Thursday, August 31, 2006

New Look!

I can already hear the oooh's and aaah's coming from people who frequent this site (all three of you!). I've been thinking of freshening up the place for a while, but never had the impetus to actually do it. Those two black and white photos you see of Sydney provided the stimulus needed. We had a professional photographer (and friend) take photos of Sydney when she turned two, and they turned out superbly! The two shown at the top and left of the site are two of our favorites, and we decided that in order to do them justice, we needed to change up the look of the site.

They were taken by a photographer named Debbie Klawetter, and we highly recommend her. She took these (and many others you may have seen if you've been to our house recently) at the Dallas Arboretum. Both the black and whites and the color shots are beautiful and did a great job of capturing Sydney's personality in fun ways. I'll be adding a link to her site soon, but in the meantime, she has given me the okay to post her phone number along with permission to use these two photos:

Debbie Klawetter Photography, 972-675-9959

She designed a few collages for us in addition to the "regular" prints she did, and if you are ever in our home, make sure we show them to you!

On a side note, I was hoping to combine the transition to the new style with a move to WordPress, but gave up on being able to do that in a timely fashion. This was more important, so WordPress will have to wait. I think I first downloaded Wordpress in early 2004 but never got far enough to cut over. I downloaded it again a few months ago and toyed with it, but didn't have time to do it justice. Hopefully it won't take another two years to make the change for real!

Please leave us feedback on what you think. If you have any problems with the new look in your browser, let me know that too. I checked it in IE, Firefox, Opera, and Netscape, but every browser is different, so it's possible I missed something.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Blame it on Adam

Cover Art I'd like to take a moment to announce and recommend a newly published book written by a friend of mine. Blame It On Adam ( written by my friend, Mitchell Fix, came out earlier this month and is available through several online booksellers, including and Barnes & Noble.

I have yet to get an official copy of the book, but I had the chance to read it before it was published and I look forward to reading it again. It is a fictional work set in the very real fallen world of terrorism and nuclear weapons. It centers on twin brothers separated at birth (no, it wasn't a mix-up at the hospital...) who go their separate ways but end up in the middle of the conflict together. I recommend it for fans of the Tom-Clancy-Dale-Brown-esque genre (techno-thriller?) like yours truly.

Congratulations Mitchell!

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Oh, the weather outside is…

I mentioned previously that we are preparing for a cruise in Alaska. Sydney continues to be very excited by it, and her parents are too. To get a feel for what things might be like when our trip rolls around, I checked The Weather Channel today to see what the weather is like. For those of you in Texas, read on only if you don't despair easily...