Tuesday, August 27, 2013

My weekend, condensed:

Stop abruptly and almost rear end a car (on the freeway). Blow through a stop sign. Get lost. Wedding, nine hours. Adorable first look. Sweet bride/groom photos. Miss the kiss. Camera breaks with two hours left of the wedding. Wedding finished. Camera still not working. Drive home at 11. Go to friends' concert with husband. Invite a married couple over to talk and cook a turkey. Couple leaves. 2:00 am, sleep.
Wake up: 6:00. Barn duty. Drive to pick up fellow photographer. Wedding day begins at venue, 9:15. Camera still broken. Two hours pass, no prevail. Husband comes, bearing two cameras. One with half a battery and no charger, the other with a 32gb card, but lacking the capability to shoot in raw. Third camera arrives (thank you Sarah), no card. Transfer card from first camera to third camera. Day saved. Husband and Sarah are the best. Wedding ends, 9:00. Offload photos of camera two, battery dies while loading. Offload photos of camera three, computer can't read the CR2 files. Panic. Sing all the way home with Husband. Drop off fellow photographer. Print class schedules at school for the next morning. Try to update computer info to read files. Panic again. Drive home. 11:00, completely beat, sleep. 

Wake up at 6. Barn duty. Edit photos. School until 2:30. Realize that eight classes this semester is not feasible. Sleep. Barn duty. Research new cameras. Cook. Clean. Read. Cook again. Call mom. Sleep.

Aye carumba! How was your weekend? And your Monday?

Friday, August 23, 2013

Highs and Lows

-Grapefruit; if it were any other name, it would be 'Pristine'.
-Barbecued peaches, because why not?
-Editing photos on the front porch.
-TWO weddings to shoot this weekend!
-Quality company over to share meals four times this week! Community.
-Coconut chickpea green curry. I've never been more satisfied with any other experiment.
-Epsom salt. Magnesium - I'm all about better sleep!
-Fresh produce. Especially zucchini. Sometimes I feel like I'm eating Larry the cucumber.
 ...Which doesn't make sense, because Larry is a cucumber, not a zucchini. Anyway... 

-Stinging nettle. Thankfully, baking soda is never amiss.
-School starts on Monday. I'll be taking 23 credits. My monotone typing says it all.
-Blogging has been on the back burner.
-Flies. Flies everywhere! We usually leave our door open if we're at home, but for the last two days flies have been finding comfort here along side us. Last night, after some friends left around 1:00 (it was a good conversation), Zach tried to ninja swat the flies with a towel ... he broke the light fixture.
On the bright side, I might explore the partially abandoned world of 'Katie's Crafting Supplies' and conjure up something fancy. (Here's to hoping I don't burn the house down.)

What's you're list this week? I'd love to hear about it!

Monday, August 19, 2013

Hey Katie Day: facebook page is up!

Big news! I just created a facebook page for my photography!
See the page here. I'm a wee bit excited. :) 
Have a lovely evening!

Friday, August 16, 2013

Highs and Lows

-Spinach, cucumber, basil, and tomato salad.
-Sister visits.
-Booking photo sessions.
-T.S. Eliot poems about cats.
-Frozen banana + peanut butter + cocoa powder .. BLENDED = ice cream.
-Finding this husband/wife photography team. The last hour has been spent browsing their talent! 
-Editing a wedding shoot. Almost being done with said shoot.
-Meeting new people.
-Planning for two upcoming weddings!
-Freezing peaches. So.many.peaches.

-Purchasing books. (I love books, it's just the price of said school books).
-"Your fish is dead." The first thing I heard from my sister after she arrived. Time for Cleo #3!
-My little ducklings that I've mentored these last two years are now all leaving for college! Be well, and make daring yet wise decisions, dear flock. Let's get coffee when you each return.
-I pulled a muscle while jump roping. WHO DOES THAT? Jumping a rope! It's the most simple, carefree exercise tool on the planet, and I pull a muscle on the fifth skip!

What are your highs and lows this week?  

Thursday, August 15, 2013

A little of today.

Whoa now. Looking back at yesterday's post, I'm not too sure what to think about that.
Also, random tidbit: though the windows are open, the house continues to smell like cauliflower.
Today has been one of those days where...
-Getting out of pajamas has been deemed unnecessary.
-Editing photos has been the most relaxing thing on my 'schedule'.
-Eating vegetables and making hummus became the perfect antidote to life.
-Going to an Advocare meeting was a last minute decision. 
(Thus, meaning, pj's were not on as long as I expected.)
-Popcorn was popped and gobbled up.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Today, I preach to myself.

On some days, the rain comes.
And when it does, don't hasten it.
But work it out. Take deep breaths. Don't be stubborn.
And listen. Please listen. And listen again.
Know what it means to be sad.
But don't stay there.

All too often, emotions are left in the dust, unfelt. 
Know these emotions. They happen; feel them.

Sunday, August 11, 2013


These two. I just love these two. I was so happy to shoot this day.
I learned A LOT and will be applying that knowledge to upcoming weddings.
Welcome to the family, Brian!

Friday, August 9, 2013

Highs and Lows

I received this box today! It's traveled to five different places already.
What's in it? A lensbaby. Basically, it's a lens that creates a tilt-shift effect. Thank you, Borrow Lenses, for shipping right to my door!
-Ikea meatballs. I don't know how they do that.
-Zach and I purchased a whole box of peaches from a local fruit stand for only TEN DOLLARS.
-My cousin is getting married tomorrow! I'll be shooting with a good friend (who also shot my wedding). We both shot our first wedding together, and are so psyched to mesh our ideas and see how this one turns out!
-My sister is visiting from Canada for the weekend.
-We held a party for all the horse boarders and office people last Saturday. It went off without a hitch!
-ELEVEN new chicks were born this morning! The mama hen is so cautious; rightfully so.
-Bubble tea with my favorite person.  

