Category Archives: Alexis

Post No. 850

Every 100 or so posts, I like to make a list of the most popular pictures on this blog.

Here is the list of the 10 most popular photos in the Artistic Gallery.



1. Outburst of the Soul


2. Self-Portrait


3. Jen Relaxing Between Sets


4. Grizzly McAlpine


5. Rebecca – Senior Pictures


5. UnHingd Publicity Photo


7. Abandoned Piano – McCallsburg


7. Obama


7. Obama


Campanile Self-Portrait


7. Alexis – US 30 Flood

The 10 Most Popular Pictures in the Snapshots Gallery



1. Jesse and I with the World’s Largest Cheeto


2. Jesse eats a Bob’s Dog


3. Jesse and I at the Surf Ballroom


4. Jesse Kissing the Blarney Stone in Emmetsburg


5. Shannon reading map in Backbone


5. Jesse and I in Clinton


5. Jesse in the Surf Ballroom


5. Jen and Shannon making a deal at a Bonne Finken Concert


5. Cousin Amy, Sara and Jen at a Bonne Finken Concert


5. Sara and Jen at a Bonne Finken Concert


Robert checking out the view in Balltown

If you want to see how this list has changed since the last time I posted it follow this link:



Number 750

I will check this out again in another 100 Journal Entries.

One other thing…

If you would like a Username and Password for either of the galleries, send me an email with what you would like your username and password to be, and I will get you set up.

Having an account to the Galleries allows you to Rate, Favorite and Comment on Pictures. Plus, it allows you access to the “Secret” Albums.

Vacation Day 9B – Mother’s Day Early

I broke Day 9 into two post because of the large amount of pictures, if you recall. You are about to see the rest of those pictures.

After all the flowers were planted, we all went our separate ways to wash up. Then the family reunited at the Stensland home to celebrate Mother’s Day a week early since Teresa was going to be in the Bluegrass State for Mother’s Day.

Here are some pictures of the celebration:

















I know… I overuse this technique…





At this point, Alexis wanted to take some pictures, so I let her take some pictures.































Then Alexis gave me the camera back to take a few pictures of her hamsters.









The celebration concluded a pretty special week. I think I might be ready for vacation again though.

Vacation Day 9A – Some Color

I’m going to split my final day of vacation into two posts due to what could be a large amount of photos.

After church on Sunday I went with my Mom to Northwest Greenhouse to get new flowers for the yard. I prefer perennials because I don’t really want to keep planting flowers every year, but I know that I have to have a certain amount of annuals to fill out my flower boxes, buckets, onion containers and various other miscellaneous flower holders.

We hung out with Mr. Salama for a small period of time. I was able to leave there with a testimony about how wonderful my Mom is from Mr. Salama and I stayed a good $40 bucks under my flower budget. (Although I also got a bonus this past Sunday when I scored a collection of free yellow and peach lilies and a couple of primroses at church. Now I just need to make the coneflower and daisy transfers from my Mom’s house and I will be practically done with flower planting for the year. Okay, I will probably make a couple of purchases as the Arboretum’s annual lily sale though…)

Here are some pictures of my Mom and Alexis planting my purchases from Northwest Greenhouse.


Vacation Day 9A - Some Color

Vacation Day 9A - Some Color

Vacation Day 9A - Some Color

Vacation Day 9A - Some Color

Vacation Day 9A - Some Color

Vacation Day 9A - Some Color

Vacation Day 9A - Some Color

Vacation Day 9A - Some Color

Vacation Day 9A - Some Color

Vacation Day 9A - Some Color

Vacation Day 9A - Some Color

Vacation Day 9A - Some Color

Vacation Day 9A - Some Color

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2010

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2010

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2010

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2010

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2010

Sorrow and Gladness - 2010

Alexis used to hate getting her picture taken. Now when she senses that her picture is being taken she stops what she is doing and poses. A little annoying.

RWPE #17 – Feet

Here are the submissions for last week’s theme, feet. Included is a new first time contributor – Alexis. That is good, because there seemed to be fewer contributors this week. Perhaps the subject matter scared some people away. I know not everybody likes feet. After all, most feet are kind of gross, but some feet are funny. Hopefully most people find these feet to be to their liking. (At least the pictures of the feet.)


IMAGE LOST
Alexis Stensland

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Michael Vest

WEEK 17 - FOOT - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

IMAGE LOST
Becky Perkovich


The random theme generator has spit out the following theme for this week:

Wild

As always, I will be interested to see what people do with this theme.

A couple of late submissions:


IMAGE LOST
Dawn Krause

IMAGE LOST
Justin Whitaker

Personal Photo Project of the Week No. 10

I indicated in the first Personal Photo Project entry that the weekly Personal Photo Project wouldn’t always be designing and taking a new picture. This is one of those occasions.

