As Santa made his rounds last week, I was in South Florida patiently waiting for what he had in his big red bag. This Christmas was good to me, the best yet actually, as I got to spend time with my family drama free, celebrate my 26th birthday (holy smokes, I’m old), and receive two items I’ve desperately wanted for a long time – a 1956 Singer Featherweight and a 35mm/f1.4 lens. For many people, the number of pounds they weigh is a huge determinant of their happiness, but for me, my unit of measurement is yards of fabric and meters of light. With the newest additions to my life (a sewing machine and camera lens), it looks like my happiness will be through the roof!
Christmas morning was a blast. Apart from burying Jake, our dog, in wrapping paper and tying him up with lots of bows (isn’t he the cutest?), my younger brother’s face when he opened his gift was priceless. At his request, I bought him a Bluetooth boombox. I can’t comprehend why he would be so excited about a piece of equipment that was popular in the 80s, but I’m sure he would never understand my sentiments towards fabrics from the 1950s. To celebrate my big day, my 26th birthday, my family and I had a nice, small dinner. It was nothing special and nothing grand, but it was absolutely perfect. There was good food, good outfits, and lots of laughs.
Every time I return to Philadelphia after the holidays, my feelings are mixed; it’s bittersweet to leave. This time, though, I felt like I was headed back home on my flight back. Philly feels right… like the place I need and want to be to grow personally and professionally. I’m really excited for the next year and I have some big plans I’ll be sharing this week. Let’s do this 2014!
I hope everyone had a great holiday! Also, be sure to click on the image below to see all the full-sized photos from my trip!