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This weekend was all sorts of fantastic! Photos! Talks! Kisses on very tall structures! It was great.

[Saturday - photo editing frenzy, part 1.]
I completely biffed bringing all the memory cards i needed in order to finish culling all the photos from last month's wedding. I blame getting up at 5:30 in the morning because, well, duh. That's early. I did go through and select about 150 photos from the first 730 as "keeper shots." I realized at about 10, after 3 hours of editing, that I was starting to edit every darn photo because I couldn't start laying out the book.

See, I forgot the important memory card - the actual ceremony photos - and only had the party shots. I can't really tell until I'm going through the layouts what photos will go on what pages and start editing those shots, say. Building the book is a much more organic thing. I choose photos depending on what works best for the single page, the page spread, and the book as a whole. In fact, I regularly find myself including photos that I rate slightly lower than other similar shots because they flow far better on the page. Not to say that I substitute crap for something better, rather I consider the whole greater than the sum of the parts and work towards a better end product.

Also, no photos I rate lower than a 3 (of 5) ever go in the book.

But, I spent from about 6:30 to 10:30 editing, culling and what not until narcissuskisses joined me.

[Saturday - the remainder!]
She and I went shopping for a gift for her almost sister-in-law on State. There was much silly joking, playing with Hipster Goodies and surprise at the very, very strange things that we both wanted to buy. Like wine temperature ring devices and B-Movie Horrified Crowd Action Figures. I'm generally appalled, as well, by the cost of the intersection between art and function. Ghastly, though profitable, business.

We eventually walked to the capitol as neither of us had been there for a while and wandered around the upper rotunda in the simply beatific weather. We could see clear across the lakes. There was some nice hand holding and kissing up there because extra height makes it that much more special.

We stopped by the Pointy Kitty booth where I remained for a little while to pet and smooch lady_fox in horrid displays of frubble-y love. We headed out around 2:30 and collapsed in exhaustion (see comment re: 5:30 = fucking early) to watch BSG for the rest of the afternoon. She played Sims 3 a little, I frantically searched for the last memory card only to find it in the pocket of the vest I wore to the wedding - I went as far to dump the contents of every bag I own, which took like seven hours.

[Sunday - photo editing frenzy, part 2.]
I spent the day at Barriques to both work and tease slavetopurple at work. I eventually reduced the final 1423 photos down to 249 really good shots and started work on the book. It's an interesting beast, this book. I'm balancing my vision for the book itself against my artistic view. The ceremony and couple are much more traditional with less obvious personality visible in the shots compared to the last wedding. I'm finding it hard to keep the book simple and elegant rather than edgy and modern.

I spent 9 - 2pm yesterday working on it. At 2 I was "done: with the book, meaning I had completed most of the layouts and had a distinct beginning and end point that I liked. From there, I just needed to tweak layouts and add or remove photos to perfect the feeling. I went home and had Fox look through it and give me suggestions and went back to work editing. I think I was done-done around (checks Twitter) 7:30pm.

[Photo book - I digress]
I am just so happy with this book now. I actually stumbled into a few absolutely fantastic layouts because of both accidents and some random edits I tried when I saw Fox's brow twitch into "I don't like this" guise while looking through it. I think the book is on par with the first one though it doesn't scream my voice. It's much more subtle than the fist book I did. It feels more polished, though, because I'm using a lot of monochrome and sepias with very clean backgrounds. Maybe not more polished. It feels softer, less edgy than I would normally produce. It resonates with my voice and perspective more than the prior book which sort of vibrates with my voice. It's hard to describe.

[Sunday - the remainder]
There was some good time with Fox in the early evening. There may have been rope involved; I was too engaged to remember to photograph the ties. Sadness.

Then we grilled chicken. I made a BBQ sauce with tomato paste, balsamic vinegar, mustard, broth and various sauces. It turned into this delightfully caramelized shell on the chicken over the coals. It was just so damn good Fox and I were, essentially, caught off-guard by how good. Disarmed, if you will, by BBQ'd/grilled chicken. We sad in a lovely food coma most of the evening chilling. More Sims and Photo editing ensued.

The only thing I'd change about the weekend? More kissing.
I tweeted as much last night. :) I promptly remedied it.

And I forgot a self-portrait as promised this weekend.

Lastly: I know weight 175lbs. And I feel weird having lost all this weight without going to the gym for a month. :/ Blows my mind.
I SO don't miss sugar at all.

Current Mood: good good
Current Music: The Boy Least Likely To - A Balloon On a Broken String

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tandu From: tandu Date: June 15th, 2009 03:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
re: Weight loss, weird ain't it.

Also, I didn't get a mention! Even though I saw you for like five minutes on Sunday! I'm so disraught!

