Archive for March, 2009

Bolts 2

Continuing to illustrate my creative process, such as it is, a little better. I took this picture while waiting for my car to be finished, and when I showed it to John, he suggested I cut out the bolts and do something with the background. Of course, I forgot what he mentioned I should do with the background, so I started playing around.

With the psd file I saved earlier, I ditched the idea of putting a color overlay over a black and white background and focused on the black and white background. I didn’t realize that there are presets on the Channel Mixer, so this one is the black & white with a blue filter. I liked the initial harsh look to it, which I amped up a little with increasing the contrast and decreasing the lightness. But, again, the bolts didn’t look right, so I deleted those layers, flattened it, and saved the jpg.

Vernon CT

Bolts 1

The next few days will illustrate my creative process, such as it is, a little better. I took this picture while waiting for my car to be finished, and when I showed it to John, he suggested I cut out the bolts and do something with the background. Of course, I forgot what he mentioned I should do with the background, so I started playing around.

The first thing I did was cut out the bolts. Then I copied the background, made the back one black and white, and started playing around with the color mixer on the foreground one. I liked it so much I wanted to keep it…but the bolts didn’t look right. Saved the picture as a psd, then deleted the bolt layers, flattened, and viola!

Vernon CT

I Don’t Wanna Play

Another thing to see in Boston – Frogs: A Chorus of Colors exhibit at the Museum of Science. John and I really enjoyed it…Ethan got a bit antsy looking at the many cases of frogs. I think he was more interested in the Mythic Creatures next door. Boston MA

Chihuly Glass

Part of a glass forest from the Dale Chihuly exhibit at the Rhode Island School of Design. Unfortunately, the exhibit closed in January, but I was lucky enough to get down to see it before it closed. Not only do I find his glasswork amazing, but he’s also got an eyepatch! Providence RI

WAM Benches

Close up of the benches at the Worcester Art Museum, Worcester MA

Thursday Threesome: Visit These People!

On the Thursday Threesome, I’ll choose a theme and describe three things that have to do with that theme. On my really bad week, I had a couple of nice bright spots in the form of some awesome local businesses. I used to work in training at the Bellagio, which prides itself on their excellent customer service. I’m pretty sensitive as to how easy it is to provide good customer service, and how rarely you find it. But these people are spectacular…definitely go visit them if you’re in the neighborhood and need something from them.

  1. Firestone Tires in Vernon CT: I visited my mom this weekend as my dad was in Singapore and my youngest sister was in town from Philadelphia. On the way out, my tire, which has been going randomly flat, was reeeeally flat. So I sucked it up and went to Firestone to get it checked out. While I was there, I saw they had a decent price on brakes, which also needed to get done. Oh boy did they ever. Keith was fantastic at taking care of me, and everyone in the shop was great about finishing my car just before closing time so I could get home. Sure, I spent a little longer in Connecticut than I had planned, but now my car is much safer and I know honestly what else the car needs to be quite happy.
  2. VCA Animal Hospital in Westborough MA: I stumbled across this vet’s office last month when I needed to take Chewie in on the weekend. I was lucky enough to meet up with Dr. Edward Schettino, who recommended we visit the neurologist at Tufts. We did, but wound up back with him a couple days later to put Chewie down. Dr. Schettino was wonderful…genuinely upset that Chewie was doing so bad and sympathetic to what I was going through. Of course, I will definitely be bringing Beeb in when she needs her shots again.
  3. Chipotle in Woburn MA: One of the things I missed moving back east from Vegas was Chipotle. I’ve was meh on Mexican food before, but it was so yummy out there! And yes, I’ll admit that Lindo Michoacan was much better than any chain could be, but Chipotle was good for fast yummy food. So I was happy to see them opening up restaurants in my area. Even more happy to see that the day before they open they have a free burrito day! But why did I pick the Woburn store? Ooohhh… Of the stores that I’ve visited in the area, they are the best with portions. True, I’m a vegetarian, so it’s probably easier for me to ask for more veggies and get them than for someone to ask for more meat. And they’re a good walk from the office as well.

Have an idea for a Thursday Threesome? Leave a comment, and I’ll see what I can do!

Winter Inspiration

I tend not to like winter, as everything just seems so grey and brown. But you do get the occasional nice day. Woburn MA

Blue Hippo

Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence RI

I Love You This Much!

Worcester MA

See you later, Chewie

Friday was a pretty bad day for me. I woke up to an e-mail from Jeremy that Chewie wasn’t doing well. I went to the house to investigate, and he truly wasn’t. I had found out on Tuesday that he most likely had a brain tumor, and it seemed that the prednisone the vet gave us to perhaps help was hurting. Chewie couldn’t stand up, and was completely miserable. I made that last appointment for the vet, and John came with me to put Chewie to sleep. I am so thankful for John for being there, and for the vet who was truly sympathetic and seemed just as upset as we were. Afterwards, John and I took a ride, I had a nice nap, and we were able to tackle the evening. I will miss Chewie terribly…I was his person for a little over 10 years, and I could tell that I was his person. I will remember him playing fetch, talking for hours on end, and, of course, his complete Cat Attitude.

Rest well Chewie. I’ll miss you.