Today I did my first ever senior photo shoot for my baby cousin. Only she’s not a baby because I watched her DRIVE AWAY FROM GRANNY AND PAW PAW’S HOUSE. And then my universe did some sort of weird black hole collapsing thing. How is that even possible?!

No spoilers on the senior photos, though I expect I’ll share some of them eventually. The day was really cloudy so it was sort of pointless that I pulled everyone out of bed before dawn before this thing (but I gave myself the worst punishment because I live an hour away and had to be up at FOUR FORTY-FIVE). There was no “golden hour” to be had today. Sigh. But clouds make for pretty portraits and we got a lot accomplished. Four hundred and seventeen to be exact. Whew. I have got my work cut out for me.

We had a really fun day with only a few dramatic moments (a skunk barreling toward us, no big deal) and a forlorn barn cat tagging along and begging to be a part of the show.

barn cat

P.S., Yes, I have been taking some kind of unplanned break for a while now. I don’t know what it’s about and I don’t know how long it will last, but for some reason I just haven’t had the energy or will to sit down and write something here in a while. It’s weird. Hopefully the fog will lift soon and I’ll be back more regularly. I’m going to stop now though because the first rule of blogging is “Never blog about not blogging.” So…bye 🙂

The Thistle & the Prairie-fire

My baby brother humored me the other day when I visited and he drove me on some of his oilfield rounds. He humored me by stopping the truck numerous times and letting me hop out to take photos. Ryan, I owe you some gas money!

Tall thistle

Indian paintbrushes & Black swallowtail butterfly
Larger version

Indian paintbrushes & Black swallowtail butterfly

I followed the Black swallowtail butterfly a little ways across the hillside, but I was a little afraid of running into rattle snakes or something so I gave up and walked back to the truck…with a handful of wildflowers.

“You are not bringing those into my truck!”

Sheesh dude. (I did it anyway, though I was nice and put them inside a bag I’d brought along.)

I think I will use this post title for a short story idea that I had recently. Regarding that, I’m going to have to do some thinking about it, but I was considering occasionally posting some fiction here. Would anyone be interested? I’m not too sure about it yet (publication concerns and whatnot).