Fonts are the Clothes Words Wear

Monday, July 28, 2008

"But type is about more than just making things look pretty on a page. It's about making it so the meaning of the word comes through."

Thanks for sending that over, Dave.

A bag of joy!

Yesterday, I was napping with Sofia before Gonzo was going to be home and then we'd have to rush off to Oshawa (especially since I couldn't sleep due to overwhelming excitement the night before until 3:30am), and he tapped me on the shoulder waking me with great shock (I get this from my mother). He proceeded to tell me about what he scored that day:

  • The Dark Knight soundtrack
  • The Wall-E soundtrack
  • X-Files Season 1 DVD
  • X-Files Season 2 DVD
  • "Where the Light Is" John Mayer live in Los Angeles

    What happened was his friend Charles from work, on his day off, arrived at work and told Gonzo about how his friend's store was closing down and was selling everything off: $10 for whatever you could fit in their tiny bag. So Gonzo and Charles loaded a couple of clients into the company van and headed out for a little excursion. Gonzo filled his bag to bursting-point and came home with those goodies.

    Yay for deals!
    Boo to stores closing down though...

  • L'Internet

    Sunday, July 27, 2008

    Some internet-y updates:

    Just added my twitter updates to feed to my blog. [See there on the right]. When I joined Twitter a few months ago, I really didn't see a point in it. Now that I've added it to my blog, I suddenly feel a little more excited about it. But really, it's just another internet time-waster. Hooray. Oh, and the fact that Simone added me made me look at taking twitter seriously again. Still, I only have five followers, and six that I am following. Probably will be more exciting when I have updates to actually read.

    I have also updated the blogs I read. I only listed the ones that are updated more regularly, but I do read a whole pile of them. It's quite ridiculous. But, I must admit I love blogs. I guess it's the whole different perspectives on life that I enjoy, and since I type better than I talk, I like reading better than...listening...? (Now that I've typed that, it looks bad. I DO like listening to you, I just don't comprehend always, I guess...? Ugh. I dunno. Now I'm arguing with myself.)

    My High School Reunion

    Friday, July 25, 2008

    It's funny how feelings from your childhood years can carry on quite strongly into your adult life.

    I just went to my 10 year high school reunion. Wow, did it ever arrive quickly. 10 years? Danny Floh Back organized it, but I'm not sure who else helped. Everyone I saw looked pretty much the same. I was so glad that I went. I almost didn't. When I first got the invitation from a classmate I was totally into it. But as the days passed and I got thinking about it, I started dreading it and I wasn't sure why. I eventually figured out that I was hoping not to see the people who made me feel awful in high school at this reunion. I sucked it up and went to the reunion anyway because my friend Beka, who is now goes to the same church as some of my high school friends (crazy small world) told me that some of my friends were going to be there. I was like, Oh yeah... there will be people there that I DO want to see. How sad is it that people who I was hoping to avoid almost dictated my decision!

    One person I talked with told me about how she also had hoped that certain someones weren't going to be there. And it was apparent that the way she was treated when were all younger wasn't too nice. She commented that the arts school that we grew up in together just bred mean people. I guess when you're put out there as a performer, whether it be drama, dance, music or visual arts, you're critiqued, and sometimes it just doesn't stop at your work. I think it just really impacted me that we can be so innocent about how mean we are as children but really leave lasting heaviness in other people. Innocent in the sense that we really don't know what we were doing.

    Anyway, I was so happy that I went. I caught up with Kathy Jankul, who was an incredible dancer, but ruined her ankle and couldn't dance anymore. She is now in fashion and loves it so I'm glad that she found another love. I knew her since Grade 5. I caught up with Caroline Yoon, who friggin' was involved with the designing of the Canadian Olympic team uniforms for Beijing. She is now employed at Joe Fresh designing the Yoga/Athletic line. I caught up with Heather Buchan who is now an editor at the magazine Hello Canada! I got to chat with Nalya Jessamy who is now a doctor, but I know about her life through FB. :-) It was hilarious how many people who I haven't spoken to since high school told me about how they have seen my baby photos and know about what's going on with my life through FB. I guess some people would hate that, but I think it's kinda cool otherwise I would totally not post anything on the internet.

