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I love coffee. Sometimes people try to switch my coffee to decaf when I’m not looking. I can always tell the difference. I also like Pringles, but only the reduced fat kind because they crunch better when you bite into them and they don’t leave grease on your fingers. I’m…

About Me
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As part of our quest to support women’s issues, Katana Photography is excited to announce our first ever Celebrating Survival contest!
Having any kind of cancer is frightening and confusing. In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Katana Photography is welcoming all survivors from all forms of cancer to participate…

Weekly Photo
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When I was looking to buy my wedding invitations (back in April), I found a lot of designers on Etsy. After narrowing it down to a couple different designs/companies, I contacted both for their pricing list. One was pretty significantly more expensive–almost $2 per invitation more. Which I think all…

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When talking to people about photography, I hear one phrase over and over again: Kids and dogs are the hardest subjects to photograph.
I, personally, don’t have this problem with my clients…kids and dogs are among my favorite things to photograph. Maybe it’s because I like to have any excuse…

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Last week, Sean and I had our morning coffee on the balcony and watched as the Enterprise shuttle was pulled down the Hudson on a tug boat. It’s on its way to the Intrepid and I can’t wait to see it up close at the museum!

Weekly Coffee

Moving

The other day, Eliza asked me this question:

“If you could move anywhere, where would it be?”

Just as I was about to answer with something exotic–like SANTORINI or PLAYA DEL CARMEN or SINGAPORE or SAN FRANCISCO, I had a thought: This is Liza. What starts out as a hypothetical question could very well turn into a reality with the snap of a finger.

So I asked her…”Is this a hypothetical question…or something you’re starting to ask around about because you’re close to graduating?”

She thought for a moment. “I guess a little bit of both.”

I nodded. “In that case, Hoboken.”

Saved By The Mug

Saved By The Mug

For a year now, Sean has been trying to get me to drink out of his ugly ass Star Trek mugs. I despise Star Trek…I’m always competing with that stupid show for Sean’s affection. (kidding) But I do hate the show. It’s so boring and will instantly put me to sleep with all of its monotone talking and white noise in the background.

So, the week we were moving, we realized that we needed to keep a few plates, glasses and silverware so that we could…oh, you know…survive for the week. And Sean–that punk–ONLY kept his Star Trek mugs. I tried everything to avoid using them. Cupping my hand under the faucet to sip water that way…but it seemed inevitable. I was going to have to drink from the horrid Star Trek mugs. And just as I was pulling a mug out of the cupboard to pour myself a glass of milk…I saw a package sitting on my counter from Sean’s cousin, Jeannie (who frequents this site a lot…HI JEANNIE!) And inside this care package was not only delicious home-made biscotti…but THIS MUG she bought for us in the Bahamas:

Saved By The Mug

I drank from that thing every single day for a week…Jeannie, you are forever on my good list.

Close to Death

Close to Death

Seriously…moving sucks. I do not want to go through this again next year. But we may have to if the economy keeps up the way it is…ugh.

Anyway, this is Sean collapsed after only the first day of moving (we did several trips back and forth over the course of a week). He had no idea how much worse it was going to get…

ARRRRG.

Reason #1 why the Weekly’s haven’y been updated: I cleared the cookies off my computer and did an overall spring cleaning of my hard drive and erased my stored password to this site. And of course, I could not remember it to save my life.

Reason #2: I moved. And I think most of us have moved at some point in our lives and know what an effing stressball everyone becomes during one.

Reason #3: During the move, I somehow misplaced my camera cord that uploads all my images…big problem when my Weekly posts rely on photographs. I blame Sean. It’s not necessarily his fault…but I still blame him. I’m sure I could find an indirect cause that links back to him at some point. (Kidding, kidding…all you Sean-lovers out there, don’t get too bent out of shape. I don’t blame him…this time)

Reason #4: Did I mention the move? Because really…that’s all I got going for me. That and laziness.

And I’m Back.

I suck at double tasking, in case you haven’t realized.

The move went really smoothly…more smooth than I think either of us could have imagined. We did not pay movers this time which was probably the smartest decision I’ve ever made in my life. Last year when I moved, I did hire movers. And they were hungover. Asking if the brownies I had put out were “special” brownies…when I said no, they did little to mask their disappointment. They stole my bottle of tequila leftover from my birthday party. Broke more of my things than anyone could imagine (furniture…they broke furniture. Do you know how hard it is to break furniture??) and overcharged my by hundreds of dollars from the original quote I was given. The only thing broken this time around was a picture frame–which Red stepped on the day after the move.

