A Surprise Every Day: Shaking Up April with Hipstamatic (week 3)

Another busy week has come and gone but over all it’s been a good one here in our little corner of the Pacific Northwest.  While my days fly by in a blur of work, family, driving and if I’m lucky a little bit of blogging I’ve been trying very hard to recognize those quiet moments that tell stories and make me smile.

We started our week with a Sunday tour of the Seattle Underground with my brother Erich and his family.  We had a great time wandering through Pioneer Square and If you’re ever in the city and want to learn why the buildings in Pioneer Square have entrances, sidewalks and skylights below the streets, what happened after the entire business district burned to the ground and how a large part of the downtown is now built on fill from 4 huge re-grade projects I suggest signing up for a tour.  Monday’s photo is a close up of Ryan’s favorite Solar System place mat after from the cousins Sunday breakfast. Ryan’s always been fascinated with science and natural history but he also has a full-fledged boy crush on everyone in the Marvel Superhero universe so Tuesday’s photo is our Corn Flakes box promoting the new Avengers movie The Age of Ultron and Thor.

Wednesday’s photo is my current library book, Foxglove Summer.  This is the latest book Ben Aaronovitch’s Rivers of London series and another great story filled with mystery, snappy dialogue, social commentary, life in London and a bit of the supernatural.  Thursday is a cleaning up an after dinner shot and here’s the view from my kitchen sink.  You can see two of Ryan’s elementary school art projects and a blue bowl left in our house by the previous owner.  Together they hold the bits and pieces I find scattered around the house along with some beach treasures.

You might have heard the latest Star Wars teaser clip came out this week and Friday afternoon found me thinking about the day 38 years ago when my Aunt Maryellen drove me 3 hours round trip to Seattle so we could see the first movie together. Sadly that theater was torn down several years ago but this beautiful building still stands a few blocks away.  In 1916 The Coliseum opened as the first theater built specifically for showing movies in Seattle and though it’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places the inside has been completely re-worked into a retail store.

My photo-a-day week ends with this shot of Finn in our backyard Saturday morning.  We were outside together cleaning up a planting bed behind our deck and right after I took this shot my blogging friend Andra Watkins called. Andra is in town this weekend as part of a west coast tour promoting her latest book Not Without My Father: One Woman’s 444 Mile Walk of the Natchez Trace (click here to see my Amazon review). I can’t wait to meet up Sunday afternoon but when I answered the phone I said I was outside with my face in the ferns. I’m sure she thinks I’m weird but hopefully I can explain what I really meant in person. 🙂

Each photo is straight from Hipstamatic’s “shake to randomize” function and posted without any additional editing. If you like a particular combination and want to try it at home just click on the image to see the lens and filter used.  For variety I downloaded some new lenses and filters this week so if you want to try Hipstamatic but are unsure how to start let me know and I’ll do my best to answer your questions!


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39 thoughts on “A Surprise Every Day: Shaking Up April with Hipstamatic (week 3)

  1. I still remember the first time I watched the very first star wars movie on a BETA tape, Didn’t know how to work the damn thing as a kid but once I saw it for the first time I simply couldn’t stop watching 😀


  2. Always happy to see Finny in your post…and too bad I don’t eat cornflakes, otherwise one with THOR on the box cover might be very popular for my breakfast routines, haha.


  3. I like the one of finn the most – but each day had such variety – and laughing at the face in the ferns – and I actually spoke to a lady yesterday – and to check in about a project and she took the call from her garden bed – (it was brief) but how fun – to be in spring mode. 🙂


    1. It’s the season for catching up on overgrown garden beds I guess. 🙂 Thanks for letting me know I’m not the only one who answered the phone while gardening this week and thanks for your nice comments. 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Patrick. This was Finn’s best day in the yard so far, he was relaxed and able to enjoy just watching the day and sniffing the air without fear and worry. It was nice to see the positive changes in him.

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      1. My former dog Shelly, who was a rescue, took about a year to overcome her fears and learn to trust people again. It has been my experience that a rescued dog will make an amazing companion once they are given the love they so desire.


  4. Gorgeous dog.

    In my town, the Tivoli is an old Vaudville theatre that was the first in Canada to show talkies. It’s the first cinema that I saw Star Wars in. It too is practically torn down.


    1. It’s sad to hear about all these beautiful old movie palaces in disrepair or worse but a lot of fun to hear from so many people who remember their first Star Wars experience. Finn is a great dog and making a lot of progress toward more normal behaviors. I’m happy we could give him a home to call his own.

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