Friday, March 11, 2011

Close Calls

I don't know what I was thinking, but Wednesday night, I went to bed without taking a picture of the day.  It was only after I turned off the lights and started to doze that I realized that I had not taken a picture of the day.  I ran and grabbed the camera and took a quick snap of Jess. It wasn't until later that I realized I took a similar picture last year. Being that the day was already over when I realized this, I HAD to go with this picture.  So, in processing, I turned the image to black and white, turned up the red a little in her already reddish eyes, and there ya go, Jess is suddenly a vampire. Team Jessica. 

March 9th, 2011 - Day 68

The night would go on to be very short lived.  A little before midnight, we got a call from Jessica's stepdad that her mom was in the hospital and not expected to survive through the night.  She has been in poor health for a while, but it wasn't a call we were expecting.  And it was certainly not something Jessica needed having lost her stepmom a little less than a year ago.  So we quickly got ready and drove the two hour drive to the Bay Area in 90 minutes.  We stayed at the hospital until around 5am and then, with her mom looking somewhat stable, went to the house for a few hours of crappy sleep.  But in the morning, her mom was awake and talking, and breathing much more than the 2-3 times per minute she was breathing when she first got to the hospital.  We stayed with her until around 3:30 before leaving to go home, convinced and confident enough that she had taken a turn for the better and was going to pull through again.  One time while sitting in the waiting room, I took the shot below.  I think it captures the coldness that a hospital can bring out sometimes.  Cold and empty.

March 10th, 2011 - Day 69

We were in bed by 8PM upon arriving back home after a very long night/day.  Today was spent catching up  on work and taking it pretty easy.  Jess wasn't as lucky as she had to go to work.  I might have worked even more than I did, but I was glued to the TV a lot with everything going on in Japan.  While taking a shower today, I actually thought of today's shot.  It wasn't quite the angle I originally wanted, but I am still pleased with how it came out.  I do love playing!  Something tells me that Machete needed to bring more knives to the fight!

March 11th, 2011 - Day 70


Miss Sassy Pants said...

I think this is the first time I've said this, but I do not like this picture. I don't like the red eye and I don't like that you can clearly see how badly my eyebrows need to be plucked. I DO like the "Team Jessica" quip though... :-)

Worst wake up call ever... My mom is a tough cookie though, thank god. That was a long, exhausting day, and our butts spent quite a bit of time in those chairs. I like this picture, the framing is cool and your explanation of the coldness of hospitals really relays what we went through that night/day.

Hehehe, cute little boy in a man's body playing with toys! This is a good action shot, it looks real. What angle were you originally going for?

laura b. said...

I'm so sorry to hear what you are going through with Jessica's mom. I'm glad to hear she is a strong person.

Thanks for 3 very interesting and different photos. I especially like the one of the hospital chairs, it does capture that cold emptiness.

And Jessica! I hadn't noticed an eyebrow issue until you mentioned it, then of course I went back up and looked again :-) But, really it is a very cool picture. Go Team Jessica!

Mom said...

Jess-I too, did not notice the eyebrows. Now that I have-yuck-what are you thinking? hehehe I got a chuckle out of Team Jessica. That is so Manuel!

I love the second picture a lot. Hospitals are so cold and sterile looking and I think you captured it well. little boy! Always playing with his action figures. I love it!

Tara said...

I love those action figures.

I hope Jessica's mom is out of the woods and on her way to recovery!

Great shot of the hospital - although they're taking care of our loved ones, the place itself is cold and has an air of distress and anxiety.

Churlita said...

I'm glad Jess' mom took a better turn. I hope she stays healthy now.