Sunday, September 24, 2017

Weekly Journal: I Used to Hate Tomatoes




Last week I got a surprise when I looked at my email and saw an item from my Etsy shop had sold! I'd almost forgotten I had opened my shop back up. One of these days I will get around to adding more to it. I have plenty of resin pieces just waiting to be put up for sale.


I spent many years of my life hating tomatoes. Within recent years I began to tolerate them, and now I actually really like them.  One tomato-including meal I like to have is a grilled cream cheese and tomato sandwich on wheat bread.  It's great for eating on chilly days.


Thursday was our four year wedding anniversary and one of the things we ate was pistachio cheese cake. I remembered really like pistachio things..




Wednesday, September 20, 2017

High Above the Beach


Now that I have successfully gone on three plane trips this past year, it was finally time, to ride in a tiny airplane, as my husband has been trying to talk me into doing for the past seven years. That time came during our trip to the Outer Banks over the summer. We spent the weekend watching little airplanes fly over the coast, and on the last day there, I finally gave in and agreed to go for a ride..



We drove to the airport hanger at the edge of one of the islands, and there was the little tiny plane, waiting for us. 


I couldn't believe how small it really was!  Smaller than a car!  The pilot suggested I sit in the front since I had the camera, but I choose to sit in the back, where I could internally freak out in peace. 



The plane slowly started moving down the runway. The pilot kept the windows open until the very last minute..


The plane gently lifted off the ground, I barely even realized we were in the air. Definitely way less intense than a big plane. 


The ride started off pretty gentle, but as we got closer and closer to the ocean, the ride became bumpier. and bumpier. I remembered how windy it had been that day and I really started to freak out as I began to regret agreeing to the 30 minute ride. My least favorite feeling in the whole world is that drop feeling in your stomach. I try to avoid anything causing that feeling at all costs.

 I was internally screaming but managed to hold it together on the outside. I hid behind my camera and tried to forget where I was as I focused on photographing some of our favorite places, and past beach houses I've stayed in.


We ventured over the little islands towards the narrow strip of land that makes up the Outer Banks.



We flew over the monument where the Wright Brothers took the very first flight.



It was interesting to see the lengthy bridges from above.


I love seeing things from faraway, to it was quite incredible to see this place that I have been coming to for years and years from this vantage point. 




The changing water currents!



Looking through these photos feels like I'm looking at a miniature village. I recognize so many of the buildings, and memories are brought back of traveling down these beachy roads. The picture above shows an ice cream surf shop that is a favorite stop of ours. It's the place with the arched roofs towards the very left.


A few that the giant sand dunes that have engulfed many things over the years..


We ventured down the coast past one of the lighthouses.



It was so cool to see how narrow this strip of land really is.







Soon after we landed I found myself OK with the idea of taking more plane rides like this in the future, even though just moments before, I was in the air, holding in my screams.  I forgot about that and just remembered how much I loved seeing this little beach town from above. The day ended with taking a trip to the favorite ice cream surf shop before heading home.




Sunday, September 17, 2017

Weekly Journal: Hurricane, Tired Brain and a Tiny Camera

I've been meaning to start these posts back up again. Maybe they will help me keep up with the blog like I used to, back when I always had posts scheduled and was always up to date with my reading list. Back when words flowed more freely out of my brain.

It's harder to do that nowadays because I am always so tired when I get home from work. It's not a physically exhausting job, but it is very collaborative and involves working very closely with my coworkers all day. It's great, but as somebody who is a bit on the anti-social side, I have a bad case of tired brain when I finally get home! It's way different than back when I started this blog, when I was cooped up in a lab all by myself all day with hardly anything to do.

My hope is to make better use of my time so I can keep up with all the random little things I want to do such as edit pictures, write blog posts, figure out how to develop film, work on my temperature blanket, learn french, teach the cats not to shred the new couch.. ect. 

Anyway, here are a few things that happened this week!


The Hurricane came by early last week, and despite all the fuss that was made around here, it was completely underwhelming. Some mild drizzle was all that we got. But that's definitely better than being completely flooded or out of power!



This tiny camera is the newest member of my collection. It actually works and came up a tiny roll of film! Getting it developed should be interesting..



These posts are also good for reminding me to take more random pictures throughout the week.



Friday, September 15, 2017

Secret Garden


One summer evening, I wanted to explore Reynolda Gardens. The sky was dark with rain clouds, but it looked like they were passing by, quickly so we decided to head out anyway. Halfway there we caught up to the rain. It was pouring on and off but we kept going. We got to the gardens just as the last rain drop fell. 


A slight fog floated just above the trees and the storm clouds were beginning to clear away, so the setting sun's golden light could shine through. It looked like we had discovered a secret and magical garden. Nobody else was there.
















We wandered around the gardens for a while, and there was never another soul in sight. The quick rainstorm had scared everybody away.