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FRESH WATERMELON CAKE

How awesome is this watermelon "cake" idea?  I found this over on veggiebelly this morning and I am definitely bringing this to my next party or picnic.  It's all about presentation, and this is amazing!

HAPPY WEEKEND!

Just a few iPhone snaps from today, since we're still waiting to pick up the 60d.  It's been so nuts around here now that we're both fully getting into the swing of  working full time again.  I really value my days off with her (and him!) The next thing to do is to try and get into a new routine.  I'm not really good at balancing life right now- it's mainly all work and all baby.  I'm lucky if I get to sneak in a shower or a meal, let alone making time for my husband, marriage, or side projects I had going.  But I'm getting there.  It's really a hard process, this whole "juggling" everything thing.  Who knows, maybe one day I'll wake up and it will just make sense to me.

BRIGHT OPEN SPACE

So as I was riding the train home from the city a few nights ago, I was reading my Pulse News on my iPhone and saw that SwissMiss is hiring apprentices in their ga-ga-goooorgeous NYC studio!  Now, I am in no way qualified for the job, but man would I love to work in that studio every day.

DO WHATEVER YOU CAN

For all you working mamas out there, I totally get where you're coming from.  It is such a bittersweet feeling to be able to 'do my part' in providing for my family.  I just went from a schedule where they were going to "ease me back" into working full time, to then... boom. 40+ hours. Overtime. Train commute and a busted car window.  It's been a crazy week!

As hard as it is to manage spending so much time away from my daughter and still making the commitment to continue to breastfeed, I feel so fulfilled with my job.    I'd have to say the part I love the most is how heavy my workload is.  You'd think the opposite right?  I did too.  After all I've been through lately, in my head I feel like I'd rather just lay low and not do a lot.  Slack off.  But as good as all that sounded in my head, slacking off doesn't fare well with boredom.  Actually, it encourages it.  I'm the type of person ( like a lot of you out there ) that gets bored r…

THE FINAL STEP - DO YOU REALLY WANT THAT LAST NAME?

Here is a funny story about how a seemingly easy trip to the DMV turned into a near-catastrophic disaster. (Well, not quite, but it was pretty depressing.)

So last Friday was the only day that I could run to the DMV to get my new married-last-name license before I started a M-F work schedule.  I took the opportunity and packed up Sofia in the car and we headed out.  I was really concerned about getting a decent license picture this time, and told myself to wear my favorite purple hoodie, (even though we're in the middle of summer) and was giving myself a pep talk to smile naturally.  I picked up the carseat and hauled Sofia inside while we waited in line.  When I finally got up to the counter, I filled out the paperwork and headed to the cashier to pay.  Oh, crap.  They don't take Visa.  I only have Visa.  (WHO DOESN'T TAKE VISA?!)

Anyway-  I pick up the carseat and start walking out of the DMV to assess my surroundings:  where is the nearest ATM?  There is a grocery store…

FOR PEOPLE WHO LOVE SPINNING IN CIRCLES

For the past few months I've realized I've had an incredibly hard time remembering to live in the moment.  When we don't live in the moment, all we do is worry about what our future holds, what we could have changed in the past, and in turn, we lose sight of all the countless, amazing things that happen every day in our present lives.

Yesterday night was one of the last nights that I could see all of my very best friends before they end up leaving for colleges far away/different COUNTRIES.  Even one of my good friends that moved to Texas was going to be there!  I was so stoked!  All these amazing women were the ones I learned to hoop with, had some of the best times of my life with, and are basically my sisters from another mister.  Well, so many things have placed us in different states and cities it was hard to see each other all the time, that fact alone still makes me sad... and well, some of us even got married and had babies... *ahem*... (like you all have ANY idea …

CRAP! I CAVED- AND OTHER STORIES.

I'm sorry, I really am... I just can't not write anything for a whole MONTH!  That's craziness.  And also kinda boring.  So what I'm trying to say is, my "August Break Month" is now the "August Break Week".  And it's over.  I understand the concept, and was 'on board' at first- I am all about expanding your growth as an artist and taking the time to appreciate the beauty around you.  I just feel like I have so much going on in August that I'm going to want to talk about... it might not be super exciting, but it's worth having the memories to look back on.  Plus, you KNOW I'll still have the camera with me.  Who would I be if I didn't? Right. Not me.

So today marked my first day back at work after a whopping 10 weeks off for maternity leave. (I was pretty lucky).  I was having such a blast at home, and was finally getting into a rhythm with Sofia, we really were starting to understand each other and groove through our days…

THE AUGUST BREAK - DAY 7

Couldn't help but notice Sofia and Tessa were both in Paul Frank today!  YES!

THE AUGUST BREAK - DAY 6

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THE AUGUST BREAK - DAY 3

THE AUGUST BREAK

After much deliberation, I've decided to try and participate in The August Break 2011.  It seems like I've already started down that path, but basically I'll be taking a short break from all the writing while still continuing my photography.  I'll be posting a picture (or pictures) each day through the month of August without spending the time to write any text to try and get myself off of the computer sooner and out into the world to enjoy this last month of the sunshine/summer.

I've been saying "no" a lot to getting out of the house, and I need to just get my butt moving and start exploring again.  I haven't been to a museum, a live concert, had a chance to bake, or been outside to hoop... so, I'm still going to have a photo presence this month over on D&SJ but won't write as much.  I'll get back to storytellin' sometime in September (if I make it that long!)   So here's to summer.  Here's to continually growing as a photo…