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Friday, February 19, 2010

Self Portrait Fridays

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 I'm
actually lovin' this photo for my self portrait today.  Shot it in
the mirror in the store bathroom.  And I'm really diggin' my new
haircut...while my outfit suffered horribly today at least I had a good
hair day!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Self Portrait Fridays: Monday Edition

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That's me...all my make up cried off.  And tired.  Very, very
tired.  Today has been out of the ordinary.  We went to a funeral for
the Police Chief that hired Don 23 years ago.  His name was Gary Latham
& honestly, I didn't know him.  I'd met him & his family
before, but I didn't know him.  But I have to say, I came away
from his funeral wanting to be a better person...wanting to be more
like him.  His friends said the most wonderful things about his
character...his love of life...his unending spirit up until the end (he
died from ALS...Lou Gehrig's disease...at 64 years old).  He lived life
to the fullest, something I sometimes forget to do.  And I was struck
by all of the photos of him throughout his life.  You know me &
photos...SO very important!  So, so, so important....

Have you ever been to a police funeral?  There are two things that get me every single time
The first is the bag pipes.  If I never hear another bag pipe it will
be too soon.  To me, bag pipes signify sorrow.  Right or wrong, the
sound of them makes me sob.  And the second is the final call from
dispatch.  After the Honor Guard presents the flag to the family, a
dispatcher at the police department does a final call on the police
radio.  It rips your heart from your chest, let me tell you.  I can't
even type this without tearing up.  And to watch grown men cry from
that final call is heart breaking. 

On the positive, sunny side, I saw a lot
of wonderful people that I hadn't seen in years.  Some of you may know
that I was a Detention Officer for the Sheriff's department for a few
years...way back.  (It's where I met my husband).  So I've known them
for a long time, but you know how things go....life happens & you
don't see people.  It was nice to see so many old friends. 

Friday, February 5, 2010

Self Portrait Fridays

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Today
I put on my favorite dress, ever.  It's really a
summer dress, but that's ok.  I haven't worn it in a few
months & frankly, it made me happy to see it again.  I pulled a
chair out behind the store...put a box on it...and set my camera
on it.  A much better option than sticking in on a snow bank, which
I seriously considered for a couple minutes...NOT a good
idea.  Good thing I didn't get the white balance right...gives me a
tan without any of the risks...


Happy Friday, everyone!