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If my goal for March was to organize and execute a birth fair/expo and get MASSIVELY sick, then yes, I accomplished my March goals.

Goddamn the end of that month was hard.

I had a really great time working with a friend to put together the birth fair, but then I couldn’t enjoy the afterglow of our success because I immediately came down with the worst sinus/ear infection I’ve had in a long time. It was totally gross. If I say now that my goal was to produce the most snot ever produced by one person, does that mean I win? Because you guys, I totally did. I went through three boxes of kleenex in less than seven days. EPIC is the only word I have to describe my sickness.


I also took pictures during the month of March. Here they are.


March 10th, 2010 – DeKalb IL
These are raccoon pawprints in the cement of a sidewalk next to the St Mary’s parking lot on Pine Street. It had just rained, or snow had just melted, and the impressions caught the water in such a fun way.


March 18th, 2010 – DeKalb IL
Some delicious hummus prettily presented at The House Cafe. I love going there on my lunch hour (and it’s where we held the birth fair on the 27th). Everyone there is lovely, and beautiful things like this happen all the time.


March 18th, 2010 – Sycamore IL
I doubled up on the pictures for this day, which is something I hadn’t wanted to do when I started this project, but you guys, MY SOCKS! I finished them! And they’re so pretty! And they fit perfectly! I love them! SOCKS! I’m kind of chuffed/embarrassed because it took so long to finish them but they are so very awesome. I’m not sure I’ll ever love top-down socks, but these were not so bad once I actually kicked my own ass to finish them.


March 23rd, 2010 – DeKalb IL
Speaking of OMG PROUD, I freaking love this picture. I took probably 30+ shots when I was trying to get this one, with the pink/red in focus and the white of the church steeple in the background, against all that blue sky. SO COOL. I may have to frame this one just so I can gaze on it forever. I love spring.

Now that it is Tax Day and April is half over, I will tell you that my goal for this month is to get back into the gym regularly (because the Evil Plague knocked me out of my routine for a really long time), choose 12 pictures from last year’s Project 365 and print them out and get them framed, and update this blog at least three more times. This month.

Tonight’s goal: leave work on time, pick up delicious takeout food, and make some gin and juice for my drinkydrink. You know why.

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To answer Carol’s question from the last post, I totally rocked my February goal.


There was one week that I only went to the gym twice (once to lift weights, which I normally do 3x a week, and once to do cardio), but the next week I went to the gym four times. So I’m calling it a win.

I’m not sure what I’m shooting for in March, but I think it’s going to be something house-related, like organizing favorite photos to put on the wall or put the budget in order (what?! too grownup!)

Speaking of pictures, here are four I took in February.


February 3rd, 2010 – DeKalb IL
This is one Atticus Huenecke, a few minutes old. I was with his completely amazing parents for labor and birth, and it was awesome. Thanks, Beth and Adam, for letting me be part of that.


February 7th, 2010 – Sycamore IL
I was making dinner and cut open a pepper to find… another pepper! That’s all I have as a description about this one. It’s not that interesting.


February 18th, 2010 – DeKalb IL
My sister Laura as Mary Todd Lincoln at the DeKalb Public Library. The Library hired her to do a historical presentation and I got to introduce her! She did a great job in character and then answered questions from the substantial crowd, when I took this picture. I liked the look of her old-timey costume against the library’s mural. Plus I think she’s awesome.


February 28th, 2010 – Chicago IL
On the last Sunday of the month NinjaHusband climbed up the Hancock building in the Hustle up the Hancock challenge with a team from his work, and he rocked it. I rode the elevator to the top and met him when he climbed the last stair. It was really cool, even with hundreds of people crowded into the bottom of the Hancock and waking up at 4am to drive in to make the start time, there was a big happy feeling all over the place and lots of positive energy. Big happies. And NinjaHusband rocked his goal time, so it was win-win-win. I took this picture of the shore as we were in line for the elevator to go back downstairs.

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Project 48: 1-4

I loved my Project 365 experience. I loved it tons and tons, and am both happy and sad that I’m not doing it this year. It’s seriously hard work to remember a picture every day, and to make those pictures interesting because of course you’re putting it out there for the internet to see. It is also seriously awesome to see your skills and your eye develop.

Referring to yourself in the second person is such a weird thing, don’t you think?

I realized that I can’t put the camera down, not even a little bit, and have decided to put up four pictures for each month of 2010. I don’t want to bog myself down in taking a picture every week, so just four pictures every month hopefully in chronological order, because having a photographic and semi-journalistic record of 2009 has been so valuable.

Here you are, then. January’s bit of Project 48.

January 1st, 2010 – Ypsilanti MI
Amy alerted me to the amazing patterns Jack Frost had left on the office windows on New Year’s Day. I used the last of the camera’s battery and the last of my ability to stand (my hangover was epic, and boy those don’t get better with age) to take this picture.

January 6th, 2010 – DeKalb IL
My friend Christine and her son came to visit, and after dinner we drove around town because Ayden likes to look at the Christmas lights, and I thought I’d show Christine where I work. Ayden loved the toys in the children’s section, and I loved playing with him.

