Thank goodness I have my iPhone or else I would miss so much that’s going on in my life. Lately though, I find myself photographing less and less. The passing of my friends remind me that it’s not a good practice – I should photograph more! More of life, more of friends, more of people I love.
It’s hard though – I’m fighting a feeling of malaise and almost disinterest. I know why I feel that way – and so do you I’m sure. I’m going to fight through it for I know it’s not good for anyone, particularly for the people around me.
One of the things I’ve been doing is cycling. I try to go a couple of times a week and on most Tuesdays, I ride with a group of fun people called the Fab Brew Crew. It’s great exercise and one of the best things after a ride is eating dinner together. Here’s a few ladies that I ride with. Aren’t they beautiful? And look at the boats behind them! There are definitely perks to this newest hobby of mine.
On her first day of her internship, I rode the metro to meet the girls at work to escort them home on the metro so they understand the route. I wanted a photo of course. The girl initially refused saying, “Mom, it’s not the first day of school.”
But she relented and posed with Sydney-girl and I’m so glad I have this photo. These are two of the cutest interns ever!
It can be a logistical challenge to get them there and back. Most of the time they ride in with someone and then I pick them up a the metro station and bring them home. It’s quite a commute for them. It’s an hour metro ride and then a half hour drive back home. On one trip home a few weeks ago, I was rear ended by an 18 year old girl. We’re fine, she’s fine, and the people in the car that was sandwiched between us was fine – though that car had to get towed away. There were a lot of first responders who came to our rescue and we were the subject of a bit of a backup on the highway – the kind that annoys everyone, especially people in Washington DC. It didn’t stop us from snapping a silly photo. Can’t take these things too seriously.
The husband and I went to New Jersey for Barb’s funeral a couple of weeks ago and it was a really wonderful to see all our friends. I know how that sounds – but somehow it makes the loss more tolerable to be together through it. We went to the wake together then ended up at Carol’s for dinner that evening.
We couldn’t agree on how to take a photo and Carol suggested we turn off the light so we didn’t get a glare from the chandelier. It worked well didn’t it? I don’t have a lot of photos from those two days so I actually cherish these dark and out of focused ones.
Now here’s a joyous moment. The boy came home for a few days for the July 4th weekend! He had left school to attend Mr Tom’s funeral and then came home to us.
On the day he came home, we took him to Walter Reed Hospital for the husband’s doctor appointment. I guess we felt he hadn’t traveled enough miles and needed to be in the car for another couple of hours.
He was so accommodating like he always is and he appreciated all of the service people who were there for their doctor appointments. They were veterans without limbs and with scars that I’m sure we couldn’t see. The comfort dog, and I can’t remember her name, was there to give those people a little bit of love. She’s in the Navy!
This is one of the great views along one of our cycling rides. I actually stopped to take a photo – and got way behind everyone but I just can’t help myself sometimes.
Here’s why I cycle. I can’t resist when it comes to butter and sugar – which is what these are. They are the traditional no bake cookies and I made them for LCAT Daniel and Devyn-girl when they came to visit the boy last week. I busied myself in the kitchen while they recounted their college stories to me. LCAT Daniel is going to a school for philosophy (or something like that) and he showed up with a tie dyed shirt that said, “vagina guardian” on it. His hair was also quite Jesus-like. He told me the story behind his shirt and it really was a very innocent explanation of an unconventional message on a shirt. LCAT Daniel is highly intelligent and a great debater and Devyn-girl said to him, “I feel so stupid around you.”
To which I answered, “This coming from a bio-chemistry major.” She’s studying bio-chemistry and is interning at a police department as a forensics intern this summer. She then went on to tell me how much she loved titration.
These kids crack me up – but then again, they just finished their second year of college so they’re not really kids anymore. Le sigh.
This is Asher! Among all of the wonderful moments in the last month or so – this is it. This photo was sent to me by his proud grandmother. I can’t wait to have a grandson or two myself. Yup, I did just say that. I have yet to visit his tired parents but I will – soon.
I’ve been keeping an eye on our church expansion and big machinery fascinate me.
This young man just finished his studies at our non-profit culinary school and he volunteered to make sandwiches for our Dragon Boat volunteers. People serving people who are serving God. I love it.
This is comedian Kenn Kington whose act I have apparently seen ten years ago but have no recollection of it because he was with so many other comedians – but I do remember they were all funny. So now I have a photo to prove we met! He is also a really nice man, very gentle and chivalrous in nature. He gave a message at church that makes you laugh and makes you cry and takes you through the gamut of emotions. You should listen - http://chesapeakechurch.org/sermon/current-sermon.
I promise you won’t regret it.
This is one of my cravings, Vietnamese pho. Every once in a while, I have to have it. Barb complained once that she knew everything I ate because I post photos of food. It’s one of my favorite subjects!
Lastly, the husband sent me this photo of a magnolia bloom. These are so beautiful and so fragrant and I’m glad God makes them. It’s that simple.
Here’s to life through an iPhone.