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A couple weeks ago I went to Los Angeles to visit my wonderful friend Genevieve, who lives in Santa Monica (which is essentially paradise).

I love playing with the film camera my dad gave me a few years ago–the SLR he used for most of my childhood photos. I always want to take it with me when I travel, but carrying that camera plus my digital camera is just too much. This time I decided to leave my digital camera at home and take only film. Shooting film is fun, and I totally don’t mind that it’s a lot lighter than my digital camera!

Big “thank you”s go out to my dad (who happens to be my #1 blog reader) for trusting me with his old camera, Genevieve, who is a wonderful photographer I love handing my camera over to, and her husband Anders for hosting me!

Joseph and I took a trip to San Francisco this summer for my friend Genevieve’s wedding. As soon as I booked the plane tickets I made a strict itinerary that involved lots of hiking. But I made a mistake when booking our hotels and had to abandon most of the itinerary. Thankfully we were able to fit in a few of the outdoor activities I had been planning on, and as soon as our plane landed the first morning we made our way to Land’s End and then to the Muir Woods.

Land’s End is beyond beautiful. It was like something out of a dream! I almost wish we hadn’t gone there first because nothing lived up to those first few hours.

Introducing our new kitty–Severus! We are finally a two-cat (plus one dog plus one turtle) household! I think Severus is just about the cutest kitten I’ve ever seen. Seriously, look at that face! He also has the longest tail in the world. We brought him home yesterday, and he’s already proved himself to be super cuddly and playful. I’m so excited to see Severus and Leonardo grow up to become old men together :)

Lately I’ve been thinking about two things 24/7: tennis and gardening. This is very bizarre to me, and I’m not sure how I’ve become this person. It all started last fall when Joseph encouraged me to take tennis lessons, and I fell in love instantly, even though I was/am truly tragically bad. Gardening came a few months later, when my parents visited and helped me bring a dream to life–creating an English Garden in my backyard.