I know my posting has slowed to a crawl. The winter darkness is wreaking havoc on my ability to take pictures. Unless I lug everything to work with me, my only option is photos in the dark, and they just look terrible. Can't wait to see daylight again!
|Snow, rain and dark.....the trifecta of gloom.....|
One area I have really poured some time into is my Project Life. I talked about this project back in the fall but haven't had much to say about it since then. I started week one on July 1, 2012, in an effort to capture the few months before and after my 40th birthday coming up next month. I made a good effort through September, but after my surgery, I kind of fell off the wagon.
Oh, I was still saying I do Project Life. But, I mean, philosophically speaking, if you haven't actually worked on a 52 week project for the past 22 weeks, are you really still doing the project? I just kept throwing items into my PL basket, imagining they would all just hop into order and magically come together after Halloween.....after Thanksgiving.....before Christmas.....by New Year.
Now that we're firmly two weeks into 2013, I recognized the urgency of getting caught up before another milestone passed. My real fear was that if I didn't catch up before our vacation in February, I'd have to give up. I would have to stop saying "I do Project Life." So I've been plotting and planning a bit in my head, and last week I decided to tackle it.
|Gratuitous Mexican beach picture.....just to see if you're paying attention :).|
At the same time, I also saved and recorded dates of other things I wanted to save - text messages, screen captures, and a couple of Instagram files - and added those items to my calendar.
The stars and my motivation aligned that night, and I took about 3 hours to work through this photo/electronica sorting and note taking. It really helped propel me to the next step.......
.......the pile. *cue danger music here*
But look at that pink post it note - Meijer, Giant Eagle and Target, all with dates and times.......what in the name of Pete was that note for?!?!?!? Was I starting some sort of shopping club or new, covert CIA shorthand language meant to confuse the enemy? Seriously, I have to do a better job if I have hopes of moving forward with this project!
Anyway, after a rare weeknight out for dinner (to celebrate Crystal's promotion at work - yea!), we came home stuffed and ready for bed. I decided instead to drag the pile, my laptop and my calendar to the TV in our room and began sorting through each item. That's why the picture looks so dark. I was working by TV light as Crystal slept.
First I grabbed my album and looked back to see what was already done. It was actually a bit more than I remembered. But I also had some holes, and I noted those needs on my calendar sheets.
I used my laptop to look up dates of events, referring to various websites and my email accounts for more clues. I was on a roll! I remembered several stories and details I wanted to note. Eventually Crystal nodded off (the project just didn't hold the same interest for her :)), but I kept working by nightstand lamplight. I went to bed with slightly less mess than I started with, and weeks 1-14 were either nearly complete or completely sketched and ready to be finished.
The next night I continued the process, but with a little less detail available. Weeks 1-14 had some advantages over Weeks 15-22. Some of the earlier weeks were nearly completed and just needed some holes filled. I had also already gone through those weeks and sketched out some layouts (don't even remember doing it, that's how long it has been). Weeks 15-22 were nearly blank slates. But I finished sorting ephemera into the correct weeks, and again working with my calendar notes, began to piece together what each week would look like.
So now here I am, after a weekend of work on the project. After two trips to WalGreens, more detective work and lots of time with my supplies, I am done with 11 additional weeks and pieces of a few more. I knew it would be too much to expect to do 22 weeks in one weekend, but I did accomplish a lot.
Each day this week I will highlight a couple of pages from the album, and later this month I'll start posting my 2013 weeks. It's a creative challenge, but I'm ready!