The weather has been fabulous! And I’ll admit, the winter wasn’t so bad this year, but I was still glad for the warmer temps to roll around.
Thankfully, I’ve been able to spend a lot of time outside. And a lot of time with friends. And a lot of time doing things I love.
Speaking of things I love, it seems I’ve sort of gotten back into photography lately. First, I took pictures for my friend Emily’s engagement, I took pictures of my friend Kylie’s wedding, and most recently, I had the pleasure of taking pictures of my friend Farrah‘s sweet little girl, Millicent, for her second birthday.
Isn’t she a doll?
Saturday night, Libbi, Henry and I decided to go to Adult Skate Night at the ice rink downtown. We weren’t sure exactly what adult skate meant, but I assured them it would be 18 and over so we wouldn’t have to worry about kids falling in front of us and tripping us on the ice.
And do I wish that had been my only worry…
We arrived at 10:30, to find that Team Youth Group had already shown up. These were the barely 17 & 18 year olds whose group director probably wished he was at home in bed. Team Youth Group took up both boxes, as well as sat on the side of the wall. Only four of the 30 skated, which really just consisted of three guys seeing who could slide the farthest on the ice and one guy awkwardly skating around the rink and pretend falling. TYG also had a fake proposal in the middle of the ice. So romantic…
Libbi had the moves like Jagger
In addition to TYG, Team Mighty Ducks beat us to the ice. These two older men clearly had a lot going on, and they liked to show us by skating around the rink at warp speeds. They would go all Michelle Kwan at some points in their routine and skate backwards around the circle in the middle of the ice. Boy was it impressive! TMD followed each other around all night. It was so tempting to accidentally fall in front of them, but alas, I was really trying hard to stay upright on my skates.
Skating around on ice seems cool, but I decided around 11:00 that I was getting hot! I took off my scarf and trotted out to the benches where we left our shoes, and discovered that Team Abercrombie had arrived. (Just like those Abercrombie kids to want to make an awesome entrance, right?) Of course they were dressed all Abercrombie-ish and were calm, cool and collected (unlike me, who was sweaty and trying to walk through the lobby on ice skates). I might have judged this group a bit in my mind when I thought that it would be funny to watch them skate…and I was right. Blonde Abercrombie was fabulous skater. He tried to teach Awkward Girl Abercrombie how to skate. Instead, AGA just hopped around on the ice. Brunette Skinny Jeans Abercrombie was a really good friend. He stayed with Tiny Dress Abercrombie (seriously, who wears a dress to ice skate?) and they talked about grosgrain ribbon the whole time.
All in all, it was a great time. I got a chance to work on my triple axle, watch fabulous skaters and spend time with some wonderful friends. Perfect way to spend a Saturday night, I’d say!
Although I don’t take pictures nearly as much as I did in college, this year I was blessed with the opportunity to take engagement photos and wedding photos for some of my very dear friends in Columbus. I was a little nervous, because engagement pictures and wedding pictures you live with for the rest of your life!
Emily & Matt
Emily and I work together, and we always talked about and wondered when Matt might pop the question. I sure won’t ever forget the day that she came into work with a huge smile on her face and a beautiful ring on her finger. I screamed, she laughed, and we spent most of the morning chatting (and of course got tons of work done)!
Kylie & Jeff
Kylie and I also work together. Short of the long, she’s a big part of the reason I’m now in Columbus. She hired me for the internship and was my boss last summer. This fall she asked me to photograph her wedding and my response was, “but…are you sure?” Somehow she convinced me, and it turned out to be a wonderful experience. (Note: I would never photograph another wedding for fear of bride/groomzilla. Kylie and Jeff are fun to be around and very laid back. They were the lucky winners of my one time deal.)
Very inspirational! Make sure to share with any prospective college women you know…
(via the National Panhellenic Conference)
(In reference to the printout at her desk.)
I give excellent advice, if I might say so myself.
Apparently someone interviewed a group of kids, age 4-8, about love. Below are my favorite responses to the question “What does love mean?”
If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate
Nikka – age 6
Way to go, Nikka. I hope you grow up and change the world!
And we can’t forget this one:
Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it everyday.
Noelle – age 7
So true, Noelle…never complement a guy on his shirt!
(via things about love)