Last week I attempted my first blog post from the iPhone using the wordpress app. It ended up posting three times so I just deleted the posts and was, quite frankly, unimpressed. So, here I am, giving it another shot because I’m a nice guy.
I’m sprawled out on our comfy couch listening to Coco Rosie while Coral feeds Elliott.
That’s it for now. I hope you’ve all had a glorious weekend.
Posted on 30 Jul 2011 - 1:58 pm | by jeff | Filed under: Artwork
With the gallery move last month I found some drawings that have never been framed or even displayed. They’ve just been moved from place to place for years and I would really like to find homes for this stuff.
This one is called “King’s Delight” and I drew it in February 2000. It’s 16″ x 20″ and up for auction now on my Facebook Fan Page.
I recently upgraded to OSX Lion and cried myself a river when I realized that the versions of Photoshop and Dreamweaver I had were not friends of the Lion. Apparently, Lion doesn’t play well with others. Especially when “others” are the CS2 Suite.
It’s taken me all night to download the trial version of CS5, but it’s finally up and running side by side with the Lion. I suppose it’s time for me to upgrade anyway. What I see so far in this version of photoshop I really like. By the time my free trial expires I’ll have to auction off one of the children to a labor camp or something. I don’t need piles of dirty socks in the living room, puddles of water in the bathroom and smeared toothpaste all over the sink. I need photoshop.
Posted on 26 Jul 2011 - 8:58 am | by jeff | Filed under: Ask Jeff
While driving the kids to school this morning.
Me, to Evy: I’m impressed with how fast you got ready this morning.
Evy: Do you like my shirt?
Me: Yeah, I love that shirt.
Even though I said I loved her shirt she was still compelled to describe it to me: It says “I’m the peanut butter to your jelly” and they’re giving each other a high five.
(It’s a pink shirt with a drawing of two slices of bread high-fiving each other. And yes, one slice is covered in peanut butter and the other with jelly.)
Me: That’s how I feel about Mom.
Evy: That’s how I feel about a boy at school.
Whoaaaa…really? What’s his name?
Herb. He might feel the same, but he thinks I’m mad at him.
(Honestly, I forgot the little dude’s name, but Herb seems fitting because I said so.)
Why would he think that you’re mad at him?
Well, he shot a rubber band and it hit me in the head.
So, are you mad at him for that?
It wasn’t fun, but I’m not mad at him.
I think you should shoot a rubber band at him. Then you tell him, “Now we’re even.”
So, it’s official. Love when you’re nine is pretty much the same as when you’re an adult. Except that “shooting a rubber band at my head” turns into “called me a slut then roofied my best friend and had sex with her in the back of his Honda Civic.” Either way, I’m here for you and happy to offer top notch guidance. If any of you readers have problems with the boys or girls of your fancy shooting rubber bands at your head, stealing your tater tots, cutting in line in front of you at the cafeteria or beaning you in the face with a dodge ball at recess you let me know. I’ll tell you what to do.
Posted on 23 Jul 2011 - 8:02 pm | by jeff | Filed under: Artwork
It’s auction time again! Please check out the above video to get a good look at the bracelets.
Bidding will be done on my facebook fan page. If you’d like to bid on any of these you can click on the photo below of the bracelet you like. If that doesn’t work it’s probably because you haven’t “liked” my page. To do so, simply click the “like” button at www.facebook.com/theclaassengallery.
Posted on 23 Jul 2011 - 1:13 pm | by jeff | Filed under: Family
He came into this world ceremoniously screaming. For reals, this kid could not wait any longer to come out.
Not surprisingly, he decided to exit the womb at 2:06am on the morning of July 6, 2011. I’ve been a night owl my whole life and I’m happy to see that my son is as well.
He calmed down once he was burrito wrapped in a blankie.
Love has been showered over his entire being from the moment we knew he had taken up residence in Coral’s belly. Now that he’s out we get to cuddle him and cuddle and cuddle him. Elliott’s big brother and sister just want to eat him up.
