It’s been a while since Erik & I explored something for the first time. Luckily, moving to South Carolina has supplied us with a new map where basically everything is unseen by us. I’ve been feeling uninspired by my digital cameras lately, so I’ve been having a lot of fun shooting off rolls of film through my little Yashica T4 Super. That being said, I recently got 4 rolls of film developed and I’m excited to share some of what I saw during the past few months!
In dealing with my liver issue, it’s been hard to keep busy and keep my mind off of it, which helped contribute to my lack of updates on here. So, our trip to Washington, D.C. two weekends ago was our first real outing in a long while. Speaking of D.C., is the title too punny? Yes? Probably? There’s a reason for it, I promise.
I’ve always said that I won’t force myself to put together a post on this blog if I didn’t feel like it was 100% natural. That’s still true, but that was not the case throughout this past month or so. I wanted to sit down and write almost every single day, but there were both good and bad things keeping me from doing so. Today, I’m going to tell you about those things. Beginning with the bad…
There’s not much you can do during a blizzard except to wait it out, which is always fine with me. It doesn’t take much to convince me to stay warm inside for a weekend as opposed to going out and battling the 2+ feet of snow that’s falling sideways due to high winds. So when most of New Jersey woke up last Sunday morning to snow as high as their car’s roof, Erik told me to get dressed because we were going for a ride.
The week between Christmas and New Years Day was really relaxing for me. I was able to have the entire week off to recoup and gear up for 2016. The two words that have been in my mind the most so far for the new year are ‘organization’ and ‘minimize.’
Minimize: I spent a couple of days last week donating clothes I don’t wear anymore and throwing out whatever couldn’t be donated. I also gave away a bunch of unused perfumes, lotions, and other cosmetics. I have a mental list of some other stuff I plan on going through as well. I’ve decided that I want to live with a little less stuff and a little more substance.
Happy New Year! I’ve got a bunch of new ideas and resolutions for 2016, including everything from my health to how I spend my spare time. I’ve got a lot of stuff in the works, but now that the holidays are officially over, I’m happy about getting back outside and exploring all of the little gems the state of New Jersey has to offer.
If you know me – or have read my blog before – you know I love Autumn. I love the transition of humid, muggy Summer air into cool, crisp, colorful Fall. This time last year, Erik & I had tickets to see my favorite band, Jimmy Eat World, up in Port Chester, New York. After realizing that the concert would be a little far for a same day trip, we decided to stay for the weekend and explore Sleepy Hollow since I had always wanted to visit. We had such a great time taking the tours and learning the history of The Tarrytowns (Sleepy Hollow didn’t really exist when Washington Irving wrote “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” It was actually North Tarrytown up until 1996. It and it’s neighboring village, Tarrytown, were known simply as ‘The Tarrytowns.’) that we knew we had to go back this year.
One of the most inconvenient things about having a compromised immune system (of which there are many) is probably that when you get sick, you really get sick. I’ve spent the last 10 days with strep throat. I had a really busy Labor Day Weekend and when it was time to get up for work on Tuesday morning, my throat was sore and I felt my tonsils swelling up. I’m someone who is very prone to tonsillitis ever since having my spleen removed back in 2006. When I was in college, it seemed like at the end of every semester I was stuck in bed for close to 2 weeks barely able to swallow anything let alone food and water. It’s awful. My doctors are hesitant to remove my tonsils due to the fact that they act as part of your immune system and I’m already missing my spleen, and also because the risk of bleeding through the sutures in post-op as an adult is a lot higher than that of a child. Since I have a blood disorder, it’s not something my doctors take lightly.
Hi there! Before I get into this week’s post, I want to apologize for being extremely tardy… To make a long story short, I keep all of my photographs on external hard drives so they don’t slow down my computers. While I do have back-ups of my all of the photos I take, only 1 drive has my current Lightroom catalog on it (which I use for all of my editing). Two days ago that 1 drive corrupted and I couldn’t edit anything until I transferred all 850GB of data off of the drive, reformatted it, and then transferred it all back. It was frightening, stressful, and time consuming (a total of 12 hours to be exact).