Remember those TV shows that used to send you to commercial by saying, "We'll be right back after these messages..."
This crazy project I'm working on has finally reached the point where something has to break - and since work (like those commercials) pay the bills, I'm going to take a bit of a blogging break until we hit our deadline.
Until then, here is the song I sing the most these days...my boss' ring tone which seems to go off every few minutes. It's become a bit of a running joke in the team - the phone rings, we all sing, then we start giggling because frankly, we aren't that good.
Michael Buble - Feeling Good Pin It
Monday, January 30, 2012
Saturday, January 28, 2012
I got bored last week and needed some new music and stumbled across Scooter McGavin's list of awesome mash-ups - I fell in love with Mighty Mike's Eden Snow.
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Alexi Murdoch - Toward the Sun Pin It
Monday, January 23, 2012
Friday, January 20, 2012
AM - What You Hide Pin It
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
I was searching for a photo challenge I could participate in this year. With my work schedule I knew most wouldn't work and I'd give up a few weeks in because I couldn't fit it in, but when I saw Urban Muser's In the Picture Challenge I knew I'd found just the thing.
Not only will the challenge keep me focussed on taking photos and improving my skills, it will force me to do something that scares me - take photos of myself and share them. I've seen other self-portrait ("selfie") challenges out there and have been intrigued but also terrified at the thought of participating. But I've decided it is time to overcome that fear.
Every couple of weeks there will be a prompt for a self portrait - I'll do my best to capture something and then work up the nerve to share it here. Twenty-six photos in a year - even I should be able to keep up.
The first prompt, pieces of me, let me ease myself into the project.
Monday, January 16, 2012
The project I'm working on Istanbul is still taking up all of my time - including my blog commenting time - I miss checking in with my blogging friends so I can't wait til life gets back to a somewhat normal schedule.
Death Cab for Cutie: Unobstructed View
Friday, January 13, 2012
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Spending so much time over the past 6 years traveling and exploring new countries has given me a greater love for color, pattern and design. As I walk through the streets I find myself seeking out those sites that are not only unique to the local but that showcase the color, pattern and texture of each city. India was so rich in this way that it sparked my interest in photography. Until I started spending large amounts of time there, I routinely said I was a terrible photographer and had given up trying. But in India I became determined to improve - I so badly wanted to create the kind of photos that would capture the amazing things I saw every day.
I still have so much to learn, but I love knowing that Istanbul is a city full of inspiration that will encourage me to keep trying.
What motivates you to keep creating - even when you aren't improving at the rate you thought/hoped you would?
I heard this song on a TV show last week and it drove me nuts until I tracked it down. I knew it was a cover, but for the life of me I couldn't remember who had released the original - maybe because the two sounded so very different, which for me is a sign of a great cover. Lissie with a cover of Metallica's "Nothing Else Matters." Pin It
Monday, January 9, 2012
Have you tried Turkish Delight? Do you have a favorite variety or brand I should try (when I give up my January healthy ways?)
Just for fun, here's what I listened to while I wrote this post: Lykke Li, I Know Places.
Friday, January 6, 2012
I've been reading through the best of 2011 music lists and I've loved how much attention The Civil Wars is getting, one of my favorite discoveries this year, here's their Poison & Wine.
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
I'm an easy going person, which works well for me since work requires me to move frequently and to adapt to new places, cultures and projects. But it also means that I can get into the habit of letting life just flow along. This year I want to be more deliberate in my choice and see if I can guide my life in the direction I want it to go instead of just coasting along with life.
How about you? Have you picked a word? Set some resolutions?
Here's a little Death Cab, "The New Year."
Monday, January 2, 2012
I celebrated the new year with part of my work family in Istanbul at a great restaurant with an incredible view of the Bosphorus. Two Australians, an Indian, a Brazilian, an American and a Swiss all celebrating together in Turkey, a great way to ring in the new year. We joked that looking through our photos this morning might make us feel like we were in the movie "The Hangover." Luckily it wasn't quite that bad.....