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{memories in manhattan – volume 4}

3 Apr

a good friend of mine just reminded me of an annual event that takes place in union square park, lower manhattan. it apparently just happened last weekend in new york, and i was reminded of the time that i was fortunate to be in the mix, camera in hand.

i’m talking about the ‘annual pillow fight’ 🙂

i’ll never forget the hilarity of this day. it was a sunny afternoon, but there was a spring chill in the air. 14th street was lined with people dressed in pajamas and costumes and carrying their favourite pillows under their arms. police staff stood closely by, and the occasional ambulance could be found parked around the corner, should anyone get hit a little too hard or fall off someone’s shoulders.

i meandered my way into the crowd, holding my camera close to my chest. i spotted several fotographers hiding out in the ‘pit’ and remember being nervous for them – like, what if someone or someone’s pillow knocked their camera to the ground? even though i came unprepared anyway {no pillow and all}, i was certain i would never be caught in the moshpit, let alone with my camera. i’m a self-admitted wuss like that. i prefer to have a nice long lense and stand nice and far back.

anyway, i people-watched for a good 20 minutes or so, snapping fotos like this :

i laughed at several costumes and appreciated how much thought some of the attendees took into preparing for this event. i wondered to myself if i knew anyone in the crowd.

hundreds of people people gathered in the shop windows nearby to get an aerial view… Continue reading

{mercury retrograde : september 17 – october 9}

17 Sep

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i recognize that i have many followers from many different walks of life… which is awesome, and THANK YOU to each one of you for following my blog!!! i totally celebrate diversity!

while i greatly appreciate you, i also recognize that not all of you signed up for this blog to get astrology updates, and yet some of you signed up for this blog specifically for that reason. some of you signed up to follow my tiny-house journey… some of you signed up ‘cuz you’re also a major foodie… a few of you may have signed up because you love nature and exploring… some of you signed up because i basically forced you to {hi, anna!}… some of you singed up for the photo-gawking… some of you signed up to share our mutual love of NYC… and maybe a handful of you signed up because you actually enjoy me and my random rantings.

i recognize that i may not always appear to be consistent… but i am a glass onion – transparent with many layers… and i fully embrace that about myself. part of what i love about astrology is that it has really helped me understand myself a lot better… and ultimately LOVE myself more! which is a very good thing.

with that said, we are entering another mercury retrograde period… which tends to get a bad rap, but is also gaining attention, and can be a tremendous opportunity for us to slow down, revise, revisit, rework, and {hopefully} ultimately {re}gain some clarity or perspective on something or someone as a result.

hopefully, more than anything, we learn more about ourselves.

so sit back and enjoy the ride! 🙂

and maybe keep a journal in the meantime… 

 

{a blue moon wedding!}

22 Aug

there were such beautiful and intimate moments at this wedding, that at one point – i almost forgot to keep taking pictures! i was completely enamored, what can i say?!  these two are such magnificent souls… and their love carries such an intense energy with it that EVERYONE could feel!

they decided to wed on the blue moon, just three weeks ago, this past july. it was just the most beautiful day and only 20 people were present for the ceremony… and so was blue moon, the yummy beer.

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congratulations, a & a! ❤

 

{travel tuesday – the winter x-games : from a slightly different perspective}

28 Jan

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this weekend i helped work at the winter x games in buttermilk.  it was pretty unbelievable.

however, i didn’t go to see the athletes or even watch any of the event, and yet i had access to almost every venue and space on the mountain… what exactly then, was i doing at x games?!

sorting through this enormous pile of trash :

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i’m not even kidding.  there were 2 other huge piles just like this in the two days i helped…

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i was part of the “green team” for the weekend – sorting through waste to divert it from a going to a landfill. the goal was to divert 80%, and i believe we came damn close! that team is so amazingly dedicated!!!   Continue reading

{the bi-annual cattle round-up}

11 Nov

i had never seen anything like this and i was so happy to get immersed right in the middle of it!

remember last friday i wrote about the coolest cattle?! well, as i was fotographing them that day, i inadvertently got stuck behind the twice-a-year cattle round-up that takes place here in town.  i was pretty much cracking-up the entire time and also felt so privileged to have witnessed this event, camera-in-hand.

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it was the day of the eclipse, too… and the sunset was unbelievable!

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i know they’re “just cows”, but i love them. and what i want to know is…

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how the heck did they round up all these cows without me noticing?  one can’t get off this road, so-to-speak, and i had just turned around to head back down the hill when i saw this… Continue reading

{dia de los muertos!}

2 Nov

i walked the “day of the dead” parade in my new town and got some fun fotos of some pretty stellar costumes and such.

i didn’t know much about dia de los muertos until just last week.  and now that i do – i gotta say – i’m kind of hooked 😀  i really want to prepare better and dress up next year.  it just looked so fun!

and i’m for celebrating diversity and culture! i miss those two things about NYC the most.  i just appreciate the differences we have, and i love learning about new cultures, or even existing cultures, but really getting immersed in the celebration! everyone here is so welcoming and wonderful.  i met some amazing people and i just had a great time!

{preface : this one is foto-heavy!}

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dia de los muertos!

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it began with this guy…

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walking the parade… Continue reading

{thirsty thursday – happy halloween : please enjoy responsibly!}

31 Oct

hey ya’ll

are you going to go out and/or dress up for halloween? i have an early morning friday, so i will probably keep it low-key and watch the nightmare before christmas or something… 😉

just wanna throw in my shameless two-cents of a plug here – please don’t drink and drive, have a DD.  and if you don’t have to be on the roads, just stay in. and why not give out healthy snacks instead of candy?  or better yet – do a TRICK!  no one does tricks anymore, we just toss “treats” in a bag and are done with it. can you just imagine the look on the kids faces when you bust out a bunny and a hat instead of twizzlers?  priceless  – better have a camera… 😉  i digress.

meanwhile, i’m all for enjoying a few libations for the event :

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i love to support organic practices of all kinds! 😉 this stout was incredible, and had perfect hints of chocolate throughout, with a nice finish.

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i’m a fan of farmhouse ales – the bubbles, the colour, the complex flavour… this one didn’t disappoint.

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brown ales just feel like autumn, don’t they?  the rich flavour and the heavier body… ideal for transitioning us into the next season.

have a great night, friends!  be safe!

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