Thursday, July 07, 2011

Dispatches from the West Coast

The last few weeks have been a wonderful blur of sunshine, fun, and hard work! I can't believe that it's already July, the days seem to be passing by so quickly. Tonight I'm sharing a random assortment of fun things (movies! ipad apps! adventures! music!) that I've enjoyed or stumbled upon the last month or so.

Seems like it took me awhile to hear about this Seattle based band ~ The Head and the Heart, but their song Lost in My Mind has been on repeat in my office the last few days. It's lovely and has been great background music while I'm working. Image courtesy of Ben Blood.




Today I was looking around the Ikea website for some storage solutions for my office and came across this interactive desktop background - super cute way to organize the icons on your desktop right? I wasn't exactly sure how it worked at first, but found more info in the comments on this post.


A couple weeks ago we saw Woody Allen's new movie, Midnight In Paris, and it was really inspiring! If living a creative life appeals to you in any way, I think you'll love it. How do you decide which movies to see? We always check Rotten Tomatoes, and if something appeals to us and gets over a 70% rating on their site we know it'll be good.



















And finally - over the holiday long weekend we visited Golden Ears National Park for some hiking. We hike almost every weekend in the summer, and I think half the fun is checking out new spots as often as possible. Maple Ridge is usually too far for us to go - but with no traffic to speak of on the long weekend (seems like everyone went to the States or Vancouver Island) it only took an hour or so to get there and it was totally worth it. It's one of the largest parks in the province and I'd love to go again and camp and see more of it.

I downloaded the Snapseed App for the Ipad recently and it's pretty great. The photo below was taken at Golden Ears on my Blackberry - the first one is the original shot, and the other two show some basic editing with Snapseed. What I really liked was how intuitive the app is - right off the bat it gives basic suggestions on changes you might make to your photos. And as you're editing the photos by sliding your fingers across the screen the preview mode is really helpful.

The original photo (taken on a Blackberry):


Edits to contrast:


Addition of vintage effect:

Hope you've been having some fun summer adventures - I'll be back in the next day or two with all the details on a big contest!

~Amy

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