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I don’t have the last two days of the year sorted out yet, either in pictures or the actual events of the actual days. We’re in Michigan right now with our good friends Mark and Amy and we’re (they’re) fixing the dinner/snacky bits for their party tonight.

As we’re away from home I naturally don’t have all the bits and pieces of my daily life, including the camera charger. The camera’s battery is getting low and as I went around Mark & Amy’s house snapping pictures for today I thought “I should save the battery for tomorrow’s picture.” But I don’t need to. My part of Project 365 ends today, is over in fact because I’ve already selected today’s picture. And that feels completely weird.

I don’t have time right now to say everything I want to about this project, but I will say: I enjoyed the hell out of this project. Sometimes it felt like a burden and sometimes it felt like I was really progressing and growing my skills as a photographer, and I enjoyed all of it. The burden (“oh shit, I forgot to take a picture for today and now I’m in my pajamas — how do I make my house look interesting?”) pushed me to change my perspective and that’s been really valuable.

December 23, 2009
2009-12-23

On Wednesday the 23rd we drove to Rockford to see Becky and Jason, visiting from Virginia. We met their awesome daughter Grace and had a great time hanging out. It was so much fun, and I’m looking forward to their possible move to the midwest for more awesomeness.

December 24, 2009
2009-12-24

Christmas Eve we ate a delicious dinner and opened our presents. NinjaHusband enjoyed the Ken Burns National Parks DVD. I feel like I should say more about this picture, but that’s really all there is to it.

December 25, 2009
2009-12-25

The tree at my parents’ house. We don’t have one up in our house, and I miss the tradition our family had of all going to Williams Tree Farm, choosing a tree (each year a different person got to make the final decision on what kind of tree we got), and Mom buying each of us girls a new ornament. Then we’d get some hot cider and hang out by the fireplace with the Williams’ dogs, catch up with their family (all us girls went to school with a Williams boy), then go home and decorate the tree. It was a great way to start the holiday time.

December 26, 2009
2009-12-26

On Saturday we went to my Aunt’s house and on the way we picked up my Grandma from her nursing home. While NinjaHusband helped Dad get Grandma into the car, I noticed the huge snowflakes that were collecting on the windshield. I took about 12 pictures before I got a few good ones, and this turned out to be the clearest. I took this from inside the car, looking up at the snow (it snowed SO MUCH that day).

December 27, 2009
2009-12-27

On Sunday I decided to get back to cutting up old t-shirts to create “yarn” for a rag rug that I’m knitting. I found a tutorial online on how to easily cut shirts (I’ve been cutting them in a spiral around the torso — it takes forever) which of course I can’t find right now. It turns out to look like a ribcage kind of, and it strikes me as funny.

December 28, 2009
2009-12-28

An old house (now maybe turned into a duplex?) in DeKalb, framed by a tree. This house used to be either the servants’ house or a guest house or some outbuilding belonging to a huge HUGE mansion that stood on the corner of Pine and Third, but in the 1960s the amazing home was bulldozed to make room for, in the finest American tradition, a parking lot.

December 29, 2009
2009-12-29

The corner of 38/Lincoln Highway and Second Street in DeKalb. The object on the left is an iced-over pipe on the exterior of a wall. This turned out blurrier than I had hoped, but I like the out-of-focus look down toward the Hillside and the Egyptian Theater. I wasn’t feeling awesome at all this week, and I was having an especially shitty day on Tuesday, so the blurry look feels completely right.

December 30, 2009
2009-12-30

This is a lamp (allegedly made of kryptonite) in Mark & Amy’s house. It lives in the middle of their superawesome midcentury wall piece, full of bookshelves and cases. It’s good people and greeted us with flair when we arrived here last night at midnight. Late driving is not easy, and it’s worse when the weather is crappy like it was last night. NinjaHusband kicked ass driving our new car (of which I still haven’t taken a picture) in the snow.

