March 23, 2009

you know the name of the blog....right? so it should be no surprise

So I had this post that was all sad and syrupy and...well, just sad. It smacked of all small town goodness, missing momma and finding old friends that I was totally ashamed that I had neglected. It was soooo sad it made me cry to write. Well - I'm totally not in the mood for crying. So screw that!

I had a kick ass weekend so why should I be crying on a Monday night, right? Well, except that they didn't have a new "Big Bang Theory" and those kooky geeks make me laugh every time. But I did have homemade country fried steak and mashed potatoes. My car got washed by my awesome brother and the garden got further along. Today I planted pineapple sage and dill.

a face only a daddy can love How can you not love this smooshy face??????

I do have a restaurant review if you're in the area - don't go to a place called "Mimi's Cafe". The food was totally mediocre, the service was horribly slow and the decor sucked wind. It was all, "look at me, I'm New Orleans style...." but it wasn't really. Any person that has been to NOLA would not think Nawlins if they walked in there. It was some idiots idea about NOLA that had never been there - they probably wouldn't know what the "trinity" of cajun cooking was if Emeril "bammed" them upside the head. Anyway - drop by, pick up some muffins to go though - they were good.

Why is it so difficult to find the perfect inbetween sandal? And why does every shoe designer lately think that if the shoe is flat, it MUST have a buckle on the toe?...Just wondering.

Does Sephora know about Ulta? Because I'm thinking if someone actually told Sephora that someone that doesn't have their nose stuck up in the air sells make-up, they might would be a bit more nervous about business. Of course I would love some fabulous guy with better hair than me to tell me that I look gorgeous and don't actually need that $50 moisturizer that I have my hands on....but those conceited folks at Sephora won't tell you that. That's why I love the display at Ulta that tells you the Oil of Olay is just as good (as published in whatever magazine).

Now...I'm thinking that I may need to have a contest to help me name my photography business/etsy shop. I've thought and thought and I can't come up with something that captures well, "me", without being trite and hackneyed. So... what do you think? Is a contest in order? These are things that are absolutely "me".... let me know if you can come up with the perfect name for the shop.

1 - I love to read. My favorite books are: To Kill a Mockingbird, The Secret Garden, Little Women, and Sense and Sensibility.
2 - I love photography (natch). Dorothea Lang and Annie are major icons to me.
3 - I love music - all kinds, from the 30's up until today. You can find any style of music on my iPod. Except opera. Megan tried to convince me - and though I think it's pretty, it's not me.
4 - I am sort of a space geek. I grew up on Star Trek and will still watch all the varied incarnations from time to time.
5 - Though I love vampire stories (Buffy the Vampire Slayer? BIG fan), I'm not goth in anyway.
6 - Favorite movies include: Field of Dreams, Bull Durham, Breakfast at Tiffany, Young Frankenstein, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Rebecca, Roman Holiday and Rear Window.

Leave your best suggestions as a comment and I'll have a drawing at the end of the week.


  1. ohhh, great contest..but any ideas I have work for me to...neener !!!

    and I totally hear you on the in between shoe...where are they ? what are they ??

    I go from uggs to complaining to flip flops....arrghhh !!!

  2. Well, from your book titles, what's wrong with Secret Garden or Sense and Sensibility for a store name? Of course, I love a line from Eliot: Music from a Farther Room.

  3. what about Francesca Woodman? do you like her pics?

    nice blog! cheers!

  4. Gabby... is that from The Love Song of J. A. Pruffrock?

  5. es, absolutely Javier!

    For I have known them all already, known them all:—

    Have known the evenings, mornings, afternoons,

    I have measured out my life with coffee spoons;

    I know the voices dying with a dying fall

    Beneath the music from a farther room.

  6. ...we certainly have many likes in common...especially the books...wish I was better at naming things too...I'm sure you'll end up thinking of something great...

  7. mmm ... perhaps lyrics/titles to one of your favorite songs/artists would be appropriate.

    (example: buckets of rain, born in time, chimes of freedom, freight train blues, girl from the north country ...)

    music moves me a lot. especially dylan.

    when i think of you, i think country.
    not like the music,
    more like comfortable and sweet
    and brilliant, too.

    i'll try to think of some more ...

  8. there's a mimi's cafe near where i live, too. good to know! :)

    i saw your dog shot on fb, too. sooooooooo darn cute!

  9. "Simplicity" comes to mind because whenever I read your blogs and see your amazing pictures it makes me want to look around me and appreciate all the beauty in the simple things!

  10. I am with you on the buckle on the toe! I hate them!!!!!

    PS I moved! :)

  11. I'm still thinking...maybe I'll come up with something tonight..

    Talk to you later.

  12. When you think of Mimi's Cafe think of Wendy's 'cause that's who owned the chain until a couple of months ago. No wonder it's so mundane. I can't stand those faux New Orleans restaurants either.

