Early Morning Charleston [Photos]

A little photo recap from a vacation in South Carolina last week – definitely didn’t regret lugging along my big camera for this early morning walk through Charleston. Couldn’t get enough of the architecture, gardens, and morning light.

Charleston 1

Had to make a necessary stop before the walk, obviously.Charleston 4

Charleston 2One of the sweetest takes on “Private Property” that I ever did see.

Charleston 3

South Carolina is not a state, it is a cult. – Pat Conroy

Charleston 4

Charleston is most definitely one of my favorite cities. Have you ever been?

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On picstitches.

First, my apologies for being gone so long…I’ve been in a bit of a blogging rut and also totally preoccupied by my own birthday as well as my mom’s 60th. However, all those birthdays have brought my train of thought to the latest station: the weird social phenomenon that is the birthday picstitch.

What are you even talking about?  Continue reading

Holiday Firsts

You know that special feeling you get in your stomach when you hear your favorite Christmas song (provided that you’re a celebrant of the holiday)? It summons the thrill of an annual time of year that hopefully is filled with traditions involving fabulous food, family, and celebration. It’s a sort of nostalgia all its own. Chances are it evokes lots of moments from years past and brings back some fond memories which you hope to recreate in the coming year.
Christmas Firsts

Throwback to Christmas 2009

For anyone who has lost a loved one though, those same songs are a bittersweet reminder that the smiling face they remember from Christmas mornings past or the familiar voice they recall softly singing along to the tune might have to be just a happy memory. It’s a weird feeling, a sort of sentimental thought hijack. One minute you’re feeling fondness, then the next you’re thinking about loss. Continue reading

On technicalities.

(So technically I believe I promised you that I would never do a post solely focused on you, but since anniversaries are for two people that means I count as 50% of the following, right? That’s my loophole – this is only partially about you, therefore doesn’t break my promise!)
2012.10.4Despite the suggestiveness of this photo, which was taken over a month before we started dating, I would not have even remotely thought at the time that you would end up being my boyfriend. It would seem that (yet again) you’re the more intuitive one. Happy anniversary to my best friend, my most trusted source of honest advice, the person who puts a smile on my face every day, who loves me unconditionally. Turns out, this wasn’t just a pose for the camera – I actually do think you’re kinda cool.
You know I probably have about eight pages worth of card for you to read, and I know that although I could write something on here every day about how much I love you, that certainly would not be your favorite way to receive such thoughts. So I’ll somewhat respect your wishes by keeping it short, sweet, and discreet…in another language using words written by someone else that are already the world’s to read.
Te amo sin saber cómo, ni cuándo, ni de dónde,
te amo directamente sin problemas ni orgullo:
así te amo porque no sé amar de otra manera,
sino así de este modo en que no soy ni eres,
tan cerca que tu mano sobre mi pecho es mía,
tan cerca que se cierran tus ojos con mi sueño.

Shutterfly Photo Books

It’s officially the time of year when all is merry and bright, kids. With this seasonal shift, along with the holiday cheer, comes the inevitable panic to think of unique, perfect gifts for loved ones. I wasn’t sure what to get my Grandma this year, but after being inspired by my cousin over the Thanksgiving break I decided to make her a custom Shutterfly photo book.

Since she’s not computer literate, she’s always asking me to show her my pictures when she sees that I’m on my computer. I figured this would be a good way to commemorate a special year – in 2013 we travelled to South Africa and I graduated – while also giving her a copy of the digital photos she loves. The process took me about five hours total and I finished just in time to take advantage of Black Friday deals (discount on the book and free shipping). If you’re stumped about what to get for someone who has everything, this might be the call. Perfect for: family members, best friends, and couples.

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