Best Picture Ever

  • Posted on September 23, 2007 at 9:57 pm

I had an opportunity to photograph a newborn baby a week ago. It was definitely a learning experience, and I realized that I need better lighting solutions when I take portraits. (I’m buying a flash and diffuser very soon!) It was also very exciting to be around such a little baby! She was so cute, really. I couldn’t have asked for a better model.

I posted a few pictures from the photo shoot to Flickr, and in less than 24 hours, one of the pictures has sky-rocketed in popularity! To date, 30 people have called it a “favorite”, and it is in the 14th slot on Flickr Explore for Saturday (it ranks the 500 most interesting pictures of the day.) This makes it by far my most popular picture ever.

Sleeping beauty

So if anyone wants me to take pictures of their baby (ahem, ahem, you all know who you are, soon to be parents), just let me know! I’d love more practice. And it seems that the people using Flickr just love baby pictures.

Thanks to the lucky mom and dad for this opportunity!

Farrah Olivia

  • Posted on September 23, 2007 at 6:35 pm

Grrrrr. I just wrote a nice little review of my trip to Farrah Olivia, and I somehow lost the entire post. I really don’t feel like writing it again.

To sum it up: Farrah Olivia is awesome. Delicious. Try the five course dinner. Totally worth it. Get the lemon cheesecake for dessert. SO GOOD.

Something to Add to My Resume

  • Posted on September 13, 2007 at 10:25 pm

Another one of my pictures was used in an online article–this time in the Wall Street Journal. Impressive, non?

They used this picture in an article titled Lonely Hearts Have Telltale Genes, which discusses the genetic link between chronic inflammation and loneliness.

Lonely

Cool.

Home Alone

  • Posted on September 9, 2007 at 8:47 pm

Larry is out of town for the next two weeks, so I’m home alone. AAAAAHHHHHH (hands on face.)

Larry usually does all the cooking around here, so if anyone wants to come over and make me dinner, you’re more than welcome. (I know, I know, I am so spoiled.) I’ll do the dishes. Otherwise, I will look forward to my Trader Joe’s frozen dinners.

It’s going to be weird without him here for so long. But, I will be able to watch all the Medium episodes and Discovery Health Channel shows that I want.

The Great Outdoors

  • Posted on September 7, 2007 at 8:44 pm

Last weekend was a whirlwind of activity, eating and emotions. My brother Eric was visiting from Indianapolis, and we managed to do some fun junk outdoors, eat way too much food and laugh a lot, in spite of some other really awful things that happened. (I’m still processing how to even write about one of them, it’s so intense and extreme and scary, so right now I’m going to stick to happy thoughts.)

One highlight of last weekend was our trip to the National Zoo on Friday-we spent eight hours walking around, and I think we managed to see every single animal there except the elusive liger baby anteater. However, by the end of the day, we were all so physically worn out, and my legs hurt so bad that I could barely walk back to the car. I did manage to get some pretty cool shots of animals with my nifty zoom lens:

Cute Panda
Panda!

Gharial
Gharial–sort of like a crocodile with a really funny mouth

Strange Creature
unidentified mammal with the speed of a liger and the wit of a mongoose.

We ate SO MUCH FOOD this past weekend. I am sure I gained 11 pounds. There were too many good meals to review them all, but a few of the highlights were: Fogo de Chao (again–we cashed in one of our free lunches), Mannequin Pis–an amazing Belgian restaurant that was an instant favorite, and Jaleo, which is always a winner. I am still full. (Okay, not really.)

Come back anytime, Eric!

Free Pizza, I think

  • Posted on September 6, 2007 at 9:42 pm

Tonight, because I was tired and lazy and didn’t have the energy to prepare something for dinner (and Larry was out, so there was no hope of him making dinner), I went to the unnamed pizza/gyro shop across the street from my apartment building. I went all out and got the $4.99 pizza and soda special. (I know, I know, soooo healthy. But did I mention I am exhausted? It’s easy.)

I gave the man behind the counter my credit card, and he just kind of swooped it under the counter and did not push any buttons. He did not ring up anything on the cash register. Then he said, “ok, good night!” I said that I still needed the credit card slip to sign it. “Oh, don’t worry–I’ll sign it.” Warning bells start going off in my head. What kind of place would sign your credit card slip for you?! I don’t trust this guy at all, because this is the same place that has screwed up every credit card transaction I attempt with them, usually resulting in multiple charges for the same item. The only reason I used the card was because I had no cash.

“Um, no, I’d like to sign the slip, so that I can make sure the correct amount was charged,” I replied. He mumbled something under his breath in response and waved his hand dismissively. “Pardon me?” I asked. He responded quietly, “I am not charging you. The credit card minimum is five dollars.”

“Oh–well, just charge me $5.50 then. I’d like a receipt,” I replied.

“No, no, don’t worry about it–it’s free.”

Rather than argue with the man, I just told him I would owe him next time and left. I either got a free dinner, or he’s just going to type in whatever amount he wants on the little credit card machine. I sure as hell hope I didn’t just buy a $450 piece of pizza.