Monthly Archives: November 2011

Through My Eyes

I’ve been doing a little digging in the photography world. Been trying to understand composition and trying to capture the things I see in my mind’s eye. I know that a camera can’t do it all justice, but I thought I would share some of the things I’ve been snapping. I’d love your opinion. 🙂

Fall Leaves, During A Rain.
Fall Frames

The Long Winding Road
Long Road

Sun Streak, Winter Morning
Sunstreak

The Fremont Bridge, From Below
Fremont Below

The Red Standout
Fire Red

The Urban Rain
Urban Rain

The Industrial Fremont Bridge
Fremont Bridge

Thanks for swinging by! Hope you enjoyed the view.

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Bacon. Croissant. Dressing.

Those three words equal extreme deliciousness.

Now that I’ve recovered from my turkey-malaise and my food coma, I wanted to share a recipe that I devised for this year. I was talking to a friend not to long ago and we were wondering what you could do to spice up the dressing or stuffing that goes with your turkey dinner. So we devised an idea.

Bacon. Croissant. Dressing.

While I know there’s a technical difference between dressing and stuffing but I don’t think it’s safe to stuff anything edible in the bird, so I make dressing.

Here’s the ingredients:

Ingredients for Stuffing:
1/2 cup of green onions, chopped
3-4 strips of bacon, chopped
1 cup Granny Smith Apple, chopped
1/2 teaspoon of dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon of dried rosemary
2 tablespoons of dried parsley flakes
2 cups of soft croissants, chopped
1 egg
1/3 cup of milk
Salt and pepper, to taste

…and here’s what you do.

Fry your bacon to just passed “cooked” stage, some people like crispy bacon, but I was afraid of it burning. I used pepper bacon, but you can use any type of bacon that you like. Once your bacon is cooked, drain and chop it into small sized pieces.

Dice your green onion, granny smith apples, and chop your croissants into bite-sized pieces.

Combine your green onions, bacon, apples, thyme, rosemary, parsley, and croissants in a large bowl.

Mix the milk and egg, beat until combined, toss with dry ingredients.

Put everything in an oven-safe casserole pan, bake 45 minutes at 350 degrees (or until everything is heated to 170+ degrees.)

Enjoy!

Bacon Croissant Stuffing

Be Thankful; I Am.

I could write something super sentimental but I thought there’s a much better way to tell you what I’ve been thankful this year. Since I like to take pictures of just about everything, I thought I’d show you.

Some Sports Firsts:

Safeco Field, Seattle, Washington, Mariners

I’ve been fortunate to attend two major sports events this year. My hometown teams, (don’t hate, I grew up in Seattle,) the Seattle Mariners, and the Seattle Seahawks games were exciting, while the Mariners lost, the Seattle Seahawks celebrated their first win of the season in a total nail biter. The stadium in Seattle is billed as one of the loudest in the National Football League. You can hear what that’s like here.

Centurylink Field Seattle Washington Seahawks

Having Enough To Eat:

I love to cook. I’ve showcased some of that here on my blog. I am fortunate and thankful that I’ve been able to provide for myself this year. There are so many people out there who cannot.

Some things I have enjoyed this year:

A balanced meal:
mmmm.  @sarahmsalter

A double-bacon heart attack: (It’s delicious!)
Humdingers Hamburgers on Barbur blvd, portland oregon

People:
To my 22 regularly subscribed readers. Thank you. Most of this what comes forth from my head is just what shakes out when I’m thinking, but you all stick with me, through the rants, through the raves and through all this. Thank you, thank you, thank you. We’re a small but determined group.

Below you’ll see some more photos of things I’ve seen this year:

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Books I want to read…

I was reading through my RSS reader and found this: 100 Notable Books of 2011

Having perused their list, I now have a reading list for 2012, and thanks to my public library (www.multcolib.org) I have them on order. Now I just have to wait to get them.

And then read them during one of my busiest school terms ever.

11/22/63
The Buddha in The Attic
Come On All You Ghosts
The Grief of Others
Lost Memory of Skin
The Sense of An Ending
Ten Thousand Saints
This Beautiful Life
Thinking, Fast and Slow
A Train in Winter: An Extraordinary Story of Women, Friendship, and Resistance in Occupied France

I’m not an affiliate of anyone. So if you click the links and buy something, great, I don’t get anything out of it. Enjoy. 🙂

Are You There? It’s Me, Schnik.

