About a year ago, I received this poem:
And Ode to Karen Russell
9 weeks ago we embarked on a journey
Not quite sure what we'd find.
The world of photography is so vast and scary...
Can ANYONE ease our mind?
All of these buttons, dials and settings:
Aperture, f-stops - lessons to play!
Low and behold, our teacher arrives
She's come to save the day!
Assignments to complete, photos to upload
Will there be enough time?
So much to learn - so little time!
Life gets in the way and now I'm behind!
But they say time flies when you're having fun
This part we know is true!
Just one question remains in our hearts...
Karen Russell, WHAT will we do without you?!?
We weren't quite sure how to thank you...
What is the perfect way?
Something very special will soon arrive...
When can you get away?
What arrived was something wonderful.
A bunch of gals from one of my past classes pooled together and sent me a gift certificate to stay at The Mercantile in McCloud, California. Apparently, they remembered it's our anniversary destination.
And last weekend, Josh Downs and I finally got away...
We got to McCloud around 7:30 p.m., just in time to watch a movie in bed and fall asleep.
And then we got up the next morning and headed down to the cafe for breakfast.
Free breakfast=Happy husband.
Right after I took this shot, the waitress walked over and said, " Are you two newlyweds because you just scream newlyweds?" (We hear that frequently.) Turns out she and a couple of the other patrons were placing bets on it.
I quit shooting after that though because people typically think one of two things about newlyweds:
1. They're really cute.
2. They're really annoying.
And then I went back upstairs for some quiet time.
And then we headed up to the mountain to go cross-country skiing. (Something we had never done before.)
It's really fun (but really tiring) so we needed a break.
Cold beer=Happy husband.
A fellow cross-country skier passed by as I was taking this shot, standing over the top of Josh Downs in what may have looked like a precarious position. (I bet she thought we were newlyweds too.)
I was attempting to look tough in that shot. (Failed miserably at that attempt though.)
We went to dinner after that but I was too cold & tired (and hungry) to take any pictures.
And then we fell asleep again.
Spent the next morning relaxing in the room.
And then we headed back to the same cafe for breakfast.
Free breakfast two days in a row=A really happy husband.
I wasn't joking when I said my students are the best in the world.
Thanks all you lovely ladies.