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Friends of Every Kind..

“Enthusiasm finds the opportunities, and energy makes the most of them.” – Henry Hoskins

“A true critic ought to dwell rather upon excellencies than imperfections.” – Joseph Addison

“I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think.” – Socrates

“Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.” – Lao Tzu

Last week I spent some catch-up time with my friend, M. We visited Blend Cafe in Durham in the Golden Belt (which I didn’t even know existed before that day). I kind of knew a part of the Golden Belt, but I just didn’t know I knew. I’m confused, show of hands – who’s with me?! So I’d been to this place called The Scrap Exchange before, but because I entered the parking lot a different way, I was unaware of what awesomeness also existed in this chunk of the town. There’s Blend, The Cotton Room (a great event space), The Scrap Exchange, Liberty Arts, artist studios, a yoga studio, & a host of other venues. After lunch at Blend, we were given an unofficial tour of a few other locations. We ended up taking pictures on the dock – we were goofballs! Hope you enjoy our results!! ALSO – thanks to M, I now know that Obladi Oblada is a song by the Beatles. Yes, my music knowledge has improved immensely in recent years, peeps. Here’s a video of the song!

There was also one day where I spent the better part of an afternoon with my bfrand. I’ve seen many-a-day with this lady. It’s rare to find one (let alone second person being my guy) person who gets you & has had a similar life path. Thanks to A&P (anatomy and physiology) I met this awesome chick and we’ve been together ever since. This particular day, we ventured to Cocoa & Cinnamon in downtown Durham. A pretty neat spot off Geer St. Where I was fascinated by this place called Motorco down the street. I still don’t know what was written on the sign some guy was standing next to..that will probably bother me for weeks. We visited Daisy Cakes before they closed (love their desserts!). It was B’s first time there. She approved : )

We wandered around downtown for a bit after that with Baby (my camera) in hand. We caught some pretty neat shots! One of my favorites is the one looking down the track. And it only took about 50 tries to get our reflection picture, but we did it! I could not imagine my life without this girl! Everyone should have a B in their life.

The next day, my cat and dog were especially clingy and looking so cute, so I got Baby back out. I went for a brief and freezing walk that morning and noticed how our flowers were starting to bloom outside. When the sun peeked out a bit more, I took Baby outside and clicked the shutter a few times.

It was nice to have a bit of free time last week  & enjoy it with some special peeps!

I am thankful for: friends & pets!



A Bull creation outside Liberty Arts..way cool!

A Bull creation outside Liberty Arts..way cool!

The dock

The dock

My gift from M - a necklace with a map of Maine!!!

My gift from M – a necklace with a map of Maine!!!


Down The Rail

Take 100

Watch Your Step

Look To The Beyond

Hanging Down

Sweet Hello

Furry Green




Thanks & Giving..

..must mean it’s November!

There were many events in November! I donated blood early on in the month. I love the ladies over at REX! I also discovered my blood type, which was pretty cool for me. And I got a sticker!!

Paker and Otis was on the “visited” list. I discovered some reminders of Maine while at lunch that day..namely, a little lobster!

There were more crafts in November also. M and I made a turkey out of a Solo cup and construction paper. It was awesome! My boyfriend and I also ended up making our own Christmas trees out of felt – Best. Michael’s. Trip. Ever. So much fun! It’s pretty awesome to be able to shop with someone who shops like you do. Haha!

Thanksgiving was spent in Maine. I had so much fun! There was a visit to the Longfellow house, a walk around the golf course (complete with finding 52 golf balls), a painted puffin in Portland, 2 cent bridge, & a second visit to Fort Halifax. I’ll hop on my soapbox once more to say this – if you’re fortunate enough to spend the holidays with your special someone, appreciate it. Make a special effort and let them know how much it means to you. Hopping down now.

November also brought a photo shoot of sorts for M for their family Christmas card. We had so much fun! It was an awesome learning experience too in having a photoshoot with kids. A day or so after this, we discovered a Winter train exhibit at the Museum of Life & Science. It was so cool!!

I am thankful for: planes, reminders of Maine, craft stores, memorable moments and the photos that capture them.


O Be Positive


Maine in Durham


Turkey Time


Two Cent Bridge

Two Cent Bridge

Fifty Two

Sunset at Fort Halifax

Sunset at Fort Halifax


Puffin in Portland


Boxed Up


Museum of Life and Science

Museum of Life and Science







Those September Days..

sometimes it’s worth getting lost to see who will come looking for us. ~ robert brault ..via @TamaraLackey

“Anything is achievable. Be positive, be enthusiastic, and project confidence.” – Sarah Doukas

“All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become.” ~Buddha

“Sing your song. Dance your dance. Tell your tale.” – Frank McCourt

Allow me to begin this post about September with a song entitled, “September” by a musical group you may know – Earth Wind & Fire. Thank happy goodness I was in Aromatherapy (maybe?) at the time. Regardless of the class name, my classmates helped me tremendously by thinking of this song title. I happily hummed the melody for the better part of 3 classes and one glorious day, S came to class and told me the name of the song! Here is a youtubed version of the song for your enjoyment..

