striking that vacation balance

November 27, 2009

vacation respite?
after a whirlwind of family fun over the past 5 days, today josh and i spent several much-needed hours just doing NOTHING — or close to it. fine, we watched 2 weeds episodes and took a luxuriously long, totally unnecessary nap. but it was actually the first time the two of us have gotten to have any real together down-time during this vacation! i LOVE visiting with my family and my in-laws, but there’s something to be said for just pure relaxation and doing nothing time.

it’s hard to strike this kind of balance on vacation! after all, i finished work at 11:30 pm on friday evening and we were in philadelphia before we were even really awake on saturday morning. it’s been wonderful and so exciting to see both sides of the family and go on so many adventures, and i don’t regret any of it! but i’m also ready for some simpler, more routine days —

■ back to AM running on my favorite routes
■ normal blogging breakfast routine!
■ not living out of a suitcase
■ all of my staple foods i know and love (i totally have peanut butter withdrawal syndrome)

i wish i had another week of vacation so that we could spend a few more days here AND THEN transition back to our regular lifestyle . . .

photo finish
okay, this clinches it: I WANT AN SLR.

version #1: blah

version #2: yay!

pretty impressive difference, huh? they were taken one right after the other — first with my 3-year old digital, and then with josh’s cousin’s SLR. personally, i am sold! when we do decide to purchase one, i am going to make it a goal to really LEARN it — via the manual, a class (?), and lots of experimentation!

and because it’s black friday

anthropologie, i don’t know whether to love you or hate you for bringing to my attention all of these beautiful dresses that i SO DON’T NEED! arghgh.


  • Reply Anonymous March 10, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    I know what you mean about vacation balance. I&#39m always ready to get back to normal after a few days of what&#39s supposed to be relaxation!

    I want an SLR too. What kind did your cousin have?

  • Reply Anonymous March 10, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    i totally agree with that vacation balance thing. definitely part of the reason i&#39m going to head back to school a day early. i like having time to readjust too.

    such a cute dress!! are you getting it in the spirit of black friday?! haha

  • Reply Nikki March 10, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    To the commenter who asked what kind of camera, it&#39s a Nikon D80. With a 50mm lens. (I&#39m the cousin, btw.)

    And to Sarah, it was great to see you both. It&#39s been too long since you&#39ve made it to Miami Beach for Thanksgiving.

    Btw, it absolutely killed me today when that lady had no idea how to use her Nikon. I don&#39t understand why anyone would spend so much on a camera and not learn how to use it! Maybe it wasn&#39t even her camera, but it was still frustrating to watch. =P

    I&#39m no expert, but I&#39ve had my camera for a year and a half and I&#39m always learning. I honestly know nothing about Canons (which are apparently great, too) but if you&#39re going for a Nikon, feel free to ask me any questions. I&#39ve learned so much about lenses recently from research, experience & asking my photo editor (from the school newspaper) so many questions.

    Longest comment ever. =P

  • Reply Allie (Live Laugh Eat) March 10, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    Seriously I took 3 photos in Costco with the SLR still attached to the display and I almost cried with excitement!!! It was like gold in my hands!!

    Thanks for the shout out in your last post. I&#39m grateful for you too!! So glad we met last year 🙂

  • Reply Siobhan Brady March 10, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    we took a class at the carrboro arts center. it was really helpful and we usually take good pics with the slr.. glad you had a great trip 🙂

  • Reply Susan March 10, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    Wow, the difference in those pictures is amazing! It would definitely be worth it to have a nice camera.

    I usually feel like I need a vacation from my vacation. It&#39s fun/relaxing just to hang out and do nothing even though I love doing new things…or things I&#39ve already done before.

  • Reply Kath March 10, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    WOW, so impressed with the photo difference!!

    I am also one who craves routine 🙂

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