I love our little pooper dog, but he is a turd. He is puppy-ish (1 year old), and therefore has a lot of energy. A lot of energy. Did I say a lot of energy? Yes a lot of energy. The only way to keep him satisfied, and to keep our furniture in one piece, is to wake up at the crack of dawn and take him out for a run. This way he gets to burn off some steam, and I get to freeze my face. He also gets to work on his grab and go technique, thus furthering his career in sock theft. What you see above is him running along with a surrogate sock, a pine cone. He can pick them up without slowing his pace, and then happily carries them along for minutes at a time, smiling from ear to ear in amusement. In this instance, I did my best to get along side him with my phone in his face, snapping away and hoping that one of the pictures looks decent enough to post.
Continuing the odd selfie series from yesterday, I’m naming this the caveman selfie. This technology predates the iphone, it predates the Sony Ericsson Z1010 (first phone to have a selfie cam?). It’s low resolution, it’s uncomfortable, it’s awesome fun! Who am I kidding, it’s nearly as good as my old samsung galaxy s3 as evidenced by yesterday’s post. I’m really not much of a selfie person, but I guess it would be nice to have a better front facing camera for those moments where nothing else will do. One of these days I’ll update to a super selfie machine like the Galaxy Note 4, or the just announced galaxy S6 (yes I am posting this way late). My phone is going on 3 years old now, and still kickin’, although just barely. I didn’t help it along any when I dropped it on the sidewalk this morning. It was 6:30am or so, so I was tired. It was 49 degrees out, so I was cold. 49 is cold cold cold for us southern californian-ers. I was headed out for a run with my dog, who was neither tired nor cold, so he was anxious to get a move on. With my hands tucked into my sleeves my phone just slipped and slammed down into the pavement with a loud crack, like the sound of the cue ball breaking a fresh racked game of eight-ball. Luckily it survived the impact with only a single battle wound in the corner, no crack to be found on the screen. It will live to selfie another day!
This photo was taken with the Nikon, with the camera flagged and bounced camera left such that it didn’t spill into the room behind.
Here I am, looking very serious, when in actuality I am just very tired. I had just climbed a cat 3 hill on my mountain bike, ascending nearly 1000 ft at 14% average grade. It’s not my first time up this particular hill, but it is always a rush, and always rewarding. It’s hard, it’s tiring, and it’s a remarkable test of will power and determination. It is totally worth it. The view from the top is astounding, and the feeling of accomplishment is always overwhelming. My secondary goal was to take a few pictures of the fabulous view. I took a fair number of shots, but I wasn’t happy with the results from my puny little phone camera. I fully believe in the saying that the best camera is the one you have with you, but sometimes it does disappoint. Out of all my choices, I opted for this selfie. I like the sun’s starburst coming in from the bottom right. It helps wash out the contrast on my face (I’ll take all of that I can get!), and I’d say it gives an interesting look to a rather boring cell phone selfie.
This is a simple meal but if you look closely you will see bits of the magic ingredient resting atop the green beans. Garlic! My favorite way to cook just about any veggie lately is sautéed in a little extra virgin olive oil (otherwise known as EVOO to the foodies in the audience) infused with an ample helping of crushed and diced garlic. I like how they turn into little crunchy bits of garlicy goodness, adding texture, and delivering the ultimate batman-esque POW as they smack your taste buds square in the …umm… buds.