And I took some photos:
Redefining Middle Age
And I took some photos:
I have resisted making a Life List because it seemed like a list of things I need to do before I die to feel like I’ve lived a fulfilled life, and since I already feel fulfilled that seemed pointless. My friend Britt made me see a Life List in a different way – as a reminder to dream courageously. That sounds like a way better idea than a bucket list to me, especially since some of my items don’t seem “bucket list worthy.” I’m all about doing courageous things, great and small.
Right now it seems like a small list, but I plan on adding to it hopefully as I cross some things off.
So that’s it for this installment of my Life List. I’m going to give the list it’s own page and update it as I think of more things.
What’s on your list?
I can be subtle, while still maintaining my flair for the dramatic.
Because I’m slightly tipsy and have some catching up to do – bullets!
Photos: I’ve been putting stuff up on my photo blog again lately. I’m having so much fun with my camera, and I’m really learning a lot. This is one of my favorites lately. But then I really like this one too. This one reminds me of Tonka toys. And this one was just plain fun. I have big plans to do more with my photos, so stay tuned. Meanwhile, I’ll still be posting them here and there. And everywhere.
It’s a Girl Thing: If you follow me on Twitter you know I’ve been working on building a Girl Cave. It’s done and it’s AWESOME. What is a girl cave? Well mainly it’s a space all my own for the first time in a really long time. Something as awesome as a Girl Cave deserves it’s own post, so I’ll just give you a sneak peakIs that not THE most rad girly chair ever? I love that chair.
Grandson: Most everyone knows by now that I have a grandson. If you didn’t, hey guess what? I have a grandson! He is…well, he’s the kind of awesome that is beyond words, which is why I haven’t written about his arrival. I find that I’m still not ready to write about it, and I don’t really know why, but it probably has to do with the same reasons I didn’t tell very many people about it beforehand. It’s personal. It’s private. It seems like something I want to keep very close to my heart for right now. I know there were hurt feelings because I didn’t share with, well, hardly anyone, and I’m sorry for that. The hurt feelings part, I mean, because that’s never my intent. The not sharing part was my choice, though. Sometime soon I’ll be ready to share and everyone will be all shut up already!
TeeVee: We canceled cable over six months ago in a fit of “this shit is too expensive” and honestly, I don’t miss it all that much. I can get my fix on Netflix and Hulu. My husband, however, does miss it. He gave it a good six months, but he’s over it. Since we live in the back of beyond, not to mention in a bowl surrounded by mountains, we don’t get much in the way of “antenna” service on the digital tuner. We took advantage of Memorial Day sales last weekend and bought the World’s Comfiest Couch, so it kind of seems like a moral obligation to have cable TV at that point. After DirecTV made me insane with their bait and switch, stick me on permahold and tell me to “trust them” bullshit I decided to go with Dish Network because it worked ok for us before. Monday morning between 8:00 and noon I will be back among the monthly cable bill paying peoples of the world, still with mixed feelings about the whole thing.
Have a great weekend everyone! Mine is going to include a LOT of margaritas, a metric fuckton of homemade (for the first time in my house) hummus, and artichokes as big as my head. Oh and there will be baby head sniffing. Oh yes, there will.
I have a new best friend. He doesn’t have a name yet, but he’s definitely awesome. I took him out for a test drive and these are a few of my favorite shots so far.
I’m looking forward to a long and beautiful friendship!
2010 was a year of change for me, and some of it has been really, really good.
We got our butts moving and made the change to a more healthy lifestyle, including a gradual switch to using more organic products than not. We’ve been really successful with this one. I’ve managed to lose and maintain the loss of 5o pounds, and I’m currently training for a triathlon. I now swim, bike, and run at least 5 days of every week. More importantly, we feel a lot better. After detoxing our bodies from so many of the chemicals and preservatives, we really notice the difference if we try to go back to some of those foods. I am so much stronger physically, and more emotionally even and balanced, than I was at this time last year.
We’ve started to make a financial paradigm shift in our household and so far it’s been reasonably successful. We’ve cut out things like cable and a land line telephone that we don’t need and hardly used anyway. Making the shift to organic foods and household products is definitely more expensive for us, but we have also worked to reduce waste. We use up leftovers as much as possible, and try to buy only the produce we think we’ll use because that’s the biggest waste offender in our house. It spoils so fast! The other counterpoint to the cost of organic eating is the savings we make because we are less willing to eat out since we’re now at the point where we notice that the difference in how we feel is directly linked to how we eat.
While I didn’t stick with my Project 365 because I just couldn’t do that and the new fitness program, I do think I’ve made some improvements in my photography skills. I still have a long way to go, but it’s something I really enjoy and I don’t mind putting in the work.
