Wednesday, December 16, 2009
More about this monstrous wonder here.
The boy and I have been watching Nature's Great Events. For the most part they have been really amazing.
In last night's episode we learned about Africa's wildebeest migration. We watched mama predator after mama predator go after the babies in the herds to feed their own babies.
I am all for feeding predator cubs, they are really cute. However, I lost it when mama leopard took out a baby zebra.
No more food chain hierarchy for me.
Crystals and rock formations! More creation. Less baby zebra killing.
via: national geographic
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
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Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Twelve Beauties, 1947 | Irving Penn
In 1947 Vogue asked Irving Penn to do a group portrait of the most photographed models of the decade. They were dressed by the American designers Claire McCardell, Hattie Carnegie, Traina-Norell, Nettie Rosenstein, and Charles James. From left to right, the models are Meg Mundy, Marilyn Ambrose, Helen Bennett, Dana Jenney, Betty McLauchlen (on stepladder), Lisa Fonssagrives, Lily Carlson, Dorian Leigh (reclining), Andrea Johnson, Elizabeth Gibons, Muriel Maxwell (on stepladder) and Kay Herman.
Monday, December 7, 2009
Most days I love it.
Wake up when you want. Work your own hours. Choose your co-workers.
There are others with clients like this make me question my entire livelihood.
Anyone want to start an email advice group for freelance designers that have to deal with difficult clients?
I always feel too emotionally involved with the person and the work to think clearly.
I read the above article about 20 minutes before shit hit the fan and then proceeded to run through every comment looking for clarity.
Two of my favorite:
"When I do graphic design work, the clients who are willing to trust me are the ones I want to work with. Ones with parsimonious attitudes are rarely the ones happy with what you're doing. It's like they're so sure they're going to have to fight for what they want, they don't realize that all their vacillation and hesitation costs them more in the end."
"invariably it seems to happen that the amount of money they're willing to spend is in inverse proportion to their level of difficulty. i have had clients who gave me carte blanche, made quick and final decisions when presented with choices, loved the results and gladly paid to have the work implemented as well as for the many hours i billed them. then there are the ones who want to spend $200 for everything including my fee and want to make a drama about every little detail. i've learned to say no to these people from the first conversation. it's not worth the aggravation."
The thing that makes me crazy is I spent time pandering and stressing instead of using that energy towards totally amazing clients that deserve my love.
Done ranting. Back to being productive.
Today is going to be a lovely day.
Friday, December 4, 2009
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Tuesday, December 1, 2009
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Friday, November 6, 2009
Yesterday I went thrifting on a whim. While waiting for what felt like hours for my friend to finish trying on her goods, I spotted a gem.
A vintage Hartmann Tweed suitcase. Gorgeous and all mine.
I think it shall accompany me on my vacation to Peurto Vallarta starting Monday morning.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
On one of our weekend trips, Jacob and I found ourselves buying fresh chestnuts in Hood River. (Along with the egads of apples we picked. Yumm.)
I read a tutorial on how to peel them online and it was a little tricky. Plus, it included two more steps then this tutorial I found last night!
This would have been faster and easier! Future note to self.
The chestnut soup I made was delicious so it all worked out in the end.
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 cups chestnuts, peeled and coarsely chopped
1 cup ruby port
1 thyme sprig
3 cups chicken stock
1/2 cup heavy cream
Salt and freshly ground pepper
Melt the butter in a medium sauce-pan. Add the mirepoix over moderately low heat, stirring, until softened, about 10 minutes. Add the chestnuts and cook for 5 minutes. Add the port and thyme and cook over moderately high heat until the port is reduced by half, about 5 minutes. Add the stock and bring to a boil.
Cover partially and simmer over low heat for about an hour or until the chestnuts are super soft. They have a tendency to be grainy if not cooked for long enough. This will throw off the soups texture in the end.
Discard the thyme sprig. Add the cream to the soup. Working in batches, puree the soup in a blender. Return the soup to the saucepan and bring to a simmer. Season with salt and pepper and serve.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Monday, November 2, 2009
We went sailing on the Columbia this weekend.
It was almost a perfect day for a sail. Sunny with light winds but utterly freezing. My fingers and toes were white from loss of circulation for an hour and a half after getting off the boat.
I think I need a heating suit.