Through the Lens: photos from September


I learned two very important things this week.

The first: Never feel guilty about taking some necessary time off. (Letting go of the guilt of not blogging feels really good, it turns out.) The second: Never say you haven’t been sick in a while. (Your throat will feel sore the very next day.)

September was an intense month all around. Not only did I get back in full-swing at school, but L.A. had temps in the 90s and 100s much of the time. Here’s a look at some of the highlights from September in photos, starting with a visit to Playa del Rey.

water playa boats

The yacht below came chugging into the marina with music blasting and people partying. Its name? “Wet Dream.” Stay classy.

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I also went back to the Arts District to check out a funky flea market with tons of talented artists and vendors. I was easily distracted by murals and puppies.

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Last week, John and I flew home to the East Coast for his brother’s wedding, and we had a blast partying and staying up too late, hence my feeling under the weather. I didn’t get any photos of the wedding that weren’t blurry—mostly, I just enjoyed myself. (It’s pretty sweet being the best man’s date—V.I.P. treatment!) But I did manage to snap a couple of shots in Annapolis and Baltimore. Going home twice in two months was a nice change of pace from my last eight-month stretch. If I could keep up this new track record, living far away from family wouldn’t seem so bad.

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This week, I’m trying to take it easy and shake off this bug. I’ve been reading a lot lately, managing not to kill my basil plant and thinking a lot about spring. I’ll only have a handful of credits left to take for school, so my mind is on employment. (Whoa.)

I’ll be doing more of the same in October, which also happens to be my birthday month. I’ll be turning 25 in a couple of weeks, so I’m deciding what I’d like to do to celebrate. Any suggestions?

That’s all for today—I’ll be less scarce in the next couple of weeks. What are you looking forward to in October?

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  1. Love that seagull shot (although I hate seagulls). I suggest a trip to Toronto for your 25th! Or, you know, a giant picnic somewhere in your own city, so that all of your student pals can attend!

    • Cassie Paton says:

      I would love to visit Toronto! One of these days. A picnic is a great idea. I might have to take it to the beach!

  2. I’d love to know what you’re reading. Great photos as always. Grad school is kicking my butt big time, but I love it. I am absolutely thriving on this nuttiness. I just wish I were sleeping better.

    • Cassie Paton says:

      I’m reading Telling True Stories and The Art and Craft of Feature Writing for school. (You’d love them both!) I’m also reading The Feminine Mystique. 🙂

  3. Yay for birthdays! There are a few birthdays approaching this month, one being my bf so I’m very excited! 🙂 Do whatever makes you happy just do it big for your big 2-5! Enjoy it 🙂 I’m 2-7 and the big 3-0 starts looming! It’s good to take mental breaks, from everything including blogging, so it’s good you did and enjoyed it! Now get back to writing 😛 Have a great one Cassie! -Iva

    • Cassie Paton says:

      Enjoy the birthday month! I love October… but I’m biased. 🙂 A break was definitely needed, but I’m happy to be back to blogging.

  4. I think my favorite part about this whole post is “Stay classy.”

    I get to go home twice in a month coming up… next week! It’s hard being far from the fam, isnt’ it?

    This month I’ll be enjoying ACL, home for a bridal shower, Broadway’s Beauty and the Beast and, my favorite holiday of all, Halloween.

    God, I love October.

    FEEL BETTER! xxoox

    • Cassie Paton says:

      Sounds like a fantastic month ahead! Have a blast going home – and soak it up! Halloween is one of my favorites, too. Always makes for a good themed birthday. Stay classy!!

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