Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Ants, ants and more ants

If you served coffee to a guest in the designer coffee cup below you better be ready that it gets dropped on the table or the floor. After all, who wants "ants" in their coffee?

Monday, August 24, 2009

Ramblin' Rose Tri 2

We have been in Winston-Salem for a bit more than a year now and Amy decided to race the Ramblin'Rose Triathlon again. When she did it last year we had barely been here, and this time Amy actually had planned it a bit longer in prep for a Half Ironman in September. The goal was to be faster than last year and hopefully go sub 1 hour. Amy had an awesome race and finished in 59:07 and 51st out of almost 500 starters. (last year she finished in 1:04:22) Below are a few pics from the race.

Amy sets up her little transition area quite focused

Amy with neighbor Caroline before the race

The transition area with Winston-Salem in the background

The pre race meeting was busy and enthusiastic

The pool looks quite serene

Caroline and Amy in line ready for the swim

Amy about to start her swim

This race has a long run from the pool to the bike transition

Amy and Caroline in transition

A quick transition allowed Amy to get out fast

Heading out for the run after a fast bike ride

Almost home, sub 1 hour and more than 5 minutes faster than last year

The results area was quite popular

Sunday, August 16, 2009

The ART piece that stayed at home

I made this mixed media art piece for the recent ARTpARTy but somehow felt that I liked it too much to give it up. I created a second piece and kept the one below. What you see are real flower elements on a black painted canvas with a really thick coat of lacquer on top.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

A yard update

The front yard of our home on Clover Street was quite nice when we bought the home earlier this year. It really needed a bit of love though and some expert grooming and now it looks fantastic. Mostly bushes were trimmed back, a small rotten tree removed and some smaller bushes redistributed. Plus lots new mulch added.

This is what the front of the house looked like in April of 09

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Sunday, August 09, 2009

ARTpARTy on Clover

Last night we had our first ARTpARTy in our new home on Clover Street and it worked out great. There were lots of interesting and beautiful artworks plus a ton of nice people. Below are a few images of the people as they arrived with their creations. A few hours later everyone went home with someone else's art.

Amy finally wanted to create her own art piece

My artwork reflected too much and we had to go outside to not use the flash

Despite being a bit sick the last week, Mary was able to come

Caroline and Matt each worked on an art piece for the party

Art pieces showed up in all kinds of different ways

The older son of Nate and Jenny give them the inspiration for these popular items

Laura and Jared brightened up the party with their painting

An old tourism card print was crafted by Scott and Mitch

Tom and Travis and their candle art

An endless art piece by Laura

Luke and Melissa worked with wood

Ken is a neighbor from up the street and created an interesting Mango

Leanne and Breck worked in cork

Nancy created a 2-piece artwork

Treb ran an errand for us and thus came a bit later with his beautiful rope work

Related image galleries:
- Piedmont Leaf Lofts ARTpARTy
- 2007 Chattanooga ARTpARTy
- Late 2006 ARTpARTy in Chattanooga
- Early 2006 ARTpARTy in Chattanooga

Saturday, August 01, 2009

Faded glory

We recently noticed that the dishwasher not only took the coffee stains out from inside this mug, but also the writing on the outside of it. Amy kind of felt bad because she used it a few times, but I think she is not to blame. My award seem to be fading away in conjunction with my fitness. :-)