It's one of those lovely kind of days.  I get out of bed and open the blinds to let the light wake me up.  I open up the windows, and I'm thankful it already smells like summer here in California.  I spend my day editing and falling more in love.  The Civil Wars play endlessly in the background.  When love comes it comes in all forms.  I feel it when I spend afternoons with clients hunting down that perfect spot for pictures.  I  remember it when I read about that boy who's a hopeless romantic.  I know it when my dad takes out my garbage and asks me if I need help.  And I experience it every time I talk on the phone with the one I love. In just a short amount of time I won't be sitting alone in my room editing.  I'll be sitting with someone in his room editing. Oh… and watching Harry Potter. yay! 

The picture above is an outtake from Michelle & Gary's Monday engagement session. It took a lot of driving and mapping and exploring, but we found the spot we were looking for!

norfolk | handsome biscuit

If you're ever in the Norfolk/Virginia Beach area, you must eat at Handsome Biscuit.  When my friend Lisa found out I was visiting Lance in Virginia Beach, she told me I must try Handsome Biscuit.  I passed the recommendation along to Lance and his friends had been telling him the same thing.  So during my visit we made it a point to fit it into our schedule.  Handsome Biscuit is located in a random (somewhat shady) area of Ghent in Norfolk.  It's just a little building with some indoor tables and a small outdoor porch.  Even though we heard it was usually crowded, it was pretty empty when we visited so we snag a table in the corner.  If you're thinking these biscuits look good, you're right. They were sooooooooooooo delicious. Lance and I both order the Hella Fitzgerald with fried Chicken with bacon, cheddar, and red eye sausage gravy and shared a side of hash browns.  The Hella Fitzerald was AMAZING.  I had just eaten at Hominy Grill in Charleston where I ordered a similar meal (fried chicken and biscuits and gravy) but while it was also very delicious, it wasn't nearly as yummy as Handsome Biscuit.  I definitely want to try all the other biscuits the next time I visit.  (Lance also ordered a sweet potato soda which sounds disgusting but was surprising delicious and light. )

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Handsome Biscuit 2511 Colonial Ave Park Place - Norfolk, VA 23517

coffee shop diaries | cafe 4

The kind of lovely thing about dating a man in grad school is the abundance of study dates.  I really love working and reading in coffee shops.  It's even at the top of my list of activities to do while traveling.  So lucky me, Lance likes to read and work in coffee shops as well.  Perfect pair, no? When he came to visit we went to Cafe 4 to do some work.  It's such a great place!  It's located in the foyer of Neighborhood Church in Castro Valley.  I really love the drinks they offer as well as the variety of sitting areas.  Lance and I chose a large table to spread out all our computers and books.  Even though we spent most of the day there working, it was some good quality time.  Some of the things I miss out on having a long distance relationship is experiencing everyday life with him.  I cherish the normal activities.  Plus I love working, so it killed two birds with one stone.

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Cafe 4 20600 John Drive Castro Valley, CA 94546