So, anyway, this move was so, so much better. Sean and I did several trips with boxes the week before the move. The day of, my friends Emily, DC and Jeff came over in the morning and pretty much jumped right in bringing stuff down to the moving truck. Emily and I finished packing up boxes while the men grunted and lifted and threw their backs out. We also entertained the dogs so they didn’t freak out too much…not that that did a whole lot of good. After the truck was packed, the guys went over to the new apartment to unload (since the truck could only take 3 people anyway) and Emily and I stayed at the old place and cleaned. We ate greasy Chinese food and toasted with ginger ale to leaving BedStuy FOREVER.

2009 is already off to a better start…

Demon Dogs

Demon Dogs

I hate the way the dog’s eyes glow when you use a flash. Sometimes, there’s just no other option with a point and shoot camera.

Anyway, the poor pups could NOT HANDLE all the packing and moving. I’ve never heard two dogs howl more than when we left them to move the boxes we had packed. It was as though they feared we were NEVER COMING BACK FOR THEM.

And of course we’ll come back for Red. Luna, however has something to be worried about.

Bragging

I just want to take a moment to brag….

This is the view from my new balcony:

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Contest

Contest

It’s contest time again!  Mainly because I have a stack of books on my shelf that I need to get rid of so that I don’t have to move yet another box to the new place!

So, Sean and I started moving into the new place this weekend. The idea behind this is that since we have incredibly nice friends who have agreed to help us move next Saturday, we wanted to do as much on our own so not to take advantage of said awesome friends’ generosity. And this weekend, we moved essentially all of our loose items–books, a lot of clothes, shoes, dvd’s. Essentially all that’s left is a few boxes of misc stuff and furniture.  And i have realized that my stuff can be broken down into 4 categories…and that’s it. I have furniture, shoes, clothes and books. Literally…that is all

So, here’s the contest…you have to guess (leaving the answer in the comment section) what I have the most of…furniture, shoes, clothes or books? I’ll give you a hint: It’s not furniture.

I have plenty of prizes, so even if there are several winners, everyone will get prizes. Pictured is a package of one prize (though, again there are many others). This package is the graphic novel prize which will also include The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Other prizes include Jodi Picoult’s The Tenth Circle, a historical fiction novel entitled Women of the House by Jean Zimmermon, Planet Dog (A Dog Dictionary) by Sandra and Harry Choron, and The Fantasy Book (unauthored).

The answer will be revealed one week from today under Weekly Style as well.

We Have A Winner

So, I’m really, really dumb. And I can’t figure out how to upload video. But luckily, we took photos as well, anticipating this set back.

Here, are all your names written on pieces of paper.

We Have A Winner
And here I am putting all of you into the hat.

We Have A Winner

And here I am picking a name.

We Have A Winner

And the winner is….LYNNE!  Congrats Lynne! Email me your address and I’ll mail you your books. As for those who did not win…have no fear. I’m having 3 more giveaways before I move in January. There will be many more wins to come!

Girl-Power Giveaway

Girl-Power Giveaway

Who out there needs incentive to subscribe to my website?  Hmm, I thought you might. Well, since I’m moving out of this horrible neighborhood in about a month, I started taking inventory of my stuff. Aaaaand…there’s a lot of it. Stuff that is. You know…shit, junk, crap…superfluous knick-knacks. The bottom line is that I need to downsize. And I’m starting with my books. So here is my girl-power book giveaway. In this package, we have Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin, Fresh Off The Boat by Melissa De La Cruz, and You Give Love A Bad Name: Timeless Poems of Tainted Love From the Pop Hit of the 70s and 80s. By the way…if you have a girlfriend who is amidst a breakup, this latter book makes a GREAT gift. (In fact…How do you think I got it?)

So, “How do I win such a cool package?” you may be asking? First, you need to be a subscriber to my blog. Just click on the RSS Feedburner orange logo thing at the top and choose the reader that best suits you. Then, comment on this post. In a week, I’ll write down all the names of the commenters and put them in a hat. Sean will video me pulling the name out of a hat just so you know that I’m doing everything kosher. And that’s all.  Dude, seriously? Who wouldn’t want free books? Especially now that it’s getting so cold out!