Thursday, August 18, 2011

Project 365: Week 1

First of all, I want to thank everyone who took the time to comment on my last post about having it all. I really enjoyed reading your thoughtful responses, even if some of you felt you needed more coffee to truly make sense. I knew what you meant and it was perfect. ;)

Today I'm switching gears with a lighter post. For years, I've watched and admired people who have completed Project 365 - a photo every day, for a whole year. I've thought about taking on the challenge many times but felt intimidated and overwhelmed at the prospect. Then three big things happened at about the same time. I moved from Nacogdoches, TX to Wilmington, NC, I'm about start my MFA program, and I turned 29. I can't think of a better time to document a year of my life then one full of huge change, new challenges and the end of my twenties.

I've decided to post my photos once a week, so as not to overwhelm my readers or turn this into a daily photo blog. Plus I like the idea of having a visual way to look back on each week. Just to warn you: I'm not the best photographer and find myself looking for photos or scenes that tell a story, and I predict that there will be times I'll get frustrated and feel uninspired and take a bunch of photos of my dogs. If you've done a Project 365 challenge before and have any advice or tips, please share them. I will need all the help I can get.

I started this challenge on August 11, 2011. Here are my photos from week one.

Day One: Nathan is going to build a lot of the furniture for our new house. There's an amazing store near us that sells gorgeous wood. We spent a few hours learning about and looking at the different varieties.

Day Two: We came home in the middle of a crazy storm and realized that our driveway is more of a river when it rains. We practically had to swim to the front door. On our list of home improvements: clean out and replace the rain gutters. ASAP.

Day Three: This crazy spider lives in the back of my yard. I mostly steer clear of her - I took this photo using the zoom on my camera.

Day Four: Buckwheat noodles, tofu, veggies and peanut sauce. I've promised myself that I will try to limit the food photos to one a week.

Day Five: A can of PBR. Nathan and I are pretty snobby about beer, but now that I'm poor and back in school, I am trying to acquire a taste for the less-fine things in life. PBR is actually not that bad. We drank quite a bit of it during trivia night at a bar. My team (mostly MFA people from my program) won. That might have been because we had the biggest team, but I can't say for sure.

Day Six: Every time I am downtown in Wilmington, I see this trolley driving around. One day I will ride it and see where it goes.

Day Seven: My first friend in the program is named E. and she has this awesome rhino head in her apartment. Don't worry - it's not real.

Thanks for looking! I'll be posting my Project 355 photos every Thursday until August of 2012. I'm already looking forward to next week. :)