ThomOli: April 2008

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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

There's Bobby Brown and Bel Biv Devoe and then there's this.
Add this to the list of reasons why I need to stop reading Karen's blog at work. Or at least bring a change of pants for when I pee myself.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

what do i do anyway?

A good number of my friends and family seem to have no real idea what I do for a living. I don't really talk about that a lot on the blog because, to be honest, it's not usually exciting. But last week I was in San Francisco for a photo shoot and a few things made this trip especially blog-worthy.

First Cyrus took a wrong turn which led to a short trip to Oakland. This is Travis super excited at the thought of an unexpected trip across the water.
When we finally did get to our hotel in San Francisco we had to head out for a bit of last minute details at the locations where we were shooting. Alta Plaza park being one of them. Not a bad view, right?

The shoot involved a couple locations being shot with the tilt shift technique. Which also meant a crane, hence the harnesses.


I'm mostly at photo shoots and whatnot to make sure our client doesn't tear the head off of the creative director and vise versa. Which really means I don't get to do any of the cool stuff. So I was more than a little excited when I got to go up in the crane at the end of the day.

This is our client - he looks a bit scared, no?

Some people think where we live is dangerous. Not so. My car hasn't been broken into and the GPS stolen in Brooklyn. At least not yet. Hm, we actually don't have GPS so I think we're good.

And, in case you're wondering, Budget Rental Car insurance doesn't cover the cost of the GPS. Ugh.

Then Cyrus dragged us to a sad, little bar in a not-so-hot neighborhood blocks from our hotel. Where some woman on the street threatened to cut our throats and this gentleman refused to let go of me. This picture is after 20 minutes of him recounting the famous people he met in his heyday with interesting impersonations to match. I look horrible in this picture (which can only be explained by this being the 4th bar of the night) but I couldn't resist posting due to the sheer ridiculousness of the moment.

After a long few days we headed back to New York in time for the video portion of the shoot. Travis, ever the Renaissance Man, taught some of our models Tai Chi.

The end product is sure to be interesting - thanks in no part to me.

It's off to San Diego next week. But I highly doubt that trip will be quite as eventful. At least I hope not.

pretending to be vegan

It's been a couple weeks since we made these recipes but I'm still thinking about them. Sure to become staples around here...

Warm New Potato and Dandelion Greens Salad

Marmalade Tofu with Kale and Pearl Couscous

it's easy being green

Last weekend, encouraged by the warmer weather, we went to the nursery and bought some green for the backyard.

Including a whole range of herbs, peppers, kale and tomatoes.
To be honest, Thom did most of the work but a few other people pitched in as well.

After a long day of labor we headed out to Barcade to unwind.

Now we have a whole summer to enjoy our beautiful backyard. Hopefully some yummy goodies to add to the BBQ too...

Saturday, April 26, 2008

a hop, skip and a jump

We've had several requests to detail the wedding trip.  So, sorry for the delay and the lack of professional photos - those will come.

First we traveled from New York to Tampa so that we could drop off Jasper with Jen and Leigh and pick up my parents.

Jasper hanging around in the airport bathroom...
Thom and I had a lovely mani/pedi in Tampa.  We had the first appointments of the day so it was like our private spa.

We also had some damn decent pizza and beer in St. Pete.
And, most importantly, were able to visit with Jen and Dirk who weren't able to make it to the wedding.  But it felt a bit like they were involved since we got to see them right before heading to Mexico.
From Tampa we had a stopover in Houston where we met up with Tung, Val and Tony.
Mexico - finally.
After getting off the plane and a short car trip to San Miguel de Allende we grabbed a quick lunch.  The heat was a bit of a shock after our chilly New York weather.

But waking up the next morning in a our big, fancy house-for-the-week to a delicious breakfast made it all feel real...

Monday, April 21, 2008

Can I just say that I'm glad I listen to Karen? Girl knows what she's talking about.

Friday, April 18, 2008

On our way to get some fresh air (and imitation Pink Berry) we spotted Elmo down the street.

After chasing him down the street we were able to grab a quick picture with him.
Happy Friday :)

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

another oldie but a goodie

Sometimes you just gotta tell people:

(I try to ignore the overall ick of Bobby Brown)

And, damn if Britney didn't see it coming. Personally, I don't think she's crazy, or nasty. Poor thing.


If the rumors are true, it looks like Franklin Park bar and beer garden will be opening just in time for some gorgeous Spring weather. And not a second too soon, if you ask us. This bar - which looks very promising from the little peeks we've gotten - is just three blocks from us.

Can you say "regular?"

photo via Imbible

Monday, April 14, 2008

just when you've forgotten

pandora serves up a real gem...

For those of you who weren't present for my awkward teenage years, I choreographed a dance to this in 6th grade gym class. And I learned a very important lesson - never trust a big butt and smile.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

back to reality

Before we get to all the fun we had in Mexico...

We've spent the past few days trying to remember what our real life is really like. Thankfully it's been made a bit sweeter with some we-can-almost-taste-Summer weather.

Thom strolls down our block.

Color starts to come back to Brooklyn.

Jasper pooped from all the walking.

The most awesome tofu club from our new favorite Park Slope restaurant - 'snice.

That's triple-decker, folks.

Jasper (who got a fancy, new summer shearing) was plenty thirsty after all the activity.

The first fire of season.