Thursday, June 17, 2010

My First Blue Camera with the Yellow Button...

On my 5th birthday, my parents gave me a bright blue Fisher Price/Kodak camera and took me on a Riverboat ride.  After we'd eaten a meal and I blew out the candles on my cake, they took me up the stairs and to the top of the boat and let me snap away at my surroundings: I snapped away at them, at the boat with the big wheel, and at the Missouri River as we floated along. 

Words cannot describe how excited my new blue present made me feel.  I loved the feel of pressing the yellow button down everytime I took a picture, and I wanted to master the way my mom rewinded the film for me by using the button on the bottom of the camera. 

While my 5-year-old self looked out the lens of the camera, everything I saw was beautiful, and it didn't matter if I cut off a few heads in my pictures or that I actually missed the log that drifted down the river beside our boat with the big wheel.  In my mind that day I'd captured what I saw, and everything was beautiful. 

It was a Birthday and a present that I will always remember...

"Life is not significant details, illuminated by a flash, fixed forever. Photographs are."
~Susan Sontag

Read about another person's love for the same camera at the age of 5 and see a picture of the little blue camera!   Blog Entry with picture of camera: Ode to Film from the blog titled Will Work For Clothes

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Birthday Crepes and Updates!

What's better than Birthday Crepes?  Not many things that I can put a finger on or a fork in!  My Fiancé whipped up a fantastic batch of crepes for me on the morning of my 30th Birthday.  His present for me was a charming little crepe pan and a great little recipe book titled, "The Best 50 Crepe Recipes."  The short list of recipes I will be trying soon are:  Chocolate Crepes, Whole Wheat Crepes, and Shrimp and Avocado Crepes.  This little book doesn't just have basic crepe recipes but also recipes for crepe fillings.  Bon Appétit!  

For those of you that have caught it from above...Yes, I'm engaged!  Jason and I recently took a trip to Las Vegas in April and he left as my boyfriend and came back as my fiancé, and I could not be happier!  How did he propose?  We dressed up for a night out, and he took me to a French Restaurant called Alizé at the top of the Palms Casino.  Does he know me or what?  He truly swept me off my feet that night.  The meal was amazing and one of the many highlights was that we both tried escargot for the first time.  Some of you might be gagging right now, but I've always wanted to try it, and honestly it wasn't bad at all.  It was drenched in garlic sauce and quite delicious, but I'm not sure I'd go out of my way to order it on a regular basis.  The entire experience was amazing! 
We had a fantastic time in Vegas and I loved to pretend I was in Paris when I looked out our hotel window at Bally's and saw this every morning...
"To err is human. To loaf is Parisian."
-Victor Hugo

Other Links: 
My Fiancé's Food Blog:  Weekly Kitchen Travels