Sometimes I like photos from my @ten.years.ago Instagram project so much that I want to put them somewhere in a higher resolution. January 20, 2008 was my mama’s birthday, so we went out to the farm to see her, and while we were there I took pictures, surveyed the damage from the December ice storm, saw some floofy horses and poked around the abandoned house where my dad grew up and my siblings spent their earliest years.
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I didn’t start writing until the afternoon and then my computer started acting weird. The monitor has been doing glitchy things for a while. I think the connection might have been a little dusty, I reconnected things and: so far so good! That and my late start and few other chores meant that I didn’t get much done on my novel. I wrote for about 20 minutes and got 670 words for the day. Oh well!
The last sentence I wrote:
“My brother Cloyd worked here in the stables and got me on not long after Xavier’s parents were married.”
9290 / 50000 words. 19% done!
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:
The first 50 days are here.
I’m so happy with my second #100happydays set. The last 50 days have been full of Halloween and Christmas, because holidays cheer me up as the winter blues approach. Lots of lights and good food and time with my favorite person. I’ll probably start another set in December. I want to capture more Christmas!