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In Kimberly, Washington DC on December 31, 2009 at 2:33 pm

The park

Parks in DC are a little icier and snowier than parks in NYC right now. I’m sure the kids will be back out as soon as it warms up again. Hopefully 2010 brings with it warmer weather, along with peace and prosperity for all.

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In Anna, San Francisco on December 31, 2009 at 4:41 am

Chrysler Building

Kimberly’s photo of Reagan airport had me detouring to the Chrysler building – my favorite in NYC – for my own nighttime photo of a New York landmark.

If you haven’t picked up on it yet, I love this city. There’s just something about it that makes me feel blissed out. I was telling my friend Mike, who is oh-so-generously letting me crash at his place (a week is a long time to host), how I can be happy in other cities, but there’s something about NYC that makes me feel in love.

Read the lyrics to Sinatra’s epic New York, New York and the chorus to Jay-Z’s Empire State of Mind. Those two songs convey how I feel about this island better than I ever could.

Cheval

In Anna, San Francisco on December 30, 2009 at 4:06 pm

Bryant Park

The cowboy at the National Portrait Gallery had a very Nightmare Before Christmas feel to it. Which reminded me that MoMA has a great Tim Burton exhibition through April! I walked over there to check it out, but today was completely sold out (it’s okay, we’re all planning on buying tickets for later this week).

Thankfully, New York is probably one of the easiest cities to photograph, so I just walked the extra 10 blocks down to Bryant Park (one of my favorite places in the city). After winding through the monstrously long line for ice skating at The Pond, I finally found my subject: the beautiful horses of the Bryant Park carousel.

DCA

In Kimberly, Washington DC on December 30, 2009 at 2:12 pm

Reagan National Airport

The launching point for most of my adventures that begin with a flight.

Many the miles

In Anna, San Francisco on December 29, 2009 at 3:17 pm

SF to NYC

I’ve never been one for New Year’s resolutions. When I was younger, I would watch people list out their resolutions and forget all about them come February. What’s the purpose of a New Year’s resolution anyway? Isn’t it an impetus to be proactive, to take control of your life? Well, why do we wait for a new year to do that? I make resolutions all the time, but I make them as they come to me; as I have new experiences and learn more about the person I aspire to be.

When I moved to San Francisco, I resolved that I would focus on maintaining the wonderful relationships I had built over the past few years. I promised my best friends back on the East Coast that I would do everything I can to still make it to our quarterly reunion trips.

So far, I’ve managed to keep this promise. I flew to DC over Halloween and now I’m en route to NYC for our second annual New Year’s in Manhattan. Considering I just landed in SF last night from Seattle, having to wake up at 3 AM to head back to the airport was pretty brutal. But it’s worth it. I can’t wait to see my boys. And besides, it’s New York! That city visibly breathes life into me.

Ride, cowboy

In Kimberly, Washington DC on December 29, 2009 at 1:27 pm

Piggyback

There aren’t many things more adorable than a small person atop an animal. I found this one at the National Portraity Gallery this afternoon. I’m making an effort to go visit more of DC’s museums, galleries and other special places. NPG was first on my list to hit this week while I’m off of work and the city is (relatively) calmer.

Go the extra mile

In Kimberly, Washington DC on December 28, 2009 at 1:31 pm

The extra mile

Speaking of signs that catch the eye, I saw this enc0uragement to go the extra mile while running errands today.  It was a particularly well timed sign, as I’m considering my resolutions for 2010. The last few years I’ve made resolutions that were very important to me and I’ve managed to keep them. This year, I know what I really want to do, but I’m intimidated. I hate the idea of being the kind of person who doesn’t go for something just because it may turn out badly, so I’m taking the last few days of 2009 to suck it up and write down my goals for 2010, even though they’re scary.

Giddy up, Santa

In Anna, San Francisco on December 28, 2009 at 12:00 am

Equestrian in training

My niece isn’t quite old enough for chemistry lab sets, but she happens to be the perfect age for obnoxiously giant horses. She’s obsessed with anything horse-related (the only costume she was even remotely interested in wearing for Halloween was a pink pony). Note to self: invest in riding lessons for her in a few years…

In the laboratory

In Kimberly, Washington DC on December 27, 2009 at 1:16 am

chemistry experiment

I spent the afternoon with my nephew doing chemistry experiments from a kit he got from his grandma for Christmas. We tested the PH of a bunch of household items (breaking news: orange juice is acidic and dish soap is basic) and then just found random things to add citric acid and baking soda to, trying to create a reaction like the one pictured above. When the kit said it was for ages 8 and up provided there was an “adult helper”, it probably counted on the adult being a bit more on the ball.

Makeshift billboard

In Anna, San Francisco on December 27, 2009 at 12:00 am

"Bing and decide"

Speaking of drive-by photos of light displays, check out this shot I got of the Microsoft building in Bellevue. Their building sits right in the middle of Seattle’s largest suburb, so I give them props for transforming their office building into giant ad space.