...

I made it up to campus today. All of the undergraduates were back and I soon learned that today was actually the beginning of Spring Term. Once I got to my office in the basement of my building, I was not met by hellos or smiles, but by grunts, sighs, and blank stares. And so another Monday begins.

Renovations are set to begin in my area of the building and so my coworkers and I spent the day working out logistics issues: figuring out where all of our lab equipment will go, arranging and rearranging new work spaces, and helping people move out of their offices. Things were very hectic for me today because I also serve as my department's Basement Czar. That's right...Basement. Czar. I don't really know who came up with such a silly name for this position, but this job has existed under this name for about 15 or 16 years now. Each year, the department chooses a graduate student to serve as the student "coordinator" for a year. This year, it's me. Basically, the czar just needs to make sure that basement dwellers such as myself get along with one another and remind everyone to keep our little dungeon clean, communicate with the facility manager and help coordinate various things when the need arises (i.e. laboratory and office moves in prep for renovations). The best part about this job (other than receiving an extra $1200) is that I get to autograph the czar's trophy, The Stump of Power, and keep it in my office for the year.

I am immortalized on a piece of wood with horny squirrels glued to the top. Things can't get much better than that.
ILIGHT 12 years ago
Wild trophy. Congrats on the stipend and the 'prestige.' Sounds like you'll be in for a busy semester-- welcome to life on the 'moving' side of the food chain!
I'll be back to see more of your dealings with this 'mad scientist' in you (and for the education- that's pretty neato stuff!!)
colorful education [deleted] 12 years ago
Your pictures are awesome!!
And might I add, you're job sounds amazing!

{[Unusually and exceedingly peculiar, and altogether quite impossible to describe..]}
humorous cats [deleted] 12 years ago
the basement czar...ah college and its traditions. even squirrels need love too.


blow/up diary
Great shots
( A Gypsy Outdoors)
zealous spring [deleted] 12 years ago
Very interesting what you show and what you tell.

*MJ
beurre salé 11 years ago
really enjoyed your page and pics, I'll be back! Love the 19th's pic.
Meelifluous PRO 11 years ago
I love your stories that accompany your photos. So full of information!

Don't let the power go to your head!
lramiro520 11 years ago
Thanks everyone!
lramiro520 11 years ago
Tuesday, January 23, 2007



I. am. so. exhausted. Didn't sleep well at all last night. It seems that my boyfriend didn't either. He went out with some friends last night, drank too much, and was in a daze for much of the day. Needless to say, we're both needing a lot of sleep right now. A more interesting journal entry will follow tomorrow after I get some rest. :yawn: Goodnight all!
~magpie~ PRO 11 years ago
The brain info is so interesting... keep it coming! And the horny squirrel trophy is a kick. Hope you got some sleep...

[Erica Day by Day 2007]
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
I also enjoyed the brain section. One question though... Do you have colourful dreams after you put the slices back or do you remove the dye first? ;-)

Very interesting diary, I wish I had enough time every day to follow it more regularly...

Daniel.
ParaScubaSailor en voillage (prononcez voyage, petits voyeurs)
dda1605 11 years ago
Hangover ?

(Didier 2007 )
sunshinecity 11 years ago
ohhhhh is that the Boyfriend? He's cute!!

LOol.... you scientists make it all look so easy!! Your brain cell stained "snapshots" look very cool and you explained ot so clearly, wish it really were that easy to understand! LOL

I want your horny squirrel trophy btw!
= P

~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story
lramiro520 11 years ago
@magpie33 & Para: Thanks!

@dda1605: Yup :-)

@sunshine: Hehe. Yeah, that's him. I'll have to let him know that he's becoming Flickr's newest sex symbol. Not the best portrait of him though. He was pretty tired when I took that pic, so his left eyelid started drooping! LOL! BTW, I love that trophy too! We may have to fight over it...haha!
AllanThinks 11 years ago
I did, last night, what your guy did the night before. I didn't get out much today, either.

Allan
durhamyankee 11 years ago
OH! They're brain cells. I spent so long trying to figure it out, but didn't want to ask.

Dwm's everyday
lramiro520 11 years ago
Thursday, January 24, 2007



Today was a very busy day for me. The lab area where I do my research is about to be renovated so we are in the process of packing and moving out all of our equipment. We packed boxes upon boxes for hours upon hours today. Even though I hate packing and could have probably spent the day doing other useful things, I have to admit that I felt a nice sense of accomplishment for having done something meaningful today, which I can't say for most of the other days this week.

I came home feeling exhausted. It was the 'good' kind of exhaustion where I felt tired but not outright sleepy. After all, I did get to bed very early last night--just past 9pm--and slept for 10 hours!

