erindubitably: (peeking out)
Also, did a bit of pruning on the ol' friends list - mainly people I haven't spoken with in ages or journals that seem pretty dead. If you're around and want back on just poke me.
erindubitably: (raptor attack!)
So, the Early Learning Centre are dicks. From their website:

"For the little princess in the family we have great feminine outfits like Butterfly Fairy, Sleeping Beauty, Ballerina and Nurse’s uniform. Why not add a medical case for that extra touch of authenticity.
...
The boys are catered for too, with great Doctor, Policeman & Fireman uniforms, not to mention fantastic Pirate and Knight costumes. All these can be combined with a range of accessories so your child will really look the part."

Good thing those boys are catered to with doctor and fireman uniforms! Girls hate being catered to with unisex professions, donchaknow.

You can write to them/complain here.

My email below the cut. )
erindubitably: (edinburgh night)
Day off, and hence journal posting day, but I've got too much and too little to say. I've considered adopting the 'Weekly Update' post thing from [livejournal.com profile] lizzie_and_ari but I don't know if I have enough to say to fill one of those out.

Stuff is pretty good, though, for the most part. Work continues in that way that it does, and my interview is coming up next week. I'm preparing for it the best I can but I'd still appreciate all the crossed fingers I can get on Tuesday, kthx. I like selling books, or, more to the point, putting together school book list (since that's what I'm doing the majority of the time right now). I'm good at it, quick and efficient, and people have already started recognizing it. If I do have to stay on at Blackwell for another few months it won't be the end of the world, especially once I can drop the Most Boring Job in the World at the Galleries.

There is a lot of stuff in my head about photography right now; lots and lots of stuff and yet I haven't actually taken any pictures in ages. This is a bit sad, and I need to rectify it, as well as start putting into motion some of my plans and projects. I've been stuck on the idea that in order to really get to the next level I need more money in order to buy things - lenses, lighting rigs, better editing software, classes, etc. - and I'm not sure if it's really true or not. I know I would make use of more equipment, but I can and have produced pictures I've been proud of with only what I have now, so maybe I should just accept my limitations for the time being and keep doing what I'm doing. I don't know. I really want a new lens, damnit. And a lighting rig. And a pony. (Ponies are cute).

Just as an aside, I was thinking today how lucky I am to be in a talented and generous friendsgroup these days. There always seem to be projects flying about, opportunities being offered, help given, encouragement at the ready. I really love it, and though sometimes I feel like an impostor it's nevertheless thrilling and exciting to watch these insane people I call friends do their thing.

Today has been a lazy day of mixed productivity; I walked all over in the rain trying to find cat litter and failing. I do like the weather as it is now - warm, with intermittent summer drizzle that's nice to fall asleep to. Some people complain it's too humid, to which I say: You don't know you've been born. That being said, if it keeps up I am going to start making my own wine lollies; you all are welcome to join me.

My mp3 player has been serenading me with Ani DiFranco and Rufus Wainwright all day. Ziggy is purring in my lap and Scout is draped across the back of the futon dreaming. There is still tidying to finish and chicken & mushroom risotto to make, and later there will be good friends and feminist movies and wine. What a lovely summer night. xx
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Scout investigates the funny-looking cat in the bath...
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I have been a bad internetter - unfortunately, I don't think this is going to change anytime soon. It's not that I'm working a ton, just that it's six days a week and none of it's at a computer (or, when it is, I'm not allow to check email on punishment of dismissal) and I'm busy/tired the rest of the time.

Anyway, Wednesdays will probably be 'update days' for the time being, since they're my only day off. I have spent mine thus far eating yogurt and granola, tidying the flat, rescuing a cat from the top of the door and sitting around in my robe. It's been nice. Both my jobs are going okay - I actually really like the bookseller position and the galleries are inoffensive at worst, and dead easy at best. Money is a bit tight but should ease up by the end of the month, and July is shaping up to be a less expensive month than June was, thank goodness.

I've got a couple of long-term projects in the works that I'm quite excited about; one's with the lovely [livejournal.com profile] andabusers and one relating back to my body-image post the other day. I've also got a few potential leads on photography-related things (some are even paid!) and have been writing a lot lately, which is nice.

Also, a picture. I call it 'Remember That Novel Where All the Books Were Burned?'

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How to Undermind a Body Acceptance Message.

I'm not a huge fan of Cristina Hendricks (not because of the way she looks, I think she's gorgeous, but because of some of the stuff she says) but the article did have a mostly positive spin to it, which is always nice. The links within the article are pretty heinous, though.

For another celebrity who's nice to hear from on body issues, try Scarlett Johansson's The Skinny.

/blah

Jun. 20th, 2010 11:49 pm
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Argh. Maybe I'm too precious about my pictures, maybe I'm a jumped-up artiste. But I guess if I ever want anybody else to take me seriously I'm going to have to start taking myself seriously first.



