23 Apr

One Quick Take

Posted by Jenna, Under Holiday

Fuji Superia 800. Canon AE-1.

A boy and his birthday cake. He loved his rainbow cake so much that he’s frequently mentioned a desire to have the same cake again next year, but my guess is that once I show them the bevvy of options on Pinterest that he’ll want to try something new.

As I was baking this, I told my mom that I think this is my favorite holiday tradition. Partially because I eat dozens of spoonfuls worth of raw batter and frosting, but mostly because there’s so much joy found in creating a thing that will bring so much joy to the people I love. I haven’t baked a cake for TH in the past, and I didn’t make myself one last year, but I’m going to start doing so from now on.

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17 Apr

One Quick Take

Posted by Jenna, Under Photography

San Francisco’s Baker Beach. Acros 100. Mamiya RZ67 Pro II

Our family photographer for 2014 not only delivered images of our faces and happiness and love that set a new standard for what I want out of family photos, but in that set she included a few shots of the beach where we did the session. I love them! So I’m trying to do the same for my Jenna Cole clients this year. It doesn’t always work, based on the light and the setting and such, but when it does I think it’s really special. And it illustrates why the work of a professional still manages to outdo the capacity of an iPhone 6.

This shot is a happy mistake. I think I didn’t wind the roll enough before I started shooting, but I love the combination of the tape on the left edge and the branches at the top. Shooting film has helped me embrace the title of Arist without feeling like a fraud.

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04 Apr

A Fortnight from Thirty

Posted by Jenna, Under Personal

I’m on a plane with T1 and T2, flying up to Washington for Spring Break. It’s just me and the kids, but I’m able to write thanks to the power of Peek-A-Boo Barn and whatever app T1 is using on the Kindle Fire. Some woman at the airport told me, in a somewhat haughty tone, that when her kids were young they used to use books to entertain their children. I say good for her, and also thank goodness I had kids after the word app became a household term.

Last time I checked in here it was to touch base on Hackbright. I didn’t get in for Spring 2015, but I’m working my way toward the Fall class. I’m doing Learn Python the Hard Way, and then How to Think Like a Computer Scientist, and a few courses on one of the many self-study coding websites available now. I’m moving slowly, and feeling very anxious that I don’t get in again, but it helps to talk about it publicly because it stokes my drive to learn so I won’t have to endure another round of telling people that I didn’t get in.

We’re spending the next week with my family, and last night we booked our tickets for Poland! I wasn’t sure if we’d be able to get the kids there this year, with TH’s workload the way it is he won’t be able to go, but my sister is able to come along as my travel companion this year and I’m really looking forward to showing her some of my favorite things about Poland. Plus we’ll be working in a kid-free trip to Greece… Read more →

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31 Mar

One Quick Take

Posted by Jenna, Under Uncategorized

T1 day Santa Cruz

Photo credit to Denise Andersen (Nana) for this darling shot of T1 celebrating T1 Day 2015 at the Boardwalk of Santa Cruz. He really enjoyed picking all of his meals and having access to unlimited show and spending the afternoon riding rides with his best friend. He woke up the next morning and told me he wishes it could be T1 Day every day! I told him that’s how I feel about my birthday too.

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19 Mar

One Quick Take

Posted by Jenna, Under Uncategorized

My mom is flying in and we’re going to spend the day in San Francisco tomorrow! I can’t get enough of those hilly streets and yummy food. I think we’re going to do a very quintessential SF afternoon with Dolores Park, Bi-Rite, and my first in-person visit to the Painted Ladies.

Kodak Gold 200. Canon AE1.

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