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These things are always fun. The object is to write about five random obsessions. In my case, it’s probably only the first two that I could call true obsessions, but the others are things I can’t really live without, so close enough.
1. Cats. I dare say I might be even more obsessed with cats than I am the second thing I will name, photography. I’ve loved cats as far back as I can remember. I had a stuffed tiger that I dragged around everywhere as a tiny child, and the first cat I remember was our neighbors’ tabby cat, Tabitha, a fantastic name for a tabby cat. My sister and I pestered our parents for years and years to get a cat & they finally relented when I was 9. We got Pina, a long haired, long suffering tortie cat. My sister and I loved that cat to pieces & bothered the hell out of her all the time. Despite this, Pina lived to the incredible age of 21. We all still miss her. As cool as it was to have a cat as a child, it’s been an absolute joy having two cats of my own, Hallie and Henry. They are both so lovable- Hallie because she’s a scaredy cat & has a typical cat personality, and she loves me & that’s pretty much it. She follows me around, she sleeps next to me. I love her so much. Henry, our tabby, is so lovable that he loves everyone & everyone loves him.
2. Photography. I’ve always been into art, but in college, I sucked at painting & was only okay at drawing. I was going to be a graphic design major, but I transferred schools before I took any graphic design classes & there weren’t any graphic design classes at the school I transferred to. (There are now. I often wonder what my career path would have been, had I stayed with graphic design. Wouldn’t have had to have taught it to myself, that’s for sure) I had to pick a concentration a few semesters in, and the only openings were ceramics and photography. My artist uncle had an old camera he was willing to give me, so I thought, what the hell? Photography is perfect for me. As an artist, I’m an arranger- one who takes things that already exist & rearranges them into something new. I’m not a Maker- an artist that can create things from the ether. I wish I was sometimes, but being an arranger suits my practical nature. Photography has been good to me. I’m not a fashion photographer, I’m not a wedding photographer and I’m not a “lifestyle family photographer.” My favorite things to photograph are natural places. I have a day job as a corporate photographer and graphic designer so I can afford to buy plane tickets to beautiful, natural places.
3. Teaching. There’s an adage out there- if you want to do something well, teach it. You will never learn more than when you teach your passion. I also believe if you have a gift, you need to give back. I’ve taught photography for 15 years and counting.
4. Coffee, black. My parents drink their coffee black, and that’s how I learned how it’s done. I have coffee every morning, no matter how hot it is outside. At work, I bring it in a slim thermos and drink it for several hours in the morning.
5. Walking. I’ve walked for fitness, for transportation ever since my high school days of not having a car. I love a long, long walk. It’s meditative, it helps me think. In recent years, I’ve gotten my regular exercise by running (in my case it’s more like walk jogging) and cycling, but I still walk when I can. I love to escape the office at lunch and go for a walk, or to walk up and down the main drag in my neighborhood.