    I picked up Sofia from my parents' house and then came home to sleep, but I just lay there too excited about seeing who I had just seen. It's nice to see who has stayed nice, or are even NICER now. I didn't even have to talk to any mean people.

    Who needs cable?

    Thursday, July 24, 2008

    They totally get each other from Kathy Jimenez on Vimeo.

    Dark Clouds

    Tuesday, July 22, 2008

    Awesome storm clouds

    Today, at around noon, I was working on the bulletin for work and I noticed that my livingroom was a bit dark. I looked outside and saw the heaviest dark clouds I have ever seen in recent memory. They were also moving kinda fast (I guess because they were so low, it seemed that way). Then a few moments later the rain really started coming down and you couldn't see anything. I was very grateful to be inside.

    Tonight, at around 9:30, Gonzo received a phone call that another family may be very sick. His fever is not coming down due to a very serious infection. He has been prescribed antibiotics. The scary thing about this is that it is a pain that he has been dealing with to various degrees for a couple of years. His doctor said it was nothing. I think that the routine tests they did yielded no results. However, now it looks pretty serious. However, worries are darkest at night. We're praying for a break in the fever and that the antibiotics will do their thing.

    Unlike the rain, we can't avoid the hard parts of life by staying inside. I can't hope to escape trouble or pain. What life serves us, we must deal with. I know it's hard to stare it in the face. But I also know that we are not alone in our struggles, "Trust in him at all times... pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge" (Psalm 62:8).


    Monday, July 21, 2008

    The bug I nearly stepped on

    Sometimes things in life can be so frustrating - but it's then that I have to stop myself and think about all the wonderful things in life that are not. Otherwise, my mind can whirl so much that I get a huge knot in my stomach.

    Anyway ... Sofia and I hung out with my dad today. My dad is head-over-heels in love with Sofia. So, I got him to feed Sofia her dinner tonight: 3 oz of formula followed by delicious pureed beef with vegetable mixed with rice cereal. He did good (but it's not like my baby is hard to feed these days - I feel like I could feed her anything!) Later, when my mom came home from work, we went back over to their place to have dinner and my dad played with her all night. He tells me, "Sometimes I think that I want to retire and just take care of Sofia all day." This is coming from the man who said he'd never retire and he already hardly takes a holiday as it is.

    Sofia is so spoiled to have her four grandparents so close to her. For most of my life I only had one grandparent around (my father's mother), and the ocean separated us. Sofia's furthest grandparents live a half hour away. It's a richness that I never got to enjoy and I'm so happy that she has it. I used to think that one day I'll live far, far away from my parents and be adventurous like them; picking up and leaving the country they were born in. Now that I have started growing my family, I want to be as close to them as long as I can.

    What every parent waits for:

    Friday, July 18, 2008

    The moment your baby can laugh.

    Sofia Laughing from Kathy Jimenez on Vimeo.

    Kaye + Brian

    Sunday, July 13, 2008

    Today, Brian and Kaye got married! They dated for like 10 years until they got engaged in January. It was a long time coming... but the right time is different for everyone and for them, now was the right time.

    It was a wonderful wedding. It was out at a winery that overlooked a lake (sorry, don't know which one, but one of the Finger Lakes in New York State). The wedding was supposed to take place outside but seriously, the rain that came down was insane. It rained and rained and rained and rained. So, they had the ceremony where the reception was and we just sat at our tables. Still worked out awesome.

