Me and Paris

Visiting Paris = The highlight of my life.

I had an amazing year. Finally. A year that was all good. I can’t think of anything to complain about regarding the past year, and for this I am grateful (’cause the past several years have been kinda painful. Thanks for the break, Universe!)

Travel. If someone had told me a year ago that I would visit France in the coming year I would have called them a liar. But I DID IT! I went to France! And I loved it! And now I want to go back. And I want to visit ALL THE PLACES.

Photography. I had a lot of fun this year with it. I always do but exploring film photography was super fun. I will be doing more of it in the coming year. First on the list of things to do: develop my own film already! (taking it in to be developed is breaking the bank. I need my money to visit ALL THE PLACES.)

Running. I have had an on again/off again relationship with running for most of my life. Regardless, It is my favorite form of exercise and it is important to me. My big running goal has been to run 5 miles. This goal, for whatever reason, had eluded me. Not anymore! This past summer I finally reached that milestone and even surpassed it! Yay me!

Blogging. I moved my blog to WordPress.com about a year ago and in the process have been plugged into an amazing blogging community, the likes of which I haven’t seen in years. I have seriously enjoyed “meeting” and getting to know all of you! And I continue to enjoy being introduced to many amazing and inspiring blogs. Also, I managed to blog everyday this year! Well except for that one day in August. But it’s JUST ONE. Hmm. It appears missed a day in June as well. so two days. I missed TWO DAYS out of an entire year. Do I get a medal? No? oh well. It was nice to check in everyday here. For the most part, it was a very positive experience. I might do it again next year. Or I might take a tiny break. We’ll see.

Favorites of 2012.

Two favorite books:

Jess Walter’s Beautiful Ruins

Christopher Moore’s Sacre Bleu: A Comedy d’Art

Read them both. They are excellent.

Three favorite albums

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis: The Heist

Caravan Palace: Panic

Grimes: Visions 

Happy new year!!!

My blog in 2012


I found this New Years post the other day and thought it would be fun  to try it for this year. Here are the “rules” are for the post:

Copy the first sentence(s) from the first blog post you made each month. Provide explanatory context if needed.

I think I’ll skip the explanation and see how this all shakes out. Here we go!


I always like to start a new year with a blog post about things to look forward to.

I love this song. 

I am testing the new WordPress Editing-on-the-fly feature.

I swim through the storm, the driving rain & wind, but your love is like a ship soaring through the sea. 

Raf and went to Cannon Beach and Ecola Park for Easter and had a really great day.

I tried the Ektar 100 next.

It’s funny how things work out sometimes in ways you don’t expect.

Me and my friend, Heidi in 1992.

Leaving on a jet plane. Paris.

Raf and I have decided to, everyday, try at least one new thing.

I am the luckiest girl in the world to be loved by such a wonderful person.

This is what I’m doing today. 

Weekly Photo Challenge: My 2012 in pictures


I love this challenge!! I really enjoyed looking at all of the photos I produced this past year and it was hard to pick just one for each month. I also realized that I need to get out there again with my Yashica Mat. Damn. I love that camera. lots.  2012 was the year that I really embraced film photography. I really wanted to learn how to develop my own film but never got around to it. I plan to, for sure, in 2013.  I can’t wait!

I have much more to say about 2012 but I will do it in another post. I will let the photos do the talking in this one. (click on the thumbnail for bigger)

What I was doing at noon on Christmas


This was the daily prompt for Christmas on the Daily Post.

At noon today, take a pause in what you’re doing or thinking about. Make a note of it, and write a post about it later.

Raf and I were Driving home from Long Beach, WA. We were exactly at the interchange on I-5 and  I-205. I was specifically thinking about the Historic Columbia River Highway. We were listening to a song that reminded me of Santa Cruz. I didn’t write down the name of the song and now it completely eludes me. It was a terribly rainy and cold day and visibility was awful. I was really looking forward to getting home. I was also very happy, having just had a really fun couple of days with my favorite person.

I also snapped a photo of this exact moment in the car.
High noon