Sunday, March 29, 2015

Project 365, Days 78-84

78:365 On my way to my weekly yoga class!

79:365 I got 3 fillings and had a somewhat traumatic experience (I just hate needles and anything tooth-related) so I spent the night curled up, waiting for my mouth to be back to normal since it was really numbed up.

80:365 Ryan and I tried going on a hike and though it failed we still managed to have a good time and I got some beautiful mountain pictures.

81:365 After getting all that embroidery floss from my mom, I went out and got some cross-stitching supplies and went to work. I have to say, I look forward to coming home from work and watching TV while cross-stitching. It's very relaxing.

82:365 I got a mysterious package from a company located in Texas called Thrift Book or something like that and inside of it was this book by David Rackoff that I blogged about not too long ago. Whoever gave this to me, thanks so much! I'm so excited to read it (I'm still working through another book currently).

83:365 My wandering jew plant cuttings have been growing well the last couple of weeks and are about ready to be re-planted!

84:365 I found myself back at my former university for a good friend's senior recital and took some fun reflection pictures of the students still filtering out of the building after a late class.

March is almost over, can you believe it? Spring is in effect here and though my allergies hate it, my soul is fully embracing it. So expect lots of flower pictures for the next month. I can't get enough of all the blossoms on trees, bushes and even the wild flowers in patches of grass. It's so beautiful!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Project 365, Days 71-77

71:365 I made chicken fajitas for dinner. Nothing like cooking with fresh veggies!

72:365 I've been bitten by the craft bug and am going to relearn how to knit.

73:365 Went for an afternoon hike at our old duck pond we used to go to every week when we were dating and the wild plants were blooming.

74:365 Busted out the old fashioned lanterns for fun.

75:365 My amazing mama sent me some of her embroidery floss she had lying around. Crafting project #2: re-learn cross-stitching and maybe take up embroidery.

76:365 St. Patrick's Day means one thing: corned beef and cabbage! (and red potatoes and carrots...)

77:365 The bushes outside by my work's parking lot are blooming and they're so pretty!

Tomorrow is the first official day of Spring and I am loving how beautiful Utah is becoming. My allergies aren't quite as appreciative of the changing seasons but that's not going to stop me from enjoying the weather :)

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Project 365, Day 64-70

64:365 Kickin' back at work in my new kicks. Mind you, I got them a couple of weeks ago, hence the dirtiness of them.

65:365 I had a long, hard work week so I rewarded myself with a favorite soda and some leisurely reading.

 66:365 Our church had a talent show and the table decorations were super fun! The whole show was fantastic and the treats were delicious :)

67:365 Nothing beats the smell of freshly baked bread. I love laid-back Sunday mornings!

68:365 Here's a fun detail shot of my new bike. These stripes are absolutely charming. I love my bike :)

69:365 Our amiibo collection is growing. And for those of you who don't know, amiibos are figurines that work with the Wii and can give you certain things in different games. So far we have Samus, Mario, Bowzer and Sheik (my personal fave). 

70: 365 I love getting mail and I love getting new books! Thanks, Emily, for this! I know what I'm gonna be reading as soon as I finish "World War Z" :)

The weather is getting better each day and after a rejuvenating afternoon off from work I'm feeling fantastic and optimistic about life. I have a couple of things I want to start getting into (knitting, crocheting and cross-stitching) and will soon be doing, I've also got my new bike that fills me with joy every time I'm out on it, and work has been improving since I've recently gotten out of a project rut that had me wanting to pull my hair out.

Anyways, I feel good. And I'm feeling good about my photography despite it being simple and mundane at times. I'm learning to glorify the simple things and I think down the road I'll love that I've taken these pictures of my life and that they're not extraordinary. It will remind me of my life at this time and I'll cherish it forever.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Five for Friday: Books Edition

I really want to make this a regular thing so that I can make my blog a more regular place on top of my photo project. Some place to express myself outside of photography and have fun.

So here I go again. I'm currently in the final stretch at work and during this time I struggle the most at motivating myself to watch video footage and edit like I'm supposed to do. I get all my best work done in the mornings (I'm one of those "morning people"). So it being Friday, I feel like I can blow my work off for the time being and tell you five books I'm hoping to read in the next little bit.

Earlier this year, I posted about my New Year's resolutions and reading 2 books a month was one of them. So far I'm halfway through my first March book (I got a head start in February) and am looking forward to the other books I'll be reading this year.

