April 27, 2011
I’ve been on va(stay)cation since last week, but it feels busier than ever; however, I do feel like I’ve überproductive. That is, if productivity is measured in the amount of fun, satisfaction, and relief garnered via discovery, creativity, and completion of long-intended-to-have-been-addressed tasks.
More on what’s been keeping me busy (hopefully sooner rather than) later, but if you follow my twitter / Instagram / tumblr / Facebook feeds, you’ve by now been bombarded by random announcements, nonsensical commentary. And even seemingly randomer photos.
For the curious with the desire for marginally more context, allow me to present the first installment of <drumroll> Facts Behind the Fotos <windows 3.1 boot sound>
- Wheels Up – I spent most of the day tuning up my Honda Civic with the Executive Director of the ACAP. Notable highlights: Getting an armpit full of vintage 2009 5w20 motor oil and my new plug wires are blue (love me some color!)
- Acura – Sticking with cars for a moment, the other day I spent a few hours at Acura of Lynnwood, stranded while getting my rotors looked at. Is it just me, or do Acura rotors wear quickishly?
- Baby Shower of Infinite Justice – Some friends are expecting, which naturally warrants celebration. It’s a boy! — represented by the blue metallic teddy bear confetti.Yayers.
- Surprise – The gift in the left hand is for the aforementioned baby shower, the balloons for a special surprise (and what’s in between is from excessive French pastries…). The wifey is hosting a special giveaway on her blog featuring an original Cindi+Chris Photography piece. Check it out for deets on how you, too, may already be a winner!
- Pastries 1 and Pastries 2 – I wasn’t joking about those French pastries. I’ve recently discovered (and then re-discovered. and re-re-re discovered. and re-re-re-re….) the joy that is The French Bakery. In under a week I’ve visited 66.7% of their locations (multiple times), had enough pastries to fill a frequent customer punch card (and then some), feasted on a sandwich crafted by one of co-founders, and put on more weight that I should have. The jocson you know and love now comes extra squishy with 115% more butter.
- Seatown Funk – Jun lives in an area with an awesome view of Seattle. We visited her the other day, and after finding parking around the way, I couldn’t resist climbing up a precarious safety railing and snapping a quick pic while cars whirled behind me. I had a dizzying fear of falling to my doom, but powered through!
I’ll throw in a few (foto-less) tweets for good measure, just coz.
- P!AtD – Panic! has a new album, Vices & Virtues, which I am really diggin’ right now. So far I’ve edited approximately 500 photos (viewed around 2000), tuned 1 Civic, and assisted a friend with 2 resumes and 1 cover letter all with the album on repeat. A few years ago I went to a Panic! show they did with Lucent Dossier, and it was one of the most amazing shows I’ve ever seen. It was like some sort of punk burlesque circus freak show that totally fit their work.
- Sonicsgate – If you’re a sports fan, you must see this film. If you’re a Seattle-ite, you must see this film. Heck, if you have a pulse, go check it out. It highlights the chain of events leading to a Supersonics-less Seattle, brought to you by people like those folks you see in the stands at NBA games today still waving Sonics gear regardless of who’s playing. True patriots.
- Thinking about being productive – I made a plan at the start of this vacation that involved a home stretch run at success by means of being early-to-rise and late-to-bed (with ZOMGMASSIVEPRODUCTIVIEZ sammiched in between those two). I started Day 1 of this home stretch making good on the early-to-rise part, but was slow in motivation to get to the massive productivity part…. I think I’ve made good on getting things done since then. More on how I did that.. maybe tomorrow? Stay tuned friends!
November 24, 2010
OK, not really. But every year that it snows it seems like the entire city is brought to its knees. Busses slide down hills into light posts, I-5 turns into a post-apocalyptic parking lot of abandoned luxury cars, ravenous mobs hit grocery stores to stock up on lamp oil and Twinkies, and scattered blocks are blanketed in the cloak of darkness brought by rolling blackouts.
If that’s not enough, that’s just on Day 1. As temperatures cool on Day 1, Day 1-eve will undoubtedly bring freezing temperatures, transforming the delicious snow-moisture into epic sheets of ice that cripple our fair city’s infrastructure. By morning, hundreds will be prevented from making the quest from bed to office desk.
It’s only Wednesday, and that pretty much sums up the week thus far. Which, honestly, was fine by me. It snowed Monday, which prompted an early office exodus. Tuesday, they urged us to stay home, so lucky me I had the opportunity to work in my PJs. This magically makes me uber-productive, and by 6 PM I was essentially caught up on my backlog and found myself with a “free” (albeit dark) evening. What does one do with such an evening? Well, for about 15 mins of it, I went outside with my camera and shot some pics.
I’ve always liked cold weather, and I find cold snowy weather somehow warm and comforting. There’s a certain tranquility, especially in the interim between freshly fallen snow and muddy traversed slush. It was still snowing when I ventured out, so the pics look a bit noisy, but one big + about shooting in the snow: it bounces what little light is available around in some interesting ways.