Friday, October 31, 2008

sorry, moving again

moving all weekend into our new place in marina del rey. no time for blogging. more boxing and packing, working in the day, packing in the evenings. blech. it's amazing how much STUFF adds up over time. this is how i feel. photo via

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

a visit to the o'neills

after we moved, we spent 2 days w/j's sister. somehow i always find time to take photos of these guys. this time i had a white backdrop set up for some product shots for a friend of ours that makes these beautiful cuttingboards. we put the kids on there for a few minutes before we all froze out and grabbed some images. azalea got tired at the end and just laid down.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

off to pack

we're heading back to indiana tonight on a red eye to pack up our lives and have it shipped out to us in cali. i will be immersed in boxes and won't have time to blog, so i'm leaving you with some announcements i did the other week for a friend of mine. we told his little story on the back. to our friends/family in indiana - we'll see you soon! i'm bringing my new diana camera so expect some good images next week.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

to buy or not to buy

i saw this great article in the NY times about which kitchen essentials are worth the extra money, and which ones you can save on. read the full article. it has great tips, like this:

Whole vanilla beans

Imitation vanilla extract should come with a government warning label: You have no idea what you're missing. Even extract made from real vanilla has nothing on the beans themselves. Scrape the seeds into sauces and doughs, steep the husks in vats of crème anglaise for ice cream. You can reuse the beans too. After they're dried, bury them in your sugar bowl for homemade vanilla sugar. Yeah, they're expensive ($1 to $2 for a single Madagascar bean), but when you want the flavor to shine through, they're worth it.--A.S.

any thoughts? i have yet to switch to vanilla beans because of the cost, and i've been trying to decide if i should get a dutch oven when i already have a slow cooker - are they that different? this article is telling me yes..

Monday, October 20, 2008


i heart my new iphone. it's pretty. it's easy to use. it has a calendar to keep me organized (virgo - it's necessary). there are lots of application options, a lot of them free. it's an ipod. i can watch tv/videos. it checks email. it shows me the weather. it showcases my photography. i waited awhile for these to run through the first few and fix all the kinks. if you've been on the fence, get it. if you have one, you already know how i feel.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

coffee table

i found this image on the flickr stream from a magazine in canada. i really dig the coffee table and no amount of googling can track it down. so j is going to help me make it. it will bring the feel of the beach/nature to our apt as we fill it w/rocks and shells (we already have a pile started) and display them under a glass top. the rocks will keep it weighed down. we'll get the metal (either silver or black) and then have it welded so there are no sharp point sticking out when visitors come over. a little modern, a little eclectic. anyone have any ideas of what else we can place in there? old b&w family photos perhaps?

Monday, October 13, 2008

super excited for plastic

i finally went and bought the diana camera w/my birthday money! we went 3rd Street Promenade over toward the beach on friday night and stopped by urban outfitters where i picked out the white & black version of the camera and also added the 35 mm backing so film can be cheaper when necessary. i can't wait to try it out - i'm going to grab some film tonight and take it to to the farmer's market tomorrow after work. for those of you that don't know, it's a plastic camera that can take medium format and now 35 mm. film. it has light leaks, can be a pinhole, can be way too saturated, and everything else that i'm excited for. j said, why do you want a camera that you can't control? my reasoning is that it's nice for once to just see what happens. it looks older. more seasoned. grainy in b&w's. love it. we ate dinner at a crepe place and if you haven't been to one, you need to track one down. ham, fancy cheese, spinach & tomatoes in a crepe? yum. lemon & sugar in a crepe? divine. one of my hands down favorite ways to make a crepe.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008


for the lack of posts. i sorta have possible new job starting - it hasn't been decided for sure, but i'm going in every day for the next two weeks at least, and have been doing my freelance in the evenings. i need to work hard so they can offer me good money and then we can not be so broke and maybe save up for one of those house things people have. i'll be back soon. i did get asked about a wedding to shoot in march in one of my favorite areas, Healdsburg, CA (gorgeous), so that's happy news for the day.

Monday, October 6, 2008

santa barbara

we went to the beach after j's meeting. these were down below the pier walkway. nobody was guarding them, but there was some money in the blankets. pretty creative i think.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

upcoming move

1. the benders got approval on our new apt in marina del rey!
2. we will be in muncie packing stuff into a truck oct. 23-26th (j finishes school next fall)
3. we will need some help loading up the truck on sat. in exchange for good food

4. if you don't want to lift things, please bring a large sign that says 'apt for rent' that you can hold while mingling outside. shaking this to music will earn you extra dessert.
5. we're selling items if people are interested: large tv, shelves, a few chairs, rug, microwave, queen matt/box. & the grill after we use it to feed you
6. we still need someone to rent the place, so spread the word please!
7. we're giving away food that we can't ship on a first come first serve basis. this includes luxury items like...ketchup & mustard.
8. anyone is more than welcome to visit after we move out of our los angeles box.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

when will it sit right

my brother rick posted this quote on his blog:

"Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking, and don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it."

~ Steve Jobs

r & i are doing the same thing right now. trying to figure out what to do. what fits us. what void we can fill in this world that makes us successful and happy, satisfied, and proud. and at the same time having to find something that pays the bills and supports our families. i battle with this on a weekly basis. when times are good i love my job and the field i've chosen. but when it's bad, i doubt. sometime i think i am too many things, that if i were one it would be more successful. but i'm afraid to put it all into one in case that one fails. if i could just choose to do what would make me happy, i know what i would do. but the truth is, bills need to be paid. we need to pay rent. we need to eat. sometimes, i want to shop at anthropologie, even if it is the sale racks. so where does it come from? that thing that says in your heart...this is it. this is your calling. and i'm not talking about motherhood. that will come when it comes. this is separate. this is it's own.


we're heading to santa barbara tomorrow. jan's meeting w/a former marine who does hd video work underwater and all over the world for national geographic, etc. any ideas of what to do after the meeting?

mirimar air show

For those of you in the LA area, there's a big air show going on this weekend down toward San Diego.