lately: Moving (again)

I read something the other day about how the average person moves 11.7 times in their life. That sounds like a lot, but is pretty accurate based on my own life. Thanks to the size of Texas, I can’t even say that moving states has been the longest distance move I’ve made.


at home: honey latte

Hello from my new, incredibly photogenic kitchen! Moving may have delayed the holiday decorating a bit, but would you just look at how cute this little festive corner is?! And don’t worry, I may be an Arkansas resident now, but the Texas holiday towels are 1000% on display.

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It’s only been a few days of getting settled, but I can already tell I’ll be shooting lots of things in this kitchen. A large chunk of the photos are already of the nice lighting I walked into when I went to make coffee this morning…#sorrynotsorry

Speaking of coffee, we got a neat espresso maker/milk steamer as a wedding present, and I’ve had a good time playing around with it over the last year.

I’m definitely not a coffee expert, but I know what I like and that’s good enough, right? This simple little concoction is one of those things. I mean, how can coffee + honey + milk possibly add up to a bad thing? (It can’t).

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It adds up to an especially good thing when you make it with coffee roasted by really cool people you know. I’m not sure I’ve ever purchased anything as immediately as I did when Bean & Burr posted this description:

Flavors of peach, dried apricot, root beer, and marmalade. My wife said it was like drinking a creamy cappuccino in drip coffee form. Seven ounces of Ethiopian Biftu Gudina goodness.”

SIGN. ME. UP.

And let me tell you, they did not disappoint. *major heart eyes*

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lately: Year of New Things

So far, this year has truly been "The Year of Trying New Things" (like being married!). A significant portion of this post will probably sound like an ad, but it definitely isn't.

Combining ground chicken and avocado? Super gross, but super delicious.

Combining ground chicken and avocado? Super gross, but super delicious.

Cooking: We've tried a couple of new foods so far thanks to Plated: parsnips (meh), Chinese broccoli (yum), pesto chicken salad (OMG), fontina cheese (mmm).

As much as I love going to the grocery store, it's been nice not having to decide what to make AND shop AND cook. Goodbye, decision fatigue. 

 

 

 

Subscribing: All this trying new things has left me with a slew of referral links for things. What are you supposed to do with those? Spam your friends? Who does that?? Instead of spam, I present a list, and if anyone has ones I don't, feel free to leave yours in the comments!

 

#hutchesatthedisco: Instax

Surprise, there are still more Instax posts on the horizon. In case last year's daily post from the wedding wasn't enough for you, here's a few more!

tourist: Alchemy Tintype

Getting a tintype made is probably my favorite Team Hutch anniversary tradition. Last year, when we started planning a trip to Portland instead of Austin during our anniversary month, I thought that the tradition was going to fall by the wayside. Miraculously, Alchemy Tintype happened to have a pop up planned during the week we were visiting. Thanks, Universe! We had a blast with the whole crew, and absolutely love how this year's photo turned out. 

Check out years one and two here, and year four below! 

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2017: favorite frames

 

I didn't shoot as much as I would have liked this year, but I still had a hard time choosing a few favorite images (and that's still a win in my book). 

lately: October Verbs

aka an excuse to share a few completely unrelated images!

Reading: A lot of things, very slowly. The past few weeks have been crazy, so when I actually get time to read, I just end up falling asleep. In fantasy land, I'd like to reread the Series of Unfortunate Events series before the Netflix version premieres in January.  I don't want to get my hopes up too high, but I'm willing to give it a shot. 

Listening: I'm the worst at keeping up with new music. Jamie Woon's Mirrorwriting came out in 2011 (what??), but I've been listening to it again a lot recently. 

Enjoying: Still being a tourist almost a year after moving. I've gone to see Gabriel Dawe's installation (that amazing rainbow to the right) at AMoA more times than I can count, visited the Community Market a few times, and eaten all the delicious local food. 

Baking: Beer bread. Lots of beer bread, and lazy lemon bars. My citrus craving hasn't really gotten the message that it's fall yet. 

Making: Plans for fall traveling. I've been a lot of places this year, but there are still a few months left to squeeze in more road trips. 

