19 weeks

This week has been an exciting one. I started to feel the baby moving around FOR SURE two days before my birthday! Brandon even got to feel the little jelly bean! What an awesome feeling it is. Again, this is getting more and more real. I also like being able to tell exactly where the baby IS. Gotta start keeping tabs on him/her now.

I kinda popped out this week too. I like finally looking pregnant-for-sure. We'll see how long that lasts. I had to buy maternity jeans weeks ago but now even the loose shirts and dresses that I have been easily wearing are starting to become short and snug.

baby cage!

Last weekend we put our crib together! Baby cage: complete. These pictures are misleading, Brandon really did 90% of the assembly work (and our office-turning-nursery is much messier than it looks). Dad job #1 was a big success.

This is starting to get more and more real. What else is getting more and more real? How small our apartment is. Bring on the baby gear!


:type travel tuesday: {fabulous las vegas}

The world-famous FABULOUS LAS VEGAS sign!

I haven't been blogging in a long time, partly because of this:

I'm sure all of you (my adoring audience) noticed and even mourned the loss of my blog updates. ;) Well I'm going to try to start them back up, including and focusing on pregnancy and baby deets!

We'll see how it goes.


:type travel tuesday: {dimanche soir}

Just reminiscing about a lovely summer's day strolling through Paris with mes amies and stopping at this adorable café for some refreshing vin blanc, one year ago. I love PARIS, I mean c'mon there are even adorable bicycles being reflected in this perfect café window from across the street. Just stop it, Paris........no please don't!  ...and I LOVE THOSE LADIES! Now DeAnn is getting married this Saturday. Time flies.



:type travel tuesday: {villa capri}

More from SoCal. I've been MIA and it's not even close to Tuesday, in either direction. Sorry.


chosen: a half-second of fame

WATCH THIS VIDEO. It's the CHOSEN: Catholic Confirmation Materials promotional video. See that lady at 2:38. Yep, that is my half-second of fame. Somehow I was chosen out of a crowd of about 99,000 people, while at the Papal Audience in Rome last May, to be in their video. You can also see Heather and Brandon behind me! Huh? Now if only there was a way to make even a penny off of my appearance. :)


photography treasure

Saw this story on fb this week and it's so wonderful! Some random guy buys a box of negatives at an auction and discovers "perhaps the most important street photographer of the twentieth century...a nanny who kept everything to herself." He discovered her photographs in 2007 and she died in 2009 before he figured out that her name was Vivian Maier.

Apparently (especially from the sheer volume of her work) she spent a lot of time walking the streets and taking pictures, but she never shared them (with anyone?), and many were even left undeveloped. This must be a case of truly enjoying the process of taking pictures, among other things. It's impossible to imagine that she could keep her photography a secret from the people who knew her. Anyone who has ever traveled with me, or even been around me for 10 minutes, knows I love to take pictures and I have no idea how I could ever do it secretly.

Her street photography skills are impressive. I wonder what (if anything) she said to people before, during or after she took their photograph. I am usually embarrassed and feel like a creep if people know I'm taking their picture so I just try to be really sneaky. Partly because when people do know, they often become awkward, self-conscious, and unnatural looking. So many of the people in her portraits look so real yet aware that she is there. Then a few people do look confused, surprised, annoyed and/or angry (too late, people, she already stole your soul).

She took brilliant portraits, editorial shots (even of a few uber-celebs like Audrey Hepburn and Frank Sinatra), architectural and travel photographs. She also took great selfies.

There's something so mysterious and sort of beautiful about the fact that she didn't share her pictures, and it's especially impossible to fathom in today's share-everything-you-think-see-and-do era, but I also think that it's sad and maybe a little selfish that she kept these hidden away.

Anyway, there are about a million amazing photographs and you should go check them out on her site (which I think that dude created for her).
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