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Into the Woods We Go.

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Just a few pictures from Tuesday’s styled shoot in the Santa Cruz mountains.  I just couldn’t resist a little sneak peek.

And just for some deets. I shot the session with my canon 5dmarkii but that last shot was shot with my polaroid rangefinder on 3000B instant film.  swoon.

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long distance

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There’s always something that triggers my erratic sleep schedule.  I struggle with maintaining normal sleep hours.  I tried to set time aside last week to “fix” what resulted from traveling every other week for two months.  I went to bed at reasonable hours at the beginning of the week, but then I just went back to sleeping during the day.  You see, there was a day that I stayed up all night editing and reading…. so late that I thought, “Oh… if I just stay up a couple more hours I can talk to Lance [who lives on the east coast] before he heads to work.”   And that’s when it all fell apart.  Pretty much since then I’ve stayed up until 5am working or reading or just being up to say good night/morning to him.  Then I proceeded to sleep until early afternoon.  Woops.  I suppose it’s a small price to pay to talk to one’s long-distance boyfriend.

Whenever anyone finds out that Lance lives in Virginia they ask how it is being in a long distance relationship.  Honestly it’s hard at times, but I don’t mind it much.  With all the traveling I do it feels like I’d be in a long distance relationship with anyone no matter where they lived.  And, thankfully, between our trips, I see more of Lance than some of my friends see their significant other.  (They see each other once every couple weeks because of their full time jobs, obligations and distances within the Bay Area.)  I think if anything our relationship is stronger due to the shear volume of how much we talk.  I get a lot of practice explaining my dry/deadpan humor and communicating my feelings (scary, I know).  All our emails and texts and phone calls and facetimes give us the opportunity to really get to know each other on a deep level.  So all things considered, I still feel pretty blessed to be in a relationship with this guy.

In fact just the other day he unclogged my shower drain from about 2500 miles away.  My shower was draining really slowly so I used Drano, which seemed to clog it further.  Then according to the directions on the back of the bottle, I poured more down the drain.  That, of course, made it completely clogged. It didn’t drain at all.  When I called the Drano company (which has a satisfaction guarantee) they told me to call a plumber.  Great.  Instead, I called Lance, and with little thought he suggested I use a plunger.  Aha! Like that, the drain was completely unplugged.  Win.  He’s across the country but still doing boyfriend-y things for me. Hurray!

Happy Monday! (I love Mondays.  Mondays are Saturdays.)

D-Day.

Today marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day when Allied troops invaded Normandy during World War II.

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“On June 6, 1944, more than 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily-fortified French coastline, to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France. Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower called the operation a crusade in which, “we will accept nothing less than full victory.” More than 5,000 Ships and 13,000 aircraft supported the D-Day invasion, and by day’s end, the Allies gained a foot-hold in Continental Europe. The cost in lives on D-Day was high. More than 9,000 Allied Soldiers were killed or wounded, but their sacrifice allowed more than 100,000 Soldiers to begin the slow, hard slog across Europe, to defeat Adolf Hitler’s crack troops.”  

from the official website of the US Army.

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This isn’t a topic I normally discuss on my blog, but I felt it was so necessary to touch on.  Honestly I thought today was just National Donut Day, until I read the newspaper and realized it’s also D-Day.  It seems like a such a shame that something as frivolous as donuts shares a day with D-Day. I’ve watched the series, Band of Brothers, over 20 times, but every time I see the D-Day scene I can’t help but bawl.  To know that so many men died on a single day breaks my heart.  I don’t know much about D-Day or War World II, but I know enough to know these men fought for our freedom and safety.  They gave their lives for their country.  That’s why I think it’s so important to pay respect to them today.

So while I think everyone should take advantage of the plethora of donuts today, I think we all should also take a moment to remember the tremendous sacrifice that was given June 6, 1944.

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If you want to know more about D-Day visit this D-Day website.

*image via Getty Images

Unsteady.

Hold, hold on, hold onto me
‘Cause I’m a little unsteady
A little unsteady
Hold, hold on, hold onto me
‘Cause I’m a little unsteady
A little unsteady

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Been editing to this amazing song, “Unsteady” by X Ambassadors. Thought I’d thrown in the pictures from way back of AnnaLisa and Kim from our Mendocino trip. Love the song. Love the images.

p.s. feeling very steady nowadays. ptl.

Today

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Today is a get-work-done kind of day. It takes a lot for an introvert like me to feel energized.  Today is one of those perfect storms of energy.  I woke up “early” and I have nothing on the docket except staying home and working…which I love.  Usually when I have to leave my house for a meeting or hanging, my recovery from all that interaction takes a toll on my productivity.  But today I love that I can work all day uninterrupted.  It’s a great feeling.

Today is a listen-to-the-civil-war kind of day.  I started off working to my “summer walk” playlist which is loud and upbeat, but the weather and my mood called for something a little more romantic and mellow.  So the Civil Wars.  Listening to the Civil Wars is one of my go-tos for editing music.

Today is a shorts-and-tank-top kind of day.  This is just the perfect weather for shorts and tank tops.  It’s not too hot or too cold, but just right.  I just love California weather. Nothing really beats this weather.

Today is a cleaning-up-two-months-of-traveling-and-not-being-home kind of day. Oh. That’s right. I’m very messy. Ug.  The thing about me is that I am very organized, so much so that it takes forever to clean because every little bit needs to be in its perfect place.  So when I’m traveling my space falls into shambles because I don’t have time to make or keep it all “perfect”.  But the good thing is when I finally get to cleaning, I love cleaning.  It’s very destressing. And despite my pack-rat tendencies, purging is also quite therapeutic.

Today is a I-love-my-job-and-life kind of day. I really do love my job and my life.  There are very few moments when I’m discontented with it.  Having gone through a lot at the start of my business, I feel I’ve gained a better understanding of what it takes to feel happy…  Over the years that understanding has really helped me stay grounded.  I am really just so blessed to have my life.

Today is a eat-a-fudgesicle kind of day.  I have a love-hate relationship with chocolate.  But I’m most always a fan of the fudgesicle.  Summer + dessert on a stick = a good idea.

Today is a open-all-the-windows kind of day. I love the way the air smells in the summer, don’t you?

Today is a great-day-to-start-the-week kind of day. Yay.  It certainly is a great start to the week. I love it!