Monday, June 25, 2007

Vacation Backlash

I wish everyone would take a vacation at the same time. Maybe then I wouldn't come back to 56 urgent emails and a stack of work the size of my head.

I don't have a small noggin either.

So you can understand the mix of awe and horror I felt after opening my office door. "Awe" at the thought that my desk could accrue that much paperwork in a week's time. "Horror" at the thought of trying to weed through it all.

I'm currently on page six.

It's going to be a long week. So forgive me for not posting my vacation recap today. I'll post it tomorrow, along with the header poll. Until then, enjoy these snapshots. Further explanations to come.

(Dauphin Island, Alabama)

Pink Sky At Night

Aftermath Of Hurricane Katrina:

Boarded Up

Gravestone For A House




Beach Condos...

...Ultra Skinny

Oil Rig Off The Coast

Courtesy of Odd Mix:



Pocky, for those who asked in Friday's post, is a Japanese snack. They're biscuit sticks covered in flavored creme, usually chocolate or strawberry. You can find them at Wal-Mart in the international food section.

P.P.S. Thanks to everyone who made sure the blog didn't burn down while I was gone. I found the tower of beer cans especially amusing. Any one care to snitch confess how the dog got glued to the table?



At 25 June, 2007, Blogger Kell said...

Welcome back! Those are amazing photos. The splash is just incredible!

Good luck catching up. Job security is one thing, but sheesh.

At 25 June, 2007, Blogger Lefty said...

Don't oil rigs make EVERYTHING seem more scenic?

And I can't say anything about how the dog got that way, but whatever you do, do NOT look in the toilet tank.

At 25 June, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear you're swamped. But look on the bright side, you are the only one bright enough to do your work. No?

You could be chained to the kitchen because five ravenous children are constantly hungry! Feel better now?


At 25 June, 2007, Blogger Cindi said...

Welcome back! I like that "splash" picture too! All the pictures look so relaxing and peaceful.

At 25 June, 2007, Blogger Newt said...

Those are FANTASTIC! I like the beach house and skinny follow-up and the splash was fabulous! I also like your WWC photos. You should really consider photography for your next career.

At 25 June, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I totally don't understand the word game but I want to play. Email me and explain, please.


At 25 June, 2007, Blogger Mamalujo said...

I am so glad you are back; maybe now I'll get some comments again! I used to go to Dauphin Island all the time back in the early 90's when we lived in Mobile.

At 25 June, 2007, Blogger Jay said...

*BELCH* What tower of beer cans? *Looks around the room innocently*

Welcome back! Hope you had an awesome time.

Wal-Mart has an international food section?

I can just imagine what your workplace was like last week. Everything brought up somebody probably said "Oh, Tink will take care of that when she gets back."

At 25 June, 2007, Blogger Jay said...

Wait! I wasn't through commenting!

Love the photos. Really love the ultra skinny beach condos and the pink sky.

At 25 June, 2007, Blogger Tink said...

Kell: I'm beginning to think "dispensable" wouldn't be all that bad. ;)

Lefty: The oil rigs weren't so bad. It was the trash that washed ashore because of them. At one point I bend down to inspect what I thought was a jellyfish. Yeah... It was a plastic glove.

Butterfly Girl: Hmm. Nope. That doesn't make me feel better at all! ((HUG))

Cindi: Thanks! "Splash" is my favorite too. I had to wait for what felt like forever for it to hit just right.

Newt: I would love a career in photography! Unfortunately, I have to eat. :)

Edge: Click on over to Odd Mix's page. He's the genius behind the game.

Mamalujo Was it as desolate back then? Because I'm almost hoping this is a recent thing.

Jay: It's a very small section. Don't blink. Every once in awhile Hoop and I grab something random from it. Although half the time I end up pitching it because I can't figure out how to cook it.

At 25 June, 2007, Blogger Mike Y said...

Wow! Those houses sort of put things in a different light don't they? I couldn't imagine having a house on stilts. And what's up with those condos???

