I know that other people will blog about this, and there will be detailed discussion on the whos and whys and whats of it, but REALLY?

Black Friday is the poster child for what is wrong with our priorities in this county.

I understand the deals. I get that the sales are great. I even know that some people love the hunt, the game of going out at 4 am to stand in line for $5 DVDs at Best Buy. I do. But why have we gotten to the point where people die? Why are people so desperate for junk? Why?

If these people put half of that energy in to raising their children and contributing to society, we wouldn't be in the social economic crisis we're in now.

I'm really sad and frustrated today.



Notice the New Digs

I know, I know, lots of changing on the design from here for the past few months. That's all done now. I spent a good amount of time getting things as I'd like them, so hopefully, you'll all feel good about it too.

Happy Thanksgiving, if you celebrate those things.


Family Photos

The Foot

Family by the Fence


Happy Family

Carys and Taylor

Carys in the Sun

Carys B+W

Carys's tutu

Carys from Heaven



An Open Letter


I must tell you that I despise you in that sick, sweaty way one reserves for unrequited love and the one that got away. I hear your sweet voice in the morning when I wake, echoing inside my head and throughout my bones.

BMPOAT, I blame you for my sadness. I blame you for the difficulties in my life. I think I may hate you, in fact. You; with your ocean and your ridiculous hourly wage. You and your stupid crappy website and photo ops; your wonderful unborn baby and desperate cry for organization.
Don't you understand this pain? My aching heart?

I suppose not.

The one who lived too far away


At Least for Today

I don't know, for me it's strange. I try to do a lot of things, which I suppose is a good quality for the most part. I jump in to things without any real experience and expect that I can do them and learn on the way. Generally, it works fine. That's why I've been able to become what I am today: mediocre at a lot of things. Not an expert at anything.

Some things I do or did because I had to. Example: my last job. I needed money, I needed experience, so I did the work. Somethings I do because I want to. Example, graphic and media design. I chose to study it because it's an all-purpose type of art that can get you a job.

And sometimes, something comes along that I do because it happens, like it was meant to happen all along. And that something or those somethings are harder to see, even when they are in progress, because it's so natural you don't have to try.

That's how I feel when I'm behind my camera. I don't worry about it working, I just do it and it does. I don't try, and I don't struggle with frustration.

This weekend, I photographed Taylor and her family again in Half Moon Bay. We went early, around 11:30, and the sky was illuminated with bright, unrelenting sun. David warned me that it would be difficult to set photos with that light. I agreed but knew that it was the only day we could get the photos done, and we did, bad light and all. When we left for home that day, I was worried that none of the 400+ pictures I took would be suitable, since I'd been chasing shadows and blinding light all day long with an infant. I waited two days to even start post production.

With squinted eyes, I started to run through the pictures early this evening. I popped the first few in to Photoshop and felt better, and better, and better. They are great. Many are better than what I captured during our last visit, and while many did fall victim to the curse of the sun and the shadows, many more were transformed in to great shots.

This may sound very basic to you, but to me, it is not. I feel like I constantly trick myself in to thinking I can do this or that, simply because I'm afraid of being stagnant, or losing an opportunity to find what I'll be truly great at. It feels good to know, at least for today, that my attention can focus on one thing, successfully.



Random old chair

Random old chair
Originally uploaded by nissanicole
Walking home from the car shop I found this. Too lovely to be discarded.



Best Wishes, Emilie

Please take a moment to send your best wishes and good luck to Emilie. She's a fantastic person who is fighting a tough battle with cancer that is making life more difficult the past few days.

She and her family can use our love going forward. Please think of her. She has a donation fund as well, which can be found here.



After the Storm

That's it! I'm done. Yesterday, Friday, was my last day in the office, and it was pretty sad at some points. It has not been easy for me to make this decision, but I am very confident in the direction that I'm going.

Bye Bye office cubicle! It was a long, fun, and priceless ride. Thanks for everything.



To Everything, there is a Season

Hi everyone.

I've fallen behind on blogging, it would seem, but there's lots to talk about - I just haven't had the time to sit down. Let it suffice to say that I'm busy. This is my last week at my current job - I am finally leaving to spend my time fully engaged in my career of choice, which begins with finishing college in less than 5 years.

What's next for me? Don't worry, I'll be busy. During the past 2 years, I've gathered no less than 15 projects that are waiting to blossom. I'll be freelance blogging, doing photography work, working to sell my art, showing my art, and doing freelance design. Additionally, I've taken on a number of duties for my Dad's company, including re-branding, web work, and marketing.

I'm really very excited to take this leap in to my future. It has been a very difficult choice, and leaving has been very, very sad, but I know that that the time has come for me. I'm a different person than I was when I joined the company in 2006 - when I was newly married and attending my first semester at college.

Look forward to some big changes on this blog and the others that I own. If you haven't already, you should go over and subscribe to my newest project, Love Hand Made, which has been lacking in posts since it's beginning, but will blossom as one of my main priorities over the coming weeks. We plan on featuring great handmade creations and their artists. My photography/design blog has also fallen by the wayside, but will be updated daily with the things I'm working on, and soon, more discussion.

I will soon be unveiling two new blogs - one is a social/political conversational, the other, a Bay Area Music Magazine. Both have been in the planning stages for over six months, and both will soon be open to other writers. I can't wait to share them with you.

So: this really is a season of change. Good, long-lasting change that makes smiles and happiness. There's no shortage of trials, tribulations and hard work ahead, but, I think we're better off on this path. Our country, and me.

p.s. I will blog about my Las Vegas vacation next week!


Watching Barack Obama's Acceptance Speech

Friends who joined us to watch Barack Obama become our nation's 44th president on November 4th, 2008.




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