Enough is enough lady

Strider is so used to my camera by now (a good thing!) that despite my vast repertoire of animal noises I never get any reaction out of him whatsoever.

This is the only noise that elicits a reaction as it’s the one I make every time right before he gets a treat.

Don’t worry – I gave him a treat after I took the picture 🙂

Tomorrow I have an all day conference and then on Friday I’m off to Vermont!

To bed I go!

Weekend Re-Cap

This past weekend Jeff and I do something we hardly ever do….we stayed home! Don’t get me wrong we love going here there and everywhere visiting friends, family, and going to the lake, but there is something about just being at home with free days and extra time – beautiful.

Friday was so snowy that we canceled our plans to go to the movies and instead curled up on the couch and ordered pay per view. We watched “The Kingdom” and really enjoyed it.

Saturday we slept late and then went to Crate and Barrel to register in the afternoon. We’ve been meaning to do this for awhile but were never quite in the mood for it. We also went back and forth about what we needed and where we actually wanted to register. The scanner gun isn’t quite as addictive as I thought it would be and because we cook a lot we had a strong sense of what we did (and absolutely did not!) need. We scanned a few things on impulse but mostly we stuck to our plan and are really psyched at the list we ended up with.

One thing we’ve been looking into is registries that allow you to register with a number of different stores. There are a few stores where we like/need one or two things but we don’t really want to start a registry and only have three or four items on it. The ones we checked out just seem to be a little clunky on the back end and not that well designed on the front end. Does anyone have any suggestions of sites they’ve used and loved?

Last night we had an early dinner at Bertucci’s to beat the crowds (can their bread BE any more delicious?) and then went out and saw Vantage Point which was another great movie. We hardly ever watch movies so two in one weekend was a treat 🙂

This morning we slept in again and then took a walk with the pooches before grocery shopping, cleaning, you know – all the fun stuff that always gets left for Sundays 🙂

All Strider wants to do is play and I am making him sit and pose

These are fun – Jeff was my assistant and in the first frame you can see the tiny dot of Brody (Strider’s friend who was sleeping over for the weekend) in the background…he was uninterested in this exercise 🙂 I like how in the second frame the lens flare could be mistaken for the snowball just to the right of it.

Come get me lady.

Brody cooling off

Can I get up now??? PLEASE???!!!

I’m off to go start a new book – I finished “Stealing Horses” last night. It was good but not great – I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it. There is nothing like ending the day curled up in bed with Strider and a good book – I LOVE it!

Hope everyone has a great week.

Take care!

Design & the Elastic Mind

About a year ago my Brother Jon and his friend Sep Kamvar were commissioned by The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in NYC to create a piece for an exhibit called Design and the Elastic Mind.

The result is a project called “I Want You To Want Me” which explores the way people represent themselves in the world of online dating. My explanation for the project is that it gathers information from online dating profiles and puts it together in a meaningful way so you can see trends.

Tuesday night was the opening which I drove down for. Each artist was allowed 7 guests (there were about 40 artists) but somehow they ended up with over 2,000 people. It was a great time and I was thrilled to be there for the opening and as a cheerleader for Jon & Sep.

The exhibit runs through May 12th so if you are in NYC and need to fill an afternoon head on over to MOMA – they have so many great exhibits and beautiful artwork. Jon’s piece is in a gallery on the 6th floor.

The entrance to the exhibit

The project is displayed on a 56″ touch screen monitor. Each bubble represents an individual profile – blue for boys and pink for girls. At the top of the screen you can choose your search parameters – men & women, age range, and “looking for.” As the bubbles float by you touch them to see the person’s profile.

Over the course of a few days they filmed over 500 silhouette videos of people doing things from brushing their teeth to doing push ups. It is fun to watch the different balloons and hone in on what people are doing.

The information that results from searches is displayed in different formations – this one a double helix. Another of the modules is called “Matchmaker.” Someone’s profile might say – “I am looking for a caring, honest, and loving partner.” They might be matched with someone who says “I love dogs, cats, photographers, and am very honest.” Some work better than others but it is fun to see what the code comes up with!

Jon demo-ing (not sure if that’s a word) the project

Jon painted balloons for his and Sep’s fourteen guests.

This silhouette is my friend Tom dancing with a mannequin 🙂

A cool tree that was next to Jon’s project

Even little kids like touching the screen – thankfully the screen was not harmed in the second photograph but they hope that perhaps in the future people won’t do this 🙂

Happy siblings and a proud sister 🙂

I can’t do this project justice online so go check it out at MOMA – the exhibit opens to the public on Sunday.

In the next few days the website for the project will be live – http://www.iwantyoutowantme.org/

Checking In- more to come!

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Morning!

Last night I was in NYC for Jon’s opening of Design and the Elastic Mind at MOMA – the exhibit will run until May but last night was the preview for the exhibitors, their families, donors, etc. – very cool and pictures to come soon!

This morning I am off to an all day seminar with Mike Colon and Bob Davis called Master Your Craft – I figured if they were going to actually make the effort to come to Hartford (where there are very few photography seminars) I should definitely go – should be a fun day of learning.

Have a great day and if I’m not too exhausted I’ll post some MOMA highlights tonight!

Amanda

Recipe :: Roasted Asparagus w/Crispy Prosciutto and Black Pepper Citrus Chicken

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Jeff and I just finished dinner and had two winners tonight. We both love trying new recipes when we can plan ahead although there are definitely nights when we just scrounge around the fridge for whatever resides there.

One thing that makes trying new recipes so easy is our well stocked pantry – I’ll blog about that sometime soon.

In the meantime – enjoy!

Roasted Asparagus with Crispy Prosciutto (Real Simple)

1 T. Olive oil + more for roasting
1 3 oz. package thinly sliced prosciutto
1 bunch asparagus, ends trimmed

Preheat oven to 375°. Heat 1 T. oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook prosciutto in skillet until crisp, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer to a paper towel to absorb grease.

Arrange asparagus in a single layer on a baking sheet. Drizzle olive oil over, and season with salt and pepper. Shake pan to coat asparagus. Roast until tender, about 25 minutes. Serve asparagus with prosciutto crumbled on top. (I added a spritz of lemon)

Black Pepper Citrus Chicken (Cooking Light)

1 T. canola oil
S&P
4 6 oz. chicken breast halves (skinless and boneless)
1 c. diced onion
3 minced garlic cloves
1/4 c. white cooking wine (or white wine if you have a bottle open…we didn’t on a Monday night!)
2 T. fresh orange juice
1 T. fresh lemon juice
2 T. chopped fresh parsley

Heat 1 T. oil in a large non stick skillet over medium-high heat. Season chicken before adding to pan. Cook 2 minutes on each side or until browned. Remove chicken from pan and cover to keep warm. Add 2 T. oil to pan and when warmed onion and garlic, sauté for 2 minutes. Add wine, cook 1 minute. Return chicken to pan. Add another 3/4 t. pepper and juices. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 4 minutes or until chicken is done. Sprinkle with parsley and serve.

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