Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Picture a Day - Day 365!


It's the big one, the final score, the big kahuna (or is that the big Kahlua?) Regardless everyone deserves to get nicely hammered tonight.

I debated long and hard just what should be my last picture (for the project, not the last picture I ever take otherwise it'd be a little hard for me to sell a painting. Yes it's a painting of a tree, well a few trees. It's on blue well sort of cornflower and navy but also kinda vermillion . . .).

A picture of a calendar to show it's been a year? Maybe my cameras that have put in all the work? The memory discs I've filled and batteries I tore through?

Then it hit me. The last picture should be a picture of my last post!
It's like being trapped between two mirrors and pin wheeling your arms back and forth making "Whoop" noises. Not that I'd ever do that a classy department store. I never liked being in Van Maur anyway.

There ya go, the last picture. The big 365!

Well that about wraps it up. Thanks everyone for stopping bye. Make sure and try the cheese balls before you leave.

Ta ta.


Where would a grand finale be without the pomp, circumstance and reminiscing? And to think this crazy project all started with a simple innocuous photo of my husband eating brownie batter.Which I also have to say is a really bad picture and I'd be incredibly embarrassed to put something like that up on the web now.

One of the best things that came out of me carrying around a camera everywhere I went all that experience meant I got a ton better at taking pictures (and am now no longer bothered whipping one out at random places that aren't a museum or zoo).

Okay maybe not a ton, but I'd have never thought I could capture something like this with my little point and click (which you don't want to mix up with your little point and shoot also known as a 38 special.)

Nature shots are nice and all but out of the thousands of pictures I took I have to say this is by far the best because it contains my all time favorite subject matter: cheese!
But taking a picture a day didn't just help me to tune my picture taking skills. I found myself pushing outside of our introverted stay at home box and encouraging my husband and I to try new and different things.

Like the time we tried making sausages.
Or when we both attended a halloween prop class or traveled to Omaha to finally see our first big Broadway show: Wicked.
Okay so going to the vineyard wasn't that out of the ordinary for us. I just thought it was such a pretty picture I wanted to share.
This has been a year of changes for both of us.

Some good: I started painting and have even have almost 45 painting sales so far, the blog followed us through house hunting, getting the house, and all the brouhaha about closing and moving into the new house.

And of course, there's the newest addition to the family. Thanks to my camera I can look back on when Essie started out so small
and seemed so much bigger when she finally came home to us.It's still crazy to think how much growing our little girl has to go.
But it hasn't been all fun, games and adorable newborns. There has been a lot lost this year. Loss of a young life, loss of my job, loss of my grandfather and then there was that getting treated like crap at a rehearsal dinner and then shunned by the family for not pretending I enjoy being harassed.

While this project of taking a picture (or 50) every single day and sharing them the next day on the web has been one hell of a time consuming challenge I am still ever so grateful that I took it on.

Now when I am in a melancholy mood I can look back at my old posts about the goofy things our 10 week old puppy got up to, or remind myself why I never want to go house hunting for as long as I haven't evolved magnetic powers or just relive the excitement of my first year being married.

When I first introduced the idea way back last December there were a few people who started it out or thought about trying it out themselves and after going through the highs and lows and the days where I just didn't want to stare at my stupid computer screen for one more second I have to say it was totally worth it.

So if you're still interested I really recommend starting again. Though I can't wait to have my weekends back! You'll never see a post on a Saturday or Sunday from me ever again! WHEEE!

Thank you to for all of you who shared this little narcissistic trip with me. For the rest of the week I'm gonna pull up some of my funnier and more obscure old posts and then see where this blog takes me.

I'm not done blogging, but I am happy to hang up my picture a day hat and move on.

Live long and post and may the blogging be with you.

Catch ya'll on the flip side.


Linda said...

Hurray! It's fun to look back and see the changes over a year.

Jennifer said...

Awesome! I may not commneted everyday- but I read! You should make a blog book of this year. What a great feat and nice record.

Jessica said...

It's been fun! I've really enjoyed all your pictures. I love taking photos...its my hobby I guess you could say, but I'm not sure I could take on a project like this. Kudos to you for keeping it up!

Rachel said...

Yay!!! Congratulations!
That is a wonderful post to sum up your year - definitely bittersweet.

I may need to kind of take this up so I can learn more about our craptastic point and shoot camera... those nature pics are so great - I'd forgotten about them! Ours just sucks, I think. Chris says I don't know how to use it. I'm thinking "Uh, point and shoot?"
But, I don't know that I could be as dedicated as you have been. In fact I know I couldn't be.

It's been an interesting year following along in your footsteps! Can't wait to see what the new year brings from you!

Michelle Simpson Photos said...

Woohoo! Congrats! It's been an awesome ride.

Chesney said...

Wow, congrats on the end (I still have until the 31st)...I am jealous!

I have enjoyed sharing a piece of your life with you and have enjoyed getting to know your quirky sense of humor through this blog! I feel like I definitely made a virtual friend! Just think....years from now when you remember your great first year together you have something to fall back on! I wish I had done something like this so many years ago! :) Enjoy your Decemeber, I look forward to seeing what you do next! :)

Krista said...

It was a big year ... and it must feel great to be done the "challenge". Though I'm sure you'll continue blogging often, you're no longer obligated to post pics ever day!