Saturday, June 27, 2015

Class Photo (177/365)

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Springsteen, Madonna
Way before Nirvana
There was U2 and Blondie
And music still on MTV
Her two kids in high school
They tell her that she’s uncool
Cause she's still preoccupied
With 19, 19, 1985

”1985”, Bowling for Soup, A Hangover You Don’t Deserve, Red Ruby Productions, (originally by SR-71)

TIME:  11:17 PM
PLACE:  “The Abbey”
SUBJECT:  Class of 1985

Our 2nd evening of our class reunion was tonight.
It was a little less crowded than the prior evening.
There were classmates here who couldn’t make last night, and some from the previous evening could not make this night.
I didn’t take this picture, but it was taken with my little camera.
I’m in the back giving my cousin bunny ears.
I’m very mature.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Tavern (177/365)

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TIME:  11:50 PM
PLACE:  Downtown
SUBJECT: Tavern sign

Tonight was the first night of our 30 year class reunion.
30 years!
My cousin Kat and I started the evening at this location then walked down to the evenings informal gathering at another bar.
We mingled and caught up with our classmates.
There were a lot of photos taken and posted to Facebook.
(not by me – this was the only one I took all night!)
We ended up back here – as our cars were parked nearby.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Someone Else Cooked! (176/365)

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“For is there any practice less selfish, any labor less alienated, any time less wasted, than preparing something delicious and nourishing for people you love?”
Michael Pollan, Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation

TIME: 5:14 PM
PLACE:  Kitchen
SUBJECT:  Supper made by Claudia and Stella

The girls made supper tonight.
Claudia made a one-pot tortellini with turkey sausage.
Stella made a tomato & avocado salad with garlic.
It was awesome to come home to dinner on the table.
And it tasted pretty darn good too.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Restaurant (175/365)

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TIME:  6:11
PLACE: Mariachi's
SUBJECT: Mirrored wall

I had dinner with some of my cousins.
This back wall at the restaurant has some of the same colors as yesterday’s sunset.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Colorful Night Sky (174/365)

20150623 IMG_2459"The first stab of love is like a sunset, a blaze of color -- oranges, pearly pinks, vibrant purples..."
- Anna Godbersen

TIME:  8:32 PM
PLACE:  Belleville Crossing Street
SUBJECT:  Evening sky

While driving home from our “Target” run, Claudia and I got to witness this beautiful evening sky.
Just look at those colors.

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Advice from a Caterpillar (173/365)

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“In a minute or two the Caterpillar took the hookah out of its mouth and yawned once or twice, and shook itself. Then it got down off the mushroom, and crawled away in the grass, merely remarking as it went, `One side will make you grow taller, and the other side will make you grow shorter.'

`One side of WHAT? The other side of WHAT?' thought Alice to herself.

`Of the mushroom,' said the Caterpillar, just as if she had asked it aloud; and in another moment it was out of sight.”

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Chapter V-Advice from a Caterpillar, Lewis Carroll

TIME:  6:07 PM
PLACE:  Backyard
SUBJECT: Mushroom

”Someone” took a bite out of one side of this mushroom.
It wasn’t me.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Solstice, Sleeping and Son (172/365)

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“Care to join me for solstice caroling?
[sings in a high voice]
Walking in the grass, it's so fine, don't need shoes in the summertime!”

Spongebob, “Krabby Land”, Season 3, Episode 57a, April 3, 2004

TIME:  6:08 AM to 6:50 AM
PLACE:  Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site
SUBJECT:  Woodhenge

I convinced the husband to wake at an ungodly hour to be at Cahokia Mounds at 5:20am to observe the Summer Solstice Sunrise.
Unfortunately, Mother Nature did not cooperate. 
The rainy weather refused to leave and the sun was not visible.
Still, we heard an excellent explanation of the post circles and we hiked up to the top of Monks Mound for some spectacular views.
(The mound bisected by the back middle post is Monks Mound.)

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The steps leading to the top of  Monks Mound

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Looking west from the top of Monks Mound 

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The east side of Monks Mound
(for perspective, you can just make out a person standing on the top at the far right)

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There were many deer on the site.
These guys were hiding out in the tall grass.

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TIME:  2:44 PM
PLACE:  The car
SUBJECT:  Sleeping children

In the afternoon, we had a graduation party to attend.
They all complained about how the back seat was too crowded now that they are older.
It didn’t stop them from all falling asleep on the hour-long ride there.

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TIME:  3:43 PM
PLACE:  Pond at Brother-in-law’s
SUBJECT:  James and a fish

We did some fishing while we were there.

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