Archive for the ‘sports, hobbies & recreation’ Category
Cheri and I had some extra energy, so we hopped off the couch and went for a drive. We ended up at Fountainhead Regional Park and Occoquan Regional Park. I took the opportunity to shoot away.
We were surprised by the ham that floated up to us while we were on the pier. I think he was used to people feeding the geese at the park. I was very close to him taking this shot. I probably could have reached out to touch him.
The rest of the photos from this group can be found on my flickr.
Consumer advocacy blog, The Consumerist, used my photo of a half empty (or is it half full?) peanut butter jar in a post of theirs regarding the peanut butter salmonella scare. You can see the post here.
The Consumerist has a flickr group wherein readers can submit photos of their own for possible use in posts on The Consumerist. This is the second time one of my photos has been used. It makes me feel tingly and special :-).
In keeping up with our New Years Holiday spectacular, Cheri and I plopped down on the couch to cheer on our Virginia Tech Hokies in a 20-7 win over the Cincinnati Bearcats in the 2009 Orange Bowl. The night started strong with me running to 7-11 to pick up some gametime snacks. The combination of Twix dipped into a cherry Slurpee sprinkled with Utz potato chips immediately sent me into a first half food coma. But by halftime I was wide awake and ready to continue my cheering. Surprisingly, we both stayed awake for the rest of the game and went to bed feeling great for VT’s underdog win.
To all the VT alumni and fans that bet against the Hokies winning in their office pools I gobble in your general direction!
Ever since I was in 5th grade, I played the violin. I always hated practicing and playing in front of others. But it wasn’t until around 11th grade that I started to actually enjoy it. It was probably because I was finally (after only 5 years) good at playing. So for those last two years of high school, orchestra was my favorite class.
Once I went to college, I knew that balancing being in an orchestra and trying to be a physics major weren’t going to be easy. So I chose to give up the violin. I told myself that it would only be temporary and that one day, after I graduated, I would pick it up again. And I did, a few times. I would download some sheet music from the internet, dust off my violin, and try it out again–but it never felt quite the same.
During the times I played violin, I also was secretly jealous of my friends Cameron and Matt, who both played guitar. I’ve always wanted to learn how to play guitar. And finally, last November my father-in-law gave me one of his. I was really excited and grateful, but I also felt like a n00b. I barely knew anything about guitars and I was in constant fear of breaking it or scratching it.
I really like the guitar he gave me and I also love the amp that my brother-in-law got me for Christmas this past year. But because of the ass surgery I had back in January, I haven’t had a lot of chances to practice. This is because it isn’t always wonderful to sit, so I’ve always put practicing on the back burner. But I’ve finally began to heal and sitting is something that I can do now without too much discomfort. Thus, I’ve gotten the itch to begin practicing again.
So yesterday, Cheri and I went out to Guitar Center and bought me a music stand. I really needed one since I couldn’t stand trying to read my music while it was lying on the couch or something next to me. Perhaps that was just a pet peeve of mine leftover from my violin days. But now that I have a music stand, I think I’ll be more encouraged to practice. Maybe I’ll break out my violin one of these days too.