July 31, 2009

Cades Cove

My dad discovered that every Wednesday, the park closes this 11-mile loop to cars so people can use it exclusively as a bike path. We biked at dawn and saw turkey, deer, and a mama bear with her three cubs. Serene.




July 29, 2009

Half-Mile to the Top

Took a nice little hike up to the highest point in the whole park.
Figured out why they call it smoky.





Grandma Peggy and I took pictures of flowers on the way back down : )

July 28, 2009

The Scenic Blue Ridge Bypass

My family trekked to Tennessee for a family reunion, vacation and birthday celebration last week. I caught a nice new S during the thirteen-hour drive down.



And a bee.

Family + Friends in Philly


Scott + his mom in front of the Di Bruno Brothers cheese shop mural at the Italian market.

We've had lots of visitors during our first month here, and we're loving it! It's pretty cool to live in a place that people are eager to visit.

Next up: my parents.

July 26, 2009

Philly Fourth

We moved to Philly just in time to celebrate Independence day. At Grandma Peggy's request, here are a couple of photos from the weekend.

This first one is from the Philly Pops orchestra concert in front of Independence Hall. They played lots of great music, from old American favorites to the score from E.T.




This one is from the main fireworks display around the Avenue of the Arts.

We had a great weekend!

July 14, 2009

Mini Cactus Garden


For the coffee table that we don't yet have.

July 13, 2009

Reading Terminal Market Dinner


Fresh tomatoes, a bunch of basil, and a loaf of rosemary olive bread from Reading Terminal Market became delicious bruschetta.

Added a few more scrumptious carbs with pasta and leftover roasted red pepper pesto from the Italian Market.

Om nom nom.

We're exercising our grocery shopping location options as much as possible before it's back to the work grind!

(Still working on the blurry photo issue... this one is hosted through Picasa. Hard to tell if it's blurry, actually. When you click on any of the photos to see them even larger, they aren't blurry. Interesting.)

July 12, 2009

Bear with me

I'm tweaking the HTML to modify the column width and photo sizes of my blogger template. I like this slightly wider column and larger photos, but blogger seems to max out in photo resolution once you hit a certain size (see the blurriness?). If anybody knows why this happens or how I can fix it, please let me know.

I wonder if I have to host my photos through another site. Would that make every single post pretty labor-intensive, though? If I can figure out how to make it as simple as possible for posting regularly, that would be ideal.

May be time to switch to Wordpress.

Hmph.

New Vintage Type


During my sophomore year of college, Steven Heller spoke at UD. He toured the Raven Press (letterpress studio), saw a poster I'd designed with a friend, and asked if he could use it in his new book about old typography.

We were told the title of the book would be called Old Type/New Type.

A few years passed, and every once in a while I'd look for it, but I started to think maybe it never got published.

I was wrong! They just changed the title. It's called New Vintage Type.

You'd think I would've figured that out by now on my own, but I had some help...

Last week, my friend was flipping through a typography book at work, when he noticed the poster and my name in the credits (along with Courtney Bowditch & Ray Nichols—we collaborated). What a nice surprise.

Neato.

Battle of the Bands poster + close-up of credits. Click to enlarge.

July 11, 2009

Sautéed Cherry Tomatoes


Lately I can't get enough sautéed cherry tomatoes. So delicious with chicken and pilaf or couscous. Om nom nom.

July 10, 2009

Zero Visit


Scott's brother, Ben, visited us when he was on leave.
Drank beer, played video games, ate cheese steaks.


Glorious.

July 9, 2009

Then we moved.


To Philadelphia! Pictures of the inside coming soon : )

Finished in South Carolina




With lots of sun, beer, guacamole and boating.

And most importantly, great friends.

Roamed like a couple of tourists





Then indulged in the most delicious food at Emeril's restaurant, NOLA.

Ate some Beignets



Arrived in New Orleans




Listened to some Jazz on Bourbon.

We drove and drove and drove


Stopped by grandma's to say hello, then drove some more...



Ate some throwed rolls...



Then drove some more...


We drove to St. Louis


...where Scott shaved his head.

Spent a night in Chicago


Explored Millenium Park, and had lunch with long-time friends.

We road the Ferry


...to Kelley's Island, after a day at Cedar Point Amusement park.


And we camped. This is a picture of us camping.

Hey, it was raining.

We made it to Lake Erie


And I road the horsie. Like the one at the park by my grandparents' old house...


We got a flat tire


Just after a rainfall,
right before a downpour.

On our roadtrip...


We passed through Pennsylvania.
Scott was stubborn.