Happy Birthday, Woman.

Happy Birthday to the woman who is the most extraordinary woman I’ve set eyes on.

Happy Birthday to the woman that will never see this with her own set of eyes.

Happy Birthday to the woman that doesn’t get on the internet.  Ever.

Happy Birthday to the woman that has 100 excuses for not getting on the internet.

Happy Birthday to the woman that really only has 1 excuse for not getting on the internet,  just 100 different ways of phrasing it.

Happy Birthday to my Mom.

Who I love dearly and I wouldn’t trade for the world.  Even though she doesn’t get on the internet.

Mom with Needles

And is apparently a Kninja Knitter.

•Now lets see if DAd tells her about this or if he lets it slide.•

Luz you!


August 19, 2009 - 9:08 am

Joseph - “Happy Birthday to the woman that really only has 1 excuse for not getting on the internet, just 100 different ways of phrasing it.”

So true.

I love the Kninja Knitter. Awesome.

Happy Birthday, Mom

August 21, 2009 - 12:25 am

Linda - Boo

Guess what boo. I got on the internet to show my knitting circle your pictures. I know that I don’t keep up with everything, but give me time.



August 21, 2009 - 12:31 am

DAd - Boo Boo

I looked at your blog very nice.

Luz U awaz


August 21, 2009 - 7:56 am

shutterboo - Point of clarification, please:

Did YOU get on the internet (meaning that you turned on the computer, logged on to IE and typed in the domain yourself) or did Bev or Kyle get on the internet and you backseat drive with the details?

I don’t know, ma, but I happen to believe it’s the latter. I luz you anyway. :)

December 17, 2009 - 12:02 pm

Knot To Brag… OK, Yes I Am « shutterboo - […] started this knitting gig about six weeks ago.  My Mom got me started, fixed my mistakes and helped finish her up.  And so did Bev’s magic hands.  […]

Shower Me With Showers

I’m not a fan of showers.  The party kind.  Not the bathing or raining kind.  I like those.  Sometimes.

I don’t know exactly what it is… actually, yes I do.  It’s the silly games and watching one person open gifts while women ooh and ahh.  Which, unfortunately, is the meat and potatoes of showers.  They make me uncomfortable.  Bridal or baby, doesn’t matter.  But if I had to choose I’d pick a bridal shower over a baby shower because I’m at least familiar with that subject (being married and all).  Comfort levels aside, I still go to the them.  I want to be supportive of the guest of honor.  I want to be with my family and friends.  And I want to eat.  I’m not gonna lie, the food gets me there.  Just ask Mel.  Or Mrs. Rev.  They know they can rope me in through my stomach.  I’m a sucker for artichoke dip and cake.

Baby Shower

Why am I talking about showers?  Because I went to a baby shower this past Sunday with my in-laws.  The hubs’s cousin is going to be a daddy so the families came together to shower the mom-to-be.  A family baby shower.  Even so, I could count the people I knew on one hand and let’s just say I’m not known for my networking skills.  I felt a bit awkward, but this is where the camera is handy.  I took pictures instead of dealing with small talk.  It’s selfish but believe me, this makes me more tolerable in the long run.

Baby Shower

It never fails, I end up saying stupid stuff to people I don’t know.*  Why?  Because I always learn new things at baby showers and think these people I don’t know will find my comments witty.  They don’t.  I wish I didn’t learn new things at these events; I’d be much happier never knowing these things existed.  And since I have no plans to be a mommy, there’s really no reason for me to know about gas drops, breast feeding or things that happen before/during/after labor.  None.  Actually, the more I know the less I like munchkins.  This is a great deterrent.  Kind of like how I don’t hurt people because I don’t want to go to jail.

Baby Shower

Mommy-stuff aside, I need to get over this baby shower thing.  I have girlfriends that are chomping at the bit to start families and a few that are ahead of the stretch .  And I’m very excited for them because I can will be the one to teach their kids how to pick their nose and say naughty things.  Of course I’ll go to their baby showers, hell, I’ll even host it if I don’t have to come up with the games.  And I’m happy to be their “photographer” for the afternoon.  But there better be food.  Good food.  And cake – don’t forget the cake.  Otherwise, I’ll give ya kiss, toss my gift on the table and be on my way.  You can find me at the Homemade Pie & Icecream shop.  Because I know they got cake there.


*Point of clarification: I do say stupid stuff to the people I know.  They just don’t hold it against me because they know me.  Or if I see a sick look of disgust growing on their face, I quickly apologize, walk to another room, pray they forget and then go on with my merry life.  Amen.

August 18, 2009 - 9:31 am

Joseph - “Why am I talking about showers? ”

Boo, When dad reads this I bet he will sit on the edge of his seat with bated breath praying the next sentence reads that you need a baby shower. You are a cruel daughter.


August 18, 2009 - 10:30 am

denise:) - OMG. I could have written that post- and i have a bridal shower this saturday- which i’ll take over a baby shower any day. I’m glad you survived- and have great pics to show for it.

August 18, 2009 - 8:34 pm

shutterboo - Bro-
It builds character.

August 19, 2009 - 8:03 am

Melanie - I will always feed you AND give you cake!! I wonder who we will have to wrangle in to do the food for my shower one day?? I guess we stil have a few years to figure that one out right? I am your total opposite Brooke. I love showers bridal, baby you name it I’m there (and most likely bringing the cake too :) haha!!)

August 19, 2009 - 8:22 am

shutterboo - I should hope so since that’s all you’ve been doing every weekend for the past 3 months. :)
I’ll cook for you. Florentine artichoke dip it is!

