Dec 10

Starting early

There’s a part of me that wants to wait until Jan 1 to start the Polariod Project. But the impatient part of me won today. You see, I want to take Polariods of my family to include as part of the Polariod project. So I need to start early so I can get some of them done while I am in Iowa. So this afternoon while we were at a rest stop just south of Coriscana, Texas, – I started.

The first batch of pictures won’t be posted until I get back to Houston, and they’ll be a part of my photoblog. But the project is off and running. A mix of new Impossible Project film and Classic Polariod film. I just wish they still made the Roll Film for the Roll Cameras. That would “complete” the whole mix of Polariod camera and films.

I like experimentation – its fun.

Dec 10

Joyful Moments

Today’s Reverb10 is going to be short and sweet. Trip number 4 is happening!

Our most profound joy is often experienced during ordinary moments. What was one of your most joyful ordinary moments this year? (Author: Brené Brown)

My most joyful ordinary moments involved getting hugs from R. The way he holds me – I’m totally enveloped in his arms. The way he buries his face in my hair, always brings joy. See R. didn’t used to be much of a hugger. The first time I hugged him, I asked before doing so because I wanted to make sure I wasn’t invading his space. But now he blesses me with hugs on a regular basis. And that brings me great joy.

Dec 10

My Blog as A Wordle


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Dec 10

Soul Food

Today’s Reverb10 Prompt

December 26 – Soul Food -What did you eat this year that you will never forget? What went into your mouth & touched your soul? (Author: Elise Marie Collins)

I try not to think of food as anything other something that sustains me. I believe that the ideas of “soul food” or “comfort food” are misplaced. Food is not something that feeds my soul. My soul is fed through exploring the world, reading the Bible, writing letters to God in my prayer journal and relationships with people whom I love and respect, and sharing my thoughts with others. Food does not provide me with comfort. Comfort is something I receive from being held by R in a tight hug, being held while I cry, or talking with my Grandma Pauline when I’m blue.

So with that being said, I’ll share my favorite recipe with you for Tandoori Chicken. It’s quick. It’s easy. And it’s full of flavor whether you grill it or bake bit in the oven. And it’s one of my go-to recipes that I make on a regular basis.

Chicken Tandoori
4 Chicken quarters skinned
3/4 cup Plain Yogurt
1 tsp garam masala
1 tsp ginger pulp
1 tsp garlic pulp
1.5 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp tumeric
1 tsp ground corriander
1 Tbsp Lemon Juice
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp oil
(you can add a few drops of red food coloring if you want to have the red color you get in Indian Restuarants).

Rinse and pat dry chicken quarters. Make two deep slits in the flesh of each piece. Place in dish and set aside.

Mix together the yogurt, garam masala, ginger, garlic, chili powder, tumeric, corriander, lemon juice, salt and oil. Beat until well combined.

Pour the yogurt spice mixture over the chicken and marinate for at least 3 hours (I did mine over night and had no problems)

Preheat the oven to 475 and bake until chicken is cooked through and evenly browned on top.

Garnish with salad leaves and lime wedges.

NOTE: I did mine on the grill and it was nummy. I did about 15 minutes on one side and then 10 minutes on the other.

Chicken Tandoori

Dec 10

2010 Travel

Three trips happened this year. The first was the trip back to Iowa to bury my Mom, the second was a trip to Kansas City, and the third was a was a business trip to Nashville. There was supposed to be a fourth trip, but R has an uncle who is very ill and it looks like we probably won’t be making that trip now.

So here are my travels through images.










Kansas City







Nashville (see the rest of the pictures at my SmugMug Site):
A theatre I spotted on the way back to the hotel in Brentwood. It was all gussied up in Neon.

Alley between the Ryman Auditorium and Music Row

Looking down Music Row

Betty Boots Neon Sign

Carriage Operator and her Dog

Ernest Tubbs Record Shop Sign

Dec 10

Message to Myself

December 21 – Future Self. Imagine yourself five years from now. What advice would you give your current self for the year ahead? (Bonus: Write a note to yourself 10 years ago. What would you tell your younger self?) (Author: Jenny Blake)

Dear Paula:

Remember all the stuff you went through? This year will be a much better year. You will not remember most of the problems you had. You will remember the good things. All the stuff that really matters will be etched in your mind and in your images.

You have a good position, you’re smart, you’re talented and you learn from your mistakes. That is more than what many people do. So take the good risks when they present themselves and do what your gut tells you is right.

Remember to breathe when you least feel like you can. You will be fine.

And here’s a song I thought was appropriate for today.

Remember that you are loved.

The Future Paula

Dec 10

What has Healed Me This Year?

Reverb10 posted the following prompt today:

December 19 – Healing What healed you this year? Was it sudden, or a drip-by-drip evolution? How would you like to be healed in 2011? (Author: Leoni Allan)

What I think has helped me to start healing this year is art, photography and gardening.

The Art is something new for me in that I have found a place to play. I’ve needed to play this year. I honestly don’t think I’ve played enough this year. However, I have the opportunity to change that with next year.

