Category Archives: Micky

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 117 – WATER

WATER. That was the theme. Here are the submissions:


WEEK 117 - WATER - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee

WEEK 117 - WATER - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause

WEEK 117 - WATER - ROBYN AUGUSTIN
Robyn Augustin

WEEK 117 - WATER - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 117 - WATER - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 117 - WATER - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee

WEEK 117 - WATER - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley

WEEK 117 - WATER - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley

WEEK 117 - WATER - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley

WEEK 117 - WATER - SARAH KARBER
Sarah Karber

WEEK 117 - WATER - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

A solid week of submissions!

But enough dwelling on the past. Time to look to the future. We are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives. And remember my friend, future events such as these will affect you in the future! This week’s theme:


WEEK 118 - FLOWERS
FLOWERS

FLOWERS! What a great theme! A tough one to handle in the final days of fall, but not impossible. There are flower shops. Fake flowers. Poinsettias. Heck! If anything, this theme is TOO easy!

As always, I look forward to your interpretations!

HOUSEKEEPING

A MESSAGE FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHY 139 RULES DIVISION

1. The picture has to be taken the week of the theme. This isn’t a curate your pictures challenge. This is a get your butt off the couch (my personal experience) and put your camera in your hands challenge. Don’t send me a picture of you next to the Eiffel Tower, when I know you were in Iowa all week. I will point out that I have let that slide some in the past. I will not in the future. Since it is literally about the only rule.

2. Your submission needs to be emailed to bennett@photography139.com by 11 AM on the Monday of the challenge. It should be pointed out that this blog auto-publishes at 12:01 on Mondays. So it wouldn’t hurt to get your picture in earlier.

That is it, them’s the rules.

A MESSAGE FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHY 139 SHAMELESS SELF-PROMOTION DIVISION

Ring the bell! There is a newest member of the ultra exclusive PHOTOGRAPHY 139 EMAIL SUBSCRIBER CLUB! Say hello to Frank Meiners! I’ve known Frank going on 13 years. His server was actually the original host for this here website. The only other thing you need to know about me and Frank is that we are champions. Together.

So if you see Frank walking the mean streets of Ames, feel free to give him a knowing look and teach him the super-secret Photography 139 handshake!

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That’s all I got for today, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will commune right here again next Monday. Hopefully it will be a very flowery Monday!

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE REMINDER – PORTRAIT

This is your reminder that this week’s WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE theme is PORTRAIT:


WEEK 116 - PORTRAIT
PORTRAIT


Here is a good definition of PORTRAIT provide by the good folks at Wikipedia:

Portrait photography or portraiture in photography is a photograph of a person or group of people that captures the personality of the subject by using effective lighting, backdrops, and poses. A portrait picture might be artistic, or it might be clinical, as part of a medical study.

Seems simple enough! Here are a few examples:


LOSER - PORTRAIT

PORTRAIT - LOSER

Faceless Portrait Loser

WEEK 91 - PORTRAIT - MICKY AUGUSTIN 1
Micky Augustin

WEEK 34 - PORTRAIT - ANGIE DEWAARD 1
Angie DeWaard

WEEK 34 - PORTRAIT - CARLA STENSLAND 1
Carla Stensland

WEEK 91 - PORTRAIT - MIKE VEST 2
Mike Vest



WEEK 68 - SELF-PORTRAIT - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT

AMUSEMENT - DAE HEE YOON

WEEK 34 - PORTRAIT - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

That collection ought to get your creative juices flowing!

Happy photo harvesting!

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 115 – WEATHER

I wasn’t sure how participation rates would go for WEATHER. Here in central Iowa, the weather couldn’t have been more boring. Which is amazing for this late in November. Plus I’m sure that the holiday didn’t help much either. That being said, it wasn’t a terrible week for participation.

But you didn’t come here to listen to me talk tommyrot about participation rates. You came for the submissions:


WEEK 115 - WEATHER - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley

WEEK 115 - WEATHER - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 115 - WEATHER - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 115 - WEATHER - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 115 - WEATHER - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 115 - WEATHER - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest

WEEK 115 - WEATHER - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 115 - WEATHER - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 115 - WEATHER - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 115 - WEATHER - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin

WEEK 115 - WEATHER - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 115 - WEATHER - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin

A solid week of submissions!