My excitement and distractedness toward the middle of that month stemmed from one of the happiest events (I’ll venture to say) of my life. Yep, peeps, I said it – “of my life”. I have a valid the month of September, I met one of the greatest men ever. And no, I’m not just saying that because he’s my boyfriend. I’ll avoid getting too mushy on you and tell you of some of the best places we visited my first trip to Maine instead!

Our first date was to see the Portland Head Lighthouse in Cape Elizabeth, ME. So pretty! The weather was incredible the first day there and we got some pretty awesome pictures! We also got to see (and walk to) the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse. It was a long, but pretty fun walk in the rain mist. We saw tons of lobster buoys and passed a few other couples making the mile long walk along the breakwater to the lighthouse. That same day we met Andre..well, sort of..there is statue of Andre the seal, who was very popular in the ’70’s. Andre spent his summers in Rockport, ME and his winters in Boston, Mass. for over 20 years. We experienced a bit of Camden that same day – a town we plan to visit again for sure! We made the drive up to the park there which overlooks the bay only to be greeted by fog. Not to worry – it cleared! There were so many new discoveries and memorable places. Stay tuned for more!!

Honorable mentions:
**the grasshopper M and I found in his backyard – little dude was staring at me from behind the flower! Simultaneously way cool and way freaky.
**painting days with M – we painted outside – the weather was still pretty awesome, and one day we made an early Halloween craft, courtesy of Pinterest!

I am thankful for: airplanes, Andre, neat towns like Camden, the fog clearing (literally & figuratively), grasshoppers, paint, music, email.











Waterly Love


Portland Head Lighthouse

Portland Head Lighthouse


Harbored in Yellow



The view as the fog cleared.

The view as the fog cleared.

Walking the breakwater at the Breakwater Lighthouse in Rockland, ME. Standing at the lighthouse.

Walking the breakwater at the Breakwater Lighthouse in Rockland, ME. Standing at the lighthouse.

What we dubbed the halfway buoy.

What we dubbed the halfway buoy.





Come Back, Kid!..

I’ve heard you!

I’m back!

I’ve missed you!

SO much has happened since my last post. OMG guys..where to begin?! I’ve devised a plan of attack for my comeback – fear not. In keeping with my daily photo blog mission, I’m going to make one large post for each of the months that have passed (Oct, Nov, Dec, Jan). I’ll be posting the series of photos I took in that chunk of time (which should be interesting, considering I have pics on two phones and one camera) and writing about my month in general. I’ll also add the quotes I collected throughout that month and a list of what I was thankful for most in that month. I appreciate your patience so very much! It’s a bigger project to back track and make retroactive posts than it is to keep up with them in conjunction with the hectic-ness (just made that up!) of life. I’ve learned my lesson! People also seemed to miss my blog a bit, and I loved hearing about that from you all! It means so much to know that I’m missed.

For today..I wandered around outside in overcast conditions and captured a couple neat images. I’m always happier with a camera in my hands. Here’s to happiness!

I’m thankful for: the camera I call Baby.


A Heart Unmelted


Red Fire


On The (Moo)ve..

DAY 255


To the heroes.
To the fallen.
To the brave and fiercely courageous.
To the ones who are still here to feel pain on this day, and everyday for the ones lost.
To remembering and never forgetting.

“Happiness is a direction, not a destination.” – Unknown

“Happiness depends upon ourselves.” – Aristotle

“Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it.” – Bill Cosby

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” – Lao Tzu

So there’s this thing called the CowParade going on in the Triangle. There are nearly 80 cows decorated by various artists placed throughout the area. From what I understand, this is the first CowParade in the US to have been placed in an area and not just confined to one city.

M and I found 9 today in the area close to the Durham Bulls Ballpark. We took pictures of 6 and saw 3 more on our drive home. M really enjoyed seeing them! We even passed 2 moms with their little ones while on our cow hunt. Seems to be a popular idea!

I am thankful for: art.


One of my favorites!

Wild for Bees (Burt’s Bees) in the background, & Night-N-Day up close. The only 2 we thought we’d get to see.

Body, Mind, & Spirit..

DAY 249


“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Risks must be taken, because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.” – Leo Buscaglia

“You never achieve success unless you like what you are doing.” – Dale Carnegie

“Use what talents you possess; The woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.” – Henry Van Dyke

Practice yoga to calm the mind, strengthen the body & free the spirit. You are your body, mind and spirit all together. – Tara Stiles

I am thankful for: words of wisdom.


Simple Sunset..

DAY 247


“Never regret. If it’s good, it’s wonderful. If it’s bad, it’s experience.” – Victoria Holt

“Success is achieved and maintained by those who try and keep trying.” – W. Clement Stone

“Freedom is instantaneous the moment we accept things as they are.” ~Karen Maezen Miller

“You may delay, but time will not.” – Benjamin Franklin

Vacation was wonderful, but today it was back to the real world. And there was a beautiful sunset to cap it off!

I am thankful for: simplicity.