This time the project was cutting and mounting and hanging Psyched Up (Not Out) on the wall.


Psyched Up (Not Out)
Psyched Up (Not Out)

To get a print this large made isn’t chump change, so I enlisted the aid of Teresa because she has a much steadier hand than I do. I didn’t want to be on the hook for buying a replacement print if I butchered the cutting job.


Personal Photo Project of the Week No. 10

Personal Photo Project of the Week No. 10

Teresa cut the picture down to the dimensions of the window. Then I mounted it to a piece of foamboard, that Teresa had also cut. I placed the picture in the window and strung wire across the back of it.


Personal Photo Project of the Week No. 10

It was a big enough spectacle that Carla, Johnathan and Alexis came over to witness the picture being placed proudly upon my wall.


Personal Photo Project of the Week No. 10

Or it is possible that they stopped by because their laptop was broken, but I’d like to think that it was because of the picture hanging ceremony.


Personal Photo Project of the Week No. 10

I now have a wall of Jill Gorshe body parts! I think that this is where that picture series will end. I’m not sure if Jill would be game for adding to the collection, but I guess if I figure out what needs to go with her foot and hand, I’ll test my powers of persuasion one more time.

Number 750

This is entry number 750 in this online journal. I’d like to take a little bit of time to archive some data. It is one of my peculiar imbecilities that I love meaningless statistics. Therefore, consider these statistics:

Every journal entry falls into at least one of sixteen categories. This is how many journal entries have fit into each one of these categories:

  1. Photography – 295
  2. Friends – 269
  3. Life – 238
  4. Family – 98
  5. Religion – 63
  6. ISU Football – 41
  7. Jaycees – 40
  8. Movies – 39
  9. Blogging 33
  10. Sports – 25
  11. Work – 25
  12. House – 24
  13. Writing – 23
  14. Comedy – 20
  15. Politics – 17
  16. History – 12

If you measure popularity by how many times a picture is viewed, these are the 10 (or so) most popular pictures in my Artistic Gallery.



#1. Outburst of the Soul (26 Views)


#2. Untitled (23 Views)


#3. Grizzly McAlpine (22 Views)


#3. Untitled (22 Views)


#5. Untitled (21 Views)


#5. Jen Smoking (21 Views)


#7. UnHingd Publicity Still (20 Views)


#8. 1900 (19 Views)


#8. Untitled – (19 Views)


#10. Campanile Self Portrait – (18 Views)


#10. US30 East of Ogden – (18 Views)

I know these numbers are somewhat controlled by the length of time a picture has been in the Artistic Gallery, but I am pleased by the number of black and white images that are high in popularity.

But it begs the question, what is the most popular subject in the Snapshot Gallery. What do people like to see from the “Daily Grind of My Existence”?



#1. Jesse and I with the World’s Largest Cheeto – (25 Views)


#2. Jesse with a Bob’s Dog – LeMars, Iowa (23 Views)


#3. Jesse and in backstage of the Surf Ball Room – (21 Views)


#4. Shannon reading a map on our first road trip to Backbone. (19 Views)


#4. Sumrall catching a pass against A&M. I think this picture is so popular because it was a popular picture to get spammed when I was having spamming problems with the galleries.


#6. Jesse at the Surf Ball Room – (18 Views)


#6. Jesse kissing the Blarney Stone – (18 Views)


#8. Jesse and I in Clinton on The Eastern Iowa Road Trip – (17 Views)


#8. Jen and Shannon making some kind of deal at Bonne Finken – (17 Views)


#8. Cousin Amy, Sara and Jen at Bonne Finken – (17 Views)


#8. Jesse and Jay on The Eastern Iowa Road Trip – (17 Views)


#8. Robert enjoying the view of the Mississippi River in Balltown – (17 Friends)


#8. Jesse videotaping Big Jesus – (17 Views)


#8. Jesse and I at the Sgt. Floyd Memorial – (17 Views)

I think what I have learned from this exercise is that people like to see Jesse and I having adventures. I think I’ll have to look into us having a few more adventures in 2010!

I will have to check back in on this when I hit journal entry number 1,000.

Be Aggressive!

On Sunday I descended into the depths of Missouri and Kansas on Sunday to watch Alexis compete in competitive cheerleading.

I had spoken with our Associate Pastor Andrea about good barbecue joints in Kansas City and she recommended Jack Stack for ribs and Oklahoma Joe’s for sandwiches. I looked into both places and found that there was a Jack Stack in the same suburb as the competition so we checked it out.

In a word… divine!

