January, 2008 Archives

words and pictures

January 29th, 2008

Yesterday I even put a little bit of effort into my picture of the day. Shocking, I know, considering the state of my previous shots.

january 28: painting with light

The subject matter isn’t terribly interesting, but the execution (in my opinion) is. I set the camera for a 20 second exposure at iso200 with an f-stop of 8.0 and walked around, with my back to the camera, with a flashlight. I shined it on the guitar, across the piano keyboard, back on the guitar, and a little behind the guitar for a bit of backlighting and depth.

Not an original idea, of course, but a fun one to play with.

january continues

January 27th, 2008

january 18: cashew chicken (birthdays = noodles ave)

january 19: on our bookshelf

january 20: engagement session at the arboretum

january 21: a candle in the darkness

january 22: my nightstand

january 23: the day after remains

january 24: darek’s birthday/christmas monies spent

january 25: forgot 🙁

january 26: duck army

january 27: darek cuts his own hair

2008 so far…

january 1: Happy New Year!

january 2: homemade pizza (crust and everything)

january 3: cashew

january 4: omelets for dinner

january 5: willow feet

january 6: the cats love to sit at the stools at the kitchen counter

january 7: homemade calendar

january 8: my awesome friend crispy made us pillows for christmas

january 9: sitting in a slit of light

january 10: nothing 🙁

january 11: the sushi I ate (none)

january 12: an after-midnight trampoline session

january 13: art by sarah

january 14: chomp chomp (aka forgetting about the picture until I’d taken out my contacts)

january 15: pretty winter skies

january 16: winter in our yard

january 17: candle things and light


January 2nd, 2008

Sitting at my desk, watching the day slip by entirely too fast, wondering what happened to the last 2 weeks that looked so long and empty and full of free time that I could use to do the tons of things I wanted to accomplish, I find myself pondering goals. Generally I don’t do goals. I find that it’s a good way to make myself feel like a failure, because I rarely accomplish my goals, and they end up sitting in a big messy list on a sheet of paper that’s gotten yellowed over the course of its unaccomplished life.

I keep coming across other peoples’ lists and goals in blogs, and wondering if I should maybe do the same?

Looking back over the past year, it’s been kind of a hard one in some ways. Things I expected to happen didn’t quite work out. I stayed at my job longer than I meant to. Other people got things I was hoping for. I don’t feel like getting into any details, but I’ve felt suffocated by disappointments and I’m ready to let go of 2007.

Yet there were good things too. I suppose I could list my top 10 highlights of 2007 or something, and maybe I will. But I haven’t decided yet.

Looking forward to 2008 is scarier than I thought it would be. I’ll be quitting my full-time job at the end of February to pursue wedding photography, but I’ll be staying at my job (or something very similar at least) for an 18-hour part-time schedule. The problem is, I can’t seem to be able to book any more weddings. We only have 4 booked for the whole year. After several meetings, some of them which seemed very promising, I haven’t heard back from anyone. I’m sure we can at least survive on Darek’s salary, but if things don’t change, it’s going to be a tough year.

I go back to work tomorrow and I’m dreading it. My office is dark and the walls are that hideous non-color. After 2 weeks of puttering around the house, spending time with a close friend who was in town for a few days, getting the house cleaner than it’s been in a long time, painting the living room a new, much better color, sleeping in late, and never looking at the clock, the thought of sitting in that office for 8 hours makes me want to crawl in a hole and hide.

happy new year!

January 1st, 2008