15 minute posts,  Niece-com-poops

Sentimental Candy Shoppes


I have a joke book job due tomorrow that I’m only two pages into (Yes, I’m in TROUBLE and praying for caffeinated miracles) and I have 32-plus gigs of photos to process from a wedding I shot yesterday (first ever real wedding job. Oh man! So hard!) so naturally, I feel like blogging would be a great way to deal with this feeling of overwhelming overwhelment.  Is there a word for that?  Brain stuck.

I just thought I’d pop in and share these photos. They came out really cute. My niece is in town. She’s sixteen and things have been a bit, turbulent. But amongst the ups and downs there have been little moments of happiness and love. On a whim, I took my big camera with us on a trip to the candy store on Balboa Island and I’m so glad I did. That place is so colorful. It somehow captures what happiness looks like, even though I don’t even like candy that much.


Of course, the kids love candy. Even though these salt-water taffies are probably made in some factory in LA and have nothing to do with the local sea flavor, they somehow just taste better when they are purchased from a little store on an island surrounded by murky Pacific Ocean bay water. Maybe it’s the ocean air we breath while we walk around the island, eating them out of a bag and admiring all the little cottages. Memories are funny that way. We’ve done it hundreds of times and it’s sentimental.


We love you, Rapunzel! With all of our flawed hearts.



  • gingermog

    Procrastination is part of the creative process don’t ya know. I hope by now caffeine power has worked marvel’s and you’ve completed your comic book. I loved waking up to your new post thanks for sharing. I know what you mean about seaside candy evoking memories of happiness even if you don’t like it any more. Something to do with the brilliant colors and salt sea air. Love to all of you. xx

  • BeachMama

    I am missing salt water taffy right about now, so thank you for sharing. Glad your niece is visiting you, you are a great influence to be around. Enjoy your sweets even if it’s only a little!

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