I WARNED You

Still bogged down. Since there have been no votes either way, I’ve decided that what everyone REALLY wants is to see pictures of my cats. MWAHAHAHAHAHA!
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Ok, actually mostly these aren’t pictures just of our cats. A couple years ago we had just one cat, Chyna (the orange one) and lived in a neighborhood with hoards of stray cats. One of them, a grey-brown tabby took over the territory behind the apartment and sort of adopted us. We decided to adopt her perminantly at about the same time we realized she was pregnant.
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Tricky was such a tiny cat, under a year herself, and malnourished. All the kittens ended up much bigger, and you can see from her big feet that she probably should have been bigger than she is.
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I guess it’s obvious that kittens are tiny, but it’s pretty amazing to see first hand. They pretty much looked like lumps when they came out to the point that it was hard to tell at first how many there were. It was actually a couple days before we were able to verify that there were 6, instead of the 5 the vet had guessed.
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Two black kittens, two tabbys like Tricky, a grey and white, and a spotted tabby with white markings.
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Kittens defy gravity.
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Chyna was a little nervous about all the weird smells coming from the kitten room. (Actually, I think she just likes to hide.)
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As the kittens got bigger I started to modify their box, giving them things to play with and on and scratch. It wasn’t long before they were all able to climb out of the box.
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They may look cute, but trust me, they’re little monsters. Cute monsters.
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They did seem to enjoy some of the constructions I made for them. It gave me good ideas for when we have room to make perminant kitty structures.
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They pretty much destroyed everything they touched. Including the skin on my back.
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Even though they got out of the box within a couple weeks, it wasn’t a total loss since they apprently liked hiding behind it.
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The more enthusiastic the kittens got, the more nervous Chyna got.
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You can’t really blame her. They’re fearless little furballs.
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All the kittens had distinct personalities. The spotted tabby, the only girl of the bunch, was very social and liked sitting on my shoulder. I miss her. Fortunately we were able to place all the kittens. The two black cats went with a friend from school, I think they’re named Fred (or Frank?) and George. One of the tabbys, which had extra toes, was adopted by my friend Amy and named Zoe (it’s a boy though), the other Tabby went to our friend Justin — named Loki (it fits) the grey and white kitten went to our friends John and Holly and is named Baxter, and the spotted tabby, Lucy, went to a waitress/owner of our favorite Lebonese place. Sadly, she’s the one I never see. :(
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Tricky was pretty exhausted. I think she was a bit worried as the kittens disappeared one by one (Baxter being the last one left, got cleaned six times as much as usual), but once they were all gone she didn’t seem bothered. She’s plump and healthy now, and extremely happy to be an indoor kitty. A couple of the photos have larger versions if you click on them.

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  • 29 Jan 2009, 11:05am
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    Eugene Saturday Market

    Day 4 of thesis cramming. Here are some photos from the Eugene Saturday Market, taken on the same trip home as the Bend photos.
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    The best part of the Saturday Market is the colors. Eugene is largely made up of retired hippies, so the Saturday Market is always a trip. One of the scenes in my book takes place here. I’m glad I got such a good variety of photos.
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    This photo technically didn’t turn out all that well. Too washed out with light, and it can’t be edited out (at least not by me) without looking very strange. I had to include it though, because I love both the hair and the depth of the composition, with a central figure so close in the foreground.
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    I was really tempted to buy a hula hoop, mainly because everyone seemed to be having a whole lot of fun with them. There’s an open area where people were sitting, dancing, and, yeah. Hooping.
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    I like how the spoons provide a screen.
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    I wish there weren’t crease marks on the blanket, but otherwise I’m pleased with this photo. I love that the woman on the left seems to be an extension of her creations.
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    Normally I try to blur out the faces of children in my photos, but this photo may be one of my all time favorites, mainly because of the little girl’s face. I feel like this is sort of ok since I actually have no idea who she is, but I realize that doesn’t actually make any kind of sense.
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    Again, love the hair, but also the hanging cranes just give the whole photo a really cool feel. Also, I’m a fan of the clever method of display.
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    The market has a main stage, but there were also random musicians roaming all over the place. I think it’s a shame that the guy on the right is wearing a T-shirt, the other guy fits the scene far better.
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    The tone of this woman’s skin mixes beautifully with her knitted dolls. I also really like the expression on her face and the way she’s looking off to the side.
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    I like the screen effect here again, but I mostly just think this is a great collection of funky, very Eugene, jewelry.
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    Such cool ornaments. Like the blue squid on the left especially.

    Click on the photos for a larger version. More tomorrow.

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  • 28 Jan 2009, 5:07pm
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    Photos from Bend

    Still thesis-ing (well it’s a word NOW) so here are more photos. Hope you enjoy.
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    A couple months before the wedding, I went home for a week to visit my parents in Oregon. Dad and I went on a few hikes, especially in Bend.
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    I was mainly home to see my parents, but I also wanted to get some good shots of the landscape of Bend since a couple unwritten books in my series will be taking place there. The first book, the one I’m agonizing over right now in fact, takes place in Eugene, so I needed to get some photos of that as well, but since I lived there for the stretch of childhood within the reach of memory, Eugene is less essential.
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    This photo probably won’t be all that useful for my book, but I think it’s one o the more print ready photos I have. For a while I was toying with the idea of selling photography, but I probably won’t get around to pursuing that particular avenue any time soon.
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    Another of my favorites. This really ought to be a panoramic shot, but I think it’s lovely as is.
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    Another cool view.
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    I like getting trees from strange angles. I especially like in this one how the blue of the sky seems to gather at the edges. It’s almost amoeba-ic (also suddenly a word)
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    Technically this isn’t in bend, it’s from Sahalie Falls a scenic shot on the way home.
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    The sky here is so blue that it doesn’t look real, but I didn’t even do any color enhancing. I was afraid to.
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    Actually, I guess none of the photos from around the falls looked quite real. The mist was part of it, but mainly it was just the scale. Or something. Pretty views anyway.

    Click on the photos for a bigger version. More photos tomorrow. Should get back to normal postsĀ  by Monday, I hope.

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