Rants & Ramblings

random commentary about culture, media, politics, technology and whatnot.

photos

jul
08
2012

Iceland Recap: Day 7

Beautiful Playing Cards

Tuesday, May 1, was our last day in Iceland, spent wandering around downtown Reykjavik before heading to the airport.

jun
26
2012

Sweeping Vista

Iceland Recap: Day 6

Monday, April 30, was mostly a driving day as we made our way southwest, back to Reykjavik. The weather was gray and windy and rainy and cold, which made the drive all the more exhausting. The day started with breakfast …

Glaumbær

Iceland Recap: Day 5

Sunday, April 29, was our sixth wedding anniversary. We celebrated by wandering a lava field, hiking up a volcanic crater and chasing daylight near the Arctic Circle. The day began with an excellent breakfast — maybe the best of our …

jun
15
2012

Gray and Mist

Iceland Recap: Day 4

Saturday, April 28, was a gray, gray travel day, as we drove from Höfn, in the southeast of Iceland, to Mývatn in the northeast. Before we hit the road, our host at Hoffell brought over some wonderful warm bread. I …

jun
14
2012

Dyrhólaey

Iceland Recap: Day 3

Friday, April 27, was probably the “natural wonder” highlight of our trip. Our day started with a morning hike around Dyrhólaey, a peninsula (and puffin nesting ground!) just outside of Vik. It’s hard to go wrong with black sand volcanic …

Approaching the Waterfall

Iceland Recap: Day 2

Thursday, April 26, was our first day on the road. A representative from Dollar / Thrifty picked us up from Kex Hostel, drove us to the rental office and set us up with a Ford Mondeo and a Garmin GPS. …

jun
10
2012

Vanishing Point

Iceland Recap: Day 1

Our Icelandair flight departed D.C.’s Dulles International Airport (IAD) the evening of Tuesday, April 24, and landed at Iceland’s Keflavik International Airport (KEF) around 6 a.m. the following morning. Neither Rob nor I got much sleep on the 5-½-hour flight, …

Icelandair Plane at Keflavik

Iceland Recap

So at the end of April, Rob and I took a one-week road trip along Iceland’s Ring Road. The trip was inspired in part by Rob’s layover there en route to Stockholm last fall, Icelandair’s aggressive ad campaign around D.C. …

may
12
2012

The Glacial Lagoon

Jökulsárlón

One of the big highlights of our Iceland trip was Jökulsárlón, a glacial lagoon in southeastern Iceland near Höfn. Icebergs calve off the nearby glacier into this lake, and then drift out to sea. It’s an amazing sight.

may
11
2012

Glaciers Ahoy

This morning I went through a few more photos from the Iceland trip to post on Flickr. To help me plot them geographically, I pulled up Google Maps. It came up in satellite view by default and, just … wow. …

may
08
2012

Not Just a Jump, but Levitation | Lens | NYTimes.com

Kerri MacDonald writes, “Natsumi Hayashi does not call the photos she posts on Yowayowa Camera Woman Diary “jump shots.” A jump, she says, is composed of many movements. And those who go up must come down. No, Yowayowa Camera Woman is not jumping. She’s levitating.”

may
06
2012

Iceland

Glacier ahead. #iceland #latergram

Rob and I spent a week in Iceland at the end of April, in part to celebrate our sixth wedding anniversary. I’m still sorting through photos, but for now, I’ll just say WOW. What an amazing place.

apr
09
2012

Photo of the Day: Pie

23-mile bike ride on the Western Maryland Rail Trail. Pie: earned.

Rob and I did a 23-mile bike ride yesterday on the Western Maryland Rail Trail. We earned our post-ride slices of pie. (Him: blueberry. Me: coconut cream.)

apr
05
2012

Photo of the Day: Hooray, Spring

Hooray for spring.

I don’t know what kind of flower / tree this is but it’s beautiful. Hooray for spring.

mar
19
2012

Birthday Stationary

Ornaments

Last month I spent a rare Friday afternoon in the Pyramid Atlantic letterpress studio, printing two sets of stationary as a birthday gift for my mom, along with a set of thank you cards for myself. (I’d originally intended the thank you cards to be holiday cards … and then time got away from me.)

Some shots from the printing:

mar
18
2012

Photo of the Day: In Bloom

I love this time of year.

The cherry blossoms (and tulip trees, and all the other trees that bloom this time of year) have popped a bit earlier than expected this year, perhaps due to our unseasonably warm weather. Even though the blossoms’ appearance also signals the start of tourist season, this is still my favorite time of year here in D.C.

This photo was taken at Arlington’s Long Bridge Park, on the north side of Crystal City.

mar
13
2012

Williamsburg and Jamestown

Pocahontas

At the end of January, after a particularly trying week, Rob and I decided to skip town for the weekend, packing up the bikes (the weather was unseasonably warm) and heading down to Williamsburg.

mar
08
2012

Soup Dumplings in Philly

Philly Chinatown

A few weeks ago, Rob and I drove up to Philadelphia (about 2½ hours away) to celebrate our friend Rachel’s birthday. She wanted to have lunch at Dim Sum Garden, a vaguely divey dumpling eatery under a bridge near Reading Terminal Market known for its soup dumplings (steamed dumplings with meat and broth inside). We’d all heard of soup dumplings, but this was our first chance to actually have the dish. And they were delicious.

Soup dumplings!

CHOW has a good video on where xiao long bao come from and how they’re made.

mar
02
2012

Japan Earthquake: Before and After | In Focus | The Atlantic

Alan Taylor writes, “In just over two weeks, Japan will be observing the one-year anniversary of the disastrous magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami that struck its east coast in March of 2011. The destruction was unprecedented and the loss of life and property were staggering — more than 15,800 are confirmed dead, with another 3,300 still listed as missing nearly a year later. Photographers documented the many faces of this tragedy and have now returned to give us a look at the difference a year can make, re-shooting places that were photographed during and immediately after the quake. Collected here are 20 of these pairings. They are interactive: Starting with number 2, click the images to view a fading before/after comparison.”

Intense rockhopper penguin stare

New Year's in Chicago

For Christmas this year, Rob promised me penguins — and he delivered, booking tickets for Chicago (and Shedd Aquarium) for New Year’s weekend. It was a short but productive trip, in which we were able to catch up with some …

feb
22
2012

The Scissor Dance

Musical Instrument Museum

While Rob and I were in Arizona for Christmas, my mom took us up to Phoenix to explore the Musical Instrument Museum, devoted to musical instruments and traditions from around the world. The museum was full of wonderful cultural artifacts …

(Bonus) Photo of the Day: Invasion of the Domos

This is getting out of hand. #domokun

My desk collection of tiny Domo-kun figures is getting a little out of control. But they’re so fiercely cute!

Photo of the Day: Daffodils

Spring bloom.

We’re getting into one of my favorite times of year here in D.C., where the weather starts to warm up (albeit in fits and starts) and daffodils bloom en masse along the George Washington Parkway. I picked up a small bouquet of daffodils this weekend at Trader Joe’s to brighten up my kitchen.

feb
10
2012

Damaged Snowman (Plus Frosting Palette)

Photo of the Day: Christmas Cookies

This was taken while decorating Christmas cookies with my siblings in late December.

feb
06
2012

Photo of the Day: Morning Commute

Morning commute.

WMATA Yellow Line. Friday morning.

feb
02
2012

Cottages at Sunrise

Delaware Cottage Weekend

Rob has been musing aloud for months about wanting to rent a cottage by the beach in Delaware and spend a week away — perhaps using that time to dig in on a subject he’s especially wanted to study or …