my trip to denver

This is one of the first trips that I’ve been on that I felt like my pictures were a good representation of what I did on the trip and not just a collection of pretty pictures.  It also probably helped that Kevin doesn’t like having his picture taken, so there actually wasn’t anybody for me to take pictures of.

This is one of my goals for this year, try to capture the experience, not just the nouns.  That’s what I’m going to call it, the nouns – the people, the places, the things.  It really is incredible how you can capture all of those things and still not have a clue about what happened along the journey.  (Kind of like what I believe happened with my India pictures, oops.)

My trip to Denver was actually an out of my comfort zone trip.  That is the longest amount of time that I have spent with an introvert in a long time, which resulted in me spending a lot of time in my own head.  It’s a scary place up there, but it allowed me more time to think about life, relationships, really good music, photo compositions, and what I want 2014 to look like.  I guess maybe it was a good thing overall, huh?

Here’s the coffee shop we went to the first morning.

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Meet Bo.  He has more energy than any pup I’ve ever met.

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Meet Santana.
These two wouldn’t leave me alone at all.  Good thing they’re cute.

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We went to see Railroad Earth at Twist and Shout.

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I had a biscuit sandwich for breakfast that was buttermilk fried chicken, Tender Belly bacon, and cheddar cheese smothered in vegetarian gravy at The Biscuit Company.  Probably should have taken a picture of that instead of my teacup.

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Then we drove to Breckinridge while we were in food comas.

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I spent $50 on greeting cards and art at the shop that this banner was in front of, oops.  The shop was called Magic Scraps.  I could have lived there.

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We found Olive & Finch for breakfast on my last full day.  It was delicious.

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Then we wandered around downtown.

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And on my last day we made it to the Botanic Garden.

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Not too shabby for a 4-day trip, huh?

Now I just need to figure out what city I’m going to hit next.  Any ideas?

nola for new years

After two-and-a-half years in Louisiana, I finally talked Tory into coming down with me for New Years.  Yes, I admit that it may have been a mileage run.

Let me un-consultant that for you.  When you’re SO close to getting the status you want at the end of the year, but you only have a few miles left to go, sometimes you hop on a plane at the last minute just to keep your status for the next year.  And because I’m not quite ready to give up gold status yet, I hopped a plane back to Louisiana to spend New Year’s Eve.

We spent New Year’s Eve in Baton Rouge since neither one of us is actually a big enough partier to justify battling New Orleans for the evening and that meant that we got to spend New Year’s Eve with the love of my life and his man.  We even got to attempt to sing karaoke again.  Fail.  We’re not supposed to ever sing A Whole New World (or maybe I’m not ever supposed to sing karaoke?).  This time it was the wrong version, which meant the wrong key, which meant the men’s part was far too high.  Anyway.

Tory and I decided to check out NOLA on January 1st and 2nd because she had never been before – and I have never really taken out my dSLR walking around the city, so that was fun too.

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Do you have any favorite sites in New Orleans that I should check out next time?  Always looking for new places to hit up.

a photo calendar for 2014

I’m really excited about this one.  Inspired by Elise Blaha’s calendar for 2014 (which I bought and love), I decided to make my own 2014 calendar with a few of my pictures over the past year.  I figured it would be a great way to make gifts for people with a bit of a personal and creative touch.  Also, I owed 5 people homemade gifts from a Facebook post at the beginning of 2013 still.  I ended up wishing I ordered a bunch more in the end.  I ordered all of the cards from Overnight Prints and I was really pleased with how they turned out.

I put a note on every calendar that said, “Enjoy EVERY DETAIL of 2014” – I’m not sure anybody will piece together that all of the pictures are of close up details and I’m telling them to enjoy every detail of 2014, but it made me smile.

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On the back side of every post card I put a calendar that I made in Excel and made sure to write the city that the picture was taken in – everywhere from Paris to Bangalore to Middlefield, CT to Houston, TX and more.  What a year of traveling.

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I’m kind of sad that I only printed 25 of them, but I think it was a good start.  And it was a nice way to share part of my life with the people who don’t get to see me very often.  My mom pointed out that it didn’t make sense that you couldn’t see the picture and the calendar at the same time, but I’m not sure that that bothers me because when the numbers are this tiny on calendars I never seem to read them anyway, I just look at the pictures.

When I got all of the pictures in I went to a coffee shop to put them together, and finally decided to tie some yarn around them to dress them up a bit.

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I think I’m going to try to make another calendar for next year.  Now I have some motivation to just keep making my pictures better.

the colors of india

I got smart this time.  Instead of posting all of my photos on Facebook I saved 17 just for my blog.  India was wonderful.  The food was spicy.  The dancing was fantastic.  The shopping was fun.  The driving was crazy.  The weather was hot.  And we had damn good company.  I have a few more posts planned about India, but in the meantime, enjoy a few photographs from the trip.

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Other posts about India:

2013-11-25 My Trip to India 1

What to bring to India

India002

Lists of India

2013-11-24 Bossman's Wedding Card3

Bossman’s Wedding Card