Friday, February 28, 2014


Man, I wish this was current me right now.  Sitting on the beach and just soaking up some rays.

Alas, it is not.

I'm trying to wait as long as possible to write that post we all know is coming.  The one where I complain about this never ending winter and how it's going to be March 1st soon, which means it should immediately be warm out.

But I'm not going to write about that today.  Today I'm going to travel back in time to four years ago (man, has it really been that long?) to when we went to Florida.  It's a win-win since I didn't know what to write about today, and I can look at pretty pictures that aren't just snowscapes.

It was about this time of year when we ventured to Florida.  It wasn't warm enough to get in the water, but it was just the right temperature to wear shorts and let my pasty skin see the light of day.  It sure was humid, though!  We were seriously contemplating moving there at the time.  We wanted to live on the beach and be near the ocean.  Being landlocked all our lives had given us the itch for beach dwelling.

I was all into film photography at the time and paid extra to have a Diana+ shipped to me so I could take it on our trip.  I wanted to take those dreamy old timey pictures and at the time Lomography was all the rage.

Luckily Wade pretty much took a duplicate shot of everything I took a picture of with his digital camera, or we wouldn't have any pictures from this trip, save for the one or two where I just got the top of Wade's head.

After all my frustrated attempts with slide film, needless to say, I'm on the digital bandwagon now.

 I want to feel the sand between my toes right now.  In fact, I just want it to be warm enough to walk around barefoot.

While we were staring off into the distance, I swore to myself that I would keep this image in my mind and always be able to go back to it, to bring myself back to this place when I needed to find my happy place.

It gets harder and harder to do that, though, as time goes by.

I need a refresher.

I need some salty air in my lungs.


While driving home today I was wondering how much it would cost to put a pool in our backyard.  It would be worth it, right?  (Mom, don't worry.  It's too expensive, so maybe we'll just buy a kiddie pool to put our feet in:)

More than anything, I want to see the horizon.  I want to see the sun set and witness that green flash of light before the sea consumes the day.  There is nothing more magical to me than staring into the setting sun where the ocean meets the sky.

Yeah.  The picture I'm taking in this shot did not turn out.  Luckily I had a second shooter to capture this moment, though.

Ultimately, the pros of staying in Kansas outweighed the pros of going to Florida, but I do miss this view.  I need a vacation, stat:)


  1. Ah, the joys of being in a land-locked state. At least we've got some lakes? Muddy, disgusting lakes that might have dead bodies on the bottom... but ... at least we've got lakes?

    1. Ha, ha! This made me laugh, because it's exactly what I think when I swim in lakes. I guess we can stick to swimming pools. At least they have chlorine to kill all the bacteria:)

  2. Oh, how lovely to see summery photos. I think I could do with a little of that warm seaside sunshine too. I know exactly what you mean about wanting to fix a moment in your mind. I remember doing that on holiday this year. Standing by the sea with the boys, thinking, "This, right now, is perfection. I need to hold on to this memory for ever." Thank goodness for photos to help us remember.

    1. You're so right. What would we do without photos to help bring our minds back to those times? I'm looking out the window now, staring at the snow coming down and willing it to be spring:) It can't get here fast enough.

  3. I feel you on this one! I need some sea breeze and palm trees in my life right about now! Love the photos, bytheway.

  4. Take a vacation! I don't think there'll be any regrets unless you look back and realize that you should have gone for it when you didn't. (not trying to be Debbie Downer)

  5. I got so excited when I saw your Diana!! I have never tried to use mine...i tried my Holga but never had the film developed hahaha. I miss film :(

  6. We lived in Florida back in what feels like another lifetime. I'd REALLY love to live near the coast again someday!

    I love your beach shots, or I guess I should say Wade's beach shots. :o) But hey, at least you attempted film photography!


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