I spent most of the day in a strategic planning meeting with the team at work. When we moved into our new building some of the artwork went through trial periods, and this is what survived in the elevator lobby on the conference room floor. The first art they tried was a big, red metal thing that looked more threatening than welcoming.
It's funny how much difference in color tone exists between the naked eye and that of a camera. The flowers on this crape myrtle shrub near our driveway seem to be a much deeper shade of violet as I turn in. Still pretty here, though.
Went to a new eye doctor for my annual exam this morning. Her office is in a complex of three buildings with a pretty central courtyard. There was a gentle breeze and the sky was full of flat crackly-looking clouds, which burned off later in the morning.
Tonight I shelled nearly 8 cups of purple-hulled peas. These are the ones I shelled, the ones I didn't and (some of) the ones that got away. The peas have a funny way of shooting across the room when you least expect it. Some day, years from now when we no longer live here, someone will be still be finding them in the corners of the kitchen.
This yard off a major road in our neighborhood has a pair of crape myrtles with a pair of adirondack chairs underneath. I love how the trees form a gate - it makes the chairs seem more important somehow.
Managed to fight off the ferocious mosquitoes long enough to capture the hummingbird. Actually, we saw two argue over the feeder, but they must have found other sources because we didn't see them for long.
After a long, harried week, caught up with friends for dinner. Afterwards, gelato for dessert. Paciugo has a chandelier made of the little spoons. Reminds me of the Lite Brite game that was popular when we were kids.
These are the prisms on the windows that splash rainbows around the courtyard of the Plaza of the Americas (See the post from four days ago.) You can't tell from the photo, but the prisms were a lovely blue - quite lovely on their own.
My salvia always seems happier in the fall. I was sitting on the porch waiting for the hummingbird, but since it's only recently been cool enough in the evenings to sit outside he's not used to seeing me out there. The mosquitoes drove me inside. Sadly, I'm not capable of controlling them with only the power of my mind! I'm waiting for the itch cream to kick in.
A follow-up to my many tooth-related appointments the other day. The cosmetic dentist is in the Plaza of the Americas, which is like a city unto itself, complete with a hotel, shops, offices and a skating rink. The tall windows in the central courtyard have giant crystals mounted across them, and I always enjoy the rainbows they create.
Today was a dental adventure. First, the orthodontist removed the top wire and one bracket. Then, to the dentist to remove the veneer, and back to the ortho to replace the bracket and wire. I had the veneer done to fix a broken corner that wouldn't stay put and the dentist offered to build it out to look even with the other tooth. That was about a year before my bottom teeth decided to move in crazy directions and I decided braces were in order. Oddly, my previously scheduled 6-month cleaning is next Monday. The good news is, I should be out of the braces soon.
This is the general area where a tornado touched down for a few minutes, at least according to the news. I didn't see it. Several co-workers and I were listening to reports tracking the storm and debating whether to leave or stay, security came over the speakers and asked us to get to the center of the building away from windows.
Dinner tonight: Cream of Wheat. This morning the notes in my chart at the orthodontist said "fine tune to finish," which means she makes tiny crimps in the wire to move individual teeth. My lower teeth are very sore, which made eating progressively more difficult as the day went on. Luckily, she only did the bottom wire today. For her to do the top I have to have a veneer adjusted so that she can get that tooth to go where it belongs. Hopefully by Thursday my lower teeth will no longer be sore.
This morning I discovered I was a day further behind on posting images than I thought. It may be because I lost a day somewhere while reading a memoir called The Ramen King and I: How the Inventor of Instant Noodles Fixed My Love Life. (How do you not pick up a book with a title like that?) I've always enjoyed reading a book cover to cover on a weekend or vacation.
Another gem from our walking photo trek. If you're on the road by the entrance to this high-rise condo building this fountain is obscured from view by a wall, unless the stoplight finds you at just the right place. I drove by here countless times before seeing this fountain's tiles reflect pastel colors in the sun.
After a long week we decided to visit a restaurant we discovered recently called the Bronx Cafe. We enjoyed an early dinner on the patio in the much cooler weather. We're finally beginning to believe that fall may be on its way.
Peanutopolis \pE-nut-ä-pu-lis\ (noun) is defined by Snickers as "A state of mind making you feel very strong and powerful, almost mayor-like." I wouldn't go that far, but it tasted good. It's been a long while since I've had a full-sized candy bar.