February Project: Make Memories Visible

The Goal

I love love love looking at pictures and souvenirs and scrapbookable items and artwork we made years ago. I love the people and places they represent, and I love rehearsing the events that brought them into being. I love it when, once every 3-4 years, I trick some hapless acquaintance into studying them with me. I like feeling like my family and I have a history.

I don’t love that I never quite finished my high school scrapbook, which prevented the completionist in me from ever starting my college, graduate school,  teaching, wedding, honeymoon, house, and baby scrapbooks. I don’t love that all my photos and souvenirs are locked away in drawers and external hard drives and file folders. I don’t love that our walls are mostly empty.

So, this month, I’m going to use these feelings to drive the fashioning of the front two rooms in our house: the piano room and the “formal” dining room. I’m not sure I’ll finish both…creative pursuits risk more paralysis than practical projects. I think I’ll start with the dining room and see how far I get.


Formal dining room, a.k.a. the dining room


Piano room, a.k.a. baby parking lot

The Why

I accidentally already covered this.

  • I like looking at and sharing personal memorabilia, but it’s hidden.
  • The walls in these two rooms are empty, which makes them feel less homey than I would like.
  • Last month, I implied that I find projects to be more worthwhile if they’re accomplishing multiple goals at the same time.

The Problems

  • We easily have upwards of 10,000 pictures to consider for this project. As a deliberative maximizer, this means endless fretting over finding the most meaningful 10-20 pictures to display. Now you know why I can’t finish a scrapbook (it took me five years to get as far as I did on my high school one).
  • Although we picked the wall colors for these rooms, I don’t love them.
  • The walls in these rooms have design elements that boggle my mind. WHY DOES THE DINING ROOM HAVE THAT EXTRA WINDOW??? When you put a table in the mix, it makes it very difficult to know how to center things on that wall.
  • I don’t really know how to properly frame, hang, or otherwise display pictures. I bought a picture-hanging kit once, and I didn’t know what 5/6 kinds of pieces were. The one I did recognize was a nail.

The Intermediate Goals

  1. Identify periods of life from which I want to display things. Then I can focus on a single “era” at a time, making it all feel less overwhelming.
  2. Research picture frames/display options. It feels kind of pretentious to call this “research”, but I need to justify my Pinterest time.
  3. Consider other decorative elements, like curtains! They might help me make sense of that extra window.
  4. Print pictures, buy frames, etc.
  5. Put it all together.

The Prizes

I’m not really sure that this is ever going to be an essential component of my projects. I’ve been giving myself prizes for non-project-related achievements (e.g. exercising every day, taking my lunch to work, etc… see my achievements page), but if I’m excited about a project, I don’t need a prize.

The Win

I’ll consider us successful if we:

  1. Put more stuff on the dining room wall(s).
  2. Buy and hang some curtains. Unless Pinterest teaches me that curtains are stupid.

The End

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January: A Retrospective

Before I move on to setting February goals, I wanted to record the successes and failures of January so that I can remember that I’m capable of many mundane things. This would have been a nice activity for the last day of the month, but I was busy fitting in my dinner party that day. Procrastination notwithstanding, I did almost everything I set out to do last month, which makes me pretty happy.

What I/we did this month

  • Washed the dishes almost every night – When I don’t do this, it always seems like a monumental task meant only for superhuman robot people. When I do do this, I don’t feel very superhuman…it’s kind of easy. It’s my clearest example of the futility of certain kinds of procrastination: if I don’t wash the dishes now, I’ll just have to wash them later, and I will never ever want to wash them later, so there are few legitimate reasons to delay. I don’t know why that’s so hard to grasp, but it’s one of those things for which I have a mental switch. I never know what flips the switch, but when it’s on, it’s on.
  • Got up at 6 to run or walk every day (except one, but I made up for it in the evening) – This happened because 1) we made the daring decision to move the treadmill into the living room where I can watch TV while I exercise, 2) I have a secret exercise goal, and 3) I’m a slave to my Fitbit. I think my Fitbit was the key to most everything I accomplished this month because it inherently encouraged me to move at times when I would otherwise be inclined to just huddle in the corner of my couch. Really, the only thing that suffered from the Fitbit was blogging…I haven’t figured out how to walk and write at the same time.
  • Cleaned downstairs – It took most of the month, and upstairs is still atrocious, but we did it! I had all the Christmas stuff boxed up within a week of New Year’s, I got new bins for certain categories of clutter, and I made a strategy for baby toys. AND, it’s all stayed just as clean for THREE DAYS. That’s kind of big for us…it implies that we even cleaned up after having people over.
Talia knew we like a good challenge. Here she is scattering all her play food around for the fifteenth time in a row.

