Sep 30, 2008
The Meridian Room is closing. It was absolutely one of my favorite places in Dallas.
In 2006 I sat near the back of that bar, camera in tow, and made light tracers out of the candles on the tables. Bets were made about what I could and couldn't draw with light and a camera. Click here to see all of them. (No photoshop was involved.)
In 2007 I took Daniel there for his birthday. Everyone has had at least one birthday there, right?
Just last week we ran into Dan there and had dinner. The usual: 3 cheese grilled sandwich with tomato and avocado and a side of sweet potato fries. A glass of red for me. A Guiness for the man.
The bathroom wall said, "Be Art." Which morphed at some point into "Be Fart." Which morphed again into "Beef Art."
Point is, places open and close all the time, but this one .... this one .... is a crying shame. This place was special.
The twitter world confirms our sadness.
Sep 23, 2008
Like every other child in America, starting around 5:30 Penn goes through the dinner, bath, teeth brushing and story routine.
But he gets one more thing that makes his life better than any other kid.
He gets Daniel Miller.
He gets spontaneous comedy and volleyball and dancing and "poot flying" and operas and songs written just for him on his little guitar and etc. and love. He gets a lot of love. And I'll be honest. On the nights he spends at his dad's house and we get a break from that routine....well, I miss it just a little bit.
Maybe it's just this bloody mary talking, but nothing warms my heart more than a really tall grown man sitting on a plastic Disney ball and pretending he's a chicken.
We get Daniel Miller, tonight known as "Mother Hen," and the whole freaking world is just better for it.
Sep 22, 2008
On the menu was vegetarian burritos and spanish rice with a myriad of other snacks and drinks. I've never cooked for 15 people before, but it was amazingly fun. We did it old school family style and when Penn was confused that there was an empty plate in front of him I explained he would have to say, "Please pass the ...." A phrase he used to it's full extent from the far end of the table.
We've never used every chair or dish in the house and shed before. We've never had to put the extra two leaves in the table to make it bigger.
We've never used the paddles with the bouncy ball. Penn has never had a more socially fulfilled weekend.
We've never gotten the bouncy ball stuck in a tree.
Daniel Miller has never not been able to meld and then kicked us all good by going out on his next play.
We've never been a human totem pole proving Daniel can hold up his whole family. (Photo courtesy of Kevin Marvin and his iphone.)
Thanks to Geoff, Kevin, Stormy, Pavlov and everyone else who was there but doesn't Twitter, who made our Sunday so much fun.
Click here for the photo set.
Sep 18, 2008
The world is brimming with amazing people. I meet them at work all the time. You're probably one of them. So am I. It's just how things go, if that's how you want them to go.
I would have never found the Valley House if I hadn't been sent to shoot it. This is often the case and one of the reasons my job is so important to me. Valley House and the people who run it are magic.
I was warned that there was some renovation going on that would be difficult to shoot around. Here, I'm blocking a whole slew of wheel barrels, cones and workers with this sculpture's head. Alas, my shadow is also in there.
Here are a few that won't be published with the story for obvious reasons.
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- Here's what is happening right this second.
- Here's what happened this week.
- A bit of bragging or complaining depending on how the first two topics went.
- An on-the-spot realization.
Sometimes, after you've gotten all of your "things" and reached all of your "goals" the real challenge is to just sit back and enjoy your accomplishments. Because there are no more "things" or "goals" that are going to fulfill you anymore than you are right now. What's really fulfilling is enjoying every moment that is happening to you right now. Right now is what we've all been working towards.
And then sometimes, you know, the world just decides to take a crap on you.
I am grateful for inheriting from her the gentle ability to be content with life.
My hosting auto-renewed. My domain expired and has been bought by someone else.
All that to say, www.carissabyers.com is not going to give you any photos right now. Please revert to www.carissabyers.zenfolio.com.
And please cross your fingers that the owner of my name gives me the domain back.
And please send your emails to firstname.lastname@example.org and not, email@example.com.
Sep 8, 2008
Sep 5, 2008
- And...boom -Dooce
- Attacks, praise stretch truth at GOP -AP News
- Are you experienced? Palin and Obama. A comparison. -massless.org
- Presidential campaign contributions -Chicago Tribune (my zipcode has given a total amount of 82,014.00 to Obama and 46,540.00 to McCain.)
- Is McCain Palin's Bitch? (video) -Lisa Nova
- Thanks for the Memories (video) -Campaign for America's Future
I had a lovely shoot today with Rachelle Dauphinee for Modern Luxury. I met an exciting group of women I wish lived closer and came home with this bracelet and earrings to match. Talented, smart and nice!
Her line is available at Neiman Marcus, Saks 5th Avenue, and direct.
Look for her story in an upcoming issue.
Sep 3, 2008
If you look for good things, you will see them, the same as if you are looking for all the faults, you will see every single one, every single time.
Practice turns into habit turns into life.
See well, be well.
Sep 2, 2008
My dad (Papa) came to stay with us for 9 days. We barely saw him. Thanks to his presence we had a staycation, went to dinner with friends, went to dinner with friends again, went to the studio, I worked (1, 2, 3), we wrote, and slept and went out and out and out some more.
FREE BABYSITTING JUST DOESN'T HAPPEN EVERY DAY!
So you saw a lot of us, Dallas, and just might think we're cool again.
We played rummikub and managed a family portrait. It was fun. It went by quick.
Thank you, Papa, for all of your help and hard work. We love you.
Click here for more photos.