Sunday, June 24, 2007

Feeling Old

Dave and I just realized that Dave Matthew's "Under the Table and Dreaming" came out thirteen years ago. Thirteen Years!! For those of is who graduated high school in 1994 (WTF!!!), there was nothing bigger than Dave Matthews. You know, back when he was cool. I cannot listen to that album without reliving my entire freshman year of college. Between us, we have seen him play nine times.

The point is, to someone graduating high school today that album is the equivalent of Air Supply to us. Man, when did I get so bloody old?

Friday, June 22, 2007

Dream

Self Portrait in the window of our hotel room after the wedding

Photo Friday this week is Dream. I was not the type of girl who grew up dreaming about her wedding day. I am just not a girly kind of girl. Planning our wedding was one of the hardest things I have ever done. However, our wedding day was amazing and I am not just saying that because I was the bride (OK, maybe that part helps a little). All of the months of planning fell right into place, and with the help of numerous people the entire day went without a hitch. The girly primping, the ceremony, the music, the pictures, the love, the weather, the laughter, the food, the dancing, and the joy made for a surreal day. I could not have been happier. If I had dreamed about my wedding day, that is how I would have wanted it to go.

There were thousands of photos taken that day in April. It was hard for me to not have a camera in my hands. There were so many times I would think, gosh, I wish I had a photo of that, and boom, there was our photographer popping up out of nowhere to preserve the moment. She was awesome, as are the photos she took...she was nominated for a Pulitzer, she knew what she was doing. (And yes, I just wanted to write that my photographer was nominated for a Pulitzer. How cool is that? When I first contacted her, she emailed me back from the Arctic Circle where she was doing a photo shoot...so friggin cool, I geeked out over that for a while.) So at the end of the day, I could not resist picking up the camera. This is my reflection in our hotel room window. All of the events were over, everyone was well fed and danced out. It was over, we were married, and I was happy. I had my camera, all was back to normal.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

WoooHoooooo!!!!!!!!

My sister-in-law/close friend Lauren was on the TODAY show this morning!!!!!

Lauren started Operation Purple, a summer camp program for kids whose parents are in the military, and they (and she) are finally getting some major press...TODAY, 60 Minutes, USA Today, etc...

I am so happy for her, and so, so proud of her. She has poured her heart into this, I cannot express how amazing she is. Thousands of kids are getting the help and support they need because of her. There would be no Operation Purple without Lauren. She rocks in a major bad ass way! Watch the video, I totally cried.

That is her being interviewed...in case you can't recognize her...this is her making a fish face, with her bike helmet on...Hehe...Love Ya La!!

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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

These city walls

Old San Juan City Wall

Part of the wall surrounding Old San Juan, Puerto Rico.

I've been waiting for this moment all my life...

...but it's not quite right.

The sad part is, I can actually do that with my chicken arms. The worm, well, that ain't happening. I leave that to Sheri and Billy.

Send me yours!

Friday, June 15, 2007

You underestimate the power of the dark side

I would like to start this post by acknowledging that I have been suffering from a severe case of blogheria these past few weeks. Blogheria, you know, diarrhea of the blog. And yes, I just made that up. Kind of like comamine, the coma-like state that results from taking dramamine. But a comamine is way better than a vomamine if you are feeling me. Anyway, I have been a little blog happy lately, so let's all just sit back and enjoy the ride.

One of my sisters joined myspace last night, and based on my overly excited reaction to this you would think that Johnny Damon just broke his arm. Her husband is on there too, and convinced her to join the wild masses and create an online profile for no other reason than just because it is there. Her joining started me thinking about myspace in general, and why I have a profile. After serious, exhaustive thinking and evaluation of all sides of the subject I have come to the conclusion that it is the dumbest thing in the entire world, and might actually be killing many of my precious remaining brain cells. Despite all that, I love it anyway. I love it because it is absolutely pointless. When I actually sit back and think about what I do on myspace, it is mind boggling. I put up pictures, people comment on them, I comment on other people's pictures, I comment on their pages, they comment on mine, I change my layout, I add new songs, I find bands that I like, essentially it is the biggest suckage of time known to mankind. Doesn't it sound awesome? But, it is fun. That is it, it is just fun, and there is no more explanation needed.

I have tried to get Dave to join myspace now for ages, but this has proved to be harder than getting him to admit that in those secret quiet moments, when no one else is looking, he is actually rooting for the Red Sox. I got him to join friendster back in the day, back when it was cool (yes, I just wrote that) and people actually knew what it was. He filled out his little profile, added some pictures, and then someone he no longer wanted anything to do with tried to be his friend through friendster, and he immediately wanted nothing to do with friendster anymore. Boo. That didn't make my campaign of "Dave for Myspace" any easier. He, like most people, doesn't "get" myspace. But there is nothing to get, that is the best part. Maybe that is why I am so happy that my sister joined, so that I can feel like I have dragged one more person over to the dark side and it will suck all of her brain matter out as well. Isn't that nice and sisterly of me? Or maybe I just want to leave comments on her pictures, and her profile...

