March 30, 2011 § 2 Comments
7:30am and I’m already up and ready to go. Something’s happening to me, internet. Something bad… I’m becoming, dare I say… Proactive? Son of a bitch. That must be it. I must’ve passed out no earlier than midnight, and woke up this morning ready to knock out my analysis essay. I brewed up two cups of coffee and slammed ’em back faster than you can say ANXIETY ATTACK. (stops and reads that last sentence) Hey… That rhymed! I’m a poet and I didn’t even… (cough) Hm? Nevermind…
So, I bang out this paper, see… Not an extravagant topic, but a solid paper nonetheless. By now, I’m looking out my window and it’s looking like a promising day. I’m flipping coins on where I should go, but nothing sounds interesting. Then I remembered, Hey! They cleared out a huge path in my backyard to lay down a gas line. I should go scope it out. Yeah, it sounds pretty ridiculous… Mainly, because it is. I guess the town really wanted a gas line smack dab in our backyard. To do that, they demolished probably about a 20-foot wide, mile long path through our backyard. Now, Hank (my dog) usually heads back there when I let him outside and I unleash the little guy and let him go explore. So, naturally he became my tour guide for the trip deep into my own backyard (view photo here)
Immediately upon getting in the center of the path, I could see how far it extended. Actually, it gave me an eerie chill down my spine. It looked so desolate. Trees were destroyed, stripped of their bark, and strewn across the ground. It seemed almost like the aftermath of a wildfire: everything was void of emotion. Just quiet. Tranquil.
I stumbled across this rock, jutting out from the marsh (yes, my backyard is a swamp). I got a couple good shots while I was exploring not even 100 feet from my back porch. It’s pretty amazing the things you will find not far from home. If you have any cool shots from around your area, your backyard, or just the everyday things you come across – send me and e-mail and I’d gladly feature it in a post!
Until next time, internet. Stay outside!
March 29, 2011 § Leave a comment
Today marks the day of a very momentous occasion, internet. What is it? You ask. What is this blessed “day of days”? You ask. HOLD ON, LET ME EXPLAIN! TODAY… I have decided document all the times I sit and appreciate the little things around me. For those moments when you’re out and about, and you smell food from the restaurant around the corner, and the air is just right – and all you want to do is stop everything and savor it. Yeah, those moments. I’m a big fan of those moments.
Before we start, though. Does anybody else think the way my dog (Hank) looks at me is extremely creepy?
Moving on… Let’s start with today’s observation. It was 6:20am when my first alarm went off. Snooze. 6:30am. “Fuck it, fine!” I scream in my head, reluctantly tossing the sheets aside. I hustled upstairs and brewed a cup of coffee using the new Bodum French Press I got. HOLY HELL. If you’ve never made coffee using a french press, I definitely recommend giving it a try. You can get a good one for around $15-30.
ANYWAYS. So, I make the coffee, I grab a bagel… Just doing the whole “morning routine” thing, you know? Not expecting anything more or less out of my morning… DOT. DOT. DOT. I grab my bags and supplies, and I’m heading out the door when I suddenly think, “Maybe it would be good to bring my camera along for the drive.” I quickly packed up the camera and raced to the car, hauled out of the driveway, and took off for my class. As soon as I got a mile from my house, I noticed all the shadows that were hugging the buildings. Just the balance of vivid color and darkness got me snapping away out the window (yes, for a couple seconds I was taking pictures and driving at the same time. NO. I don’t recommend it).
I couldn’t help but appreciate it. Something so natural as shadows and sunlight can create such a great mood. I was able to pick out my favorite two pictures from what I got out the window (photo one, photo two) Gotta love the little things!
Stay classy, internet!
March 27, 2011 § Leave a comment
Hello again, internet. Looks like I’ve made it back for a second post. So… I discovered that there’s a word for people like me. There’s words for every tiny offset of another word. There’s too many god damn words! ANYWAYS. I digress… By “people like me” I mean to say people who eat fish, but no other meat (yes, I’m one of those people). They call it being a pescetarian. Well, I don’t mean to sound like this is a brand new, exciting, or even shocking creation. Actually the term was coined in 1993, so… I’m a little late on the discovery.