Photography: Originally, when I started writing this, I didn’t think I’d done as much photography as I had. I was suprised with how much photography I had done, when I thought I had done none is some parts of this year. I spent a lot of time taking pictures of people, animals and things. I learned that some of the same techniques that I’ve used for thing photography can be applied to animals and even people.

Gardening is my centering activity. I can forget what I was dwelling on when I started and there is something calming about steady, rhythms of working in the dirt. I feel connected to the planet and the world around me. I can watch butterflies flitting about, listen to birds sing, and occassionally be given a bath by a couple of over-zealous boxers who love their Auntie Paula to death.

I don’t know much about 2011, but I do know I need to do more healing.

Dec 10

Do… Or Do Not. There Is No Try

I do have a quibble with today’s Reverb 10 Prompt.

December 18 – Try What do you want to try next year? Is there something you wanted to try in 2010? What happened when you did / didn’t go for it? (Author: Kaileen Elise)

To quote Yoda:

No. Try not. Do… or do not. There is no try

Next year I want to do a Polariod film project. The Goal is a picture a day with an upload of all pictures once a week. I did a practice run a week or so ago while over at R’s Mom’s. They had found an old 2 pack of Polariod film for a Polariod Spectra and they still had the camera so I asked if I could use it. Here are some of the results:








This project isn’t so much about the perfection of the pictures. Its more about the doing. I really have no idea what’s going to come out of this. I had so much fun, that I’ve ordered a bunch of film from the Impossible Project and I’ve picked up a couple of old Polariod Cameras. I received my first order from the Impossible project today. So I took a few pictures of the Simba this morning.




This last year I really worked on expanding my photography skills. I added to my equipment both in terms of lenses and software. I took a Portrait class with a local photographer. And I practiced a lot. I found myself taking more time to make my images and making fewer, but better pictures. Some of My Favorites this year:

Sometimes what I did worked and sometimes I failed spectacularly at what I was doing. But I did.

Dec 10

F is for Friendship and Facebook

Reverb10 for today:

December 16 – Friendship How has a friend changed you or your perspective on the world this year? Was this change gradual, or a sudden burst? (Author: Martha Mihalick)

RevRunWisdom on Twitter

A friend is some1 who knows the song of ur heart & sings it bac 2 u when uve lost ur way

I can’t point to any one person who changed my perception of what friends are in this past year. But I can tell you one thing that’s really changed my perception of people and what friendship is. Facebook.

If you were to look at my Friends list on Facebook, you would see a list of people I know through various venues – work, high school, organizations I work with. While that’s all good and well, if you started asking me about each of these people, I don’t know how “deep,” I could get in terms of knowledge. I could give you some basic details about each of them but overall that’s it. The deep down stuff where you know you can depend on them no matter what, I don’t think I could count on them for that.

I can count on one hand the people in my circle who live up to what RevRun calls a friend. My friend Lisa whom I ‘ve been friends with since college. We’ve been through a lot together over the last 25 years. My friend John who I’ve also known from college – it doesn’t matter that sometimes we don’t talk to each for awhile. When he’s in Texas or I’m in Colorado, we pick up where we left off.

R is probably now my best friend, he’s the one who tells me I can do anything and who encourages me to be a better person. The one thing he reminds me about all the time is that “I’m born complete and that I should not judge myself against others.” And occassionally, he arrives in his silvery grey Chevy Caprice steed and rescues his ill girlfriend damsel in distress. I hope I encourage him as much as he encourages me. And I’m glad that in the grand scheme of things we spend WAY more time laughing and cutting up with each other and loving each other than we do fighting.

MaryBeth Smith’s post on on friendship sums it up far more eloquently than I have. I too need to broaden my group of “trusties” in 2011.

Dec 10

A Prompt of My Own

While I’ve been answering Reverb10 Prompts this month, I’ve also been pondering something my manager asked me at work. I thought this question might be a good one for others to contemplate as well.

“How can you be more effective in 2011?”

I’ve got normal business related ideas:

  1. Using lessons learned as a stepping point to improve performance.
  2. Communicating better with my co-workers.
  3. Getting over my fear of confrontation.
  4. Keeping clutter at my desk down.
  5. Not overscheduling/commitin myself.
  6. How I present myself.

But I also realized that there are things outside work that can affect my effectiveness as well.

  1. Quality of the foods I eat.
  2. Quality of the sleep I get.
  3. How scheduled my weekend is.
  4. What are my commitments at outside my normal work schedule?
  5. Am I exercising?

My challenge to you is to think about how you can be more effective in the New Year. Not only in terms of your business, but how things that you do in your home life maybe carrying over into the workplace. Start developing a plan on one item you need change to be more effective. For example if you identify that you’re not getting enough sleep to be effective, put together a plan to improve your sleep. What are your sleep habits? What may be influencing them? Do you need to go to bed earlier? Are you over-committed? Are you zoning out with the computer/television? Are you drinking too much caffiene late in the afternoon? Once you have the plan, start implementing it one step at time.

And please, feel free to let me know if you post in response to this prompt. Like Mary Beth, I’ve found that other’s responses widen my own personal perceptions and may help myself and others.