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Hello, goodbye

Incredibly, we have stumbled upon the wrapping-up phase, the ending, the moving on. When O started school a bit over two years ago, we were uncertain whether it was the right decision to relocate across the country and begin The New Life. I suppose that’s true of just about every next step for everyone, but we were really uncertain. We hemmed and hawed every decimeter and mile along the way. Eventually, we wound up in our new spot saying (trying to convince ourselves) that we were capable of doing anything for two years. Just two years! It’d be pie. That’s, like, less than thirty months. 

And here we are, already at the close.

As always, I wish that my diligence in writing it all down was less spotty. But I’m here now so that when The Next New Life begins in December, the memories won’t all wash away. We will leave carrying so much more than when we arrived.

Walking into our new apartment two months following O’s move-in date, after I wrapped up the loose ends of Colorado life, he had one one of “our” songs playing on the open laptop. Next to a piece of paper containing a scrawled “welcome home” was a gift: a big green houseplant with a note jutting out of the soil that stated it was basically indestructible. No light in the apartment? Fine. Forget to water it for a month? No problem. I’m not so good at keeping plants alive, but this one thrived, hearty and strong, until about four months ago. I planned on moving that darn plant to our next home, and the one after that, ad infinitum, because it reminds me of how excellent our lives together are. It would definitely be oxygenating our lives for many years to come, I was sure of it.

Now, we’ll still bring it along, but it’s a little bedraggled. We’ll see how many kitten-tooth puncture wounds are survivable; I’m pretty sure constant mastication was not what the distributor had in mind when proclaiming the plant’s indestructibility. Our Olive, the softest little beast of a cat, is the only thing we’ve found that can destroy that welcome-home gift. She’ll come along on our next adventure, too.


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Optimism for Return: Unfounded

Lucky for me, where there is no hoard or posse of internet onlookers, there is also no one accusingly pointing out your sudden reappearance in the blogosphere after a lengthy absence.

Hey, girl. Where you been?

Summer through fall is the busiest time of my year – that’s all there really is to it.

After starting our photography business several years ago, I had no way of anticipating that the person (me) who was entirely unconvinced that picture-taking could become much more than a hobby would suddenly be shouldering a majority of the workload right at the time when our success started blooming. He went to grad school; I got a new pair of pajamas and settled into our grey couch to edit, advertise, email clients, and on and on. As it turns out, I don’t have much time to think, much less write, during wedding season.

Our last wedding is this weekend, however, and I’m ready to get back to writing down all of the fascinating details of life on the East Coast. What have you been up to?

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December 10, 2013 - 9:09 am

Beckster - yay! you’re back! i had stopped even checking to see for a while there…but i am happy you have returned :)

And Then It Was The Beginning Of August

First, I will write a list of what I have been doing: watching my best friend become a mother, editing, traveling for work, traveling for fun, photographing, babysitting twin one year olds, making new recipes and trying to decide where we might want to go once school ends next December. The glaring lack of one item – blogging – is unfortunate. Oops.

I don’t exactly miss writing when I fail to do it regularly, but I always regret the lack of documentation in retrospect. Both the written and photographic evidence that time has passed. I may be a professional photographer but I am (at best) moderately inattentive when it comes to taking and printing personal photos. At worst, there is no actual proof that we took a road trip to Ohio several weeks ago. For instance.

Maybe my optimism is unfounded, but I think I’ll be posting more frequently. Onward and upward! Exciting things happening around these parts.

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August 8, 2013 - 4:44 pm

beckster - WAHOOOO!!! this makes me happy, even if there are no pictures 😉

August 9, 2013 - 2:16 pm

Emily - Pictures next time. Yes ma’am.

“Just so you know, it’s been almost a month since you posted”

My friend said that to me yesterday.

I have been defeated by a blog. I used to wonder, before I started this thing, what type of blogger I would become when things in real life got busy/happy/sad. And now, although I can’t account for the third of those situations since things have been just swell, I can report on the first two. Busy? Blog neglect. Happy? Blog neglect.

I have been in Connecticut. And Minnesota. And Ohio. And Maryland. And now I am back home preparing for another trip to Colorado in a couple of weeks. But before I take off again, I’m going to try and claw my way back on the blogging wagon. For starters, instead of a long wordy update you can look at a pretty picture update instead.

one & two  |   I got to see these two darlings, my niece and nephew, for a full week last month. Their parents- my sister and her husband- are pretty great, too, but my ratio of child-t0-parent photographs is approximately 400:1 so you get to see these. Not pictured: my nephew’s perfect red locks and my niece’s ability to turn anything into a song.

three & four   |  Shortly after I returned home, we drove to Ohio to see friends and O’s family. I made funny faces into the camera. We had a blast.five & six & seven & eight   |    On the drive home, we detoured for a Memorial Day party with some friends who host a big shindig each year. We camped out, and because they live in the most pastoral spot, it was lovely and quiet. We also shot some guns; I was terrible. No matter, though, because it was such a welcome break from the world of school. Bonus points for this stop because I got to re-hear stories of O’s college days, told by friends and teammates. That’s one of my favorite ways to pass the time.the final   |    We have returned home. Now, we both stare at computer screens all day long, studying and editing and studying and editing. At least we get to sit on the couch together as we work, though. That’s a win.



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June 6, 2013 - 8:13 am

"the friend" aka Becks - YAY!!!! :) :) :) :)

I am happy to see pictures too – you know how I love your pictures :) and the nieceling and nephling are so big!

June 6, 2013 - 1:44 pm

Emily - They ARE so big! And so wonderful! You’re lucky you get to see yours all the time!