Talia knew we like a good challenge. Here she is scattering all her play food around for the fifteenth time in a row. Still, we won in the end.

  • Bought and installed our Christmas-present TV – This might not seem like an accomplishment for normal people, but it is painfully difficult for us to make decisions about major purchases. This was Jonathan’s major success, and many thanks to Patrick for helping us get it on the wall.
  • Cooked at home 3/4 of the time – The Fitbit makes it FUN to shop for groceries. And to jog in place while browning meat.

Homemade pancakes…yum!

  • Took my lunch to work every day – Except the day we ate off campus with friends. Socializing trumps cold spaghetti…go figure.
  • Did active things with Talia – Fitbit for the whole family! I’ve refrained from putting it on her yet, but only because I wouldn’t get credit for my own steps while she was using it. Anyway, we went to the park and to the other park and even to the other park, visited the aquarium, and walked halfway around the block (just imagine that our block is big enough for that to be impressive. For a baby).

One of the “other” parks. Despite our success at going to the park so much, Talia failed at her January goal of relocating all the pea gravel into my hands.


Walking around the block…or to the park…or both.

  • Had people over! – January project complete! I still need to formalize the plan for keeping the house clean and having more people over (I could only manage a single tableful this time around), but I do think we have some good habits in place (did I mention the dishes?). Just as long as I don’t lose my Fitbit…

What I didn’t do this month

  • Work at home…as much – Turns out that I value work-life balance more when I actually have projects to focus on at home. I like my job a lot, but it’s good for it to have competition :)
  • Plan our secret hike – More on this soon. I meant to get started last month, but that didn’t happen.
  • Allow myself to work on other projects – I can’t decide if this is good or not. I wanted to start reorganizing my bedroom AND decorating our walls AND building shelves for the garage, but I thought it wiser to stay focused on my January project. I avoided starting too many projects at once, so that’s good, but it’s going to be hard to wait several months for the projects that don’t get scheduled until the fall.
  • Save on food bills – I was kind of shocked about this. I thought that, by eating at home more, we’d save food money for sure, but that didn’t really happen. We think it’s because we were temporarily in the habit of taking Talia out to lunch on the weekends, which usually landed us at a sit-down restaurant at least two days a week. Then we’d reserve an evening to get “high-quality” take-out. And, I’m not terribly practiced at being a frugal food shopper…it’s hard to eat healthily AND cheaply. I take this as a challenge, though, and I’m looking forward to doing better in February.
  • Post Talia pictures – We should do that.

What I should change for next month

  • Balance monetary and nutritional goals – Now that I’m on a roll with eating our food instead of take-out food, I think I can start juggling the financial aspect as well. At the very least, we’re not going to make a habit of taking Talia out to lunch every weekend, and I’m going to try making Jonathan’s lunch at least some of the time. I might also float the idea of having specific budgets for certain kinds of food (e.g. soda).
  • Continue working on procrastination – As I said, the dishes were an emblematic victory over procrastination for me. However, I really did put off my dinner party plan until the last week of the month (after working so hard during the first week!). I specifically thought that I didn’t need to do it earlier because I had time to do it later. I didn’t realize that letting it hang over my head would make me feel “guilty” starting other projects. Now that I’ve made that connection, maybe I can use it to my advantage.

Overall take-aways

  • I NEED two birds per stone – Exercise + tv, exercise + shopping, exercise + cleaning, healthy eating + saving money…whatever my goal, I’m lots more likely to do it if I’m doing something else at the same time.
  • Maybe it’s okay to live a project-based life – And maybe it’s too early to conclude this. However, it’s undeniable that the times I’m most productive are the times I’m working toward something bigger than a single day’s routine. Planning a party, decorating a nursery, creating a presentation for work – these are chances to frame smaller actions into bigger purposes and messages.
  • My future self is probably just me – Procrastination assumes that I’ll feel differently in the future, but I won’t. Remember that. And remind me.
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January Analysis: Where does clutter come from?

With a week left to finish my first monthly goal of the year, I’m just now officially getting around to the “analysis” phase of the month, though it’s been rolling around in my head ever since I kicked off this project.

