A grainy glimpse into my world

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"Grainy," because all these pics were taken with my cell phone. Let's pretend it was done on purpose, for artistic effect, shall we?

So, if a picture really IS worth a thousand words, then prepare to settle in for a hefty epic.

By the way, most of the pics you're about to see were taken around the same time as my one and only mug shot.

Below is the view (or rather, a vague idea of the view, because it's really much more impressive in real life) from my bedroom here at my mom's house. That mountain range is known as the Outeniqua, which is a Khoisan word meaning either "they who bear honey" or "place of honey." (At least all the translators were sweet enough to agree that honey was somehow involved.)

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The bamboo wind chimes outside my mom's art studio provides a restful vibe. (Or maybe it's my recently upped dose of antidepressants?) Very Zen though, yes?

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And remember that book gig I had in April? Well, these were my trusty assistants.

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Popping into the office to take my coffee orders.

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My other assistant emulating me on the job.

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The absolutely perfect and very generous welcome home present I received from my brother-in-law. A book for every year that I was gone, and one extra for pain and suffering. (He didn't specify whose pain and suffering.) Had I known I would be rewarded for every year away, I would have stuck it out for at least another decade!

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Just some of what my mom gets up to in her art studio.

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And now I've officially pushed the limits on my daily allotted data. (I've worked out a strict "data diet" in order not to go over my cap. (And y'all KNOW how I feel about dieting! Let's just say, no wonder it contains the word "die." Suddenly all I want to do is eat all the Gigabytes my little laptop and my internet connection can possibly generate!)

Oh, these tiny bytes hurt the deepest! Only 30 days to go before I get a new share.

Suddenly I LOATHE months with 31 days...

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Red Dahling,
Beautiful Pics. Cellphones with cameras,but no unlimited internet. Very interesting. Great hearing from you. Talked to a friend,her husband is from Cameroon, I'll keep you informed.

kim said:

i hope you'll be able to scale down that dose soon again. i'm here if you wanna "talk" ... hang in there! :)

miked said:

lovely pics! I love the landscape of south africa, my roommate went home (originally from some smalltown outside of capetown) and brought back tons of pics....

Take it easy on the bytes, eat too much and it'll make ya sick. You know full well the withdrawls of the internet. So glad you're back!

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  • miked : lovely pics! I love the landscape of south africa, my roommate went home (originally from some small... [go]
  • kim : i hope you'll be able to scale down that dose soon again. i'm here if you wanna "talk" ... hang in t... [go]
  • bookstorediva : Red Dahling, Beautiful Pics. Cellphones with cameras,but no unlimited internet. Very interesting. Gr... [go]
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