Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Bug Bear

Have you ever taken one of those free online tests that have word problems interspersed with geometric puzzles and the like? In the end, the insightful computer program is supposed to tell you whether you are inclined to the visual or the verbal. I have taken two of these tests and, on each, received the irritating pronouncement that I am “right in the middle.” I was also offered an “in-depth personality assessment” for just $29.95, but, as I declined, I can’t say with any certainty what that result is supposed to mean.

Since I’m feeling kinda talked out right now, and the Lupron is making me borderline incoherent (please tell me it’s the Lupron, people, please), I thought I’d express this post in pictures. Perhaps it’s what the in-depth personality assessment would have recommended.

The photos (the product of my Unemployment Celebration Spending Spree camera) each captured a moment of gladness that I want to remember: something to grab onto with all ten of my short fingers, to hug like a teddy bear, in case this IVF is a failure.

This is Archimedes, my alarm clock and companion for eighteen years and counting. Posted by Hello

We were sad at not finding the big bald eagle colony that evening. We were getting cross, bickering over a map, when we came across this beautiful egret and a hundred white birds, all apparently posing for the camera.  Posted by Hello

We stayed until it was dark. I took 200 pictures. Klamath Lake, Oregon, October 2004. Posted by Hello

Archiemedes being curious. I think she knows when we've been seeing other birds. We hang our heads and try to explain that we still love her best. Posted by Hello

True love in Utah. Jeff loves to hold the camera at arm’s length and snap us smooching. He usually manages to shoot the pictures right up my nose. Near Arches National Monument, August 2004. Posted by Hello

For the last time: my father's Christmas tree above the antique mechanical carnival "board" in the living room of the house I grew up in. My brother will be taking over the tree duties next year, and the board will be in the nether reaches of San Bernardino County, in a matchy-matchy tract home full of matchy-matchy furnishings, but at least it'll still be. My dad thought nobody would want it, and he was planning to have someone throw it in the trash for him. Los Angeles, December 2004. Posted by Hello

Bluest and placidest thing in the history of blue and placid: Crater Lake, Oregon, October 2004 Posted by Hello

First tomato seedling of 2005: Pink Odoriko Posted by Hello

Great Egret wading underneath the Hayward Regional Shoreline Interpretive Center, August 2004 Posted by Hello

Freesias have taken to our yard. Posted by Hello

As have the volunteer bluebells. Posted by Hello

Nasturtiums are trying to take over, with our blessings, but they have blackberry vines and ivy to contend with. Clearly overmatched.  Posted by Hello

Calla lilies are also fond of our yard. Very fond. WEED fond. Posted by Hello

Freesias cavorting with our potted heavenly bamboo Posted by Hello

Right around CD1 of another awful letdown cycle, this was Mt. Lassen National Park near sunset, with a bonus rainbow. It was a Tuesday; we were the only people there. October 2004. Posted by Hello

Rainbow sherbet Posted by Hello

And again with the leaves. But there was this ray of light, and this one leaf, and everything else was really dark, so I had to stop and shoot it, and Jeff was really irritated because of the mosquitoes… Posted by Hello

And if I can't have my own...well, at least I can steal borrow.  Posted by Hello

p.s. I’m giving up the ghost on calling my husband “J”. His name is Jeff. Not exactly unique and instantly identifiable; what possessed me to hide it? In fact, his whole name is so generic that I could give it to the CIA on a hot terrorism tip and they would still never find him.

p.p.s. If you like pretty pictures of flowers, check out Wavery’s fabulous Garden Porn.


Blogger JJ said...

You are beautiful! And Jeff? Well Jeff is so much hotter then I dreamed!

4:13 AM  
Blogger Cricket said...

Thanks for sharing the lupron loopy buzz.

You shared some incredible sites, your loved ones included. Way cool.

The colors are glorious. All I could think about was painting them, but then that's my quirky wiring.

For me having to listen to Bach cello just to get by the last day, you have given me a lovely dose of relaxation. Thanks.

5:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. All of your photos AND you! are beautiful. You could sell your prints...they're really fabulous. I especially like the clouds reflected in the water. Thank you for sharing so much with us.

5:32 AM  
Anonymous deborah said...

Yay, pictures! Can I come hang out in your yard sometime? And maybe get one of those lip-locks with Jeff?

6:25 AM  
Blogger getupgrrl said...

So gorgeous!

6:39 AM  
Blogger Suz said...

Such beautiful, relaxing pictures! Thank you! Those flowers are amazing ...getting them to grow in Southern Clay is extremely difficult so thank you for sharing yours!!

6:51 AM  
Anonymous B said...

Wow! What wonderful pictures! Thank you for sharing. You and Jeff are a great looking couple.

8:47 AM  
Blogger Sheri said...

Lovely pictures! You are a great looking couple!

