Monday, July 12, 2010



Just stopping by to report that I am now five whole days into my 365-ish project and I haven't missed a day yet. Hip hip hooray. This one is from this morning, a beautiful place called Moon Lake in the Uintas in Eastern Utah. Before I headed out this morning, I came a cross a new iPhone app called Lo-Mob that I couldn't resist. $1.99 for fake Polaroids. Yep, that's right. This is a faux Polaroid. I wish it were real, but I don't even think I have any b/w peel apart left. Anyway, Moon Lake. It was my kind of campground. The road was paved all the way to and through the site. There were flush toilets. There was soap in the bathroom. There was a lake. There were more lodgepole pines than I could shake a stick at. This place had it all, and I've got to go back with my husband and my kayak.

Friday, July 09, 2010



Patchwork farmland gave way to junipers today, then scrub oaks, aspens, white pines, and finally above-treeline wildflowers. My evening gave way to homemade raspberry ice cream on the front porch.

(I'm already seeing a problem with this 365-ish thing. I have this freakish obsession with keeping my Flickr photostream completely organized in order of how I shoot things, and this project blows that all to hell. I will learn to deal with it, I will. I've got about 20 Polaroids to post from the past two weeks yet here I am posting a current one from just an hour ago. Oh well. The important thing is that here I am on Day 2... at least I haven't gotten behind already!)

Thursday, July 08, 2010

A Decision

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Wow. Believe it or not, two posts in two days! I had a lot of time to ponder a new project for myself today, and I've come to a slightly hesitant but excited decision. I had a field day in beautiful Logan Canyon today, where the 8-hour/234-mile trip was punctuated by thirty glorious minutes in the sunshine at gorgeous Tony Grove Lake, where I realized how much I loved contributing to the very lovely habit and decided that if I were to do a 52 weeks project or even a (gulp) 365 days project, it would need to be loosely based upon habit's principles. When I participated there in May, it truly did become a "habit" for me to shoot one photo of any moment of my day, and write a short sentence or two about that particular time or the day as a whole. It was exciting and challenging and quite comfortable all at once, and I've missed it these past weeks. So, I think that's what I'm going to do for a while and I'm ready to commit. I'll still keep up on all the other stuff I do as well and yeah I know, like I really need another thing on my plate, but lately I feel like I need this. So here we go. This is Day 1 of what I'm unofficially calling "365-ish". Wish me luck. (Here's the set on Flickr where I'll be posting everything.)

Oh. And so my thought for the day:

I saw my first snake in the field today and screamed like a little girl and yes, several people heard me and saw me spaz out.

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Track Record


Last year I had such a great track record for keeping this space updated but this year, I've completely dropped the ball. I can't believe it's almost been a month since I posted last. I've got to come up with a way to stay current! Maybe I need to do a 52 Weeks project or something. Hmm. I'll give that a thought.

Catching up... It's July 7 and I'm wondering how that happened. I've been working like mad, cooking up a storm, enjoying the new deck, playing any chance I get, hanging out with the neighbors, and relaxing a fair amount too. I'm not sure if I ever mentioned it, but my contract with the Forest Service was extended this season, so I've been on the road quite a bit since May, photographing campgrounds, cabins and guard stations for again. I've already been on 11 trips so far and I've shot over 300 new images for the website just this season. And as usual when out on the road, I take a few other cameras with me so I've made a lot of Polaroids (including the one up top made in Pine Valley, Utah) and shot two rolls in my K1000. I've kind of put on the brakes with my remaining Polaroid stash and I flip flop almost weekly from using it slowly to burning straight through it. I've got enough to last me about another year if I use it at the same rate I have been, but I've definitely got more space in my fridge lately. I just hope the still-in-development color stuff from The Impossible Project will knock my socks off!

I've spent a lot of time in the kitchen lately, and I just love it. I've been trying to cull new recipes for my food blog, Budding Foodie. I've got a list of eight new recipes to share there, so I hope you'll click over. It's been a fun blog to maintain, and a very exciting project for me. When I first got married, I really hated cooking, but something changed about five years ago and ever since then, I've gotten so much more comfortable in the kitchen, and just this past weekend, I considered buying an apron. That ought to tell you how often I'm cooking. We've spent a lot of wonderful recent evenings on the deck and the front porch with plates or bowls of fresh vegetables, pastas, salads, and desserts in front of us.

Oh! And as I'm writing, I realize I can cross #3 and #15 off my birthday list. This past weekend, my husband taught me the workings of the grill and I made chipotle peach chicken and potatoes one night, and pizza the next. All on the grill! And as of mid-June, our garden is elevated and planted with pumpkins, tomatillos, tomatoes, jalapenos, zucchini, and strawberries. Inside, I've got cilantro, flat-leaf parsley, chives, and rosemary growing in pots. It's a green, growing summer!

I hope you've all had a lovely summer so far and a very happy Fourth. I hope I've still got readers after all this time away. I hope to be back very soon with some sort of a posting schedule. Lately if it's not on my calendar, it won't happen. Here's to sandals, sunblock, homemade ice cream, fresh berries, and beach towels.