Friday, August 31, 2007

This is heaven to no one else but me

I contacted the editor of local, read free, newspaper last night to see if I could work with them and take some photos. I included a link to my flickr page because I wanted him to be able to see some of my work. He responded very quickly, and was extremely enthusiastic about the idea. I am still gushing about the compliments he gave. I meet with him next week, and hope to start covering some local events soon. Now granted, this won't be a paying job, but this paper gets a lot of exposure in my neighborhood, and around the city, which is exactly what I need right now. I am pumped, this should be really fun.

We are off to the Outer Banks for the long weekend...yes, more beach time. Enjoy your day celebrating Labor!

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

My Best Friend's Girls

I went to Upstate New York this past weekend to see my best friend. Sheri recently bought a new house, and this was the first time I have seen it. We did lots of exciting things, like eating, and talking, and laying on rafts in the blow up pool in her backyard. It was awesome.

Sheri has three little dogs, and each one has such a different personality. I decided that I was going to take their glamour shots.

Olivia
This is Olivia, I love her tooth that hangs out. Her tongue often hangs out too, she looks drunk 70% of the time.
Freddie
Freddie, the chihuahua with a perm.
Annie
Annie reminds me if Blanche Devereaux, you know, from the Golden Girls. She is a smart dog, but she can look a bit ditsy.
Olivia

Olivia gets two photos on the blog because this expression kills me.

I think there is a future for me in dog photography. I might start just posting photos of dogs on the blog from now on.

Monday, August 27, 2007

The greatest place on earth

On the day before my wedding I was lucky enough to take a tour of Fenway Park, with all of my girls (and Eric!) in tow. I was totally able to relax and have a good time, and didn't once think about the stress surrounding the wedding. It was genius, I highly recommend it. I am finally getting around to sharing some pictures, better late than never, non?

View from the Green Monster

This was the last roll I took of film, and seeing that school is going to be completely digital I am imaging this will be my last roll for a long time. This is the view from the top of the Green Monstah.
The little elf

I have very stringent rules about the sport of baseball, and one of them is that women should not wear pink hats. Seeing a woman in a pink baseball hat makes my skin crawl. Chicks in pink hats can't be taken seriously, because they are not real fans, they just think they look cute. This is baseball people, not a fashion show. There is one giant exception to this rule, and that is, of course, girls under the age of twelve. At thirteen, girls should be wearing adult hats, in real team colors. Abby is clearly following my guidelines, and I will be the first in line in ten years to buy her a real hat, like the one her mother is wearing. She is a real fan too.
My sister and me, atop the Green Monster

This last one is my sister Jenn and me on top of the Green Monstah. It is a shame that we don't look anything alike.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Freaky Friday

Morph of Dave and Me -

I found a web site that will morph two images of people, and since I can't seem to get enough of the Dave pictures in the last 24 hours, you get us merged. This picture freaks me out. It is disturbing how much Dave and I combined look like my brother Tim. But Tim with pearls on. This picture really gives me the hebbie gebbies.

I thought I would test out the waters, and see what my children could look like if I married someone else. I have to say, that my movie boyfriend, Eric Bana, and I would have beautiful children. Almost too beautiful.
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Now, since I like to play fair, I merged Dave with his movie girlfriend, Lindsey Lohan. I know what you are thinking, Lindsey Lohan?? In a world full of beautiful, talented women, he picks Lindsey Lohan. I find comfort in the fact that if he and Miss Lohan were to ever spawn, their love child would look like Tony Curtis in Some Like it Hot.
Morph of Lindsay Lohan and Dave -

Thursday, August 23, 2007

I Married A Muppet

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I take back everything I said in my last post about not leaving you for the weekend with pictures of Dave.

I may never stop laughing at this.

View from the Hill

Two roads diverge in the Nation's Capital
I am going out of town for the weekend, so I wanted to leave you with something to look at...based on NTS's comment from my last post I don't think most of you want to stare at Dave all weekend. Well, I know some of you only come here to see pictures of Dave, so you will just have to scroll down a bit.
View from the Hill

I took these about a month ago when I rented the dreamy Nikon 18-200 VR lens. It was a pretty sweet lens. I am going to buy a new lens when school starts, but I am going to wait and see what they recommend. The 18-200 VR is on the short list, well, until they tell me otherwise. I might have to anti up for a professional lens, which would be as equally dreamy, but a lot more money. As a side note, I was daydreaming today about the rental equipment room that I am going to have access too. I felt like Tim Allen dreaming about tools.
Steps at the Library of Congress

This is what I see on an almost daily basis around these parts. I try not to take the view for granted, because not everyone works in a spot this great. I will not be working here forever, so I try to "soak it up" as my sister would say.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

My Old Man

My Husband
Dave is done with his summer classes, so I have been seeing a lot more of him this week. He has cooked dinner every night, and when I say dinner I mean dinner. For example, last night he made chicken Kiev, scalloped potatoes, and salad. Another night this week came with homemade sangria. My favorite night was Thursday, because Dave went all out. That was the day that school became officially official for me, so we had grilled marinated steak, and pasta salad with homemade dressing to celebrate. Sounds good, right? Well, it got even better when for dessert he made, from scratch, chocolate mousse. He rocks. Oh, and there was champagne, how could I forget the champagne?

