Saturday, April 30, 2011
Some of the best weekend decisions are made spontaneously. Like this morning when at the last minute I decided I needed some Annie time. Ahem, I mean I wanted to have a lovely conversation with Erin and Ben. Lucky for me, they were hanging out at home building garden boxes and researching what to plant and were welcoming of a pop-in. I came bearing a vanilla latte from Groundswell Coffee and in exchange I was given a bowl of delicious tuna salad compliments of Chef Ben.
When I arrived, Annie was eating but that didn't stop her from looking over at me and warming my heart with a huge smile. After lunch, when she wasn't pulling herself up from the floor, crawling, or taking her shoes and socks off, she was hamming it up for the camera. I am bummed I didn't bring my flash (or borrow Erin's - duh) but nothing a little Lightroom preset and collage won't fix!
I will be shocked if Annie is not into photography when she is older. The bottom left photo is her trying to put my lens cap on for me. Clearly she spend a lot of time with her photobug mom!
Thank you, Erin, Ben and Annie for making my rainy Saturday morning much brighter!
Friday, April 29, 2011
I struck photo of the day gold when I went to Caribou at 11th and Nicollet and happened upon the Royal Wedding festivities at Brit's Pub next door. I wish I had known that so many people would get up before the crack of dawn, donning fancy hats and dresses. I absolutely loved these hats and was so happy that these beautiful Brit's pub breakfasters allowed me to snap their photo. Such a fun way to document a huge media/historical event of the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton, now Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Thursday, April 28, 2011
I was reminded by @mplsfarmmarket that today was the first Nicollet Mall Farmers Market. I thought it'd be the perfect photo of the day so I marked my calendar and promptly forget to look at the weather forecast. Holy wow, was it cold for a farmers market. I went and took photos of colorful things even though they are definitely not grown in MN. By the time I found the tables were things were made locally (soap, etc), my hands were frozen and I needed to call it a day. I talked with a lovely woman at the flower stand and she was freezing but still had a smile on her face so I bought a bouquet for my cube. I'll be back every Thursday for my fix of people watching and Food Truck food!
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Tonight, I went waaaaaaay out of my comfort zone and presented at an event held by Works Progress, called Give & Take. It is a monthly event that mixes socializing with short presentations and interactive games and endeavors to create a supportive environment of learning from one another. I presented with Emily Lloyd about our respective neighborhood projects: Emily's, 6 Words Minneapolis and my, Minneapolis 81. I accomplished my main goal of letting everyone know my excitement for learning about all 81 Minneapolis neighborhoods from people who live and work in those neighborhoods. My favorite part of the presentation was showing photos I've taken on my self-guided tours of different neighborhoods to see if they could name the neighborhood. I'll post those photos below so you can test yourself! My only regret of the evening is that I didn't have an example tour to walk through. It also would have been great to showcase my yet to be developed website and fledgling Twitter stream dedicated to the project (@mpls81).
We presented first, which was great because I was able to be completely present for the rest of the evening which included Peter Schilling (covers sports for City Pages and author of "The End of Baseball") on the Art of Heckling and Maggie Ryan Sanford on Why Dolphins are Badass. Both presentations were entertaining and informative and would have been tough acts to follow, so again, glad we went first!
Because the evening involves fun ways to socialize with others whom I didn't know previously, I met some great people from Springboard for the Arts, Downtown Network, and Weber Shandwick. I am glad to know about Works Progress and look forward to attending their events throughout the year.
Name the Minneapolis Neighborhood
Below are a few of the slides from our presentation. We paired a few of my photos with 6 word memoirs obtained for 6 Words Minneapolis. Click on the photo for the answer (title of photo on Flickr).
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
It was cold and rainy today and though I do like a nice rainy day, I definitely need sunshine in my life right now. In a short while I will be enjoying the Florida Keys thanks to Scott's parent's, but in the meantime, my desperation for a tropical environment led me to the fish tanks at a pet store. I have only had one fish in my life, a Beta named Bono. He lived with me my freshman year in Schramm Hall and even made the move across campus to Cather Hall. This journey across campus was not without trauma as some of Bono's habitat splashed onto my sister, Emily, who was responsible for his relocation. I am pretty sure that was her sole contribution to the move because she, not Bono, was the traumatized party.
These photos won't win me any awards but I was trying to be stealth as taking photos in these types of heavily branded big box stores is generally frowned upon.
Monday, April 25, 2011
After months of looking at bare tree limbs, I am captivated by the changing landscape around me. This spring, I am paying closer attention to the small incremental steps that plant life are making towards being in full bloom. The pods (not sure of correct name!) remind me of caterpillars.
Sunday, April 24, 2011
After spending 4.5 hours in the car today, Scott, Stewie and I couldn't wait to take our regular walk. We've been walking the same route for about 7 years and it involves walking down "dog alley" which Scott named because of the high concentration of dogs who tend to hang out in their backyards. Yes, this is creepy. I go along with this stretch of the walk because it happens to be an unusually pretty alley. Today, I enjoyed seeing the yellow flowers. This photo was taken with my newest lens, Tamron 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3.
Friday, April 22, 2011
Scott joined me in Sioux Falls so that he could spend some quality time with my sister, Emily, while she was visiting from DC. One of our favorite stops in Sioux Falls is Monk's House of Ale Repute because they have a great selection of beers on tap.
Thursday, April 21, 2011
The newest addition to my maternal side of the family tree is Avery Jean. She is the first born daughter of my cousin, Cathie and her husband, Josh. Avery is a sweet little baby who had so many great expressions for being about 10 days old! I chose this shot because of her little dimple, pierced lips and you can see her red hair.
I attempted my first 365 photo project in 2011. I made it to Day 246.
The Nivens Family