Friday, October 8, 2010

Days of The Present

Alena and Aroshka.I haven’t really posted anything in a while now — it’s an interesting time — there is really nothing going on yet there is so much going on.

Aroshka is growing. He’s clearly gaining weight — our biggest worry from the first month. We have a scale which is not very precise, the with each day arrow keeps climbing further and further away from 0. For the most part I stopped worrying.

Alena and Aroshka.These days I worry more for Alena — the whole thing is really hard on her. I’m trying to help with what I can and hope that I’m at least slightly useful. I know that when I’m at work, at home or anywhere else — I don’t have to be nervous about anything. I just know that she’s been a mother for only 2 months, but she’s already really great at it. I know that as long as Arosha is with her all is and will be well. Continue Reading
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Friday, October 8, 2010

Two Month Anniversary

Aroshka in his awesome hat.Arosha is getting older. Today he has reached yet another milestone — two months. He had a full day today.

We had our monthly doctor visit. First of all we’re gaining weight quickly now. He clocked in at 12 pounds and 10 ounces. If at the end of the first month we were in 10-25% range with regards to our weight this time around we’re at 50-75% — a big improvement. Our height of 24¾ inches puts us at 95%, as the previous months.

Surprised.He also got his first round of vaccinations today. We’re hoping he’s not going to be feeling too bad from them. Doctor gave him 3 today and we need to get 3 more in 3 weeks.

After that he want for a walk with his mommy, had a couple of photo-shoots and even had a good day nap, which still is a rare thing. All in all it was a good day and our son is growing!

Am I smiling?
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Monday, October 11, 2010

Queens Loop

Here’s a map1 of what we’ve been doing with Mike on weekends from the time when he got his new bike.

Our overall ride length varies from 25 to 32 miles per run and it takes us from hour and a half to 2 hours depending on the detours and stops that we choose to make.

Hopefully Alena will join us as soon as possible. And maybe even Alex will remember to bring his biking clothes back to Brooklyn and not have a hang over one day, but we’re not really counting on that. When Lenchik gets back to living in Brooklyn (if ever) we’ll just have him run with us. Anybody else wants to join? )

  1. Large map. Recorded with Cyclemeter for iPhone. []
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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Aroshka’s Crib

Aroshka in his new crib.Everyone can congratulation Arosha on getting his own real bed or rather crib. The bassinet that we got him originally is too small for him now. He tends to knock his hands on the sides a lot and wakes up from that, hence the upgrade.

Crib in our bedroom.Alena did some serious crib research and picked out a pretty great model1. It’s made from real wood and has 4 different configurations. As the kid grows the bed changes with him. We hope it’s going to serve him for a good amount of years. For now we put it into our bedroom and eventually it will go into his own room.

Arosha sleeping.We also got a really nice crib set2 consisting of comforter, bumper, sheet, dust ruffle, diaper stacker, window valance. Even though the price was somewhat higher than other similar sets and we don’t really need the last 2 items the reviews were high for good quality and comfort. And it does feel nice and is made well.

Now we just hope he likes sleeping in it, but so far so good.
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Friday, October 22, 2010

Printing Photographs

Photographs printed by Mpix and Mpix Pro.Over the years I have taken a lot of photographs, but almost 100% of them never end up on paper. There are only two that cases I can think of when we actually had printed photographs — our wedding (the studio printed them for us after the wedding) and a bunch of pictures of friends and family members to pin onto our clipboard.

Everything else goes onto the web or just is stored on our HDs and DVDs. I started thinking however that I have a large empty wall in my office at work and I could just print out some of my photographs and put them up. I remembered that before we used Snapfish for printing, but I just couldn’t take the website UI this time around, so I gave up before I started.

Boxes from Mpix.A day later I saw an ad for Mpix in Popular Photography and I gave it another try. Even though UI wasn’t a huge jump it was more usable and I was able to complete the process without too much pain.

A day later I decided to look for reviews and see what other people were using. A lot of good things were said about Mpix Pro and I was happy that I picked them. However soon after I realized that Mpix Pro and Mpix are actaully different sites, owned by the same company however. In addition to that Mpix Pro offered to print 5 shots for free as a test upon account creation. So I did that as well.

Opened boxes with cellophane wrapped packages.I ended up with 2 orders of 5 photographs each. From Mpix I ordered prints in the size of 12 x 8 inches (3:2) for $2.99 each with a single matboard attached to the back for $3.50 each additional. I selected E-Sureface paper — matte paper — the cheapest choice.

From Mpix Pro I ordered prints in the size of 10 x 8 inches on the same paper, but without mats on the back. As I said before these were given to me for free.

Prints are in envelopes.For this size I had to crop the selected photographs as most of my shots are closer to 3:2 format. I also made an unpleasant discovery that for some reasons until a recent time I used to only save a processed photo in 1024 pixels size without saving the actual original Photoshop file. So if I wanted to print a high resolution image I had to do the processing work again — a very silly thing to do.

I placed both orders late night Wednesday and I had 2 boxes in my hands early morning Friday, delivered by FedEx. The prints themselves came out gorgeous.

Photos and a catalog from Mpix Pro.Lately I have been worried that my factory calibrated monitor makes photos look much better than they really are. Since most people see them through the browser they probably do see them in a worse “light”, but the prints came out exactly as I see them, which made me happy. This actually reassured me that I should stick to the same post-processing process that I have now.

Photographs were carefully packaged and sealed in cellophane wrap. Each print was placed in an envelope. Mpix Pro has included a sample of their papers and a catalog. Some of those samples look amazing — Metallic paper leaves an impression.

Side by side prints from Mpix Pro (left) and Mpix (right).It looks like that both sites use the same print lab. I can’t really see a difference in quality. Landscape shots came out looking sharp and clear. On the portrait the details are more visible and I should pay more attention to skin in the future.

Either way, I’m very happy with the results. Next step is trying to order a bigger format print and seeing how 12 megapixel images hold up. Maybe I’ll try 36 x 24 and a frame next.
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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Farewell

Aroshka's making a face.This week I informed my manager that I won’t be coming back from my maternity leave. He took it well, which was expected. Farewell the office! I’ve got much more important job now — to make sure that our little unit is taken good care of. )

Слюни. All over the place.All in all — I think I had a good experience at the company. The job was stressful at times (as all of them are I am sure), but I definitely learned something and met some good people. I will have to look for another job in a few years, and I try not to think about it now. The gap in employment will probably make it harder for me, but I’ll worry about it when the time comes. )
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