-One of my best friends is getting married and I might be in Asia when it happens.
-Fruit flies were bespeaking their power in our kitchen for a few days (they're gone now).
-School is fast approaching. I'm rather uneasy about one of my classes.
-Not nearly as much as I have wanted to read has actually been read this summer.

What are your highs and lows this week?
Have you read much this summer?

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Living on a farm: in photos

You may have heard me talk of the farm in the past; horses live here.
Though we live in the city, it's as if we don't at all. There's a big chunk of land that happens to be 500 acres of trees smack dab in the middle of all the surrounding cities. 
We just so happen to live in the midst of all that.
It's rather pleasant. When we want to get away from people and busy streets and drivers who don't watch where they are going (one of our friends just got hit by a car while riding his bike a few days ago), we can retreat five minutes away to our abode 'in the country'.
My husband and I can't stand horses. As in, we really, really, really don't like them. But in retrospect, working on a farm in exchange for rent this last year hasn't been all that terrible. Aside from the bee stings, attacking roosters, communication mishaps with management, alfalfa runs, and hungry horse spasms, we are so blessed to be here. We are thankful for our little house by the barn and all the people we have encountered along the way. Though the work invested here may not seem worth it at times, the challenge is.
So this is life, and it is good.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Miracles as of late: Provision

It's hard to keep something so big out of this blog. And since so much happens in my life that I don't share on here, I'd like to be more transparent with my faith, but mainly to share what I believe. I will be doing that in a roundabout way, simply by sharing stories of real-life experiences, through a new 'series' of sorts, Who is God? So stick with me, even if you don't agree with everything I say; I'd love to hear your heart or understand what you believe, even if it's different.
After praying for two months about Zach's emergency room drop-in, the fifteen minute charge of $1,088 has been 100% written off! Praise, praise the Father, praise the Son! Now we only have to pay the physician's bill!

After meeting with a bride to talk about her wedding photos (a friend that I haven't seen since 9th grade), I asked if there was anything I could be praying for. Taken aback by the question, she looked at me quizzically. "You could do a rain dance or something." Then she became serious. "I just talked with my grandma, she told me that we could live at her house after she moves out. But there's a slight problem; she kicked out the twenty people renting around her house, because they all share the same well water. The water has to be refilled every several years, but this time it's too expensive, the wells are almost completely dried up, and there's no promise that there will be enough water to last another week." I looked at her, the answer was simple, "Well then, let's pray!" Three days later, I received a text: "I just talked to my Grandma about the well. Both 900 gallon tanks are full." I asked her if anyone came out to fill the tanks, or if her grandma had paid for it to be done. Her response? "It just filled up." IT JUST FILLED UP. How GREAT and how AWESOME and how BIG is God?! SO BIG! After meeting with this friend this last week to follow up, I asked her what she thought about the situation, she replied, "I want to see this 'God' work more and watch what else he can do."  
Well hold onto your seat, friend, he's going to blow your mind.

Jehovah Jireh: The Lord will provide.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

At weddings, we like to groove.

(All photos belong to Caren Morris Photography)
Top left: He's a little teapot. There is his spout.
Top right: Curly hair makes otherwise terrible dancing look a little bit more epic.
Below: There comes a point when one needs to just stop dancing and exit the floor.
...This was my cue.
When you look delirious, it's time for a water break. A very long water break.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Highs and Lows

-Camping last week!
-Running! Here's to hoping it stays consistent.
-One of my best friends recently became engaged! Although it took everything I had not to spill the beans before it was announced publicly, not even a peep came out. A visit to Portland was necessary.
-ALSO, the most amazing wedding in Oregon. Seth and Kristina, your celebration was truly one of the best wedding's that I've been to. I couldn't stop smiling during your ceremony!
-Paid our school bill in cash. Oof. But worth it.
-Met with two friends for dinner last night. We all went through our awkward stages together in middle school and haven't seen each other since. Nothing has changed. We laughed for four hours straight. 
-Blueberry picking. Blackberry picking. Fruit.
-Cabbage, potatoes, peas, and zucchini from my grandpa's garden. Vegetables for days. 
-I never realized how often Zach got me flowers until I started keeping a 'highs/lows' list. That boy knows the way to my heart: wildflowers.

-Complete scone fail. Blackberries, let's try this again.
-Z's new manager has been scheduling him all night shifts for the last month. 
-Fruit flies! I can't seem to keep up with eating all this fresh fruit on time! (No complaints, though.)

What are your highs/lows this week? Have you gone camping this summer?
Pick any good fruit/vegetables recently? Have a great day!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Part two, camping.

After leaving the family reunion, we represented our Seattle pride by wearing a Hendrix shirt, and bought Starbucks as soon as we could locate a coffee shop.  I guess we missed home a little. Seattle, you are too good to us by having a Starbucks/multiple bistros on every block (not kidding). 
We also stopped off the road to buy some blueberries from a local market.
And then continued driving through the heat.
Zach felt compelled to decorate a tree.
As I mentioned in the previous post, we had no map or gps with us, so we were driving where our instinct told us, and eventually we found ourselves camping at the bottom of a volcano.  
Mosquitoes were everywhere, so we burned citronella sticks, and began to play a few games of bananagrams.
Our final morning away was spent going on a hike to a hidden lake.
After that, we packed up and spent the rest of the day back home with our families.  
The trip? A success!