I.
Love.
Twitter.

There, I’ve said it. I love the instant-communicative nature of webchat. I love that I can pose a question to a news anchor, while they’re on air, and they’ll respond to me during the commercial, or sometimes, when they’re not on camera. That’s instant power. There’s something about that connection that just brings so much value, it says, “you’re important.”

So many brands, companies, and celebrities are on Twitter nowadays, I connect with very few of them. Often, this is how my interaction works with brands:

@Brandx: “We’re hard at work creating new and exciting things for you”

@Schnik: @Brandx Ooh! That sounds exciting, I can’t wait to try them out.



@Brandx: Wait until you’ve seen what we’re doing!

@Schnik: @Brandx How about a sneak preview?



…nothing

You’ve lost me. I’m no longer following you, I may still use your product, but I’m not going to promote it. As a business, that’s a missed opportunity for you.

All it takes, one little thing, is for you to engage me. Just say “Hi.” In the above scenario, it could have been “Hey Schnik, we’re so hard at work, that we haven’t been able to take any pictures. Thanks for the interest.”

I would have been pacified and still intrigued. What I’m really saying is this, we all know that Twitter is a tool for communicating, but if you’re not responding to your customers, especially when they’re reaching out to you, you’re telling them they are not important to you. And at best, they won’t speak about your company, but at worst, they’ll go to your competitor, who does respond.

Charting Course

Or conversely, changing direction?

Recently I posted a plea for advice as I was in a place where I had to make a decision, whether to subject myself to more schooling or to take my marbles and run.

I choose to subject myself to more torture; however, this means that I have to change majors again, and refocus my efforts, it also means, sadly, the term I am in, as far as college credits are concerned, is for naught. None of the classes apply to the transfer degree, but I do have to figure out which will actually apply to a four-year institution.

boom?

As for deciding which degree I actually pursue, I’m still not entirely certain. There is some definite pull towards communication or public relations. I guess I don’t have to decide yet. I just need to know I’m working towards something. No safety net, just close your eyes and leap.

Sometimes that’s the best you can do.

Music: Never Let Me Go

I realized it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything musical on my blog. Which is a good thing since I’ve become totally enamored with the new Florence + the Machine album Ceremonials. There is so many good songs on this album, but I currently have this song: Never Let Me Go – on repeat. Some deep lyrics here. Enjoy.

Crashing a light on the sea,
Reflections still look the same to me,
As if though I did one day.

And it’s peaceful in the deep,
Feed you where you can not breathe,
No need to pray, no need to say ‘now I am under’.

And it’s breaking over me,
A thousand miles onto the sea bed,
I found the place to rest my head.

Never let me go, never let me go.
Never let me go, never let me go.

And the arms of the ocean are carrying me,
And all this devotion was rushing over me,
And the question to heaven, for a sinner like me,
But the arms of the ocean delivered me.

Though, the pressure’s hard to take,
It’s the only way I can escape,
It seems a heavy choice to make,
Now I am under.

And it’s breaking over me,
A thousand miles onto the sea bed,
I found the place to rest my head.

Never let me go, never let me go.
Never let me go, never let me go.

And the arms of the ocean are carrying me,
And all this devotion was rushing over me,
And the question to heaven, for a sinner like me,
But the arms of the ocean delivered me.

And it’s over,
And I’m goin’ under,
But I’m not givin’ up!
I’m just givin’ in.

AWoooah!

Slipping underneath.

AWoooah!

So cold, but so sweet.

In the arms of the ocean, so sweet and so cold,
And all this devotion, well, I never knew went on,
And the question to heaven, for a sinner released,
But the arms of the ocean delivered me.

Never let me go, never let me go.
Never let me go, never let me go.

Delivered me.

Never let me go, never let me go.
Never let me go, never let me go.

Delivered me.

Never let me go, never let me go.
Never let me go, never let me go.

Never let me go, never let me go.
Never let me go, never let me go.

And it’s over,
And I’m goin’ under,
But I’m not givin’ up!
I’m just givin’ in.

AWoooah,

Slipping underneath.

AWoooah,

So cold, but so sweet