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2012: The Year in Instagram (Q4)

by Jamie Sanford on December 30, 2012

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October

Spent some time drafting pattern descriptions.

New kicks!

We are in the storage unit, again.

Fall Tabletop Market. Lots of Flatiron photos.

Tiffany and John’s wedding.

I got this close to Martha Stewart at the MS Weddings party but she was whisked away before I managed a photo of us together.

Lost Will at the party, then found him at the bar. I really love this photo.

Me and most of the Spices at Tasha’s wedding.

Fall was falling near the end of October.

Then Hurricane Sandy came and took the power away. We were lucky enough to only have to deal with a lack of power for a few days.

I watched this tree fall from my window. We saw lots of trees downed by the storm, but again, we were lucky to have not had any flooding in our immediate area.

November

Unsurprisingly, I voted in the election for Barack Obama.

My favorite fortune of the year.

I tried to make macarons. It didn’t go well.

Perhaps my best clothing purchase of the year was this ASOS Curve owl sweater.

December

Ice wines before the Dave Matthews Band show on December 1. Unfortunately the worst setlist I’ve ever had at a DMB show.

I had a birthday outing at Suite with Jason.

This was the best birthday present.

Getting early Christmas gifts was a lot of fun. I got wonderful MAC stuff from my in-laws.

We traveled to Florida again for the holidays.

My husband and brother scattered deer corn across the pond from my parents’ house to draw in the deer. It totally worked, we saw 4 bucks while we were there.

I hung out with my favorite canine nephew, Cooper.

This amazing picture of Will was probably my most liked image on Facebook this year. That apron isn’t joking.

Went to Weeki Wachee with Mom and Will. I hadn’t seen a manatee in ages so I was really excited about this.

We went to the Sponge Docks after Weeki Wachee. Here’s my mom and I in a Christmas ball – Will is in the back.

We came home to spend the rest of the year avoiding the cold.

It’s December 30, 2012. One more post, a proper recap.

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Instagram Roundup #15

by Jamie Sanford on November 14, 2012

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Catching up on these posts. Almost ready to get back to only posting these on Wednesday.

Fall is my favorite time of year to take pictures. I snapped this outside of my office. This was before the hurricane and then the nor’easter.

We watched a baby giraffe birth live online. The giraffe mom looked confused at first, and we were worried too since the baby looked like it might not be alive.

It all turned out OK.

Fortune.

Another fall picture, before the storms.

I did black nails with coppery glitter I found at a shady beauty store. It was the stinkiest polish ever. Results were pretty though.

In a bit of foreshadowing, I found this picture of me in a scrapbook I was looking at during the power outage. I’m wearing Ye Olde garb because I was going to be on public access to talk about Heritage Park. I then met these 2 drag queens who had a public access show, and I can’t remember their names, although they start with R.

In my baby book, which I also looked at while having no power, I found Cabbage Patch Kids party hats and napkins from one of my birthday parties.

Really hoping that this happens for Ben. I still need to see Argo.

Christmas porn!

Even though I hadn’t worked for the past 6 business days, I still took my scheduled vacation day on Election Day. We went to the Tick Tock Diner for brunch.

I know this isn’t surprising to anyone.

Congratulations Mr. President!

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Feeling Good.

by Jamie Sanford on January 21, 2009

It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, indeed.

I am 29 years old. I have never been this excited about anything political, this was the first time I voted for a presidential candidate that WON (obviously not going into the Al Gore drama), and to watch him take oath and give an amazing speech, it made me feel so hopeful for our country.

I’ve already subscribed to the White House Blog.  I’m glad to see that the thorough use of the Internet will continue into this administration, I was already happy with what was being done with change.gov (now telling visitors to go straight to whitehouse.gov) after the election, President Obama clearly has smart people behind him who are putting the full power of this environment to good use.

Here’s to 4 years of success, prosperity and yes, change, for the US.

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The website won it.

by Jamie Sanford on November 5, 2008

My presidential vote for Barack Obama 2.

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Comparing the Merchandise: Obama vs. McCain

by Jamie Sanford on October 17, 2008

(NOTE 9/5/12: I’m disappointed in myself that I linked to images directly and didn’t think to upload them to the blog. I’m leaving the post here anyway because I really liked it.)

Anyone who talks to me for more than a minute could probably figure out that I will be voting for Barack Obama in a few weeks.  I’ve voted Democratic since I could vote, but I find it unfortunate that in the times I have been able to vote for president, my vote was not just about really wanting my candidate to be the president, but really wanting the other candidate NOT TO BE PRESIDENT.

Anyway, so I made a donation to Obama’s campaign today. I know how much things cost and I did my little part to help them get their message out to voters.  I didn’t give a lot, but I do believe that my little bit mixed with the little bits from others adds up and that works for me.

In August, the Boston Globe ran a story about how Obama was already outselling McCain on the streets with non-official merchandise.

So, while on BarackObama.com, I checked out the merchandise area.  Examples of the items available:

Jay Z’s Obama T-shirt.

Obama Charm!

Diane von Furstenberg Obama tote bag.

There are many more, there’s a whole “Runway to Change” section where many designers have developed items to be sold in the store.  What I like about it is that there appears to have been thought put into these items – these are things that people definitely want to purchase because they relay a message and are also fun to wear.  This ranks highly with me, whether people like it or not, marketing is important in elections, especially ones of this magnitude.  If the Obama campaign can offer 35 different t-shirts with different looks and messages, I’m sure that more people will be wearing them and getting their message across.

However, am I surprised?  Not at all when I check out JohnMcCain.com to search for merchandise.  First there’s this unfortunate-looking landing page telling us that the McCain products are being sold by for-profit companies and are not getting any money back to the campaign.  Even if the McCainians didn’t intend initially to have their own store, I would think they would see what the other side is doing and jump on it.  Either way, here is some of the available merchandise:

Palin Power magnet, complete with lipstick tube as the I.

The “country first” t-shirt.  Note that there are no shirts created in a ladies’ fit in the McCain shop,
EVEN THE PALIN POWER SHIRTS AREN’T MADE IN A LADIES’ VERSION.

Oh but they made men’s t-shirts in PINK for the women.  THANKS.

Also, here’s what’s on the home page of GOPTrunk.com.

I’m sure sales are slow, YOU DON’T HAVE COMPELLING THINGS TO PURCHASE.

Even if I was a moose-hunting Republican, I’m sure I would be able to see that McCain’s side is failing on the merchandising front.

Many people might dismiss candidate merchandise as a silly thing to focus on, but how many conversations are started by someone wearing a pin or a shirt or having a sticker on their car?  Obama’s camp sees the value in using their supporters as walking billboards, and also see that there will be many more billboards if they get to choose the message across their chest.

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