Today it is snowing. This was a surprise to everyone, even our meteorologists (who stressed multiple times on the news that this was not the largest missed snow snowstorm, which didn’t seem to be a very strong argument for their skills). Working from home is a major advantage to me when it snows. Today there was an even bigger perk, watching our across the street neighbor. The house across the street is a rental and has provided a good deal of entertainment to me since I moved in. It’s residents have included college students and a very mysterious woman who moved out three months after her arrival in the dead of night. After that the house was abandoned for awhile (unbeknownst to the owner) and finally the city gave multiple warnings of impending fees because their
weeds grass was so overgrown.
The newest resident is a Texan. We know this because of his license plate, but even if he had Colorado plates we would know he’s not from here. When I left for Hawaii we received over a foot of snow. Mike left for work one morning and found this note on his car:
If you live in Colorado (or honestly, even if you don’t), you should find this funny. A foot of snow isn’t exactly “digging” your car out and our city-owned street doesn’t exactly have assigned parking. Despite it’s strangeness, the note is very charming in a polite way that probably only a Texan or a southerner could pull off.
Today the Texan was out in full force. He likes to keep his stairs and car shoveled even when it’s still snowing. I snapped this creepy photo because if you’re weird enough to leave my husband a note like that, I think it’s okay I take a photo of you shoveling in the midst of more snow.
I was having a good time just thinking about the fact he was “shoveling out his car” (mind you, he didn’t go anywhere, his car is still here…) and then I see him come across the street. I think to myself, what is he doing? Not kidding, he shovels out the spot Mike’s car was in. I can assume this was done in hopes that Mike would not swoop in and take his own newly “dug out” spot. This is puzzling on many counts. Perhaps he should invest in snow boots instead of spending so much time and worrying about shoveling.
Lovely little snow day. Welcome to Colorado, Texan.
This is the project I mentioned last week. 365 day projects are a bit tired, but can be really nice when done well and I haven’t done one (and this one would seem to make a nice keepsake). For 365 days I will take at least a photo a day on my iphone (again, much thanks to the creators of Instagram and Hipstamatic for making me seem like a somewhat better photographer than I actually am) and I will lay them out into a book format. I saw this idea on pinterest (thanks again to the greatest time-suck of our era) and thought it would be really cool to have an entire year of photos, each day featuring some aspect of life in 2012. Thanks to Blurb there is an InDesign plugin which will allow me to lay this out and design this as a really nice book. Below is a sample (week 1!), each week will be a spread with seven photos featuring the dates and a small caption for each image. The layout isn’t final yet, I just wanted to go ahead and get started.
Each week, to hold myself accountable, I will post the photos from the previous week. I think because January 1 was on a Sunday I’ll post these typically on Mondays. So, here we go, here’s week 1 and my attempt to capture everyday life from my iphone.
One week down. 51.18 to go!
Back from Hawaii and hitting the ground running! A quick peek of a few of my Hawaii photos (taken strictly on my iphone). Colors are so vivid there, it’s a bit odd looking out the window to the white and brown (it is actually winter someplaces) view of my Colorado yard.
(above is our wedding venue!)
Christmas Eve yule log
(found a bucket full of Simpsons antiquing)
My New Year’s resolutions include blogging more frequently and a really fun new project I’ll tell you about this week (here’s a hint, it involves more photos). Hope everyone is surviving the first work week of the New Year!
Happy Aloha Friday (actually from Hawaii, woo!).
2011 was a year of highs and lows and an emotional rollercoaster to say the least. I’m ready to bid it adieu and start fresh with 2012, but first I thought I’d offer a brief look back over the past year. I saw a similar post on another blog and thought I’d do my own design spin on it.
Best iPhone App: Tie between Instagram and Hipstamatic (you can tell I think this, as around 80% of my photos have been through these)
Best iPad App: Twitter. Never thought I’d “tweet”, but the amazingly clean and functional design of this twitter app literally turned me into a tweeter. Check it out.
Best New (to my collection) Typeface: Museo. Clean lines, modern flow, a nice little, versatile font.
Best New TV Show: Homeland. Hands down. Have you seen it?? I confess I love my CW guilty pleasures, but Homeland is a legitimately great show with staying power. And if Claire Danes doesn’t win an Emmy or Golden Globe, I’ll be shocked.
Best Memory: Our wedding. This was definitely the high point of my year and I’m so fortunate to have so many amazing memories from the entire week with all our friends and family.
Best Book: Steve Jobs bio. A whole post to come on this next week, but if you have some free time, pick up this book.
Best New Website: Pinterest. This site has alleviated my need for the countless amounts of “inspiration” folders I had cluttering my desktop.
Hope everyone has a nice New Year’s and a fabulous start to the New Year!
As it is Christmas Eve Eve, I thought I’d share our 2011 holiday card with you. I had a lot of fun designing them and I think they turned out great! The ribbon up top was actually red grosgrain ribbon (not this particular quick photoshop job) that Mike and I put together by hand. Even little Logan had an appearance on the back though she wasn’t at the wedding last May (I know I’m biased, but I’m pretty sure I have the cutest dog that ever was).
And because we all know I love a good custom stamp:
I know I’ve been somewhat absent on this blog, but will have LOTS of things to show you after the new year, as I’ve been busy. For now, I’m putting the computer away for the next week to enjoy Hawaii. Hope everyone has a fabulous holiday and a Happy New Year!
While finishing up my second to last day at this financial real estate company (hooray for having my flexibility back!), I was assigned a project requiring some Santa stock photography. It’s a given most Santa stock would be corny, but what I found was unbelievable (all searched from the term “santa”, nothing out of the ordinary). Thought I’d share a few to get you through your Tuesday!
This one is legitimately called yuletide log.
Santa on a tank…
Obligatory weight loss Santa.
Big Daddy Clause.
I can’t fathom what someone would need Santa riding a dragon for, but I like to think it’s something awesome.
In a similar world of “where in the heck would this ever be applicable??”, I give you Egyptian Santas.
Any my personal favorite.
Seriously with this one?! Santa, no!!
The photography is a completely different game, so I’m just going to share one. Nothing says Christmas like a creepy “santa couple”.
I especially like how sweaty the man is. (All images are from istock).
My project eventually featured Santa riding a fork lift in an industrial warehouse. Standard.
Merry Christmas everyone 🙂