Posts Tagged ‘happy!’

14th February
written by Steph
Last week I teased about a super awesome birthday present that I received for my 28th birthday. In truth, the new addition to our family that I'm sharing with all of you wasn't really a birthday present as such since it's something for both Tony and me and certainly wasn't purchased with only me in mind. That said, the timing of this purchase was such that we figured we might as well call it my birthday present and call it a day. So, without further ado, I introduce, the newest member to our family, the lovely and luxe Sofia!


Sofia is a 2008 Sidewalk edition Mini Cooper S convertible and she is the bee's knees. Her joining our family was the result of a rather haphazard but fortuitous jaunt to the local MINI dealership to check out the new 4-door Countrymans (which were well out of our price range!). There I spotted Sofia and begged Tony to let us test-drive her. Upon sliding into her plush interior, I immediately cooed, "Isn't Sofia beautiful?!", and our fate was pretty much sealed. I mean, once you name a car, it's hard to go back! While it was certainly hard to say goodbye to Pip, our loyal and faithful steed of the past two years, upgrading to Sofia made a lot of sense financially, and if we do say so ourselves, she is SO PRETTY it was hard to resist her charms. Now that the weather is finally starting to warm up here in Nashville, we've been enjoying having a car that lets us take the top down and our hair fly. We expect as we truly enter Spring and Summer this thrill will only increase; we really can't wait for drive-in season! But please, a moment of silence for Pip, who was awesome and my very first car. He will always have a special place in my heart and I know that whoever owns him next will have so much fun with him. [Apparently I am the kind of person who gets emotionally attached to inanimate objects. But then again, I already knew that since this IKEA commercial always made me cry. Clearly I am crazy.] YouTube Preview Image As an added bonus, we are also debuting another recent addition to our family, though this one entered our lives around Thanksgiving. Alas, the weather hasn't allowed for an appropriate photo shoot until now, so you can all finally see why Tony and I were taking a weekend motorcycle class a few months back:


This is Biba, our Genuine Buddy Italia 150cc scooter! After riding a friend's Honda Metropolitan 50cc scooter a few month's back at a group bike ride (obviously she cheated by bringing a scooter!), I was hooked by the fun and freedom of zooming about the city on two wheels. Nashville actually has a few scooter shops, and after doing some browsing, we decided Biba was the scooter for us. Biba is ideal for us because she's petite enough to accommodate my 4'11" frame, while she has the engine power that Tony required in a scooter. She is a great addition to our family, not only because she is so much fun to ride, but also because she gets great gas mileage (90mpg!). During warmer weather, Tony can easily ride her to work which will certainly help cut down our gas bills. She's also big enough that we can ride together so she'll be perfect for those spur-of-the-moment jaunts for frozen yogurt or just joyriding around town! So those are our two big purchases of late and we really couldn't be happier with either of them. We've compiled a little gallery of additional images for those of you who'd like to ogle our new babies some more. As you can see, they make a rather striking pair together!
24th March
written by Tony
Fare thee well, beast.

Fare thee well, beast.

Yes, we name our cars. So what? Wanna fight about it? Anyway, doesn't everyone name their car? Ahem. It was becoming apparent that getting rid of my former "dream car" was the wise move, based on its declining trade-in value, increasing miles and rather painful repair costs incurred of late. It had new tires and brakes (as well as some other things) so it seemed like the best time to get the most money for it and get into a car that is a little more responsible (in some ways, like gas and maintenance) and a little less... gigantic. I will say this: I did love Urglegrüe, quite a lot actually. She was a blast to drive and was quite possibly the poshest car I'll ever own. So we part ways with a bit of sadness, but also with some happiness, as we love our new car, so, so much. Behold: (more…)
25th February
written by Tony
The Silver is actually a little more lusterous than this and has the look of brushed titanium (it is all metal) rather than the cheap plastic this photo implies

The silver is actually a little more lusterous than this and has the look of brushed titanium (it is all metal) rather than the cheap plastic this photo implies

I’ve been looking for a suitable compact digital camera for a long time, in fact, I’ve been searching for one ever since I went digital in the first place. I have been a photographer for almost a decade now, and I love to shoot. When I finally went digital it was after a lot of research and experience with the various major brands. Four years later I’m still shooting my Canon 20D and see no reason to upgrade for a long time. The biggest drawback is the size of the camera. I love the image quality but I was immediately sick of dragging the big DSLR and its lenses around with me everywhere on the off chance that I might find something interesting to photograph. So I began a campaign to find the perfect point and shoot digital compact that compromised the least on image quality. I’ll admit that early on I was seduced by the slim, curvaceous ultra compact S9 from Nikon, a purchase I heavily regret. The image quality is abysmal and the lens is next to useless. So, as the new year broke I began to search again, in earnest. What I really wanted was something that would perform well in low light and had a good lens. This proved to be a remarkably small field of competitors. A note: I've peppered this article with some shots that I think are exemplary of unusually difficult lighting situations, and I think they give a good example of how flexible the camera is overall, as opposed to any considerations of presumed artistic merit (this is basically me saying I haven't had time to take really "artsy" shots yet, though the camera is one of the most fully featured point and shoots I have ever seen and is capable of doing really anything you want it to). Also, see the end of this article for a link to what I consider to be the best review (honest and thorough) out there concerning this camera. (more…)