cabo san lucas.

It was a typical, frigid, wintery day in January in DC. I was dog-sitting and had just returned home after taking my charge, Karl, for a walk around the block. I was desperately trying to defrost my fingers when my mom called. The opportunity for Matt and me to visit our favorite place in Mexico was presenting itself with a bow on top.

But this was not the year for travel. I was about to move to Norfolk and had yet to find a new job. We had plans to move into a new apartment and lacked any necessary furniture. Oh, and we’re planning a pretty big party for the end of the year. As much as I was dying to go, I told my mom I wasn’t sure we could pull it off.

Needing to do my due diligence, I called Matt anyway. He’d also just gotten off a brutal day fighting the elements. I barely got the sentence out before he said (well, screamed), “Yes. Absolutely. We’ll make it work. Yes.”

They say planning a trip, just the notion of having a vacation to look forward to, promotes happiness. This was definitely the case for us. Every time we were smacked in the face by an icy gust, or misplaced a foot in a slushy puddle, we’d remind ourselves that in only a couple more months, or a few weeks, or 5 days, we’d be on that dreamy beach, margarita in hand.

Cabo San Lucas is a very special place for me. I’ve been visiting with my family for over 25 years (!!). Nana loved it there, and it loved her right back. This was my first visit since she passed away last year.

Our week was exactly as we hoped. Good books. Better food. Salty air. Time together free of packing and boxes, grocery shopping, work stress, alarm clocks. It was a truly luxurious, indulgent trip. We know how lucky we were to have it.

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an exciting thing happened today…

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this photograph, which is one of my most favorite that i’ve ever taken, won 1st place in the category of food in the 2014 iphone photography awards.  i am completely humbled to be chosen, and totally psyched!  i originally posted it on instagram, and here.

it is often lamented that people never put down their phones these days, and i can absolutely be guilty of that, but i like to think that’s because, most of the time, i am taking pictures with mine.  the ease and convenience of my iphone camera, coupled with the high quality photos it produces, qualify it as an irreplaceable tool for me!

the contest has been getting some attention around the web, which is pretty cool:  mac rumorsthe daily mailgeek sugarimorevanity fair italia; inside mobile apps; yahoo! news; the verge; business insider; the independent; buzzfeed; bored panda; huffpost; american photo magazine; the washington post.

a HUGE thank you to the judges at IPPA, and to all my sweet friends and family who have reached out.  like i said — totally psyched!

p.s.  (this photo, another favorite, received ‘honorable mention’ in the nature category, too, so i feel like i should give it some love):

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a new year (lately).

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