Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Going green

Today, I am canceling my lawn service. I can no longer in good conscience continue to treat my grass with chemicals considering the turn my life has been taking over the last few months.

I guess it actually all started with a bout of gastritis in late January that perpetuated a necessary - and much needed - wholesale change in my diet. Before then, if it wasn't a processed and pre-packaged foodstuff, I generally didn't eat much of it, and certainly not on a regular basis. But there's nothing like a little gastritis to change that though! Considering that I spent the majority of February and March being able to eat nothing but cream of rice and bland pasta, making the change to a cleaner, healthier way of eating was easy (and welcomed!) once I was able to resume a more normal diet.

One thing led to another and by April I had started a garden in earnest. (Funny, a few months before that I was just going to plant grass in that bed, and now I'm planning to turn a sizeable chunk of my backyard into raised beds for next year.) To say I've never liked yard work is an understatement of massive proportions. I still don't really like anything with the word "work" in it, but vegetable gardening has become very rewarding in a lot of ways. It's exciting when something new pops up - although a little less exciting the more and more zucchini I have to pick every day! I've so far enjoyed weeks and weeks of fresh leaf lettuce, spinach, red potatoes, Italian flat green beans, and yes zucchini, along with cucumbers I just made pickles with the other day. I've never canned anything in my life, and I feel so proud to have actually made pickles from cucumbers I grew myself! I've also been making my own yogurt, which is not only economical but fun and extremely delicious (and easy).

I've also decided to start recycling, with the goal of not needing to put my big garbage can out at the curb any more frequently than once a month. So far, I'm exceeding that by a week and probably have a good two or three weeks more before I'll need to put it out. Luckily, there is a big recycling center at the fire station in my neighborhood, so about once every couple of weeks I take my bin of paper and glass up there.

A lot of my recent turnaround has come about from reading Michael Pollan's book, Omnivore's Delimma. I won't bore you with details, but needless to say it's caused a sea change in the way I view what I eat and in the bigger picture of how that food actually gets to my plate. Last Sunday, I went on a sustainable farms tour in Yellow Springs and was delighted to see how many people came out for it in addition to learning so much about four very different farming methods, all of which are designed with the health and happiness of the earth, their animals and their customers in mind. It makes me feel really good to be traveling on this path and I look forward to getting more and more into it.

So, I won't be having a weed-free lawn for much longer, but I don't care. I never really liked having a lawn service in the first place but felt I needed to for the neighbors' sake. I've always LIKED clover, so don't be surprised if you come over and find my yard is dotted with beautiful little white flowers and buzzing with bees.

Columbus Bride Ad

It's too early for the fall edition of Columbus Bride magazine to hit the newsstands, but since the ad deadline is tomorrow and I just finished mine up, I thought I'd share. This image is from Lindsay and Andrew's May 2010 wedding at The Lakes. I love how happy they are as they come back up the aisle, and Andrew's thumbs-up seals the deal.

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Leah and David - The Blackwell at OSU wedding

A couple of really hot Saturdays ago, Andrew and I got to photograph Leah and David's wedding at The Blackwell on the OSU campus. It was a beautiful day and the festivities started early, a boon since the forecast for their outdoor wedding was for temperatures hovering around 90. And, of course, with the ever-attendant Ohio humidity.

However, I started with Leah and David and a hundred or so of their closest family and friends at Columbus Square Bowling Palace for their unconventional rehearsal dinner. As soon as they'd told me their bowling plan in our initial meeting, I was very excited. Who does a bowling party for their rehearsal dinner?? I loved it. And it turned out to be a really fantastic party. Everyone got into the bowling and it was very fun to photograph. I really enjoyed seeing everyone again the next day for the wedding - it was like we were old friends already!

We started on Saturday with photographs around the Fisher College of Business, where Leah and David met, and then by a major stroke of luck we were able to get into OSU stadium - the one and only photo request Leah absolutely wanted.

Then back to The Blackwell where everything was coordinated by the uber fabulous Blaire Blechinger, and the outdoor patio ceremony officiated by family friend DeeAnn, who became ordained just to be able to marry Leah and David.

OK, enough blabbing - let's look at some pictures.

Photo by Andrew

Photo by Andrew

Photo by Andrew

Photo by Andrew

DeeAnn wrote out all the words to the ceremony in this journal as a gift to Leah and David.

Photo by Andrew

Photo by Andrew, who caught me in the act of shooting Leah's sister shooting the cake.

And this is what I got.

Photo by Andrew

Congratulations, Leah and David!