Well. I am nearly speechless tonight, as I sit down at my computer after our Halloween festivities. You know how I talk a lot about the mushy, squishy feeling and about feeling tenderhearted and about how sometimes I feel so much love or sadness or laughter or whatever, that I literally cannot contain it? I literally cannot. It rises like steam off the top of my head. I may feel nauseous. I may run around the block. I may laugh until I cry or cry until I laugh. Sometimes, it’s just too much, too fast.
I am so in love with where I live. I love the Halloween/birthday party we went to tonight and I felt such an affection for the entire extended family throwing or helping out at the party, that I nearly hugged them all. However I had just met some of them and I was dressed head to toe as Snow White, so it’s not like I could have done it and then blended seamlessly into the crowd.
Everyone would have remembered the Snow White Hugger.
(This is just a terribly-lit iPhone photo sneak peek. My very *interesting* Halloween photos will be uploaded over the weekend.)
And I do need to squeeze in a sentence or two about the house we trick-or-treated at that was projecting the Wizard of Oz movie on the front of the house. When you got to the door, there were four people dressed braided head to ruby-slippered toe as Dorothy. Two women and two men. Then there was the house with the woman giving out candy from the top of the house – a 2nd or 3rd story window. She had long, fake arms attached to buckets of candy. It was brilliant enough to leave me speechless.
However, that’s a story for another day! (although I totally just told most of it) Today I am lucky enough to be swapping questions for Ask Away Friday with Camesha (Cam) from Bibs & Baubles.
She’s another blogger I never miss a post from, and yet again, I can’t remember how we “met.” I adore her and her L.A. life and her kids somewhat close in age to mine, and her beliefs about motherhood and career and doing it all and finding what you love.
I like her a lot. And here are her questions for me:
1. What is your favorite bonding time to do with your family?
I am neurotic about our time together as a family of four, because Cassidy works such long hours during the week. So even going to Trader Joe’s together is exciting to me. We like things that require creativity and a bit of structure and total imagination. We LOVE Halloween and we do it up right. We love sci-fi conventions & renaissance faires and more of that sort of thing.
2. If there was a dream vacation you could take with your family anywhere in the world where would you go?
Alaska. Times a million! Moose and wolves. Whales. Northern lights. Although I suppose you can’t see them all at the same place or during the same season. I would also love to go to Disney World with the kids. I really don’t like rides, or heat, or crowds (don’t I sound fun??) but blowing my kids’ minds is a passion of mine.
3. How did you and your husband meet?
Now that is a story. The short story is that he was my client, 3,000 miles away, and we fell madly in love over email, phone and through music and photos. We met at JFK Airport, had a wild summer romance, and then we broke up tragically. I pined for him, miserably, for a year and then finally fell in love again with a new, great man. A year after that, and two years since I had last seen him, he called me on my birthday. It spiraled my life back into alignment with his. Hearts were broken. Leaps of faith were taken. It’s really a great story and if you ever find yourself with way too much time, I link to all 20 parts here.
4. Your blog is awesome and seems to have grown really fast (probably because it’s awesome). How long have you been blogging and what made you start?
haha, thanks. It didn’t grow for awhile because I wasn’t very active in communities and commenting. Luckily, I learned. So I really started blogging over three years ago and I started because I was suffering from a several year dry spell of not writing/doing photography. And that made me really upset. So I decided to hold myself accountable in a blog – and let those emotions and fears and love find a place to slip comfortably (and not so comfortably) out of my mind and into somewhere else. I’ve only been part of the SITS blogging community for about eight or nine months.
5. What’s your favorite thing about blogging?
Hands down, it’s the community. The friendships and support. I get so excited to see real-life friends and then when I get home at night, I get really excited to catch up with you all. Sometimes I’m lucky enough to meet you.
6. Random: Vanilla or chocolate? Why?
Hm…that’s tough! I’m a chocoholic, but not in large doses. And if we’re talking ice cream, I always need a vanilla base. I guess I’m a weird chocoholic, because hot cocoa and chocolate ice cream are too much for me. Vanilla, I suppose!
7. I love your photos. Initially, I didn’t know that it’s your business. I just thought, “Wow, she takes great photos.” 🙂 How did you get into photography?
Well the love started when I was very young. Initially, I thought I wanted to be a filmmaker because of the combination of music/images/words. Then I realized I could set two of those things apart and be a photographer and a writer. It was a long process of being given a good camera/lens and then gaining knowledge, confidence and love. And jobs, of course.
8. What do you like most about being a photographer?
I’m a bit of a control freak. I panic at lack of control. I love that photography is essentially about control. I control the lighting, settings, backgrounds, etc. In some respects, the camera is a sort of shield that lets me experience the world a certain way, and I’m also able to put it down and embrace life in a different way. Professionally, it’s about the beauty and love and giving captured memories for people. I always wanted to be a time traveler, and writing and photography do help me freeze time.
9. What do you like taking pictures of most (aside from your babies)?
I actually talked about this once on my blog so I’m going to cheat and copy and paste my own words: It’s a little vague to say that people are my favorite thing to photograph, because there are things I search for. For me it’s about intense emotion, wisdom and love. That’s what I love to capture. If I see it in the world, that’s what I aim for.
10. You’re invited to a pot luck, what do you make?
I generally make a dessert. And when I say, “I make a dessert,” I mean that seven times out of 10, I panic at the last minute and Cassidy makes something great. Every now and then, I do make my own potluck treats.
11. What’s your favorite thing about motherhood?
We went to Cape Cod this summer and spent three days straight with one of my mothers-in-law. She commented that she wasn’t used to living life the way we were living it – going to contained and safe and happy places. Always thinking about bathrooms and food and water, but having so much light-hearted laughter and love. I think I was built for it – this life. I love keeping them safe and living these lives meant to delight them, at least as often as possible. Of course it’s not a 24/7 funhouse here. And mainly, my favorite part of parenting is the breathtaking love that nothing can prepare you for.