The Emerald Girl

The Emerald Girl

life in seattle

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

May Flowers

April showers certainly brought a bounty of May flowers to Seattle and I'm in heaven! The peonies at the market have exploded. Last week I bought 12 to delight my little apartment. Having fresh flowers in the house is certainly one of the little things in life that brings me so much joy. Peonies have such a lovely scent, it filled the air.

Rhododendrons are Washington's state flower and when they bloom it is miraculous because you realize they are EVERYWHERE! In this area, the bushes can be so old that they have grown to 10 or 15 feet in height. I love seeing them everywhere I go.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Death and social media

I'll try to be brief. Mostly because it's Matt's turn to sleep in tomorrow and for some reason I always feel the most compelled to write late at night.

I've been thinking about death lately. As a beautiful women recently passed. Someone I did not know at all. Social media has a bittersweet way of reminding us all that death is always near. Social media, voyeristic by nature, allows outsiders a rather intimate look into lives of those who have passed and those affected. It's interesting because, I think, a long time ago death was much more a part of the culture. Death really wasn't far away. It was experienced. Today, death is very removed from our society (unless, of course, it hits your circle). We may hear about it on the news or magazine covers but we don't feel it. I'm grateful for Instagram for reminding me that beautiful people are dying and that beautiful people are left without their loved ones. It sounds dark but for me it's a reminder that death happens and to love those around me deeply. To love my husband and my children profoundly. I may not get tomorrow. We are not promised even another minute on Earth. 

I also believe social media gives us a responsibility to pray never ceasing for other people. To pray for people we've never known because we see them, they have names and they tell us their stories. 

Anyway, I don't want to think about death. But I want to hold tight to never taking my life and the people I hold closest for granted. 

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

House Blues

Without further ado, welcome negative nancy. Ahheeeemmmmmmm. That's me.

Apparently, after you have babies, the next question everyone asks you is when you are going to buy a house. I cannot tell you how many people ask me this. I have no plans to buy a house anytime in the  near future. Let me go into why:

1) I live in Seattle and it is expensive. Incredibly and ridiculously expensive. There is a housing shortage and the houses that are on the market anywhere near where I would want to live are $600k and up, up, up. (Note: there are like less than 10 houses available within a 5 mile radius of downtown for this price).
2) I have no desire to move outside of the city. I currently live in a neighborhood less than a mile away from the main downtown area. This is a lifestyle I am not willing to give up.
3) Again, I live in the city. There are tons of things to do here for kids and adults. It's a rich and unique experience Again, not willing to give it up for my own home 20 miles away from the city.

Almost anywhere else in the country, we would be considered rich but here in Seattle were middle of the middle class. I tend to have poverty thinking so I would say lower middle middle class. Realistically we make an estimated $100k a year, I don't think that puts us in lower middle class but it feels like it and that sucks.

Of course I have Martha Stewart induced dreams of a beautiful craftsman with a nice yard, beautiful garden and neatly painted trimmings. I do. I long to have the perfect place of my own to have forever and ever. A place where my kids will grow up and Matt and I will grow old; the stuff dreams are made of. I'm left frustrated and in a negative mindset. Totally irritated and forced with the realization that I can't have my cake and eat it too.

It sucks. So I need to win the a million dollars or something.  

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Instagram Success

Instagram is my favorite form of social media. Facebook and I broke up a long time ago and I have to say that I don't even notice. (OK, OK, sometimes I think I might be missing out on certain groups but I think the trend is going to be less is more and more people will be leaving FB). As someone who has been practicing photography professionally for the past six years, I've really discovered at least two things that I love photographing and how much fun Instagram is as an outlet. I love flowers. This was a surprising realization. And I love people. Tangent: I haven't been photographing people as much lately because of the baby and trying to not spread my focus so thin but I really want to get back into photographing people specifically in the creative field, i.e: bloggers and instagrammers and also families with a documentary/lifestyle approach.

Back to the point, Instagram. I love it! I love the challenge of finding the perfect subject to blend with my feed to create a cohesive look and be meaningful. The above picture was taken on Valentine's weekend at Pike Place Market. Tulips were just starting to bloom.

This picture was reposted by:
Zio & Sons
Igers Seattle 
King 5 News
One Kings Lane

I was flattered to know that so many people liked this photo. My first big success using Instagram and something that brought me a lot of joy.

Like I say in my little tagline over there on the right, I don't really know what I'm doing (with life), I'm just trying to figure it out. Like I heard Goldie Hawn once say at a seminar, I just want to be happy.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

What's up lately

It's been awhile and it'll likely be a few more weeks before I start to write here again on any sort of regular basis.

My job.

Let's just say I haven't exactly found the work/life balance I was hoping for with a part time work from home job. I made a mistake in accepting one project that quickly made me hate my life and everyone in it. I won't get into detail except to say I need to learn to say 'no' when it won't work with my life. That project should be ending SOOOOOOOOOON and I'm hopefully things will balance out shortly after.

We're going on vacation in 10 days! Palm Desert and Venice Beach here we come! Sunshine makes me happy.

My kids.

Jack got into the school I'd had my eye one for him since he was 1. What can I say, I really wasn't cut out to be a stay at home mom. School and schedules and regularity excite me. He can either go for 2 days a week or 3 days. Pros and cons to both. If we pick 2 days, then we can still benefit from potential 4 day weekend getaways. Just writing that out makes me lean so much more in this direction. One more year of somewhat freedom. If we do 3 days, we'll be limited to the normal 2 day weekends. The benefit with 3 days is that it's 3 days. He would be at school 3 days instead of at home 3 days. With me.

I'm beyond stressed and overwhelmed. Everything is fast. Anxiety crept in a never left three months ago. Irritable doesn't even begin to describe it. Again, need to learn to say no when it doesn't make sense. This is the first weekend where I will not do one ounce of work until Monday. I'm going to take things slow. It's sunny.

I need to start writing here again more. My skills feel lacking, yo. And it's just not that interesting. Maybe I'll post some pictures soon!

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Party elements

In the interest of sharing more pictures before deleting them from my phone, here are some fun pictures of things you need to have a good party. Balloons are important because when you see balloons you automaticaly think its time to par-tay! I've always loved balloons so I make a point to spend a ridiculous amount of money on balloons for all my kids birthdays. 
All photos were taken with my iPhone 6 and edited using A Color Story app. It's a stray from my normal editing routine and I'm not sure what I think compared to my usual mix of editing apps. 

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Warm Weather Picks from Anthropologie

In just six short weeks I'll be heading down to sunny Southern California for two weeks (perk of working at home, you can travel while working). One of my favorite places on Earth. Palm Desert and LA area. That time of year in the desert is a little hot, to say the least, but I am SO looking forward to it. I cannot wait to feel warm! This time of year in Seattle is cold, wet and it has been grey for far too long. It gets old. Needless to say, my summer wardrobe needs some sprucing up. Fun fact: if you have a sibling who works at Anthropologie (or Urban Outfitters or Free People), you can get a family discount of 25% off. Luckily for me, my sister has been for a few months now and I just got my sibling discount card! I've been scouring their website looking for some fun pieces that would be perfect for California and also wear well in our more mild summers up here in Seattle. Here's a few of my favorite picks:

Shorts (I wish I could have found this top on their site somewhere but no luck)