Goodbye 2010!

December 31, 2010

Some holiday photos to send off 2010! Cheers to a year that brought many changes, including graduating from college, moving to Seattle, and landing my first professional job!

Happy Thanksgiving at the James’ household! I celebrated this Thanksgiving with the fam up in Bham, including my Aunt Barbara who recently moved there

And my two puppies, Olive (who is terrified of the camera)

And Jasper (note the one ‘bad’ ear)

Mom made some tasty baked goods

And the tree was trimmed

We survived a family reunion in Vegas (barely)

And an unexpected snowstorm

All in all, it was a lovely holiday season. Happy New Year everyone!

In honor of Black Friday, here are the top 5 captions describing what I assume Santa is up to during all the holiday maddness.

Santa flasher

Low key tired Santa Claus

Santa posing akimbo and pointing

Pitiful Santa (a picture of Santa being held at gunpoint)

Daddy Santa Claus smoking a cigar

snOMG!

November 22, 2010

In the past 48 hours, the weather conditions in Seattle have rapidly gone from ‘look at the delightful snowflakes!’ to ‘oh my god is that a bus tipped over on its side?’. To give the full effect, I’d like to post some before and after photos. The first two were taken Sunday morning when I went out for a pleasant walk while my laundry was drying. The last are from a couple hours ago when I ventured out to buy emergency candles and lighters from Rite Aid across the street.

A week or so ago, my fellow WagEd designer Sara and I went on the AIGA studio tours in downtown Seattle. We had the opportunity to peek inside the inner workings of three amazing design studios: Frog, Garrigan Lyman, and Fitch. Both of us agreed that our humble office space (think fluorescent lights and no windows… we’re unfortunately housed in the middle of the building in what is called the training room) needed some work, mainly that we were lacking something that all of the other companies seem to have… an inspiration wall.

A few days later we finally had some down time, and so was born ‘The Wall’. It’s still quite bare, but it’s a start! And if you’re curious, the word ‘inspire’ is a cutout made out of scotch tape.

New Camera!

November 9, 2010

After many years and many memories with my trusty Canon Powershot, I finally gave in and invested in a shiny new upgrade. I’d like to introduce you to the Panasonic Lumix  LX5:

I’m not an expert photographer by any means, but after weeks of research this lil guy came out on top. I still have a lot to learn about how to use it properly, but so far the photos it has produced are leaps and bounds ahead of what my old point-and-shoot can do. I’m posting a couple new photos of mine below. I’ve yet to take it out and really break it in… since I bought it I’ve either been sick or the weather has been awful!

On October 30th I ventured downtown to Westlake Center to meet up with some of my Bellingham friends and stand in support (and soaking wet in the rain!) of reason and civility in Seattle’s Rally to Restore Sanity, a satellite of the much larger DC version hosted by Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert.

Through the rain and cold and crowds, I managed to snap a few photos of the awesomely creative signs present.  Below I’ve posted some of the best pics from the day, apologies for the quality… desperately needing a new camera at the moment!

Bellevue Fun Facts

October 12, 2010

More people (130,000-plus) work in Bellevue than live in it.

The city of Bellevue is home to the Rosalie Whyel Museum of Doll Art which contains one of the largest doll collections in the world—more than a thousand dolls—displayed on two floors of a Victorian-style building.

Bellevue holds an annual Strawberry Festival to celebrate its strawberry farming history.

Bellevue was named Number 4 on MoneyCNN’s list of Top 100 Best Places to Live in America for 2010. In 2006 Bellevue was also rated one of the 25 safest cities in America.

Bellevue has had a Wi-Fi hotzone with free access in its central business district since 2007. Interesting to note, 45.79% (as of Dec 2009) of users on the network are iPhone and iPod Touch users.

Bellevue continues to have the largest percentage of foreign-born residents of any city in Washington. About 31 percent of Bellevue’s population is foreign-born, and one in every three residents speaks a language other than English at home.

One of Bellevue’s City Council members was recently attacked by a bear and survived.. minus one eye.