Photos of Japan – before and after – by Google

Here is a link to a really striking slideshow of satellite images of Japan before and after the earthquake and tsunami(s).

I found it when I read the article about parts of Japan shifting to the east by 13 feet and the earth’s axis being tilted by 4 inches.

Of course, it does nothing to show the impact at a personal level.



Today is my birthday! AND it falls on a Saturday this year! AND, even better, it is the first weekend of Spring Break!!!!

You know what that means?


Well, I’m going to tell you, of course. ;-)

I am not going to work this entiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiire weekend!

AND, throughout the week, I’m going to take time to do some fun activities.

You can’t tell that I’m excited, can you?

Right now, I’m at Texas Seestor and Trainwreck’s place. I arrived yesterday at 5 pm just when Trainwreck brought the girl’s home from daycare – or PRE-K as my oldest niece exuberantly tells us. We played/I lounged while she played until about 6 pm. It was a great way to start the weekend. About partway through, the youngest finished her supper and bath and came up to play too. She is such a funny thing. She is at that stage where she loves putting things together and taking them apart and making them fit. Over and over again. Who knew that putting a plunger into the barrel of a syringe (all child-toys and not a real one) would be so fascinating?

We watched a lot of the coverage last night on the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. How very awful and sad. My heart goes out to all of them.

I’ve been up for about an hour and I’ve eaten a small amount of cheerios or “pre-breakfast” to tide me over until we go out to breakfast. I think that we are going to go to one of my favorite places where I can get really good biscuits, sausage, and really good shredded, fried potatoes. I LOVE the shredded hash browns and biscuits at this particular place. Of course, if we don’t end up going there, the other 2 places we tend to go out for breakfast are also really awesome.

Other plans involve going out to supper tonight and having cake and ice cream at some point.
Then tomorrow, Texas Seestor got tickets for she, Trainwreck and I to go see a vocal performance (a Pops). I’ve been trying to find some sort of performance to go to in the upcoming months as a treat to myself, and voila! She surprised me with this! How perfect! Mom and Dad will watch the girls so that we can go out.

This week, Mom, Dad and I hope to go to the zoo. There is one in the area to which I’ve not yet been, and I’m really excited to go.
We are also talking about taking a trip out to another town that has artsy-craftsy type stores to spend part of a day.

I’ll have to be really efficient with getting my work done on all of the other days where we don’t have activities. But I should be able to do that. I’ve got incentive, because if I can get my stuff done, then I can take the entiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiire weekend off next weekend too!

Don’t get me wrong. I really do love my work. But I’ve been working really long hours, and I’ve sacrificed a lot of “relaxing time” by having this type of job (and by wanting to do it to the best of my ability). And I’m just a tad burnt out right now.


I think my older niece is up. I’d better go. The fun begins!

Updated my “best shots” set on Flickr


As the title says, I was inspired to update my “some of my best shots” set on Flickr yesterday and today.

I hadn’t really updated it much for the last 3 years. It was interesting for me to look at my older flower photos and compare them with my more recent photos. My photography skillz have been slowly getting better with time, I think. ;-)

Of course, it doesn’t hurt that Dad gave me a lens and tripod to do really close-up photography, and I’m slowly but surely getting better at using it too. I still love my Kenko extension tubes that allow me to do the closest of the close photos.

Spring break is a week away and I’m hoping to do some more intentional photography of flowers, animals, and maybe even landscapes. Looking at my photos made me realize that I haven’t done much close-up work lately, and I’ve missed it.

Anyway, take a look at the set in slideshow form when you have a few minutes.