Last year was a big year for many different reasons. It was not necessarily a great year for this photography blog, but it was a year full of many big changes for me and my family. Like most years, nothing typically happens the first few months of the year. Those are the months that I hibernate indoors. So I will just skip over those boring details and start with our vacation to Sarasota.
Regretfully it was still during tax season, so my dad was not present. But the rest of the family, and one of Alex’s friends headed down to Florida for an amazing week. I probably was going to enjoy it no matter the weather since going to Sarasota meant going to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. If you do not know me, you probably would not know about my obsession with the Harry Potter books, music, movies, and all things connected. My car is named Lily after all, and I might have a Hogwarts puzzle hanging in my room. Sorry, I got distracted, back to the beach photos.
I had two new books, my camera, and nothing to do for a week. It was a great time to relax and was just the start of all the changes this year would bring.
The next big event was not for me, but for my little sister. In May she graduated from THE University of Tennessee. It was a good moment since that moved up the Vol Alumni count in our family. I am sure it was a time full of mixed feelings for her. It is exciting graduating college, but it is also a stressful time since so many people do not know what their next step is.
Two pictures of Sorority Row on campus. The first is the summer before her Junior year right before they opened. The second is two years later after she graduated. Amazing what two years and some landscaping will do. (not quite at the same angle)
Then in June I got a new job. I had been at Kroger as a Transportation Planner for almost 3 years, and it was starting to show. I enjoyed some aspects of the job, but it was finally time to move on. I now work as a Transportation Analyst for OHL. It has been a great 6 months so far. It was hard at the beginning since I was not an Excel guru, but each day I leave feeling like I have provided value to the company.
The new job meant moving to a new side of the city. I was not going to deal with the stresses of i440 every day. So for the first few months I lived with my Aunt and Uncle. It was a great time, and I am extremely grateful that they took me in for so long. Also, it was nice getting to spend some time with some other dogs.
My cousin had two new additions to their family over the summer. It was a crazy time for all of them due to some of the health problems with Hudson. Seeing the twins today you would never think that Hudson was the one with all of the heart surgeries.
Being on the Brentwood side of town meant changing where I rode my bike. I spent probably 3-4 days a week riding Percy Warner. It was a challenge at the beginning since I was not used to so many hills. However, after a few weeks ofsome mental/physical pushing, I was going around the loop faster and faster each ride. The one bad thing was I could not ride my recent single speed converted bike as much.
Moving to the other side of town also meant not seeing a few dogs as much.
September easily was the craziest month of the year. After months of searching with my amazing real estate agents Tammy and Mark Edwards I found my home. It was a VERY stressful first few weeks of being a homeowner, but it did not take long for the place to feel like home. All it needed was some paint, cleaning, and money haha. I am just a few miles from work, near lots of pizza restaurants, and within running distance of a small greenway. But the big focus of September was my older sister getting married. It was an incredible event, and I guess my dad would say “it should be” haha. Typically I do not enjoy events with lots of people, but that was a day I will always remember.
After the wedding is when the Fall season started to kick in. Now I won’t say I hate the Fall, but this is when my Winter blues start to kick in. I can’t seem to enjoy riding my bike in the cold, and with it getting dark so early I had to stop riding after work. Thankfully over the fall I was able to take some pictures around town, and at Gatlinburg for a weekend getaway with my family.
Enter December and the first Christmas at my new home. It was overall a very relaxing month since I had some vacation days to use. It is a weird feeling sitting on you own couch and in your own home. I guess I finally grew up. Well somewhat, I still spend lots of nights watching Harry Potter movies with the three kids, aka my bikes.
Part of my Grandmother’s Snow Village.
Rachel has even started her own. I love the Griswold house.
It was a great Christmas. I spent a few days at my parents house. So it meant lots of bonding time with Copper. And those other people that live there.
2014 was a great year, and 2015 looks to be as well. I mean it did start with Alabama losing and the Vols winning in their bowl games.
Outside of photos, here are two videos I made this year.