Evan’s birthday

Saturday, April 13, 2019

The image above is better as an animated gif (though a large download.)

Evan turned 32 and we celebrated at the Alexandria Brewing Company.

His son Finn used up most of my memory card.

Finn and Grandpa Richard

Pizza pizza

Two different pizza joints in one day.

I didn’t go through the Little Caesars drive-thru pictured above. It is in the parking lot of the brewery where a group of friends gathered to celebrate a birthday. I don’t really eat Little Caesars much, but I dig capturing menu boards (zoom!). My memory of the pizza chain is largely from wanting a slice of pepperoni very much whenever we went to K-mart back in the day.

Semi-related: Little Caesars freshened up their brand last year and did a very nice job. It’s one of those instances if you blink you might miss what is different, but the details really help make everything sharper.

Earlier in the day, I helped give feedback during an AIGA portfolio review day. First time doing that, but had a good time giving some insight to graduating seniors from design programs. Lead with your favorite work and don’t make me think or click a lot summed up the advice.

Treated myself to a simple Margherita pizza afterward at Midici.

This is why my shirts aren’t comfortably buttoning.

Mahope

Friday, April 12, 2019

Lunch with the studiomates at a new-ish Cambodian joint in Northside called Mahope. Pictures of the meal were the only photos I snapped this day, it was super delicious so I shall not apologize.

Edie, couch, again

Thursday, April 11, 2019

I’m trying not to overload this album with photos of my cat, so I have an Instagram for her. Actually Maya set it up because I have too many accounts and don’t know how to function anymore.

As Far As My Fingertips Take Me

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

I experienced this piece, part of This Time Tomorrow—a series of performance art brought together by the Contemporary Arts Center.

From the program: “As Far As My Fingertips Take Me by Tania El Khoury is a conversation through a gallery wall between an audience member and a Syrian refugee. Their arms touch without seeing each other. The refugee will mark the audience by drawing on their arm. The audience will listen to those who have recently challenged border discrimination.”

The experience was quite moving. I entered a gallery space that was also almost entirely white and was instructed to put on a lab coat and a pair of headphones next to a chair by a wall with a circle cut through it at arms height. While I listened to a song inspired by a journey from Damascus to Sweden, a refugee drew the above on my arm.

The lyrics were translated on the facing wall and it was over in a manner of moments. It stuck with me for days as the ink slowly washed away, but the memory of the experience remains.

 

Spring colors

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Walked around Spring Grove with a stack of colored sheets of paper.

Her favorite plants

Monday, April 8, 2019

We’re gearing up for a celebration of mom at the end of May. If you’re reading this and around Cincinnati on May 26 and want to stop by, drop a line.

My sister arrives back from New York soon and we’ll officially dig into the details, but until then I’m making lists to bring to the table. We had a group text yesterday sharing some of her favorite plants.

It’s a great way to start a quiet Sunday morning, thinking about her and what she loved.

Branch

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Dinner with friends. Conversation included ideas for books to read, books to write, apps to eat, apps to make, new jobs, odd jobs, Lisa Frank, and how delicious everything was. We split a bunch of things at Branch to explore the menu. In fact, Grace created a system for everyone to vote their preferences and we just ordered all the winners. And all of a sudden we had another app idea.