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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The Meadows of Schwan Lake

I found myself in a meadow the other morning, walking with Wilder. The meadow surprised me, being not where I expected it to be - so near my family home - walkable from both my house and my grandmother's house. I had eyeballed the land jutting out onto Schwan Lake, visible when driving past Twin Lakes Beach, wondering how to access it. With a google search I realized the trail begins right on 17th Avenue, which couldn't be more convenient for me.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

My Baby is the Most Demanding Boss I've Ever Had

Wilder sucks a lemon
I am a woman who lived 35 years on this earth - eating, drinking, sleeping, working, reading, laughing, loving, traveling, taking photos - all for myself. I led my life. I thought a lot, brain always whirring, about absolutely everything. Today I am a woman, now 36 years old, who exists to nurture my baby. I have thrown myself into this job like a workaholic. 

Wilder is a demanding boss. He requires a 168-hour work week, including all nights and weekends. I can’t daydream too much or he’ll bonk his head on something or eat cat poop. I can no longer keep track of the little things. I’m so forgetful. I have a very real condition known as “baby brain.” 

Baby brain is discombobulating. The U.S. should adopt one year paid family leave for both parents - not just because it would be “nice” to have that time off with your new baby - because it is nearly impossible to be a fully functional part of society while caring for a brand new little one. I was a perfectionist in my past, childless life. I had particular ideas about how my life should be, and I was able to make it so. Not anymore. 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Things I Wish I Knew Before Bringing Baby Camping

The marina at Pinecrest Lake Resort

Pinecrest Lake in the Stanislaus National Forest is a family camping dream, with movies in an outdoor amphitheater, food and supply stores, restaurant and coffee bar, not to mention a clear blue lake fully stocked with rainbow trout and ringed by Sugar Pines, Redwoods, and granite. Kimo and I felt confident in our camping skills until we brought our 6 month old baby to Pinecrest on a two-night camping trip. Even with grandpa’s borrowed camper van we were overwhelmed at times. 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Point Lobos - Photo Essay

I took Wilder and Kimo to Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, just south of Carmel, for the first time this summer. Kimo fell head over heels and we ended up visiting the park three times in one month. 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

End of Summer Recap (including August Photo A Days 15 - 31)

I started August with daily blog posts of my “photo a day” pics. I’m ending August with a 2 week recap of more than 14 photos. Life really got in the way these past two weeks. Wilder has had lots of appointments, including a new addition to his care team - a Doctor of Osteopathy - who adjusted his bones. I’m not sure if it was coincidental or not, but Wilder seems to have taken off running since the day of his first adjustment last week. 

That very night Wilder lifted his head off the ground while on his tummy for the first time ever. Soon, he was flipping over completely on his own. He seems eager to crawl and sit up. It will be exciting to see which he does first!

Day 15 - Clouds - none to be photographed that day!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Garrapata Beach (and August Photo A Day - Days 11, 12, 13, 14)

In order to inspire more daily photography, I'm participating in Fat Mum Slim blog's Photo A Day in August. There is a theme each day and photos are shared with the hashtag #fmsphotoaday on Instagram.

Day 11 - Mirror - I picked up the art deco compact mirror at a stoop sale in Brooklyn years ago. The mirrored glass pot holds a homemade candle from my sister Melissa. She also gave me the vintage souvenir compact with the lady scarf inside. The cover says, "Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk."

Sunday, August 10, 2014

August Photo A Day - Days 7,8,9,10

In order to inspire more daily photography, I'm participating in Fat Mum Slim blog's Photo A Day in August. There is a theme each day and photos are shared with the hashtag #fmsphotoaday on Instagram.

Day 7 - Spot - Rockview, Santa Cruz