painted dogs

although
 toonman insisted
 these were hyenas
 he was wrong
 i told him
 you're wrong they are painted dogs
 he said
 they look like hyenas

 well maybe
 but
 no 
they are not

  they are
 painted dogs aka african wild dogs

 these are 2 of a litter of 6 
only a few months old 
they live with their parents
 in a large habitat 
with
 lots of room
 to
 run
 wrestle
 play
 and
 be seen
 at 
the cincinnati zoo 



if you'd like to know more about them here's a link

and then

there was 
the polar bear 
who found something
i think edible
 in the pool
 taking it with him
 as 
he walked through the waterfall 
much to my delight 


elephants

indulge me 
i love elephants
 i shot these in the order 
i am posting them
 because
 it amuses me 
i hope you enjoy them 
as 
much 
as 
i do








i'm back!

i am back
 the weather was perfect 
my friend mary and i
 packed a lot into 2 and 3/4 days

 we ate a lot of good food
 met up with some terrific people



 old friends seen
 new friends made
 lots of photos taken 

went to lebanon


 a small midwest town about 40 minutes from cincinnati
 had a fun lunch with some lovely ladies



 went to the cincinnati zoo 




 drove aimlessly
 around 
some of the interesting neighborhoods of cincinnati
 oogling
architecture 
murals
and 
flowering trees






 captured two glorious sunsets


all in all a wonderful time was had
but
i am glad to be home

not so wordless


i took this one morning 
as
 i walked to the subway 
the skies were not white 
but
 they were not blue 
either 

my back is a lot better 
when my lower back goes wonky 
i know what to do

 this mid-back stuff
 is not something 
i have a lot of experience with 
in fact
 the last time this happened
 was so long ago 
i barely recall 
what i did to make it go away 

i am leaving for cincinnati
 very early thursday morning
i'll be back on sunday

next week
i will regale you 
 with 
lots of photos 
and 
tales of adventure
 in 
the great state of ohio!

weekend antics

 i left the office around 3 friday
 it was a nice day
 a bit windy
 a bit less warm
 than
 a true spring day
 i think april is a fickle month
 trading 
warmish sunny days
 for 
cold windy rainy days
 with
 no thought 
to
 how mean that feels

my friend liisa
 is visiting from finland
 she and her significant other kimmo
 were at the eataly dinner 

i had gotten liisa a gift
 she always brings me something from finland
this trip was no different
 she brought me some luscious raspberry filled chocolates 
and
 a darling striped purse from marimekko


 way back in the day
 i was in love with marimekko
 i had several throw pillows covered in their iconic fabrics 
as well as
 a striped set of bed linen

 i got her
 a sparkly necklace 
which
 i 
forgot to bring to dinner
 forgot to bring it home on friday 
gah 
 i decided to go get it 
so 
i could give it to her sunday
 when we met for mani/pedis

liisa kimmo and i ended up meeting on saturday
 at the office 
i gave them a tour of the 43rd floor 
then we walked to brookfield place 
formerly known as the winter garden

where there's an exhibition
 of
artist heather nicol
 its a sound and sculptural installation
 of
 six large scale fabric forms
 that swirl gracefully overhead
 while sounds of voices in song
 can be heard 
tho not loudly 
not clearly
not really
because
 it competes
 with 
the din of voices 
from
 those
 eating
 sitting
 talking
taking photos
 below
 them



just one of the six sculptures

see the palm trees
they thrive 
under the dome 
of
 what will always be
 for me
 the winter garden


kimmo put aside his dislike of iphones
 he has a samsung
 to take this photo
 of
 liisa and me

sunday 
started off well
 then
 my middle back decided to spasm
not much fun that
so 
after the mani/pedi
really, did you think a spasming back would stop me from beautification?
i let liisa go meet kimmo for a picnic in central park

i went home 
 spending the rest of the day
 lying in bed 
with
 a heating pad and a book

this better get better fast
 i am off to cincinnati on thursday
for my yearly visit
 with my friends mary and jay
 and 
of course 
their sweet cat zozo

wimsey


earlier this week
 i was on my way to the subway
 headed to the office

i always
every day that is
i
 take a photo 
to use with my weather report app
 i share it on instagram
 its a thing i do

 that morning
 i spotted someone i knew
 sort of 

thats wimsey
 he's a getting on in years hound
  i met last summer in riverside park
 i photographed him then
 and
 if i wasnt so lazy
 i would go find that photo
 share it or link to it 
but 
i am lazy

i am also
 really
 not 
a fan
 of
 change
 visual change
any change
 in
 how 
things 
apps 
and
 such 
that i use

 if i ever consider participating in a beta test again
 shoot me 
or 
at the very least
 slap 
 me

frustration
 has
 abounded
 all the weeks months of this beta thing
 i think we're near the end of it

 the word beta 
is no longer on the photo icon
 in the icloud

 there was an upgrade
 to the operating system on friday 
the emojis are now sorted differently
 i hate it 

the syncing
 of
 iPad
 iPhone
 with/to
 iTunes
  required
 one to plug
 the 
iwhatever  into the iMac
 launch
 iTunes 
change a setting

 i did this
 but
 the fucking iPhone still insists on it being done

 i
 have
 done
 it

 gawd 

i hate things like this
 really
they make me want to scream curse and throw things

 patience is not part of my make up
 but 
you knew that