Archive | April, 2011

Site Redesign!

25 Apr

Hello, all!

After an uneventful Easter, I didn’t have much to report today, but I finally got around to working on a much needed redesign. I’ll be tweaking with it throughout the week, but in the meantime, feel free to comment and let me know what you think. I’d love to hear your input!

And to my fellow social media gurus — you can now follow this blog on Facebook and Twitter.

“In design man becomes what he is. Animals have language and perception as well, but they do not design.” — Otl Aicher, designer (1922-1991).

Bucket list item 1: Audition for Big Brother

24 Apr

As many of you have probably already heard via my Facebook, Twitter or various other social media accounts, I recently had the opportunity to audition for Big Brother 13 — a show I have been following since its first year. While I went in knowing it was a long shot, I’ve loved the show for far too long not to try. I probably won’t make it on, but it definitely won’t be for lack of effort.

I woke up bright and early the morning of my audition, which was difficult considering I was up half the night trying to perfect my head and body shots. Coupled with the fact that I was so excited that I could barely sleep, and it’s easy to see why I had to stop for a strong cup of coffee before making my way to the casting call.

After  fueling up for a long day, I ran by Walmart to develop my audition photos. While I was waiting in line I noticed that two of the people ahead of me were also trying out for the show, so I took a few minutes to size-up my competition. The girl hadn’t filled out her application and seemed a little unprepared. The guy was a good ol’ boy from Tennessee, mid-40s and draped in a Budweiser T-shirt.  You never know what producers are looking for, but I was completely nervous, as I made my way to the casting call.

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You can go home again

19 Apr

I know a lot of you have been wondering how things went with my mom this weekend, so even though I’m tired after a long production day, I thought I’d provide an update.

I left on Friday. After biking and bussing about seven miles in the wrong direction, I had to take a taxi to Miami’s Amtrak station in order to make my train. (I actually have a decent sense of direction, but what am I supposed to do if the address Google Maps gave me happened to be for a station that hasn’t existed for years?)

Addam hung around until I had to call a cab, then saw me off. After 20 minutes and $20 I made it to the station, about an hour before my train was set to depart. In my rush I had forgotten to pick up anything to eat for the trip, but I was able to raid a vending machine for some Wheat Thins, which happened to be the only vegan-friendly option in the entire station.

I’ve never taken the Amtrak before, but it was actually really convenient. As soon as I walked in a man checked my baggage, and as soon as the train arrived attendants started directing people to their seats.

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Something to do, something to love, something to hope for

14 Apr

Well, folks — it’s been a long week, but I’m gearing up for an even longer weekend. For the first time since I moved to Miami, I will be leaving the city to visit family. I only wish it were under better circumstances.

As most everyone who reads this probably knows, about four years ago my mother had a lung transplant to combat the severe emphysema she had developed about three years prior. She grew up in a coal mining town and started smoking at a relatively young age, but while her sickness was not surprising, it was none-the-less devastating.

My father died of lung cancer when I was six, and the thought that my mom was dealing with similar issues caused me to break down. It’s been a hard couple of years, but somehow we’ve made it through, only slightly worse for ware.

The other night I got a call from my Aunt Martha telling me that my mom was having trouble breathing and had to be taken to the emergency room. She has Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), which doctors think she most likely contracted from a child. After tons of X-rays, tests and IVs, it appeared she had a spot on her lung. Physicians had to perform a biopsy.

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Ben, bikes, boats and Biscayne

9 Apr

I have yet to fully recover, but I figured there was a group of people out there waiting to hear all about the fabulous weekend Addam and I had with his little brother, Ben.

Ben got in Wednesday afternoon, making it ridiculously difficult for me to concentrate on the interviews I had to conduct before calling it a wrap on my work day. I did my best to stay focused, and Ben picked me up as soon as I finished up. At that point we had a few hours to kill before Addam got off work, but we decided to go for a swim in South Beach rather than hurry home.

It was the perfect afternoon for swimming and the first time I’d been in water since the new year. Ben was amazed by how blue the water was and kept saying that it was the only time he’d swam in an ocean so clear, but I couldn’t believe the waves. Addam and I must have been catching the tide at the wrong time, because any other time we’ve been they have been pretty weak. That day, however, they were making me their lap dog. The waves tossed me all over the ocean, and by the end of an hour I was pretty worn out.

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