Shawn has considered upgrading our DSLR camera for a while now, but I've been cautioning him not to on my account. After living in New York City for over three years, I have finally reached a point where I don't feel the need to do everything right away, and I certainly don't feel the need to document it here. Gone are the days when I've lugged the Nikon around on the off chance that I want to take a picture for this blog. I've never done things simply to have fodder for Embarrassment of Riches, but at times the blogging process eclipsed my ability to relax and enjoy my surroundings. Recently, we happened to stop by the first evening of the Hester Street Fair, and while observing bloggers clutching their cameras and scurrying between tables to get shots of the food, I said to Shawn "I don't ever want to do that again." I'm happy to leave it to the professionals at Serious Eats (which I'm grateful for, because I love that website).
Without a focus on New York City events, what does that leave? I run a lot, which you probably have gathered, and just joined a gym in the hope that strength- and cross-training will help on November 3, when my next marathon is scheduled for. Increasingly, we eat very simple meals I prepare at home, because forgoing meat and now dairy limits our dining-out options (especially because I eschew most vegan restaurants). We drink wine on our stoop, cuddle with our dog while watching Arrested Development reruns, and spend the weekend in Maryland when we're lucky. And in the summer, one of my favorite things to do after work on a nice night is head to Prospect Park. But this is not the stuff of fascinating blogs, folks.
Because he just started volunteering with an amazing charity, work that involves taking pictures of live performances at hospices, nursing homes, and other healthcare facilities, Shawn decided to finally make good on his threat and trade in our D90 for a D700. It's only because he brought it along in order to learn it that we have these pictures. No cringeworthy, contrived photoshoots here, just Shawn and me fiddling with his new camera on a very ordinary night for us in our beloved Prospect Park.