Things I am Anxious About Right Now Vol. 1

I am pregnant (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) with our first child… I am also an inherently anxious person. So now, I fear all of the things. Here’s what’s freaking me out this week:

  1. Zika. We have the mosquito in parts of Southern CA… and there are travelers who have contracted the virus in other countries… it’s only a matter of time! dun dun dunnn.
  2. Rubella. I found out from my OB that I’m not immune to Rubella anymore (I had the vaccine, but now I’m old and it has worn off). Every coughing stranger looks like an undead zombie to me now. Especially children (ARE YOUR PARENTS ANTI VAXXERS?? TELL ME THE TRUTH).
  3. My Saturday night plans. My husband and I are going with one of his friends to a concert at the Hollywood Bowl. Which is great! Except nothing is planned, and I hate hate hate the crush of people exiting the Bowl, and the insane traffic leaving…
  4. My Sunday morning plans. We also have brunch with my husband’s family on Sunday morning… but brunch is tricky because (A) the restaurant they want to go to gets crazy busy (B) I’m not sure if they’ve made a reservation (C) my husband won’t let me make a reservation for them (D) I hate being hungry and waiting an hour for a table…using up all of my small-talk topics before we sit down.

Don’t you want to take me places and be friends? Maybe this is why I never have any plans….

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Photography 101: Warmth & light

I LOVE playing with light in my pictures… specifically, I love love love how the sunlight looks when I shoot directly into it… the slivers and dappled flares make me SO happy!

Sequoia flare

Big Sur flare

Joshua Tree sunrise 

Carmel sunset

  

backyard goldenhour with grape hyacinths 

Photo 101: Natural World

I LOVE nature. I always have. Going into nature, or bringing nature in, has an immediate effect on me on a deep level. It is simultaneously calming, energizing, inspiring and soothing.

Connecting to nature- either by going out into it (going for a walk around the block, getting my hands dirty in the garden, hiking in the foothills) or bringing it in (arranging fresh flowers in our living room, harvesting ripe tomatoes from the garden)- brings me immediate joy.

 

friendly blue damselfish in the Cook Islands

 

Big Sur (Pfeiffer state park)

 

I LOVE ranunculus 

 

 

summer farmers market haul!

Sunday stroll in the foothills

 

Photography 101: Big

Last July, my husband and I went to Sequoia to celebrate our 1- year wedding anniversary. To say that the trees there are “big” is an understatement… Towering, majestic, overwhelming, breathtaking, awe-inspiring, and otherworldly are more fitting adjectives.img_3027-1

Photography 101: Solitude 

I’ve always enjoyed solitude… I’m an extroverted introvert, so while I LOVE spending time with people I enjoy, I crave spacious quiet periodically. I suppose it’s not quite solitude, because I’m never actually alone- I have two rambunctious pups to keep me company, an endless stream of crafty “to-dos” and a full garden that always requires love and attention. I’m often alone, but rarely lonely.

making cards (actually, just procrastinating writing thank-you notes)


flying saucer squash!

  

pups keeping me company while I attempt to knit

Photography 101: Bliss

 I think the secret to a happy life is finding pockets of bliss hidden in the banal… It sounds cliche (“finding joy in the little things” is not exactly original), but I’ll be damned if it’s not effective. Here are some of my favorite, boring, everyday little snippets of bliss.

clean dishes: ultimate bliss

  

baby tomatoes & private rainbows

  

homemade chicken & waffles (and a very convincing furry face)

  

sunset hike in sequoia

  

backyard hammock living

 

Photography 101: Bliss

 I think the secret to a happy life is finding pockets of bliss hidden in the banal… It sounds cliche (“finding joy in the little things” is not exactly original), but I’ll be damned if it’s not effective. Here are some of my favorite, boring, everyday little snippets of bliss.

clean dishes: ultimate bliss

  

baby tomatoes & private rainbows

  

homemade chicken & waffles (and a very convincing furry face)

  

sunset hike in sequoia

  

backyard hammock living

 

Photography 101: Water

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Rarotonga

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Aitutaki

More honeymoon pictures! (is it cheating?)

Water… by far the most incredible thing about the Cook Islands was the crystal clear, strikingly blue water. With just a mask and snorkel we would spend hours exploring… Our days were essentially long snorkel excursions, punctuated by meals and naps. As southern CA natives, we’re used to snorkeling in frigid, choppy waters, surrounded by towering kelp forests. Suffice to say, we miss our Cook Island beaches.

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Hello, fishy friend!

Photography 101: Street Scene

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I took this picture several years ago, in Rarotonga (Cook Islands), for our honeymoon. This particular morning I was suffering from some serious jet lag, as well as some serious tsunami nightmares, so I decided to get up and go for a jog. The main road around the island was full of potholes, which made for some bumpy bus rides, but gorgeous pictures!

Too many tabs

I ALWAYS have too many tabs open. Always. I currently have 18 tabs on this browser, and that’s not even shocking.

I view browser tabs as little post-it notes…If there’s an interesting article that I intend to read, or reread, but I don’t have the brain space at the moment, I’ll create a new tab and leave it open until I have a moment.

Typically my tabs are just silly buzzfeeds, long New Yorker articles that I intend to finish (someday), or recipe link-roundups (that I inevitably never reference), but I just found this gem buried away in my sea of open tabs and I’m so glad I left that tab open!

(It’s worth noting that pocket has helped cut down on my excessive tab usage!)