Monday, June 2, 2014

Crazy little thing called...

It's pretty amazing when things just start to come together in your life. Two weeks ago I found out that I am returning to my job next year, and I am really excited. I am very happy that I get to continue the work that I am doing and expand the programs that I have started working on. The staff at my school has been extremely supportive this year and I feel honored to be able to work with such a great group of people.

A few weeks ago I also met an amazing man. I don't think that I have ever written candidly about relationships on my blog, mostly because nothing this noteworthy has graced my life since starting my blogging journey. It's a little surreal to think about, but my whole being feels different. I am extremely happy, and feel blessed to have him in my life.

Yesterday quite possibly was one of the best days I have had in years. We went to Bottlerock music festival in Napa. Being that he is a musician (extremely talented) he had played there the night before and with a lot of strategic moves we were able to get backstage everywhere we went! This resulted in being backstage to see Barenaked Ladies, LL Cool J and The Fray among others. It was an amazing day. Below are just a few of the photos documenting our dreamlike experience.

Barenaked Ladies





LL Cool J

LL Cool J

The Fray

Backstage!!!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

It's been a while

It's been a while since my last post. Let's see...in that time I have:

Started a new job
Moved to a new city
Bought a new car
Been to Mexico
Been to Tahoe
Met new friends
Started a new class
Learned a lot

It's been a busy 6 months, but I am happy and health and doing well. At the end of July I moved from Chico, my home for the past 10 years, to Antioch, for new job. I started that job right away and it has been a whirlwind ever since. I am learning a lot in this new job. For example, in my last counseling position I was responsible for lot of behavior counseling, individual and group academic counseling, but in this job I am responsible for a lot of scheduling and college preparedness. It is great, but a big learning curve. I seem to be doing well though and I really like the face paced atmosphere. I also have an amazing team of women I get to work with everyday and an awesome administrative team to support me as well.

Over the winter break my immediate family went to Mexico for 6 days. I was pretty hesitant about the trip as I am very fond of our "traditional" Christmas, but I have to say, 6 days with nothing but the pool and the beach as amazing! All we did all day was bask in the sun, eat, read and repeat. I needed the rest and relaxation and it has allowed me to come back rejuvinated for this semester. I also spent 3 days in Tahoe with my best friends and got to meet the newest addition to our friend group, baby Hayden...it was awesome to say the least.

Tonight I started taking a class at the local community college. I wasn't sure about it going in, but it ended up being a great start and I think I am going to be challenged which is always good. It is a gospel choir, which I thought I was done with...but it keeps pulling me back in. The director is amazing and really knows his stuff, so I think it will be an great experience.

And, that's the gist of my last 6 months. Lots of work, making friends at work, taking time off, and starting new. Excited to see what the next 6 months brings, but I won't be taking as much time off from the blogosphere this time!

Sunday, July 7, 2013

New photos from years past

Catching up with some editing this weekend and found some old photos that I haven't posted here before.


I think this might be one of my favorites...
Pat Hull @ 1078



Surrogate @ Cafe Coda



Ellen Knight @ Cafe Coda



Kyle Williams CD Release










Sunday, June 23, 2013

Beauty in the insanity

I spent the last two weeks (the first two weeks of my summer vacation) in Washington cleaning, organizing and packing up my grandparents home in order to help my sister and cousins sell it this summer.

It was insane.

First, my grandparents lived on a remote island in the San Juan's of Puget Sound, Washington.

Second, did I mention this is a remote island?

That being said, it is a beautiful place. Quiet and lush. Only 4 square miles, you can walk to the beach, or to the point to view the ocean and other islands, in an afternoon.

In between the times of insanity - truck axels breaking, running out of gas, finding multiple dead animals (birds and rats -yuck!) - I was able to appreciate the beauty and document it with these photos.






I also brought home all of my grandfather's slides and negatives and will be scanning them throughout the summer. So look for some reproductions of his work on the blog later this summer along with more from this trip!