Thursday, November 19, 2009



Friday, June 19, 2009

Artisan Cheese - Our little Dean & Deluca's

As many of you know, my husband Jay is an aweLinksome cook. We are both foodies as evidenced by our constant struggle with our midsections! (I hate that part of it) BUT the food part - oh so good! Many times you may be looking at a recipe in Martha Stewart or Bon Appetit or some other magazine and find something you want to try but there will be some out of the ordinary ingredient listed and you just sigh and stick it back on the coffee table. Sound familiar? Well, my friends, no more! Judy Allen - a former food stylist for Martha Stewart in NYC - has opened Allen's Gourmet Grocery at 42nd & Peoria just to satisfy the foodies in this town. Judy also had the same problems after she moved back to Tulsa from NYC (she's one of our former brides!) This food boutique is reminiscent of a Dean & DeLuca store. - wire shelves full of great items - cases of artisan cheeses, pates, prosciuttos--beautifully presented as well. It sports a salt bar - different types of salt and she has a menu that tells you what each salt enhances and you can buy just a bit to try it out. All the little crackers, cookies, nuts and goodies you could ever want! I had a foodie gift basket created here and it was the most awesome gift we could have given our friends. Here's the little (iphone pic) snack we're having tonite with our wine - Yummy! Go by and say hi to her and get yourself some cheese!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

High Art at the GAP

"Hurry! Get over here quick with your camera!" I'm not sure what the rush was...but thanks for the heads up (off?), Barbra! ~sophia

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

A Day at the Zoo

It is a rare day that Lisa and I get a day to play. We took our new cameras to the zoo to get a feel for them and all I can say is the I couldn't be happier with the results. Canon 5D Mark rule!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009


Sophia and I have many blessings in our lives but the ones we cherish most are our darling children and grandchildren. It just doesn't get better than this. Sophia's daughter Jessica (pictured left) has started a BLOG for new baby Lucy - In the Sky with Diamonds - and while we like to post our own photos of her, her mommy is much faster and takes pretty good photos too! Sophia and I have been friends since age 5 so when our kids became friends - well, it's nice. That brings me to my next bit of info.

My daughter-in-law, Megan, (pictured right) has a BLOG that is taking over the internet I think. It's got all kinds of stuff in it and more photos of my granddaughters - Tatum and Taylor - than I have! Well, almost. In This Wonderful Life has movie and TV reviews and commentaries, her obsession with Reese Witherspoon and Kate Hudson, party decor, more pictures of cupcakes than I've ever seen, make-up chatter, her quest to have a baby (we're all praying for this), and just a bunch of other girl stuff.

Take a look if you have a few spare minutes. (or more)

Friday, March 6, 2009

Seattle : an LSD iphone Documentary

Last year, when we both got iphones, we started this little hobby - iphone documentaries - it's a little weird and we are usually the only ones who think they are funny but,nonetheless, we do it anyway. It ends up here in the Trippin' blog b/c it's just something we do for ourselves and our creative inspiration. It feeds our souls and makes us better at other things -- or so we tell ourselves. I've even downloaded an APP for my iphone - night camera - so I can take iphone pics in lower light conditions. It's a pretty cool little thing if you're into that stuff.   We did iphone-Vegas, iphone-Tulsa State Fair, iphone-Scotsdale and now, iphone Seattle.

Anyway, Jay and I recently went to Seattle to visit our dear friends, Rob & Carol Hille, who have recently moved from the farthest corner of the US to the other farthest corner of the US - West Palm to Seattle. This is like the 4th place they've lived since I've known them. We get to visit wherever they go and stay at "The Hilleton". The service is great, food great, conversation the best! Our friends are sooo happy there and we are happy for them. They showed us all around - they've only been there since January themselves! They live in a high-rise and that's what the view of the space needle is all about in the pics. Pretty Awesome! Speaking of.... some of you know that I am fairly claustrophic and years ago when the Hilles lived in St. Louis, I went up in the arch in "The Pods" - it was AWFUL - I stayed up there for hours wondering how else I could get down.  So, the first place they take us to in Seattle?  Yep, the Space Needle.  There's quite a few pics from there while I was getting the guts to go up.  Well, that's done!  Whew!   I'm a ground dweller at heart.   Open spaces.   I'm glad we got that over with first and the rest of it was marvelous.   We went to the open air market at Pike Place, they throw fish around there - the original Starbucks, Elliott's Bookstore - very cool. Could stay all day. We ate at Lola's - yummy food - Greek and thanks to hanging with Sophia, I knew exactly what to order and how to say it! We had a wonderful dinner at the Wild Ginger, breakfast at Lowells, shopping and lunch at Nordstroms and the cutest little store - The Diva Dolls. LOVED IT!Saw an entire store for ManKilts - okay...   Everyone walks everywhere - or takes a Zip car. It's a very "in" sort of place. I could live there too!   People always talk about how rainy and crummy the weather is but I have to tell you, it was pretty good as far as I was concerned.  It drizzled a little but we had sunshine and clear skies most of the time.     There's tons of Starbucks - I had to watch myself so I wouldn't O.D. on grande, no-fat, one-pump, no-whip, Mocha!   Yikes!   I got little name bracelets for my girls, t-shirts, aprons, granola, chocolates.   There was a huge picture in this chocolate shop that was made out of chocolates all placed together.   Interesting.    Here's a little iphone documentary of the trip. (about 90% of these photos are iphone but we did have the 5D with us for a bit one day so there's a few tossed in. See if you can pick them out. haha!) Watch:  Iphone Seattle