But enough dwelling on the past. Time to look to the future. We are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives. And remember my friend, future events such as these will affect you in the future! This week’s theme:


WEEK 116 - PORTRAIT
PORTRAIT!


PORTRAIT! What a great theme! A PORTRAIT is an image of a person, especialy one depicting only the face or head and shoulders. But that is a formal definition. I would say that a PORTRAIT is an image of a being with a soul. So most humans would qualify. All dogs. No cats. A fair amount of horses. Technically this is supposed to be considered more like a formal PORTRAIT. Remember that the following kind of PORTRAITs are still in the hopper:

FACELESS PORTRAIT
SELF-PORTRAIT
CANDID PORTRAIT

That doesn’t mean that any of those don’t qualify for PORTRAIT, but if you have a great idea for one of those, maybe you want to keep it in your back pocket.

As always, I look forward to your interpretations!

HOUSEKEEPING

A MESSAGE FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHY 139 RULES DIVISION

1. The picture has to be taken the week of the theme. This isn’t a curate your pictures challenge. This is a get your butt off the couch (my personal experience) and put your camera in your hands challenge. Don’t send me a picture of you next to the Eiffel Tower, when I know you were in Iowa all week. I will point out that I have let that slide some in the past. I will not in the future. Since it is literally about the only rule.

2. Your submission needs to be emailed to bennett@photography139.com by 11 AM on the Monday of the challenge. It should be pointed out that this blog auto-publishes at 12:01 on Mondays. So it wouldn’t hurt to get your picture in earlier.

That is it, them’s the rules.

A MESSAGE FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHY 139 SHAMELESS SELF-PROMOTION DIVISION

Nothing new to report. I’ll try to do better next week.

Want your own Photography 139 email subscription? Call, email, or text me and I’ll get you the hook up.

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That’s all I got for today, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will commune right here again next Monday. Hopefully it will be a very portraited Monday!

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE REMINDER – WEATHER

This is your reminder that this week’s WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE theme is WEATHER:


WEEK 115 - WEATHER
WEATHER!


WEATHER! What a great theme! I could explain to you what a WEATHER photo might look like, but instead, why not show you some examples?!?!


WEEK 86 - WEATHER - CATHIE RALEY 2
Cathie Raley

Loser - Weather

Loser - Weather

Loser - Weather

Loser - Weather

WEEK 86 - WEATHER - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard

WEEK 86 - WEATHER - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT

WEEK 86 - WEATHER - CARLA STENSLAND 2
Carla Stensland

WEEK 86 - WEATHER - KIM BARKER 2
Kim Barker

WEEK 86 - WEATHER - STEPHANIE KIM 1
Stephanie Kim

WEEK 86 - WEATHER - SARAH KARBER 2
Sarah Karber

WEEK 86 - WEATHER - MICKY AUGUSTIN 3
Micky Augustin

WEEK 86 - WEATHER - MIKE VEST 2
Mike Vest

WEEK 86 - WEATHER - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

Those examples ought to get your heart pumping!

Happy photo harvesting!

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE REMINDER – LANDSCAPE

This is a reminder that this week’s theme for the WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE is LANDSCAPE:


WEEK 60 - LANDSCAPE
LANDSCAPE!


A LANDSCAPE photo is as simple as a photo of some land.

Here are some LANDSCAPE photos to help fuel your fire:


10-12-07

LANDSCAPE - LOSER

LANDSCAPE - LOSER

LANDSCAPE - LOSER

WEEK 60 - LANDSCAPE - CARLA STENSLAND 3
By Carla Stensland

WEEK 60 - LANDSCAPE - DAWN KRAUSE 2
By Dawn Krause

WEEK 60 - LANDSCAPE - TERESA KAHLER 1
By Teresa Kahler

WEEK 60 - LANDSCAPE - KIM BARKER
By Kim Barker

WEEK 60 - LANDSCAPE - MICKY AUGUSTIN
By Micky Augustin

WEEK 60 - LANDSCAPE - CATHIE RALEY 4
By Cathie Raley

Now that your fires are going… happy photo harvesting!

