Wednesday, January 27, 2010

My Newest Obession

So, this past week I have been thinking about doing personal proofing with my clients. Meaning instead of doing online proofing, I would sit down with clients and talk to them about their photos, take orders, etc.

And then today Apple announced this little ditty.

The iPad. Yes, I'm not sold on the name. I feel some SNL parodies coming on. But I think it's a sign. Wouldn't be super snazzy to be able to meet clients at a coffee shop and pull this baby out and show them their photos? And I love the I would know that they are seeing the colors that I see when I edit them, and I get to see what type of editing choices they like best.

I just had to share my excitement. I love those Apple people, they always know just what I need (okay, want). And it looks like they will be coming out late May/April. Just in time for my birthday....

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Pantless Subway Ride

This is funny, but I don't think I could do it...I'd be afraid of getting some disease...

How about you, think you could do it?? xoxo

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Holiday Times

Per request of my lovely family, here are some pics from our winter wonderland a couple of weeks ago. You will have to excuse the quality of some of these, I didn't want to get the monster camera out in the snow :)

Our view from outside our front door Christmas morning:

Pete LOVED the snow. He liked jumping around, biting at it, rolling around. Ryan threw the dummy (a hunting training toy) for him in the front yard.

Pete also liked to come in after playing in the snow...but mean female master (that's what Ryan and I have decided Pete calls us -- male master and female master...we're not the mommy and daddy type) liked to take pictures of his face all snowy. Yes, I am talking in third person.

This is when we picked up grandpa Fair in the blizzard on Christmas Eve. I think he's the cutest.

This is by far my favorite picture of the holiday season. People remembering the important things -- like if you're going to be snowed in your house with family for days, it is essential to have the basics -- like a 36 pack of bud light. Risk life and extremities for this.

And also remembering to be good to your family. And taunt them with ice cream.

I love that Becket still has sleep lines on his face. Because we woke him up to take our Annual (starting this year) Mecozzi family portrait with matching apparel. YAY! And yay for tripods.

So there you have it, holiday's with the fair family. I have some New Years photos around here, too...

The restaurant let us take balloons!!!!!!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Life as Normal?

My most recent tweet has been:  "I'm having trouble functioning life as normal knowing there is so much destruction and heartache in Haiti right now." Ultimately, I'm not sure if life goes back to normal after something like this. I did not know anyone personally that was effected by the earthquake, so in some ways I feel like I have no right to grieve. But I feel sadness so strongly for them. And I am safely sitting in front of my computer, in a warm place, knowing that the people I love are just a phone call away. I feel almost guilty for this.

This is the same feeling that I had when the Tsunami ran it's destruction through Asia in 2004. I remember the feeling of just wanting to be there, to help. Not just sending my money, but actually getting my hands dirty, sharing the burden of sorrow to help lighted the load of those people. I was lucky enough to have an outlet to do so while I was in college and was able to travel to Thailand and help with relief efforts.

The destruction was unimaginable. On one island we worked on, there was simply nothing left, the rage of the Tsunami had devoured the 40 homes, and left the island as if it had never been touched by humanity. 

Through out the whole trip, though, I was amazed by the resiliance of the human spirit in Thailand. The majority of these people were still joyful, still giving and still loving. I'm not sure if I would have the strenghth to be so graceful in that situation. And I pray that the Haitians would find some sort of peace and resolve in this time of great sorrow.

I know there are a lot of places out there that are taking donations, and sometimes it is confusing to know which to give to and which is safe to give. If you would like a suggestion, is a safe place to give. I have a friend that works at this organization and know it will go into good hands.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Annual Progressive Dinner

Every year since I was 17, my friends from high school and I get together for a progressive dinner. We do appitizers at one home, dinner at a another, a dessert at another. In high school, it was just a fun time to celbrate durring the holidays, but now it has become a little mini reunion each year.

I dearly love my friends from high school. Of all the people I have encountered in my life, these people are the one's who have made an impact on my that has effected who I am today, and who I will be for the rest of my life. Some of us live far away now, and some of us live in the same city, but every year we come make it a priority to spend time together. I know that as we grow older, have kids, move away, and continue to walk down our paths of life it will be harder and harder to stay in touch. But I hope that we will all continue to keep this tradition going.

Dinner was at my place this year, and I set up a little mini photo booth. Okay, let's be honest, a really ghetto photo booth. That fell apart half way through the night. I'm trying to build something that I could offer at weddings, so this was my maiden voyage into photo booth land. I learned a lot about what to do, and what not to do, but most of all had a lot of fun. I hope this is something I can figure out soon to offer to clients -- it's a blast. Enjoy our goofiness!