Monday, November 28

The boys.

[Polaroid Spectra + Softtone film]

I can't help but smile every time that I look at this photo. It's one of my all-time favorite shots of the cats.

Both of them LOVE to sleep on the futon in the back room when it's put down for guests. I have no idea why, perhaps they think that we put it down especially for them. But usually when I walk back there, there's only one cat on the futon. This particular day, I rounded the corner and was shocked to see them both napping on it. Albeit on opposite ends, but still, it's a rare occurrence. Naturally I immediately backtracked to my office for a camera.

I was positive that in the few minutes it took for me to grab a camera, one of them would leave, but no, they stayed. And they stayed while I fussed with the camera and tried to get it lined up perfectly, trying to remember if the Spectra shifts one way or another sometimes.

I wanted to get them both looking at me, but once I was ready, Simon had looked away and I figured I didn't have much time left. Snap! And I actually kind of love that Simon is looking at Rocky. It basically sums up their relationship, that look of "what the hell are you doing here?!"

They have lived together for almost 7.5 years now (I got Rocky in 1999 and Will got Simon in 2000 before we met each other) and still they can only manage to tolerate each other. They is no kitty love between them at all. Both want to be the only cat and the alpha cat. Sometimes I wonder how many of Rocky's wounds have actually come from Simon.

Occasionally they lick each other on the head, but that usually ends up with hissing and ears put back.

Of course there was that one time that we had Rocky up on the kitchen counter, doctoring one of his wounds. It was a particularly bad one and the treatment was painful. Rocky yowled as if he was being tortured. I was the one holding him while Will dealt with the wound and Simon actually came over to me and attacked my leg. I mean, full on attacked. I don't know if he thought he was next or if he was trying to protect his brother.

These cats. My boys. They bring me endless joy and entertainment. They also love to torture me, but a little snuggling on my lap and I forget all about it!

Friday, November 25

Sale time!

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Thursday, November 17

Instant kitties.


[Clem aka Clams]

[Fred aka Fritters]

It's not just at home that I end up taking a lot of cat photos, I do it everywhere we go! I just can't resist a cat!

These are all Pittsburgh kitties and all were taken with a Polaroid SX-70 Alpha + PX70 Color Shade instant film from The Impossible Project.

Monday, November 14

Steelers football.

Back in September, when we were in Pittsburgh, we went to a Steelers game with our friends CC and Dana. It was an awesome day. The weather was perfect and, well, we went to a Steelers game!

We parked downtown and walked across one of the bridges to get to the stadium. (One of my favorite things about Pittsburgh is all the bridges.)

[CC and Dana]

[Our view.]

We sat way up high in the corner of the stadium. The stairs were so steep, they were a little vertigo-inducing. But no matter, our view of the field was good as we could pretty much see everything that was going on.

[CC and Will]

[Me and Dana]

Look at all those Steelers fan. I was so excited when we first got there, I almost started crying. Will and I had been to one game while we still lived in Pittsburgh so it wasn't our first time, but there was something about being at a game, with our friends, after being away for so long that felt extra special.

Watching the home games in Santa Fe, the aerial shots of Pittsburgh and Heinz Field always make me miss Pittsburgh so much. So to actually be there, in Pittsburgh, at Heinz Field, was the best thing ever.

And we won that game (vs. the Seahawks) which made the experience all the better.

Going to another Steelers game in the next couple of years is already on my dream list!

Saturday, November 5

More beach favorites.

All of these photos were taken with my Polaroid Automatic 250 + expired Polaroid ID-UV film.

I absolutely love how the expired ID-UV turns out. It does crazy things to the sky. I don't think I ever used the film when it was fresh, so I am glad that I somehow ended up buying a bunch a few years ago while it was still reasonably priced. It's fun stuff.

I am nearing the end of the beach photos, although I still have an undeveloped roll of 35mm film that has beach shots on it too. So there will be more one day. But that day probably will be far from now.

Hope you all are having a lovely weekend!

Wednesday, November 2


[Polaroid Automatic 250 + Fuji FP-100C film]

Tuesday, November 1

Some beach favorites - the instant version.

[Polaroid Automatic 250 + expired Polaroid 690 film]

[SX-70 Alpha + PX70 Color Shade First Flush film from the Impossible Project]

Will and Jake

Will and our nephew, Jake. [Polaroid Automatic 250 + expired Polaroid 690 film]

My in-laws in the ocean. [Polaroid Automatic 250 + Fuji FP-100C film]

Morning view from the bedroom balcony. [Polaroid Automatic 250 + Fuji FP-100C film]

The owl in the tree. [SX-70 Alpha + expired Polaroid 600 film]

[SX-70 Alpha + expired Polaroid 600 film]

A view of the house next door and the ocean from our bedroom balcony. [SX-70 Alpha + expired Polaroid 600 film]

Taken at Casa Flamingo. I don't think I could live in a pink mansion, but it does go nicely with all the pink flamingos! [SX-70 Alpha + expired Polaroid 600 film]