Here & There

December 15th, 2014. Other Places
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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

Buffalo in Yellowstone

The spectators at Old Faithful - June 2013

The spectators at Old Faithful – June 2013

At the top of Heavenly - February 2014

At the top of Heavenly – February 2014

The Pacific

The Pacific

Katie & Gregg - Christmas Eve 2013

Katie & Gregg – Christmas Eve 2013 (Photo by Nik)

N - June 2013

N – June 2013

This place

This place

Starting the Year off Right

March 31st, 2013. California, Random
Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe

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

Home sweet home for a couple days

My fellow unemployed spouse

My fellow unemployed spouse

The Picnic Spot

The Picnic Spot

Japan: More from Tokyo

February 17th, 2013. Japan
A true Japanese Garden

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

A typical pharmacy storefront

The incredible hand laid stone walls of the Imperial Palace

The incredible hand laid stone walls of the Imperial Palace

Me & Him

Me & Him

Fall colors in the Imperial Garden

Fall colors in the Imperial Garden

Roof Tiles

Roof Tiles

Walking in the woods

Walking in the woods

Tokyo's man-made beach - Odaiba

Tokyo’s man-made beach – Odaiba

Street side flowers ready for pick up?

Street side flowers ready for pick up?

Repetition

Repetition

Our view of Mt Fuji

Our view of Mt Fuji

Crispy remains

Crispy remains

The River Ferry

The River Ferry

Overpasses

Overpasses

Delivery Scooter

Delivery Scooter

Nik and the garden he wished was his

Nik and the garden he wished was his

The tea house at Hamarikyu Gardens

The tea house at Hamarikyu Gardens

Palettes with Characters

Palettes with Characters

Prayers

Prayers

Wedding Procession

Wedding Procession

Temple Gate

Temple Gate

Prize Flower

Prize Flower

Fuji Sake

Fuji Sake

Offerings of sake at Mieji Shrine

Offerings of sake at Mieji Shrine

The teen shopping mecca

The teen shopping mecca