Everything was great. The fried mushrooms, the warm carrot cake, the ribs, the burnt ends, the beans… everything. I was particularly impressed with a cheesy corn side dish. Teresa is researching the recipe and we (meaning not me) are going to try to replicate it for our Thanksgiving meal.

I should point out that the carrot cake was one of the top 3 desserts I have ever had from a restaurant. Right up there with the tiramisu from Cosi Cucina or the warm chocolate cake from the cruise.

Photographing moving targets in low light does not make for the best pictures, but please enjoy a few pictures from the day:


Be Aggressive!
Statue in front of Jack Stack

Be Aggressive!
Alexis

Be Aggressive!
Elainie

Be Aggressive!
Mom

Be Aggressive!
Looking over the program.

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Jason

Be Aggressive!
Carla

Be Aggressive!
Iowa All-Stars

Be Aggressive!
Now we get to the point of the pictures where it is more or less: “Where’s Alexis?”

Be Aggressive!

Be Aggressive!

Be Aggressive!

Be Aggressive!

Be Aggressive!

Be Aggressive!

Be Aggressive!

Be Aggressive!

Write down your answers to “Where’s Alexis?” and mail them to bennett@photography139.com. A winner will be randomly selected from all correct entries.

Be Aggressive!
Teresa

Be Aggressive!
Mom

Be Aggressive!
Can you imagine what this many cheerleaders (and their moms) in one room sounds like?

Be Aggressive!
Carla

Be Aggressive!
Elainie

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Elainie photographing.

Be Aggressive!
We are the champions, my friends…

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The Bennett women. I know Teresa will complain about this picture, but it was the only one of the 3 pictures I took where Mom doesn’t look drugged out.

Be Aggressive!
The medal.

Be Aggressive!
I’m going to call this Alexis’ gangsta look.

Be Aggressive!
No comment.


It was a good trip, but I was glad to get back out of the state of Missouri. Very glad.

Mother’s Day

On Mother’s Day, I hosted the first family event at the new house. I learned the following things.

1. My mom, despite literally knowing me my entire life, will takes something out of my fridge and eat it without looking at the expiration date.
2. If you ask Elainie to get mayonnaise out of the fridge, she will tell you that you don’t have mayonnaise, you only have Miracle Whip.
3. If I have popped a blister and am bleeding from my foot, I can talk Alexis into taking, not 1, but 2 pictures of my bloody foot.

Here are a couple of pictures from Mother’s Day. I will spare you the blood foot picture, unless you explicitly email me at bennett@photography139.com requesting the picture.


Mother's Day - 2009

Mother's Day - 2009

Mother's Day - 2009

Mother's Day - 2009

Mother's Day - 2009

There are about 30 other Mother’s Day pictures in the Family Photo Album. Just click on the link below:


Mother’s Day

Primary Painting Day

Although Carla and Alexis did a wonderful job of taking pictures, one of the downsides of not having taken any pictures myself is that I didn’t get pictures of everybody that helped.

So thanks to my incredible painting crew on Primary Painting Day:

Jason Stensland
Carla Stensland
Alexis Stensland
Jason Baier
Jeff Daniel
Amy Yin
Jen Gorshe
Derrick Gorshe
Sara Junck
Teresa Kahler
Monica Henning
Nader Parsaei
Jay Janson
Jesse Howard
Shannon Bardole
Becky Perkovich
James Strachota

I’m sure I’m forgetting somebody. They all did a wonderful job and if it wasn’t for the stupid moisture, I’m sure we would have been completely done on that day. With everything except the kitchen cabinets.

My mom also cooked up a wonderful lunch and supper. I think a good time was had by most.

Some pictures from that day in no particular order:


Primary Painting Day
The Master Bedroom

Primary Painting Day
The Office

Primary Painting Day
Roger taking the tile out to make room for a shower.

Primary Painting Day
Shannon painting the entry way.

Primary Painting Day
Jen working in the kitchen. Notice the swanky green color that kitchen cabinets used to be before the horrible antiquing.

Primary Painting Day
Jesse, possibly high on something, working in the kitchen.

Primary Painting Day
Jesse doing some primer work in the kitchen.

Primary Painting Day
Sara and Alexis toiling in the kitchen. I do not know what I am doing.

Primary Painting Day
Alexis and I painting the living room wall. It might be the accent wall, but I’m not sure if it is still considered an accent wall if you paint two walls that color.

Primary Painting Day
Carla painting in the master bedroom. To the left of her is the family heirloom, our Grandpa Bennett’s painting stool.

Primary Painting Day
Painting the living room. Jesse, Alexis, Me and James.

Primary Painting Day
The guest bedroom.

Primary Painting Day
Jason painting the living room.

Jason and Carla came over on Sunday to do some more painting.

Jen came over and did quite a bit more work in the kitchen as well. I just don’t have any pictures of that.