    It was probably the smallest wedding I have been to of any of my cousins - which was REFRESHING. :-) You've gotta understand, my family is so big that I am meeting new members all the time. Tonight I sat across my father's cousin's daughter and I didn't even know it. My uncle (my dad's brother) comes over and starts talking to her, "Were you born here or in the Philippines... oh, then you don't know me... Your mother and I are cousins." I am like, WHAT IS GOING ON HERE? I turn to her and say, "Oh, so I guess we're related too!" Then for the rest of the night we were introducing each other to family members we didn't know. Just so you can imagine what the scale is like: her mother has 7 sisters and 2 brothers. My father had 5 brothers and 3 sisters. But don't ask me how many children my great grandparents had, 'cause I haven't a clue. Gonzo says tonight, "Your family is officially too big." The thing is he already had said that - the last time was when we went to a wedding we were invited to and we didn't know whether we were related to the bride or the groom...

    So, back to the wedding. It was lovely. Both Kaye and Brian have some really great friends which really showed when they were giving teary-eyed tributes and toasts. My slideshow came off well... Brian's mother went walking around asking, "Where's Kathy? Are you Kathy?" and then finally found me to tell me how much she enjoyed it and requested a copy. Well, that just makes me smile. AND the twitch in my eye and cheek are gone.

    I love weddings. I am looking forward to getting know Kaye's husband better and seeing their new life unfold.

    7 months

    Saturday, July 12, 2008

    200 / Saturday, June 28

    I'm a little late with the monthly update, but here goes. My baby is now seven months old. I have been a mother a whole seven months! I have recently started to work a little more at my "official" work, and some other side stuff has come my way (don't worry Canadian government - it's unpaid!) - wedding invitations, wedding slideshows, VBS promo, etc. I feel very guilty working while Sofia plays by herself on the floor. Makes me work even faster than I thought possible.

    So, what is up with Sofia now?

  • Sofia actually prefers solids rather than milk now. Sometimes it's frustrating to try to breastfeed her 'cause she'll actually push me away and try to sit up. Which results in the next one...

  • I am weaning Sofia. I figured it was time. I didn't want her to get dehydrated - especially over these summer months. And if I can monitor her fluid intake through seeing how much she drinks from the bottle so be it.

  • Sofia can sit on her own now. She's getting better at it all the time. I think sometimes it's motivated by the unfortunate bumps to the head when she falls over.

  • She bounces like crazy when she is held standing. Everyone tells me I should get a Jolly Jumper, but if I did, she'd just hit her head on the door posts... since that would be the only place I could actually hang one in our place.

  • She's very vocal now. Even though she was before, sometimes she'd still be kinda quiet over the whole day. Not anymore.

  • She started eating her foot today. Don't ask me why but I've been looking forward to it since she was born.

  • Often she can put the pacifier in her mouth by herself if it has dropped out of her mouth.

  • She's eating other textures other than puree - lumpy mashed banana and slices of plum that she takes chunks out of by herself (don't worry people - I am very careful)

  • Hey Dave - we dunked Sofia in the water, at our pool, back on Monday. The first time she went down she came back up unaffected. The second time - a bit of coughing and displays of displeasure.

  • Sofia's poo is now more "adult-like". Sorry for the "too-much-information", but this is exciting to me because now there is a lot less risk for the Sofia Favourite "Poo Up the Back"

  • Sofia sleeps until 7 or 8am now. Which means for some reason Mom goes to bed later. Why can't I just go to bed the same time and reap the benefits? I am still tired!

  • Sofia has fallen off high places. Up until now, we've been pretty good, but now she's getting so mobile. (However, this doesn't mean that she crawls yet. Just a heck of a lot of rolling around.) The first one was off our bed early in the morning. I bring her into our bed after our earliest morning feeding, and she usually wakes up before I do. She'll kick me int he face sometimes and talk to herself to pass the time until I wake, but this time she woke me with crying. I woke up and was like, "WHERE DID SHE GO?" I jumped up and crawled to the opposite side of the bed and sure enough she was there on the ground crying. I scooped her up and checked to see if she had broken anything. She was just scared. Fortunately, Gonz had used our body pillow and had left it beside the bed. She hit that first before the ground so she was fine. The second time she fell off a high place was our couch. Today. Gonzo doesn't know yet. You are privileged my dear internet reader.

