Another week down. Insane that come tomorrow it will be May. This week was pretty good. We had a lovely 3 inches of rain on Monday, which made going back to school soggy to say the least. The semester is officially over and I have two weeks off until Summer A (and my last seminar) begins. Other than that, it's business as usual in Brookline. Ready or not, bring on May!
Monday, April 30, 2012
Sunday, April 29, 2012
This morning, I was watching CBS Sunday Morning; the cover story was on the hot button issue of the amount of debt college and graduate students graduate with.
And then suddenly. I was overcome with a feeling of gratitude. Gratitude for these two amazing and loving people.
I was able to go to graduate college and will graduate Wheelock without loans. I will be able to start my life without a burden. I cannot truly express how immensely blessed I feel by my Bubbe and Zayda.
It was because of this generosity that I knew I could become a teacher. I knew I wouldn't have to worry about any loans hanging above my head.
So while I may not be in debt due to loans, I am forever in debt for the love and generosity Bubbe and Zayda gave to me. This is a a debt of love and thanks, and one that I will forever hold in my heart to help me remember them dearly.
Thursday, April 26, 2012
I am taking a chance and am going to start dipping my toes into the entrepreneur world.
Two summers ago, when I was working at camp, I took tons of pictures of all of our summer fun. I was thinking of a easy and creative way to share all the fun we had with my campers and their families and I created a DVD slideshow, complete with music and some other bells and whistles.
The parents were pretty impressed, one mother told me to ditch grad school and make a business out of this little hobby. Well, that didn't seem so practical, so I stayed in grad school, but the love and a new hobby emerged.
For Noam's first birthday I put together hundreds of pictures into an 18 minute movie of his first year, with his favorite songs and the best pics of his year. It was a hit with the family and I thought I might really be onto something. So, to help bolster my income (or lack there of at the moment) have decided to launch a small business creating slideshows for all sorts of occasions!
Here is a preview of what I can do, this is a shortened version of Noam's video (youtube won't accept all amazing 18 minutes of it).
I am still working on pricing and options, but to start out here is what I am thinking (since this is a start first clients have a chance to negotiate!)
For 50 - 100 pictures - I will start the pricing at 55 dollars (highly competitive!)For 100 to 200 pictures - I will be starting the pricing at 95 dollars (very competitive!)
For 200 or more pictures - I will be starting the pricing at 145 dollars (also very competitive!)
The prices above include:
- A high quality DVD of your slideshow, complete with DVD menu (like a movie has!)
- Transitions, panning, and Ken Burns
- Title pages and captions (if desired)
If I need to buy the songs you would like in your video, I will charge the amount it costs to buy them (again, very competitive!) I will also scan in any pictures, for an additional small fee.
There will be a charge for shipping and any additional DVDs you would like. Right now I will ship to the US and Canada, but can upload a video to youtube if you live abroad (or we can talk about shipping options for you!)
So! What does this all mean!? I am open and ready to help make your memories into wonderful movie slideshows! Please, spread the word, if your friend's child has a birthday coming up let them know, if you have a wedding coming up, think about a slideshow for your reception, if you have a bar/bat mitzvah coming up, think about a great addition to your party!!
I am working on a Facebook page, possibly an Etsy page, and maybe a blog (using this one for right now!). I am open to talking about pricing or hearing feedback since this is all just getting started!
So please, spread the word! And I can't wait to hopefully preserve your memories into wonderful long lasting and professional slideshows!!
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
So, for Thursday of my Spring Stay-cation, I had planned on just having a quiet, at home day. I had just planned to do some grocery shopping, get some more work done, putter around the apartment, etc etc. Then I woke up, checked twitter and saw that the Red Sox were hosting an "Open House" - the park was open to the public all day. For free. Yes please!
Monday, April 23, 2012
What a wonderful and relaxing week! I thoroughly enjoyed my spring vacation from teaching and school. It was so nice to just stay in Boston for this break. I enjoyed the amazing weather, finished all of my school work for this semester, and was able to enjoy some fun local events like the Marathon, walking around Downtown, and Fenway's open house! It really was a perfect stay-cation and now it's back to life!
Sunday, April 22, 2012
In the Sun:
Makes me Smile:
Friday, April 20, 2012
Les Mis stage. Fake network. Tickets.
Weird sandals. Science class. Dosa.
Thursday, April 19, 2012
I've been thoroughly enjoying my spring vacation here in Boston. I usually go out of town for school breaks, but I decided to hang around here this time and I am glad I did. It's been so nice to be lazy in my apartment in the mornings and be able to enjoy Boston in the springtime.
The swan boats were also giving rides! Perfect day for it too, they just launched for the season late last week, the weather sure has given tourists great riding weather.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Yesterday was one of the most exciting days of the year in Boston: Marathon Monday! Marathon Monday is always run on Patriot's Day, which is a state holiday and everyone comes out to watch the marathoners!
Anyway, back to the race! As I was coming back from the gym I arrived at the race course a few minutes before the wheelchair racers were supposed to arrive. It was so amazing to see these men come whizzing through. They actually broke records, the heat apparently is better for their muscles!
Congrats to all those who ran the marathon, the heat was extreme and your determination was amazing!