Wednesday, November 26, 2008


My Derek Hess did an Obama Poster

Pretty Pretty

Monday, November 24, 2008

Turkey Cookies

On Sunday, my mother, grandmother, aunt &  cousin made the traditional Thanksgiving turkey cookies. 

Since I will be partying in Pittsburgh this Thanksgiving, I still wanted to feel like I was a part of my family's celebration. It would also ensure that I would get my turkey cookie. 

The flour clumps in the cracks in our hands and highlights the hand prints on our clothes. As we roll and stamp the dough, the sun spills across the table, catching the dusty flour and reflecting in the glasses of sweet white wine sitting beside the half empty plate of apples and cheese.

We laugh, we talk, we listen to music that Doug has cobbled together, we drink and eat, reminisce and decorate cookies.  The time passes and the light changes, without much notice.

After the sun has set, Aunt Sandy puts on the finishing touches - the names - just after I finish the last color of the plumage.  We search for cookies large enough to fit the longer names, and we threaten to put on embarrassing nicknames for the longest, but only one comes out altered.  Autumn's cookie proclaims, "Baby." (I guess it's better than "Fall," which was my suggestion.)

When we finish, we survey our cookies with satisfaction and perhaps a little indifference. They are not really the reason we came. We came for the talking and the laughing, and the family.

The final product: A tray full of familiar names, a few more family stories passed on, a nice buzz, and turkey cookes.

Friday, November 21, 2008


My concept sketches are finally done! Just in time for a lonely weekend, cuz the Grant is working a ton. 

Oh wait - I'm making turkey cookes with the Aunt Sandy and the mother.


Thursday, November 20, 2008

Ninja Emailing Power!

Sue's Gmail now has super ninja power! You can have ninja power too! or mountain serenity or any one of a bunch of cool new Gmail themes. Go to settings, then themes. It's all just a few clicks away! You could be in ninja heaven.....

Monday, November 17, 2008

What's wrong with this Christmas Decoration?

Look like anything particularly horrific from a history book to you?

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Lazy Hazy Crazy Days of Autumn

Is that the only song they know?

After a very lazy weekend, what has been accomplished?
- 26 hours of sleep
- 3 movies watched
- dinner and hanging out with cousins
- rainboots worn & umbrella used
- 1 book lent
- 1 book returned
- 1 sermon contemplated
- 5 cups of coffee
- 2 loaves of bread baked
- dishes cleaned
- leaves kicked up

What has not?
- applying make-up before noon
- consuming a quantifiable amount of vegetables (about to be rectified)
- holding a baby
- making the bed
- traveled farther than 3.6 miles from apartment
- finger nail polish touched up
- hair done
- contacts worn
- dirty close picked up from floor
- plants watered
- shoes tied
- concept sketches sketched

BUT Grant doesn't have work tomorrow. Will anything be accomplished?

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Fall has fallen all around

Fall has fallen all around 
The leaves leave their marks as the rain pounds
They print their imprints on the ground
The wonder of it seeps through my pores, as my poor soul pours down
And collects in joyful puddles around the thrift store shoes I found in town. 

I took this picture out on the pavement in from of my apartment. Isn't it pretty? I will definitely be using it to age some photos in photoshop. Very exciting.

it's the little things

Monday, November 10, 2008

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Fun with double exposures

Just screwing around - and it turned out kind of fun!

PS - Jen - I heard you mention leaving comments. If you are leaving comments, they aren't showing up,  so you need to try something different!

Speaking of Jen - here's a picture of Grant with the baby girl she and Jim made!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Dr Horrible's Sing Along Blog

This is absolutely wonderful. ESPECIALLY if you like Joss Whedon, or Nathan Fillion.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

disillusioned sue

i have never been more astonished and horrified at finding out the true nature of some of  my friends by what they can say in one sentence or less. There is no reason to be so crude and cruel, even if you are disappointed. Gee, thanks Facebook, for causing me to lose a little hope in a few more people who are supposed to be the salt of the earth. 

That's what I call a true disappointment.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

It'll all be over soon

I voted. Yay on me. If you did - Yay on you!

If you haven't voted yet-

Like my sister said - make sure you vote for someone, and not against someone.

There's no room for hate or disrespect in this or any election. Or at least there shouldn't be. 

Monday, November 3, 2008

a piece of glass to catch the sun

I bought some glass to catch the sun
All wrapped in plain white paper
I brought it home and set it up
between a plant and taper
I went to sleep where dreams of light
and colored glass did caper
But when I woke, I rose to find
my vision but a vapor.
The sun was laughing far behind
a cloud that stretched an acre. 
Savor your glee, my pane will shine
I tell the sun with candor.

-a five minute poem by sue-

Saturday, November 1, 2008

coffee coffee coffee

A Visit to Pittsburgh. 

Today we went to a coffee shop that I wish was near us. This is only a picture of the counter, but it had 2 more large rooms that were decorated with old 50s chrome kitchen table, with hideous thrift store lamps - it was absolutely amazing! It's called The Beehive. So cool.

This is a picture of Grant and Elyse waiting for their beverages. Note the whimsical clouds painted onto the ceiling. 

We also saw this trash can covered with stickers. G and I have one of these type of trash cans, but its blue. Now we totally have to plaster it with stickers!