Friday, January 28, 2011

Friday's Photo of the Week #51

Sam and I went to Larkins this past Wednesday. It is a southern cooking joint in Eagle Rock. Slightly higher prices, but absolutely delicious and great for date night. I stuck with the classic oven-baked mac-n-cheese, which was fantastic. It was also just really nice to converse and laugh and have a nice time together. We found out later that night that our server was one of our friend's girlfriends. What a small world...
Anyway, I highly recommend checking out Larkins for some great southern food!

At lunch today, I realized I hadn't taken any photos this week for my photo of the week, so I went to a nearby trail and got some shots to share with you. This trail is called Serrania Ridge Trail, just west of Serrania Avenue Park in Woodland Hills.

Photo of the Week:
And others...

Friday, January 21, 2011

Friday's Photo of the Week #50

Photo of the Week #50
I love the joy that people have at weddings. It's such a fun celebration of love.

And on a beautiful day like this, where it was 70 degrees in the middle of January!
This is my cousin, Kevin and his lovely bride Alexis.
Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Pritchett!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Studio Gear

Being the wife of a musician and having a lot of musician friends, I find myself in studios often. And although I don't know much about gear, it sure is fun to photograph. All the little buttons and channels make for great repetition and pattern. Here's a few photos of my friend, Daniel Dempsey's studio.
the vocal booth

Friday, January 14, 2011

Jóhann Jóhannsson

While watching the Battle: Los Angeles trailer...

...after the shock and horror of the realistic images of Los Angeles under attack, the most moving part of this trailer was the music choice by Icelandic musician Jóhann Jóhannsson:

I have been listening to Jóhann Jóhannsson via grooveshark (which is an incredible website for listening to music, if you haven't heard of it yet) and am equally impressed by more of his music. I think I might have to get one of these albums.

Friday's Photo of the Week #49

(Photo of the Week #49)

My brother was in town last weekend and it was great to spend so much time with him.

We went to the studio twice because Sam was recording some songs with The Idyllists... well, just Ian and Matthew, the song-writers, since Matthew was in town from New York. I really love the 4 new songs they came up with. :)

I have a lot of musician friends who love to talk about gear... which frankly goes right over my head, but I do love to take pictures of gear. I'll probably post a blog next week with some gear photos. But for now, I'll just show you a few of the glorious exposed upright piano from 1914.

Friday, January 07, 2011

Photo of the Week #48

This evening I yelled the lyrics to the Killers album, Sam's Town, while driving home from work. Sometimes it feels good to just over-exert your body in some way: working out, yelling, hiking, whatever it may be.
I'm going to attempt for my New Year's resolution to be 1 pullup. I've never been able to do one and would like to get my arms in some sort of shape that I could do one by the end of the year.
New Year's resolutions are hard to keep up with, so I figure I'd choose one that isn't a daily sort of thing. 2010 was a good year. I stayed relatively healthy and happy throughout the year. I had a lot of projects and goals to keep me busy and stay active. My company started working on a new project. Sam and I worked on the house all year and it's really coming along. I used my camera every week and took lots of photos that I'm proud of. I hiked a lot and kept in shape.
Here's a toast to 2011! May it grow us all closer to where we want to be in life.

Saturday, January 01, 2011

Boney Mtn: Hidden Valley

Hope everyone had a great time bringing in the new year! We had four different bands playing acoustic sets at our house. It was a lot of fun. Today I've just been relaxing all day. :)

Two days ago, I went to hike Boney Mountain. Unfortunately, the trail that I planned on going on didn't allow dogs, so we took another trail to the Hidden Valley Lookout. It was beautiful and I hope to go back soon to do the Boney Mountain trail.
If you take the 101 west to Newbury Park and exit Wendy drive, you drive south til it hits a dirt lot and park there. (Be careful to keep your belongings with you, there was a series of break-ins the morning I was there, although I don't think this is common).
There are a lot of trails in this park that all kind of come together at some point, but it's easy to get lost, so take a map along if you can, or just plan to explore a bit.

Hidden Valley Outlook with the snow-capped Mt Baldy over 100 miles away.

Neat rock formations in mountains:
Rita, the adventure dog: