Pink and Black

Black 'n' Pink

I would love to create a new theme for my blog using this picture. Too bad I don't know more html and that the new Blogger is annoyingly complicated.

Not a Flower

My Favorite Puppy

Sadie's puppies are healthy and growing fast. The one I'm holding in this photo is my favorite because he's the one who most quickly falls asleep when I hold him, but they're all cute.

Anybody want a border collie puppy? Only $700...

Weekend in Ohio

While in college, several of my friends and I made a list of places we never wanted to go again. Ever. One of the places that made it onto the list was Ohio. It seems almost inevitable that the places we most desire to avoid are the places to which we return. Jordan and I arrived in Ohio on Thursday and escaped Saturday afternoon.

The reason we went to Ohio was that one of Jordan's college roommates was getting married. Unfortunately for the groom, his bride calls Ohio home. To be more specific, she calls Cuyahoga Falls home. So, we spent a little over two days navigating the badly marked, weirdly busy roads of northeastern Ohio.

Jordan was an usher in the wedding, so I was invited to the rehearsal dinner and all. It was fun except for the fact that I take a while to warm up to people and I didn't know anyone other than Jordan. His friends were welcoming and friendly, but it's rather difficult to push your way into a group of friends who have four years of shared memories. Fortunately for me, Jordan tells stories and most of the characters in those stories happened to be people at the wedding, so I had a bit to go on. Jordan has had it pretty easy with meeting my friends, one at a time, and generally in familiar surroundings. In some ways, my introduction to his friends was more like being thrown into the deep end and told to swim. In social situations, I can sometimes barely manage a doggie paddle.

The weekend went pretty smoothly, except for the excessive time spent getting around and giving directions and caravaning (something that frustrated both of us). The highlight for me was sitting in Applebee's the day after the wedding, eating lunch with some of JZ's friends, just relaxing and getting to observe them in a different setting. We had hoped to go hiking in Cuyahoga National Forest, but the a morning lightning storm put the kibosh on that plan.

On the way home, we stopped by Grove City and I got to see Jordan's college campus. We also stopped by his friend's house for a couple hours. She had been a bridesmaid in the wedding. Grove City is a nice little town, but after Houghton it's weird for me to think of going to college in the middle of somewhere...

Anyway, I always think one of the best parts of any trip is getting home. This trip was no exception. We were greeted at the door by Sadie who has regained her girlish figure and now has six puppies. I'll be posting some more pictures of them soon, but for now, I'll leave you with a picture of the proud mama and her pups. They are only a few days old (born Friday morning), but my favorite is the little guy fourth from the left.

Triumphant Return


Jordan and I returned from a wedding in Ohio late last night. A good time was had by all, even though I didn't know any of them before we got there. That's all for another post, though. For now, here's the photo of the day.


"Sadie, Come!"

Sadie is just about ready to pop with all the puppiness in her belly, but she still enjoys a walk along the railroad tracks. I think she would make an excellent travel dog.


For any of you familiar with Flickr, I have some really silly news that shouldn't make me nearly as happy as it has.

My Photo of the Day made it to page 11 of Explore!!
(Okay, so I got kicked back to page 13, but that's permanent and it was on 11 for a bit.)

I don't know exactly how you get on Explore. In fact, nobody really knows except the people who invented it, but it's fantastic to have my photography acknowledged since I love doing it so much.

Anyway, I'm really excited, probably more than I should be, but that's okay with me.

I Am a U.S. Citizen

You Passed the US Citizenship Test

Congratulations - you got 10 out of 10 correct!

Yeah... I'm awesome! And I didn't look up a single answer.

Beautiful Blue

Dianthus Blue

African Daisy...5

African Daisy 5

Sometimes it's difficult to come up with names for all of my photos. Today, I resorted to just using the flowers' real names. I took this shot on Sunday when Sarah, Jordan and I went to Meadow View Farm to get some tomatoes and peppers for the garden.

A Little Late


This one is from yesterday. We went to pick up some plants for the vegetable garden and I wandered around taking pictures of the flowers. These alyssum were light purple in real life, but then I got my hands on a free trial of Photoshop...



Jordan says the blur in the foreground is confusing, but I love this shot.

Purple Sheen

Purple Sheen

Sarah has several different varieties of columbine in her garden. I think this one is my favorite.
On a related note, Flickr is my new favorite place on the internet. I'm willing to say it is the best photo sharing site on the web.

Mad Dash to the Finish Line

School is over for me until early July. It has been for about five days now. So much happened in the days leading up to the finish that I'm just now getting around to writing a little bit about it.