Dave loves to cook, which is awesome because I hate it. The eating part I am down with though. When we first started dating, back when he was a living with two of his guy friends in their crazy bachelor house that saw more than it's share of insane parties, Dave would often make me dinner. I remember the first time it happened, roasted pork loin with homemade raspberry chipotle glaze and au gratin potatoes, and his roommates were in a state of shock. I was in shock because I didn't know they had pots. The boys had never seen him cook like that before, for anyone, but they were trying to not be so obvious...after all, he was trying to impress me. Dave made enough for everyone, and while we were eating his roommates talked about how he makes dinner for them all time, wink, wink. I remember thinking, OK, this is very nice, and very tasty, but there is no way he is going to keep doing this, it is a one time deal to score points with his new girlfriend. Boy, was I wrong. The meals have not stopped since that first one, and there is now an extensive list of dinners that Dave has mastered. It is even more awesome because he enjoys it so much. This works out quite well for me as you can imagine.

This photo is from St. Lucia during our honeymoon, and is my Photo Friday entry for old...because Dave is now my old man. The stomach is the way to a woman's heart as well.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Running Down A Dream

I told myself at the beginning of this year that I was going to take my photography more seriously. I didn't know what form that would take at the time, but I made a silent promise to myself to push my own boundaries a little harder. The first step was the photo blog, and even though I learned that a daily blog isn't the best design for me, it was a step in the right direction. Then other things started happening, the two magazine covers, a new camera, a few small paying jobs, etc. These were all small ways for me to put my tentacles out into the world and test the waters. Well the water has been nice, so I am taking another plunge. Starting in a few weeks I will be a full fledged photography student. Yes, art school. I have been dreaming about this for a long time, longer than most of you know, but it is actually happening and I am ecstatic. While researching programs I found a program at Boston University that was perfect for my needs...I was looking for an actual program, not just community art classes. I was thinking about enrolling when I finally move back to Boston, but because I think this was meant to be BU is opening a campus in Georgetown. Genius. The program is completely digital photography, so I will be learning so many fun new things based on current technology. It is also a very practical program, preparing me for work in the field. This just feels like the right thing to do, so I am going to run with that feeling. So, yey! Fun new adventures in my world!! Hopefully some more to announce in the near future.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

These are a few of my favorite things

The three amigos

We had pretty nice seats at the Nats game last night. Who am I kidding? They were awesome seats.
Zimm's First Double

I couldn't have asked for a better night. Rock Star parking...about 150 feet from the entance to RFK..., free buffet dinner, amazing seats, a solid baseball game, my husband, awesome photo ops, and a win. My life is so good.
Split Second Decision

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

I've Been Blogged

Ice Cream Cone

There is a DC blog that I read, called DCist, that encourages readers to post their photos in the DCist flickr pool. Everyday they choose photos in the pool to put on their web site. This photo above, of my neighborhood ice cream shop, was chosen for one of their posts today. Pretty groovy. DCist is part of the ist family, you may have heard of Bostonist, Gothamist, or Londonist. They are a collection of blogs, written by the people living in the cities, about the cities. Now it isn't the New York Times, but one step at a time huh?

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Thanks 'Rents!

My parents, as one of many wedding presents, offered to buy Dave and I a couch months ago. We, ok I, couldn't find anything for a long time. There was a close contender, but when we went to seal the deal they didn't have the color we wanted, ok I wanted. Let's just say that Dave is not the particular one in our family. It has been a frustrating process, so when we finally found one a week ago it felt awesome.

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It was delivered at nine this morning, and it is soooo much more awesome in our living room than it was in the store. There was a minor scare when the delivery men couldn't get it in our front door. Luckily, they could get it in the side door, but that meant they had to hoist it up onto our stairless lanai. It was interesting to watch.

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We really like the chaise part, it means that we can both stretch out and not overlap each other. The chaise is also adjustable, meaning it can be on the left or right side, convenient for when we move. It is also long enough so Dave's feet don't hang off the edge when he lays down. Basically, it is very adult furniture. After I had my excited celebration dance (which took a while), and I took some pictures, I had a moment where I really felt like a grown up. Getting married did not give me that feeling, but having new furniture does. Strange. It is also very cool that right next to our new couch, that was a wedding present from my parents, is the chair that my parents received as wedding present from my grandparents. The chair is almost forty years old, and has been reupholstered a few times, but I like the symbolism.
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I am including this last picture because I want to show Clarkson the pillows she helped me pick out last night. Love me some Home Goods.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Because Harry Potter puts Kelly over the edge, and I am not afraid to make the final push



I just saw this video over on Run Jen Run, and it is hysterical. Completely addictive...it is totally stuck in my head. Consider yourself warned.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

My Goddaughter

My Goddaughter

Oh this pose! Can't you hear it, about 30 something years from now..."Frank, I thought I asked you to stop leaving your dirty socks in the bathroom, how many times to I have to ask you?"

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Adventures in stress management

I had one of those days today. You know, one of those days. All I wanted to do was scream at someone...no one in particular just anyone...or punch something...clearly I ate an aggravation sandwich for lunch today. When I got home and saw that my next Sopranos disk came from Netflix, it was very tempting to sit on my couch and watch the entire thing. Because really, it isn't like I haven't watched enough of them recently, or that I actually said to someone today "I have to go in there with guns blazing" like I am Christopher Moltisanti or something. The point is, it was tempting, very, very tempting to be a vegetable tonight. However, I knew that watching the Sopranos wasn't exactly going to make me want to punch something any less. Instead, I dragged my behind over to the gym...it is too hot to ride my bike...and worked out my stress on the treadmill and with some weights. Our gym tracks how much you lift through a digital system and the best part of my whole day, (besides the text Lis sent me) was signing out and seeing "Congratulations, you have lifted 5,303 lbs." 5,303 lbs! Doesn't that just sound like a lot? Forget punching someone, I just lifted 5,303lbs, I am the king of the world!

Sunday, August 05, 2007