Sunday, April 12, 2015

san diego through instagram

I'm still getting back into the habit of this whole blogging thing, which means my real camera usually doesn't make it around my neck before we leave the house.

But oh! We are seeing so many wonderful and amazing things here in San Diego! I've even failed to capture some of the best moments with my the bins of citrus fruit at the farmers market every Saturday, or the twinkly lights around our neighborhood, or the seal that we saw on one of our first walks down to the water. Then there are those moments that just can't be captured on camera. Like how our apartment currently smells like the most amazing roasting garlic, because that's just how our neighborhood smells.

This weekend was a little quieter for us than last. I am officially job hunting while I finish up my dissertation (that phrasing makes it sound so much easier than it actually is). We spent much of this weekend shopping for interview clothes and prepping for a busy week of Grown Up Work.

So this garlicky-smelling, sunny Sunday afternoon is perfect for sharing some of the instagrammable moments that have made our first month here feel a little bit like heaven.

Sunday, April 5, 2015


Anybody out there?

Remember over a year ago when I decided to take a break from blogging? Me too. And it was pretty nice. I stopped taking a lot of pictures and stopped spending my evenings planning posts. I started relaxing a little more and painting my nails.

Lots has happened since then.

Joe and I got married. I passed my comps exams. My niece was born. I got mono and didn't know I had mono and then was very tired for a very long time. Joe finished his PhD and got a job. And then we moved to the west coast.

It's sort of hard to do justice to all of those things in one post. Sometime I'll probably share some wedding pictures. And maybe I'll tell you about the awful journey that was undiagnosed mono.

But in the meantime, I just wanted to share some pictures today. We've been living in San Diego for nearly three weeks now, and we're loving it. Today we spent the morning in Balboa Park, traipsing from garden to garden, and estimating how many years it would take us to see the whole place.

That fig tree is about 100 years old! Isn't that amazing? We stood in front of it for a long time, and I couldn't help but feel like I was in the presence of a very wise creature. Or maybe in FernGully.

Aside from the gorgeous architecture and stunning gardens, we were particularly pleased by the friendly ducks and the little lizards running all around.

We then spent a sleepy Sunday afternoon eating chicken noodle soup to celebrate Easter while the SoCal breeze drifted through our apartment.

Wishing you and yours happy Easter wishes and lots of jelly beans.


Sunday, August 4, 2013

a break from blogging?


Life is always busy, I guess. But lately, it feels like it's been a lot busier. In a good way...and in a bad way. From the moment I wake up in the morning, there is a pile of things on my to-do list, and if I don't get to them by the time I head to bed, my heart flutters a bit, and I wonder if I'll manage to make it through this summer successfully.

I'm still making time for the things I love...crochet projects, cooking, reading, exercise, and quality time with all my special girls. But I'm also studying for the most anxiety-producing exams I've ever taken. So when I make the time for the wonderful stuff of life, the last thing I'm thinking about is photos and blog posts and documentation. That is the blessing of being busy, I guess. In the best moments, I feel so much more present.

Blogging has sort of faded from my mind. And when it does pop up, it's more of a chore, more of an obligation to the internet friends I love so much. And that's not what I ever wanted it to be.

So I just wanted to put a little message out there...I'm here, I'm living, I'm happy. But you might not see much of it around these parts. Maybe you'll see me back at my regular thing in a month. Maybe I'll take off for longer. And maybe I'll be back next week, unable to ignore the call of the blog-o-sphere. The point is, I might not be around much for awhile, and I think I'm ok with that.

But I'll be following along with you. I might not comment much, because, again, I don't want it to be a chore. I want to read your blogs and just enjoy them. So I'll do that. And I'll still be around on twitter and instagram.

And aside from that, if you're wondering what I'm up to, you can bet I'll be studying in coffee shops, tapping on my laptop in the library, escaping into my kitchen, and binging on Orange is the New Black (check it out).


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Tuesday, July 23, 2013



Away this week to spend some time with family celebrating the life of my grandpa, who was driving one weekend and gone by the next. As cool air envelops Boston again, I hope that everyone everywhere is finding some time to dip their toes in the stuff of life this summer.

Back soon.

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