Mostly, I'm one of those people who meanders through a library or book store until something jumps out at me but I also have an ongoing list of books I hope to read someday when the time is right i.e. when I get excited about reading it. It's so much harder to read a book when you're not excited about it even if you KNOW you'll like it. At least, that's the case for me.

So here we go.

#1: "Yes Please" by Amy Poehler

I'm currently binge-watching "Parks and Recreation" with Ryan and though I've liked Amy Poehler in the things I had seen her in prior to watching the show, I am now absolutely in love with her. So it only seems fitting that I eventually read her book.

#2: "The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances" by The Oatmeal

Since about this time last year, I have gotten into running. I'm also a big fan of The Oatmeal and his online comic series (if you haven't yet, check him out, he's hilarious: so it's only natural that I read this book. This is something I'd have to buy physically since it includes a lot of animation and wouldn't translate well via kindle. But I am looking forward to diving into it for both laughter and inspiration as I tentatively train for a half marathon.

#3: The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith/J.K. Rowling

I am so behind the times but since the book came out (even before it was revealed to be written by J.K. Rowling) I have wanted to read this book and the book after it. It's been sitting on my Amazon wishlist for years and I've decided that this year will be the year I will read it! I've heard fantastic things about it and I love Jo's writing style.

#4: Elantris by Brandon Sanderson

I am a fan of all things Brandon Sanderson so far. I read his Mistborn trilogy first and then read "Warbreaker" and then finally got the guts to dive into his SUPER LONG but SUPER GOOD Stormlight Archive series which only has 2 of the anticipated 10 novels finished. I then read "Alloy of Law", the first book in his second Mistborn trilogy and have now read everything in that universe except for "Elantris". It's his first published book and though I've heard it's weaker than his other stuff, I feel that I need to read all of his books. Plus it'll tide me over while I wait for the next Stormlight Archive book and the next Mistborn novel.

#5: Love Dishonor Marry Die Cherish Perish by David Rakoff

This book is one that has been at the top of my list for YEARS. I first heard of it on an episode of This American Life podcast back when it was first released and have loved when David Rakoff was on the show before he died tragically of cancer before getting to see the publishing of the book. I have been torn between listening to the audiobook (which is read by Rakoff himself during his final months of life) and reading it. It's done completely in iambic pentameter and reads like a long epic poem. The sample I read on kindle a while back was breath-taking and I guess I'm afraid of the sadness I'll feel after finishing it that I know will come. And maybe I'll both listen to the audiobook and read it. Why not? It's probably THAT good.

There you have it. Five books that I'm looking forward to reading. If you have any recommendations, feel free to let me know them! But also know that I have a LONG list of books that I want to get to and that most often I'll probably ignore the list and just pick up a book that I've never heard of that looks interesting. But I still love hearing about books and whether or not they're worth reading.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Project 365, Day 57-63

57:365 It's been randomly rainy in Utah after our amazing bout of sunny, warm days in early February. Now we're back to snowy and cold. Go away, winter!

58:365 I had my first cronut. It was an extremely messy but fairly delicious experience!

59:365 My Wandering Jew plant has been growing like crazy recently! It was spilling out of its current pot and so I went out and bought new pots to give this and some of my other plants more room and fresh soil.

60:365 And here's the repotting process! I spread newspaper on our living room floor and repotted my succulents/plants while watching "Stardust" with my hubby. It was a lovely Sunday afternoon activity.

61:365 For fun I was reading my Summharry poster and loved the "j'accuse!" moment between Tom Riddle and young Hagrid. Makes me want to read the books for the hundredth time.

62:365 Recently, I've been on the hunt for a road bike on craigslist/KSL classifieds so that Ryan and I can ride bikes during the Spring/Summer and I went to check out this beauty and found it charming and darling and so I got it! It's a bit of a fixer upper but I'm excited for the adventures I will have with this beauty.

63:365 A little part of my desk shelf that I love. The colors are so much fun and the memories of home, family, trips, and good times are so warm and fuzzy when I look at it.

Phew, life is getting busy. I wish I could do more for this project but for now I'm just doing what I can to keep this little project up. Thank goodness the days are getting longer so that I have more opportunities to use natural light to take pictures. I much prefer using the sun as my light than any other form.

On to the next week of pictures!