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Something smells fishy

Whale Shark at the Georgia Aquarium

Since I went to the Georgia Aquarium in January, two whale sharks and a beluga whale have died in captivity. Correction, the beluga whale actually died the day I was there. I am trying not to take their passing personally.

The whale shark is the largest fish in the world, and travels vast distances. I am not sure which shark is in this picture, or whether this particular one is alive or dead, but this whole thing is creeping me out. The Georgia Aquarium rescued the beluga whale that died, from an amusement park in Mexico that had the whale living in a tank next to a roller coaster. They tried to save that animal from almost certain death and he didn't make it. The whale sharks on the other hand were taken from the wild. Or, as the aquarium states, "had been bought from fishermen in Taiwan and would have ended up as someones dinner." In fact, just this month, the aquarium received two more whale sharks from Taiwan, i.e. the wild. They don't even know what killed the first one and they getting more. This just seems crazy to me.

I know that keeping animals of any kind in captivity is controversial, and I can see very clearly the arguments on both sides. It would be very hypocritical of me to say that no animals should be kept in cages, or tanks, based on my own visits to zoos and aquariums. But wouldn't the aquarium want to find out what killed these fish before placing a new order of money makers? I think part of the problem I am having is that Georgia Aquarium provides almost no information about their exhibits. Aside from naming the fish in the tanks, it is purely an aquarium for show. They do put on a great show, but you cannot go there and learn anything. I can think of many examples of this, but my favorite was the "educational" movie they showed about protecting nature. During the blatant "Finding Nemo" ripoff they had cartoon fish telling kids to help save the oceans. This is all fine and great, but they did not give one, and I do mean one, example of how they could do that. Isn't the point of aquariums, and ultimately keeping any animal in captivity, so that you can educate the public about them? We saw kids looking into the piranha tank in aw. So cool right, piranhas? Isn't that the time to have something on the wall for them, or their parents, to read about the fish, so they can know more about them than just what they see in movies? Instead, some kids were just screaming about how those fish could eat them.

I know, I am totally ranting at this point, but I am so bugged by this. It just seems that if these animals are going to die in captivity, so you and I can go pay $24 to watch them swim around a tank not nearly big enough for them, the aquarium should be doing their part and educating the public. Is that too much to ask?

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

My baby is growing up

This blog turned two last week, so I thought I would get her a celebration present and clean her up a bit. She really wanted a pink princess phone, but she must learn early in life that you can't always get what you want. As you will notice there are some changes around these parts...new colors, a cleaned up sidebar, funny commentary (oh wait, that's not new).

I really cannot believe that I have been blogging for two years. When I started this experiment I had no idea what I was getting myself into. There were many questions...What would I write about? Who would read it? What is an over share? Do I really want to post that picture on the internet? Are people that I don't want to find this going to find it? How the heck do I change my code?...but I have answered them, gradually. I have even changed the answers around a bit from time to time.

What I wasn't expecting was how much I was going to love this. I have a lot of fun here. The best part for me is the dialogue, and the interaction of it all. Many of you have really taken to this, and you have no idea how much I love that you have. I love the comments, but even when you are not commenting I know that you read it. During my wedding weekend I was introducing my friends and family by their blog comment names. How ridiculous is that? There has been so many times where someone has quoted me to me, or I get a phone call or email about a post, it is such an awesome feeling. My family has really latched on to this in a way that I never thought they would, or really only hoped they would. My first real post described how I was looking for that, or how I was trying to create that. I had no idea it would be this successful. If I could count the times that someone in my family asked me if what they were doing was blog worthy I would be a wealthy woman.

Blogging has also given me an outlet for my photography that was drastically missing from my life. Blogging got me into flickr, digital photography, and exposing my work to a wider audience. It even spawned another blog specifically for photos...that is not dead in the water just yet. There are some interesting ideas I have been floating around recently, the product of which I hope to share with you soon. It is amazing how much has changed in two years.

I tried going through some of the old posts and finding my favorites, but there are too many that I enjoy for me to go down that road. I did find a comment, that I won't necessarily call my favorite, but I do believe was highly under appreciated when it was written. It was a comment by my sister Jenn who was pregnant at the time, I highly recommend reading it. I would love to hear from you regulars about what some of your favorite posts, or comments, have been.

I have many friends who blog now, which adds a whole new, very fun level to this process. It is great to be on the other side, and see the way people you know interpret things. Plus, my friends are hysterical.

