Sunday, February 21, 2010


We are cooking carrots from the garden tonight!

We pulled up about 6 fully grown carrots from the garden this morning. Yesterday I enjoyed another salad from the garden, too.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Old photos and a new room

We finally got around to painting and redecorating Jack's old bedroom. I posted a photo a few weeks ago. Well, it's pretty much done. I'm excited that we put up lots of our photos on the wall.

We also had to clean out the closet in the room, and while organizing photos, I ran across a stack of negatives from college. As you know, I just turned 31 (ugh) and it will be 10 years since I graduated from UNC. It was hard for my eyes to adjust to looking at negatives again, but I discovered some gems. I took them to the photo store to have them scanned, because who has a negative scanner anymore?

Check them out!

Vince Carter


Now they're on my wall after hiding away for ten years. Next week I'll take lots of undeveloped film to see what other goodies I can uncover. I just hope there are no embarrassing college party photos on there!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Super bowl!

A few weeks ago, my boss casually mentioned in passing that I would be the one going to the Super Bowl "if we decide to send someone."

"What?" I said. "Did you just say Super Bowl?"

It was for real, and I didn't even have to beg to go! I found out last Thursday that I would be going to the big game! I knew it would be a long day, but it's probably the last Super Bowl I'll be able to go to for quite a while considering that newspapers are cutting back more and more.

Anyway....I drove over to Fort Lauderdale Sunday morning to the convention center to catch the media bus to the stadium. When I got there I still had no idea where my credential would allow me to go. I knew I wouldn't be on the field and would have and upper photo pass. When I met the reporter I was very pleased to discover I had at seat on the front row in the endzone!

On the way to the game, the media busses had a police escort all the way to the stadium. No stopping for stoplights, and the cops blocked the exits on the highways so we could pass with no traffic. I felt like a VIP.

To make a long story short. It was a long day but a great experience. I was wedged in with a row of other photographers, but it was a great place to shoot the game. I'm short, so it was nice to be able to see over people's heads and not be knocked around by photographers who are much larger than me. I spent half the game shooting and the other half sending photos to the paper.
I did go up to the top of the stadium at the 50-yard line to get an overall shot, too.

By the way, it looks like I'm wearing a sack because I had to wear the color-coded photographer's vest they gave us.

Here are my galleries from the game:

Super Bowl fans and faces. (I saw Rob Lowe!)

After the game I stayed with my old friend Pete Stella and met his amazing girlfriend Rossana. He found a good one! It was really good to catch up with Pete and see his dog, Minky, too.