April 1, 2010 - 8:47 am

Preggonometry « shutterboo - […] not a big fan of baby showers, but I still go to be supportive, be with loved ones and eat cake.  It used to be that the guest […]

May 11, 2010 - 1:21 pm

Melissa S. - LOL! Love this post! I am SO sharing it with my sister…we both share your plans to steer clear of munchkins :-)

I'm Just Sayin'… My Hometown Rocks

I’m a HUGE fan of my hometown.  I’ve always been proud of my state, my heritage, but when most people hear “Kentucky”, stereotypes start flying.  And that’s what’s so cool about my town, my home – people “think” they know what it’s like but actually need to see it for themselves.  Because Louisville is ANYTHING but stereotypical.

I know.  I know what you’re saying.  “But what about KFC , your twangish accent, and don’t you go barefoot and drink sweet tea?”  And we do – well, some of us do (I LOVE sweet tea, by the way).  But Louisville also has a large arts community, houses its own ballet company and orchestra.  Who doesn’t like Shakespeare in the Park?  There are so many museums in the area I haven’t even been to them all.

Friend of Lou

There are a lot of local bands (ever heard of My Morning Jacket?) and the underground scene is busting to the seam.  We have a prominent gay community and the Highlands district is as liberal as it gets.  We believe in buying local and keeping Louisville weird.  There are over 100 parks in the metro area to go running or cycling or frisbee throwing.  And the local eats – OH THE LOCAL EATS! – well let’s just say if you visit, avoid chain restaurants.  You’ll thank me for it later.  Lynn’s Paradise Cafe, Lilly’s and Havana Rumba are some of my faves (I could go on because every local restaurant is a fave).

And let us not forget about The Louisville Slugger.  Or The Kentucky Derby.  Or the fact that our night life doesn’t wind down until 4am.  Need I say more?

Friend of Lou

So when my Pod-mate told me about Friends of Lou, I had to join.  I mean, I love this place, how could I not be a friend of my favorite place in the world.  And I got my VIP package in the mail on Friday.  I have no idea what they mean by “special access to special events” but I’m stoked.

Friend of Lou

Possibility City is our new slogan and while I think it’s a little corny, they’re absolutely right – anything is possible in Louisville.  The brochure highlighted some of the things you wouldn’t expect from a smaller city.  And I love the color of their photographs.  I’m smitten.

Friend of Lou (montage)

Don’t you love her shades?  She’s totally a local.  Out-of-towners do not wear stuff like this to the Kentucky Derby.  Unless it’s like their 10th Derby or something.

Friend of Lou

So I challenge you, Louisville dwellers and non-Louisville people, check out Friends of Lou.  You might be interested, you might not.  You may just browse or hopefully you’ll join.  And if you haven’t visited our fine city, stop on by.  We’d love to have ya.

Friend of Lou

August 17, 2009 - 10:00 am

jedipunk - Hey boo, this is bro.

Did u go see The Time Traveler’s Wife. Rachel McAdams was on The Daily Show and gave it all away. Not a big deal since we read the book. But it was funny.

August 17, 2009 - 10:11 am

shutterboo - I’ll have to look that up on YouTube. I’m going next Saturday with a group of girlfriends – I think only 2 of us have the read the book though so this should be interesting.

August 17, 2009 - 11:23 am

denise:) - You are rockin’ that 50mm! Gorgeous photos and I never knew Louisville was so cool!

Morning Light

I never take advantage of the morning light.  During the week, I need coffee to function; I drive to work on auto-pilot every morning.  On the weekends, I’m just too lazy to get out of bed.  But Friday was a morning with brilliant light.  The sun was shining bright already.  There were no clouds in sight.  And you have no idea how thankful I was it wasn’t raining (it’s been doing that a lot lately).  So while walking to the office, I had to stop and take a few pictures because the light looked divine.

Morning Light

I know it’s only an old warehouse but the light was perfect.  The shadows are harsh because the light is direct and bright.  And the car flying by is a bonus in my book. 

August 15, 2009 - 7:25 pm

cherokeebydesign - You should get out early morning or late afternoon on the weekend….it will help the photos 100%.


August 16, 2009 - 12:39 am

limjunying - Beautiful capture!

August 17, 2009 - 11:57 am

fuckedupmornings - how’d you get that vignette effect? the picture looks like it came from a lomo cam. =) very nice.

August 17, 2009 - 12:16 pm

shutterboo - I’ve been learning (and falling in love with) Photoshop so I’m guilty of post-processing some of my photos. I don’t like to do it too much because it can appear over-processed and then the creativity lies with Photoshopping instead of photography. Which there’s nothing wrong with that, just not my cup of tea.
I’d have to view it next to the SOOC (straight out of camera) pic but I most likely burned the edges. And the SOOC is at home and I’m… somewhere else. :)

School Daze Begins

You can definitely tell that public school has started around here.

Waterfront Fountain

The roads are WAY busier in the mornings.  The buses are a dead give away.

Waterfront Fountain

The parking garage I utilize has been filling up faster in the morning.  No more vacations for the parents until Labor Day.  Or Thanksgiving.

Waterfront Fountain

My teacher friends have already began complaining about their jobs on Facebook.

My mommy friends have been rejoicing about their freedom on Facebook.

Waterfront Fountain

And this fountain is empty.

Waterfront Fountain

There have been kiddos playing here everyday, even on the hottest of hot days, the humid-est of humid days.  And now they’re back in air conditioned prisons.  I wanted so badly to snap some pictures of the kids at the fountain – they were happy, they were playing and their summer garb was always bright and colorful.

But I have a fear of being approached by strangers.  More specifically, parents.

And then them beating the crap out of me with my Canon.

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