January 13th, 2010 – Madison WI
Elena is singing! Or at least that’s what I’m calling it. Margaret invited me to stay with her in the second week of January and I had such a good time hanging out with her and Lainie (Margaret, are you spelling it like that, or like Laney? I’m sorry!). I learned that Wee Miss loves her swing, that chocolate should be had once a day, and that American Idol is crazypants.

January 18th, 2010 – DeKalb IL
We had a stretch of “freezing fog” for a few days, which made NinjaHusband think of fog that just crystalizes and falls to the ground. I don’t remember if I had ever experienced freezing fog before, but it made the whole area really pretty. This is a twig that got encrystallated (what? like you don’t make up words), in front of the NB&T building on 3rd and Locust in DeKalb. I love the way the ice piled on top of itself to make this pretty picture.

Okay, one-twelfth of the way there. Woohoo!

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My blog is starting to wonder if I love it anymore. Since I made new friends with Ravelry and Facebook I share all my thoughts there but not here. If reality is the over-achieving oldest child, and Facebook is the cute and funny baby, my blog is the ignored middle child.

I swear I’ve been knitting! But you would have seen that on Ravelry (if you knit and are on Ravelry). I swear I think up some hilarious things to say using few words! But you would have seen that if you were on Twitter (maybe not) or Facebook. Oh blog, you poor neglected vehicle for my pictures.

November 2, 2009

This is a flower from my aunt’s wedding bouquet, ripped by the bride herself from its floral foam at the end of the reception and given to NinjaHusband and me to press. We pressed it for a good 3 months or so under heavy law books and a Rubbermaid storage tub full of heavy things.

November 3, 2009

This is the boring storage solution we have on one wall of the kitchen. BORING! It ruins the line of the paneling and crowds the floor. I’d like to put in some nice shelves, but the Ninja doesn’t belive me when I say it would be awesome. I took this picture to allow whoever reads my poor neglected blog to weigh in and give me your best wall-based storage solutions. Don’t all rush at once!

November 4, 2009

The plan on Wednesday for our Friday dinner party. The menu was a hit, even with the meatiest of meat-eaters. Win!

November 5, 2009

The view outside the children’s entrance of the library, heading home. I’m kind of shocked at how well this turned out, especially because as I type this it’s dark grey and gloomy as hell outside. And has been since 2pm. Stupid gloomy weather.

November 6, 2009

The dinner party ended with cupcakes, dusted while on the cooling racks with confectioner’s sugar.

November 7, 2009
No photo available SHAME!

November 8, 2009
No photo available SHAME!

November 9, 2009

This one looks all gothic castle-ish, which I got after fiddling with the camera settings quite a bit. I haven’t had the chance to Photoshop any of my pictures lately; this is all in-camera.

November 10, 2009

One of our local veterans spoke about his experiences as a dive bomber in the Pacific during WWII. I really enjoy working with this veteran, he’s such a great guy.

November 11, 2009

On Wednesday, another of our local veterans spoke about his experiences in WWII. He was an Army man, a gunner on a half-track at Normandy, and he’s always a delight.

November 12, 2009

On Thursday we took Heather’s kids out for a movie and when we returned them to her we got to see the havoc the cat has wreaked upon herself. Look closer — there’s no hair on the cat’s legs. WTF!!?!

November 13, 2009

Festival in Montmartre by Severini. We went to the Art Institute in Chicago on Friday, ate delicious dinner at the Chicago Diner, and heard about the birth of a tiny awesome baby on the way home. More win!

November 14, 2009

Saturday we cleaned out the garage so my car would fit in it. This piece of crap was there when we bought the house; I started taking it apart and the particleboard slats just folded. Soaked with something gross, I think. This little alcove holds our big garbage can now.

November 15, 2009

Sunday, still working on the garage. This is a huge spider’s egg nest/sac/thing. I about puked everywhere. Gross.

November 16, 2009
No photo available SHAME!

November 17, 2009

I don’t know where these weird little marshmallow cookies came from, but they really brightened up my desk.

November 18, 2009

Tree in DeKalb. Woo. (Note to self: be more original)

November 19, 2009

Courthouse in Geneva, Illinois. I was there for a work-related teleconference (look how fancy I am!) and did a little shopping afterward.

November 20, 2009

St Mary’s Catholic Church in DeKalb, early morning light (well, it was like 8:15am).

November 21, 2009

On Saturday we went out to Nachusa Grasslands, about an hour west of us. I took a bunch of pictures, most of them variations on a theme of HOW BROWN IS MY VALLEY, but I really liked this one. The framing kind of hit the mark exactly.

November 22, 2009

The baby that got borned on November 13th, wearing a hat I invented, knit, and finished on the drive up to meet her.


Now I’m off to figure out how to make Thanksgiving not be crazy. Luckily we are zombie-free at the moment, so we’ve got that going for us.

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Just under the wire!

October 19, 2009

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

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

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

October 22, 2009

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

October 23, 2009

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

More of the SUPER SECRET PROJECT. Ignore it.

