Life always seems to get in the way of blogging, and a year from now I’ll be kicking myself for not keeping a better record of my life in the season that is always my favorite.
Research tells me that people like reading stuff on the Internet in list format, so here’s a list of what’s going on with me lately:
1. I’m taking a photography class at Watkins (College of Art and Design) with my friend and co-worker Jamie. I took a few photo classes in high school and college, but as this class’ teacher pointed out, learning with film is different than learning with digital. And while I have the basic concepts down, I wanted a refresher. So much of what I shoot is just seeing what works, which I know can be a valid way of doing things, but I’d also like to learn more about the science behind it while pushing myself creatively. I’ll probably post some of my pictures from the class assignments here on this blog, and I’m sure I’ll be posting them over on my Flickr site.
2. In less than two weeks Ian and I will have been married for a year. It’s kind of surreal that it’s been a year already, but at the same time that confirms my hope that getting married doesn’t change things drastically if you were already doing it right.
2a. Yesterday I agonized all day over buying a new Crumpler bag, the 5 Million Dollar Home (I already have the 4MDH but wanted one slightly bigger so I could use it as my purse and carry my camera with me all the time), but ultimately held off because I was unsure of parting with the money. And then I came home and tried to discuss it with Ian, only to find out that he had bought it for me that day–and it was supposed to be my anniversary surprise! So I felt kind of bad I ruined the surprise but I was really touched that he remembered I had wanted it (I hadn’t told him about the agonizing earlier in the day). And he had brought home a pizza from our new favorite local pizza joint, Sal’s. It was really nice to come home to those surprises. I’m lucky.
3. My grandma was in the hospital recently, but was released yesterday and sent home on pain management medications. My mom said they’re trying to decide if it’s a blockage in her liver or pancreatic cancer, but either way there’s really not much to be done since she’s 93. I feel OK in knowing I was just up there in August to see her, but I also feel like there’s never enough time to just sit on the couch and talk about the old days with her. She might be feeble and have achy bones, but the woman can remember back to the Great Depression like a champion.
4. My middle sister Katie got engaged about a month or so ago to Junnhi, who she’s dated since high school. Don’t worry, I approve. They decided to
copy take a cue (haha, kidding Katie!) from Ian and I and elope–to freakin’ Hawaii!–and then celebrate with peeps afterward. My mom is throwing them a family reception, which I’d love to attend but I doubt I will since the chances of my dad making it all about him and turning it into a WHY WON’T YOU JUST PRETEND I AM NOT ABUSIVE fiasco if I show up and refuse to engage him are pretty high. But Ian and I will be there for the friends-only reception they’re going to have at a bar, so it’s all good.
5. October is going to be a busy and fun month and I’m so excited! Plans (work schedule permitting–I’m busy busy on a huge project) include our wedding anniversary celebration, Oktoberfest in Nashville, Jack Daniel’s BBQ fest and a Halloween party at our house. Those of you who may remember the tradition of the Halloween party at Ian’s house in college, get ready: We’re bringing it back and adding trivia.
Edited to add: Ian pointed out I was kind of rude to mention a Halloween party without also including an invitation to anyone who was reading. So, if you’re reading, I know you (no creepers, sorry!), and you haven’t received an invite or evite and would like to come hang out with us, please email me and I’ll send you the details. And I’m sorry if I made you feel excluded.