Category Archives: Personal

50 swiss francs | emily mccann photography

Tucked behind my keyboard is an old Calissons tin filled with an odd assortment of things from beach rocks to spare keys. Going through it earlier today I even found receipts for the Christmas gifts I got for my husband in 2016 (Those I did just toss-I think the time period for exchanges has definitely expired). For the most part however, I use the tin to store things I want to hang on to for sentimental reasons-things like this banknote for 50 Swiss Fracs. My friend Sheena gave it to me in 2010, when we were still living in Switzerland, in exchange for some photos I took for her. That was the very first time someone paid me for my photographs. It was four more years before anybody paid me for my work again, once we moved back to Seattle and I officially began taking clients. Looking back, the photos were not worth 50 CHF (so sorry, Sheena!), but that first gesture of faith in my abilities sure meant a lot to me.

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girl | sunset | golden gardens | seattle | emily mccann photography

My middle child turned eleven a few weeks ago, a birthday she’s been looking forward to for years because she’s finally old enough to get her ears pierced. She and a friend are going to do it together at Slave to the Needle in Ballard next week. I’m pretty happy to be avoiding the usual shopping mall kiosk, as I’m pretty certain that a little bit of my soul is sucked away every time I set foot inside a mall.

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spring is coming | pink tree buds | emily mccann

I know the world is bruised and bleeding, and though it is important not to ignore its pain, it is also critical to refuse to succumb to its malevolence.
-Toni Morrison

What are you doing this weekend? Seattle schools are on mid-winter break, and I’m only a tiny bit envious (i.e. positively green) of those who are headed to warmer climes. Whether you need to while away some time in an airport or practice hygge at home, here are a few links from around the web that have caught my eye in the past few weeks.

The Grandeur and Limits of Science: On Being is always a bright spot in my week, however this episode is particularly beautiful. So much so, that I’ve saved it to listen to again.

How to Celebrate President’s Day: Via Austin Kleon. I am going to try and do every single one of these things.

Parmesan Broth with Kale and White Beans: This soup kind of blew my mind. You can find little tubs of Parmesan rinds near the Murray’s cheese counter at the Greenwood Fred Meyer, though I’m sure there are many places in Seattle that carry them.

DIY Finger Knitted Scarf: I’m keeping this idea in my back pocket, should I need something to occupy the children (and okay, fine, myself too) during mid-winter break.

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: Love this. I don’t actually have a copy yet, but it’s on the short list of Books I Need.

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girl in golden light at discovery park | seattle | emily mccann

Five things that are making me happy right now:

  • Soulful gazes and golden autumnal light.
  • Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie Bars: I made them without the skillet and the bar.
  • #SPLWeekly: While the public library in my small Oregon hometown is struggling desperately to stay afloat, here in Seattle we have the most wonderful library system that I hope to never take for granted. We go to the library weekly, and I’ve started a hashtag on Instagram documenting our visits.
  • Jem Nut Butters: This line of Pacific Northwest made nut butters are a delicious little splurge.  I’ve found them locally at Whole Foods, but you can also purchase them online.
  • Nikki Frumkin: The December artist for Post Art Northwest. If you aren’t yet familiar with her work, take five minutes and check it out now.

 

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girl in purple shirt | golden gardens | seattle | emily mccann

It is a gloriously stormy day here in Seattle, and I for one am loving it.  I took this photo of my youngest daughter earlier this week at Golden Gardens, when the park was all about living up to it’s name.  She turned eight years old yesterday, and as usual I am having a hard time wrapping my mind around the passing of another year.  We celebrated eight with pumpkin pie and dyeing green streaks in her hair.  It was the best birthday ever (she says that every year).

For dinner tonight: Winter Squash Soup with Curry and Coconut Milk
Halloween Books: For older kids and for younger kids.
Have you listened to the new podcast How I Built This?  The one with Sara Blakely about Spanx was fantastic.
I’m in love with this Instagram feed: Olga Ezova-Denisova

Happy Friday!

 

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