So here we go, the beginning of year three. As I am writing this I am appreciating how much blogging means to me, and how much I enjoy it. I know that sounds a little hokey, but I do this for me, so it shouldn't be shocking that I love it. My biggest cheerleader in this whole process has definitely been Dave, I mean, my husband. Aside from giving me such great material to write about, he knows not to bug me when I am blogging. He is also usually the first to read it, and always gives the appropriate response to posts. When I first told him that the blog was two years old, he not only was as shocked as I was, but got really excited and suggested that we should celebrate. I'm lucky. So yes, we shall celebrate.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Aqua: noun, a shade of blue tinged with green

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Can we just take a moment and reflect on the fact that my sunscreened behind sat on this beach for almost a whole week. This beach, yes, the one right here in this picture. You can't see the sand in this shot, but it was pink. Pink! Is this not the most ridiculous colored water you have ever seen? We were so insanely spoiled.

Oh, this is Crane Beach in Barbados.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Hey Hon

The headturn
I spent the day yesterday, with Ms. Clarkson and her sister, at the Honfest in Baltimore. The Honfest web site explains the whole thing much better than I could, but it is a street fair celebrating all things Baltimore. But by all things Baltimore, picture John Waters's Baltimore, a la Hairspray, and Cry-Baby. All the women had huge bee hive hairdos, and tons of makeup. There were miles of leopard print, jewelry that would make Peg Bundy jealous, and more pink flamingos than live in the entire State of Florida. It was awesome.

Kelly and Sterling got their hair done, Kelly even got her make up done. This was brilliant for me, because I got to take pictures of the whole process. It was hot, and we sat in a lot of traffic to get there, but it was more than worth it. Well, that is always worth it when there is funnel cake involved. I am very pleased with the way the Black & White project is working out, and took some great shots. There is a whole set of them on flickr if you want to check them out.
Marie Antoinette would be so jealous

Friday, June 08, 2007

Out of all those kinds of people, you've got a face with a view

Dave

The Photo Friday category this week is lame, so I am posting a picture of Dave instead. Why, you ask? Well isn't it pretty obvious?!

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Sidra

Sidra's feet

My friends Kim & Doug had their first child three weeks ago. OK, Kim actually had the baby, but you know what I mean. I met her tonight for the first time, and she is awesome! Her name is Sidra, and she has very long legs for a newborn. She was born a month early, so technically she shouldn't even be on the outside yet, which make her legs seem really long. Both of her parents are rowers, so things are looking pretty good from the U.S. Olympic rowing team of 2028.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Elect Hillary's Husband in '92

Elect Hillary's Husband in '92

A friend gave me a free ticket to a rally tonight for Hillary Clinton. Never one to turn down a chance for a good photo op I went along. I couldn't get close enough for any really good pictures of Hillary, but I did find this gem. I stopped the woman wearing it and asked her if I could shoot it. Too funny right? Sadly this was the best part of the rally, because her speech was completely vanilla, with bad anecdotes. It felt like she phoned it in. Now this isn't a stance on her politics, just her speech. It is way too early for me to be choosing a candidate. I have chosen sides... who am I kidding, I live on one side...but not a candidate.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

All my pictures seem to fade to black and white

Alex and Lis
Last month was filed with so much color...when I get around to finishing the honeymoon pics you will see what I mean. This month I am switching gears and only shooting in Black & White. I haven't shot in B&W for years...back when I was using a completely manual(gasp!) camera and used a dark room. Is it possible that I am old enough for that? With my new camera, which I really need a good name for, I can shoot in B&W and not have to pay extra for film or developing. So I am pushing my boundaries here a little, and learning that it is harder that I thought.

This is "Bea" and Lis. Lis is my friend, in real life and in blog life, and Bea is her friend. I met Bea for the first time today, but I have been reading his blog for a while now(because it is awesome, you should read it too). It was great to finally talk to him in person, but I felt like I already knew him, or part of him anyway. I imagine this is what pen pals used to feel like when they met for the first time. I say used to, because who has a pen pal anymore? This may sound weird to you non-bloggers, but if you blog you are probably feeling me. He is also hard not to like in real life, mainly because in a few weeks he will be walking from Yankee Stadium to Fenway Park, yes walking, and making a film about it! How cool is that?!? I can't wait to read all about it.

Our friend Bethany was also there, and she blogs too. It was a party, a big blog party. [Bonus points if you get that reference] I took pictures of Bethany too, but they didn't come out. This B&W thing is going to be an adjustment...a test of my patience really. This relearning curve should be interesting.

Monday, June 04, 2007

For My Hoya

Georgetown

I took this shot, earlier tonight on Roosevelt Island, for my sister. It is her alma mater..excuse me almah matah.

From DC to Boston with love.

Friday, June 01, 2007

How I See Myself

Self portrait passing the sugar cane fields


Photo Friday this week is "How I See Myself." I have often envisioned myself a certain way, wondering if it will ever become real. It was a dream of how I wanted my life to be, in comparison to how it was. My life now is matching up with that vision. Everyday my life gets better, and everyday my dream of how I want to be is almost a reality. I say almost, only because it is nice to always want more...more life, more love, more color.

This picture was taken in Barbados, while passing a sugar cane field. The motion of the car and my camera really sum me up quiet well. I am no longer the woman who wants to travel and take pictures, I am the woman who travels and takes pictures. And it feels awesome.