Saturday, March 21, 2015

POTD 2015 | january 22-31

22. | socks on strike.

22. | socks on strike.

The sock union won. I broke down and folded all our socks. ALL. of. them. With no help from the delegates from Wisconsin, thankyouverymuch.

23. | spotlight on the dog.

23. | spotlight on the dog.

Shadow goes outside and just sits there. I sometimes wonder if, under that spotlight, she's giving some great monologue to other dogs in the neighborhood. Or.... she's watching for rabbits.

24. | put a cork in it.
24. | put a cork in it.

Another beautiful bottle of wine from Spain, another cork to add to the collection.

25. | sunday evening lesson.
25. | sunday evening lesson.

Sunday evening and I caught this happening on the couch - Dad learning about Minecraft from Sam.

26. | "hand" me the wine.

26. | "hand" me the wine.

Another happy bottle of wine. This one with jazz hands on the label.

27. | packing dilemmas.

27. | packing dilemmas.

I'm going to the Imaging USA professional photographer conference in a few days and I'm reluctantly starting the packing process. I'm already at a standstill. Two extreme opposite choices, I want them both to come with... along with three other pairs of shoes. I will be gone for five days. It only makes sense to bring a pair of shoes for each day... right?

28. | those puppy dog eyes.
28. | those puppy dog eyes.

While I am hard at work during the day, sweet Shadow makes me feel guilty - for what, I don't know - with one glance at those puppy dog eyes. I don't know what it is, Shadow, but A. I'm sorry and B. you can have it.

29. | she picked the super bowl winner.
29. | she picked the super bowl winner.

As part of a highly (un)scientific experiment, we had Shadow choose the winner of the Super Bowl. Without hesitation, she chose the Patriots. Needless to say, Daddy is very proud of his super-smart pooch.

30. | nashville photo walk.
30. | nashville photo walk.

And I'm outta here!

I departed today for my first - but CERTAINLY not last - solo business trip. I could write a short story about my first day away from home. In fact, picking my ONE Photo of the Day was really hard. There are so many stories!

A small group of photographers planned on meeting up for dinner and a downtown Nashville photowalk. After a delicious pulled pork sandwich and some local brews at Acme Feed and Seed (see: Instagram), we stepped out to the brightly lit streets and then over to the Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge. It was breathtaking. Especially at night, and even more so in black and white.

And THIS is why I brought my camera to a photography conference. ;)

31. | new photographer friends.
31. | new photographer friends.

Reason #37 of why I went to ImagingUSA. I met so many amazing, kind, smart, caring, fun people. This is Angela. She is one of the many people who I plan on keeping in touch with through the next year -- until next year's conference.

Going to Imaging was the best decision I made all year.

Friday, March 06, 2015

POTD 2015 | january 11-21

11. | wine of the month.
11. | wine of the month.

This month's Ruby Tap wine of the month - a lovely Italian red. It was wonderful (of course) and looked so fancy I had to take a picture of it.

12. | pile o' books.
12. | pile o' books.

This is one. sexy. pile. of. books.

Said no one.

But marketing education won't teach itself.

13. | black and white.
13. | black and white.

This beauty, in black and white.

14. | can we be friends?
14. | can we be friends?

Well, hello my old friend. Oh, what's that? You are my FRENEMY? Ah, I see how you are. And the feeling is mutual...

15. | headrest.
15. | headrest.

When I look over at my puppy while I'm working, this is the face that I see, furry little chin resting on the armrest of the couch. The mom in me feels guilty because those are the sad eyes of boredom. Poor pup. It's tough having a warm and cozy couch all to yourself.

16. | i've hit a wall.
16. | i've hit a wall.

You know it 's rough day in the Photo a Day world when your photo of the day is... a wall. It's cold outside. I don't want to go out there. But nothing is going on in here, either. And. I'm sure you can't take another "cute dog picture". Am I right? So, anyway, here's my wall. And look at that, I wrote an entire paragraph about... my wall.

17. | it's a goner.
17. | it's a goner.

Shadow got another delivery from Bark Box today. She really loved this little monster, it was the first thing she went after.

And of course, his life span was just over 3.5 minutes.

18. | snowman of the year.

18. | snowman of the year.

Here it is. The Miller Family Snowman of the Year. We couldn't scrape out another one if we tried (see: grass).

19. | handmade coasters.
19. | handmade coasters.

David made these coasters at school. In case you can't tell, that's me with Shadow. These will be on my table forever.

What I'll be curious to see is, in a few years, how much different I will look from the picture.

20. | the orange envelope.
20. | the orange envelope.

t came! It came! The orange envelope arrived in the mail today. This happy package contains all the information I need for the Imaging USA conference I'll be going to in 10 days.

Excited is not a strong enough word to describe how I feel about this -- receiving the envelope, going to a photography conference, leaving state, escaping my house. And ALL the learning.

I just can't wait. Let's do this, people!

21. | great quote.
21. | great quote.

This may be a screen capture but it's still a photo. And it's a great quote, to boot, so quit your complaining and show me your book.