ONCE AGAIN! I DIGRESS!
So with such a calm afternoon with the sun shining through the clouds, I decided to avoid the frying pan and get on the grill. Oh! Let me make a point to introduce you to the “frying pan”! I’ve been using this one frying pan; it’s this black, teflon, almost perfect frying pan. Now, this pan has kept me fed all winter. We kind of have a good thing going right now… Or… Had a good thing going. Today marks the end of one relationship and the beginning of a new. My grill. Oh my God, let me tell you about my grill. It’s those most fantastic fucking thing (pardon my Italian) I’ve ever laid my spatula upon. So today! I thought loudly to myself, I will craft the most delicious salmon burger that could ever be crafted. Spoiler alert: Success.
With a generous TSA-style pat down of Paula Deen’s “Southern Chili Spice” and some olive oil, this burger was ready for some heat. Now, remember how I talked about appreciating the little things in yesterday’s post? Oh yeah, talk about all the nostalgic moments a grill can give you. Think about it. You press the igniter, hear the woosh of the burners, and just the smell of things burning on an open grill… Mmm. Mmm… Come on, you know what I’m talking about.
And how could I forget about the giant gift basket I received as an Easter gift. Though, instead of candy… It’s filled with Freshwater Farms dried fruits and granola, three Bridgewater candles, a bag of the spiciest habanero chips I’ve ever cried over, and a bottle of LollipopTree brand Apple Cinnamon Syrup (which I have yet to have with waffles, but you will all most certainly know when I do).
Though today’s “outdoor moment” was brief, there is of course a good reason… I’m a student. I got to write a paper. BUT ALAS! I SHALLTH BE ADVENTURING SOONTH!
Until next time, internet… Stay peaceful, stay happy, and more importantly… Stay outside!
March 26, 2011 § Leave a comment
As I begin the first post on this photoblog, I would like to announce the purpose of it… See, these past few months have been long, harsh, and beyond freezing in Massachusetts. So, my goal for this coming summer – to be as adventurous and trigger-happy with my camera as possible. Now… With that in mind… Please feel free to enjoy my day, today:
10:30am came fast. I filled my backpack with teas, some almonds, and my camera, picked up Chris and Rachel, and we began our trek through Thanksgiving Forest (Chelmsford, MA).
After bundling up in our sweatshirts we set off. We had picked a good day for a walk considering that the past few days have given us rain and snow flurries. We lucked out. There was still snow on the pathways, but it did not deter us in the slightest. A long and cold winter had kept us indoors for months, and finally the warmth graced us. We had been waiting for a day like this.
As we pressed onwards we came across interesting discoveries: a skull sitting atop a post, a birdhouse built in the lake, and a shy turtle. Well, the turtle wasn’t a discovery so much as a good catch on Chris’s behalf. Of course, these were only a few discoveries if you don’t count the sights, sounds, and smells. Throughout the trek there was a constant discussion among us: “Appreciating the little things.” It truly is the only thing I could think about as we walked from path to path. Now, when I say the little things I ABSOLUTELY mean the littlest of little things. Example: the sound of a can of almonds bouncing around in my backpack as we climbed our way uphill. You gotta appreciate these things.
It didn’t take long for us to set up food and drinks on a picnic table just off the trail. It was perfectly positioned just near a lake, which was still considerably frozen (somehow). Within ten minutes the wind blowing off the ice had frozen us solid, so we packed up and began to make our way back to the car. It was a longer walk back than to (as it always seems to be after a hike). Thankfully we still had enough energy to haul ass to the car and warm up… Quickly followed by a plate of Schezuan rice and vegetables at a restaurant called Jade East.
All in all, I’d say today was an amazing first trip through the woods… Well, for 2011. So many more adventures to be had, so many more photos to be taken, and so many more stories to be told.
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Until next time, internet…