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Birthday-ish Week 2022

More pictures from birthdays last. Not as prolific as my 2021 birthday week photos that I just shared, but it was my last birthday with my mom, so here the photos are anyway! (Also my blurriest birthday week photos yet. Womp womp.)

Lunch during my birthday outing: Pho Bihn lemongrass tofu outside Crosstown Concourse – I didn’t want to eat outside, but at least we got to overhear a conversation a man was having on the phone about raising hunting dogs 😂

Mural next to where we were sitting

Blurry mirror self-portrait

Sofa inside the Concourse


We went to Vice & Virtue for coffee after lunch. That looks like some sort of beer in my sister’s glass, but it was an iced coffee beverage with cold foam!

Okay, I get that this photo is blurry and useless, but it makes me laugh because my niece’s blurry face is smiling and I know what’s happening is that she’s annoyed that I’m trying to take a picture of her with her coffee rather than just letting her drink it!

Mom and her cafe au lait at Vice & Virtue <3

Pho Bihn was the day before my birthday, but I requested Taco Bell for my actual birthday lunch. Just keeping it real!

We went for lunch and coffee in Oxford for my sister’s birthday the weekend after mine

And I’ll share the rest of the shots from the roll that were taken the week after birthday week…

Coffee Central Squared when my brother was in town. We all enjoyed our time together! 

Lunch at Huey’s the next week. Mom commented that she really enjoyed her kids burger 😂

Lomo LC-A • Kodak Gold 200

Birthday-ish Week, 2021

Since my birthday is this weekend, I thought I’d use that as an excuse to post photos I took in the week between my birthday and my sister’s in 2021, since I just got them developed a few months ago!

We had my birthday lunch downtown at Pyro’s Pizza Pies – most memorable was how we were all DYING because my mom was being really chatty with the college students who were sitting next to us. The students seemed to love her though, of couse!

A short walk downtown

My birthday Bourbon Mocha at Vice & Virtue

I knocked a cup of vodka sauce at Aldo’s on to the table, my arm, and my pants. That’s the orange part on them.

Little strawberry cakelettes I made to wrap up my own birthday shenanigans that week. They looked so fancy! 

My sister’s birthday – we had lunch at R.P. Tracks – I sat across from my niece 🙂 Memorable moment from this lunch: we’re pretty sure that’s where my sister and brother-in-law contracted Covid, which they tested positive for a few days later. 

We then went to the Dixon Gallery and Gardens after lunch. As it happened, there were exhibits on that featured dessert-themed art. Perfect for ME!

And finally, the birthday dessert I made for my sister: lemon cheesecake topped with lemon curd, by her request

Nikon N80 Nikon 50mm f/1.8 D Kodak Ultra Max 400 


Chinon Bellami {Two Rolls In}

Cutest camera in my collection!

I’d wanted a Chinon Bellami for years, but by the time I started looking for one, they were WAY out of budget. But I kept an eye out and found a great deal on one. I was so stoked!

This camera is TINY. But really the thing I was drawn to was barn door style lens cover. I’m a sucker for a cool lens cover on a camera (see also: the Ricoh FF-1’s drawbridge lens cover.)

You open and close the “barn doors” with the film advance lever. This also turns the camera on.

A few specs on the Bellami:

  • 35mm lens with a maximum aperture of f/2.8
  • Shutter speed of 1/8s – 1/1000s
  • Zone focusing system (you estimate the focus distance and set it on the focus ring)
  • It runs on two 1.5v button batteries

Barn door lens cover – so unique 

On to some shots taken with the Bellami! These were taken over the course of 2021.

We always say we wish we could get a snow like this again. We had so much fun!

My sweet Mom – I miss her so!

My mom…there was an employee from the coffee shop taking their break by the bar, and mom went up and asked if they could turn on the Hustle sign so she could take pictures. I thought it was funny and so HER at the time, but now that’s she’s no longer with us, I’m very glad I took these pictures to document it!

We went to the Dixon gallery for my sister’s birthday. I was thrilled because they had exhibits on featuring desserts!

I was taking this photo and thought I was about to be told off because I was approached by a museum employee. But she really just waned to tell me more about the painting!

My niece using my camera in the gardens at the Dixon (it’s hers if she decides she wants to start taking more photos!)

Film used: Fuji Superia 400

I was really happy with the results of these first two rolls taken with the Chinon Bellami. I thought they were almost as cute as the camera itself!