Thursday was my last final. Systematic theology is definitely not my thing. It's wonderful that the first semester of it is done, but terrible that I must take a second semester in the fall. Less than an hour after our final was written, Jordan, Evan, Daniel and I hopped a train to NYC to see a taping of "The Colbert Report." The whole experience involved a lot of waiting and more waiting and a little more waiting, but it was still a good time. Given the unpredictable process involved in getting tickets, it was almost a miracle that we got tickets for the day we did.

Some highlights of our time in the Big Apple included:
  1. Getting seats in the second row of the audience.
  2. Receiving a bag of goodies, which included lip liner, lipstick, and nail polish. This was especially funny considering the fact that I was with three guys.
  3. Encountering my first true "metrosexual," who happened to be the security guard at the studio. He was definitely wearing eyeliner and maybe a little foundation.
  4. Buying dinner for four in Manhattan for less than $25 total.
We got back late. Jordan and I went straight to bed in order to wake up bright and early next morning for a trip to the beach.

Next day, Jordan, Chris (Jordan's roommate), and I headed to Island Beach State Park for a romp in the sand. The day began overcast and sort of chilly, but by the end the sun had come out and I had a (not-so-lovely) sunburn. Highlights from our time at IBSP included:
  1. Seeing a dolphin breach the surface from our position on the dunes.
  2. Eating peanut butter and Fluff sandwiches for the first time in years.
  3. Getting some great photos of the sand and surf.
  4. Hiking to a bird blind and seeing several osprey, a great blue heron, and plenty of HUGE turtles.
That night, when we got back, I had to pack my entire room. The next day, Jordan's mom came around 10:30 a.m. and we packed up the cars. Now, we are back in Pennsburg. Jordan has a job painting and I am lounging about because no one in this area wants to hire me for six weeks. At least I can be of some use in watching over the pregnant dog. I can't wait for puppies!


Surrogate Mom

Flint, the new puppy, doesn't actually belong to Carly, but she sure acts like he does.



"Alienation" may seem a strange title for a photo of lovely forget-me-nots, but the way the two bunches of flowers are huddled together in the background with the third bunch in the foreground makes me think of the way little girls gang up against one another. Not a terribly pretty thought, but a pretty picture.


Jordan's brother has a dog (pictured at right). Her name is Sadie. I've written about her before, here.

About 6 weeks ago, little Miss Sadie was bred. They weren't sure if it would work since the stud, Skylar, was still less than a year old. But, apparently, it was successful.

Jordan and I arrived yesterday afternoon. As soon as Sadie came in the door a few hours later, I noticed that she was quite a bit wider than she used to be. Jesse hadn't noticed the fatness until we pointed it out.

So, in two weeks or so, there will be little, blind border collie puppies around the house here in Pennsburg! As Jordan's mom so aptly pointed out, I "signed up" for a good summer here.

Photos of the Day

I couldn't decide which photo to post today, so I thought I would give you a few choices. If you feel like voicing your opinion, vote for the one you think is best and tell me why you think so. To view any of them in a larger size, just click on the photo.

Here's a shell I found on the beach,
Blueberries to Be
and some flowers that will soon be blueberries.

Unintentionally Awesome


See that bird in the background? I didn't know it was there until I started editing my photos. I'm only awesome when I'm not looking.



This was dinner after the show.

RevGalBlogPals Friday Five

I haven't participated in the RGBP Friday Five in a while, but now that school is over for the semester, I feel like I can let my hair down and have some fun. Not to mention that this week's edition is particularly controversial. Here goes!

There are two types of people in the world, morning people and night owls. Or Red Sox fans and Yankees fans. Or boxers and briefs. Or people who divide the world into two types of people and those who don't. Let your preferences be known here. And if you're feeling verbose, defend your choices!

1. Mac or PC?
I love my PC. Macs can be fun, but I think PCs have just gotten a bad wrap. My Dell has been wandering about with me for over a year and had maybe 10 crashes (all related to the iPod - take that Mac!) and no blue screens of death. No matter what brand of computer you have, the user is the one who makes or breaks its worth.

2. Pizza: Chicago or New York?
Apparently the presenter of this FF has a preference for Chicago style pizza, most of the time I find it too heavy. She calls NY style pizza "floppy and flaccid," which probably means that she hasn't had really good NY style pizza. I suggest that the next time reverendmother goes to the city, she needs to get a slice from Fat Sal's, where me and three of my friends at last night. It was five bucks each for two gigantic slices of pizza and a Manhattan...for dinner!

3. Brownies/fudge containing nuts: I love nuts! Basically, unless someone has a nut allergy, I can't understand why they wouldn't like to have nuts in their chocolate yummies.

4. Do you hang your toilet paper so that the "tail" hangs flush with the wall, or over the top of the roll? Over the top of the roll, of course, because it gives the user easier access and leads to less mid-stream tearing.

