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Monday, January 26, 2015




This weekend was a flurry most of which was spent helping a friend through a very difficult time. The rest was spent trying to get homework squeezed in. I have to admit since I've went back to school life has felt quite different. Busy got busier. But just in the way I had hoped really. It's a focused busy as opposed to the busy of looking exasperatingly at my to-do list not knowing where to start. Looming due-dates makes it all much more clear. Though I am in a bit of a daze as I adjust to it all. And while I do think this life change is just what I needed there are little things I am missing that I realize I can't squeeze into my day (like taking lots of photographs) but hopefully as I get my new routine down I'll find that balance. Because really that's what I am after, good old fashioned balance. Balance of knowledge, balance of time, balance of creativity. And that takes time. Which can be ever so fleeting in the day to day, but luckily in the long run there is a lot of it to be had. (speaking of which, i just realized, it's my birthday week!) 

Here are a few pictures that I captured a couple weeks ago with my new wide angle lens. There are times (several times a day really) that I think of moving abroad or picking up and being a vagabond (the latter is a less charming of an image when I think of vagabonding with my children. but the former i can daydream about that all day long). But sometimes I look out over my city and I feel an all encompassing and overwhelming sense of being home, familiarity, and love, really. Like the early morning that I took these. This city makes me fall in love with it over and over again. 

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  1. My classes (!) start this week so busy starts now for me too. I hope I can cope. But what I really want to say is that that lens and you are a match made in heaven. Really! You make your city look so beautiful. I get wanting to go (trust me, I do), but staying seems okay, too.

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    1. i have no doubts about your classes! i know they will be wonderful - but yeah, the keeping up with it all, that's the tricky part. (i do love my new lens. i really need to go out on a real date with it soon!). xo

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  2. "There are times (several times a day really) that I think of moving abroad or picking up and being a vagabond...But sometimes I look out over my city and I feel an all encompassing and overwhelming since of being home, familiarity, and love, really." Girl, PREACH. It's like you can read my mind. I have this exact struggle on a daily basis. I want to pick up everything and move abroad, sell off everything but the necessities, and then I'll be out running errands and something about Philly, the city I've lived in my entire life and have more or less taken for granted, will stop me in my tracks, and I think, I can't ever leave home. Sigh. We don't even have those striking vistas you have! I imagine that makes it more intense. xo

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    1. since/sense why can i only edit myself after i hit the publish button? it's like some weird form of self-sabotage.

      i think i will always have that struggle. before (long ago) when i was running from here and coming back and running off again every time i'd return i'd think 'this truly is one of the most beautiful places in the world.' and of course it's home. feeling at home is always a beautiful thing. xo

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  3. ohmy! that fog lifting off the city is just like... magic!

    so it's a good busy, right? well, there's always a transitional period whenever a new variable is added, but as you mentioned, it just takes some time. i trust you'll find that balance.

    also, yeay for birthday weeks!! xo

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    1. it is a good busy . . . if i keep my head down don't look around my house ;) i do think it will balance out. but for now i am just basking in the forced structure of it all. it's like they say about kids - they love structure and routines - i think it's true for adults too! xo

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  4. when work takes over life i often hope for just one hour more of sleep. but then, when i'm on holiday for a week with no work to do at all, i can't stand it either. i need to do something. so i guess, busy is better. hhaa. i hope you have some relax time between your busier schedule.

    that photos are magic!

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    1. so true. before my kids started school i couldn't sleep past 6 am, now when the alarm goes off at 6:30 i feel like i could sleep for hours (weekends i am back up at 6!).

      and thank you!

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  5. Happy birth week! And I totally understand about running away somewhere. I'm throwing my hobo pack on Ryon's back some day and just riding off into the sunset, care to join?

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  6. I hear you. structure can be a good thing, especially when you are working for yourself and are a bit of an introvert getting caught up in your own head. happy birthday week xoxo

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  7. Beautiful photos! I love that feeling, when you are very busy, good-busy, enjoying what you do and feeling content, and you appreciate so much more the spare moments, when you can reward yourself with something that gives you great pleasure, like going for a walk and taking pictures.

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    1. thank you ada! i am really enjoying the structure and it's been a good little bounce back into it. i think i'll be able to utilize that aspect of my re-introduction to structure even after my classes are over and my only deadlines are self-imposed ones (at least that's my hope!).

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  8. Wow, that view, such gorgeous photos, the fog seems so calming to look down on. Have a lovely birthday week!

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