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Monday, May 23, 2016

Wood Print From Inkdot

You know all of the photos I post on my blog? I very rarely print them out. Sometimes I make books using the photos, but that usually takes me awhile. Coincidentally, I was contacted by inkdot.com while I was in NJ, and I realized that their offer would be a good way for me to quickly get a print of something from our trip. While inkdot offers square prints, and I could have chosen to have several made, instead I decided to order a wood print of one of the pictures I took on the trip.

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I almost chose one of my Statue of Liberty pictures, but instead I chose the best picture of the three kids that I took on the trip.

Prints from inkdot can be printed directly from Instagram and many other websites, or uploaded to their site from any device. The wood prints are ready to hang, with no frame needed, and even come with a screw and anchor in order to make hanging easy. The prints are on 5/8” birch plywood and have a coved back which creates a float off the wall effect. They are water and heat resistant and easy to clean with a damp cloth. They are available in many sizes, both square and rectangle. I decided to stick with a square print!

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My picture on wood.

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The back of the print.

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The included screw and anchor.

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My front entry way with a blank space for a new picture.

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After hanging!

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Full view.

It would be cool to create a gallery wall full of these square prints from inkdot!

Friday, May 20, 2016

What I’ve Been Reading #124

Library

I picked up Pretending To Dance at the library. I had read books by Diane Chamberlain in the past and thought this one looked good as well. It turned out to be an interesting a quick read, which is the type of book I always enjoy!

“Molly Arnette is very good at keeping secrets. She and her husband live in San Diego, where they hope to soon adopt a baby. But the process terrifies her. As the questions and background checks come one after another, Molly worries that the truth she’s kept hidden about her North Carolina childhood will rise to the surface and destroy not only her chance at adoption, but her marriage as well. She ran away from her family twenty years ago after a shocking event left her devastated and distrustful of those she loved: Her mother, the woman who raised her and who Molly says is dead but is very much alive. Her birth mother, whose mysterious presence raised so many issues. The father she adored, whose death sent her running from the small community of Morrison Ridge. Now, as she tries to find a way to make peace with her past and embrace a future filled with promise, she discovers that even she doesn't know the truth of what happened in her family of pretenders.”

The book goes back and forth between the early 90s in North Carolina and the present in California. Molly was 14 in the early 90s and I could relate to her teenage self, as I was a preteen in the early 90s too. There were a lot of Johnny Depp and New Kids On The Block references! Molly had some questionable friendships at the time and her parents tried to make sure she didn’t get into trouble, but they were preoccupied with their own problems. Molly’s father was very ill with MS. The things that happened in Molly’s past effect her in the present, while she and her husband are hoping to adopt a baby. What her husband didn’t know was that Molly herself had a birth mother and an adoptive mother. This is the story that is uncovered as we learn about Molly’s past. There is a lot of ground covered in the book, from living with a debilitating disease, to father-daughter and mother-daughter relationships, to adoption, to husband-wife relationships. While some of the story may have been predictable, there was a lot to love about the book and I enjoyed reading it a lot.

What have you been reading lately?

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Roosevelt Island and Midtown NYC

Last week I told you about our experience at the Freedom Tower. As it turned out, we didn’t get our fill of New York City, and a few days later we returned to the city, this time taking the train to get there.

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The first place we visited in the city was Roosevelt Island, which we accessed via the Roosevelt Tramway.

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We walked over to the island’s Southpoint Park. The Cherry Blossoms were in bloom along the way!

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This is an abandoned small pox hospital:

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Next, we had dinner and checked out a few stores in midtown:

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Rockefeller Center (the pool above too):

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We have a picture of Simon by this same sign when he was little!

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Times Square:

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It’s still funny for me to be a tourist in NYC, but I did enjoy it!