“Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.”

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Quite the quote by Henri Cartier-Bresson, hmm?

Well, 9,804 to go.

I received the most amazing gift for Christmas – a Canon Rebel T3 and a lens that’s way too cool for me. I’m going to take non-iPhone pictures, guys!

I’ve spent the past week reading as much as I can and watching eight gazillion YouTube tutorials. Aperture! Shutter speed! Camera shake! ISO! So much to learn.

I need a pet pronto so that the gift-giver doesn’t get sick of being my unwilling (and often unsuspecting) subject.

On my last official day off of work for the holidays, I clomped around in the snow outside for a while and managed to snag some halfway decent shots. Get ready for lots more!


Life Lately

1. Pretty yellow tulips to cheer up my apartment 2. The most amazing Thai soup and shrimp, courtesy of my personal chef/seester 3. Relaxing Saturday morning with coffee and my Kindle 4. The Cedar Hotel patio with Ali after work one day last week 5. Checking out Barcito at the new Tavernita – “nada nada ensalada” 6. How can these beautiful trees be trying to kill me? #allergies

The weekend in pictures

Holiday parties everywhere - eggnog and rum balls to wrap up my Friday? Why not.


"Peace" candles on my parent's table - one of my favorite holiday decorations.


Up at sunrise at my parent's house to stock up on baking supplies at Costco.


Back in the city for Saturday brunch at Bistro Zinc - mushroom and chevre quiche. Amazing.

I feel like December weekends always fly by and this one was no exception. Saturday evening was a great dinner and friend’s holiday party and Sunday was Girls Football Sunday – that one needs a post of its own 🙂 Such a great few days, but I need a weekend from my weekend. Happy Monday!

New York, New York

I’m a lucky girl when it comes to travel this year and I just got back from a long weekend in NYC.  We walked so much, saw so much, ate so much and had so much fun. I would have had a major case of post-vacation blues if my route home from the airport hadn’t afforded me a glimpse of the skyline and a reminder that the city I’m in every DAY is pretty awesome itself – and that much better all decked out in Christmas lights!

Here are some of my favorite pictures from the trip.

The most beautiful afternoon light in Central Park

The new site of the WTC

The Christmas tree in the lobby of the Hilton Times Square

My favorite over-sized Christmas decoration in NYC

View from 30 Rock to the south

Central Park to the north

Brunch at Schiller’s

New York Times building at night

A fountain filled with plants for the season