reindeer is not amused

decor found at “The Greene” shopping center thing in Dayton

Before another day goes by and I fail to update my journal.


The bend before the Wyoming Exit #13 on I-75

it’s snowing

These aren’t Christmas lights, they are year round decor [ View the whole photo ]

If I was hankering for a project while the snow falls outside, I might experiment with this project to customize the shapes of bokeh. (The Flickr Blog has some fine examples)

But there’s lots to do that I didn’t quite squeeze into the earlier part of the week, and if I get all that finished and the roads look good, I’m driving south for the first holiday party of the season.

Current music: My Morning Jacket “One Big Holiday”


Trubyte Bioform Shades

I have no idea, but I thought these were too neat to disregard.

In other news, the days are packed, absolutely packed with stuff, be it meetings or work or eating. Not enough chill time, not enough sleep, but lots logs on the fire.

Current music: T.I. “Whatever You Like”

Categorized as HoHum

From screen to magazine

Making the cover

Cincinnati Magazine just released their annual “Best of the City” issue for 2008 (on newsstands now).

In it they list 110 of their favorite things around town, from restaurants and shops to services and activities (including kilt rental and clogging lessons.) They not only gave a shout out to Wire & Twine for our shirts, but they had us print up a batch for the cover along with a tee for every winner on the list.

This is the type of thing we file under ‘awesome’ around the studio. A great reward as we approach our anniversary and look forward to 2009 and lots of new projects.

(Related link: The “Open for business” post.)

This appreciation would not be complete without tipping our collective hats to everyone who filled up a cart and checked out of our virtual store, ‘blogged about a product, emailed a friend with a link, or even sent us good vibes.

Thank you thank you thank you.

Categorized as Tshirts, Work

The Kiwanis Club Christmas tree checkout trailer

Our third visit (previously)

So we’re there on the first day trees are for sale and they only have one variety in-stock—Fraser firs—same kind we had last year, but I can’t remember for sure.

I google the variety on the spot to check and see if they’re any good.

Search results prove favorable.

Back when I was a kid, you had to rely on personal knowledge, memory and experience to make such decisions.

Thank goodness that’s over.

Hauled the thing home and gravely accepted that two strands of lights were half-blown. We made do with them and went about the business of decorating. Been on this planet for 30-some-odd years and it hasn’t gotten old yet.

PhotosThis is how it turned out

Current music: Frightened Rabbit “Old Old Fashioned”

There are moments

I don’t believe this is lens distortion throwing curves, it’s just that our blinds are wonky

There are mere moments while gray light spreads across the morning sky, yet hasn’t enough power to shut off the sensor in the electric holiday candle.

We placed these decorations in the windows this weekend. There is no ecological justification, I’m sure. They’re probably as bad as an inflatable Santa on a motorcycle. But we did it anyway and in return we’ll set the thermostat extra low and wear thick socks to offset the energy consumed.

In bed this morning (procrastinating a trip to the bathroom) I made mental note to leave camera bedside sometime, hoping to catch this play of cool and warm light.

Then I realized if I didn’t do it right then, that very moment, I might not remember.

On the matter of time, today is my brother’s birthday. I owe him a howdy.


I can still smell and taste everything from the awesome meal from yesterday

– Seared scallops with wasabi (appetizer)
– Roast turkey (brined and cooked perfectly from a Good Eats recipe)
– Blue cheese and bacon mashed potatoes
– Brussels sprouts with lemon
– Corn pudding
– Mulled wine cranberry sauce
– Ginger squash pie (for dessert)

Yum is not a big enough word to describe the delight.

Thank you Chris and Inger.

Categorized as Food