This was my first week back from Spain and it’s been a doozy of a week. My calendar is brimming and my email inbox is a beast that needs to be tamed. Expect some posts next week about my trip. I started posting on my food blog. You can see the first post listed under my personal plugs in this week’s list of things that made me feel things. I’m heading to Houston after work today to visit my parents and also to pick up Bob the dog. They’ve been babysitting him so we could travel. I’ve missed him! What are you doing this weekend?
Some of the first things I pack when I leave on a trip are books. I get more reading done when I’m on vacation then generally in my everyday life. I guess not having a laptop with internet connection to distract me helps! I’m heading to Barcelona this week and in an effort to reduce the weight of my carry-on, I’m taking advantage of the new Kindle my sister bought me. I also made sure to accommodate my budget by only bringing books readily available to download from my local library. These five books made the cut!
Have I told you one of my biggest travel regret? I try to visit a bookstore at every travel destintation when possible. I was roadtripping through Nashville and planned on visiting Ann Patchett’s bookstore. I had a small window of time one morning before having to drive to Kentucky. What did I do instead? I got sucked into a Scandal marathon on Netflix. Oh the shame!
I’ve seen this title around last year but never investigated. Then Lisa listed it as one of her favorite books read in 2015. We had a lot of books in common so I figured I should give this one a try too!
I only heard of this book because of the movie released this year, which I haven’t seen either. Downloaded in hopes that it’s a fun and light read. I’m not particularly excited about this book but just curious enough to peek.
Happy Friday everyone! I had a great week and felt loved. It was my birthday week and I shared my birthday with one of my puppies, Neva. She turned 3 and I turned 33. I loved spoiling her yesterday and she might be hungover on joy today, wondering where all her special treatment went!
Please enjoy the links that made me feel things this week! Tell me what you’re doing this weekend!
Truth be told, I haven’t seen Andrew regularly in a while. I first met him New Year’s Eve 2007 and we celebrated every New Year’s together with the same group of friends for years. Our friendship has spanned almost a decade now and in my mind’s eye, I had him frozen as the fun life of the party I used to see dance and sing at clubs.
During our portrait session, not only did I get to catch up with him, but also with the help of these shots, I realized how much he’s grown since I met him. He’s an ambitious professional thirty-something. I was awed by how much he’s changed and grown and pleased that I’ve been his friend this long. If you look closely, he’s still got that boyish charm and grin though.
And that’s a wrap on the work week! I spent a lot of it in the car driving to events during rush hour and to a friend’s house to help him with his yard while he’s on vacation. I’m looking forward to a slower weekend with more time on the couch. Maybe with the two books I’m reading. But first, I’m excited about a double date tonight with lovely people! I plan on asking them how they feel about eating dessert first.
Here’s this week’s list of links that made me feel feelings. Hope you enjoy! Tell me what you’re up to in the comments!
I loved this longish read about David Chang’s philosophy on deliciousness. He applies what I already believe about life to his food. The sweet spot of life is somewhere between the excitement of novelty, to remind you of what’s out there to explore, and the comfort of the familiar, to ground you in the blessings you already have or had experienced.
I ate ramen twice, which is a lot as it has been about 100 degrees in Texas lately but I don’t regret either bowl. I made dinner for my friend Julie and she gifted me pretty purple tulips that inspired me to photograph them.
Sugarface and I ended the month road-tripping to Arkansas with Bob and Neva to celebrate the Fourth of July with his family. I love that shot of Neva window-gazing during the eight hour drive. Both our puppies are so good during long car rides!
Not depicted on Instagram was a media event at McDonald’s that tickled me. There were chicken nuggets being passed out as appetizers, a doorman, DJ, and photo booth. It went down in my book as the weirdest visit to McDonald’s I’ve ever had.
It was around my 31st birthday when my mom first met Treavor. He had just driven down to Austin from Dallas to celebrate my birthday. He made me this video, which still makes me smile. He also sent me pink-tipped purple roses to work. He stayed the night with me and my parents drove into Austin that next day. He hung around so he could meet them. When mom saw the flowers he gifted me, she asked if he was single. I said that he was. She said, “I can’t wait to see who becomes his boyfriend. If this is how sweetly he treats you, can you imagine what kind of boyfriend he would be?”
