i offer you a little something different

June 27, 2013

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backyard, april 2005

Because I am tired of writing this blog series. I will get back to it, in some guise in September, but for now such earnestness seems tedious.

ice_cream_san_sebastiansan sebastian, spain, 2005

Because I’m missing photography. Recently I took on the crushing task of uploading every single one of our family’s digital photos to a private Flickr account. One month in and I’m almost finished. The photos look awfully nice there, and sorting them by season and year makes them easy to access. The process has made me wistful for my early blogging days, when I fell in love with photography and snapped like a smitten teenager every day.


los angeles, april 2006

Because I am missing my two older kids like the dickens. The older one has not been home since a few days past New Year’s, and the middle one is off on a month-long internship in Los Angeles. Meanwhile I upload photos from back in the days when we were an unabridged family of five, camping and cutting Christmas trees and eating dinner in the backyard, and my heart keeps lurching.


ace hotel, seattle, august 2006 

Because it’s summer and I think differently when I wear sandals.


los angeles, april 2009

Because Mr. Z and I will be celebrating our 25th anniversary a bit later this summer, and we are going on a trip. There is much to do for that, and little time for crafting treatises on kids and writing. (I won’t be posting about the trip here, but pretty photos may show up in my Twitter feed, and on flickr and Instagram. Any day now, in case you’re a fan of armchair travel.)


backyard, june 2009 

Because it’s June and I’m guessing you may be more inclined to peruse photos than to think too hard about writing.


ek balam, mexico, august 2011

Wishing you something a little different, in these heady days of June.


getty villa, los angeles, june 2013


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Judi Pack June 27, 2013 at 11:31 am



patricia June 28, 2013 at 9:37 am

Thanks, Judi!


Alison June 27, 2013 at 12:00 pm

Great pics. I’m following another family’s big trip abroad via their blog, and am definitely in the armchair traveller mode – so some pics of others’ travels would be lovely! Twenty-five is definitely one to celebrate.


patricia June 28, 2013 at 9:38 am

Well, our photos won’t be as cute without kids in them, but maybe the scenery will make up for it!

Yes, 25 is a biggie!


Amy (mamascout) June 27, 2013 at 3:23 pm

Can not wait to see where you go!


patricia June 28, 2013 at 9:40 am

Hi Amy! I was so busy in May that I didn’t follow too many blogs–but I definitely did some lurky armchair traveling with you in Paris! What an amazing trip!


Dawn Suzette June 27, 2013 at 5:59 pm

Fun blast to the past. I need to utilize my Flickr account for storage & organization more.
Happy 25th! Have a great trip!


patricia June 28, 2013 at 9:41 am

It’s kind of neat having all of our old photos on a separate account that only family can access. It’s super easy to scroll through lots of photos with the new flickr layout.

Thanks for the good wishes, Dawn!


dawn June 28, 2013 at 7:26 am

thanks for the views into your past 🙂

wishing you much enjoyment on your trip, and looking forward to seeing what you want to share.


patricia June 28, 2013 at 9:41 am

Thanks so much, Dawn!


KC June 30, 2013 at 7:41 am

Wow, to watch them grow up in a few pictures! Love it. 🙂


patricia July 15, 2013 at 9:46 am

Thanks, KC!


Carrie Pomeroy July 9, 2013 at 9:46 pm

Beautiful photos–I especially love the first one. I totally understand why your heart would lurch, looking at these photos and remembering your “unabridged family of five” as it was. Good luck with dealing with the challenges of gracefully letting your children leave!


patricia July 15, 2013 at 9:48 am

Letting them leave is the hardest part of parenting, Carrie. We are just back from our trip and I owe you an email response! I’m happy to help you out, and will respond in full once I’m back in the swing of things.


Kristin July 10, 2013 at 9:59 am

Fun, fun, fun to see the children and your photos! Hope you and Mr. Z are having a long overdue blast together. Congratulations on 25 years! That’s an accomplishment–and so is going through years of photos!


patricia July 15, 2013 at 9:52 am

Thanks, Kristin! Can’t wait to see you and catch up on your trip!


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