December 31, 2009
2009-12-31

He can’t even contain his enthusiasm. I took this just a bit ago, when I was writing the beginning of this post, as NinjaHusband was giving Amy his opinion of the lighting.

Happy End of 2009! You were a beautiful and varied year, but I’m not sorry to see you go.

Happy Beginning of 2010! I expect great things from you and your new decade.

All the best to you and yours, darling readers. Thanks for putting up with my total lack of anything BUT pictures for the majority of this year. I hope to bring back the knit next year, and keep up with the pictures but hopefully keep them from taking over the blog.

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The Big Read is done! My life is my own again! I may even get to write something that doesn’t have to do with my pictures.

October 26, 2009
2009-10-26

Monday rain, on chain link fence top. This is the fence I park against every day, and as I came out of work I realized I hadn’t taken any pictures for the day. I stood where I’ve stood every work day and looked around — everything looked like something I’d already snapped, until I stood parallel to the fence and looked up at the top rail to see the rain drops hanging down below. The red reflected on the rail is from my coat.

October 27, 2009
2009-10-27

Tuesday I came in early for work and was able to catch these leaves on the wall. It rained a bunch last week, so the sky was all grey and dreary and lit the leaves really well.

October 28, 2009
2009-10-28

This might be my favorite picture I’ve taken all year. Walking in to work just before 8:30 on Wednesday morning, with fog rolling about and the light getting all diffused. I didn’t process this picture at all, and I’m so in love with it. There was another I took just before this one that was good; I stood in the middle of the road and snapped a shot of this same view, but on the horizontal. I think this one with the strong vertical of the tree trunk on the left, the branch moving up and to the right, and the road moving away toward the left really make this picture sing. Of course, I had none of that in mind when I took this. “Ooh, pretty!” is my basic thought process.

October 29, 2009
2009-10-29

Very low light, driving home in the rain. This time it wasn’t me driving! This was somewhere in the 5th street block of Lincoln Highway in DeKalb, I think, and the light made pretty pictures with the rain and darkness. I get a bit abstract sometimes.

October 30, 2009
2009-10-30

Another forgot-to-take-a-picture picture. I tried to photograph Miyagi’s back, because she looks like a dark teardrop with a tail, but she turned around on me and gave me this priceless look. “Seriously? Enough with the pictures!” She’s going to start charging me.

October 31, 2009
2009-10-31

Two of my coworkers who dressed up at work on Halloween!

November 1, 2009
2009-11-01

After the crazypants of Halloween, we visited our friends Court and Jamey and their son. There were some really good ones in this bunch, but I love the look wee E. has on his face here.

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Just under the wire!

October 19, 2009
2009-10-19

On Monday I was still too sore to go back to work, so I spent another day on the couch with an ice pack on my belly. It was all very exciting. This is one of our plants (Dr. Huxtable? Maybe?) with one of my grandma’s clip-on earrings. I have several that are all the same that might get turned into button covers, but this one was alone in the world. I thought it could brighten up the plant.

October 20, 2009
2009-10-20

One of the skeins of yarn I’m using to make A SUPER SECRET PROJECT. KnitPicks Swish Worsted in Marine Heather. This blue is awesome.

October 21, 2009
2009-10-21

Fall is a great season for color. This is the sidewalk on the way into work.

October 22, 2009
2009-10-22

Headed home on a rainy evening. (There’s not really anything else to say besides that)

October 23, 2009
2009-10-23

I drove to Waterman on Friday, in the rain, and passed the wind farm (under construction). This was one of two shots I got by just pointing the camera out my passenger side window. Yes, I took these while driving. In my defense I didn’t actually look at the camera or do any sort of composition in order to get it. But damn, it looks nice and creepy/lonely/sad, eh?

October 24, 2009
2009-10-24

More of the SUPER SECRET PROJECT. Ignore it.

October 25, 2009
2009-10-25

This is part of my pajamas. My awesome sister-in-law and brother-in-law gave me these pajamas for Christmas one year. The pattern is nesting dolls dressed as hippies. They are supercomfy and I love them.

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