Also, fuck retouching. My friends are beautiful and I'm not going to buy into the myth that they need skinnier arses to be attractive.To quote feminist Hulk: DON'T MAKE ME CRITIQUE YOUR COMPLICITY IN MALE PRIVILEGE. YOU WOULDN'T LIKE ME WHEN I'M CRITIQUING YOUR COMPLICITY IN MALE PRIVILEGE.
erindubitably: (shut up)
Guys, I have a confession to make.

I can't stop taking pictures of this onion.

It's like an illness.

SEND HELP.

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erindubitably: (heart shines)
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This weekend marks the second anniversary for Morag and I. The actual date is February 29, but since that doesn't come around too often we tend to celebrate on another day - and I'll be away the 28th and the 1st, so today it is.

The last year has been full of eventful happenings - we got a kitten together, went through financial troubles, scrimped and saved, lost people, went to friends' weddings, picnicked, found jobs, finishes theses, got another kitten, got another job, dealt with illnesses, arguments, drama and sadness. Now as the next year together approaches, there is change afoot. We recently found a new flat to move into - one with more space that we hope to settle down into and make into our home. There are job opportunities on the horizon for both of us that are exciting and a bit daunting - some of them require life changes if they work out, but they're all worth going for. And while our circumstances may change (hopefully for the better) the one thing that won't change is our dedication and love for one another. Instead of feeling rushed or stressed or worried about the way our lives are shifting right now, I instead feel excited and energized. I am looking forward to the next steps we take together, and cannot wait to see how they turn out.

Morag has been incredible this year, and I am so proud of all the things she's accomplished. Being with her makes me happier than I could ever imagine; bit by bit all the defenses and neuroses I had built up over the years are falling away, with her encouragement and support. I never thought I could be the person I have become - if you had asked me two years ago if I could learn to be relaxed, emotionally expressive and mature I would've laughed (or cried). And yet... here I am, all of these things, and so completely in love with an amazing woman. And all because she believed in me when I didn't believe in myself, trusted me when the ground underneath me was falling away, and has always been there for me when I needed her.

Whatever the next year brings, I cannot wait to experience it. I love you, sweetheart.

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erindubitably: (change)
Human beings took our animal need for palatable food . . . and turned it into chocolate souffles with salted caramel cream. We took our ability to co-operate as a social species . . . and turned it into craft circles and bowling leagues and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. We took our capacity to make and use tools . . . and turned it into the Apollo moon landing. We took our uniquely precise ability to communicate through language . . . and turned it into King Lear.

None of these things are necessary for survival and reproduction. That is exactly what makes them so splendid. When we take our basic evolutionary wiring and transform it into something far beyond any prosaic matters of survival and reproduction . . . that’s when humanity is at its best. That’s when we show ourselves to be capable of creating meaning and joy, for ourselves and for one another. That’s when we’re most uniquely human.

And the same is true for sex. Human beings have a deep, hard-wired urge to replicate our DNA, instilled in us by millions of years of evolution. And we’ve turned it into an intense and delightful form of communication, intimacy, creativity, community, personal expression, transcendence, joy, pleasure, and love. Regardless of whether any DNA gets replicated in the process.

Why should we see this as sinful?

What makes this any different from chocolate souffles and King Lear?


from here.
erindubitably: (jam)
Apparently if you search Yahoo Images for 'boudoir cupcakes' some of my Dr. Sketchy's pictures come up on the first page. Good to know.
erindubitably: (donkey in a hat!)
In an effort to focus on more positive things, I am going to talk about the fun parts of yesterday. The corporate photography gig went really well - the rented lights worked amazingly, everything went smoothly, and looking over the results I'm pretty happy with my first try. This morning I got an email from the friend who referred me (he works at the office and was one of the suits I photographed) saying:

Everyone in the office has commented on how good you were. Professional, speedy, very good at putting them at their ease... Even Pat, who has a pathological hatred of getting her photograph taken. In fact, Pat is actually LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING THE RESULTS!! I cannot stress enough how impressive this is...

Well done, you!


So, yay! That's good, right?

And then last night was a blast - thank you to everyone who came by and tolerated all the silliness. I am thrilled with the results from that as well - I've only edited a dozen so far but they're fab. I'll put them up behind the cut if anyone would like to see...

Make way for silliness! )
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This is the first installment of my 'one new recipe a week' project that I'm hoping to undertake throughout 2010. I'd like to expand my cooking/baking repertoire as well as improve my food photography and this seems like a good way to do both as well as get some (hopefully) tasty meals out of the deal! Every week I will be posting up a recipe with pictures of the cooking process, as well as a quick review of the outcome. Feel free to follow along or skip if you're not interested in delicious foods (although really, c'mon now!).

Week One: Coq au Vin )

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