Northern Drawl

Category: Prints and Panoramas

The Descent


No defeat is made up entirely of defeat — since

the world it opens is always a place formerly unsuspected. A

world lost, a world unsuspected, beckons to new places

and no whiteness (lost) is so white as the memory

of whiteness.

Words: William Carlos Williams : The Descent

Photo: iPhone


Life Lately (According to my iPhone)

Image^^ We took a trip to East Texas to visit Brent’s Grandma. Brent pushed me in the hammock for awhile, and I snapped a photo. ^^

ImageImage^^ We walked in the woods around her house. Brent showed me where they used to play, and where their forts were when they were little. Pretty cute. ^^

Image^^We ate burgers here. The owner was walking around with gun on his hip. I remembered that I do, in fact, live in Texas. ^^

Image^^ Inside of Van’s. It was a fun trip. I was able to see where Brent went to high school – and realized that we grew up in pretty similar towns. This shot reminds me of Wisconsin. ^^

Image^^ Brent, Ashen, and I went to a Music Tapes concert downtown. Waiting for the show to start. ^^

Image^^ Music Tapes. ^^

Image^^ Music Tapes. ^^

Image^^ For Memorial Day we went to Kim and Colby’s for a BBQ. I love that family gatherings always turn into this. ^^

Image^^ Little celebrity. ^^

Image^^ This one is older, but it’s on of my favorites. Amelie and Sadie. ^^



Slow Times at McKinney Falls

Our apartment smells like a bonfire. We went camping yesterday, and took Ashen and his friend with us. We went to McKinney Falls which is nice and close; it’s only about 20 minutes away (but we still managed to miss our exit and double the length of the trip). Hah.

It felt really good to get away from traffic, technology, work, the apartment complex, etc…and spend some time in the woods. Even if it was a short respite, it was well worth it. We bought a yearly pass that gives us access to over 90 Texas state parks, so I’m hoping/planning to get our money’s worth. Here are some pictures I took on my iPhone of our brief adventure. Enjoy!

ImageImageImage^^┬áThe night before we left Brent and I bought a bunch of supplies. He REALLY wanted a lantern…and I was being a cheap scrooge. This is what we came home with. On the way home he mentioned something about how pathetic it was. I started laughing so hard I was crying. Poor man. I’ll let him get a real lantern next time (I don’t know why he puts up with me). ^^

ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage^^ Ashen and Wade. Not only did they let me take their picture, they smiled for me.^^


^^ He is my favorite.^^

ImageImage^^ My husband is a professional s’more maker. (I may or may not have made a s’more after dinner and after breakfast)^^

ImageImage^^ Breakfast spread.^^

ImageImage^^ French press coffee by a morning campfire. There isn’t much else better than that.^^

ImageImage^^ Final hike before leaving.^^



Easter Walks and Afternoon Thoughts

We started our Easter Sunday off right by making waffles, bacon, and coffee at home. After breakfast we all made our way to the living room and read a few chapters out of John to recount the Christian Easter story. We started to wonder where the tradition of eggs and bunnies came from, so we also did some research on the origin of Easter and found out some interesting things about the pagan holiday (which does account for eggs and bunnies).

After a lazy morning we made our way to the botanical gardens at Zilker park (I’d never been). It was nice to get out of the house and spend time walking around with my little family. I’m usually semi-satisfied with my iPhone photos…but these are not the best. But how could I not share a picture of Ashen and Brent (and Elsi) in a butterfly chair, they are such good sports. Maybe one day I’ll get a nice camera and learn how to use it.

Happy Easter!



Spring Has Sprung (And so have my allergies)

Hello, little corner of the world. It has been awhile since I last wrote; some of this is due to pure laziness (which I am guilty of on a regular basis) and a lot of it is due to not feeling well these last few weeks. Really, I’ve been sick for over 2 weeks. I’m finally feeling better. I’m able to sleep through the night without coughing up a lung (which I’m sure my husband appreciates too). How humbling to be such a disgusting, snotty, coughing mess in front of someone who is supposed to be attracted to you. I’m glad he loves me enough to put up with me. Although, the face he’s making below is probably the same face he’s been making at me at 2 in the morning. He’s still so handsome though, eh?


So, I’ve been pretty frustrated and down about my lack of energy and the constant need to have a box of tissue with me. BUT it did make me really thankful for my overall well-being. Usually, I feel pretty good…and a two/three week long stint of allergy symptoms is nothing compared to what some people put up with on a daily basis. I’m very very thankful that I’ve been blessed with good health. And so has my family.


Speaking of family, ours is growing. No, not a baby. a DOG! Brent and Ashen went to the dog shelter (Austin Pets Alive!) a couple of weeks ago and Brent fell in love with a little chihuahua mix, which is basically the last thing we thought we would get. She’s a sweetheart, we named her Elsi, and she’s starting to learn the rules around here…key word: starting. Really though, I’m so happy we got her. It’s helped me to get up earlier in the morning, and get outside after work for some sunshine and exercise…which has been much needed.


Overall, things have been going well. I’ve had a lot on my mind (and heart) the last few weeks. Thinking a lot about my relationship with God, and how little I put into that…and how the consequences of that decision are felt on a daily basis. I’ll try to write more about that soon, but I’d like to gather my thoughts a bit more before I share them with the world.



ImageP.S. We got a fish too…he gets a little neglected now that the dog is around. But he sure is pretty.