Wednesday, December 26, 2007
I wanted to personalize it a little bit so I asked Shirin to copy onto the fabric some small bees I had sketched on paper - I have serious trouble drawing on fabric.
Originally I had added some little flowers with the bees but it looked a bit messy, so I relocated the flowers into a little garden at the bottom of the bag.
What do you think?
My next one is going to read "Al Loves Me".
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Yes, it's that easy. Even I could do it. The recipe is here now go bake! And eat.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Life is change.
We know big changes happen – we spend each day preparing for them, dealing with them, recovering from them.
Our lives are studded and defined by those happenings: by the births, the deaths, the marriages, the moves, the jobs and more.
So we all take some small comfort in knowing, or at the very least believing, that some things will always be the same. That’s why we create patterns and habits for ourselves, things that are familiar, that remind you that no matter what happens, you have some small, control.
Like the flavor of coffee first thing in the morning. Like the doodles you draw when chatting on the phone. Like your mom's perfume.
Like your favorite song.
Like making your favorite dish.
Like the words you choose when spelling out your name.
Like morning routine.
Like folding laundry.
Like going back to the same old restaurant.
Like seeing familiar faces.
Like the doodles you draw when chatting on the phone.
Like your mom's perfume.
But when those things change – those little things that you thought without a shadow of a doubt will always be just THAT way, however small and insignificant they may seem, their changing sometimes has a bigger impact on you than you'd expect.
This week, after 26 and a half years, basically my entire life give or take a few months, my parents were forced to change their home phone number in order to install DSL for the first time.
That small, tiny, insignificant change?
It makes me sad.
Monday, December 17, 2007
- I definitely need a larger camera bag that can fit my D80 and the two lenses I currently own plus have some room for me to grow - say one day I buy another lens, or a flash or something, I don't want to have to buy a brand new bag for that.
- I would use that type of bag primarily for travel, or specific photo-oriented outings (I might not carry all my gear with me, but would like the option). I would also use it as the primary storage place for my gear when at home.
- I don't like the look and feel of classic camera bags, which leads me to believe that Crumpler might be a good choice. I'm not crazy about their design, but at least they try to disguise themselves as messenger bags. And I can live with that.
- I found this shop while browsing for handmade options, and though I love the idea, I'm not sure I'm willing to risk my camera on a handmade bag... yet.
- Finally, I think I might need a smaller, slimmer carrier as well as a larger bag, so I can slide my camera into it and just head out the door. Maybe an old fashioned leather one, just enough for the body and a lens.
Do you guys have any good suggestions?
Saturday, December 15, 2007
That would describe how both Brookie and I feel on this sunny and cold Saturday. I took care of some chores, sang along to some Elton John, smiled at the thought of not leaving the warmth and coziness of the house, and made yummy healthy granola using the recipe in this book (thank you Nooshin!). WOW. I halved the original recipe since it made 10 cups which is quite a lot to make on a first attempt – you know, what if it turns out to be awful? I added some pumpkin seeds to the required sunflower seeds, omitted the coconut and coconut oil (replaced it with grapeseed oil) and replaced half the honey with agave nectar (why not??).
Oh, and Brookie? She’s pleased because she got tuna today. Lucky cat. Here she is, demonstrating her various takes on her I-am-pleased-with-you-human-I will-reward-you-by-letting-you-take-my-picture look.
Such a poser. Give us a smile, will ya?
Thursday, December 13, 2007
At the end of the day, I return to blogger and to the same old template I had before - more or less. I opened up that HTML page and started tweaking sizes, shapes, layouts, headers. I wanted a larger center column, to give pictures more space to breathe, while maintaining 3 columns to fit all the links and info I wanted to put in.
So here's what new:
- The header: I hope to change my header on a somewhat more regular basis than I did before. I created and edited the banner using Picnik, a fabulous online photo editing tool. Flickr (my secret lover) now allows you to just click a button and edit any of your pictures with Picnik. It's wonderfully useful for us non-PhotoShop savvy folk, and it totally fulfills my needs for now.
- About: I've added a link to my photos (for mom), a "email me" button and a one click stop to subscribe to this blog's feed (if that doesn't work for you, let me know? I'm a bit unsure about it).
- This caught my eye: right below the "about" section is my favorite feature yet - feel free to suggest a better title for it! There you'll find an ever-changing list of links to items/blog posts/stories that I find inspiring, funny, interesting, cute, etc, etc. I subscribe to over 300 websites and blogs through Google Reader and every day I find a couple of thinks that I think: "oh, I should tell so and so about that" or "oh, I should post something about that". Well, Reader makes it really easy for me to single out items to share on this side bar. I'm kind of surprised I didn't put this up sooner...
- The rest of the left column: it remains pretty much the same, with links to family&friends' blogs and sites, archives and categories.
- The right column: a good ol'fashioned blogroll. My sisters' were asking me for some recommendations of some good blogs I visit frequently and I realized that my link list was really quite messy. So I sorted it out, added a bunch of new links and divided them into categories for you convenience (always thinking of the reader, I'm nice like that). This will change now and then as my own interests flutter, as they do often, but for the most part those are some of my favorite places to visit.
So there you go - the new and improved montague.
Overall I am quite pleased with it, though certain things still need fixing: most significantly the size of my pictures. I can't seem to figure out a way to size them the way I want, and it's just too complicated and fiddly to change the settings for each individual picture. The default size is too small, if I set a determined width for them they go all pixel-y or look huge if they happen to be vertical.
If you know code or know your way around blogger and want my undying love, admiration or my first born (Shamim?) please HELP ME!
And in case there were any lingering doubts, it is obviously now very clear that I am, in fact, a geek.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
The owners of the b&b planted the tree specifically because it attracts the hummingbirds. It was the first time I had seen a hummingbird up close, let alone the "found in Jamaica only" Green and Black Streamtail one. Each morning, in between sipping my coffee and enjoying traditional Jamaican dishes, I tried to capture their flight and movement.
PS: as you can tell, the blog and the pictures are still being re-arranged and edited. If you logged in earlier today you might have seen totally different layouts and other such things, but I think I've managed to reformat the layout I had before, which I loved, and make it a bit more pleasing. It's a work in progress, especially the older pictures, which you will notice are out of proportion and messy. I plan to fix them, I promise! Also, Shamim and I (well, Shamim really) did some wacky messing around with the banner when I first set this blog up, and now Ican't remember how to change the picture! Oh well, I'm sure we'll figure it out eventually!
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Monday, December 10, 2007
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
I am extremely grateful and terribly intimidated. It was so easy to shoot with my trusty Canon point-and-shoot. If the photo looked ugly, I could just blame the camera!
I'll see you on the other side - wish me luck!
p.s. and if you know of any good online "dummies guide to photography" leave me a comment with a link and I will be eternally grateful!
Sunday, December 2, 2007
Sunday morning, from our bedroom window...
The sad end of our basil and mint...
Brookie catching a break from all the snowflake hunting...
Quick breakfast on the go...
The flurries outside...
It's nice to be back home, with a purring cat, sipping hot water with fresh ginger and agave nectar. I plan to spend the rest of today here, reading a book or watching a movie, maybe baking something small if I feel like it, but mostly, just trying to recover from this nasty sore throat/cold thingy I've had going on. For someone who likes to boast about their very good health, I've been feeling quite poorly these past few weeks.
I hope this is it for me the rest of the season.