Friday, December 30, 2005

Me and TomTom (we're going places together)

For a reasonably smart chick, I have an astonishingly dreadful sense of direction. I can get turned around with major landmarks (like the Pacific) within eyesight. So in either a show of thougtful compassion, or one of exasperation, my husband found me the perfect driving companion this holiday season:

I'm having fun plugging in various destinations and just following the directions the nice Australian man (I got to pick the voice) give me while driving.
My main photography interest has always been sports photography. I love capturing a high speed shot - with great facial expression and a clear idea of what is going on in the event - (I'm always telling myself - get the face - get the ball - get it sharp).

I'd also like to become a strong portrait photographer. I'm drawn to natural light portrait photography. I made the kids endure a photo shoot yesterday to get some final shots of the year for a slideshow I'm putting together as a year in retrospective.

(Next time I should probably go ahead and break out the iron for that sheet in the background - wait - maybe just a wider aperture, less work!)

I didn't manage to get out holiday cards this year, so my recipient list is going to instead get a slideshow of images from the year. You're likely getting one if you are reading this.

I'm having fun putting the images and music together on Chuck's new Christmas present. I just need help from crm selecting music and then we should be ready to burn.

Thursday, December 29, 2005

Charlie is a little disappointed in his parents. We decided there was no need to spring for $135 custom made Nike Basketball shoes for a nine year old playing YMCA basketball. I am going to take him to the Nike outlet in Seaside tomorrow as an alternative, but I guess it is just not the same. It occurs to me that this child just doesn’t hear the word “no” often enough.

Monday, December 26, 2005

Butt Face

Had to share this from Daily Candy:

Severe winter weather has transformed your once-dewy complexion into a chapped nightmare. Dry, flaky, textured like sandpaper. How to break it to you gently? Your face looks like ass.

Don’t fight it. Just treat it like one.

Nothing soothes water-starved faces like A+D diaper rash cream. (Yes, really. Sometimes salvation comes in the most unlikely forms.) Cortisone may fight flakiness. All those prettily packaged hopes-in-a-jar may smell great. But there’s a tiny miracle in A+D’s magical blend of zinc oxide and aloe. And it costs a mere six bucks.

One smear and your skin will be as soft and flawless as — sorry, but we couldn’t resist — a baby’s bottom.

Cause I've got Personality

Thursday, December 22, 2005

if it's mean or demeaning, don't say it and don't do it

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Photography Courses, Photo Contests, Digital Camera Reviews and more...

Photography Courses, Photo Contests, Digital Camera Reviews and more...
ok. I'm 36, but I'm just going to go ahead and admit it. In the Silent Night lyrics, I don't know what "Round yon Virgin" means. I believe I have a handle on the term Virgin, but what makes one "Round yon?"
We are trying to figure out how to hide the kids' Christmas present.
The guys on Digital Life TV also just did a pretty convcing demo on how effective Brasso is at cleaning ipod screens. I need to try the same thing on some watch faces I have.

DigitalLifeTV : Addictive Games

I'd like a bit of time to check these out.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Guilty - even if already prooven innocent.

Every year I manage to get a little bit in the face of my children's educators. We have outstanding teachers this year, but I'm taking issue with the new "Homework Policy" imposed on all the kids at East Elementary (Charlie's school). Each day he comes home with a homework checklist that we have to sign that it was complete - "and that we have provided a quiet place for kids to do their work - and it has been done neatly and accurately."
Today I got in trouble for signing a day ahead, even though they have no homework this week, and Logan's mom got in trouble for not initialing the homework in cursive because it looked forged (Logan is also an outstanding student).

My son has NEVER (in the 5 years in school) missed an homework assignment. He is excelling well beyond his grade levels in all areas. He so doesn't need a homework checklist, and I don't need the daily aggravation of remembering to sign one more piece of paper. I also don't need a school administartor telling me how to encourage good work habits at home and ensuring that I'm communicating with my son about his education. I had to fire off an email today.

