Umayri Photo Contest

Since I can’t be everywhere and shouldn’t be the only one having fun photographing life with the Tall al-‘Umayri crew, I hold a seasonal photo contest with ice cream as the prize!

Participants can compete in four categories: archaeological, camp life, portraits, and landscapes. Since everyone submitted such amazing photos this year, we were able to treat all the contestants to ice cream! If you want to see the winners & runners up, head to the official ‘Umayri weekly reports to check them out!

Emotional Support in Small Businesses

At the beginning of the year, I took some time to map out my blog post schedule. In my effort to blog with more regularity, I sat down and planned what days and which topics would be published all the way through to the end of June.

When it came to this week’s post, my schedule read the vague and daunting subject of, “Emotional Support in Small Businesses.” I looked at this topic and immediately said to myself, “I do not know where to begin with this one.”

So, I texted Leonie, complained to her that I had delivered an impossible topic to myself, and lamented that I just didn’t feel like writing this one. After a bit of back and forth, I was more at ease, relieved that my friend was there to make me feel better and that she understood how tough it was.

And though she didn’t know it, she gave me my article with that one small gesture. Continue reading Emotional Support in Small Businesses

Makers in the Raw: Agnes in August

With a motto like “nature simplified,” it’s easy to see how Kourtney Branagan’s Agnes in August line of modern string art pieces draw the essence of the Albertan wild indoors. The soft wood grains of the boards, lovingly sanded and finished, are contrasted with the perfect angles of stringed peaks, making artworks that are wonderful additions to the walls of every outdoor enthusiast’s home.

Born in Red Deer, but living in Calgary since she was four, Kourtney has always enjoyed everything the outdoors had to offer. Adventures with her mom took her and her brother snowshoeing through the snowy wilderness in winter and camping throughout her summers. Continue reading Makers in the Raw: Agnes in August

Fun with Friends: Tobogganing!

Several weeks ago, we met up with our friends from The Camera Store to help Jordan out with a review of the Sony FS7 camera.

Jordan’s vision was to have a slow-mo toboggan feature in the video, which gave Stephen (my partner in crime & life) a chance for his long, luxurious blond hair to shine*. Continue reading Fun with Friends: Tobogganing!

You want me to stay up until when?

A text message yesterday from Stephen that said, “If it’s clear tonight, I think Kev and I will go stargazing. You should come, too!”

To which I responded, “Yes!”

And then night time actually rolled around and I was super tired. But I was thinking to myself, “It’s only for a few hours, no big deal.” Continue reading You want me to stay up until when?