    I am sure there are few more things I could report here, but she's just growing up so fast I can't keep track of it all. And also, I should go to sleep. It's 1:30!

  • Slideshow(s) done!

    Thursday, July 10, 2008

    Today, I finished my cousin Kaye's slideshow for her wedding. Her wedding is this Sunday. I am even a couple of days early. :-)

    I am super happy with the way her slideshow turned out. I will show you all soon. I finished off the DVDs with labels and DVD jackets. Makes for a nice gift.

    This was the first video I've had to do while being a mother. I tell you, it is not easy. You need long stretches of time, uninterrupted, to do a video well because there are so many details. Therefore, I had to do it when my baby went to sleep at night and then I'd do as much as I could until I was too tired to continue. Probably pushed it for the last three nights... I've got a twitch in my eyelid and cheek. I figure it's just a taste of my life to come. A working mother. It's hard. But at least my baby will be more than a year old when I go back. That will be different.

    Another long night...

    Wednesday, July 09, 2008

    My cousin and her fiancé asked me to prepare a photo slideshow for their wedding. I informed them I will be making them a video slideshow. Their wedding is this weekend. Of course, as usual, I started it later than I should have. That's the only way I can be sure it'll be good - if it's birthed out of crisis. But yes, this means strings of long nights working, especially since I feel like I can concentrate only during the times when my baby is sleeping in a long stretch. Good thing she sleeps until 8 now.

    Last night was particularly bad because my motion graphics program that I use to create titling was crashing - over and over and over again. Every time I'd try to change a typeface it would crash. I thought to myself, this is a serious problem. Well, after about an hour of trying to fix it, it turned out just to be some corrupted preferences. On a mac, all you have to do is delete the preferences for that program, and open the program again. The program will regenerate that file and everything should be happy again. Fortunately, for me it was that easy. The only thing was, by that time, it was already 1am.

    Tonight was good - I got a lot more done, especially since I nailed down the titling concept that I wanted to use. All I had to do today, then, was just change the type for it, over and over again. I LOOOOOVE titling. Makes everything look extra special. I will upload a portion of the video after this weekend. It's only fair that the bride and groom get to see it first. :-)

    Bleeding together

    Monday, July 07, 2008

    Over the last week, the pace has picked up. Picked up A LOT. Suddenly I'm designing a heck of a lot - my sister-in-law's wedding invitation, my cousin's two video slideshows, weekly message PowerPoint presentations, now work has added an additional task: the weekly bulletin...

    THE COOL THING: Sofia sleeps ALL NIGHT until 8am now. I'm not sure if this is still a bit fluky, but so far so good. Couple of nights she has done this now. Solids have been going super well. A couple of days ago, I shared with her a mango I was eating. She was eying it the whole time so I decided to let her taste it. Unfortunately she bit off a huge chunk and I had to dive into her mouth to get it before she choked on it. Today, I let her gnaw on some plum and she even managed to take some bites off of it and managed okay. I realize I have to be careful that she doesn't get too big of a piece, but I do like that she's getting some experience of some new textures - not just everything pureed.

    I think that I'll be busy until next week. Everything going on is good... but I am having to get used to being busy and thinking a little faster. It's funny how my mind has slipped into a completely different mode over the last few months. It has been good for me though. I can be a little bit high-strung, but Sofia has taught me to just relax a whole lot more and just take a lot more things in stride. Now, to transfer these lessons back into the working part of my life - and to strike some balance. Balance is such an art.

    Rebekka, from Flickr

    Tuesday, July 01, 2008

    Originally uploaded by _rebekka

    Okay, there are some seriously talented people on flickr - posting photos for me to totally procrastinate all my time on. However, I have a flickr contact that is so good. And I particularly love her subjects. She is Icelandic so all that surrounds her is so different than what I am used to. All her photographs sound so quiet. You'll have to see them to know what I mean.