At 25 June, 2007, Blogger Cat Herder said...

Wal Mart has an international foods section??


At 25 June, 2007, Blogger Chelle said...

Welcome back, Tink! I missed you! I cannot wait to hear about your trip!

At 25 June, 2007, Blogger Mary said...

Glad you made it home safely! Can't wait to hear your recap :)

Awesome pictures chick, those water ones are awesome.

At 25 June, 2007, Blogger Alex said...

The "splash" picture left me breathless. Just beautiful.

At 25 June, 2007, Anonymous gawilli said...

Best of luck on your week back to work - I know those aren't near as pleasant as the week you just had...and it looks to have been lovely. The pictures are breathtaking, as always. The beachside condos are a very interesting concept.

At 25 June, 2007, Blogger meno said...

Umm...about the dog. I...ah...IT WASN'T ME I SWEAR!

Those are some beautiful pictures.

At 25 June, 2007, Blogger Katie said...

I like splash the best. And the beach condos looked kind of like faces with big noses.

I wondered what Pocky was and then that very day I saw it by the cash register at the Korean grocery I go to - it was next to the Botan rice candy I usually get for me and Luke. I like to try new things, too. What should I do with the 'Pho rice noodles I bought?

At 25 June, 2007, Blogger mamatulip said...

It's like they say, you need a vacation from the vacation.

Glad you're back. :)

At 25 June, 2007, Blogger Foo said...

Ooooo... I love the "backwoods boardwalk"!

WV: "fndhr" That's what the voices in my head kept whispering to me. So I did. And then I married her.

The Beginning.

At 25 June, 2007, Anonymous wordgirl said...

Honestly, I TRIED to keep these yahoos under control, but it's no easy task. They're ANIMALS! Perhaps this is why they felt no hesitation in gluing the dog to the table and they made some noises about how it was skin-friendly glue and all and that it would come right out with a little club soda and Clorox. I didn't know if the dog would try to drink it or not so I opted NOT to see it it worked or not. As for the beer cans lying around, I cannot take the blame for that. I'm mostly a wine drinker.

At 26 June, 2007, Blogger Tawcan said...

Looks like an amazing trip. Welcome back. :)

At 26 June, 2007, Blogger captain corky said...

Welcome back! Great pics!!!

At 26 June, 2007, Blogger Spamboy said...

Thanks for posting the Dauphin Island pics. For many years, I used to run away to that little sand bar and escape the world -- that is, until the world recently tapped on the island's shoulder in the form of two hurricanes, and our beachhomes are now no more. It's a neat place and there aren't too many like it left.

At 26 June, 2007, Anonymous Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah said...

The beer cans may or may not have been me and Tammy.

At 26 June, 2007, Blogger furiousBall said...

Welcome back! I had two great friends that lived on Dauphin Island and now moved to New Mexico after Katrina. They have less hurricanes there and less nice beach views too.

At 26 June, 2007, Anonymous susan said...

Welcome back! Awesome pictures!

I toldthem to leave the dog alone but have you ever tried to tell a bunch of drunks anything? Just don't look around the place too close, 'k?

At 26 June, 2007, Blogger mrspao said...

Tink's back!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Awesome photos. I hope your week gets easier.

At 27 June, 2007, Blogger Kilroy_60 said...

You just responded to a comment I wrote. Which, of course, leaves me wondering how closely you watch your comments.


I'm an inquisitive sort you see.

Pleased at your interest in the Friends of Kilroy Carnival. If you want to dive in the deep end we can talk about you hosting. The next carnival is up for grabs.

I have an idea that I think will work well, in that vein. And, as always, I'm open to ideas.

You see, networking does work. hmmmmmm, seems like I've heard that before.

At 30 June, 2007, Blogger Orhan Kahn said...

Such beautiful photographs!

At 06 July, 2007, Blogger g-man said...

Must excellent photos.


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