Monday, January 26, 2009

Who We Are - PART 1

Since this is the Trippin' blog,  We can put our personal observations in here.  You can get to know a little about us and what makes us work.    So, here's some things I like a lot and not so much - we'll get Sophia to add hers on in Part 2 - and feel free to comment with your own. These are not ranked or in any particular order - just random as they pop into my head.


1.  warm weather with a little breeze
2.  partly cloudy skies (God' diffusers)
3.  watching my granddaughters play in the dirt
4.  being a grandmother
5.  my iphone (even though it's not the 3g one)
6.  being alone 
7.  having plenty of hot water 
8.  event planners
9.  my truck
10 making my daughter laugh with just a "look"
11  when the new season of one of my favorite shows starts
12 DVR - missing the commercials of #11
13 Sunday night dinners
14 vision boards
15 the feeling I have when I pray 
16 having wine with my friend while our husbands cook
17 my patio in the summer
18 when my dog runs to the door to see me 
19 good hair days
20 potato anything
21 Starbucks grande, triple, skinny, one pump, no whip Mocha 
22 when someone cries at one of our photographs
23 when someone laughs at one of our photographs
24 friend's house I can wear my slippers to (or no shoes at all)
25 talking to my sister
26 ranting to my sister
27 having a batch action work all the way thru the first time
28 being a photographic artist for a living
29 vanilla bean ice cream
30 standing in line at Ted Drewe's Original stand in St. Louis
31 watching people
32 orchids and african violets
33 having enough points at the end of the day for a glass of red wine
34 getting my hair colored - it's so pretty the first day
35 road trips with my camera and Sophia
36 kids with no front teeth
37 little boys in baseball uniforms 
38 tutus and petticoats
39 dressing in costumes
40 my 85mm 1.2 lens 
41 couples in love 
42 newly sharpened pencils
43 a new box of crayons
44 having all my lens caps at the end of the night
45 chocolate cake balls from Mallory's Mudpies - OMG
46 little baby shoulders and that little place between their necks and shoulders 
47 listening to The Allman Brothers Band and driving fast with the windows down
48 having a really good NetFlix movie in the mailbox when I get home
49 a champagne buzz 
50 putting on clothes right out of the dryer


1.  people who have "private caller" on my caller ID
2.  brain freeze 
3.  not being able to see without glasses
4.  small spaces
5.  movie theaters 
6.  crowds of shoving people
7.  making small talk at fund raisers - UGH
8.  having my picture taken
9.  running a batch action and having it get almost done and have an ERROR 
10 having photoshop "unexpectedly quit" and I haven't saved my work lately
11  power surges
12  people who upset brides on their wedding days
13  videographers with 6 tripods 
14  having the edge of a label fold under on itself
15  cold coffee that gets hot and hot coffee that gets cold
16  being short on DVD space by mere MB
17  getting in the wrong lane of traffic on the highway
18  the BIG blindspot in my truck :-)
19  being really up for a session and it cancels
20 driving behind a TownCar in Utica Square 
21  Malls
22  bad martinis
23  dental procedures
24  flight delays
25  cleaning the cat box
26  burnt toast
27  oatmeal
28  slow website with links that don't work
29  identity thiefs
30  being a perfectionist about some things and not being able to stop myself
31  stress eating
32  not having any points left for dinner (ties into #31)
33  hot flashes
34  static electricity in my hair
35  people who correct other people's grammar in public
36  Miracle Whip 
37  fake butter - I really don't believe it's butter and no one else does either
38 big dogs that jump up
39 rodents and people who keep them as "pets"
40 running out of paint
41  forgetting to change my ISO on that first shot coming/going inside/outside 
42 folding chairs
43 annoying ringtones
44 my muffin tops
45 still feeling younger but looking older (this really sucks)
46 being cold 
47 not seeing or talking to my sister for several days
48 the grocery store 
49 having my normal route under construction 
50 being late

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