szoet10 Timing is everything right? I've been to the aquarium dozens of times, but never this time of year at this hour. Crazy light streams.
Same with life--you can't force some things--like a flawless vacation, or a 4-yr old putting his face in the water. They happen when they are going to, and when they should. And it's all part of a perfect plan. I'd never make it if I had to believe in chance or randomness.
And the 4-yr old? He decided yesterday to become fearless in the water. Good timing kid.
2w

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szoet10 "Here are some obvious things about the weather:
It's real.
You can't change it by wishing it away.
If it's dark & rainy it really is dark & rainy and you can't alter it.
It might be dark and rainy for two weeks in a row.
BUT
It will be sunny one day.
It isn't under one's control as to when the sun comes out, but come out it will.
One day." The selection above is an excerpt from a poignant letter the brilliant Stephen Fry wrote to a fan suffering from depression. He draws an apt metaphor between weather and mood.
While the media focusing on one person so much may be skewed, the open conversations about depression this week are a positive outcome. The whole letter is worth a read--search for Stephen Fry on lettersofnote.com . Most of us know someone who can benefit from reading it.
2w
  •   bugsymatthews13 Beautiful !! 2w
  •   elebaldwin Thank you! Beautiful and will search for this. I think Stephen Fry is a wonderful person, too. 2w

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szoet10 Meet my new mascot.

Snails get a bad rap--this little guy moved quickly enough to almost bump into my phone twice before I got him in focus. He knew where he was headed and got there without wavering focus.
In life & work, I preach the concepts of baby steps, of being bad at something first, of practice, progression, regression. But in my own life I'm not as brilliant. I get frustrated and expect to do everything quickly, easily and flawlessly. Which is ridiculous.
Baby steps gets you far with patience. So I've been on Team Snail for the summer for fitness & health goals, and am stronger than yesterday. Now I just need to apply snail goals to other areas. Anyone else want to join the snail revolution?
4w

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szoet10 The best moments are unplanned. An Unplanned stop on a road trip became the highlight. A perfect sunset on the beach watching my boy play tag with his dad, a bit of heaven on earth. 4w

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szoet10 In character, in manner, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Those things we sometimes dismiss as cliche or overused still have beauty in them. There's nothing like a perfect red rose. I'm glad I've gotten over my avoidance of them after too many years of working in a flower shop & never wanting to see another red rose. Welcome back my pretty.
3mon

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szoet10 Shameless self-promotion, sorry. If you have an iPad, check out the digital magazine my journalism class and I put together, no templates, all original work in indesign. Not bad for a staff of 8 doing a side project. VCHS Cross+Section 3mon

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szoet10 Movement is so integral to most things in life. Not just about progress, not just about fitness, but to bring about clarity, creativity and energy. It's one of those things that connects mind, body and soul. 4mon
  •   bugsymatthews13 So cool !! 4mon
  •   danie_lew Hello! I was looking through your photos and am amazed at your ability to turn the everyday into absolute works of art. It made me remember taking my first photography class with you and how much I learned. Just wanted to tell you what an inspiration you are. 4mon
  •   szoet10 @danie_lew I just saw this and have to say it's seriously the nicest comment ever!! Both that you learned from me and that you see the vision in my photos. (Jsb chaperoning :) hope all is well 3mon

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szoet10 My kid was abducted by aliens.
That's the only way to explain today. The evidence: he didn't complain once, was pleasant and content with everything, went the day without tv, and--the kicker--it was his idea to put the leftover broccoli on his sandwich for lunch...and he said it was the most delicious thing ever. "What a great day today was!" he said. And all we did was stay home all day and play.
I hope you all have a day soon that is so purely enjoyable that you wish you could wrap it up and save it for later.
5mon

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szoet10 "Turning and turning in the widening gyre...Things fall apart; the center cannot hold..." Yeats

Only the mental part feels like it's not holding, don't worry. Been trying to figure out why I'm so mentally fragmented and frazzled each day--is it the chaotic schedule at work? Or because I'm using more technology at work? Do I need to carve out more moments of solitude? Or do I just need to get out and seek adventure and challenge myself?
Life is good. It would be nice to finish something though--whether it's a project, a thought or even a sentence.
5mon

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szoet10 Thanks for all the prayers and good thoughts. No surgery as feared, just a lot of antibiotics and a few more hours. We may still get to spend our 15-yr anniversary in the hospital if it takes 3 more hours.
I told you be careful what you wish for..."can we so something special for our anniversary?" Not funny my dear.
8mon
  •   szoet10 And @elebaldwin my husband loved the virtual soup from Roma! 8mon
  •   jainne Glad all is well. Best healing wishes to your husband! Happy Anniversary! 8mon
  •   elebaldwin @szoet10 glad the proverbial cure-all remedy helped. Hoping for a quick recovery and a better anniversary celebration. 8mon
  •   bugsymatthews13 So glad he is on the mend and happy anniversary!! 8mon
  •   carregal I hope he gets better soon, happy anniversary anyway! 8mon
  •   gallowaygirlhandmade Good outcome, or at least better than surgery!! But on your anniversary 😮Hope things got better quickly... 4w

