Projects throughout the years, A Picture a Day, 2008

2008 is a hard year to write about. We started the year at Disney World, and that was wonderful. I had just quit my job to focus on our home and my photography full time.  In October my dad entered the hospital, he never left. On December 14, 2008, he died.  Even before that, it had felt like a hard year, my anxiety was very bad.

Through all of this, I kept up a daily photo project, and in August, on my 23rd birthday, I started a 365 self portrait project as well (I’ll do a post about that in a bit.) I did them concurrently and didn’t miss a day of either project (though on hard days I did overlap and use one photo for both sets.) There was something therapeutic about creating something during this time, or anyway, it was a good distraction.

It’s hard for me to revisit some of these, but here are the highlights and milestones of 2008:

January 1, 2008 – Disney World!
February 24, 2008
March 21, 2008
I have never been so keyed up
April 4, 2008
the dad
April 19, 2008 – Herbal Affair with my parents, Smena 8M 35mm
May 1, 2008
May 6, 2008
May 17, 2008 – Tulsa during Mayfest
July 4, 2008
August 5, 2008 – OKCMOA with Shaun’s parents 
August 21, 2008
September 22, 2008 
October 18, 2008
October 25, 2008 – hospital wall, the day after my dad was admitted.
November 4, 2008 – hospital laundry room.
9:17 pm
December 2, 2008
112. a picture of you
December 14, 2008 – an hour before my dad died.
December 27, 2008 – after my dad died I wasn’t really afraid of anything anymore. we walked around town with fake mustaches on. People passing us seemed really happy about it, that was a good feeling.
December 31, 2008 – nothing special, just the end of the set.

The lack of housework as a result of death in the family lament.

It’s more in my head than anything else. 2nd load of laundry in the dryer right now, stuff strewn about BUT in an aspect of tidying (pulling the room out to the middle, putting it all back, preparing to put up the halloween decor) the dishes are clean, and I cook dinner, as an affair, 4 or 5 nights a week.

I’m focusing on food in the sink right now. It has its own little following.

Well, it’s been a while. After slogging through NaNoWriMo I took a bit of a holiday break from the blog…

the dad
Some of you already know, and some may have caught on from following links to my flickr, that my dad was in the hospital from October 24 through December 14th, when he passed away. It’s been really difficult to write here knowing that I would feel the need to start with this… and so I haven’t. Day by day I have gone in to more detail on flickr, little things, mostly, as well as sharing a myriad of childhood photos, if you’re interested, the link to my flickr is in the sidebar. Christmas has been, understandably, more overwhelming than usual, though I have always been lucky enough to actually like my family, receive thoughtful and extremely appropriate gifts and enjoy a relatively stress-free holiday. I don’t expect it will ever be exactly the same, but we did fairly well given the circumstances, remembering good things and enjoying each others company.

I’m not going to linger now, I just wanted to give those who don’t follow me elsewhere an update and explain my absense. I hope you’ve all had a good holiday & have a happy 2009.