P.S. If you think this is sad, go check out Day #16 again.

Sunday, March 01, 2015

POTD 2015 | january 1-10

Another year, another three hundred and sixty five photos. This is my fifth year doing this crazy, fun, challenging and inspiring project.

If you're curious to see, this RIGHT HERE was my very first post of my very first Project of the Day, back in 2011.

I have to say, even *I* can see the change. My, what a difference four years can make.

So, without any more babbling, let's usher in a new year of pictures.

Welcome to my 2015....

1. | new year salsa.
01. | new year salsa.

A quiet dinner at Bel Air Cantina is an excellent way to spend the first evening of the new year. Good food, good margaritas, great company.

02. | use me.
02. | use me.

New year, new goals. Not new shoes (though they look new). Let's do this, feet!

03. | a little behind.
03. | a little behind.

I abandoned my magazine pile at the end of 2014. My poor babies! And now I am in January reading the October issues of all my favorite magazines. Which is totally okay.... there's nothing wrong with Trick or Treating on Valentine's Day, right?

04. | like a dog in winter.

04. | like a dog in winter.

Shadow loves the snow. She digs her nose into the snow and sniffs around - as if snow smells like something! It's so cute to see her looking in the window, her little nose covered in snow.

05. | warm soup.
05. | warm soup.

Sometimes on a cold winter day, you just need a bowl of beer-cheese soup. Warmth for the belly and the soul.

06. | baileys.
06. | baileys.

Too many remotes and not enough Bailey's.

07. | favorite pen.
07. | favorite pen.

I have officially become a pen snob.

This Sharpie fine tip pen is my new favorite pen. I loooove it. I think I'm going to use it for everything I write. Oh, and I'd better HIDE it or my darling pen-loving daughter will steal it.

08. | out at night.
08. | out at night.

Shadow sits outside the house, just looking, sniffing and listening to the noises of the neighborhood.

09. | ruined.
09. | ruined.

The bottom of the trail mix. Totally ruined.

10. | estrella.

10. | estrella.

On the way to the hub's company holiday party we made a pit stop at the House of Beer. This place has every beer imaginable. I thought, if they have a Spanish beer, why not? Que bien!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

POTD 2014 | december 16-31

350.365 | happy hanukah.
happy hanukah.

Our little family tradition, which I'm sure is not unlike many other families, is that the kids take turns lighting the candles. Tonight was David's turn. Next year he might even be able to reach the mantle.

351.365 | school concert excitement.
school concert excitement.

It's that time of year again. Holiday concerts at the elementary school. And look at the excitement and joy in their faces! And check out the crowd of parents who stood in the middle aisle, blocking everyone else's view of the show, just for a closer shot of their kids.

352.365 | barkbox hanukah.
barkbox hanukah.

Shadow's first BarkBox arrived today - just in time for the Hanukah candles. Lucky dog. #spoiled

353.365 | chocolate covered blueberries.
chocolate covered blueberries.

Pat and his boss went on a field trip of sorts the other day. It was more like a self-made scavenger hunt. When he came home, Pat presented an array of goodies for us - all distinctly local. Rare (and stinky) cheeses, different kinds of beers, and these... Chocolate. Covered. Blueberries.

I think this field trip should be a built-in part of his job. (AKA go get more of those blueberries!)

354.365 | hot.


I made dinner like usual. Tonight it was a recurring family favorite - Taco Skillet. However, there was an odd thing about tonight's dinner. It was really HOT. Spicy. It's never like this. I was stumped, after all, I didn't do anything differently.

Later, as I was putting away leftovers and ingredients, I realized the problem. Somehow a jar of HOT salsa made its way into my house. Hot. Spelled very differently than MILD or even MEDIUM. And let me tell you, it tastes different, too. (ouch... and duh)

355.365 | hot dog.

hot dog.

And tonight, Shadow the dog figured out the fireplace. Lay in front of it. The end.

356.365 | happy birthday to my ears.
happy birthday to my ears.

I got a birthday present in the mail. I am so super very excited. I have wanted one of these - a Bose bluetooth speaker. Ah. Music sounds real again. Oh, and audio books? They never sounded better.

357.365 | boy and his dog.
boy and his dog.

This boy loves his dog. There is no passing by the dog in the hall or in the living room. He must stop and hug his dog. And if mom's really lucky, she will have her camera in-hand and capture a beautiful picture of these two best friends.

358.365 | letter to santa.
letter to santa.

It may be little late, but David is hard at work writing a very important letter to Santa. With a face like that, who is Santa to say no?

359.365 | christmas book.

christmas book.

The kids always get books for Christmas. Every year they're different, based on their ability and interest, but they do get new books to read. This year Sam got a puppy book. It was opened instantly. Oh, sweet joy.

360.365 | birthday puppy.
birthday puppy.

Today is Shadow's first birthday! She is one (seven?) year old. Like any other birthday girl, she had a special breakfast (soft doggie food), presents (lots of them, including this ball) and many, many extra treats. She's our special furry girl, that's for sure.

