Life Comes At You Fast

Boy, it sure does.

A quarter of the year has passed since I last posted…. oy.

My favorite season has left us as quickly as it came, and with that, my absolute favorite month was busy and blurry... like it didn't even really exist, but it did, in it’s own way this year.

Usually when I'm going about my days I think of all the things I want to say here. I have thoughts and opinions and a lot of ramblings, but when it comes down to typing things up, I go blank… oh well. In a nutshell to catch us up to speed here is what has been going on:

  • Wrapping up the Summer after our move we visited Austin, TX. Loved it, want to go back, could consider moving there - if only they had seasons! The nightlife is fun, and the size of the city is just perfect - not too big and not too small. It was the first time Brian and I got to ride around on the new electric scooters (soooo jelly these aren’t in NYC). We lounged by the pool at the hotel and relaxed, and we hopped around to some amazing restaurants and bars too. After some time there, we drove through “Hill Country” and stayed with Brian’s aunt on their ranch. It made me sooo home sick for Ohio… luckily I was headed there next!

  • A few weeks later I visited Ohio. My love. My home. My soul. It never gets old going back. I was solo on the trip and, though ideally I would have had company, the trip allowed me to appreciate all that is and will be. I visited Chillicothe and hung out with my favorite 2nd parents. They showed me all the cool new spots opening up in town and we knocked around at some old ones too. I caught up with an old friend and we shared news and interests of our somehow very adult lives. I saw a good college girlfriend where we caught up about life and work. I visited some special memories and caught some glimpses of everything I’ve missed for the past 2 years. Ohio is for me, no matter my age, or stage of life. I’ll always love it, and cherish everything that has derived from it to make me… me.

  • After Ohio, it was a short sprint to our Wedding weekend in Palm Springs. The weekend was filled with so much happiness, love, and bittersweetness all at the same time. It was the one time in my life friends and family from every chapter of my life were able to interact and be together under one roof. It was so overwhelming, I didn’t want the weekend to end, and yet, every good thing must come to an end. We spent the week after relaxing in Napa county in Northern California learning about wine and vineyards and got to reflect on everything that just happened. Northern California is magical, thats for sure.

  • Since being back from the wedding we’ve been working to get back into our normal routine in the city. For some reason it was really hard to bounce back from it all this time around, but we are finally settled back, a month later just to start traveling again for the holidays.

I have a very jumbled assortment of photos I’ve been meaning to edit. And they are very unseasonal. I’ve started to have other interests occupy my brain a bit other than photography. I guess this is one of those waves, come Spring I’m sure I’ll be back to it, but probably for the next few months I’ll be hibernating focusing on something else for the time being. More to come on that… maybe.

First round of photos are from the Pride parade from this summer.

(*hangs head in shame of how delayed these are*)

I woke up early before the city started moving and was able to capture some of Chelsea and West Village and their support for the day. After making my way to the Stonewall Inn, I came back to Chelsea and waited for the masses to come out and the parade to begin. It was a hot and sunny day, and made for the occasion even that much more momentous. The route actually went a different way this year as a test for next year’s World Pride Parade. There were so many walks of life, all supporting the same cause - it was truly moving. I also thought pride day was a great way for me to practice taking pictures of people since I don’t have much experience with that. I had a little anxiety doing it, but it quickly melted away when I realized how happy and willing people were to have their picture taken. What an experience.

Next up, Brian and I try to go to the beach a few times in the summer. It’s a very easy trip to make, via subway, but is a bit of a trek to get out there too. With traveling and wedding planning we only made it to the beach once, so here is just a little taste of what it’s like getting there.

And last but not least, the back to back weekends of Austin and Ohio, followed by our honeymoon adventure of going on a hot air balloon ride (random photos, I know, sorry).

xx, always.