Tis the season! Are you like the many others who like to travel during this time of year? I know I’m ready for a break! It’s the perfect time to get away, relax for a few days, and prepare for another new year.
Here, the fluid fingers of the ocean gently brush against the feet of mountains. Here, two beloved worlds merge into one, and cradle me between their folds. Here, a sigh of relief escapes, as a gentle breath whispers peace into desperate, wanting hearts.
[Photo Credit] On the day of our proposed anniversary photoshoot with the beautiful and talented Felicia Cheng, San Diego decided to pour on the rare showers and confine us indoors. Instead of romping around Sunset Cliffs, as originally planned, we instead had a session in our new house. Looking back, I love that it worked out this way. What better way to document our first year together than to spend the day in the first place we bought together [which just happened to close perfectly on our one-year anniversary!], and doing what we most love to do together? In truth, we are not really outdoor people. We prefer to spend our time in the intimacy of our own home, sipping our teas, and reading books to each other. At a time when the noise around us seems to be increasing out of control, the beauty of simplicity takes on an even deeper value.
Colorado has become the place that my heart aches for. Once there, one easily forgets that back home, bills must be paid, duties performed, and chores done. For five glorious days, I left all that behind. We escaped from real life for a brief period, and immersed ourselves in a world of simplicity, mountains, and of course, coffee.
Imagine Indiana Jones designing a coffee shop. The result would be Cafe Bassam: an intimate setting [literally, with tables bunched together so closely that maneuvering through them is a challenge in itself] with random antique clocks, rifles, and other vintage trinkets on the walls. On one side, rows of tea line the window. On the other, a hiding place under the wall of rifles. Almost anywhere you turn, some interesting treasure waits to be discovered.
When Michael and I first got married, I moved into the condo he had been living in for the previous two years. It was a “guy’s apartment,” in every sense of the word. I’ll leave to your colorful imaginations what that might mean.
Meet Kiwi Chu, the third member of our little family. Hatched on March 20, 2014, and adopted on June 6, 2014. Cute, isn’t she? And so she is..until she attacks your toes..but I’m not here to bemoan Kiwi’s character flaws [..yet].