Whaler’s Bay in Pt Lobos State Park
Since I last posted I have mostly been working, but I have also had a few spare days here and there to wander around California, skip over to South Carolina to surf the waves with my family, hang out at the ranch in Montana with the whole Johnke clan, see a couple friends get hitched in Malaysia, pass along a handmade to two of the coolest people I know, and even made an origami star for our home made christmas tree.
I have also been without a camera of my own for a little over two years now since my Canon G9 decided to quit, and that just changed. An Olympus D-10 now happily resides in my purse whenever we take long walks or hop on planes. I’m excited because the image quality is definitely better…but the photographer is a little rusty. I’m making rookie mistakes of using the wrong ISO, forgetting about white balance, composing frames awkwardly, and generally taking crappy photos. My goal is to carry it around more often…so we’ll see!
In the meantime, here are a few photos from the past year or so.
Buffalo in Yellowstone
The spectators at Old Faithful – June 2013
At the top of Heavenly – February 2014
Katie & Gregg – Christmas Eve 2013 (Photo by Nik)
N – June 2013
2013 has already been an amazing year for our household. To make sense of it all, I give you a timeline:
Wednesday, January 2 – I was officially granted my Architect’s license from the state of California.
Thursday, January 3 – I decided it was time for me to get a full time job.
Friday, January 11 – I had an interview at a firm that I had been curious about, but didn’t think much of it.
Monday, January 28 – Nik handed in his letter of resignation after a happy year and a half.
Friday, February 1 – Had a 2nd interview, was quite impressed this time, and was offered the job. I accepted!
Friday, February 8 – Nik had his last day of work.
Saturday, February 9 – Monday, February 18 – Ten days of double unemployment bliss that included lots of celebrating and a much needed trip to Lake Tahoe.
Tuesday, February 19 – My first day of work as an architect, and Nik’s first day where he was able to focus on anything he wanted.
Honestly, we have been extremely fortunate, and we thank our lucky stars every single day. When the year started, Nik had already decided to leave his job, but we had no clue how long it would take me to find one. We worried about the awkward and stressful overlap where we were both trying to start something new without an income in one of the most expensive cities in the world. Granted, there is still a little stress associated with both of us starting something new, but it is stress brought on by excitement and anticipation of great things.
I am still getting used to the regular schedule. My work day starts earlier than Nik’s used to, and it is often later than his used to be as well. My body is also not as resilient to the long hours as it used to be, and working 40+ hours a week wears me out. I expect that this will calm down after my first big deadline on May 1, but then there will be another deadline a couple months later. It is an endless cycle in the world of architecture, but it is extremely satisfying work. It has been a while since I felt like I was part of a larger team that is passionate about the work they do, and I cannot wait to see what this group is capable of.
Home sweet home for a couple days
My fellow unemployed spouse
The Picnic Spot
February 17th, 2013. Japan
A true Japanese Garden
Here is the second round of photos from Tokyo. It seems like the trip was so long ago!!!
A typical pharmacy storefront
The incredible hand laid stone walls of the Imperial Palace
Me & Him
Fall colors in the Imperial Garden
Walking in the woods
Tokyo’s man-made beach – Odaiba
Street side flowers ready for pick up?
Our view of Mt Fuji
The River Ferry
Nik and the garden he wished was his
The tea house at Hamarikyu Gardens
Palettes with Characters
Offerings of sake at Mieji Shrine
The teen shopping mecca