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 110- REFLECTION

People weren’t exactly beating down my email’s inbox door for this week’s theme of REFLECTION. Yet, there was some really great submissions.

But you didn’t come here to listen to me talk all tommyrot about participation rates, you came to see the submissions:


WEEK 110 - REFLECTION - KIM BARKER
KIM BARKER


WEEK 110 - REFLECTION - TAMARA PETERSON 1
TAMARA PETERSON


WEEK 110 - REFLECTION - TAMARA PETERSON 2
TAMARA PETERSON


WEEK 110 - REFLECTION - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT


WEEK 110 - REFLECTION - DAWN KRAUSE
DAWN KRAUSE


WEEK 110 - REFLECTION - MIKE VEST
MIKE VEST


WEEK 110 - REFLECTION - CATHIE RALEY
CATHIE RALEY


WEEK 110 - REFLECTION - MICKY AUGUSTIN
MICKY AUGUSTIN


WEEK 110 - REFLECTION - CARLA STENSLAND
CARLA STENSLAND


WEEK 110 - REFLECTION - CARLA STENSLAND
CARLA STENSLAND


WEEK 110 - REFLECTION - KELLY HOWARD
KELLY HOWARD


A solid week of submissions!

But enough dwelling on the past. Time to look to the future. We are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives. And remember my friend, future events such as these will affect you in the future! This week’s theme:


WEEK 111 - LANDSCAPE
LANDSCAPE!


LANDSCAPE! What a great theme! But what does it mean? How about this:

all the visible features of an area of countryside or land, often considered in terms of their aesthetic appeal.

A landscape photo can include water (waterscape) or a city (cityscape) or the ocean (seascape). At least it can for our purposes. But as always, feel free to define the theme as you see fit.

I look forward to seeing your interpretations!

HOUSEKEEPING

A MESSAGE FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHY 139 RULES DIVISION

1. The picture has to be taken the week of the theme. This isn’t a curate your pictures challenge. This is a get your butt off the couch (my personal experience) and put your camera in your hands challenge. Don’t send me a picture of you next to the Eiffel Tower, when I know you were in Iowa all week. I will point out that I have let that slide some in the past. I will not in the future. Since it is literally about the only rule.

2. Your submission needs to be emailed to bennett@photography139.com by 11 AM on the Monday of the challenge. It should be pointed out that this blog auto-publishes at 12:01 on Mondays. So it wouldn’t hurt to get your picture in earlier.

That is it, them’s the rules.

A MESSAGE FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHY 139 SHAMELESS SELF-PROMOTION DIVISION

Nothing new to report. I’ll try to do better next week.

Want your own Photography 139 email subscription? Call, email, or text me and I’ll get you the hook up.

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That’s all I got for today, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will commune right here again next Monday. Hopefully it will be a very landscaped Monday!

Remembered with Nostalgia

Now that I’ve been back to reality for 7 days, probably a good time to go over my vacation.

FRIDAY

Left work at 4 PM or so. Vacation starts.
Had FNSC with Willy. Ate at Colorado Grill.
After Colorado Grill. Started watching a new show, NARCOS.

SATURDAY

Breakfast at Legal Limit with Mom.
Photography for Amber and Steve’s Wedding.


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Not Steve pictured.

SUNDAY

Went to the Lutheran Church in Gilbert with Jesse and Nader to celebrate Nader’s 30th year in the United States.
Ate lunch at the church with some of the people that helped Nader when he got to the country.
Went to Gene’s farm to admire his car collection.


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Sent this picture to Russell of Youth Nazis harassing this old woman.

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Sent this picture to Logan because he sent me a picture trying to make me jealous of his lunch.

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A Studebaker with an El Camino back.

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Naima getting her pills.

Went to the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad and Shorty was there working it.


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While this food stand looks awesome, the ice cream isn’t that great.

MONDAY

Loaded up Mom’s car and headed for Mount Rushmore.
Stopped in Sioux Falls for gas, human fuel, and Falls Park. It rained all the way to Sioux Falls.


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Sent this picture to Jorge and Joe to remind them that I wasn’t at work.

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Falls Park

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Mom struggles with the selfie concept.

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Confused by the bridge they built to seemingly just to wreck the view.

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I wonder what this picture would look like with me in it.

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Oh. Like that.

