The tide pulled at her hair

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Washington, DC; December 2014.

You can float around with me

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Washington, DC; December, 2014.

God knows I love her

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Mother. Sister. Washington, DC; December 2014.

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Does she sing because she knows?

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Muses in taxicabs. Washington, DC; December 2014.

My lady never told me of her sadness

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Keeping up with news around the country has been so painful the last few weeks.  Lots of love to New York City today.

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A few black and white shots from our visit this past weekend, taken mostly around Columbus Circle and Lincoln Square. November, 2014.

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Were you sleepless?

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New York City, NY.  November 2014.

It’s Friday, I’m in love

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Yay for a fall weekends!  While we are bummed to be missing out on one last west coast wedding and all the lovely people gathered there, it’s undoubtedly a gorgeous time of year to be stuck on the east coast.  We’re planning to rent a car and take a day trip to the Shenandoah Valley to enjoy the crisp weather and autumn colors.  If we’re lucky, maybe we’ll find a little fresh apple cider to enjoy along the way.

Hope you have a great weekend!

Eye Candy

Here are a few links to some of my favorite recent art and photography projects to get you through your Friday.

  • Artist Carol Milne “knits” with glass, and the resulting sculptures are impossibly beautiful.  [via This is Collossal]
  • Photographer Finn Beales was traveling in Iceland and has been sharing the most stunning nighttime shots of icy landscapes lit by the aurora borealis and a starry sky.  [Made by Finn]
  • Photographer Chrissie White’s work always makes me feel like I’m spying in on someone else’s fairy dreamscape. Loving her recent set, Call of the Wild.  [via Rookie Mag]
  • It’s always a good thing when photographers Jamie Beck and Kevin Berg visit Paris. [Ann Street Studio]

If you don’t get it, then forget it

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Ate ice cream in a desert dream

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Leave all your love and your longing behind

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Wanderings: Austin

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A few happy days with my wild, gorgeous loves in the wild, gorgeous city that will always be home.

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I will bring her back to you in spring

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I’m floating away on a rosy cloud of azaleas

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Through the city streets

Paris has many charms.  Monuments, palaces, parks, amazing food, and great shopping.  But I’m more than content just wandering up and down the city streets, admiring the buildings, and watching the hustle and bustle of people going on about their everyday lives.  Those city scenes are what I love most about Paris, and what I most look forward to about going back.

It’s Friday, I’m in love

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It’s been a long time since I’ve been this excited for a weekend.  Tomorrow my mother and I are heading off to Paris for a week-long getaway.  I’m looking forward to time spent people watching in cafe’s, photographing the city streets, and stuffing myself silly with amazing cheese, baguettes, and pastries.  I’ll try to post a few photos from France next week, but mostly I’m hoping to decompress and unplug.

Here’s what I’ve been up to on Instagram lately.  Hope you have a great weekend!

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It’s Friday, I’m in love

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After a very cold and snowy week, I’m thrilled to hear that we may be getting warmer temperatures this weekend in addition to our longer days.  I’m hoping to take my bike out for a spin, and meet up with a friend for brunch and pedicures.

Here’s what I’ve been up to on Instagram lately.  Have a great weekend!

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It’s Friday, I’m in love

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It’s been a long week.  I spent most of it in Dallas busy with a work trip, and I’ll talk a little about that next week.  Thanks for all your lovely comments on the posts about Spain.  Wouldn’t it be nice to be there right now?  Especially since there may be more snow in our future.  Oh well, I guess it means more time for snuggles and naps.

Here are a few last photos from Barcelona.  Hope you have a great weekend!

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It’s Friday, I’m in love

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Last weekend was long, quiet, and romantic, which was just perfect as we have a lot of traveling apart coming up in the next few weeks.  Friday night we stayed in, exchanged Valentines, and made pizza.  Saturday we went out to try a new, well-reviewed Italian restaurant, then had dinner and a movie on Sunday, and spent part of Monday reading in cafe.  It was nice to extend the romance of the season out all weekend, and it didn’t hurt to have these gorgeous tulips from the Mister, brightening up the apartment whenever we were home.

Have a great weekend!

Tulips and piano tickets

Tulips and piano tickets

White as snow, nowhere to go

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We had another snow day after last week’s storm.  On days like this, I like to get out for a walk early and have a look around before the hustle and bustle of the city turns the pristine snow to gray slush.

It’s hard to go far on those mornings.  The buses aren’t running, the cabs are charging extra, and the sidewalks aren’t yet shoveled.  Still, we made it as far as Rock Creek Park, tromping around in snow up to our shins, watching children go zipping down hills on colorful sleds, and taking a few minutes to make a panda out of snow.

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The snow kissed the curb

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A snowy hike at 3:00 a.m.

It’s been four years since we’ve had anything like the snowstorm that rolled through last week.  Something like 8 inches of snow in one night.  I know I’ve whined a lot about winter lately, but it’s hard not to get caught up in the excitement of a coming storm, especially since it’s been so long since we’ve had that much snow in a single day.

The heart of the storms always seem to come in the middle of the night when most of the city is sound asleep.  That is my favorite part.  When all the cars have given up for the night and the plows have yet to do their work.  The streets and sidewalks disappear under a white plain, and for a little while the city is silent.  Around 3 a.m., I spied this lonely walker making his way through the snow in the middle of the road, an eerie and otherworldly sight on what is normally a busy street.

Light December snow on the right; Heavy February snowstorm on the right

Light December snow on the left; Heavy February snowstorm on the right

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Endless winter

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Someday I’ll stop complaining about the cold and gray and snow.  Today is not that day.  I got brought down by another cold over the weekend, and the one time I ventured outdoors it snowed.  More—possibly a lot more—is forecast for tomorrow night.

Winter hasn’t gotten to me this badly since the first one I spent in Michigan, now, eight years ago.  Next year I’ll need to remember to schedule more travel during the cold months–preferably somewhere warm and green.  For now, I keep trying to snap myself out of my funk with fresh flowers, cooking lots of fresh vegetables, and eating entire boxes of strawberries if I feel like it.

Put some flowers ’round my room

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Sometimes all you really need to brighten up your gloomy winter days are $10 worth of flowers from the shop down the street.  It’s extra nice when they wrap up your bright yellow mimosas and cabbage flower with brown paper and string.  Looking at these beauties, I can almost imagine it’s spring.

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