Friday, November 27, 2009

striking that vacation balance

vacation respite?
after a whirlwind of family fun over the past 5 days, today josh and i spent several much-needed hours just doing NOTHING -- or close to it. fine, we watched 2 weeds episodes and took a luxuriously long, totally unnecessary nap. but it was actually the first time the two of us have gotten to have any real together down-time during this vacation! i LOVE visiting with my family and my in-laws, but there's something to be said for just pure relaxation and doing nothing time.

it's hard to strike this kind of balance on vacation! after all, i finished work at 11:30 pm on friday evening and we were in philadelphia before we were even really awake on saturday morning. it's been wonderful and so exciting to see both sides of the family and go on so many adventures, and i don't regret any of it! but i'm also ready for some simpler, more routine days --

back to AM running on my favorite routes
normal blogging breakfast routine!
not living out of a suitcase
all of my staple foods i know and love (i totally have peanut butter withdrawal syndrome)

i wish i had another week of vacation so that we could spend a few more days here AND THEN transition back to our regular lifestyle . . .

photo finish
okay, this clinches it: I WANT AN SLR.

version #1: blah

version #2: yay!

pretty impressive difference, huh? they were taken one right after the other -- first with my 3-year old digital, and then with josh's cousin's SLR. personally, i am sold! when we do decide to purchase one, i am going to make it a goal to really LEARN it -- via the manual, a class (?), and lots of experimentation!

and because it's black friday

anthropologie, i don't know whether to love you or hate you for bringing to my attention all of these beautiful dresses that i SO DON'T NEED! arghgh.


  1. Anonymous6:32 PM

    I know what you mean about vacation balance. I'm always ready to get back to normal after a few days of what's supposed to be relaxation!

    I want an SLR too. What kind did your cousin have?

  2. Welcome back home! Enjoy a relaxing evening and eat a spoonful of pb for me.

  3. Anonymous7:00 PM

    i totally agree with that vacation balance thing. definitely part of the reason i'm going to head back to school a day early. i like having time to readjust too.

    such a cute dress!! are you getting it in the spirit of black friday?! haha

  4. To the commenter who asked what kind of camera, it's a Nikon D80. With a 50mm lens. (I'm the cousin, btw.)

    And to Sarah, it was great to see you both. It's been too long since you've made it to Miami Beach for Thanksgiving.

    Btw, it absolutely killed me today when that lady had no idea how to use her Nikon. I don't understand why anyone would spend so much on a camera and not learn how to use it! Maybe it wasn't even her camera, but it was still frustrating to watch. =P

    I'm no expert, but I've had my camera for a year and a half and I'm always learning. I honestly know nothing about Canons (which are apparently great, too) but if you're going for a Nikon, feel free to ask me any questions. I've learned so much about lenses recently from research, experience & asking my photo editor (from the school newspaper) so many questions.

    Longest comment ever. =P

  5. Seriously I took 3 photos in Costco with the SLR still attached to the display and I almost cried with excitement!!! It was like gold in my hands!!

    Thanks for the shout out in your last post. I'm grateful for you too!! So glad we met last year :)

  6. we took a class at the carrboro arts center. it was really helpful and we usually take good pics with the slr.. glad you had a great trip :)

  7. Wow, the difference in those pictures is amazing! It would definitely be worth it to have a nice camera.

    I usually feel like I need a vacation from my vacation. It's fun/relaxing just to hang out and do nothing even though I love doing new things...or things I've already done before.

  8. Fellow anthropologie fan here...I, too, am constantly tortured by their cute dresses that I cannot afford!

  9. atilla4:54 PM

    miss you both already

  10. WOW, so impressed with the photo difference!!

    I am also one who craves routine :)