I had to have my knee fixed after I tore it trying to be all Billy Blanks with the kickboxing. It’s all better now and I’ve learned that I have to keep it moving and stretched a lot or it starts to get angry again. Who knew I’d have a Jillian Michaels knee that screamed at me every time I blew off exercise after knee surgery? If you did know and didn’t tell me, you’re dead to me for FIVE WHOLE MINUTES!
We had a “homemade” Christmas this year with my family, and it was a lot of fun. It will be even better next year because we didn’t give ourselves much of a head start this year. Overall it was a great experience and one I hope we continue. I love the idea of putting thought and effort into something that you make with your hands to give to those you love. More on this later, including pictures.
There have been friends who have chosen to exit my life this year, and new friends that have warmed my heart with their generosity of love. It’s always sad when people decide to distance themselves from you, even moreso when you don’t know why, but I do feel incredibly blessed in the friends that I have. I am not someone who makes friends easily because I find it really difficult to open up to people, so I am especially grateful to have such great girlfriends who have really been there for me in some of my darkest times this year. The magic of the internet has introduced me to so many wonderful people that I can’t name you all, but I hope you know who you are and how much you are loved.
I don’t do resolutions, I just set goals. To me that seems different somehow and less destined for failure.
We will continue on our healthy path. I’d like to lose another 50 lbs, but more importantly I want to feel like an athlete. I want to finish a triathlon. I want it so much I don’t think I can explain it, or even why except that I like to challenge myself with things that are hard and, for me, a sprint distance triathlon is hard. I will move onward and upward from there. I’d also like to participate in some road races this year – definitely a few 5K races but I want to move on up to 10K pretty soon. It will take work, but I think I can do it as long as my crankenknee holds out.
I’m also going to continue to work on my photography skills. I really love it, and it suits me more than other modes of artistic expression I’ve taken on in the past. It fits into my lifestyle better. Cakes take over my whole world – figuratively and literally – when I work on them, so while I love making them for people I love they are a huge undertaking when you are working on them from a very small home kitchen.
I’m attending BlogHer ’11! I am stepping way outside my comfort zone but I feel pretty good about it, especially since I get to spend time with my childhood best friend. Neither one of us is going to tell you how long ago that was. If you’re going I hope you don’t mind if I attach myself to your leg so I’m not awkwardly trying to look all nonchalant. Because I totally will not be. Nonchalant, that is.
I will do more sewing this year. I enjoyed using my sewing machine to make gifts this year and I want to use it more. I need to be comfortable enough that the enjoyment starts to outweigh the frustration, because right now it’s too far in the opposite direction.
This space is going to get a total makeover, maybe even including an new URL (don’t worry I will notify you well in advance!) because I have completely outgrown the floatingprincess/princess buttercream persona and I’m ready for some change. I just have no idea what that is yet, so stay tuned.
There are more changes coming our way this year, because what is life without change? I’d much rather slap 2011 on the ass on 12/31 and say what a great ride it was than float along the status quo.
Have a happy New Year everyone!
Do you ever get to the end of a year and wonder where the time went? We speed through our lives so fast sometimes that we forget where we’ve been. Wouldn’t it be awesome to be able to have a visual record of an entire year?
One of the things on my to-do list this year was to learn more about photography. While I have learned a lot this year, I haven’t been consistent with practice. Just like anything else, the more you do the more you learn.
I have seen several Project 365 groups and the idea has intrigued me. The basic premise is that you take a photo every day for an entire year and post it to a designated Flickr group. Read more about the idea behind Project 365 groups here.
We all know that I’m not one to jump into an already established group, and it can be really intimidating to join a group that has hundreds or even thousands of members, so I decided to start my own. It will be open to anyone, there are just a few simple rules.
1. Be nice to each other. This is not meant to be a forum for critique unless it’s requested, so I will ask that comments keep that in mind.
2. Put the day in the title of the photo. (ie 1/365 for day one). It doesn’t have to be the only title, but it gives you a timeline and helps keep a record of how your skills have progressed over the course of the year.
3. Take a photo every day. It doesn’t have to be with a fancy DSLR. Point and shoot and camera phone photos are fine too. Use whatever you have at your disposal. This is supposed to be fun, not expensive.
4. Try to upload at least weekly, more often if possible.
5. Subject matter is purely your own choice, but no naughty bits please. Flickr has a place for that, and we are not there.
There will be challenges to spice things up and to give you ideas when you’re blocked.
If you’re interested, post a comment. The Flickr group link is here. The project starts Jan 1st and goes to Dec 31, 2010, but you can jump in anytime. I hope a lot of you will join in because it will obviously be more fun with more people. I know it sounds intimidating to take a photo a day, but many of you write daily blog posts and I think that’s much more challenging.
At the end of the year I plan to take all of my photos and make a Shutterfly book out of them.
So who’s with me?