27 weeks into this project (life in session series) and I can say that it has been harder than anything I have taken on before. Although I put this on hiatus for a few months I never stopped taking photos most of the time that has been the only form of journaling I’ve done. There’s also Instagram too (still not on it? what are you waiting for?) I like to call that my micro blog. Even if you don’t have to time to write you can always snap a photo and upload it, and if you are a little discerning with how much and what you share, a beautiful story will unfold. I usually pick up a pen and jot notes here and there, in the back of my calendar, on my grocery list or any one of the countless journals floating around but most days its just photos. When I want to check in with myself (to see ow much things have changed .. or not) I use the Time Hop app. It gives you snapshots of things shared (depending on what services you link up … instagram, foursquare, twitter etc.
… one year, two years, three years ago. When I look at Time Hop today I am reminded how life can change on a dime. One minute, completely unaware of the gift of life, snapping photos in a parking lot, hours later the inside of the ER. July 8th, a Sunday afternoon we will never forget but I wonder, how many years will it take before we can talk about this like its a distant memory, devoid of pain and sorrow deep within. Today I focus on how far she has come from that day.
Last week I felt so melancholy, I don’t know if it was the weather, waning hormones, lack of caffeine or what. Morning clouds seemed to linger far too long (we call it June gloom). The feeling of change was palpable and energizing, but there was something else going on too, a close friend was losing her dad and it was hard to remain focused on the fluff. She shares about the same age gap that my husband and my daughter have. It made me think long and hard about the kind of father/daughter relationship they have, he was almost 49 when Ava arrived. We have absolutely zero regrets about this. We have right now and that’s what we focus on.
Monday was moving day at our office. Goodbye floor to ceiling windowless gray.
As seen on my walk to new neighbors, Hautecakescaffe and home to my favorite chicken salad sandwich. I’m glad I’m here to.
Loved getting updates from my sister, check out Lily in her gait trainer! We sent Super A down for a little cousin time while I moved offices.
Long days end with cold beer.
Still working our way through a whole King Salmon I bought last month. Also discovered Bon Appetit’s Creamed Swiss Chard with Lemon Breadcrumbs! Whoooooeeeeee!
Headed back to the office to buy fireworks and show my kids the new office. This is Mendocino Farms an new artisanal sandwich place and slow food movement supporter that just opened. They even have a salad named after my favorite goat dairy farm (Drake Family) fell in love with this stuff after meeting Dan at my local Whole Foods. I highly recommend trying the grilled ham and gruyere = heaven.
We bought a handful of fireworks because I wanted that icon ‘sparkler’ photo you know the one where the girl hold a single lit sparkler against the nice soft blur of a patriotic themed background. We later discovered these we more like handheld disasters of exploding embers. No photo stock here.
Let’s move on to cakes, did I mention I work one floor above a bakery AND a coffeehouse? I am in t-r-o-u-b-l-e people.
I blogged a tiny piece about coming up for air the overrated idea that being so incredibly busy is a good thing. I wanted you to know that I had not forgotten about this space and to tell you that I’m still here and my photography has taken a front seat (new prints up on square marketplace).
Because we love baseball and we never plan anything more than 2 days in advance, we ended up sucking it up and buying 4 prime seats at Friday’s Angel game. The sun was hot and the beer was cold. I enjoyed my annual hot dog. Couldn’t have asked for a nicer night complete with Trout walk off home run! I’m telling you we are getting excited about post season already. Fireworks were over the top and we all felt like we actually DID something to celebrate our independence. It doesn’t get more American than that.
Over the weekend I holed myself up inside this house and tried to chip away at piles. we spent a lot of time making pancakes and general goofing off which drives this one nuts, she does not sit still for long.
I inherited an IKEA Expedit from the office move, I have wanted one since I first laid eyes on Nicole’s office on Making It Lovely years ago. She still has hers and now I have mine.
Bonus it doubles as a cat condo.
I’m back at it y’all!
Oh, and did you notice the new theme? I made it one year without changing, that has to be a new record.