Posted on December 11, 2013
When I found out I was dropping by Miami, I contacted Kelly for some yummy food recs. Yardbird was one of her recommendations. Boy, she did not disappoint. My sisters and I stayed at the Catalina Hotel on Collins between 17th and 18th, so Yardbird was within walking distance. (It was located near the end of the shopping on Lincoln Street.)
Yardbird hit me at all sides. I loved the style of the building, with it’s homey and industrial mix of decor and the lovely outdoor eating area. I loved the bottled ginger ale. I love the brunch crowd. But its crown and glory is definitely it’s food. The two dishes I couldn’t stop eating were Llewellyn’s Fine Fried Chicken with the Tabasco sauce and the fried green tomato blt. The other dishes we ordered were also incredibly delicious; the mac and cheese was a close third of my favorites.
Enjoy. Drool. Be jealous.
Chilled Watermelon | spiced with pepper, tossed with lemon and herbs
Llewellyn’s Fine Fried Chicken | 1/2 free range bird, “27-hour” recipe, spicy Tobasco honey
Big Ol’ Cheddar Waffle | cheddar, green tomato chow chow, Bourbon maple syrup
Posted on December 10, 2013
- I love Christmas
- I pretty much buy anything my friends buy/sell.
- I’ve watched Elf about 5 times today. I find myself talking along with the characters.
- I like nearly every movie Will Ferrell is in. Stranger Than Fiction and Old School are two of my fave movies. (And zoolander isn’t so bad. )
- I drank three redbulls today. woops.
- I havent been awake during the day since Sunday morning, and that was just to talk on the phone. All my awake/working hours have been after sunset and before sunrise
- I like peppermint.
- I can’t remember ever feeling constipated. because. i. am. regular.
- I’ve liked all my clients whose weddings I’ve photographed. Warm-hearted souls could describe most of them.
- I don’t mind when people park at the end of the aisle in a parking lot because I enjoy the walk.
- I buy stuff online to try them on, then return them via the pre-paid shipping label if I don’t like it.
- I collect prints (mostly typography stuff and photographs).
- I like sourdough bread. I crave sourdough bread.
- I get self-conscious sometimes when friends or family ask me to take their pictures. I wonder if they like my work or they know have a fancy camera.
- I can’t wait to turn 30.
- I didn’t love to read until I got to college.
- I own and proudly wear an adult fleece onesie, footies and hood and all.
Posted on December 9, 2013
May your days be merry and bright.
Feeling the Christmas spirit with this Christmas tree farm shoot. Earlier in the day, I grabbed a quick lunch at Nordstroms. On my way in I was merrily greeted by a very jolly “Merry Christmas”–my first this season, and it just kicked off the day wonderfully. So arriving at the tree farm and smelling the pine everywhere got me so cozy and happy inside. I’m always so excited to shoot, but this was especially exciting as I felt like a kid wandering through these trees.
Posted on December 1, 2013
A list to finish off the year with.
1. Finish any and all 2013 editing.
2. Seek out peace.
3. Find time to knit.
4. Send a package.
5. Make a stranger’s day.
6. Spend a day working on project life.
7. Submit three projects to blogs.
8. Bask in wonder at a Christmas tree.
9. Frame my pictures of my mom.
10. Read until my heart is full.
11. Hug like it’s my last.
12. Get lost in order to find myself.
13. Share God’s love to those who are suffering.
*This picture is at Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island in the Bahamas… taken with my fuji x100s.
Posted on November 28, 2013
I can’t even remember how long ago I started writing these “thankful thursday” posts. I think I was going through a breakup, and a friend suggested I list the things I was thankful for to perk up my spirit. Loving alliteration like I do, I decided to write the things I was thankful for on thursdays, only just realizing this week that my thankful thursdays perfectly align with the most thankful of thankful thursdays, Thanksgiving. Nowadays I dread markers in time, reminders of my mother’s absence and fearful glimpses of what the rest of my life could be like. Like many days today I worry I’ll spend the day crying, so on this thursday when I won’t be eating my mom’s delicious stuffing or hearing her tell me that yams taste better with marshmallows (they do) or waking up to the smell of thanksgiving cooking and leftovers, I’ll probably need to especially focus on all the many things I do have to be thankful for.
Here it goes. I am thankful for…
… my faith, because of which I have hope and comfort.
… my father, because I may have lost my mother, but I have been blessed with extra time with my dad.
… my family, because no matter how much they drive me crazy, deep down I know I can’t live without them.
… love, because I love love, of course.
… death & loss, because I have a renewed perspective on life and the people who remain in my life
… change, because sometimes change actually is good.
… snail mail, because nothing brightens a day quite like brown-paper packages.
… my friends, because at my old age, I’ve been blessed with truly amazing and loving people in my life.
… turkey and food and redbull, because let’s be real… I love thanksgiving.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! May your day be filled with love, memories and a renewed appreciation for life and family.
Posted on November 21, 2013
appreciating this “chilly” california weather.
watching all the episodes of Once Upon A Time and Nashville
loving being back at home. working on my desktop. wearing sweater leggings.
planning a five day adventure.
longing for reading breaks.
feeling warmth in my heart.
missing dates to craft stores and quickly/jamba/starbucks with my mom.
scouring the internet for packaging supplies.
craving gingerbread cookies
thinking of fun homemade gifts
moving my belongings to a bigger (and warmer room).
needing a visit from sasquatch.
celebrating my grandmother’s ninetieth birthday soon!
wishing I could travel to three weeks from now.
Posted on November 8, 2013
Posted on November 5, 2013
We were right
We stood through it all
Whenever we fall
What we found is second to none
I knew, I knew, I knew this would be love
I knew, I knew, I knew this would be love
* “I Knew This Would Be Love” by Imaginary Friend feat. Kina Grannis.