Tuesday, April 21, 2015

All of the Coffee

The semester is winding down to a close, but not at all winding down work-wise.  During these last few weeks before finals, I have to come up with, write, and present two lesson plans, finish my sixty hours worth of observations, write papers for those, write three papers that will be used in my certification portfolio, continue the weekly chapter readings, and study for final tests.  Needless to say, I'm going a little crazy over here!

The good thing is I'm planning a little weekend trip at the end of finals week, to commence the few days I have off before summer classes start, and as a little birthday gift to myself.  The plan is to drive down to Springfield for a night out with the old crew, then wake up and drive down to the Crystal Bridges Art Museum in Arkansas, and make the power drive all the way back home that night.  Starting with a more local trip to kick off the year of travel, but more on that later.

(photos by e.hunt, and collected from crystalbridges)

Monday, April 20, 2015

At the Old Ball Game

Yesterday I came home from an eight hour shift at work to the delightful smell of burritos and a fresh Schlafly Summer Lager.  Then Dad says, "Remember when we went to the baseball game where we sat right behind the dugout?"  "Yes!  That was so much fun!"  "Well, I got them again.  I think we should all go, tonight."  "It's tonight?!  Yeah, let's go!"  So we ate dinner rather quickly and jumped in the car to go.  Last minute, at it's finest.

It had been raining on and off all day, but the game was still on, as scheduled.  We parked a few blocks away from the stadium and upped our step counts walking in.

It was a beautiful night for a game: slightly overcast in the fifties with a slight breeze.  We walked down to our section and the usher wiped the rainwater from our seats.  We were in rich man's land, now.  Both Dad and I had only been to the new stadium once before, and Mom didn't think she had ever been, so it was fun scoping everything out.  Dad found the pitcher speed gun and I learned about how different speeds correlate with different pitches.  He also explained a strategy the other team was using to essentially force outs.  The shortstop moves over in between first and second and the pitch goes to a certain spot that makes the ball go right to him.  

The game went by surprisingly fast, with whole stretches of innings going by one, two, three.  We ended up leaving in the middle of the seventh to avoid the exit crowds, but listened to the win on the radio during the ride home.  What a fun night!

(photos by e.hunt)

Thursday, April 16, 2015

As In a Gallery of Parallel Mirrors

Today, I applied mirror selfie tactics to capture my happy spring outfit, in three different mirrors, no less.  Blue dress (with pockets!), olive green shirt knotted over it, a loose grey and white checkered scarf, and my taupe ankle boots.  But I don't really need to tell you because you can see all these elements in the pics!

(photos by e.hunt)

Excitement in the Soul

Later this summer I will be going to my first college reunion wedding.  One of my good friends, Hannah, is tying the knot with her post-military beau, who I haven't met yet, but assume is quite lovely.  Ever since I received the Save the Date a few months ago, I've been keeping my eye out for a new dress, because there's no better occasion than a wedding to sport new duds.  This last weekend while at the mall, I made an impromptu foray into my old place of employment, Express.  After a brief catch-up with my favorite manager, I looked around to see if there was anything worth using a coupon on that I received in the mail.  Thinking I might find a good business shirt or something, it was quite a surprise when I found this delightfully bright and summery dress.  Perfect for a bright and summery wedding, no?  I'm thinking my beaded belt, heels, and a low side updo will compliment it nicely.

(photo by e.hunt)

A Radiant Thursday On the Rise

We are currently in the loud and dusty process of getting a new street in front of our house.  It was much needed, with the first stages of the project beginning last fall, and now currently being followed up with re-paving.  I thought it would be appropriate to continue the big trucks type of post, so here, we see some trucks of the dumping, paving, and flattening variety.

(photos by e.hunt)

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Dihydrogen Monoxide

The water fountains are finally back on in the park!  That mid-run water and walk break is the best.

(photo by e.hunt)

Sunday, April 12, 2015

The Big and the Mighty

I saw this flatbed truck with the back tipped up while driving around yesterday and knew I had to use it for a background.  So this morning, with that in mind, I planned my whole outfit around it, and the expected cloudy chilliness.  Neutral tan and white with a classic pair of jeans, topped by one of my many neckscarves and bomber jacket.  On location I set up the tripod and started self-timer snapping away!  On closer inspection of the truck (by reading that sign in the window), it appears the beast is for sale; for a mere $22,000, this baby could be yours!

(photos by e.hunt)