I give Falls Park the thumbs up. I’ll have to go back when I have more time at some point.

Stopped for gas again next to 1880 town.


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Stopped at Wall Drug right before it closed.


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Still don’t have the selfie thing down.

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Free Water.

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Pretty horrible restaurant across the street from Wall Drug.

I’d give Wall Drug the bird. Don’t waste your time. A bunch of touristy garbage with ridiculous hours.

Got to Rapid City and checked into a hotel with free WI-FI and continental breakfast.

TUESDAY

Got up in the morning and ate continental breakfast at the hotel. Had a lengthy conversation with two women from Arizona that came up there for the Buffalo Roundup.
Left for Mount Rushmore.


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Posted on Instagram. #wafflelife

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First view of Mount Rushmore

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View from the parking lot.

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One armed woman took this picture for us.

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Getting better at the selfie game.

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What Mount Rushmore was supposed to look like, but they had to stop because of WWII. Another thing we can blame on Hitler.

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I give Mount Rushmore the thumbs up.

At the base of Mount Rushmore we ran into Brad Dighton. The cousin of a member of my church. He gave us several pro tips for the area. We weren’t able to get to all of them, but maybe next time.

One of his pro tips was take the Iron Mountain Road to Custer State Park.


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All of these tunnels point back to Mount Rushmore. You can’t tell in the picture, but trust me.

I give the Iron Mountain Road the thumbs up.

Custer State Park is a great example of white privilege. I have no clue why a park is named after Custer. His 2 claims to fame are graduating last in his class at West Point and then getting his buttocks handed to him at the Battle of Little Big Horn.

Custer Park (like the man) was more hype than pay off. We were told we would see hundreds of buffalo. We saw one. That being said, the feral donkeys and the prairie dogs made up for the lack of buffaloes.


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I give Custer Park a thumbs up, but it didn’t live up to the hype.

After we left Custer, we went to Needles Highway.


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Still working on the selfie game.

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We’re starting to get there.

Needles Highway is a road about the width of McHose Park road, but with a 400 foot drop to your death on one side. It is amazing!

I give Needles Highway a big thumbs up!

After that we went to Hill City to eat lunch/dinner at a place recommended to us by Brad Dighton. That place was closed, so instead we dined at the Hill City Cafe.


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We bought fudge there.

Hill City Cafe wasn’t terrible, but it certainly was not great. Thumb sideways.

After that, we went to the Crazy Horse Memorial.


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Almost there!

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We might’ve regressed on our selfie game.

I’d give Crazy Horse another big thumbs up! My only complaint is that all the information seems to be on the family carving the memorial and hardly anything on Crazy Horse himself. You know, the guy that ripped Custer’s buttocks off and handed them back to him. He took out Custer’s brothers while he was ate it. Crazy Horse was an OG.

Pro Tip: Pay for the $4 bus ride.

After leaving Crazy Horse, went back to Mount Rushmore for the lighting ceremony.


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Sent this picture of Thomas Jefferson ice cream to Russell since Russell hate Thomas Jefferson for being a slave owner and a rapist. True, but he also made a mean ice cream.

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Paid and extra dollar for the Thomas Jefferson ice cream.

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The lighting ceremony kind of drags on for awhile, but the part where they bring veterans on stage and take the flag down is powerful. While waiting (forever) for them to light up the mountain we became single serving friends with Lance Young. A former Iowa State wide receiver that played in the Dan MacCarney era.

After the lighting we went back to Rapid City and crashed.

WEDNESDAY

Got up in the morning and hit the continental breakfast. Hard. Going home day. No time for single serving friends. Ate and hit the road.

Stopped at Badlands National Park.


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This sign was all hype. No snake.

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Still working on it.

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I think we have it. At least we’re in striking distance.

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Taken by a woman who was friendly, but strangely afraid of falling down the side to her death. She has no future as a Photography 139 Assistant!

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“I’ll take one to the side and one of you in the middle.”

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Not afraid of the edge. Pimp.

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Badlands. 2 big thumbs up. They just need to work on their rattlesnake game.

Next stop on the way home was to see the Dignity Sculpture. It looks like the Big Jesus in Sioux City, only less creepy. I don’t have a picture with the cell phone, but when I unleash the camera pictures, there is one there.

