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Feast of Lanterns

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

My better half is away for work this week, so between holding down the fort on my own and trying to prep for our Labor Day weekend plans, this may be my only post this week. The old Jessica would have gotten hung up over not sticking to my 5 days/week rule, but I’ve decided I want to enjoy blogging. Seeing things as a chore takes the fun right out of things! It’s funny how our attitude effects everything in (or not in) our lives.

We have lived downtown 9 years and have never made it to the Feast of Lanterns. I saw pictures of it last year on FB and thought, “wow- what a great photo opportunity!!” We had too many things going on last weekend, so we weren’t able to get to the Feast of Lanterns this year either. By 10:30 p.m., I was just pulling my daughter’s birthday cake out of the oven for her 12 noon party the next day. Having just realized I’d have to run to the store for powdered sugar to be able to make the icing to frost it AND feeling dizzy and tired from the sinus pressure I’d been having, my attitude was such that I was just about to throw in the towel and go to bed!

But, I said to myself, “Forget what time it is. You know what you need and WANT to do!” So, I grabbed my camera and purse and flew out the door. My first stop was the Feast of Lanterns. My some saving grace, I found a close parking spot. I walked around for 20 minutes enjoying the music, the balmy night, and all the twinkling lights. A complete stranger even invited me to sit on their blanket for awhile! That’s when I saw the best perspective for my shots. Lying on my back in the grass, pointing my camera straight up. I wasn’t there long, but my head cleared up. I got my mojo back, and I got some great shots! Then I ran to the store for powdered sugar, came home, finished the cake, sewed a skirt, wrapped presents, and was in bed by 1 a.m. Much too late for me, but I was happy and ready for my first baby to turn 8 :)