Photoshop for iPhone Sunday, Oct 18 2009 

There is a new Photoshop app for the iPhone, and while it’s very basic, it’s an easy and fun way to make your photos look their best!

I’m surprised that it’s free — even though there are only a few tools (crop/flip/resize, color/exposure/tint, and several effects), you can do so much.

Here are a few photos that I altered:

Mimosas at Toro


Boston Skyline



NYC Skyline



Fenway Gardens



As much fun as the “I Am T-Pain” app is (hello, vocoder!), I think this is my new favorite thing to do with my iPhone!


When Times Call for Amazing Food Thursday, Oct 15 2009 

Jason had quite a day on Tuesday.  He’s really into the stock market and has been pushing $OPTT for the last few weeks.  $OPTT, or Ocean Power Technologies, is a company that is working on turning ocean waves into a source of natural energy.

Just a few weeks after investing in this stock, $OPTT did amazingly.  It grew nearly 50% within a few hours — and was the #1 stock IN THE WORLD on Tuesday.

Jason was beyond thrilled.

He decided that we should celebrate.

The two of us happen to be really, really into food.  It’s a bit of a mutual passion.  So many of our conversations are about food, we have lists of restaurants to try, and we have a million special food places (Neptune Oyster, Erbaluce and our secret place outside Boston and my mom’s kitchen are a few of them).

So if we’re celebrating anything at all, food is involved!

After deciding to go for steak, we settled on the Capital Grille on Newbury St., where neither of us had been before.

Here is our complete feast:


A fabulous wine from the “Interesting Reds” list — I can’t remember the name of it!


Oysters. We ADORE oysters.  These were ice-cold, plump and juicy — fabulous.


Prosciutto-wrapped mozzarella.


The daily special salad: with blue cheese, pears, almonds and more.


We split a porterhouse.


The other half.


Some seasonal veggies to keep the meal SLIGHTLY healthy…


And, negating that, some lobster mac and cheese.


What the hell — let’s throw a four-pound stuffed lobster on there!


Our fabulous feast…


We finished with a complimentary dessert — an OPTT chocolate espresso cake in honor of our celebration!

(Buy it.  Even now, Jason thinks it’s a smart stock to buy.)

At a Crossroads Friday, Oct 9 2009 

I need advice on what to do with this blog.

I started this blog in early 2006, and so much has changed since then.  I had no qualms about blogging anything, photos and all.

But times have changed, and in an age when the slightest online infraction can greatly affect your career, especially in this economy, I know I have to do something about this blog.

I want to have a professional Web site — (myname).com — and I’ve already created it and am hosting it myself through  I’m not sure what to do with it other than display my professional writing. I could make it a blog, or it could just be a Web site.

I also recently bought a GREAT new travel-oriented domain that I think would make a great new blog (let’s call it (awesometravel).com for now). I would blog at least 80% of the time about travel, but it could include occasional personal posts about life in Boston, politics or anything else.

But do I really want FOUR blogs?  I can barely keep up with two!

The choice is clear:  I’m at a crossroads with Kate’s Adventures.

Here are my options:

Option 1:

Keep Kate’s Adventures as is and continue to blog here occasionally.

Option 2:

Keep Kate’s Adventures but remove all photos, identifying details and some of the more scandalous entries.  In fact, possibly delete most entries.  Continue to blog here occasionally.

Option 3:

Get rid of Kate’s Adventures.  Obviously, export and save the blog to keep the memories, but have it removed from the Web.  Have redirect to one of my new sites.

That’s the big decision.

Now, here’s what I need to decide regarding (myname).com:

Option 1:

Keep a personal blog at (myname).com.  Just hold onto the domain (awesometravel).com for now.

Option 2:

Occasionally blog at (myname).com, but in a way that mirrors my professional writing.

Option 3:

Do not blog at all at (myname).com.  Just keep it as a web site with my professional information and links to my writing.

And then there’s (awesometravel).com.

I really need help.  What do you think I should do?  Any answers would be greatly appreciated!