17 June 2013
Two friends and I drove out to Jones Family Farm in Connecticut over the weekend to appease our strawberry appetite before the season ends. When we were in the fields, we started joking about the proper word to describe the experience and couldn't quite come up with something worthy enough to convey the adorable trucks that escorted us to and from the fields ("berry ferries") or the bucolic blue sky or the rolling green hills and pastures filled with delighted children and their berry-stained cheeks and fingers.
It was a good day.
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14 June 2013
High five to these five, and, happy weekend to you! Anything fun planned? I have a shoot on Saturday and a date to go strawberry picking with two girlfriends on Sunday. Today, I'm spending some quality time with my sister (and then Tiho will join us in the city for dinner). Hugs.
12 June 2013
Thought-provoking op-ed by Jonathan Safran Foer: How Not To Be Alone;
The Gift of Siblings (love you, Em);
On habit & routine: How We Spend Our Days Is How We Spend Our Lives.
P.S. I have successfully kept my houseplants alive (and thriving) for three months now. The trick? Only watering when I remember, which for me, means once every week or so.
10 June 2013
Picture the scene: Me, casually leaning up against that brick wall next to the bike, caught up in some dreamy Sunday morning moment by myself, when a gigantic great dane stops right in front of me to do his business. The owner (on his cell phone) makes a comment like "dude, my dog waited four blocks to take a dump and now he's choosing to do so in front of a lady."
Happy Monday, pals.
07 June 2013
The nicest thing happened to me the other day. Upon exiting the train, I spent several minutes internally debating whether to try and make a run for it or wait out the impending rain in the station. My umbrella had busted in the city and was subsequently abandoned in a dumpster.
I took my chances and started walking. Not two minutes later, the storm clouds exploded, and rain started falling in sheets. Cursing my bad luck, I stopped at the corner to wait for the walk signal just as a car slowed at the stoplight. The passenger window rolled down to reveal an arm offering a bright pink umbrella. The light turned to green while the woman driving shouted "Here, take mine! You need this more than I do." Momentarily stunned, I froze for a second before grabbing the gift as the car sped off. I practically skipped the entire way home, soaked and cold, but beyond delighted to have been the recipient of such a random act of kindness.
We've had tons and tons of rain these past few weeks. My new umbrella instantly puts me in a good mood, because every time I use it, I am reminded that people are good.
04 June 2013
This past weekend, after what felt like the longest wait ever, our local farmer's market opened for the season. I jumped out of bed on Saturday eager to survey the selection and fill up a couple of tote bags.
I plan on visually documenting the farmer's market throughout the summer and fall seasons. I love witnessing the transformation. So, without further ado, this week's highlights (essentially, what we've been cooking with these past few days): garlic scapes, french breakfast radishes, sorrel, and strawberries. We need to get ourselves back to the orchard, stat.
02 June 2013
I'm pretty much wearing my photographer's cap full-time through the season with the way shoots are panning out. I can't believe I launched my business almost a year ago. How has it already been a year? How has it only been a year? I'm planning a series of posts later in the summer about the journey thus far. It's been wild.
I know we still technically have a couple of weeks until the seasons officially change, but around these parts, the energy has already shifted. In fact, I hear the ice cream truck as I type. Oh happy day!
30 May 2013
It was one of my favorite shirts; soft, well-loved. But, for those same reasons, I was okay letting it go. It had a good run.
I'm not really sure why I'm waxing lyrical over watermelon and old clothing: it likely has to do with the fact that the school year ends next Wednesday and I'm experiencing all of the feelings.
I think we'll have a watermelon snack on the playground next week. It's the right thing to do when you only have a few days left with the twenty-five little humans who've been the bread & butter of your life for the past ten months.
I will miss them.
28 May 2013
Our weekend away was wonderful though: it doesn't get much better than plentiful dancing and merry-making at a wedding filled with friends (old and new) and indulgent room service enjoyed in a king-sized bed. Despite the airport annoyance (what's up with that, Delta?!), I feel refreshed and renewed after a much-need change of scenery.
Things I learned:
People in Iowa are all really, really nice.
Your hotel room will contain multiple copies of the Holy Bible and the Book of Mormon.
Chocolate-covered corn niblets are a thing.
24 May 2013
High five to these five. And happy (long) weekend to you. We're off to Iowa to attend the wedding of Tiho's best friend from college. He and his fiancée graduate from medical school today and then will be married on Sunday. Tiho has groomsman duties while I just plan on dancing my face off. And lounging around in my hotel robe. Fluffy hotel robes rank right up there in my very favorite things.