Category Archives: Pentax K-x

New Used Camera

Well I chose to retire my Pentax- Kx.  I went to take it in to get fixed and found it out it has mold growing in the prism that would cost over $200 to clean.  After searching around for my next camera I decided to get a used Nikon D5100 which will allow me to take HDR photos.  Looking forward to the new learning curve ahead!

Love these Fall days.

Love these Fall days.

Breast Cancer Awareness

It’s a busy month.  My private practice business (Ignite, LLC) has partnered with another local company, Chacha’s Boutique to make these handmade copper bracelets to raise money for breast cancer.  Next week we will be producing a video on my YouTube channel talking about this specific fundraiser as well as how to cope with a new diagnosis for those with breast cancer and their loved ones.  Folks can purchase either bracelet on Etsy for $15 and there are two other options for personalization as well.  Proceeds will go to OHSU’s Knight Cancer Institute.  Pre-order your’s now and they will start shipping out October 1st in time for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  IMGP4760

Yaquina Bay Lighthouse

Friday Jeremy and I celebrated our 5 year wedding anniversary at the Oregon coast and made a trip to the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse (found out this was built in 1871, Oregon was only 12 years old at that time).  Part of my gift was some new lens filters which I have never used before, I’m loving them!

Yaquina Bay Lighthouse in Newport, Oregon

Yaquina Bay Lighthouse in Newport, Oregon

The weather was perfect this weekend.

Using CPL filter

Using CPL filter

So enjoyed a much needed three day weekend after several 6 day work weeks. IMGP4677

I had my first half crab with a shell dinner at Georgie’s Beachside Grill thanks to mom and dad Penter as well as Grandma who was a hoot (her child sized Alfredo was a bit of a disappointment, luckily she helped me out with some delicious ice cream). Well I guess I’ll have to admit I was a bit of a hoot as well breaking into that crab. At one point we had a bit of a crab shower as I busted into a leg! Jeremy found some crab on his jacket while we were exploring the lighthouse. IMGP4681

The sights were spectacular, so much so we had to go back today! IMGP4688

Piano Kitty

A busy summer this year, amazed August is just about here.  Haven’t taken my camera out as much as I’d have liked this summer but I’ve also mostly been working.  Looking forward to some photography during some vacation time in September.  With a high of 95 degrees today I could tell the heat was getting a bit much for the critters today.  Just before leaving for my extra hot soccer game I found our cat Katara sprawled about the piano near the fan.  IMGP4657

Now This Is Love

Just couldn’t pass this photo opportunity up.  So freaking cute I just want to eat ’em up.

Lau & Sensei

Lau & Sensei

Nesting from Above

Life has been most interesting the last few weeks with unusual and complex cases at the hospital.  What has stuck with me the last couple of weeks is the vulnerability of life; both in physical and mental forms.  One decision, emotion, or event can change your life forever.  I’d been reflecting on that, sitting with that, as well as journaling about that and the ramifications of denying the vulnerability of life as a society.  Then Thursday afternoon I get a call from Jeremy at 3pm; thinking it was his check in to see what was in store for the evening he told me he was laid off.  From his job of 8 years……. there was no way I saw that coming.

So many thoughts, emotions, and planning has occurred over the last couple of days.  We are so grateful for the thoughts and support of our family and closest friends and while this seemly majorly unplanned event has left us with a lot of unknowns the beauty of it is that we are not in it alone and that there is time to dream a better life, a grander plan, and a healthier lifestyle.

Tonight we got to walk with one of our good friends I go to appreciate the beauty of nature that is just blocks from our home.  I felt in awe…. the comfort of the river that changes and yet remains the same.  And I’m hopeful.  IMGP4635 IMGP4637

9th Floor Rooftop View


Looking Southwest.

Today I accomplished a goal of mine with the help of my buddy, to see the rooftop view from the hospital. Tomorrow marks 1 year since I started working at the hospital and yesterday I was offered a permanent 40 hour full time spot there.

Looking South.

A beautiful day here in Springfield, Oregon with weather in the 70s today. Excited to see what the future has in store! IMGP4620