I shared the same sentiment for a different reason. I couldn’t wait to see who Treavor’s partner would be because I wanted to see who could be his match. Who could meet him where he is, appreciate him wholly, and give him room to grow without feeling threatened or smothering him? Who will laugh with him and go on adventures with him? Who will inspire him to keep striving to be better versions of himself? It’s a tall order I want for all my friends.
When Treavor started to date Dan, he gushed and gushed. It was such a pleasure to witness how smitten with each other these two are from afar and through the lens of social media. When Treavor requested I have a couple’s portrait session with them, I was honored but also a little nervous. The first time I’d be meeting Treavor’s “Dansome”, I’d also be charged with trying to convey their affection for each other through photography.
Within the first moments of meeting Dan though, what little nerves I had dissipated. He is gentle. He is approachable. He is observant and thoughtful. He likes Asian food. He prefers savory foods over sweets. I mean, he might be my kindred spirit! Oh, and most importantly, he’s crazy about Treavor and Treavor is crazy about him.
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This week was unrelenting with terrible news. I’m hoping you find some peace in the company of your loved ones. I’m looking forward to seeing my family in Houston, with pup in tow. I will keep Martin Luther King’s words close. “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.”
Here are this week’s links that made me feel things.
I’m almost done with Season 2 of Orange is the New Black. I hear Season 4 is amazing and heartbreaking. Here are some OINB facts.
I am so behind in my reading but had two 8 hour car rides where Sugarface drove. I finished three books! I thought A Tale for the Time Being was a great read though a bit dark. I enjoyed The End of a Story but I don’t think I’d recommend it to just anyone. It’s a slow read with no real plot. I read M Train because my friend Ashley said Patti Smith wrote about the show The Killing extensively.
Can’t wait to read this book. A new one from one of favorite contemporary philosopher, Alain de Botton.
I like that my friends send me Alain de Botton links. I enjoyed this podcast episode where he talks about relationships and sex. Thanks Treavor for the link!
“It’s a weird thing that some of our worst behavior in relationships is driven by some touching things… But of course we look so revolting that the other person is not in the position [to be sympathetic].”
Treavor and I met about 6 years ago when we both vlogged our lives every day for a month on Youtube. It tickles me to tell people we met on Youtube. Through the years, it’s been a pleasure to watch Treavor grow in all aspects of his life, but more specifically, watch him grow creatively. One of his favorite modes of creative expression is through words. He is currently pursuing his dream of publishing his first book, and he asked me to photograph him to mark this endeavor. I will always be a cheerleader for Treavor and his projects so I was honored to be part of his new exciting adventure.
We spent a whole day together and shot outside during relentless but light rain. I’m so glad I was the one behind the camera and not in front because I wilted under the humidity and moisture. While I wilted, Treavor seemed to bloom. It must be one of his super powers. I thought I’d share my favorite shots of him looking radiant and powerful despite the rain.
Happy Friday! What are you doing this weekend? Tell me in the comments!
I collect these links that make me feel things throughout the week and I noticed a somber theme to this week’s collection. I’ve always believed that grief is the price you pay for love and some of these links have beautifully conveyed that. I made sure to at least make a couple of the videos lighthearted!
Nothing is promised. The first piece I read about love suddenly lost. It’s a good reminder that no one knows how much time they have left with their loved ones.
But also, it solidified my belief on how vital it is to document your love while you have it. Whether that be through silly personal snaps and videos, or getting the most amazing professional engagement and wedding photographs that you can… Because, as awful as it is to think about, you just never know what might happen.
And lastly, this was a heart-wrenching read about the dissolution of a marriage. What was most heartbreaking to me about this read was the regret. How small decisions can actually be big decisions that irrevocably take you down a path you don’t want. This concludes my list of love lost reads!