We Have Arrived

After spending the last solid week covered in boxes from head to toe, calming concerned kitties, and getting a lovely little chest cold, I am finally able to snag a few moments to let everyone out there know that The Husband and I have arrived, and are settling in, Asheville, North Carolina. It’s been an extremely stressful week for both of us. As David said, we pretty much took our lives, put them in a glass jar and shook them as violently as possible. So here we are.

I hope to get started unpacking my NEW STUDIO tomorrow. In the meantime, here are a few pictures I took today to whet your appetites. I am so ready to start working  on my business again and to begin firing on all cylinders as soon as possible.

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It’s Officially Official: We Are Asheville-Bound!


As I’ve alluded to in a few previous posts, some BIG CHANGES were afoot. I am pleased that I can (finally!) announce that my husband, my cats, and I are moving to Asheville, North Carolina! Although this move has been in the works for several months, it has always felt like it was perpetually two months away. Now, all of a sudden, the move is staring me in the face. My husband is moving in a week and I’m heading out in two. My mind has been absolutely consumed with details: hiring a mover, updating our address, visiting as many friends as possible before hitting the road. We have both turned in our notices at work, and my husband already has a job waiting on him in Asheville.

But the best part? Thanks to a lot of saving, and the endless generosity and support of my husband, I am going to be a full-time photographer! (I feel so pretentious saying that, but whatever.) I’ve rented a little studio in the River Arts District of Asheville, and I’m going to work for myself. This has been a dream of mine for years, and it’s still something I can hardly believe is actually going to come true. I hope to build up a nice little business with good clients and have the opportunity to explore more with my fine art: not only my macro images (which I have some big plans for), but also to experiment with drawing and painting and maybe even combining those mediums with my macro photography. I also want to really buckle down and study graphic design and build up a nice portfolio, in case this whole photography thing does not work out. I am at a point in my life in which I crave change and I really want to follow a different path, just to see where it leads.

I will be back soon with pictures of my new studio, as well as information on where you can find me in Asheville. In the meantime, it’s back to endless packing, endless phone calls, and tying up a few loose ends. Please wish us luck!

Wordless Wednesday: Moving Is Fun!

Things That Must Be Done Before I Get Hitched

I have so many, many things to do before I get married in April that I feel I may or may  not go insane. I’ve really not thought much about the wedding since the engagement in October, and now that’s all coming to bite me. For my own sanity, I am hereby sharing my list of Things That Must Be Done, which is compounded by the fact that I am moving to a new apartment next month. Fortunately, I do my best work under pressure, and BOY am I starting to feel the pressure.

  • Find boxes. Boxes of all shapes and sizes, boxes that are wide, boxes that are small, boxes that are huge, boxes that are tall.
  • Pack up old apartment.
  • Call movers to move me out of my apartment on February 15th. I will never, ever move myself again, especially since I am moving from one upstairs unit to another upstairs unit. The last move nearly killed me.
  • Call about cable/internet/power/etc and schedule times to have these companies come hook me up with their services. The Fiance and I are going with AT&T U-Verse for our TV and internet, and I will be the happiest girl in the world when I finally tell Charter to stuff it.
  • Find and purchase new bedroom set and new couch. (Anybody want a free couch?)
  • Schedule honeymoon flights/accommodations/etc.
  • Decide on which bakery I am going to have make my cupcake cake for the wedding.
  • Decide where to get the rest of the food for the wedding.
  • Decide on what decorations I want for the wedding.
  • Make said decorations.
  • Get addresses compiled for everyone we are inviting to the wedding.
  • Set wording for our wedding invitations and take them to Kinko’s for printing.
  • Find a wedding dress, shoes, hair doo-dad, etc.
  • Decide on and purchase wedding bands.
  • Get marriage license.
  • Send invitations.
  • Register at Target and Bed, Bath & Beyond.

I think that’s it, but I’m probably leaving out this or that. You may or may  not see a Deborah-shaped hole in the window here at work in a few days….