Evelyn, a little more so than James, but what else would you expect from a nine year old little lady.
Coral was stuck in the hospital for three nights because Elliott was pulled out of her belly. You know, as opposed to coming out of that other area. Unfortunately, his first days of life were spent as if he were on house arrest. I mean, check out that ankle monitor!
As it turns out, the hospital takes baby snatching very seriously. If a vicious villain attempted to kidnap our newborn an alarm would sound and thirty-two Oompa Loompa’s would jump out of a broom closet and pelt the perpetrator with frozen Wonka Bars.
As much as I love Elliott it would have been worth a kidnap attempt to witness this.
When we finally had the pleasure of taking Elliott home he had no trouble acting like he owned the place. Much smaller than an Oompa Loompa, he still managed to take over our bed.
Being that he’s so deliciously cute, we don’t mind too much. We weren’t even upset when he peed all over our fancy sheets. It wasn’t long before Elliott needed a bath. As you can see he was incredibly thrilled at bath time.
After bath time, and being wrapped up all cozy like in his terry cloth hoodie towel, he was singing a different tune.
That is probably Coral’s favorite photo of Elliott so far.
We spend most of our mornings staring googly-eyed at Elliott. This is a rare moment in which none of us are still in our jammies.
One day I walked in and saw that Coral had constructed a little nest for the boy.
The proud happy mama photo.
And the cool laid back daddy photo.
And our Precious Prince kicking back and relaxing on a beautiful sunny morning.
Oh my, I have photos from May that I haven’t added to the blog. With the gallery move and the birth of our precious little prince, Elliott Dahl Claassen, I just haven’t had time. Well, duh!
I’ve been scrolling through photos trying to decide what to write about…evy outfits, hanging out with the fam, Coral in the hospital, packing up and moving the gallery to a new space, photos of my pack rat behavior (i found stuff during the move that i’ve been holding onto for years for no good reason), setting up the new gallery space, oodles of cute Elliott photos, etc.
At the time I took the photos that would accompany these would be posts it all seemed like a good idea. Now, some of it’s just old news.
So, for now, I give you this. A circus photo from July 3, 2011.
The Facebook app is pretty easy to navigate for personal use. For those of us that created a Facebook Page for our business you might have had trouble with a few things. If you’re like me there’s a good chance you asked yourself, “How can I add a photo to my Facebook Page?” It seemed like the only thing possible was to add a photo to your personal page and hope that members of your business page also followed your personal page. Ahh, but what then would be the point of having a business page. One loophole I found was that you could upload a photo to Flickr using the Flickr app and then post a link to it on the wall of your business page. The problem there is that it doesn’t show up in any of your Facebook photo albums and the picture will get buried with each new wall post.
Well, I finally clicked around enough to find out how to add photos to my business page. It’s pretty easy and I’m surprised it took me this long to figure it out.
First, open the Facebook app.
Tap in the “search” bar and click on the “pages” tab.
Type the name of your page. In my case it’s “The Claassen Gallery“. Choose your page when you see it show up in the drop down menu.
Now you should be on your business page. Tap the “Share Photo” option on the left side. This is the part I can’t believe I missed before.
Pick your option. I went with “Choose From Library” because I tend to take photos of stuff before I open the app.
Choose your album.
Choose the photo you’d like on your Facebook Page.
Tap the “write a caption” option.
I highly suggest leaving a caption for all photos you put online.
Now check the spelling on your caption and tap that fancy “upload” button.
And there you go! The photo will post on the wall of your business/fan page and will also be added to the “Wall Photos” album of your page.
When you’re back on a your regular computer or on the desktop version of Facebook you can edit your photo album and move your recent “wall photo” to a more appropriate album. In my case, when I get a chance I’ll have to move this photo over to the “Art Supplies” album, but for now at least it’s on my page.