five things, april 26 edition


1. I think I'm horrible at shameless self-promotion, and yet here I go again. Our May Food Photography Workshop looks good to go, and local folk, it's not to late to register! I think this session will be particularly fun with all the fresh produce available. Come have some fun with us!

2. I think as birthdays go, I'm not going to rank this one and instead let it slip on by. I worry, as always, the impact my actions have on my son who is now thinking, "Grownups have bad birthdays?!" And still, the bright shining light was all the lovely notes you left me. It was so wonderful to have them come trickling in. They meant the world.

3. I think I was smart to heed Leah's advice and ditch the planner I mentioned last week. Her suggestion? Recycle it. Who needs a planner they hate? Since Erin is never wrong (ahem), I'm going with a Moleskine weekly planner (on sale! who cares if it's almost May!). It'll take some re-training, but what the hell. It's almost May.

4. I think none of you had any helpful suggestions on creating a good schedule and were instead looking to me for advice which is laughable. Ha! Seriously, people. I have a very flexible life. Here's my Thursday, for example: After I got Neel and Callum of to school and work, I took a quick shower. I took a little time for domestic endeavors (laundry–I always start a load as soon as I get up and usually have another load to fold in the morning too) and to send some emails and check some blogs. Spent about two hours in the studio styling and shooting the photo you see above and another half hour to an hour editing it and popping it into photoshop for the text. Had a chat with a client mid-day and spent a bit of time doing a final edit on a newsletter for that same client. By 1PM I had to start dinner so it was ready to pop in the oven as soon as we got home from Callum's game, and at 3PM Neel rolled in so we could leave for the game. All in all not a bad day. Today will be entirely and delightfully different. But. It felt scattered and reactive rather than steady and scheduled. And I never, ever get enough done. Ever. And I end up not knowing when best to work on things I have deadlines for and thing get left hanging. Not the best way to keep it going. Would I benefit from a set time to check blogs and send emails? Probably? Still, I'm going to try some experiments next week (new planner!), and I'll let you know how they go.

5. I think things are looking up for the weekend. We're have a quiet day tomorrow, but on Sunday we're headed to The Marriage of Figaro. I can't wait! What's better, Callum can't wait either. He had to write an essay answering two questions on Amadeus for Music Appreciation, and his teacher asked him, "Did you get that off the internet?" Having watched the movie three times at home and written the essay entirely himself (duh), he was not amused. I'm kicking the weekend off right by meeting some girlfriends for brunch today, and I honestly can't tell you the last time we've been together, all three of us. I might even have a Bloody Mary. And who knows?! We might get mani/pedis after.

What do you lovelies have going on?