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Friday Photo Roundup - January 20th

Happy Friday! We finally made it. And what a week it's been (politics not included.) I got hit with the germs that had been going around the office this week.  One minute I was fine, then I sneezed, and it was over. Full blown cold. I planned to do a WIP post on Wednesday, but it's hard to write and blog when you're in bed struggling not to be a mouth breather...

I went to Mitchell Park Conservatory (The Domes) with my mom last weekend (before I got sick) and we had a blast! I LOVE that my mom loves going on photography adventures with me.  She is quite the photographer! I'll see if she will let me post some of her photos. In the meantime, here are the photos I posted on Flickr this week.



Oxalis triangularis

Oxalis triangularis

Sedum Morganianium (Burro's tail)

Sedum Morganianium (Burro's tail)

Crassula ovata (Jade Plant)

Crassula ovata (Jade Plant)



Are there any images/prints that you think are spectacular or cool enough to be added to my shop? Let me know which one(s) in the comments section below.


Thank you! I hope you have a wonderful adventure filled weekend!



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22 things I'm thankful for this year

Happy day after Thanksgiving! I hope yours was as awesome as mine was. I made a breakfast Strata that I swear was made with unicorn tears-- it was that amazing. Seriously. I spent a lot of time with family (both mine and G's) and ate a lot of amazing food. Food so delicious, it should have been illegal.


Today, since I'm still in a food coma, I wanted to take a moment and share my list of 22 things I'm incredibly thankful for (in no particular order)

1. I'm thankful for my family (even my new family!) I love them.

2. I'm thankful my grandma still has her health and that I got to see her and spend time with her this Thanksgiving.

3. I'm thankful for my husband (it still feels weird to call him that...)

4. I'm thankful for my job and that it's something I really enjoy doing.

5. I'm thankful for my beautiful house. Even though I complain (A LOT) about how far away it is, I still love it. Especially when the sun streams in through the windows.

6. I'm thankful that my friends and family are really and wonderfully supportive of my creative and artistic endeavors.

7. I'm thankful that I can pursure these creative and artistic endeavors!

8. I'm thankful for coffee. And really, you should be thankful that I have coffee. Trust me.

9. I'm thankful for my garage and dishwasher. They are the two things that I didn't think I would like when I moved into my house. Now, I don't know how I ever lived without them.

10. I'm thankful that G has a job that he loves and that he's incredibly happy with.

11. I'm thankful that I have amazing friends. I'm calling you out Livi, Debs, & Rachel. You guys are awesome and I love you!

12. I'm thankful that we can afford our house and vehicles and still have a few $$ left over to eat real meals.

13. I'm thankful for my car that is super reliable and gets me around.

14. I'm thankful that my job is flexible and lets me come in early and leave early.

15. I'm thankful for my team at work. They are really a wonderful group of people and are a lot of fun, no matter how many fiascoes or sunova's that happen.

16. I'm thankful I get to take photos of products for my real job.

17. I'm thankful for our photography business. I get to take even more photos and help people remember important stories in their lives.

18. I'm thankful for the beautiful area I live in, again, despite how much I complain about how far away it is.

19. I'm thankful for Zumba. I suck at it, but I love it so much!

20. I'm thankful for pinterest. I would not be as adventurous in the kitchen without it!

21. I'm thankful that G eats my culinary creations and knows not to ever complain...

22. I'm thankful for our trip to Hawaii. It was truly awesome and the trip of a lifetime!


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Photo Friday- Rain

I went to the Garden after a thunderstorm and was fortunate enough to see this sight-- this waterlily covered in raindrops! I love how the inside looks like it's glowing!

This photo is available for sale as a print, throw pillow cover, and tote bag in my etsy shop!


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Happy St. Patrick's Day and a touch of nostalgia

Happy St. Patricks Day! I hope you're having a wonderful weekend. I can't believe how amazing it is in Chicagoland today! Sunny and 80+ degrees! UNREAL!

Happy St. Patricks Day, thinking about Ireland

I took an hour walk in my new neighborhood today and I got to thinking and being nostalgic about my trip to Ireland back in March of 1998. It was Spring Break of my senior year in college (yeah, I just totally dated myself...) and I had just started dating this guy and out of the blue he asked me to go to Ireland with him. Sure! What could go wrong?

It was a terrible trip. I had the worst cold of my life & was sick nearly everyday I was there. And, to make matters worse, my boyfriend broke up with me a few days after we arrived (yeah, that was a little awkward for the rest of the trip.) I ended up cutting the trip short and coming home early because I wasn't confident enough to be in a foreign country alone (I totally regret that decision...)

For the short time we were there, we spent a day in Dublin and then we had to find someplace else to go because there was a HUGE Rugby tournament and all the hotels, B&B's and even hostels were booked. (who knew rugby was so popular?)  We took a train out west to the Dingle Peninsula where I was sick for the remainder of the trip. We stayed at a wonderful B&B and the owners did a fabulous job of taking care of me complete with chicken soup, and hot tea!  The most memorable part of the trip (beside the break up...) was going on the tour of the Dingle Peninsula and hearing about the history of the country. Amazing. 

Despite all the drama, I still look back on the whole overall experience as being positive. Ireland was my first real trip-- I had never even been on an airplane before! It was soooo incredibly beautiful. And green (I think there were shades of green that Crayola hadn't even named yet!) I so want to go back. I would definitely go back with the eye (and the camera) to take better photos, and to see the Cliffs of Mohr (which I didn't get to see when I was there.)

Here are a few photos of Ireland that I took back in the day before digital cameras (man, what I would give to go back and take photos with the Canon 5D Mark II...) I scanned these in a few years ago. Perhaps when I find the rest of the pics, I'll scan those in too! 



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Photo Friday- Blaze

This is a shot from my short lived 365 project this year. I tried. I really did. I actually have been taking photos of the sky nearly everyday, but I haven't had a chance to post them. I am now over a month behind in posting those. I think the real reason that I've not done so is that while it sounded like a good idea at the time, I wasn't terribly excited about the theme/project and really only wanted to do a 365 because "all the cool kids are doing it." In retrospect, I think I should have found a theme or project that I was passionate about. (I still haven't found one yet...)

Photo Friday- Blaze


Have a great weekend!


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