I live about an hour and a half from Crater Lake and just so happen to have been there in October. Maybe we crossed paths. ;)

10:20 AM  
Blogger HomeFireBlue said...

Now I know that I love you! That pic of the tomato seedling made my heart ache and you spelled 'sherbet' correctly!


11:29 AM  
Blogger Cass said...

Wow Bugs. Just wow. Those are some marvelous photos. Absolutely breathtaking. It looks like your garden is as wonderful and relaxing as I had pictured. Sorry to hear about the Lupron haze, but if this is what we get out of it, well, I guess that's a nice flipside for us at least.

(And the technogeek in me wants to know what kind of camera you're using.)

11:37 AM  
Blogger Wavery said...

I want your bird and your yard.
Way to swing that camera around, you've totally inspired me.

11:40 AM  
Blogger Zarqa said...

That shot of the egret is just breathtaking. 7 years living in the Pacific Northwest, and I have yet to see Crater Lake. Maybe this spring...

12:57 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

Hi Bug - came to you by way of Legg's blog. Your photos are absolutely breathtaking!

Would you mind if I linked my blog to you?


1:29 PM  
Blogger The Lioness said...

Oh bugs, how lovely! LOVELY! Lovely to see all these glorious animals and flowers (and I am in love w Archimedes, is she an African Grey?), lovely to see a happy, HOT couple and most of all, lovely to finally SEE you! HI BUGS!

3:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Holy moly, your pics are beautiful. I might need to marry your bird.

karen/naked ovary

3:53 PM  
Blogger Jen P said...

Bugs! Your photos are so gorgeous!! Out of work?! Are you kidding?! This could be your calling! (Unless you totally used to take photos and I am being an insensitive asshole, for which I apologize!)

And dear Archimedes, an Egret is an Egret. You dear, are beeeeeeautiful!!

And yes, agreeing with JJ! Very beautiful Bugs! Very, very lovely.

Wishing you wonderful things, beautiful things all throughout your life.

5:11 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

Bugs, you are are your pics!

5:31 PM  
Anonymous oliviadrab said...

GORGEOUS pics! You have a magnificent eye. If you don't mind my asking, what camera did you get? Professional curiosity.

And on a personal note, you are beautiful! Thank you for sharing those pictures.

5:50 PM  
Blogger Julianna said...


You and your pictures. Wow! Just beautiful.

4:36 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

Wow! GORGEOUS pictures!

6:00 PM  
Blogger twirl said...

Excellent pictures!

6:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love pictures! And yours are just gorgeous. Truly! (I have been to Crater Lake, too, and it is just as beautiful as your picture.)

On a side note...Lupron made me INSANE for the first few weeks. Heidi (lost and finding)

8:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow Bugs, wonderful pictures. You and Jeff are dahling!


8:17 AM  
Anonymous B. Mare said...

These pics are truly fantastic!

1:18 PM  
Blogger amyesq said...

Been trying to comment for days. How gorgeous are you?! And your pictures are fantastic. Thank you so much for sharing those. Post more when you get a chance!

7:58 PM  
Anonymous Day said...

FINALLY I can get in to comment! Bugs, you and your hubby are lovely - your pics are gorgeous, and your Archimedes is beautiful.
You are one fascinating, talented, hot divine chickie!

9:21 PM  
Blogger The Lioness said...

Bugs dahling, don't know how much Hello has changed but it used to be a right pain, slow and didn't allow multiple posting. If still so, take a look at and You can just insert as many codes as you want in the post and be done w it, very user-friendly and fast.

2:01 AM  
Blogger sweetisu said...

BEAUTIFUL pictures!!!!! All of it. Just, Wow.
What type of camera do you have?

10:21 AM  
Blogger ThreeBees said...

Wonderful! I'd like to know what kind of camera you have too. We are in the market and I'd love to get such beautiful pictures!

10:37 AM  
Blogger DeadBug said...

You guys are so sweet and lovely. Can you see that weather balloon up there? That's actually my head--it's that swollen from all of your nice comments.

For those who are interested, my Unemployment Spending Spree Camera is a Nikon Coolpix 8700. It does all the work; to be honest, I still haven't a clue how to use most of the features, but there's one for super-close-ups and others for landscape, indoor, etc. I'm thinking I might just take a photography class one of these unemployed days so I can figure out how to really use it.

Again with the thanks and the blushing at the niceness.


10:27 PM  
Anonymous oliviadrab said...

OHHHH, I LOVE Nikon!! They have THE BEST lenses! Good choice. I use a Nikon Coolpix 5700 that I convinced my employer to buy last year. Great camera! But obviously, it makes a huge difference when it is in the hands of someone with such a great eye.

4:00 AM  
Blogger sirbarrett said...

Your pictures are beautiful! I like the great American landscape and that hint of a storm/clearing with the rainbow. I wish the best for you and Jeff.

10:36 AM  

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