361.365 | why.

If anyone ever asks why we buy presents for our children and grandchildren, THIS is why. THIS face is the reason.


362.365 | the road home.

the road home.

After Christmas with the family, this was our clear, dry road home. You'd never know it was December in Wisconsin. And honestly, I'm okay with that.

363.365 | costco shake.

costco shake.

When at Coscto, one must buy her child a chocolate milkshake. Because, you know, like mother like son.

364.365 | mineshaft.

For an Eve of New Year's Eve celebration, we took the kids to the Mineshaft for dinner and playtime. Aside from the usual skeet ball, our favorite was the life-size Fruit Ninja game. It was full-contact fruit slicing.

365.365 | annual nye martini.

annual nye martini.

This is it. It's the last day of the year. That means a lot of introspection and deep thoughts about the new, fresh start tomorrow.

It also means we have the last martini of 2014. Celebrate at  home in style!

Monday, February 16, 2015

POTD 2014 | december 1-15

335.365 | stitch fix this.
stitch fix to the rescue.

You won't see my face in any of these pictures on my blog - I was feeling terribly ill - but not too sick to try on some potential new clothes on. See, Stitch Fix can cure everything! (Okay, not really, since it took another 20 or so days till I felt better.)

336.365 | that's no chip on my shoulder.

that's no chip on my shoulder.

Most people have an angel and devil on their shoulders guiding their way. I just have a dog looking over one of mine. All I hear is "feed me" and "play with me" and "i'm gonna chew up your socks".

337.365 | boomerang card.

boomerang card.

It's the coolest feeling in the world when you create things for people and then they come back to you.

338.365 | pre-birthday treat.
pre-birthday treat.

After ten days of feeling miserable, I finally thought it was time to see a doctor. In a flash of forward thinking, I went to the walk-in clinic today rather than waiting until tomorrow - my birthday. If I waited, it would officially make for the worst birthday ever. Instead, it was "just" the crappiest birthday ever. But it wasn't the worst. And at least I had my antibiotics.

339.365 | we woof you a happy day.

we woof you a happy day.

Blah. It's my birthday. THIS - getting flowers from my dog - was the absolute HIGHLIGHT of my day. Seriously. I slept most of the day, didn't get a Starbucks birthday coffee and did not step inside a restaurant for a birthday meal of any kind. In fact, I'm not even sure if I ate anything all day.

So my question is this: if I have a really yucky birthday like I did this year, does that mean it doesn't count? Yes? So you're saying I can still be 29?....

340.365 | with love, puppy

with love, puppy.

My puppy loves me. My puppy loves me. My puppy loves me.


341.365 | celebrate with salt.

celebrate with salt.

Finally, I made it out of the house and of course we went to Red Robin. The food is pretty darn good there - and so is their salt! Now that I say that out loud, it's a pretty odd compliment, isn't it?

342.365 | sick selfie.

sick selfie.

Sick Selfie Requirements:
More Sleeping

343.365 | clean dog.

clean dog.

Q: How can you tell a dog has just been to the groomer?
A: The bandana isn't chewed up yet.

344.365 | smoothie for lunch.

smoothie for lunch.

For some reason, I am incredibly surprised by the lack of smoothie shops in Milwaukee. I found Jamba Juice - thank goodness. But of all the things, when we lived in Nebraska there was a local chain called Juice Stop. It was heavenly. And they were all over. And I miss it terribly. All I want is a Jab Step. Mmm.

345.365 | neil degrasse tyson.

neil degrasse tyson.

Our kids are not like us. They are smart beings. They actually know what astrophysics is. They could name an actual astrophysicist. When I was their age, the best I could do was name the five members of Duran Duran. (FYI: Simon, Nick, John, Andy and Roger)

Tonight we took the kids to see Neil deGrasse Tyson - a rock star of his own sort - give a lecture. And they were EXCITED about it. And they understood the smartness coming from the stage. And I sat there playing Candy Crush. (just kidding)

Seriously, some people wonder what the world is coming to, but I think it's getting better. Look, I can joyfully retell the story of my first concert (it was Duran Duran, of course). Meanwhile, my children will someday tell the story of their first scientific lecture on astrophysics....

346.365 | new calendar.

new calendar

It's an exciting day when I find the perfect new planner.

See previous post regarding Neil deGrasse Tyson. Proceed to roll your eyes at me. It's ok. I deserve it.

347.365 | baby of the family.

baby of the family.

It's Family Christmas Party day and we finally got to meet the baby of the family. She was so precious - contently sitting on the bar playing with an iPhone. Awww. Really, though, I she was a really, especially sweet baby. Didn't cry once all day. "FTW," said her parents.

348.365 | breakfast of tosans.
breakfast of tosans.

We may not have a chain of smoothie shops but Tosa has a wonderful and eclectic array of local restaurants to choose from. From farm to table to fresh mexican to gourmet diner, you can find pretty much anything to eat.

Because #tosarocks

And also because we love to eat, apparently.

349.365 | sideline karate selfie.

sideline karate selfie.


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