i took that picture myself. i wish my arm was longer so i wouldn't take up so much of the shot. that's carpinteria in the distance. i'm sad it wasn't a clearer day. i took a panorama while i was up there but i won't have it spliced together until later this week. until then, i have a challenge for you:
take a panorama
holly and i are aiming to take at least one per month. but the challenge is for just one. and i've already talked the supa eggplant into doing it.
your panorama could be of anything, your office, bike route, apartment complex, knit group, etc. if you could, put yourself in the panorama. this is tricky; so far i have only managed to get my shadow in the shot.
i use photoshop to splice the images. unfortunately, i am not savvy enough to dispense any tips. as for photo hosting, try flickr. it's free and very easy to navigate.
the idea is to get you to give panoramas a try. it's such a neat concept. and easy.
join the challenge! and don't forget to share your link with me.
ten inches of hair off my very own head. does that look as disturbing to you as it does to me? the last time i pulled this stunt was november 2003. it was twelve inches then.
i first got the idea to cut and donate my hair from my old roommate missy. it was shortly after my brother died so i thought i'd do it in his memory as well as in solidarity with missy.
i enjoy being hair farm. mostly i enjoy getting a liberating cut after some 27 months. makes me feel like i'm floating. i had been annoyed with the length of my hair since summer. i loved the way it looks up in a bun but it just wasn't worth the grooming woes. there were days when i would rather stab myself in the arm than brush all that hair.
anyway, i am debating where i should donate those three ounces of hair. if you know of a non profit organization other than locks of love, please let me know. thanks.
i was telling g about how my hair looked on monday, the day after i got the cut. i showed up at work without brushing my hair as usual. when i approached the front door of my office, i was shocked by the reflection. the messy puff of hair on the back of my head was so big it looked like somone was standing right behind me!
it hasn't looked so bad since then because i've been grooming daily. this is how the bird's nest looked this morning before i brushed it. it's only a fraction of the size it was on monday so don't be afraid.
that's my old colleague mike* and his kid julian. he brought julian to my office to visit last week. the first thing julian said to me was, "hi phhweee." i just about passed out. if mike wasn't looking, i would have snatched that kid and ran!
* i've known mike since 1990. we were in the same class at cal poly.
there was spotty snow on the ridge of the santa ynez sunday morning. i wish the pano showed it better. it's been raining lots the past few days so the views have been fantastic, with big white puffy clouds and deep blue skies. there was no haze over the water so the islands were out in force.
santa barbara is at its most beautiful right about now. it is also at its coldest. for some reason, it makes everything in my life seem bearable. it even makes me feel thankful. for just about everything.