Photo Glitch Solved!

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Though not by me. Like many high tech problems, this one one had a high tech solution: wait a while and try again later.

In case you missed it, yesterday I talked about my trip to the lovely Wisconsin, and I wanted to finish up the post with some photos from the trip. Photographically, I wasn’t thrilled with what I got, but that’s how it goes sometimes, it’s all a roll of the pixels. Anyway, here are some shots from the weekend.

 

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We had moody skies over Racine.

 

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This was right across the street from the previous shot. It was a very confused sky.

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The wings of the Milwaukee Art Museum designed by famed architect Callatrava. They are fully open here.

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And here they are closed. They move very, very slowly, but when you look away and look back, the shape has changed.

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Leaves at last!

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My Weekend Had a Case of the Mondays

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I went to the great state of Wisconsin this weekend, in search of fall leaves. It turned out that we were a little late on our timing, while there were still some bold reds and full yellows, many of the trees already stood completely bare.

It was one of those trips where things kept going wrong, things were a bit off. Our hotel was not what we expected; we had to switch hotels, and though the new one was nice, its beds, very decidedly, were not. The floor might have been a tad bit softer.

Our reservation for the Johnson Wax Factory tour was lost (it was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright), and we decided to visit the Milwaukee Art Museum instead, as it was designed by the famed Santiago Calatrava, and has these amazing wings that open and close. And we discovered, when we got there, that the museum was undergoing renovations. There was only a single exhibit open.

So it went.

But here’s the thing. We had an amazing meal at the restaurant in the art museum. The exhibit, on a photographer named Larry Sultan, was interesting and moving. Though the beds were less than giving, we had lovely views of the harbor at the hotel. And after some driving, we got our leaves.

Was any of it perfect? Absolutely not. But life doesn’t have to be perfect to be enjoyable. Things don’t have to go as planned to go well.

Well, here is where I would have shared some pictures, but I keep getting an upload error. Seems par for the course. Visit Wisconsin, it’s such a friendly place to go.

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Not the Best Way to Type

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I think I’ve admitted I’m a bit of a sucker for gadgets. Which is why I am currently trying to type with moisturizing gloves on. At a rate of about 3 words per minute. Not my best speed. That’s it. The gloves are coming off.

No, I swear that I didn’t just type all that in thick fuzzy gloves just for that last line. No, really. My hands do feel softer, though, so it was totally worth the extra ten minutes. Or twelve minutes. Or whatever, I’m not a clock.

Truth be told, I don’t need fuzzy gloves to slow me down with the writing these days. I like to think that I am prepping, getting myself ready for NaNoWriMo, which is, terrifyingly, right around the corner. And usually I give myself a little bit of leeway in deciding whether I’m going to do it, as in on November 1, I decide yay or nay.

Well, I’ve already said it this year. I’m in. Oh boy.

I’ve got manuscripts stacking like nearly-finished airplanes, and here I am, about to embark on a whole new project. And how does that feel?

Hmm. I’d say awesome. November looks pretty good from October. Watch out, NaNo, here we come. I think I might ditch the moisturizing gloves, though. I need full aerodynamics for that word count.

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Extending an Olive Branch to Monday

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Why hello, Monday! How are you this week? Well, I hope.

(Shh, hypothetical reader. Don’t talk so loudly, Monday will hear you. What’s that you say? I didn’t mean mouth the words. I’m not a very good lip reader. Why am I being so nice to Monday? Hypothetical reader, it’s good that you asked that question, now that I can hear it. I suspect if we are nice to Monday, it will be nice to us).

Here’s the thing about Mondays. We’re going to bump into them regularly. From my observations, it happens, oh, say, roughly once a week. So instead of groaning and trying to hide behind our no-foam hemp milk sugar-chinos, why don’t we treat Monday as an old and inspiring friend?

Monday can be a new start. Monday can be about beginning something, picking something up that has fallen by the wayside. Monday can be about letting go of ideas that aren’t working, and playing with new ones.

It’s almost like having a New Year’s Day every single week. Fresh page on the weekly calendar, fresh approach, fresh attitude.

What’s that you say, hypothetical reader? Monday can be a bit of a grump? First of all, I told you not to talk so loudly, people are staring. And also, who can’t be a bit of grump? Am I right Monday? Please don’t turn on me Monday. We were doing so well.

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