Category Archives: Friends

An Ode to Brian

Posted by: Josh

Today is Brian’s birthday. Brian is a fancy man who happens to be taller than you. Also, he’s my friend. I won’t bore you with all the boring details of our boring exploits in high school and what have you after that, assuming we are both still alive right now, but you should know that Brian is like me, except he doesn’t like Dr. Pepper, and one time I’m pretty sure I saw him enjoy the company of a cat. The good news is that he has had a beard for longer than I have had a face, and that’s something a man can respect. And even though he now has power over the lives of college-age kids somewhere in Texas, he still finds the time to throw me crumbs from atop his ivory tower (painted up like a football field) upon which he strides with legs like circus tent poles.

To Brian, who wins at staying alive for thirty years today! Enjoy the victory my friend, because tomorrow is going to be a lot like yesterday. Mwa!

Brian looking left.

Brian looking down.

Fabulous Friday: Lemon and Raspberry’s Better Blog Content Workshop

Posted by: Maggie

Ok, so I don’t actually know if it’s fabulous or not, since it hasn’t actually happened yet, but I’m sure it will be. So I think you all should check it out!

Lemon and Raspberry is the creation of our good friend Amy of Teegan Photography fame.

It’s a site with tons of info and resources for creative small businesses. Starting today and continuing on Monday through Friday, Amy is holding a free online workshop on creating Better Blog Content for your creative small business blog.

Here’s an excerpt from Amy’s intro post up today:

But first, why are you here? Why is talking about blog content worthy of a week-long workshop?

In other words:  Who cares!?

Here’s what I think, based on almost 5 years of blogging and even more years of reading blogs…

#1 You need a blog.

#2 If you write a blog, your content is the MOST IMPORTANT thing that you offer your readers.

Not your blog design.

Not your blog sponsors.

Not your rockstar status in your industry.

There isn’t any factor more influential than the content that you post on your blog every day.

Along with the online workshop Amy is offering a workbook with additional resources, tips, information and worksheets to guide your next steps in creating better blog content. The workbook is currently $15, but the price will go up at the end of next week so you should get it now. You can purchase it over at this link HERE.

I hope you all have a chance to check it out. I know I’ll be following along next week to find out if there are things I could be doing better here at Cranky or over at Maggie Keegan Gross Photography.

Happy Friday everyone!

Summer’s Last Hurrah!
Ace Hotel, Palm Springs: Part Three

Posted by: Maggie

Sunday morning of our Palm Springs weekend we got up, showered and dressed, and headed down to have breakfast with Andrew while everyone else was still sleeping. I remember the days when we slept late, but just barely. Andrew is an early riser so he was happy to get up and have breakfast with us boring parents.

We had breakfast at the hotel’s very cute diner-style restaurant, King’s Highway.

The food was super tasty. Although, they put fennel in my hash browns, and I am just not a fennel fan.

Photos of me by Josh! (p.s. He’s getting very good, and he shoots 100% in manual mode! I’m so proud!)

Here’s my drunken “let me tell you something about something” face and accompanying pointing finger:

Although I was not drunk at the time. It was like 8 in the morning.

The best part about breakfast was in the middle of breakfast, when the hostess or manager or whatever she was, said that she had an announcement to make. She said that there were some very important people at the restaurant that morning and whenever important people are there they like to do something special for them and then..she broke out in SONG! She sang “As Time Goes By” for us all while walking around the restaurant. It was amazing!

After breakfast we went to our room to pack up and got a text from Maria, asking when we would be back because Eleanor had been a monster. We had planned on staying until after lunch, but decided that we had better just head right back to relieve poor Aunt Momo! We checked out at about 11am, said our goodbyes, and headed home.

When we picked up Eleanor, we learned that she had been a little terror. She had been cranky most of the time she was there. She kept asking to go home, would not sleep through the night, woke up repeatedly and finally slept for a long stretch from 6-10am, and then would not nap in the afternoon. We apologized profusely and took the very cranky girl home where she almost immediately passed out on the couch and slept for several hours while we unpacked and got dinner ready.

We had a wonderful and much needed little vacation. We wish we could have stayed for one more day, but we still had such a nice, relaxing trip. We were so happy to be able to do it with good friends! Love you guys! Next year Mexico!

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