FINALLY, I have some things up on the walls (since they've been repainted with a special type of plaster paint, and no, I've never used a drill before, so the drapery guy came round and helped/taught me how to put things up properly (in the olden days I'd take a hammer and nail and hope for the best; no longer!) This is one of my favorite pieces, that sadly looks like it may need replacing - the chips at the bottom are from 'normal' wear and tear, but the crack in the upper right is thanks to the international movers :(. It's one of my favorite pieces, as I acquired it on a trip in New England several years ago and I first learned about the pineapple as a symbol and it's meaning, and I love the idea. I got this tile at one of the "Newport Mansions" in Rhode Island - I can't remember which one.
An hour getting to the hair stylist, nearly 2 to get home! (usually 45 min. each way). Took this as I was leaving her house (she does hair out of her house), as I felt my day was indeed, already at an end, as most of it would be taken up by traffic. Sadly, I was right.
Walking around my old university (UC Irvine), I came across a sculpture garden; thought I'd gotten lucky in finding a statue of the goddess of Happiness: But no, she's the goddess of longevity. But I guess youth, beauty and health can certainly make one happy!
"Ma Gu, the goddess of longevity in ancient Chinese tradition, always appeared as a young and beautiful maid of eighteen. According to the legend, Ma Gu lived tens of thousands of years, achieving longevity by picking divine herbs from a verdant forest and brewing wine with them. Legend also has it whomever tasted a cup of Ma Gu's wine would be eternally young, beautiful and healthy.
According to legend, MaGu lives forever on clouds. Winter Blooming Dergenia, with a soft cloudlike texture and form have been planted around the statue."
More pics of the garden:
This guy was my favorite.
Looking past the sculpture garden out to Aldrich Park, which is in the very center of the campus.
A laaaaaadybug kept me company in the garden for quite some time today. Doesn't that bring good luck? I certainly hope so! She/he? crawled around on my glove for a long while before I placed him/her on a branch so as not to get bounced around by me!I ran in to get the camera, and it was still there; I've never seen them hang around for so long!
...of Mother Nature. The sky today, with fires burning in Yorba Linda (maybe 30 miles away?), and people evacuating Anaheim Hills (about 20 miles away), the air has turned a greyish, fiery suppressive orange, and there has been ash falling from the sky for hours now.
I find it very unsettling, and sad for all those who have lost and are losing their homes.
(I do not recommend clicking to enlarge this particular shot; I tried 3-4 times to get the right exposure, and as it was in low light, it was consistently blurry and noisy as I don't have a tripod, so it's pretty crap really. PLUS... it's not only on some person's front yard and therefore I might look weird taking several photos, but also across the street from the school where I teach... so I didn't want to look terribly odd... but of course HAD to get that shot!
***Possible spoilers for those of you outside the U.S. waiting for Cycle 11 of ANTM***
Undecided as to whether I'd prefer to be the model, getting made up for a shoot, or the photographer, controlling the shoot and creating a gorgeous image with a bitchen piece of equipment. But yes, I envy them all.
And because I'm posting this after the fact and have yet to find a decent photo of GLUTTONY, I'll use this one:... in which Marjorie, up until now my favorite, imbibed far too much one night, and only by the grace of her housemates was saved from embarrassment... but alas, not elimination. Au revoir, Marjorie, bonne chance!
... and this one doesn't count (I didn't take it; I forgot to take photos of him on the show; my brain was jelly), but of course I HAD to post it, as today's Oprah (which I rarely watch!) just happened to be all about the upcoming film, AUSTRALIA, starring Nicole Kidman, and ...
Heard some glorious music today, particularly "La Noche de los Mayas", by Revueltas (you can listen to a piece of it HERE... give it a couple minutes for the rhythm section, that's the amazing part!). I've never seen a conductor bounce up and down to the rhythms, getting the musicians to do MORE! LOUDER! BIGGER!
And to watch someone in an orchestra 'play' a Conch Shell... it was really fantastic.
These are placed all around the Concert Hall; I think it's a lovely idea.
As usual, on Saturdays I take pictures of what's going on in my class - mainly to provide photos for my teacher's website, but also for me to learn how to take pictures in BAD lighting! Here's our oldest class member, Sally, who is 80, and HYSTERICAL. ...and our youngest member, Aubrie, who is 15... and of course, a gorgeous singer. But she's too nice to hate.Her mom and her grandfather take turns driving her to class, from Valencia (which is VERY far, even on a Saturday)!
What an amazing place. I FINALLY went as I had friends in town and realized, I don't need an excuse to go, I should just go. It's so close, and not that expensive. I could watch the sea lions (among others) all day.