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Countdown.

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Life

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Lately I have been living for the weekends.  Sleeping in.  Cuddling.  Being a couch potato.  Running errands.

One more day.  So ready.  There are two things I added to the list though.

  1. Buy tulips
  2. Eat BBQ

Can you tell I am ready for spring to get here, full force?

Oh, Canada.

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Life, Out and About, Photography

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We took a trip to Vancouver about two weeks before Christmas.  This was our second trip out there.  We flew from Denver to Seattle, then drove to Vancouver.  It was so nice to get away and have my SIL and her family meet our daughter in person for the first time.  I am a warm weather person and I LOVE the sun so not having it was the only downside of the visit.  Out of the week we were there, we only had one day of sun.  The first day.  The rest was cloudy, drizzly stuff that is hard to shoot in.  I do love how everything is covered in moss, absolutely beautiful.  We went to so many shops that we don’t have here like Aritzia, Saje, Top Shop and Brandy Melville.  I am a new fan of Tim Hortons!  I’m kicking myself for not buying a mug since I have a massive collection of mugs.  Their gingerbread white hot chocolate is the best.

We were there for a week so I have more pics over here.*

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Even though you are pretty far away and a bit expensive, I do love you Canada.  You have a fan.

*I went back to my early 2000 days and posted the pics to Flickr but I am not liking the new design of it.  Know of anything else out there for photo sharing?

MLK Jr.

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Life

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I am so happy to have a three day weekend.  I almost forgot about the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Monday.  I heard a talk about him yesterday and I ended up hand lettering my notes.  There was so much I didn’t know about him until I listened to that talk.  So much many of us didn’t know or forgot about.

Here are some highlights:

  • He would be 85 years old this year and he became a pastor when he was 22.
  • This is his 50th anniversary of winning a Nobel Peace Prize.
  • The bus boycott lasted 381 days.
  • In the founding days, W.E.B. Dubois was the only black member of the NAACP and Rosa Parks was their secretary.  Being that the group was primarily white at that time, that influence helped give the movement even more momentum.

He was such an amazing and brilliant man.  The fact that he was able to remain peaceful through it all, unfathomable.

Ok, so I’m not posting more.

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Life, Photography

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One resolution has been shot (updating regularly) but I have been focusing on some projects around the house and learning more about Lightroom (LR).  Clearing space on my memory cards so I can take more shots.  I love this site for studying up on how catalogs work in LR, so helpful.  We are at place where we can watch more TV so I’ve been practicing lettering while getting sucked into some of the best acting called Downton Abbey.  We get Addy’s diapers through Amazon Prime and I completely forgot we have access to Instant Video and so much content.  Now I can get around to watching Sherlock and seeing what all the buzz is with that too.

Is this a good thing or not?  Hmm.

It’s all a blur.

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Life, Organization, Out and About

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Hi, it has been forever and a day.  November and December are both a blur.  January is time to sit down and take in everything that happened.  The trip to Vancouver was so much fun!  I miss Tom Horton’s Gingerbread White Hot Chocolate and how everything was covered in moss.  I have a new realization about how much I love the sun.  We were there for seven days and for six of them there was no sun.  Just clouds and me getting frustrated with getting the correct exposure so I could really capture the trip.  But then I got some perspective and just enjoyed the company and cherished the memories in my mind.  I’m working on my photography workflow + Lightroom so I’ll have some Vancouver trip photos up soon.  My little 19-month-old girl has a site of her photos over here.

2013 was a good year overall, can’t complain much.  My main goal was to get better with organization and I think I accomplished it.  I learned that organization has a learning curve and I had to just stop and think about how I want to spend my time.  Major things that have been working for us is having a mail center in the kitchen.  It’s a vertical filing bin that has a folder for each of us and our mail gets sorted and put in the folders so they stick out.  Then we know those items are unread.  We both handle our own mail and any junk is immediately shredded/tossed.

Next was finishing up organizing the kitchen.  Last year on New Year’s Eve, I was organizing the pantry.  I couldn’t stand it a second longer so I took everything out, put it in piles of baking, grains, snacks, etc and piled it all back in…neatly.  For the most part we have maintained it so I’m pretty proud about that.  So over the year we kept putting like with like.  IE. The drawer on the left of the stove is all baking utensils.  The bowls and pans are in the lazy susan to the lower left.  All of the tea, coffee and baking cocoa stuff is in the upper left cupboard above the stove, etc.  This has helped out with cooking and baking SO much.  No more sifting through a drawer full of cooking utensils.  At least we have a starting point now, which I love.

For this year my goals are the following:

  • to focus – less time shopping, window shopping, etc and more time focusing on true goals and relationships
  • photograph – shoot but commit more to taking photos and culling them – be cutthroat
  • food – even better choices, eat out less and cook more
  • fitness – even more exercise, amp it up
  • fun – I think the ratio of work to play was a little higher with work last year and this year I want to have more fun.  Be it with reading, exploring, traveling, etc

Lots of goals but why not?  For focus, I am starting today with focusing on hand lettering.  The word on Illustration Friday was “reflect” so I used that.

I’m excited for this year, I am every year.  What are your plans for this year versus last year?