Well, it’s been an entire year since I last updated my photoblog. I thought I was done with it, that Instagram was a good enough substitute, but I recently revisited my photoblog after months of having not looked at it, and realized the quality of photos is totally different and tells a different story (maybe that’s self-aggrandizing, not sure). Either way, social media is boring and I want to interact in ways that used to feel fulfilling, so I picked up my camera again and starting taking photos this month and it was a lot of fun. So that’s reason enough.
I won’t summarize what the last year has been like because I need to get to bed, so I’ll just jump in as if I’ve kept up with my monthly posting all along, and maybe after this month I’ll make another post next month. Who knows.
I recently started a new job after three years in my last nanny position. Starting with a new little bud is totally different, especially one that’s a toddler and already has opinions and ways of interacting with the world! The first two weeks felt like a crash course in learning how to communicate. I took for granted that my last two kiddos learned how to communicate under my care and I got to shape how that looked as we went along.
But my new little bud is a fully formed being and she needs to teach me her ways just as much as I can teach her mine. After a week or two transition, we’ve hit our stride and it’s been a really easy going, fun job with this funny, quirky two and a half year old. Meet Hazel. I love this picture. I’m only working two days a week with her at the moment, but will start full-time with her and her baby sis in another month or two.
Meanwhile, I still get to see my old buddies around the neighborhood all the time which has been really fun and made the transition a lot easier. Naomi and Leo became buds with Hazel without missing a step. Hazel is really outgoing so she didn’t make it hard.
We also still see our other regular nanny bud friends around the neighborhood, including Sadie and Willa, our two youngest friends. Here’s Sadie!
At home with Maple on a warm fall day.
Just for the record: the state of my garden, fall 2017.
On her perch.
Meeting Mikey downtown for El Rey happy hour on one of my “days off.” I’ve been filling all my non-nanny days with drawing pet portraits, as it usually goes during the holiday season. So I’m still working every day really, but with a more flexible schedule for what that looks like.
Part of what it looks like is having work dates with friends, which has been reallyy nice. Seeing buddies is fewer and farther between these days, both because we live in the burbs and don’t just run into people all the time, and because everyone is unreasonably busy with their own lives and projects – like Shannon who runs her own vegan bakery, Crust. It’s always nice when we get to catch up.
Having a playdate for Maple with our friend Chelsea and her dog, Scout. Scout is on the fence about other dogs so we’ve been trying to slowly get them to know each other by just going on long walks together.
Maple loves everyone, dogs and people too. Here she is exhibiting her worst quality, her enthusiasm for seeing her friends.
Mikey’s birthday was this month so we had a little brunch at our house. We had to travel for weddings and holidays a bunch this month so we decided to just have a weekend home instead of doing something big or out of town.
It turned into an all day cozy hang in front of our fireplace. It was really nice.
Daily scene from a nanny day.
As a nanny, my style is generally to get out of the house as much as possible and do a lot of activities and playdates. Leo’s mom is at home with him and his new baby sister, so a really cool thing about this job changeover is getting to see them all the time for playdates. Leo and Hazel have become real buds and it’s been nice to get to see Melissa still regularly. Once Leo’s baby sister becomes a fully formed creature, it’ll be nice to get to know her too, and her and Hazel’s little sis are the exact same age!
Another thing I’ve brought back this month, aside from the photoblog, is going to Crossfit! It’s been years (liiiike, three or four years, if you can believe that) since I last did crossfit, but since I had done it for 2-3 years back then, it all has come back pretty quickly. I’ve tried other types of workouts and working out from home, but finally admitted to myself that I’m a really bad self-motivator when it comes to working out and crossfit is the last thing that really kept me enthused and regularly attending the gym. I found out the gym near Lansdowne was having a new member sale, and since my work schedule is flexible now, I had no excuse not to join. It’s been really fun and I can already feel my strength coming back! Feels great. Preemptively combatting the winter blues.
Another work date bud, Sarah Rose. It had been soooo long since I’d gotten to see her and felt really nice to catch up. Hoping to make it a bi-weekly thing.
Cozy vibes at our house. We just got a gas fireplace installed and we use it constantly! It’s really been a gamechanger for making our house feel just right. When we bought our house we got pretty lucky with not needing any major repairs (fingers crossed that that keeps up,) but one letdown we did have was finding out the chimney needed to be lined before we could use the fireplace, which led us down a rabbithole of research into fireplaces and the gas vs wood debate. We landed on getting a gas insert, two years later. So far, very happy with that choice. It was a pretty pricey upgrade but it already feels worth it.
Brunch buddies, Pat and Gabby, at a little french spot in Delaware out where they live.
Checking out a barn antique sale near their house before going to the Delaware Art Museum.
Look at these dang beauties.
Pre-show Indian buffet with Chelsea and Emi.
Tiffany’s House at All Night Diner.
At the Hirschhorn after Thanksgiving in Bethesda with Mikey’s family (which I forgot to take any pictures of!)
A beautiful day, which you can tell from this photo.
You can sort of tell from this photo. It was so warm out the weekend after Thanksgiving. Weather doesn’t make sense anymore.
At Secondstory Books with Beck.
This looks like a high school photo class art project pic but there were so many crows above the parking lot and it was eerie.
On the way home from Bethesda, we stopped to visit my old roommate Kate, from when I lived in Baltimore. She’s living the urban farm dream in a weird pocket of Hamden.
Here’s Kate, who I used to call Kate-teen because she was only 18 when we met and I was a whopping 21 and had just graduated from MICA, which felt so old at the time. Ha!
Kate and Berg
Kate’s hillside view. Livin the dream. When I get chickens in the spring I can say I’m living the dream.
Phew, photoblogs take a long time to write. I guess that’s why I let it fall off. Maybe this is back. Who knows!