So000, why exactly can’t I currently (circa December) host a dinner party on a whim? Here’s what I figured out about my first problem…

1. There’s stuff to put away.

Every time we want to have people over, we have to plan for a couple hours of decluttering, which includes handling unwashed dishes, clearing flat surfaces, relocating random piles of stuff from the floor, and putting away baby toys. Obviously, this problem is likely related to the fourth problem, there are habits to form, but I thought I’d take a look at the composition of some of this clutter. Is there a reason my childhood mantra of “put stuff away when you’re done with it” isn’t working for our mess? Maybe the clutter holds secrets into our psyche. Maybe it has legitimate excuses. Maybe it’s a problem I can solve just by thinking hard enough.

Anyway, here are three exhibits to study…

The Bar

We’ve accepted the fact that, no matter how awesome we make the rest of our house, if we’re going to have people over when food is involved, people will stand around the bar. So, it’s gotta be clean…and look! It’s not!



  1. Boogie wipes (oft-used-baby-gear) –  I think I put these here because I was using them very frequently, and I wanted to have them in an easily accessible place. There’s another place in the living room where they’re supposed to go, but the bar seemed like a more reachable location.
  2. Chapstick (something-that-goes-upstairs) – I’m not sure how this made it downstairs, but I didn’t put it in its natural location upstairs because I was watching the baby, and it didn’t seem worth it to lug the baby all the way upstairs to put away some Chapstick. Babies are heavy!
  3. Snack cup and Mommy’s cup (dishes-to-clean) – We ate food in the living room, and because I was watching the baby, I didn’t want to leave to put these dishes where they’re supposed to go.
  4. Wet diaper (trash) – Um…yes, I’m claiming that, at times, there’s not a better place to put a wet diaper than on the bar. Has it really come to this? Well, temporarily…there’s not a trashcan in the living room, and (all together now) I didn’t want to leave the baby to go to the trashcan.

Let’s see what exhibit 2 reveals…

The Console Table

This awkward, somewhat homeless piece of furniture has been serving as our living room Baby Station for the past year, but even so, I’d like it to look presentable.



  1. Clean wipes and diapers (oft-used-baby-gear) – This stuff technically belongs here because the changing table/pack-and-play lives right next to this thing, but this stuff just doesn’t LOOK clean. The diapers normally live in a somewhat attractive basket thing, but it’s so easy to want to use the basket thing for other purposes.
  2. Password board game (something-that-goes-upstairs) – Artifact of a pre-Christmas get-together that never seemed offensive enough to warrant an extra trip up the stairs.
  3. Used kleenexes (trash) – First, I didn’t specify what these were used for, so it’s maybe not as gross as it seems. However, I previously mentioned the fact that we don’t have a trashcan in the living room, and it’s beginning to seem that trash that appears while watching the baby is destined to decorate the living room for an indefinite period of time.
  4. Basket of baby hair doodads (things-I-think-I-want-on-hand) – We have a bald baby, and bald babies beg for froofy hair thingies to help them maintain balance (scientific fact). However, this pile of hair doodads looks somewhat unkempt, AND the daycare takes off the hair doodads anyway.

I see trends emerging! On to exhibit 3…

The Inexplicable Hall Table

This table resides in the hall between our foyer and the living room. I really don’t know why it exists, but it currently serves to keep Stuff off of other surfaces. Too bad it’s one of the first things you see when you walk into the foyer…


  1. More Boogie Wipes (oft-used-baby-gear) – Seriously, I need these things everywhere I go.
  2. Gift cards and to-do items (stuff-I-want-to-be-able-to-find) – So, all of this stuff is SUPPOSED to be in that clear organizer, but the clear organizer is full. It shouldn’t be full because it’s supposed to contain only to-do items and gift cards and checks, and there shouldn’t be so many to-do items that it’s full.
  3. Papers to do something with (to-do-items) – I guess we accepted the fact that we’re not doing stuff in our to-do organizer, so we’ve started creating piles of to-do items in other places. There are things like this on the bar as well, just not on the part I photographed.
  4. Shoes and camera bag (stuff-I-want-on-hand) – This is actually all Jonathan’s stuff. I don’t think there’ s anything more to say about it.