The next stop was Mitchell. I was going to avoid the Corn Palace but it just lined up with when we needed gas and human fuel.


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Go home corn. You’re drunk.

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SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER in corn. Well, I can’t hate that.

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Mic Drop! I think we finally nailed it!

Last time I went to the Corn Palace, I gave it the bird. I’m going to upgrade it to just a thumbs down. It is worth seeing, if you don’t waste time going inside.

We stopped at a place called The Hungry Dog for lunch.


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The Hungry Dog was by far the best eating experience of the trip. 6 out of 5 Stars!!! It only seats about 5 people on the inside and after the only employee took our order, made our food, and delivered it; she locked the door and told us she’d be right back. She had to go pick up her kids from school.

I loved every second of my experience!


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On the way out of town we saw this Albert the Bull wannabe. Jason Baier will get that joke.

The last stop of the evening was in Jefferson for gas and human fuel.


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I wish so badly we had this sign when I worked for the evil clown empire. I can’t even count all the times some dirty white trash blew cigarette smoke in my face as soon as I opened the drive-thru window.

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1424.3 miles in 3 days.

Then home for sleep.

THURSDAY

Did not much in the day. Hung up a bunch of pictures in my bedroom. Cleaned out the guest bedroom now that Alexis has moved out.
Picked Derrick up for the Iowa State game.


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I don’t care what anybody says. I love the new Bugle Cyclone secondary logo.

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Well almost everything about that game sucked, except the company.

FRIDAY

I can’t remember next to anything that happened on Friday.
I visited Scottie D. to get a yard sign. He is running for City Council for Ward 5.


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Also had FNSC with Willy. Think it was at Jimmy’s Barbecue.

SATURDAY

Don’t remember much about Saturday either.

Went uptown during YesterBoone to complete another page of the Photo Journal Project.


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Sent this to Micky and offered to buy it in case he got shutout on his hunting trip in Wyoming.

Went out to McHose Park and with Jesse’s assistance completed yet another page of the Photo Journal Project.


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After that, we went to a Gender Reveal Party for one of the members of the Youth Group. It’s a Girl!!
Headed up to Jay’s for Chili Lab. Both Jay and Wily made great chilis and we enjoyed a viewing of KONG ISLAND.

SUNDAY

Got up and went to church at Boone First United Methodist Church.
Then lunch with the family.
Meeting for the Council to Elect Degeneffe.
Then I went to the Freedom Flight Send-off to see Jesse’s Dad.


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Derrick’s dad made an impromptu speech praising military spouses.

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Monica’s mom made a bouquet that they took with them to place on the tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Then I went home. Sat on my couch and soaked up the last few hours of vacation, before being back at the grind on Monday.

I’ve been back to work one week. Already fantasizing about the next time I dip my toes into the PTO pool.

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 106 – NATURE

I’m back from South Dakota, so it is time to reveal last week’s submissions for NATURE:


WEEK 106 - NATURE - ANGIE DEWAARD 1
ANGIE DEWAARD 1


WEEK 106 - NATURE - ANGIE DEWAARD 2
ANGIE DEWAARD 2


WEEK 106 - NATURE - CATHIE RALEY 1
CATHIE RALEY 1


WEEK 106 - NATURE - JOE DUFF
JOE DUFF


WEEK 106 - NATURE - CATHIE RALEY 2
CATHIE RALEY 2


WEEK 106 - NATURE - MICKY AUGUSTIN 1
MICKY AUGUSTIN 1


WEEK 106 - NATURE - MICHELLE HAUPT
MICHELLE HAUPT


WEEK 106 - NATURE - MICKY AUGUSTIN
MICKY AUGUSTIN 2


WEEK 106 - NATURE - SARAH KARBER
SARAH KARBER


WEEK 106 - NATURE - SHANNON BARDOLE
SHANNON BARDOLE


WEEK 106 - NATURE - TAMARA PETERSON
TAMARA PETERSON


WEEK 106 - NATURE - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT


WEEK 106 - NATURE - KIM BARKER
KIM BARKER


WEEK 106 - NATURE - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
ELIZABETH NORDEEN


NATURE is always one of my favorite week’s of SUBMISSIONS. Hoping WHITE is just as good!