October 25, 2009

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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I’ve decided not to apologize for the lateness of my weekly posts (or for the lack of any other kind of post) until the middle of November. Planning, organizing, and executing The Big Read has really intruded into my own personal time (witness the total lack of updating over at Prairie Doula, which might also have something to do with me not wanting to see that particular picture of me ever again in my whole life), and I’m just going to go with it. Life happens.

This past week I had my surgery, and while I was out of it (and, oddly, dreaming about my grandma’s house) the surgeon came out to the waiting room to tell NinjaHusband that everything went really well, all my bits are healthy and harbor no lurking parasites, and handed him a bunch of pictures of my insides. Whut. Seriously. And to include you all in the fun, I’m posting a picture I took of one of the pictures of my insides. Aren’t you very excited!? Of course you are! But to shield those who don’t want to see inside bits (there’s no blood, but it’s pink and kind of wriggly looking), Friday’s picture is posted behind the jump. You’re welcome.

October 12, 2009

Portrait of a cat at the end of a day with no other pictures. She’s on the footrest of our comfy recliner, which NinjaHusband so thoughtfully leaves in the “up” position for her, even when he himself gets out of the chair. I am not so generous and have no problem gently dumping the cat onto the floor when I get out of the chair. Miyagi is becoming better friends with NinjaHusband because of this.

October 13, 2009

Tuesday was a beautiful sunny day and this is the tree at the end of our driveway/court/horseshoe-shaped paved area. I think I like autumn light the best for pictures, especially of trees.

October 14, 2009

On Wednesday night I stopped over at Samantha’s for a while to help wrangle the 2-year-old Miss Zara so Sam could have some time with baby Clive. He looks so enchanted by your nose (or maybe your eyebrows?), Samantha. It’s cracking me up.

October 15, 2009

I actually didn’t take a good picture on Thursday (I took one, but it was of my hospital gown and it’s completely uninteresting). I got in to the hospital’s day surgery staging area, and decided to start on a SUPERSECRET KNITTING PROJECT to calm me down (it’s 100% garterstitch). NinjaHusband took this picture and told me I had a weird look on my face. It was probably all the fear and the desire to run screaming from the room that he saw. Anyway, I was able to cast on and knit 30 stitches before they put the IV needle thing in my hand and I couldn’t knit any more. That really didn’t help my nerves, so N and I played the alphabet game (someone chooses a theme/topic, such as “nautical terms” and you run down the alphabet listing stuff that falls into the category. It’s harder and more brain-consuming than it seems) till they wheeled me away.

(Looking for Friday’s picture? It’s behind the jump, at the bottom)

October 17, 2009

After spending most of Friday on the couch, sleeping and watching semi-interesting movies, my Mom came to visit on Saturday and we went on a walk around the neighborhood. I hadn’t been out of the house since Thursday, and it felt really nice to walk (slowly!) around and see the trees all beautiful and colorful.

Bonus Saturday picture:
under the trees - 2

For those who won’t click on the jump to see my beautiful insides, here is a bonus picture from our walk on Saturday.

October 18, 2009

Miyagi has such a low opinion of me. Again, this was a last-minute portrait of the cat with scarf. Scarf was a gift from my friend Carin, who knits awesome things and is kind enough to share some of them with me. I thought the pink looked great on the grey cat.

And now, for the strong of heart…

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Aarrgh! I’m falling behind again!

September 14, 2009

This sign belongs to the old DeKalb Theater on Third Street downtown, which has housed a dance club, a Mexican restaurant, another dance club, and now a cosmetology school — all since I’ve lived here. Which has been about, what, nine years?

September 15, 2009

My blue Koigu Monkey socks are coming along. I’m knitting them two at a time now so I don’t get the dreaded Second Sock syndrome. Part of the reason my last pair took me 18 months was because I lost interest after I had completed the first sock and before I cast on for the second. Of course, part of the reason was also because I am extremely lazy.

September 16, 2009

Our kitchen curtains. We looked for several weeks together, trying to find curtains that looked good in the kitchen that we both liked. One set was too green, one was too dark, one had a sheen to it that NinjaHusband disdained… and on and on and on and on. Finally we found these (at Lowe’s of all places) and we both stopped in front of the display. We both thought we didn’t want any sort of pattern, but we really liked this one (it’s not really a plaid). So we took them home. NinjaHusband removed the old blinds, painted around where the old hardware used to sit, put up the new curtain rod, and IRONED the hell out of these curtains before putting them up. He did an awesome job.

September 17, 2009

The library after dark. I stayed late on Thursday night to help set up for the book sale (which was wildly successful), and snapped this on my way out the door.

September 18, 2009

On Friday we watched the Wolverine movie. We actually purchased it. The movie was disappointing on almost every level, including the underuse of Ryan Reynolds, although Jackman’s muscles provided decent eye candy. Schreiber did a good job, but he wasn’t given much. BooHiss.

September 19, 2009

Saturday we played rummy, and took turns insulting the other when we lost hands. We wrote these charming insults upside down on the scoresheet. Clearly I have not yet mastered writing an ‘S’ upside down, which is very stupid of me.

September 20, 2009

On Sunday Mary came back to town, and we went out for lunch and a little pre-knit night knitting. I had an awesome time but got a headache that put me down for Actual Knit Night(tm). It was really good to see her again.

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