Wearing: My new favorite shirt from Jordandene, but more on that later...

Watching: SHAMELESS. The US version. I know I'm late to the party (huge surprise), but I can't stop myself from watching 3+ episodes at a time. Also throw in a little Black Mirror for variety, and I'm set. 

Celebrating: My girl Cynthia's engagement, and returning to the land of breakfast tacos for a quick visit next month. 

Planning: On buying myself some shiny new equipment for Christmas. That wish list is quickly spiraling out of control though. Whoops. 

lately: Night Lights

Slide film has always been one of my favorite things. Add middle of the night lights, and I love it even more. 

lately: Pastel Improvements

As if we couldn’t be more 70s, our house now boasts a pink front door, and tie dye sheets have returned to the bedroom. 

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I’ve been plotting what color to paint our front door since we moved into the house 6 (!) months ago. It took a lot of back and forth, but we finally settled on a color. Lesson learned: suggest the same color as one of Hutch’s disc golf discs and he’ll instantly agree. 

In other news, ice dying is the coolest/easiest/my new favorite thing. The pillowcases and shirts turned out spectacular, but (like a dummy) I threw the sheets in the dryer before they were totally set, so they’re just a nice shade of not tie dyed periwinkle. Now I just need about 12873 more things to dye and I’ll be set. 

lately: Holiday in Black and White

Shooting for fun since moving has been such a struggle. I haven't liked any pictures in a while, and I've been inconsistent when it comes to even remembering I own cameras. So, I bought myself a new one to combat all of that nonsense. I never thought I'd be so in love with a digital camera, but to my dismay, here we are.

quality time: Sunday Breakfast

Whether we sleep in until 9:30, 3:00, or somewhere in between, we always find time to make breakfast (or brunch as the case may be) on Sunday mornings. Tasty traditions are the best traditions. As are ones that leave you with leftover waffles to get you through the week. 

lately: November Verbs

 

Thanks to EAST and the impending holidays, work life has spilled into my real life leaving me with very little time, (and let's be honest, motivation) to do much personal work. Usually, I sort out my scans as soon as I get them into groups, or potential projects, but sometimes I get a stray frame here and there. I've got quite a few loose frames bouncing around that haven't really found a home yet, so here they are along with some thoughts on my November so far. 

(Re) Reading: Hold Still - Sally Mann & A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius - Dave Eggers. Both are especially good for gloomy fall days, and nothing new has really struck my fancy lately. 

Listening: Dealer - Foxing. Seriously, on repeat. They're so good, and I want to take photographs for their next album. 

Enjoying: My job that allows me to see so much cool art daily, having super organized proof prints in a cute new box and cool, rainy days making the cat much snugglier than usual. 

Baking: Nine thousand molasses cookies. Plus dark chocolate pomegranate aka my favorite ever cookies. Basically, more cookies than anyone needs in their life ever. 

Making: SO MANY Christmas presents. When I'm frustrated and tired of handmade gifts, someone remind me that I had adorable intentions. 

Wearing: All of the flannel and scarves and boots. Mostly flannel. 

Watching: Parks & Rec for the third or so time. Hutch has never seen it, so it's amusing to hear his reaction to April and Andy's shenanigans, which hit a little close to home on occasion. 

Celebrating: The births of some stellar babes, and best friends a girl could ask for. Hooray for all the fall birthdays that are way better than the usual holidays. 

Planning: To get back to alternative processes after the holiday craziness is over. I miss truly making prints in a major way. 

local: Lumiere Tintype

It's no secret that I'm very into early photographic processes (platinum palladium case in point, here), so it's also no secret that I think Adrian of Lumiere Tintype is one of the coolest photographers out there. When Matt (who is also a STELLAR tintypist) and I started toying with the process, Adrian was nice enough to let us pick his brain about the nuances of the medium. 

About this time last year, after a concert we had planned to go to was cancelled, Hutch and I decided to stop by Lumiere and have our portrait made. 

I'm a sucker for traditions, so we obviously went again.  

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After how killer this one is, I can't wait until next year.