    We like a lot of the same books and movies, too!

    One of my friends talked me into seeing an opera with her. It was 'La Boheme' and though I enjoyed the orchestra, the idea of such grand caterwauling representing the words "Open the door!" just made me giggle. I guess I'm uncultured. I also fell asleep halfway through. Oh dear.

  13. wow ..."all over the place" no not the name of your shop ...your post...I enjoyed it!

    space & time
    space in time
    timeless images
    buy my pictures and look at them(just kidding)

    your interests to me span varied times and space so those are my suggestions as good as they can be at 6:00 AM HA!

    I am thrilled you are going to open a shop Char...

  14. I laughed out loud at that last one!!! Buy my pictures! what a great giggle.

  15. Lots of great music/movies/interests going on there. Maybe pick some sort of name that reflects that, your varied tastes?

  16. Hmmm..... how about just plain.. "Char's?" (said an Oil of Olay user!)

  17. not good with names either, but love the ones that have been suggested so far, I'm just still hung up on the country fried steak, yum

  18. Its been awhile since I've popped in. You've got some lovely images posted. Makes me wanna get off my toosh and actually take some photos myself!

  19. You've made me hungry again Char. This time for muffins.
    For the life of me, I can't think of a name for your shop, but I think it should be something to do with your eclectic tastes. Which I realise is no help whatsoever. I'll get back to you if I come up with anything.

  20. Hmmm.... I'll have to think on this!!!


    Hey, how do you put the cute little "I love comments" in the leave a comment section??!!


  21. Roman Holiday is one of my fav too!
    That pug is just too cute...I'm a mom of 5 pugs, yes 5!!! ~Happy Spring dear*

  22. i'm the worst with naming anything but there's a lot of great suggestions here. i'm glad you're opening shop.

  23. oh that dog is SO CUTE!!!

    and i am going to have to think harder for a name. i am only coming up with rather obvious ones at the moment that are lame! humph. tbc.

  24. Oh this was fun! Here's a list of ten inspired by your favorite books and movies:

    Mean Red Soft Blue

    Champagne Before Breakfast

    Lovely Wild Things

    One Drop More

    Great Many Things

    No Rules Here

    Sky So Blue

    Soul Be Satisfied

    Moments of Peace

    A Fancy Or A Feeling

    Now why didn't I think of doing something like this for myself?

  25. How about Harper's Dreams?

    I'm reading a book called "The Moonflower Vine" by Jetta Carleton and even though I haven't finished it yet, I highly recommend it.

  26. ohhh, Megan and Jamie both have suggestions that spark my fancy....

  27. i love your list of loves, but i'm rubbish at names. that was one of the reasons i procrastinated so long my own etsy shop. then, i was reading murakami and it just hit me. :-)

  28. I am so excited that you are going to take the Etsy plunge. Your photography will do so well I think. Mine does not do well at all but it is fun to have the option to sell a piece and I have always wanted to do this. You have a strong blog following so I am so sure you will do great. Yay!

    I will have to think of names for your shop. Something with a little southern elegance in the name because that is how I would describe your work.

  29. Congrats on opening the shop! Errr, right now I can't outdo the name suggestions Jamie made, but I'll think about it.

    If you're in HSV, try "Po Boy Factory" for New Orleans food. Nicest people you can ask to meet, and darn good food!

  30. I'm thrilled to hear you starting an Etsy store! I think the name of your shop needs to have your name in it so the world knows the name of a FAB photographer!

  31. still loving the cutest dog in the world (other than my own) picture! and country fried steak and mashed potatoes. sigh..... that's some heaven right there, missy. :) and field of dreams and monty python? yes. yes. yes.

    names? i haven't opened up an etsy shop yet beCAUSE i can't figure out a name for it. isn't that pathetic? so i'm absolutely no help there. but there's been some great ones suggested so i'm sure you'll come up with something fantabulous!

  32. How about something dreamy like "Moon over Alabama"... it's got 1930s music, Kurt Weil (for some flair) and Alabama, of course!

  33. ps. Sephora and Ulta overlap some but in the luxury brands, Sephora will always have a segment of the market that Ulta won't. Don't get me wrong, I love 'em both but only one place carries my YSL Faux Cils.

  34. I like how diverse you are.
    Because of that, I am going
    to have to dig deep to find
    a name for this contest!

  35. Well. That's it. Next time I need to name anything, I'm calling Jaime. WOW!!

    I think you should call it Ramblins. I do. I like the continuity of it. It's not like someone is going to be confused as to whether or not they are at your blog or your Etsy. Less confusing. More "brand" recognition. Ramblins. I like it.

  36. Love, love, love this pug's face! I'm a proud mama of a sweet puglet - Ashton! Love her to pieces!


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