Dear Ms. (Charlie's Teacher):

I am not entirely sure of the benefit of the homework checklist. The discussions we are having daily with Charlie – indicating we have to sign it in cursive so that he can’t forge it, that we can’t sign a day ahead, etc. imply to me that there is a problem with his homework completion. I know from meeting with you that this is not the case. Charlie adores school and your classroom and looks forward to completing his work and doing it well. You have been exceptionally skilled at motivating him without making further tracking necessary.

I’d rather not make the child have to act under suspicion when there has never been a problem with turning in work, or completing work in class. It sends the wrong message to a good student. I realize that there are children that need this kind of monitoring, but why impose the same scrutiny on a child that is completing their work without this micromanagement? I’m proud that my son is responsible enough to tell us when he has work from school and diligent enough to complete it on time.

I know this is a school wide policy. I have spoken to a few other parents of strong students and have the distinct impression that this is not being well received by a broader group of parents than myself. I would really appreciate you forwarding these concerns to the administration.

Deborah Mundorff

Saturday, December 17, 2005

Every Christmas needs a new cocktail...

Pomegranate Martini
1 1/2 cups pomegranate juice
2 oz. Absolute Citron vodka OR white tequila
1 oz. Cointreau liquor
Cup of ice
Optional: Splash of sparkling water
Optional: Squeeze of lemon

Shake ingredients in a shaker and put in chilled martini glasses. Put pomegranate fruit into glass as garnish.

Friday, December 16, 2005

Squidoo Homepage

Explore worthy.

Here's a description that made me investigate from DailyCandy -

What is Squidoo? It’s a place for smarties like you to flaunt your expertise and benefit from that of others — think Friendster meets Wikipedia. To research any topic, click on “Find a Lens” (that’s what they call the subjects people have created pages on) and start searching: You’ll get everything from dealing with curly hair (by Michelle Smith, curly-haired person) to Wired editor Chris Anderson’s Long Tail theory of culture and economy (by, well, Chris Anderson).

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

My daughter has a rather unbelievable knack for description. She crawled into bed with her dad this morning and told him, "Pa, your breath smells like a dead halibut."
He asked her when a 6 year old little girl had smelled a dead halibut, and she responded:
"Right now. In your mouth."

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Chuck’s family draws name for Christmas – a welcome relief for a holiday gathering that includes 18 people, and counting. This year I have brother in law Karl. I tore this article out of Sunset a few months ago about Kayak tours of the Tillamook waterways while sipping hot cider, and I’m convinced he will love it.

Their website is cool, too, as you mouse over the map you can see aerial photos.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

I keep meaning to share this tidbit…

I inadvertently discovered that if you quickly blast your eyelash curler with a hair dryer before using it, you get a much better curling effect.

One note (based on painful experience), careful not to singe your eyelids.

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Amazon Gift Guides: Metrosexual

This cracks me up. I was running through Amazon's gift guides and ran into this (surely) new category.

"The marvelous thing about metrosexuals is that they never tire of trendy treats."

Saturday, December 03, 2005

I snagged Vicky's People Magazine for the ride home, and read with interest the interview with Matthew McConaughey, their sexiest man of the year (good choice). I liked this bit about his mother, and may employ it at home:

"If you woke up and you were in a bad mood, she'd make breakfast and say, "You come in here when you're ready to see the rose in the vase and not the dust on the table."

Thursday, December 01, 2005

time to head home...

I'm a bit blue.
It is always sad to leave Aunt Vicky, Uncle John and their beautiful home. Posted by Picasa
We didn't get through all the outdoor activities, but we made a healthy dent. Here you can see Samantha firing a "sky jumper" off the deck. A sky jumper is a plastic animal with a tied on parachute fashioned from a grocery bag. Big fun for all, except mom got tired of tying animals to shopping bags and then very shortly thereafter untangling same. Posted by Picasa