Saturday, January 31, 2009


remember last year?

this year William wasn't really sure about the singing and the candles.

but he was sure he liked the cake.

a lot.

Friday, January 30, 2009

day two

hey, you know what would be really great right now? A COMA.

Or some morphine. Whatever.

loratab. nyquil. other heavy narcotics. I'm not picky.

anything that will leave me happy and/or unconcious.

we're dying here.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

day off

well, it was inevitable: this round of sick hit me, too.


so I decided to take it easy.

we just holed up today with William's birthday presents

and the best part:
left over cake.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

well check

let's play a game. We'll call it "Guess How Many Times We Can Go To The Doctor's Office in One Stupid Month."

The winner gets a virtual high-five.

OH! On second thought, let's make it a competition; let's see who can go to the doctor's office the most in one stupid month.

Yay! Winners! Hero!

At least this time we got the room with the fun windows and the cool hat.

we're going back next week.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

happy birthday

this is William.

This is William trying to show you how old he is.

We'll work on it.

I wish I were better at this so I could really show you, so you could really see how overwhelmingly awesome he is.

William, 2 years

Monday, January 26, 2009

color correcting

I am the worst at it.

but I tried.

In any case, what do you think? too orange?

Sunday, January 25, 2009

my favorite things, vol. V

chocolate covered pretzels

especially when they're pretty.

Saturday, January 24, 2009


there are a couple of creative type things that I am really good at.

painting is not one of them.

Friday, January 23, 2009


Today was not a picture taking kind of day, so I thought instead I'd answer a question. A few people have asked me about this picture in the past:

i believe this is called ghosting.
(although, i could be wrong.)
it's very simple: a long exposure during which whatever you want to be ghostly is only present part of the time. For example, the above shot was taken at night in a very dark room with minimal stairway lighting and a long exposure. I set the shutter speed to bulb, which means I clicked the shutter open AND I clicked it closed. For this picture the shutter was open for close to a minute and I was sitting on the stair for twenty or thirty seconds of it. This is straight of out camera.
I also liked this version, where I was walked down the stairs veeeerrrry sloooooowly:

yesterday is a good example, too. It was a much shorter exposure, but the same principle.

so, yes. ghosting. cool looking, but not hard. I love it.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

my favorite things, vol. IV

new shoes.
I don't want to make anyone feel bad here, but don't you think these boots would look really amazing in Ireland?
just something to think about, SPKAT.

speaking of vanity

I've never been a person who's afraid of getting older. Indeed, I rather like it--each year seems like a little badge of accomplishment to me, and I especially look forward to milestone birthdays, even if the 'milestone' part is only in my mind.

That being said,
if ONE MORE PERSON acts like they are going to pass out from the shock of learning I am not yet thirty, I am going to hit them.


Tuesday, January 20, 2009


It's freezing this morning.

And everyone cozied up until it was time to leave.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Saturday, January 17, 2009

my favorite things, two in one

morning hair

and when they are best friends.

Friday, January 16, 2009

This one is for Ashley

The boys were into all kinds of things they're not supposed to touch this morning, and while at first I was feeling incredibly frustrated and put-upon, finally I had an epiphany

DOCUMENTATION: the greatest revenge

because in 10 years time this is going to be way more embarrassing for them than it was ever irritating to me.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

compare and contrast

This is how the boys entertained themselves yesterday morning.

For hours.

How to jump off a bed like Michael:
first get everyone's attention.

then the wind-up.

don't forget the kung-fu action. we basically don't do anything in this house without a little kung-fu action first.

then, launch!

How to jump off a bed like William:

"You want me to what? Okay!"

What do you think it all means? Michael has a specific style.

William is all about the height.

the end.