Saturday Snapshots

Some blogs do InstaFriday or another weekly picture roundup. I don’t have that kind of time. So here’s some of my favorite snapshots from my cell phone over the past few weeks (or months).

A beautiful summer day in San Francisco at the Ferry Building. I love how the flags and flapping in the breeze.

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Later that day it turned gray and dreary and we ended up at the Botanical Gardens. Here’s Ana photo bombing my panoramic shot:

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Before getting back on BART Ana and I stopped for coffee. She cracks me up.

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When driving to or from the Bay Area I always put Nixon in his crate and keep him from eating before so he doesn’t get car sick. Lately he’s learned to relax in the car, even put his paws up:

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Late night in Sacramento networking and enjoying the capitol lit up:

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The great donation drive of 2012 has started. Here’s the gaggle of flower vases amassed over the years. Way too many and half are already gone:

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Nixon. Kleptomaniac and thief with a webster making his escape.

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On the way to the beach with the boys. It was a little cramped in the backseat of mom’s car.

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Early mornings at Starbucks with my aunt are always a treat. Especially when the dogs are still in the car and behaving.

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Amazingly cool flowers found on the way to beach. Nature is freaky.

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These white hydrangeas were so pretty and fluffy.

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Don’t you love how dogs in small towns sit outside buildings and accept love from little humans? This boxer was so patient and sweet!

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Our favorite flower on the beach trip were these pink “Naked Ladies”

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I don’t all all those Instagram filters because I’m cranky and don’t need (another) social media site. But I am going to be adding more here every few Saturdays.

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How a Hydrangea Made Me Cry

About a week ago I was so excited about September. Freshly back from Florida, I was loving the dry heat, new direction and energy in my business and making some big changes here at home.

When I went to the grocery store to restock my fridge with real food I picked up a beautiful blue hydrangea on sale.

Now hydrangeas are probably my favorite flower and I only get them on clearance because I kill them waaaaay too quickly to pay full price. I brought it home, plopped it in a container and set it on my desk. It made me smile.

In fact, last Saturday I was at my desk recording an interview with a colleague in the UK, loving how this little flower brightened up my desk. After the interview I went to tell my mom, who was visiting for the weekend, that we could go shopping!

Instead I found her sobbing into the phone in my kitchen. My worst fear wasn’t true, my grandpa was okay. But my never-imagined-this-could-be-true fear was worse. My healthy, active, joyful, 26 year old cousin had died in his sleep.

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I thought of his precious and precocious 2 year old daughter who didn’t know that “Daddy’s sleeping!” wasn’t true. He wasn’t ever going to wake up.

I cried a lot last weekend. When the grocery store clerk said “how are YOU today?” in a chipper voice, when I thought of facing my birthday without my cousin to share it with, when I saw his daughter running around playing unaware of the adults sobbing around her.

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Sunday night I got back home in the early afternoon, drained, exhausted and still in shock. I had an armful of photo albums to scan so we could share pictures at his service. When I sat down to scan them at my desk I could see my hydrangea had wilted. 5 days without water will do that to a plant. Especially one on life support already.

So I emptied my water bottle into the soil and started scanning. About 200 pictures and 2 Amazon streaming movies later I looked up. Amazed, I realized that the hydrangea and perked right up and looked great!

And I started to cry.

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Because all it took was a little water to bring that plant back from certain death. So simple. So easy to fix. And now, even days later, we have no idea why my cousin died. What happened to his body.

And it hurts way more than I ever thought possible, even after losing two grandparents to disease and old age. This hurts more.

Justin was my first birthday present, born on the day I turned one. You know how I feel about my birthday already.

In just under 3 weeks I’ll be turning 28 and he won’t turn 27. And that makes me cry, even more than the little sad blue hydrangea.

Progress Report

I was originally going to call this ‘reports from the bedroom’ but I don’t want to disappoint all those people who find me via google search.

I’ve finished the photo wall (finally!) and brought in the step stool to get a picture:

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bird eye view

I’m not completely happy with the spacing and there are a few crooked ones to straighten up but overall it looks good to me!

I marked off all the photos using blue painters tape to approximate the spacing and know where to add the hooks:

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From the left a picture of the beach in Key Largo, a chapel, standing stones in Scotland and flowers from my garden:

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3 here need mats: Key Largo and Standing Stone and Daisies

in the middle tulips in the garden, the Scotland ferry, grapes in Napa, South San Francisco harbor and 3 photos from snorkeling in Key Largo:

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And on the right flowers from downtown in the canvas, a rose from the state capitol and lights from a backyard party:
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I’ve also hung my favorite photo from Key Largo over the dresser:
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While I have a few mats to purchase at Michael’s I’m happy to mark this as done on my project list!

And once I had the pictures hanging I could add the lights again, as seen in this close up:

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Now I can really enjoy the room until I have to move everything to install baseboards soon! It’ll be a good time to do some ceiling touch up and next is clearing out the closet and cleaning that space up!