Even after taking the month off, I still can't say that I'm ready to get back to daily blogging.
I did want to check in though to let you guys know where I'm at.
Life is happening.
The kids start back at school tomorrow. (8th grade for Cole, 7th for Courtney and 3rd for Miss Yans.)
We made a trip out to the lake. I made a day out of school-clothes shopping with each of the kids. Josh took on the Cross-Country coaching position at the kids school. I fell in love with playing tennis at the park by our house. The kids slept in almost every morning. I prepped for a class I'm teaching at Click Away. Cole finally decided he likes running and broke last year's PR. We rode our bikes to dinner on the bike path. Courtney Lee entered a singing competition. Annie played with our neighbor, Lexie for upmteen hours a day. We went to Back to School Night. Cole taught himself how to play the piano with the assistance of a few Youtube videos. Josh and I started and completed a Whole30. I cooked a lot. We came close to getting our storage unit emptied. I got rid of a lot of stuff. The kiddos had sleepovers at their grandparents.
And now Josh is out camping with the kids and picking blackberries so they can make a back-to-school pie tonight and I'm trying to get some work done. (Being home with three kids all summer meant that I didn't get a whole lot of time to work.)
I haven't been shooting much.
In fact, I told Josh the other day that I don't even know how I got the shots I managed to get in years past, because I certainly can't get them now.
He reminded me that I've been in this place before.
I don't know what my hang-up is with shooting right now, but I'm sure hoping it passes.
Josh and I went to Ferndale last week and I did do some shooting while we were there - nothing impressive, but just the fact that I wanted to pick up my camera made me feel a little hopeful...
We stopped in Eureka for our first non-Whole30 meal. (We literally finished the Whole30 the day before we left for our trip.)
And then Josh dropped me off in front of the Ivanhoe Hotel (it wasn't open yet) while he went to a business meeting in Fortuna.
As soon as he got back, we drove to the beach and went for a 3-mile run. (Has been awhile since I've been able to run that far without my leg hurting.)
And then we drove back into Ferndale so Josh could have his first beer in 30 days.
And then we went to dinner where I discovered my new, favorite drink; a Moscow Mule. (After 30 days without sugar, the Cosmopolitan I orignally ordered ended up tasting like syrup, but the Moscow Mule was just right.)
And then we made a few phone calls back home to check on the kiddos.
And brushed our teeth before calling it a night. (When Josh was 17, he had the bright idea to get a devil tattoo on one shoulder and an angel on the other - however, the devil turned out so poorly that he never went back for the angel. Yet another reason not to have artwork permanently tattoed to your body before your frontal lobe is fully developed.)
And the next morning, Josh Downs made me 'coffee' (Yerba Matte Chocolate tea, coconut milk, and dark-chocolate flavored Stevia - during the Whole30, I had to drink it sans Stevia. It was sad.) and then he headed out to work in Fortuna.
And then I got to work myself. (I brought my computer.)
And then he drove back into town for his lunch break.
And when he got back to the hotel at the end of the day, we went for another 3-mile run. (That run kicked my tail for some reason.)
And then we hung out for open-mic night at the Ivanhoe, which is pretty much the highlight of our trip every time we've come to Ferndale.
I wrote a long post about last year's trip and open-mic night here.
And yes, Eleanor (Roosevelt) was there at a table labeled 'Deserved' instead of 'Reserved' and she and I got some time to hold hands and exchange stories. I swear, if I lived in Ferndale, I'd follow that woman around everywhere until she agreed to be my BFF.
And then Josh read while I watched HGTV, which is my favorite thing to do anytime we stay anywhere with cable TV.
Spent the next morning working again.
And had lunch with my husband once again as well.
And when Josh got off of work, we made a quick stop by the grocery store to grab a beer for Josh.
And then rode our bikes out to the beach.
And just like last year, we ended our bike ride laying in the grass underneath the steeple at the church across the street from the Ivanhoe.
And then it was dinner.
And a lazy morning spent out on the balcony of the Ivanhoe before grabbing some produce from the Saturday Market across the street, heading out for a day of sightseeing, and making our way home.
We decided to drive the road to Petrolia that we tried (unsuccessfully) to bike last year. It was 30 miles of some of the steepest hills, the thickest fog, the roughest roads and the lushest greenery I'd ever seen and then it drops down into this...
And oddly enough, we spotted a couple of zebras along the drive as well.
And then we stopped for lunch and a bit of sight-seeing in Petrolia before making the long and windy drive back home.
The next Photographers' Workshop kicks off two weeks from today (Monday, September 15th) so I'm thinking that my life (and my blogging) will get back to normal then.
And if you'd like to join in on the workshop, I'd sure love to have you. (Click here to register.)
The regular seats in the workshop are currently filled, but I am leaving some additional auditing seats open because I love it when the class forum is full, and fun, and fast-paced!
Auditing students are able to participate in class just like a regular student and have access to everything that a regular student has access to as well. They can post questions, upload photos, view the evaluations I write for other students, etc. The ONLY difference is that I do not provide evaluations for auditing students, although auditors can purchase a telephone/skype consult if they decide they'd like any photos evaluated either during or after the workshop.
Auditing is usually ideal for anyone who wants to work at their own pace or save a little money, but I also have a lot of students take the auditing option simply because the regular seats in the workshop are full, and those students are usually pleasantly surprised at how much they get out of the auditing experience.