5. Toothpaste: Do you squeeze the tube wantonly in the middle, or squeeze from the bottom and flatten as you go? I squeeze from the bottom only because I get some sense of satisfaction from watching the progression of the flattening and it makes me feel superior to free spirit toothpaste getters. It's silly, really.

Bonus: Share your favorite either/or. In college we used to have grand debates about whether carbonated beverages like Pepsi or Coke or Sprite should be called soda or pop. Sometimes it would go on for hours with the people from the Mid-West arguing for pop, the East Coast folks arguing for soda and the occasional Southerner arguing for Coke (which all the rest of us thought was completely crazy!). Arguing over this silly question sometimes served as a way to avoid more serious arguments about emotionally-charged issues like Calvin v. Arminius or women in the pulpit. Yay, tiny Christian college!

You're Invited!

Who is Dixie?

I don't know who Dixie is, but she's having a Tupperware party and everyone is invited!
See! I promised I would post some non-flower pictures one day!
Click on the photo for a slideshow of our time in NYC for the Colbert Report. I'll write more about it tomorrow or this weekend.

She's a Beaut!

I Don't Think It's a Daisy

I was convinced that this could not possibly be a daisy, but apparently it is. It's an African daisy.

Totally Rocked It!

After a comment Just Sarah left on this post, I realized that I should give an update on how finals are shaping up.

-Cultural Hermeneutics paper - turned in
-Lesson plans on the book of Daniel - turned in
-Group project on the book of Ezekiel - turned in
-Hebrew final exam - TOTALLY ROCKED IT!

I only have one final left to go: Systematic Theology on Thursday morning. After some studying today, I'm feeling pretty confident in my ability to do well on this one. Anyway, even if I do poorly, after the test some Jordan, Evan, Daniel and I are headed to NYC to be a part of the live studio audience of The Colbert Report!!!!!

Some of my classmates might kill me for saying this, but I thought the Hebrew final was a breeze. Parsing is not my forte, but I am good at translation and the extra credit was a Bible verse I've had memorized since 11th grade (Psalm 19:14), so I think I pretty much aced it (as much as anyone ever aces a Hebrew exam).

That's all. I'll try to write something more substantive about cool things after finals are over.

Underneath It All


I know...I promised just one photo a day, but this one was just too pretty not to post.

Lilac Bush

Lilac Bush

The smell of lilacs is unmistakable and wonderful. There just aren't enough of them around Princeton.

Hebrew Is Going to Kick My A**

I slept horribly last night. First, I couldn't fall asleep until almost 1 a.m. And, this time, it wasn't because I was playing in the world wide interweb. Then I woke up at 5 a.m. and barely dozed for the next two hours. I have a Hebrew exam at 9 a.m. Hopefully, my lack of sleep won't affect my performance too much. Maybe afterward I will be able to get a nap, but I still have a project to finish that's due by tomorrow at 10 a.m. Blah.

I Heart Flickr

$20 Lamp


Celebrating Diversity

I had never heard the term "bokeh" before, but apparently, I used it well in this shot. Go me! I'm aweXome!

Six Little Indians

Moving the Brood

I sent this one in to Cute Overload. Maybe the copious amount of animal 'tocks will earn me a post.

Seven Days and Counting...

Including today, I have seven more days until my semester is finished. With so little time remaining, it comes as no surprise to me that I am completely uninterested in doing any work. Considering the fact that I have a paper due tomorrow (already written, but in need of heavy editing), two lesson plans (probably about halfway done, but the second half is the time-consuming part) and a Hebrew test to study for on Monday, a group project due on Tuesday (for which I still need to complete a lesson plan and a liturgy), and a theology exam next Thursday, my lack of motivation is turning into a real problem.

I should get started on everything right now...but I think I'll wait until after lunch.

Narcissus bulbocodium bulbocodium

Narcissus bulbocodium bulbocodium

Another shot taken beside Jordan's house. One of these days I'll post something other than a flower, but today is not that day.

Незабудки = Forgot-me-not


The path next to Jordan's house is lined with beautiful varieties of groundcover, including these forget-me-nots.

It's Not Report, It's Report

I have some exciting news! No, Emily, I'm not engaged, but I am going to the City next week to be a part of the live studio audience on the Colbert Report. Daniel got four tickets, so he's sharing them with me, Jordan and Evan. We are going to the taping on the day of our last final. What a way to celebrate! Don't worry, I'll be sure to take plenty of pictures of the trip. Unfortunately, I won't be able to take any pictures inside the studio, but I promise to remember every little detail so that I can write a long, detailed post that no one will want to read! Good night!

Alien Light

Alien Light