Saturday, November 19, 2011

new website

my new website has finally launched!

you can now find me there.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

blog overhaul

this blog and my website are currently in the process of being overhauled.

can i get an AMEN?


in the meantime, you can find me contributing on Design Milk.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

steve jobs

what a man...

an incredible man.

super sad to hear that he died on wednesday.

apple's homepage

one man who changed society and how we function and communicate, all while wearing a black turtleneck and jeans.

i've been strictly apple since approximately 1983 when i was in elementary school and took my first computer design class.

we used the good ol' apple IIe.  it was like the size of a washing machine and i think it weighed as much as one.

the software program we used was logo that had a "turtle" cursor that you literally had to write extensive code to make 1 line.  

we bought one similar to this model not long after taking the class.  and i've had many models since.

oh how times have changed.

and we have steve jobs to thank for it.  

Monday, September 19, 2011

the worst goodbye of all...

or the post i never wanted to write.

the last 2 weeks have brought the death of my grandfather and my great aunt.

and now my sweet dog...

elliot.  *

january 20, 1997 - september 16, 2011

i'm still in shock.

i still can't believe it.

and i want so badly for it not to be true.

most of all....i'm heartbroken.

my family got elliot in 1997 when i was 21 years old.  i'm 36 now.  he's been such a huge part of our lives but mostly mine.

i loved him more than anything and probably too much, but i couldn't help it.  he was the sweetest dog you'd ever meet.  loving, calm, gentle, and sensitive and wanted nothing more than to be right by your side.  he was miserable when left alone but so excited when anyone returned.  for a long time he would give out a bark, a ruh-roh, if you didn't pet him fast enough when you got home.  i always loved that.  he was always eager to follow me wherever i went, especially to my bedroom, so he could jump in the bed and make himself at home.  it was his favorite place and nothing made him happier.  i often adapted my schedule to prevent him having to be left alone because it broke my heart.  he would always look at you with his sweet eyes and make you want to stay.

i'm so ready for this month of tears and heartache to be over.

i know the heartache will never leave but hopefully it won't be quite so bad.  i wonder how much heartbreak one can take...

i will always love you elliot.  you were the best companion anyone could ever ask for.  i can't imagine the world without you in it and frankly, i don't want to.

* disclosure:  we almost never called him elliot.  we called him bew or bewbew.  no idea why i started calling him that but somehow it stuck.

rest in peace bew...

Sunday, September 11, 2011

nine / eleven


it's been 10 years.

and it's still hard to believe.

new york will never be the same, but maybe one day it will be better.  no matter what, it will forever be one of my favorite places.

i will always think of new york on this day.

new york new york, big city of dreams...

and then there is this song which always makes me dance.  enjoy.

Saturday, September 10, 2011


what a whirlwind 10 days.

it's barely been 10 days since i got word that my grandfather died.

and 7 days since his memorial service.

luckily his memorial service was more of a celebration of him.  great music, hundreds of his friends and a good mix of family and old friends.

one of which was my great aunt patsy, my recently widowed grandmother's sister.  we hung out a good bit at the service and during the visitation.  then i walked her to my car and i drove her back to my grandmother's house to her car.  we chatted and laughed the whole way.

she has always been a huge influence in my life and immensely important to me.

sadly, we got word sunday afternoon that she had died.

so, in 6 days my family lost the 2 sweetest people anyone could ever imagine.

needless to say, i am crushed.  heartbroken.  lost.

i've lost the one person who was always my champion.  always told me i should try something.  always told me i could do it even when i thought i couldn't.  and always put a positive spin on the worst situations.  and bottom line, loved me unconditionally.

she was without exaggeration, the most amazingly kind and giving woman you could ever meet.  she also had the greatest sense of humor with a good dose of sarcasm.

she was smart, forward thinking, open-minded and above all, positive.

everyone loved her.  she had no enemies, only dear friends.  despite having lost her husband close to 30 years ago, surviving cancer 20+ years ago and the effects it left on her body, she did more to help and uplift people in a year than i or anyone i know has done in a lifetime.  not a day went by that she did not volunteer at the hospital, the american cancer society, the ethics committee at her hospital, or some other organization needing her time.  she crocheted countless baby caps and blankets for the hospital for children in need.  and always visited any and all friends that were sick.  her involvement never stopped.

truly selfless.

i will miss her dearly.

and i cannot think of my life without her in it.  it just won't ever be the same...

patsy @ xmas 2009

patsy and bill on their wedding day

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