Photographic evidence

While on my disappearing act from the internet world, I have been growing a baby and there is little evidence of it.  I kind of like it that way.

Because the Child is an awesome friend who just happens to be an aspiring photographer (I say she is one, she feels she needs appropriate education first, so fair enough).  Either way, she is good with a camera and she comes cheap (as in we paid her in ice cream and love), we did the whole cliche thing and had some “maternity photos” taken.

I love pictures.  I don’t love pictures of me.  And when you are 36 weeks pregnant, it is even more challenging to love pictures of yourself.  Just saying.  Plus, it isn’t like we are get photos taken people.  We are the kids that didn’t have engagement photo shoots and had the Child and Patrick’s Aunt take our wedding photos.  I wasn’t so sure about the whole pregnant belly picture thing.  The weekly belly picture thing was a definite no (although it would have maybe proved to some people sooner rather than later that I really do look pregnant).

Needless to say, after some peer pressure and parental convincing and some weird sort of gut feeling that told me I really should do this, we decided to do the photo shoot thing.

And you know what?  It was fun.  And not just because I got a nice scoop of peanut butter fudge crunch in the end.

So, here are a couple of the lovely photos from the adventure (photo credit to the Child who has a blog she doesn’t update here:

Day tripping with the parents

This past weekend, my Mom and Dad visited.  It has been awhile since they have been here and since we have seen them since our trips home have been limited as of late.

We got Starbucks one afternoon (mmm Peppermint Mochas) and went on a little adventure to a beautiful oceanside area not too far from where we live.

It was freezing cold out… No wonder, it is practically winter and we were by the ocean.  But it was quite lovely to have both the company and the scenery.

Nacho breakfast, unicycles and cat. Some random updates.

We had friends visiting from that lovely island where we once lived this weekend.  It was great minus the fact that I was on call (minor detail).  Thus the absence yet again of blog updates.  So, here are some random updates…

Our cat is currently trying to chew his way into a giant Costco box of garbage bags.  We think (and hope) it is because he can smell his cat food on the box.

There are some people in your life that you can just pick up where you left off… Even if you haven’t seen them in two years.  The people visiting are precisely some of those people.  

We played a new game this weekend basically about swimming robots.  What more can you want?

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I got hit in the face with a chunk of tree walking in our tail of a hurricane weather a few weeks ago.  Instead of being distressed or mad… I found it funny.  

I saw someone riding a unicycle down the street the other day.  That is something that always makes me smile.

My cat is out to kill our cilantro and our carpet.  He has knocked the whole pot over three times.  I think the cilantro is now dying. 

Some person or group in our city hung random red swings from trees in various places.  I really want to find one and swing on one.  There is one right by the hospital.  One day, I will do it.

When I see a hopscotch thing drawn on the sidewalk, I almost can’t resist hopping on it.  Almost.

My to do list at work is an expansile mass.  But, it is a colourful one.

I drew lungs on a piece of my patient list this weekend while teaching the new resident on call.  Patrick saw the drawing and asked why I had lungs on my paper.  I was super impressed that he identified the body part!

We went to a wildlife park last weekend and saw a ton of peacocks just wandering around.  They screech like mad, but are kind of entertaining to

Nachos can make a good breakfast.  Especially if you are on call.  At least I think so.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Room

This week’s photo challenge with the Daily Post is called “Room.”

When Patrick and I were visiting New York, we went to a museum on an old aircraft carrier and an old submarine.  It was really cool.  It also brought out a nice contrast in the concept of room.  The submarine had really tight quarters and concussion inducing doorways.  The aircraft carrier was, well, huge… Because anything that houses that many planes and people would need to be.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Split Second Story

This week’s photo challenge with the Daily Post is called “Split Second Story.”

It is true that often a photo captures a story, even if it is just the story of that moment, sometimes, it really is all that is needed to get an entire story.  That is what makes them neat.  Although I still like words better.IMG_4533

This duck couple was wandering along an icy river that flowed into the ocean in FEBRUARY.  I don’t even know why they would stay, but clearly they were getting food somewhere and were quite possibly quite content.  Either way, they were sticking it out together, which is adorable.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Twist

This week’s photo challenge with the Daily Post is called “Twist.”

My “twist” for the week is a photo of a giant beaker that I saw when wandering around Winnipeg.  They have this beautiful newish library that has this awesome giant science art.  It made the nerd in me smile with delight.  I totally didn’t expect to stumble upon it when making my way around the building.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Work of Art

This week’s photo challenge with the Daily Post is called “Work of Art.”

When I was in high school, I took this required course as a part of the International Baccalaureate program called Theory of Knowledge.  I guess you could liken it to philosophy, but basically it was examining our ways of knowing.  In one big section of this course, we discussed art.  What makes art, how we perceive art.  It made my head hurt, but at the same time, it was really cool because it got me thinking.

I am not a big visual arts person.  Funny that I say that as I participate in yet another photo challenge (what can I say, I like looking at other people’s pictures and it is fun to mix things up on the blog).

When we were in New York earlier this year, Patrick and I went to the Museum of Modern Art.  There, I asked repeatedly, “Is this really art?” and sometimes “WHY!?!?”  I marvel at the beauty of some images, but others boggle my mind.  I was happy to leave that place.  I saw as much or more beauty in the Natural History museum, Body Worlds or even just looking at the architecture around town.

That is the thing with art, though.  Art is in the eye of the beholder and is not consistently agreed upon.

The art I am choosing is from the trip.  It wasn’t the stuff that was found in a museum that caught my eye, though.  It was the art on the side of an overpass. The colours and the background of brick make this art that really catches my eye (so much so that it is currently my desktop background).  It makes me feel happy.  It makes me think of protection (because of the watchful eyes of the owls).


Weekly Photo Challenge: On The Move

This week’s photo challenge with the Daily Post is called “On The Move.”

I am not particularly on the move this week because I had a run-in with our bathroom door that has left me with a broken and/or dislocated toe that I had to set (I am crazy, I know) and buddy tape.  I am hobbling around half under my own power and embarrassingly on crutches the odd time just so I can stop bouncing it around.

Usually, however, I like to be on the move, so to speak.

When I was in Winnipeg for a conference a few weeks ago, I was visiting this part of town called The Forks where I got to see some trains that travel across the country.  At the same place, I also saw a very interesting foot bridge/car bridge and walked some nice trails in a park.