Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Air Force Thunderbirds Photo Gallery

We live within a few hours of an Air Force base, and as a child we'd travel to the annual air shows, only within a few hours drive. I've always loved them and really get a kick out of seeing the fighter jets in particular. our (very fragile) vintage windows.

After about five minutes I realized this wasn't the typical F-16 flyover. I ran out the front door to be greeted by the site of a red, white and blue Air Force Thunderbird screaming overhead. They were practicing for the air show this weekend! Woo hoo! We stayed outside for at least 30 minutes watching them run through their routine.

This is the view from our backyard when they practice. I had the chance to speak to a crew member and learned a little more about their schedule. The Thunderbirds arrive at their site on a Thursday, practice on Thursday and Friday at showtime (to get used to the sun angles, etc), perform during the weekend and depart on the Monday to their home base in Las Vegas. Their only day off is Wednesday.

#5 or #6 going directly over the house.

A nice shot of their delta formation.

#1,#2, #3 & #4

Engine shut-down. Amazing show.

I don't know the story here. This plane is being towed by a tow truck. The number
has been removed.

#5 Lead Solo Major Tyrone Douglas. He is upside-down for the majority of the show, as his patch(click) & plane number indicate.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Standard Twilight Blog Post

Over the past several months several of my favorite bloggers have discussed the book series (and now movie) by Stephenie Meyers called "Twilight." Surely you're familiar? I learned the premise of the books and dismissed the idea of reading them because I really should be studying and not getting obsessed with a novel. I still wasn't convinced after one of my childhood friends told me she read the books, which was a real shocker considering she's never been shy about her distaste for reading. After my oldest daughter picked up the Twilight bug when she saw a picture of Edward, I decided to read the novel. And really, I wasn't impressed. It took me a couple weeks to get through it, and I only finished because I hate unfinished projects.

Continual begging from the oldest led to us finally seeing the movie in the theater a few weeks ago. I had to giggle at some of the other patrons, when we sat down we were asked "how many times" had we seen it so far? Because of Lea's multiple viewings, I wasn't surprised when they told me they'd seen it 10 times.

Surprisingly, I really liked the movie. Especially the baseball scene. Wow! (Who doesn't love Jasper's baseball flipping action?;) )

I've since read New Moon (which I thought was much better written then the first) and I'll probably take Liz to one of the DVD release parties.

Who knew?

I like Twilight because of the aesthetic appeal. I made the bracelet above using my Simply Swank Kit and some photos that I printed on my photo printer, after editing in Photoshop. My soldering needs a *lot* of work! But it sure is fun. :) BTW - This was of course heavily inspired by Lea Sanders awesome Twilight Charm Bracelet, linked below. :) Thanks for the inspiration Lea!!!

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