Now that I know what kinds of clutter are cluttering my house and mind, maybe I can propose solutions beyond “be strong enough not to put that in the first available location”…


I see trends in this clutter. First, I think we put a lot of stuff in the first available place because we can’t get to its rightful location right away (stuff-that-goes-upstairs and trash, for example). Other things accumulate because they don’t HAVE a rightful location (stuff-I-want-on-hand). And then there are other things that accumulate because there’s a back-up in some other should-exist-system (dishes-to-wash). If I can address these underlying issues, the clutter might proactively declutter itself. Let’s brainstorm…

  • oft-used-baby-gear
    • Respect my baby-care depot (the console table) and promise to always put things back there, even if I need to access them from across the house. OR…
    • Create a baby-care apron to wear when I’m caring for the baby and to store somewhere out-of-sight when I’m not. This feels crazy to me, but it’s a common teacher-trick that has promise. Really, it’s akin to carrying a diaper bag around your own house.
  • something-that-goes-upstairs
    • Create an out-of-sight holding place for this stuff and then commit to transferring the collection on a regular basis. One promising location is in pretty baskets on my living room bookshelf.
  • dishes-to-clean
    • As part of cleaning the dishes every night, collect dishes that have gathered in other parts of the house. I think this will work because dishes don’t necessarily accumulate throughout the house every day. Honestly, I do believe this stems most from not cleaning the dishes, which is a separate clutter problem.
  • trash
    • Get a trashcan for the living room. I even have a good place to put it.
  • things-I-think-I-want-on-hand
    • Regularly evaluate whether I really want them on-hand. Those baby hair doodads? No. They can live in Talia’s room, and I can pick one when I pick the rest of her clothes. Alternatively, I can get one for her later in the day, thereby accumulating extra steps for my Fitbit.
  • stuff-I-want-to-be-able-to-find
    • I need to understand this category better. Really, I want to be able to find everything that I own at one time or another. I think that the trouble arises when I start to allow myself to keep ANYTHING that I want to find in a visible, obvious location. Also, the default location for this category should be somewhere other than “right in front of the front door”. I propose the pending new “office”, so a later project might solve this problem.
  • to-do-items
    • Same answer as above; these need to be in an easy yet invisible location. Honestly, keeping them in plain sight isn’t helping us do them any more reliably, so we might as well put them somewhere more discrete and let a new process help us make sure they get done.
  • stuff-I-want-on-hand
    • Same as above. Put it somewhere easy to access yet invisible. Pending new guest room/office, you are our only hope.

Wow, I’m exhausted now. I’m honestly not sure I’m going to devote this much typing to all my other problems…I’d like to have my thoughts on record somewhere, but I need time to actually enact my solutions :) At any rate, though, I’m currently satisfied that this exercise has highlighted some mechanisms that remove the need for quite so much will power regarding clutter. That means I can save it for dessert…

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January Project: Dinner Parties, with People, Whenever

First, did you notice my goal sheet? I posted it. I did what I said I was going to. I’d give myself a prize for follow-through, but that feels like cheating. Anyway, if you didn’t see my goal sheet, it turns out it doesn’t matter. You’ll understand this post anyway.

The Goal

Prepare ourselves and our house to host a dinner party, and then maintain the house in such a way that we can have people over for dinner without stressing out over “getting things ready”. To test ourselves, we’ll choose a couple of “enforcers” to randomly invite themselves to dinner within the month of February.

Wait!!! Was this on the list? Not word for word. You had to read between the words of “have people over more often”.

What constitutes “readiness” for a dinner party? Here’s where I’m going to be realistic. Jonathan and I work full time, and we have a baby, and we have no experience maintaining a pristine house. So, my standards aren’t optimal, particularly because I know that our friends aren’t really that judgmental:

  • We can eat at the dining table, i.e. it’s clear and the surrounding area is clean.
  • The kitchen counters are clear of clutter and crumb-free.
  • The bar is clear so that people can stand by it, because, inevitably, that’s where people want to stand.
  • We have a plan for obtaining ingredients and making something delicious by the next evening. Yes, for now, I’m reserving a one day waiting period for on-demand dinners, where the demand must be made before 7pm.
  • There are few enough toys scattered throughout the living room that we can put them “away” (i.e. wherever we decided they belong, which might be in plain sight) within 10 minutes.
  • We can ask guests to bring things to the dinner, i.e. we aren’t committing to being on the hook for all four courses. At least not right away. Also, I’m not completely sure I know what “all four courses” are.
  • We have drinks and servingware on hand. Servingware isn’t a word, but I figure you can guess what it means.

