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Pizza party!

pizza party

We do a weekly pizza night with our neighbor friends. We each cook two pizzas and then get together and chow down. Tonight was a fabulous find by Sortachef, a prosciutto with porcini mushroom pizza that will definitely be added to our list of favorites.


A short trip for a big birthday

A few weeks ago I decided I would be the best daughter a good daughter and fly to Pennsylvania to spend time with my mom for her 70th birthday. Here's my mom and my dad, I think they're smiling extra big because their best daughter is I'm taking their photo. She doesn't look 70, does she? Happy Birthday again, Mom!

My Mom & Dad


Isn't he just incredible?


I know that people think their children are the cutest children that have ever been born. It's natural to love your children so blindly. But then there's dogs. I most certainly did not give birth to this dog, but he really is the cutest child ever.


My brain is behind the times

With a new piece of technology comes a new pile of I've-heard-about-this-in-conversation-but-I-really-have-no-idea-what-it-is-or-what-it-does-or-how-to-use-it questions.

I got a new Canon Rebel XSi digital SLR camera for my birthday but I have a serious learning curve ahead of me. I used to shoot 35mm SLR ten years ago and I kinda forget what I'm supposed to do. Yes, I remember f-stop and ISO and all that basic functionality but what about...

1. selecting the f-stop I'd like to use, it's not just a ring on the lens anymore?

2. is it easier to use the camera's presets rather than manually selecting my shot settings?

3. should I always shoot in RAW format?

4. do I edit the RAW images differently?

5. how do I use Adobe Bridge?

6. do I convert the file to a jpg to add it to flickr?

7. what other lenses should I get?

8. is my husband going to return it because I won't stop snapping pictures of him at inopportune times, ie. when he's trying to sleep?

These are my pressing questions. Maybe I'll hunt down answers and post them back on my blog, but if you can direct me to any answers for any of them I'd really appreciate it!


Now I want to go back

Two of my photos from our trip to London have been included in the Schmap London Guide! The Schmap series of guides are all internet based and even have mobile pages for your iPhone. They were kind enough to select a photo of Neal's Yard Dairy, the cheese shop of my dreams.

Neal's Yard Dairy

And one of my favorite photos, this shot of the Churchill Arms Pub.

The Churchill Arms

You can see my photos here and here.