Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Bob Said It Beautifully

On Tuesdays

On Tuedays I work for an organization called Ayuda. I was there today and ran late to school to drive Maia to her ballet class and while awaiting for her now, I still have a good feeling about my job today.

From 9 am to 3 pm, I did some filing of old print photographs. They were in a box and covered pretty much Ayuda's years from 1973 until today. There's almost nothing in the whole wide world I would rather do than file old photos! No kidding. It is so much FUN, and you cannot help feeling a bit sad at the same time.

Time. It flies. And we try to do all the good we can when it's our turn. Then others come and take their turn.
Today, as President Obama announced his new plan, immigration issues are ever so more topical.
And they've been that for a while as you can see...

This photo from Ayuda's files and Facebook page is from 1995, when the office was still located in Adams Morgan. Ayuda offered low-cost legal counselling on Mondays and Thursdays. Many were interested...

This is a recent photo of Ayuda's front door on it's Facebook page
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to show your support.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Dream a Little...

It's funny, isn't it, that after a while you often realize that your so-called dreams have come true. The things you wished would happen to you, do happen. The things you wish you could purchase, somehow come to you. The decoration tips you see on Pinterest, somehow just materialize...

This has happened to me so many times. Looking back even now... See the picture on the LEFT (from Pinterest) was my dream and the picture on the RIGHT is actual reality. Not bad, uh?

That's why they say it's worthwhile keeping a scrapbook, diary, Pinterest page or simply collect pictures that talk to you. They appeal - for a reason or another - to your sub-concious (or something, eh) and become a self-fulfilling prophecy. That's what I believe, too. Amen.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Maia's Sleep-Over

Where do all these weekends come from?! This week has gone by superfast. A lot of good stuff has happened: workwise and wireless-connection-finally-in-my-home-wise. Also some setbacks: my flu is back AND it is so cold in our apartment that we spend all our time in our only bedroom, where the radiator actually works, and only go to the living room, kitchen or bathroom when we absolutely need to.

And when I say we, it includes Luis, Maia, Pinky and myself. In a tiny bedroom filled from wall to wall with our three beds (mine is actually just a mattress) but well. Soon enough it will be warm again. Here's some pics of Maia's Birthday Sleep-Over last Saturday. She had one party like this in our old house, too.


Thursday, January 24, 2013

Best Shot

I must say - sorry, this is still about the inauguration - I was so frustrated with my camera at this event. The zoom just wasn't enough, nothing was. I decided that I urgently need to upgrade.

I've been using pocket cams for over two years now, and managed quite okay even professionally (as there are some very decent pockies...) BUT I think it's time to move on. More about this later, when I eventually get my act together, ok?

Well, the horizon isn't quite in line and the photo is shaky but subject-wise I think this was one of my best shots that day. Some of the limitations of the photo were due to my camera being so pockie. This is zoomed heavily and you see the result. (The cam I've been using lately is a Nikon Coolpix AW100) 

Party of Americana

The Inauguration Day was also a BIG display of my so beloved americana. See for yourself!


O-Ba-Ma!! O-Ba-Ma!!

We were there, well of course, because. I am a political junkie and my kids can't help being affected. (Luis knew more Finnish government members by name than most adult Finns by age 3), we have had important guests in our house and my kids think Michelle Obama actually sent me the Christmas wishes we have glued on our fridge door... And we were there early.

My plan was to have a complete reportage of the experience on my Facebook page, but in the crowds it was impossible to get a signal and then the battery of my iPhone died. I managed to send a picture of us in the middle of everything to all my family in Finland, Sweden and Belgium :)

The Inauguration Day of the 44th President of the United States of America:
For me this was as close you get the President of the United States, and as close as you get the "normal people" of the United States of America. God bless them both!

We arrived to the Washington Monument at around 7 am.

 The sun went up when we reached the White House.

Some had woken up earlier than us!!!
This was how it was at the Mall around 8 am. Five hours before the President was to appear!!

It was a looooong wait. But people were so kind to us! They asked where we were from and offered us "toe warmers" and "hand warmers"... Little did they know, we were wearing our woollen socks, of course!!

When you shake this baggy, it gets hot. A totally new product to us...
Someone also let Luis stand on his stool as the whole thing started, so he could see better.
This bag contained three phones, three cameras, some writing equipments, ID and cash.
We had snacks in a separate bag that we got rid of as we ate them all...

The enthusiasm was there as the President delivered his speech.

Isn't this somehow so heartwarming :))
It must have been the safest spot to be on at that particular moment in the whole world.

"I wanna see my President!"

This is how close we got.
Back at the White House on our way back.

There we actually did get a bit closer to him...


We could! I'm so proud of my kiddies!
We walked back home along the 18th Street.
What an incredible adventure! We'll remember this for the rest of our lives.