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rainy days are my homegirls.

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For the year of first grade I lived in Puyallup, Washington. My dad had taken a teaching job in Fife and we uprooted and moved to “the big city.” We were only there for one year, but man that rain got into my soul so deep I just can’t get rid of this love I have for it. While I can find a sunny summer day enjoyable, I cringe when it’s been “too sunny for too long” and I welcome the grey cozy overcast that comes every March to Eastern Oregon. I feel most creative, connected and happy when it’s overcast and rainy.

When I meet new people and tell them I’m from Oregon they assume that I’m in a very rainy area like Portland. Eastern Oregon is actually high desert and we welcome the rain with open arms because it’s greatly needed for the crops and livestock (clearly I’m not a farmer nor a rancher, so I have no idea how dire the need is. But it seems like kind of a big deal around here…) Like the high desert ground, I crave these rainy days.

All I want to do on a day like today is grab my worn copy of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and a cup of hot herbal tea and just read the day away in my pjs. The last time I was able to live that fantasy was like 8 years ago so clearly I’m in delusional-ville. Instead, today, dear reader, I’m going to share a couple tidbits of news with you and while I can guarantee the writing will be nothing akin to C.S. Lewis, feel free to grab that cup of hot tea and don’t bother changing out of your pjs.

First… I’m pregnant. Like, seriously. There’s a baby in my belly. I’m due in September, I’ll have a c-section (it’ll be my third, I’m not even a little nervous about it – old news, easy stuff…) and I look like I’m probably 6 or so months along. Omar the Tent maker will soon be commissioned for all my wardrobe needs.

Second… Because I’m pregnant, I’ve been exhausted for the last 3 months. Everything has suffered and I’m basically sucking at life right now. The energy has to come back, right??

Third… I may be having a baby but… Carly Carlson Photography is going nowhere. But, it is going through some big changes this year and there’ll be some maternity leave to consider. It seems like every year the business goes through some form of reinvention and this is going to be a big year of changes that’ll outdo all the others. I can’t go into too much detail right now, but I will say that I’ve hired a graphic designer as part of this reinvention (the fabulous Sara Seeton… very stoked) and I’ll no longer have an office downtown… and it’s not Carly Carlson Photography anymore… it’s just Carly Carlson… Have I said too much? Or too little? I think I’ll just leave it at that and you’ll just have to wait and see what happens. :)

Fourth… The “third” makes it seem like I have everything perfectly figured out and well-planned. Let’s be honest here, I have no idea what’s going on. I am optimistically throwing caution to the wind and saying “come at me, change!” and we’ll just see how that goes for awhile…

Fifth… Okay, I do have a plan and it does have structure, I’m just not sure how it’s going to play out. I hate being along for the ride because I’m a control freak but I’m pretty sure I’m on the right track here. I love my business and I can’t quit photography because photography won’t quit me! Okay, that was way more dramatic than necessary. Deep breaths, Carly.

And sixth… Juan Pablo is the worst bachelor in Bachelor history. Just throwing that out there, on a totally unrelated note.

Enjoy this rainy day, like it’s the best friend you’ve got!

xo

carly

Side note: Writing a blog post with a six year old sitting next to you is extremely difficult. I have been interrupted more times then I can count. And I loved every moment of it.