Almost as soon as I get home at the end of the day, I change into a pair of "house-clothes"...a comfy pair of PJ's or some broken-in things that I can relax in. I hate the feeling of "outside" clothes when I'm trying to relax at home. Even if I know that I have to go back out later in the evening, I will still jump into my house-clothes when I get home from work, and change back to looking more presentable when it's time for me to leave again.

However, I think the big thing that symbolizes my day being completely over is when I remove my contact lenses. I usually do it when I'm certain that I'm not leaving the apartment again or soon before going to bed. Even though I really like wearing contacts, it is such a wonderful time of the day when I can actually remove them. More than anything, I think it's this little bit of symbolism that this ritual holds which allows me to enjoy that process so much. It helps me stay grounded, keeps me sane, and gives me the sense that work is done for now and that I don't need to deal with it anymore. And that is a feeling that is probably good for me to have.
BellaGaia PRO 11 years ago
OMG! I have never been able to put contacts in (only tried the colored ones because my vision is ok) Not only can you put the critters in, you can photograph yourself doing so -- Girl, you ROCK!!!!.... nite nite zzzzzzzz... i'm totally with you about the street clothes and house clothes thing....

BellaGaia (Living with BellaGaia)
~magpie~ PRO 11 years ago
How the heck DID you get that photo?

I'm with you too about the home clothes. I used to wear a big pullover hooded sweatshirt of P's... until he decided that he wanted to wear it too. Damn. Had to go get my own men's hoodie.

Erica Day by Day 2007
Just a quick look. Really great shots. I will return.

( A Gypsy Outdoors)
humorous cats [deleted] 11 years ago
wow. i was startled. great pic. in focus. i sometimes wear contacts and the ritual of taking them off is what keeps me from wearing them everyday.


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Zuzu*Petals PRO 11 years ago
This is an awesome shot. I'm very impressed by your ability to multitask while doing that.

I know what you mean about "outside clothes" when you just want to relax at home. I need to invest in about 5 pairs of new sweatpants, I think. =)
ebilflindas 11 years ago
Great shot !
This is how rituals and ceremonies are born!
sunshinecity 11 years ago

I'm so with BellaGaia on this one... om gosh, you are nuts taking that photo..... eww, the idea of something in my eyes just makes my eyeballs itch!! LOL

~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story
lramiro520 11 years ago
@Bella: It took me a long time before I could get my first pair into my eyes properly. But now I can do it in a snap and the brand of contacts that I wear are super comfy!

@magpie: got the pic using the "macro" function on my point and shoot...and made sure that there was a lot of light for a quick shutter speed...AND lots of luck! lol!
lramiro520 11 years ago
Thursday, January 25, 2007



Today at work we finally finished packing up our equipment for the big move. I was pumped up and enthusiastic about packing yesterday because I managed to round up a big group of people to help, but today there were only 3 of us from my lab who made this moving thing a priority...not necessarily because we wanted to, but simply because it needed to get done. I was still exhausted from the packing yesterday which mad my work today only worse...and the fact that today was probably the coldest day of the season thus far. After a few more hours of labor I had an appointment with my undergraduate research assistant. I am mentoring him on his honors thesis and we are having a big meeting with my advisor tomorrow--the head of my lab.

After that meeting, I quietly snuck out of the office, walking down the frozen hill to spend the rest of the day working at home. Nobody knew that I left the lab except my boyfriend who had no other business on campus either, so he also decided to leave. It was an odd walk down the hill because I noticed that there were many, many squirrels running around...many more than usual on a day like this. The curious little guy in my photo was one of the first ones I saw, but shortly after that, I saw 4 or 5 of them hanging out together and foraging on someone's small front lawn. I guess you've got to do whatever you have to in order to survive, but I just thought it very odd to see so many of these animals out during the coldest day of the year.

Poor squirrels. If only they had delivery services like us.
humorous cats [deleted] 11 years ago
squirrels keep showing up...a pattern developing. and yes, don't they know is cold?


blow/up diary
ILIGHT 11 years ago
squirrels...

=)
AllanThinks 11 years ago
I think the squirrels must know something. Maybe you will get a foot of snow this weekend.

Allan
lramiro520 11 years ago
@blow/up: uhh oh, maybe you've just discovered a subconscious desire of mine...
lramiro520 11 years ago
Friday, January 26, 2007



The end of the work week. Felt too tired to go out. My body felt exhausted, especially my hands--partly from the bitter cold, I suppose. Didn't get this pic up on time...Even too sleepy for that. But I'll be back on track over the weekend...
~magpie~ PRO 11 years ago
I really love this one, Iramiro... Now I want everyone to take a photo of their hand. Get on it, all. OK, well I'm a hand therapist so stare at hands all day long, but don't we take them for granted and what they allow us to do and create and be?