Well, no, not really.
slavetopurple From: slavetopurple Date: June 15th, 2009 03:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Maybe you should have kissed him. Apparently that's how you get an in.
abmann From: abmann Date: June 15th, 2009 05:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's entirely true.
moocowrich From: moocowrich Date: June 15th, 2009 05:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Always worked for me.
abmann From: abmann Date: June 15th, 2009 06:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, you're special.
moocowrich From: moocowrich Date: June 15th, 2009 06:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Don't say you didn't love it :-P
nathan_lounge From: nathan_lounge Date: June 15th, 2009 03:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm proud of your self-picture graduating from "pooping face" to "I just hid my poop somewhere" face.

Good show.
abmann From: abmann Date: June 15th, 2009 05:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's always about poop with you.
nathan_lounge From: nathan_lounge Date: June 15th, 2009 05:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
What? Sometimes a brotha's gotta go.
abmann From: abmann Date: June 15th, 2009 06:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't understand why you're not on Twitter yet....
nathan_lounge From: nathan_lounge Date: June 15th, 2009 06:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
While I recognize the awesomeness of my everyday life, I just don't think most people should be plugged into one another in that way.

Plus I think it's just a fad ultimately. Harvard sociologists released a report last week that said that about 90% of twitter content is generated by less than 10% of it's membership.
moocowrich From: moocowrich Date: June 15th, 2009 06:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's still pretty close to the now-classic "80/20" rule, where 20% of workers in a company are responsible for 80% of the useful work output, etc.

But Twitter blows goat anus. Not that there's anything wrong with goat anus...
nathan_lounge From: nathan_lounge Date: June 15th, 2009 06:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
I can imagine a handful of interesting uses for twitter. For example, posting various questions I consider in my daily life. But seriously, who has the stamina and commitment to micro-journaling 2-3 times a day? There are about ten things ahead of twitter that I'd do if I had that kind of commitment.
moocowrich From: moocowrich Date: June 15th, 2009 06:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
You are 100% correct. For example, I would rather read Texts From Last Night, which are infinitely funnier than anything I could Twitter about.
nathan_lounge From: nathan_lounge Date: June 15th, 2009 06:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
You're the second person to point that out to me in the past week. I concur on all accounts.
moocowrich From: moocowrich Date: June 15th, 2009 06:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wikipedia backs me up, as it always does:

20% of your mom is responsible for 80% of the sexin'
nathan_lounge From: nathan_lounge Date: June 15th, 2009 06:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Whoa. Citations? Has summer break come to the mississippi delta already?
moocowrich From: moocowrich Date: June 15th, 2009 06:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's been here for a couple weeks! I've already been to Wisconsin and Louisville for a week each. I'm sitting in Mississippi, sweating my balls off (really, they are quite sweaty) for a couple days to pay bills until I head back to Louisville for the rest of this week.
nathan_lounge From: nathan_lounge Date: June 15th, 2009 06:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
I realize that they probably don't cotton down south, but you can pay your bills via your computer box now-a-days from practically anywhere in the world. Or, baring that, your cordless cellular telephone can be used.

Incidentally, any chance you world wary travelers wanna hang in the Cleve before the season is over?
moocowrich From: moocowrich Date: June 15th, 2009 06:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
We haven't set up any sort of electronic payments, and we ended up having to stay in Louisville for a week longer than expected. So I drove down here to catch up on our mail, make sure the house hasn't burned down, etc. All in all, I like driving all day because it means I can stop at Hardee's and eat a Monster Thickburger. So I don't mind coming home and going back. Plus this way I got to go to the casinos in Tunica the other day. Worthwhile.

I'll have to talk to the wife about Cleveland. It would really make the most sense for us to stop there either before or after a Louisville trip, and we make those often enough. We ought to be in the area a lot this summer because Anna's sister is supposed to have a baby in the near future. Once that happens, I think we'll essentially be living in Louisville. So, long story short, I'll get back to you. But I would love to.
nathan_lounge From: nathan_lounge Date: June 15th, 2009 06:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sweet. Keep me updated. We're going to be at Em's mom's place over the 4th and I think something in Maine at the beginning of August, but other than that, our summer is wide open.

There's a good chance I'll tag along with George on his roadtrip back to LA from Cali at the end up of the summer. We'll probably hit you up on the way assuming you'all are back in the delta at that point.
moocowrich From: moocowrich Date: June 15th, 2009 06:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Nice! Yes, you should definitely tag-team the country with George. The West just isn't ready for y'all.

School starts again for us pretty much immediately in August, so that's when I'll become lamer again.
nathan_lounge From: nathan_lounge Date: June 15th, 2009 07:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't really have anything to say at this point, but I thought I'd give another response to Will's lj post so he has to deal with additional email reminders, or at the very least, inflated stats in lj-comment counter.
abmann From: abmann Date: June 15th, 2009 08:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Gmail compiles them all into a single email. I win.
nathan_lounge From: nathan_lounge Date: June 15th, 2009 08:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Something something your mom compiles them all something something....
moocowrich From: moocowrich Date: June 15th, 2009 08:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
But when you do that "who has the most comments" thing next time, we'll be up in the rankings. Hooray!
rianwyn From: rianwyn Date: June 16th, 2009 12:13 am (UTC) (Link)
*jealous of chicken-on-the-grill*
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