The Why

  • Despite being a rather painful introvert most days of the week, I really do like people, and I’m always happy after people have visited.
  • Being able to have people over is one of the big reasons I care about cleaning the house. Although I KNOW I am personally happier when the house is clean, I really don’t make cleaning a priority unless people are coming over. So, I’m hoping I can harness the groundless fear of judgment to enforce a cleanly state of house, and in so doing, I can reap the personal happiness that shiny counters and crumbless floors bestow.
  • Introducing the possibility of needing to host a dinner “on demand” might keep us alert and able to keep this resolution beyond just a one-time event.

The Problems

Oh, the problems. I’ll have a more detailed analysis of why some of the problems exist, but here’s what we need to overcome…

  • There’s stuff to put away.
  • There are crumbs to clean.
  • There’s food to make.
  • There are habits to form.

Again, this doesn’t qualify as the “analyze roadblocks” phase of my solution. This is the list of roadblocks I need to analyze.

The Intermediate Goals

  1. Remove all unusual clutter, which, at this time of year, is all the Christmas stuff (decorations, gifts, packed suitcases, etc.).
  2. Put away usual clutter, i.e. whatever stuff that’s lying around on every single surface in the parts of the house that guests would encounter.
  3. Clean surfaces in the same parts of the house.
  4. Experiment with entrees and/or sides so that we have some “go to” options.
  5. Figure out what drinks to keep on hand.
  6. Develop maintenance plan for preventing clutter, cleaning surfaces, and keeping drinks stocked.
  7. Invite some people over to a dinner party.
  8. Assign people to test us over the next month or two.

The Prizes

Hmm. I don’t know if I need tangible prizes for these particular intermediate goals. I feel motivated to at least get to step 7 because it’s been a while since we had people over, and then step 8 lives on its own promise of embarrassment if we can’t follow through. That’s powerful stuff.

The Win

I’ll consider us successful if we:

  1. Have some people over for dinner by the end of January.
  2. Have some people over at their whim (well, the day after their whim) at least twice in February and March.

The End

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Today we learned that our daughter is quite the romantic

As you probably know, when we humans are all super-young-like, we learn a lot about the world by watching and mimicking our parents. So this morning, and this evening, Sarah and I decided to model some behavior to help Talia learn something.

Shortly after waking Talia up, we were all snuggling on the couch, and Sarah got Talia’s attention and said “Look, Talia, I’m giving Daddy a kiss”, and repeatedly kissed me on the cheek. So I’m thinking, “aww, Talia’s going to learn to give Daddy a kiss”. So after a few repetitions, Sarah stopped to see what the very attentive Talia would do.

So of course Talia leaned in, reached out with her arm… and pulled Sarah’s face to my own. :) And repeated that several times. Just before bedtime we tried again, with the exact same result.

So, success! Talia learned something. She learned how to make Mommy kiss Daddy.

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2014: Another Year for Doing Better

Jonathan and I have the same argument about New Year’s resolutions every year. It goes like this:

Me: It’s New Year’s! Hey, I have an idea…let’s make resolutions!

Jonathan: No! I can make resolutions any day I want!

Me: Then why not make them the day *I* want, a.k.a. New Year’s?

Jonathan: Because I’m a stubborn New Year’s Grinch. Humbug.

Me: We’re never going to change anything about anything. Overreaction. Tears. Doom.

Jonathan: Sigh.

THIS YEAR, I finally acknowledged the obvious truth that we can easily handle our plans for the new year individually (I acknowledged this after one last failed attempt at the Annual Argument…it’s hard to give up traditions). So, after spending the past few days trying to choose among five million ideas for my resolutions, I rashly decided that everything boils down to these two things:

  1. Avoid wasting time.
  2. Prove to myself that I can do some of the things I’ve failed at doing before.

I like these because they’re meaningful yet non-specific, allowing variety in their pursuit and preventing monotony and boredom. However, given their amorphous nature, I need to make some concrete plans about how to fulfill them. Here’s what I have so far:

  1. Maintain a list of things I care about doing. This list will inherently contain some things I’ve failed at doing before (e.g. organizing the garage. And my life).
  2. Pick a project from the list each month (or week…depends on what the list ends up containing).
  3. Write down why I care about completing that project.
  4. Analyze roadblocks to completing the project.
  5. Create intermediate goals, as necessary, to complete said project.
  6. Complete intermediate goals.
  7. Earn prizes (no, I never moved past valuing extrinsic motivation, but I have ideas about how some of my prizes can serve intrinsic double-duty).
  8. Win.

