Digital photo overload

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Remember all those resolutions I mentioned just about two months back? Well, I’m working on them, but whoa, 2017 has been off to a pretty all-over-the-place start. I also realized that I forgot to mention a pretty important part of my “Photography” resolution: To *finally* get all the digital photos I have stored in a zillion different places under control.

Here’s why: Right now, I have close to 50,000 digital pics on my laptop. That’s not counting the — wait for it — 9,456 that I have on my iPhone. (Yikes, right?) I do think that a lot of my pics have been unintentionally duplicated somehow during transfers from one outdated computer (like my beloved college MacBook) to the next. Still, it’s a non-physical clutter problem that I really need to fix.

The solution: Gretchen Rubin says in her book The Happiness Project that you should do one thing that thing that makes you unhappy for 15 minutes a day. (She’s referring to a daunting task—aka overwhelming amounts of digital photos that need to be organized, ugh.) Every day, you’ll get a bit more of it done until, eventually, you can completely cross it off your list.

So, this is what I’ve been doing: Setting a timer and combing through a chunk of photos on my laptop a few times a week as I watch TV. The task still feels daunting, but it’s getting…less daunting by the day.

What’s an annoying project on your list? And do you have any digital photo organization tricks?

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TV Page: Big Little Lies

MV5BODg0OTUxNjU1MV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNzgyODAzMTI@._V1_SX1500_CR0,0,1500,999_AL_Guys: Are you watching this new HBO show? I’m kind of obsessed — and we’re only three episodes in. It’s based on the 2015 book by Liane Moriarty and it stars Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Shailene Woodley (among a few very famous others).

Three things that I love about it:

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1. Reese Witherspoon. The lady does TV well. She also nails the part of the do-gooder yet totally fierce and gossipy mom. I’m so excited to see how her character’s story unfolds.

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2. The Monterey, California homes. Um, every time I see Nicole Kidman’s by-the-beach estate, all I can think is: When can I move in? (Ditto Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern.

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3. The writing. Did you know David E. Kelley (of Boston Legal and Ally McBeal fame) is the genius creator behind the show? The story-telling is so detailed and intricate, which totally makes sense given that he’s at the helm.

So, if you haven’t started watching, the series is only three episodes in. (There are six episodes total, so it’s a super small commitment, too.) If you are watching, let me know what you think!

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A moving tip

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Whenever I move, there’s one item that’s always my Achilles heel: My magazines. Yep, I’ve saved hundreds over the years—even in my New York-sized apartments—but I just can’t bring myself to part ways with that Harper’s Bazaar featuring SJP on the Brooklyn Bridge or that Entertainment Weekly touting the newfound Office romance between Jim and Pam. I have this grand plan that one day I’ll frame all the best ones—or my kids will pour over them asking me questions about pop culture and current events.

Still, hauling them from one place to the next is a pain. So, this year, I came up with a system: I would use my rolling suitcases (and Matt’s) to transport my magazines. (The movers can’t complain if they’re thoughtfully packed on wheels, right?)

It worked! And was so much easier than loading them into cardboard boxes that not even the Hulk could lift.

Any moving tips that you swear by? Would love to hear!

My New York anniversary

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Whoa, today marks nine years since I moved to New York. Since I’ve been packing up my apartment as of late, I happened to find a note that I wrote myself during my junior year of college about my future goals. At the top of the list? To feel comfortable living in a city like New York. (For a girl that grew up in a super small town without a single stop light, that’s kind of a big deal.)

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I also found this photo taken by my good friend at my going away party in Boston. I look so young and I’m taking a call on a Motorola Razr and I also have zero idea about the adventure that I’m about to embark upon, first on the Upper East Side and then in Brooklyn.

The even crazier part is that I remember telling my friends confidently that night: I’m just going to try it out for a year. I can’t leave Boston. I love Boston! But just like that, New York sucks you in — and nine years later, it feels like home.

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A gallery wall update

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Exciting news, you guys! I finally dedicated the time to thoughtfully assembly my very own gallery wall. (As you know, it takes quite a bit of time and patience…and math.) But basically, the same weekend that I finished this project and was admiring my work, we decided something kinda big…

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