Monday, July 28, 2014

Code Monkey

 Video of John's Development Team at BambooHR. He's second to last (00:58).

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Monday, July 21, 2014

Still Life 1 Assignment

First still life with one light + softbox. 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Muir Woods and Another Family Dinner

As I mentioned before, this trip was pretty short. There was a lot more we would have loved to do, but we made the most of the 2 days we had.

John and I went with my parents to Muir Woods. I kept looking for Caesar . . . we didn't find him but we did see a super cute river otter!

And then the last family dinner.

Everyone loved Uncle Tom and Aunty Betty's dog Sammy! 

Saturday, July 19, 2014

San Francisco Family Reunion

John arrived home from scout camp in one piece.  It sounded like their camp was quite luxurious compared to what visions I had conjured up in my head.  Five Guys, Dominoes, rock wall climbing, and golfing are just some of the activities they got to participate in. John came back with a cold and so we're taking Saturday off to sit around and rest. We haven't done that in awhile. It also means that we have to postpone our anniversary celebration until who knows when. I'm a little bummed about that. Anyway, with all this sitting around the house I thought it would be a good time to catch up.

Family Reunion In San Francisco 

 We had a short Mori family reunion in the Bay Area.

 Dave's meat cone at the Ferry Building. My favorite thing I ate there was actually the ground farro porridge that my mom ordered. It was soo good! 

 Of course we did Alcatraz. 

 "Don't drop your soap!" at the showers.

 At night we got together for dinner with the rest of the family. This is my dad and most of his living siblings.  Uncle Tom is on the far right. Our gathering was in part to celebrate his 88th birthday which is significant in Japanese tradition.

Matching Pikachu hats! 

Monday, July 7, 2014

Fourth of July

Our Fourth of July was very low key this year, which is just what we needed.  Between our trip to San Diego and then San Francisco, plus work and school, we haven't spent much time in our home.  We started the morning sleeping in super late and then tracking down the Waffle Love truck in Draper.  We ate those lovely liege waffles in the picnic pavilion of a nearby church and lay under the shade of a tree in the grass afterwards in a comfortable food coma. It was kind of a weird place to relax, but with all the festivities going on around town it was a perfect little hideaway for some quiet, peaceful seclusion.

We later returned home and watched season 1 and started season 2 of the BBC show The Paradise. Have you seen it? I had previewed it on Netflix while doing the dishes the other day and I was immediate hooked! Some of the scenarios remind me of a Jane Austen novel, but I also think the peek into the tactics of running a retail business are interesting. Not that I would ever want to work in retail again.

The binge watching having ended, I scouted out a few local places to swim online.  Here were the results:
  • Marina Park in Saratoga Springs (Utah Lake) had hardly any beach and most people were boating or using ski doos. There were also a large number of flies and gnats, so many that when you walked by a bush and disturbed them you could hear the hum and whir from the mini hurricane of their wings. That was gross and I don't usually mind insects. 
  • Black Ridge Reservoir in Herriman was cold. They also put in this cheap and course sand that feels like slightly dull shards of glass against bare feet. We stood knee deep in the water for a few minutes with arms crossed over chests for warmth, looked at each other, and then walked back to the shore.
  • Home. After all that exploring we ended up back at our own residence at the clubhouse pool. It was warm and the only other occupants were two of my young women.  
This post is turning in to a saga isn't it? Lastly, we watched fireworks coming from Thanksgiving Point from the Mountain View Corridor. Apparently it was a popular spot. We could see all the fireworks from the Salt Lake Valley on the way there and all the ones from Utah Valley once we parked. As you can see, I didn't take pictures of anything. I've been semi consumed with this flash panning assignment I have due next week and haven't wanted to pick up my camera because I feel obligated to work on it if I do.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Photo class so far

I enrolled in a Photo Lighting and Equipment course at Salt Lake Community College for the summer. I've really enjoyed taking classes because it helps structure my days and gives me something to work on during my time off. This photography course has been different then my two previous classes. First because it's all digital and second because it's completely technical. I've actually really been enjoying focusing on the technical elements of photography. It's a nice break from the stress of wondering if my images are creative or artistic enough. Of course we're supposed to incorporate some of that into our assignments but it's not the main focus. I do miss using film and being in the dark room but the linear and logical side of my brain loves this side of the art too.

One of our first assignments was a review on exposure equivalents.

The other part was about using the Kelvin scale for white balance. Obviously this is too warm.

We also took a few pictures to practice setting and using a custom white balance. These were just for fun, not turned in for an assignment.

And in case Tara is reading this, this is a different plaid button up! Haha!

I was trying to channel one of those "I'm a scientist in a scientific place" type of pictures, like this one of  James Waston. Maybe no on else really gets that, but I have to look up a lot of scientist pictures for my students when I teach.
My classmate Mike. We were practicing light ratios with one hot light. We're moving onto strobes next week!

Gail was my partner when we learned about using flash with a hot light.

Then we played with gels on flash.

And gels on the hot light.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Mt. Carmel Graduation Plus Yakitori

Here are a few pictures from graduation day. It was super nostalgic being back at Mt. Carmel. I played soccer and ran track in high school, so being in that stadium brought back a lot of memories. Some, like running the stadium stair for conditioning, weren't necessarily happy memories!

Post graduation Thaddeus headed to grad night and the rest of the family went to a Yakitori restaurant. Yakitori is basically Japanese for grilled things on a stick. A lot of us were intimidated by the menu and didn't know how to order. There was a weird section at the top that said things like pizza sauce and salmon and corn and plum sauce. My dad and David's family (who recently went to Tokyo) were helpful in navigating what would be favorable to most palates.

James looks how most of us felt while waiting.  It was so hot and we chose the side of the stadium that wasn't in the shade.

Thaddy is the one in the back of the line here.

Lots of leis. My mom grew up on Maui so it seemed fitting.

Mother son picture. This was one of my favorites.

Yakitori Time!

. . . on a stick.

The vegetarians in the family got a rice ball and soba noodles (I think?).

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Thaddy's Graduation Party

My sister-in-law, Allison, threw Thaddy a graduation party at the Vandeveer's home the night before he walked to get his diploma. I guess I should say his parents threw it, but I think Allison probably shouldered the majority of the load! The food consisted of all Thaddy's favorites, which turned out to be a lot of fried items (no surprise there!). Platters were filled with orange chicken and chow mein from Panda Express, wings from Wings n' Things, lumpia, and taquitos from Sobreros. Allison made the super cute dessert spread in Mt. Carmel colors with my favorite being the sugar cookie bars.

For one of Thaddy's graduation gifts I commissioned Shayla, one of my YW, to create a portrait of Link from the Legend of Zelda. She took it a creative step further as you'll see below and I thought it turned out awesome!

The night ended with hanging out in the hot tub or the fire pit and Green Day Rock band.