Monday, November 25, 2013

What a Year!!

This past year has had it's fair share of challenges and hurtles but it has also been filled with great joy and accomplishments.  Nothing warms my heart more than to come home to my Elizabeth and see what she's made for my Birthday.


OK, so she didn't exactly make the cookie cake.  But still.  
  

Sunday, June 16, 2013

First Father's Day: Bitter Sweet

So today marks my first Fathers Day!  This morning, I got the best gift ever...Elizabeth snuggled with me in the bed and laid her head down on my chest and shoulder and just looked at me.  I swear that little girl melts my heart and turns me into mush.  I'm so thrilled and yet there's a twinge of sadness in the back of my mind.

No one ever plans for it to happen and unfortunately it happens to more of us than it should.  "We" lose our parents far too soon.  I keep wishing that my Dad was around to see my little girl and to play with her.  To teach her all the things that I'm sure I'll forget and to be a GREAT grandfather to her.  I know for certain the he would have been head over heels in love with this little girl and she would have been spoiled rotten by him.  Of course, my mother has taken it upon herself to spoil her enough for the both of them...lol.  This child is surely loved there is no doubt of that.  


Monday, April 29, 2013

What a Month

WOW!  That's just about all I can say about this past month.  So many things have changed over the past month that literally almost nothing is the same as it was at the beginning of the month.  That's not to say that everything that's happened has been bad...just stressful.

I've lost a friend and coworker and I have watched as my daughter struggles as she learns the finer points of crawling and vocalizing herself.  I've battled with insomnia and now I have a head cold (sinuses) that is just killing me.  All in all I really can't complain about my life but sometimes we all "need" to vent as a coping mechanism.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

WTF Dreams

Have you even had a dream that seemed so "out of place" yet during the dream felt so real? That has happened to me twice now over the past month.  I'm not sure what's going on nor what they mean but they kind of have put me in an odd mood for a bit after having them.  :(

Monday, December 31, 2012

Portrait Innovations....EH!

For our first Christmas my family and I went to a local photo studio for some portraits to be made. We asked around and heard nothing but good things about Portrait Innovations (henceforth known as PI) so we decided to give them a chance and see what they offered.

We set up an appointment which we later had to cancel due to Elizabeth getting sick.  On the second appointment we arrived early and were eagerly greeted when we entered the "studio" by the young lady who was to be our photographer.  The young lady was super nice and energetic which really helped to relax and have a good time since this was our first time as a family taking professional photographs.  I can not say enough how nice the photographer(s) they were all really good with Elizabeth.  After taking 20 minutes to take the photos, we all sat down at one of their super large computer monitors to pick out our package and poses that we wanted. The original picture set that the photographer started with was well over $450.  I told her from the get go that the price was WAY too much.  After much deliberation and conversation between Julie and I we worked the package down to about $250+ tax.  The entire time we were picking out pictures and poses the photographer (which turned into a sales person) kept pushing the fact that we needed to stay over $100 otherwise we wouldn't get the CD with all the poses and pictures.  After almost 30 minutes of discussion we choose to stick with our $250 package.  So we concluded our "session" and was told the pictures would be ready for pickup in about 45 minutes.

The pictures we picked up were really good and we are pleased with the quality of the shots and the printed pictures.  We took the pictures home and started to separate them out for each family member.  A couple days later I decided to put the CD that came with our awesome picture package.  When I put the CD in i soon realized that the HI-RES pictures were not accessible on the disk.  I then went to PI's website and found this listed under their Terms of Serve:

"Studio Portraits
Portrait Innovations retains full ownership of all right, title and interest in and to, including without limitation all copyrights in and to, any content and materials created, photographed or developed by Portrait Innovations in any of our Studios, including, without limitation, photographs and other images, text, graphics, videos, visuals, sounds, data, files, links, information and other materials (collectively, "Studio Portraits") at all times.  At our sole discretion, Studio Portraits may be available for purchase and accessible through the Services.  Upon purchase of the Studio Portraits, we grant you a limited license to use such Studio Portraits solely for your individual, personal use.  By accessing and using the Services, you hereby grant Portrait Innovations an unlimited, irrevocable, perpetual, royalty-free and fully-paid right to use, duplicate, alter, distribute, transmit, transfer, create derivative works of, and publicly display and perform (publicly or otherwise) such Studio Portraits, in connection with the Services, including the promotion of the Services, and for any other lawful purpose......   "

I take issue with a lot of what's in this section.  1.) I feel that they are broad stroking the copyright brush here and essentially stripping you of all your rights to the photos of YOUR family.  IF anything they should have limited copyright to these photos since they do not own you or your family.  Further more, I think it's shady that they do not clearly state this prior to your purchase with them and that once you have in fact purchased photos from them, you have granted them.."unlimited, irrevocable, perpetual" rights to use your pictures. 2.) For the price I paid I should have full HI-RES pictures that I can take anywhere to print.  I just feel that @ the price that I paid, I more than paid for the right to have full access to the pictures.

Would I use PI again?  I don't know honestly.  This has left such a bad taste in my mouth.  EVEN after contact their corporate office the only response I got was"
"...As for access to high resolution photos, you can email your request for a copyright release to: requests@portraitinnovations.com. Please include your session number, date, the image number you need rights to and the reason for your request."
I feel like the reason should be because they are mine! If their reprint prices weren't so high, that would make it better..but I don't know.  I think I'm more mad at myself for not putting the effort into doing research prior to picking PI to do our photos.  I guess it's my fault and I will just have to take it on the chin and learn from this mistake. Thank you life.  LOL

Sunday, December 16, 2012

HOM3LAND

As usual, I'm late to the game when it comes to finding "new" TV shows but with this one I have a reason.  I do not subscribe to Showtime or any other add-on channels with my cable company.  I choose not to simply  because of the cost associated with supplemental channels.  All of that aside, I did pick up HOM3LAND Season:1 on sale at the local big box store this past weekend for an amazing price of $15.  And that was the blue-ray version which I rarely get anything in the blue-ray format.  I had been wanting to check the show out ever since I first heard about it, so needless to say I picked this up.
I am 3/4 of the way through the set and I have got to say...I'm pretty much hooked.  It's a good series and the acting isn't as horrible as I had feared.  I would really like to continue to watch this series but again I am not going to pay in order to see it.  Call me cheap.  I don't care.  I will continue to watch this when I can meaning when the seasons are released to DVD/Blue-Ray.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Letting It Go

This past year I've been through a lot and I'm still here.  I have had been rocked to my core by some of my closest friends actions and then by some that have seemed to forget us all together.  After much thought and talking with my people I trust I have come to the conclusion that I must let go of my frustration and hurt in order to move on.  A wise friend once said:
Remain hopefully optimistic that things can be and will be better one day but in the moment, let it go... it's the only way to truly live.  Use that pent up negative energy for something positive.  Sink all that into the time you spend with your daughter and all the joy that brings you.
So this is me letting go and no longer "worrying" about IT and letting what will be will be.
That is all.