OK, off the hand tangent. Hope you get some rest!

Erica Day by Day 2007
sunshinecity 11 years ago
that's a pretty interesting shot... love the detail of your "lines"!

~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story
Tom Hall (tommune) 11 years ago
Love the texture in the photo.... yeah, I know the exhaustion for sure this week.

Wednesday made it all worthwhile, though!

Tom Tommune's 2007 in Austin
dda1605 11 years ago
very nice, hands are "open books of our history"

(Didier 2007 )
Osbornb PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Osbornb (member) 11 years ago
Hi, I'm back to catch up on your journal. Re: the basement czar trophy. I think only in a college campus office would you find such. It's cool. Makes light of the responsibilities but still confers some authority and tradition. What a diverse group we have here. You post a photo of your hand, and a hand therapist comments on it. Interesting!
PS: Good to know Moosewood is still going strong.
2007 in photos or bust
durhamyankee 11 years ago
Great DOF... Where's the palm reader?

Dwm's everday
lramiro520 Posted 11 years ago. Edited by lramiro520 (member) 11 years ago
Thanks all!

magpie, I definitely agree that we take our hands for granted! I've learned to appreciate my body so much more over the years. I injured my knees about 3 years ago from jogging too much on very hard pavement, and that incident was life-changing for me. I take much better care of my body nowadays.
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Hands, brain slices and tilt mounts...interesting and varied topics. I like to be entertained when looking at photos - yours entertain !

CollardGreens: Oops
AllanThinks 11 years ago
I'm reaching the age where the cold gets to my hands.

I'm still looking for the perfect pair of gloves.

Allan
bunæn PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by bunæn (member) 11 years ago
Ah, I see you will have a long and happy life. Do you want to know how many children you will have? Just kidding. I don't really know how to read palms.
lramiro520 11 years ago
LOL @ bunaen :-)
lramiro520 Posted 11 years ago. Edited by lramiro520 (member) 11 years ago
Saturday, January 27, 2007



We were cleaning our apartment when we heard the most deafening sound. It was so unpleasant that we knew it could only be one thing: The building fire-alarm. I threw on my coat and shoes and quickly packed up my camera, my cell phone, and my laptop (my life is on my laptop). My boyfriend and I hurried outside and stood with the rest of my building's residents. It was awkward because this was actually the first time that the inhabitants of the house have ever really seen one another...a strange social gathering of sorts. We live in a really big Victorian home that, like many old homes in my town, was converted into an apartment 'building'. Our house consists of about 6 or 7 spacious units. But we never seem to see anyone.

I called 911. I went to help our 97 year old neighbor out of the house when I realized she wasn't outside. Three fire trucks arrived. It was snowing outside. Our landlady arrived. There was no fire and they had a hard time determining why the blasted alarm went off. The house was eventually declared "safe". We went inside. We watched TV. Life was back to normal.

Later in the night we went out and had a great time. First to Korova then to Felicia's. Not a bad way to end the night.
lramiro520 Posted 11 years ago. Edited by lramiro520 (member) 11 years ago
Sunday, January 28, 2007



A very lazy day. I spent the entire afternoon watching the Discovery Channel, specifically episodes of Mythbusters and Dirty Jobs. I'm not a big TV watcher, but once I start channel surfing, I can get hooked on the most random things. I've stumbled upon a redneck version of the Home Shopping Network--I call it the "Knife Channel" because all the host really does is talk about hundreds of different types of hunting knives. Some knife sets even come with a life size replica of King Arthur's sword. Now that's entertainment. I guess there are only a few shows that I'm actually addicted to. Mythbusters is one Jon Stewart and the Colbert Report are also a must for me. And I've found myself very much addicted to the medical drama "House". Even though I think Hugh Laurie's character is an asshole I just love the fact that his character is based on Sherlock Holmes. But I think more than anything, I would simply classify myself as a channel surfer. I don't keep up with any of these shows week after week...I simply really like them, but just catch the reruns because I'm often not thinking about watching TV so I forget when all of these shows really come on.

Eventually, I peeled myself off the sofa and went grocery shopping for some fish while my boyfriend napped. I threw together a little dinner for us: Some penne tossed with basil, garlic, snow peas, and a splash of chili oil, and finally topped off with a filet of skate. The skate was quite good, but we bought a filet of turbot yesterday and I definitely prefer the texture of the turbot. Turbot reminds me of halibut, which reminds me of sea bass (my favorite fish)...And anything that reminds me of sea bass is alright by me.
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