I sit on my bed and look down on the sky

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Gratitudes + things that are making me happy

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• new accomplices

• necessary farewells

• laughing a whole lot to myself

• the Panhandle during the golden hour

• my mama telling me that I have an I have a secret smile

• "what are you thinking about?"

• my new planner ("diary" is what it is called in Australian and that's where I got it, so that's what it says on the cover) — it is perfect in every way

• star projectors

• perfect toasts

• nighttime magic

Highway 1

• acting my age

• faith

• beginning again to want

Boston Common, 7 a.m.

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I regret only that these photos do not communicate how strongly I dislike that city.

August 2012. 

Hotel morning, Monterey

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May 2012.

A Sydney summer week / camera phone

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December 2012.

First summer morning, Sydney

Nights with my darling Aussie sister and her boy are too precious for angst, and no one should drink sparkling wine unhappily, but so it was. Too much wine with too much sadness. I cried so hard and long that the neighbors complained. Upon waking (full of shame, empty of energy), I reached for my phone to see via camera what the state of the previous day's eyeliner was —

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December 2012.

Western Australian spring / camera phone

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November-December 2012.

Trampoline; rosemary

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A late spring evening. Western Australia, November 2012.

Early spring sun-fall

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Sydney, September 2012.

A word on the birth of the year

I love New Year's Eve. A night of magic and goodwill and finery and hope. My favorite holiday in the whole year. What better way to spend the last few hours of 2012 and the first few of 2013 than with laughter and music and marching around my darkened city dressed to the nines and with a new accomplice's hand in mine? Fireworks above the bay, seen from the sidewalk, all kinds of gifts tangible and intangible from strangers. I begin 2013 feeling simply: at home. Because this is my city, and my life. For the past six weeks or so I've had the worst anxiety I've ever had, but still somehow I feel confident. This is my life. It delights me. It is going to delight me.

Feeling life again

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This picture was taken to commemorate the first day of feeling okay after five days of being cooped up and miserable with a mostly untreated cold. Fresh air — sunshine — and steamed broccoli with garlic mayonnaise, 'cause it's nice to have an appetite and not take it for granted.

Western Australia, November 2012.

Read in December 2012

Titles link to the pertinent Goodreads page — feel free to add me as a friend.

1. Anya's Ghost, by Vera Brosgol

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