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szoet10 Be careful what you wish for...
"We don't have much time to talk just the two of us..." 8 hours, 2 urgent cares, 1 ER, an ultrasound and a CT scan later and I don't think we've actually talked much :) Waiting to see if my husband has appendicitis or some other mystery.
8mon

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szoet10 "What makes photography a strange invention is that its primary raw materials are light and time." --John Berger 8mon

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9mon szoet10
Normal S Zoet
szoet10 Today we picked flowers in the park. They may be weeds, but to us they were treasures.
Trying to keep the spirit of exploration & curiosity alive in our culture is a daily challenge. Today was a victory.
9mon

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szoet10 Each day the challenge is figuring out how to marvel at the complexity of life, without overcomplicating it. --SZoet 9mon

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12mon szoet10
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szoet10 Watch it wiggle... I broke my no red dye #40 rule and got the kid some jello. He thought it was pretty cool that jello had its own song, so I taught it to him. Well, at least he can spell one word now.
He laughed and laughed when I showed him his portrait in the spoon...look carefully--he's in there. Simple joys in life once again.
12mon

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szoet10 Gorgeous sunset tonight, but this one cloud caught me for two reasons--1, it was opposite the sunset, so it probably went unnoticed by many, and 2, it was gone quickly as those opposite clouds tend to do. Such a great image for this time of year--change.
Whether it's summer ending, school starting, people aging, friends leaving, change often quite frankly, sucks. Never been good at accepting it. But I've always tended to fight it too...maybe I've been using the wrong word all these years. Not change, challenge. Time for a new challenge and new growth. I mean, really, who wants to stagnate? Not me.
Go kick some butt this month.
12mon
  •   cfent Stagnate nothing. Always changing. Boom. 12mon
  •   kath_a_reen Yup, new growth sounds much better :) lovely cloud shot too!! 12mon
  •   bugsymatthews13 Outstanding and absolutely agree with challenge!! 12mon
  •   estreelmanphoto Challenge. I like it. It has been a challenge this summer to leave and be somewhere new. But I am starting to see myself change as I grow up and learn a few more things about myself as a person, a wife, a friend and a teacher. Embrace the challenge to see the change! 12mon
  •   lizajanespix Lovely capture and beautiful gallery! 12mon
  •   moagruneau 12mon

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szoet10 The kid figured out how to stall going to bed --he keeps coming in our room and telling us "happy dreams guys", "I love you this much", and giving hugs and kisses which are NOT easy to come by...no way am I gonna tell him to stop.
Just when he can't get any cuter he pulls this crap...
1y

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szoet10 Today there are 11 superhero stickers on my shirt, a monster truck rally in my living room and the ever-growing garbage dump under my dining table grew a little more. A little quiet time for all, then round two. After dinner is Ball Crashers and races in the backyard til the sun sets. Our last day of summer vacation.
August we hit our stride...and we played a lot. A LOT. And I decided 4 weeks ago to not even attempt to be superwoman. My schoolwork is not prepped, my house is as chaotic as it was in May, I did not finish any projects. But I played...a lot. And laughed and watched my little man every day with amazement. August was filled with sunshine and happiness.
Regret wasting time all summer? Not a chance. I did what the fortune cookie told me--I paused and enjoyed it.
Tomorrow at work I won't miss being prepared--I'll miss my kid.
I think I'll wear a couple of superhero stickers to work.
1y
  •   tigroc Time with the ones we love is priceless...sounds like an amazing summer full of the most important things. 1y
  •   kariprice This makes me feel so much better!! My house is a mess and I haven't touched my iPad. I'll be missing mine tomorrow too. :( 1y
  •   szoet10 @tigroc it was! Glad I get the time that most people don't get 1y
  •   szoet10 @kariprice priorities right? We have 'em straight :) 1y
  •   sam_instagram Masterpiece of time management 1y
  •   szoet10 @sam_instagram it takes a lot of work to fit in all that playing 1y
  •   tianapix Great one! 8mon
  •   gallowaygirlhandmade Perfect! 5mon

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szoet10 For those of us who grew up with boil-in-a-bag cauliflower with the velveeta-y cheese sauce, cauliflower is pretty far down the vegetable chain. I hate it soggy and detest it raw...so I'm trying all those roasted garlic cauliflower recipes to try and love it.
I believe in second chances--goodness knows I've screwed up enough first ones. Good thing we don't have to be perfect in life.
And cauliflower is so very photogenic...
1y

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szoet10 The big 3 today. He's an absolute kook, and I love that he can tell stories with inflection and can impersonate people. I wonder where he gets his crazy laugh until I hear myself on video--oh, that's where...along with his crazy faces, and his eyes.
He's got a good heart, but I can't take credit for that one.
1y

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