July 31, 2009
July 29, 2009
The broadway musical is based on the original movie and follows it very closely. I saw the musical at the Fox Theater in Atlanta recently and rewatched the film last night. The musical was well done. Even though the songs started out slowly and the "Omigod" song, I could have done without the G-d... the music was fresh. And I did shed a very few happy tears at the end and love the messages: to stick by our honor (Elle keeps her word in spite of a feisty law professor, Professor Callahan.) we can do ANYTHING! And, Elle uses her brain in the show to solve a murder mystery. Oh and contacts in the form of friends and sorority sisters do have a place.
The show is on tour in the U.S. and separately in London. Indeed, it was a mostly clean show except the "Bend and Snap" song and the UPS innuendos about packages. The movie is rated PG-13.
And for your viewing pleasure... there is also a Legally Blonde 2, which I like even more.
July 28, 2009
Yesterday, we were busy shopping for back to school... (wait till Thursday in Georgia, for tax free shopping this weekend!) and I wanted some unique items for my daughter, so I started searching on Etsy. Here are some of the items I have found. I created a Treasury called Girls Go!, which is a list of 12 items that are all around one topic. I thought about theme, placement on the page and color as I selected them.
Oh and, it is hard to get a treasury; you have to wait for previous lists to expire. I secured one for the first time, last night at 1 o'clock. http://www.etsy.com/treasury_list_west.php?room_id=62520 Let me know what you think. These earrings pictured are one of the items in the treasury. You can click on the word earrings and move straight to them. These earrings are designed and handmade by BeadDesignsByEllen, not me.
July 25, 2009
This past week I taught science camp at Roswell Park and Rec. We painted each day to learn about opaque and transparent light. We used matte medium with acrylic paint on 8.5 x 11" canvas boards to experiment. I instructed the children to paint fish, butterflies or flowers because we could experiment with color mixing on parts of the fish, butterfly or flower.
I did not allow the children to use black paint because I don't use black and also because the masters did not either. We talked about this. I mentioned Degas and did not have time to further discuss his art. But, having just visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, I have just the photograph to share.
Pictured here is Edgar Degas' oil on canvas, on the left, titled The Dance Class, 1874. And to the right, is The Little Fourteen-Year-Old Dancer, one of his models out of wax that he created later in life as his eyesight waned. There were many of Degas' ballet images in the Met, 149 total works including a variety of other subjects.
July 22, 2009
To see exact directions click on the Path site. The bike ride starts at the Martin Luther King center and is 17 miles one-way to Stone Mountain Park; 14 miles are on a wide 2-way, paved trail, off-road. The other 3 miles are on the street.
Once you reach Stone Mountain there is a nice bike path around the mountain. And, it is free to ride into Stone Mountain on a bike. For a map of Stone Mountain Park click here. A friend told me it was 6 miles around the mountain. I will check.
I didn't have my camera, but the mountain looked pictorial. Next time!
July 19, 2009
Go in your backyard and find something textured in a little bit of sun. Take the shot at 5 PM, 6 PM, 7 PM and 8 PM. (Perhaps a Crepe Myrtle or Magnolia.) How different do the photographs look?
July 14, 2009
July 11, 2009
TOTAL Road Trip mileage 2884.4
Back home and washing clothes. I think I fell asleep at 10 last night I was so tired. All together we drove 2884 miles. But it is a great way to gain perspective about our country. A large extended family of blue jays have moved in while we were gone. Other than that all is the same. Except that I have three new bumper stickers.
Two canoers pictured "Nickerson State Park Cape Cod" because this was my favorite place.
A Life is Good biker dude to replace my faded life is good bumper sticker.
And a "Basketball is where we live -- Life is just a place where we spend time between games" to support my oldest who loves playing basketball and roots for the Celtics, purchased at the NBA Hall of Fame in Springfield Massachussetts.
I have started adding photographs from my trip to Etsy and will add a couple other products, so take a look. I will be posting here too. http://www.magmoment.etsy.com
July 09, 2009
Like Billy Ray Cyrus sings we made our way back to Tennessee today.This song is in The Hanna Montana Movie, which I saw twice when Disney released it.I viewed it two times because I wanted all of my children to see the film. It is a great show about the importance of family, love, visiting relatives, decisions, priorities and career. Hanna had to make decisions in the show about what was really important.
Everytime I see her and am reminded that it is also amazing that she is so successful at 16. This is a lesson for both children and adults. Hanna/Miley has a huge impact with her clean, fun songs and TV show. Take a listen and buy her movie when it is released on DVD.
The Clinch river is moving, and I found a new spot to photograph, which is above. At Grandma and Grandpa's we saw many rabbits, cows, a beaver, a heron, blue birds, swallows and
at least five cats.
July 08, 2009
We stopped at Costco before we left Staton Island and I was once again reminded of my idea, which Costco can't do. They just can't have an express lane. It just misses the point of Costco. But for SD cards, it is worth standing in line. I bought two - 4GB SD SanDisk cards for $34 total plus tax.
July 07, 2009
July 06, 2009
I took a few photos as we left Nickerson State Park today. This is a photo of the pond near our campsite in area 1.
We stopped at the National Basketball Hall of Fame. It was a nice exhibit and a large store (which needed a little more merchandise) and some fun games for the kids. It wasn't crowded, so we got to do some activities more than once. All of the employees were very professional. I appreciated the positive spin on all the coaches and players.
We definitely drove through the city again. I thought I would stay in Staton Island, so I wouldn't have to drive through New York. We will be riding the ferry to Manhatten tomorrow.
July 05, 2009
Provincetown is located at the "fingertips" of the arm hook of Massachusetts. Here is a shot of the town from the beach. We are driving to Nickerson State park, which is 17 miles from our hotel in Dennisport to camp for a night. This park has a nice bike path. I don't think we will have internet today, so I am uploading two photos from earlier.
July 04, 2009
July 03, 2009
Bike Mileage 10.81
It has been my personal goal to learn "how to bike" and then bike cape cod. We did it today. We rode to Harwich Port today to purchase a kite. It was a nice ride. I took photographs many times on our ride. The yards are quaint and well-cared for. Here is one image. More tomorrow.