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Sand Springs Herbal Affair, 2016

This was the loveliest Herbal Affair in recent memory (Perhaps the one where I met my future husband for the first time wins loveliest ever even though it was hot, and sunny and I was recovering from strep throat.) The skies were cloudy, but it wasn’t cold, and it didn’t rain. A light breeze combated any mugginess that might have sullied a still day. We walked around, browsed through the shops downtown (it’s getting so cozy! There’s a new bookstore, and an older bookstore and antique shop have a new, lovely location.) I got some gothic novels for my collection and we bought a few records. Shaun and I stopped at the Lone Wolf food truck and got some Banh Mi & kimchi fries, which was transcendental. We walked home eating them and I popped back down to the festival with my mom so she could buy some pepper and tomato plants.

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Here are my snaps from the day:

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Projects throughout the years: A picture a day in 2011.

2011 was a good year. We had a blizzard, I learned to crochet, we took a train to San Antonio and all year, we celebrated lots of life with lots of family. Looking through the photos for this year feels extra bittersweet to me.

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twenty

thirty-five

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sixty-three

seventy-one

eighty-three

ninety-two

one-hundred & thirty

one-hundred & thirty-three

one-hundred & thirty-four

one-hundred & forty-seven

one-hundred & fifty-five

one-hundred & fifty-seven

one-hundred & sixty

one-hundred & sixty-two

one-hundred & sixty-four

one-hundred & seventy-six

one-hundred & eighty-five

blue broom, bristles // two-hundred & seventeen

two-hundered & nineteen

two-hundred & twenty-eight

two-hundred & thirty-five

two-hundred & thirty-six

two-hundred & thirty-seven

two-hundred & forty-two

two-hundred & seventy-six

three-hundred

three-hundred & twelve

three-hundred & fourteen

three-hundred & fifteen

three-hundred & twenty-seven

Today we are going to say goodbye to this amazing lady. The sky is currently gray, and rain is slowly dripping off the eaves, and off the eaves of her house next door, too, which gives me a feeling. I feel so grateful to her for the part she did in raising Shaun, and for all the times she simply called me “granddaughter.” I feel lucky that I got to eat her chocolate pie, that I sleep most nights under one of her quilts, and that the last time I saw her she squeezed me so tight, still so strong, and told me she loved me. Goodbye Grandma, I love you too.

 

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Projects throughout the years: 3rd 365 self portrait set, May 2010-2011

In May of of 2010 I got a new dSLR and I was feeling super inspired. Really, in a lot of ways, with my newly short hair and camera, I was feeling reborn. It was the first time things felt really normal, or even a little exciting, after my dad died.

In December we went back to Disney World, we drove all the way to Florida. It was probably my favorite of our 3 trips there.

In February 2011 we had an amazing blizzard. Super rare in Oklahoma, so we were snowed in for over a week, and it was really fun. I also taught myself how to crochet that week, and it became one of my favorite things to do for the next several years.

Here are some highlights from that set:

like a drunk but not

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My first Bullet Journal, flip-through

I started using the bullet journal system in January. It has really helped me keep track of all the things, and helped me feel a lot less anxious on a day to day basis. I made a video where I flip through it and talk too much. If you’re curious, watch it below!

Stuff I mentioned:

Official Bullet Journal info

Capture Your 365 project

Bullet Journal inspiration!
Boho Berry
LittleMegRose
Joeli Creates
TheCoffeeMonster
Krutsicklass

~Moleskine
~Stickers
~Prismacolor