November 2018

We're only a few days into December so I'm doing reasonably good on keeping up with my monthly updates. The month of November felt like it zoomed on by so quick and I'm not entirely sure what I did throughout the month. Looking back, I can't really say I did too much socially or in terms of photography actually.

My lone photography gig of the month was finishing the month by doing photography for Faith in Place's Lake County Annual Celebration and Fundraiser Luncheon. I also participated in Small Business Saturday for the third straight year with me setting up shop at the Parlor. Attendance was unimpressive, but I wasn't too surprised since the weather was a little cold and there's not much to draw people to downtown Waukegan. Events like that always lead to me contemplating how we can make our downtown a more desirable location for people to visit.

Meanwhile, my social life in was a little more active in comparison to my photography. Got together with friends who like to have game nights a couple times. First on the Saturday after Election Day, we gathered for an apartment warming at my friend Julio's new place. Then a week later, some of the usual game night crew convened at my friend Taylor's apartment.

Also, got together with some of my friends from high school a couple times during the week of Thanksgiving. The first time, we went to Anastasia's Restaurant and Sports Lounge to catch the Vikings playing the Bears on Sunday Night Football. The next time we had a home cooked dinner and hung out at my friend's place.

The month of December has a little more photography in store for me. A couple days from now, I'm going to be renting my friend Laura Rodriguez's studio for a family session. Then next week, I'll be taking portraits for the Waukegan Association of Music Partners at the three different winter concerts. I'm hoping that the red curtains I ordered for that, come in time.

For most people, the month of December is a pretty busy time of year. That is no exception for me as I have a few different holiday parties to attend in the next few weeks. Also, I will have to do one of my least favorite activities and get out for Christmas shopping.

Of course, the best part of this month for me is that it's my birth month. In fact, I share the same birth month as my parents. We started a tradition last year of going to Red Robin to get our bitrthday burgers together and plan on doing that this year as well.

The real excitement for me this month is happening around my birthday. Then again my birthday is usually pretty interesting since I was born on New Year's Eve and as a result it's pretty easy to find a good party to attend. This year I'll be out in San Francisco for Coalesce on my birthday and the new year. Definitely going to be a good way to celebrate my golden birthday.