I’d like to think that I’ll be at least a little successful with this for a couple of reasons. First, I’m excited about the two-prong approach to motivation: understanding why I care about doing something (step 3) and rewarding myself with cheap earrings (step 7) just in case the “why” isn’t tangible every single day. Last, I’m hopeful that analyzing problems (step 4) will confirm that “having more willpower and discipline” isn’t the only way to win the resolution game. I know that those qualities are helpful, but I suspect that improving things and life and stuff is a little more complex. It’s easy to feel weak and a little ridiculous if you have to make yourself an action plan for hanging up laundry or going to the grocery store (aren’t these skills that come free with adulthood?). However, maybe thinking more analytically about what’s impeding those goals might reveal that I’m not just a lazy person. We’ll see :)

Yes, it’s January 4, and I haven’t published any of the above information for my January project, but I’ve been working on it (rather successfully, I might add) nonetheless. It’s not terribly exciting, but I’ll write more about it soon. Also, I think I’ll add my project list as one of the pages at the top of this thing. But not tonight.

Oh, and there’s at least one big project that will have to span multiple months, but I think it can follow the same outline.

Anyway, let the records show that this is what I’m doing in 2014, and it will be fun while it lasts ;)

Now back to our irregularly scheduled baby posts.

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Talia the One-Year-Old

Happy birthday to Talia Toddlerface!

To commemorate her first birthday (last Saturday), here is a year’s worth of month-by-month pictures that we’ve been withholding for no particular reason. Enjoy :)


0 Months – Remember the Talia hat?


1 Month – Outside is scary.


2 Months – Ah, the “blob” phase.


3 Months – So big!


4 Months – Expressions!


5 Months – Yeehaw!


6 Months – Sitting up by myself!


7 Months – Silly girl


8 Months – Determined face


9 Months – Standing on my own


10 Months – Hat face


11 Months – The month when Talia discovered that grass != hot lava and therefore wouldn’t pose with the tree for more than 2 seconds. This is one of maybe five pictures where she’s not wandering around the lawn.


1 Year! Cake face.

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Fun with old lenses

When I decided to start pursuing photography, my mom told me that she was in possession of several lenses that had belonged to my grandfather, and offered to let me have them. I didn’t know enough at the time to judge whether these lenses would be super quality, but I did know that lenses in general were expensive and if I could find an adapter, I’d at least enhance my arsenal a bit for free.

Well I finally got around to getting that adapter, so now I can start playing with these cool lenses. I’ve barely tried them out so far, but here’s a couple of my first shots with them.

The first was taken with the apparently-rare-these-days Voigtlander Super Dynarex 350mm f5.6, and I believe I had it wide open for the shot (it’s fun not having aperture metadata).
Hidden Stop Sign

The second was taken with the much-more-commonly-found Voigtlander Super Dynarex 135mm f4, which again I believe was wide open.
Jeanette's Printer

I’m looking forward to more interesting/planned opportunities to use these lenses, including using the 350mm to take some photos of the moon once it’s fuller :). I also have a Voigtlander Skopagon 40mm f2 that I haven’t tried at all, although its glass looks in worse shape. In any case, they seem to be capable of producing some nice quality shots, as long as I get a handle on the manual focus!

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A Happy Baby Picture

We’ve been bad about doing any kind of updating on here (and I won’t make promises that we’ll do better anytime soon), but here’s a morsel of a post, with a very happy (and surrounded) Talia!
It's-a-me! Talia!

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Easter 2013

We haven’t put a lot of pressure on ourselves to create huge holiday celebrations for Talia this first year under the premise that she won’t really remember any of it. That being said, Laura R. reminded me a week ago that most self-respecting Texans make an annual effort to take their child’s picture in a patch of bluebonnets. I’ve never considered myself to be a self-respecting Texan, but realizing suddenly that this IS Talia’s home-state, I figured she might care someday. So, without other Easter plans, we set out to find us some bluebonnets today. The result: Easter 2013.


Talia’s first Easter egg. Yum.

Do I really have to wear this?

Do I really have to wear this?



I like bluebonnets. I picked one even though Mommy told me not to. Now I'm a fugitive.

I like bluebonnets. I picked one even though Mommy told me not to. Now I’m a fugitive.

Me and Mommy, being pretty.

Me and Mommy, being pretty.

Happy baby.

Happy baby.

Daddy being pretty.

Daddy being pretty.

Daddy being silly.

Daddy being silly.

Mommy making kissy faces.

Mommy making kissy faces.

Mommy AND Daddy making kissy faces!

Mommy AND Daddy making kissy faces!

Normal family picture.

Normal family picture.

Bestest family picture.

Bestest family picture.

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