home, January 2018


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NaNoWriMo 2017: Day 1

Ahh, so tired the day after Halloween, always so tired. But this was extra, I had bad cramps all day and zero motivation to either take down Halloween or work on my NaNoWriMo. I hadn’t done any of my usual October prep. I hadn’t assembled a list of people and place names, I hadn’t thought about it… at all, really. I still haven’t re-read No Plot? No Problem! or made a cute graph in my bullet journal.

I’ve been depressed, since last November really, it comes and goes in waves and I’m functioning and happy fairly often now, but it’s holding me down a bit. November and December are months filled with happy things I love and memories that hurt a lot. Every single thing is about finding a balance. I’m trying super hard.

In the evening, when Shaun was home and working on studying for his test the next morning, I managed to write for a bit and got 1,147 words, which is a start.

Here’s the last sentence I wrote:

Maybe there would be a friendly young face, not a beau, but a village girl to gossip with, someone her own age so that she wouldn’t be as lonely as her friends insisted she would be.

If you’re interested in daily excerpts, favorite lines and stuff, I’ll be posting them with my daily 365 photos on my Patreon at the $1 level. <3



1147 / 50000 words. 2% done!

52 no. 4

I started another 52 weeks set with Shaun a bit over a month ago. I’ve actually missed a week or two, but I’m not fussed. Here are the first 5 shots:

1. Ohoho! Love the lighting!
1. Ohoho! Love the lighting! – Prompto, Final Fantasy XV
This was just a moment where the light was really interesting, coming in through the front door and I thought, aha, it’s time to start this new set I’ve been wanting to do.
2. I am looking for someone to share in an adventure that I am arranging, and it's very difficult to find anyone. 2. I am looking for someone to share in an adventure that I am arranging, and it’s very difficult to find anyone.The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
On the airplane flying to visit our bestest friends in Seattle.

3. Be so very light. Be a gentle whisper. 3. Be so very light. Be a gentle whisper. – Bob Ross
When we got back, we both had terrible colds. Consequently I missed taking a photo the next week.

4. well, I've been afraid of changing cos I've built my life around you 4. well, I’ve been afraid of changing cos I’ve built my life around you.Landslide, Fleetwood Mac
We went for a walk. It was almost a little too cold, but actually perfect. We saw a bunch of cats, and cast long shadows as we turned towards home. I missed another week after this because I spent the whole week finally getting back on top of things around the house after having been on vacation and then ill.

5. got my bad baby by me heavenly side 5. got my bad baby by me heavenly sideSummertime Sadness, Lana del Rey
We went to the Persian Cultural Festival at the University of Tulsa. Lovely art and history, music and company.

Projects through the years: a year in photos 2013

2013 was an extra fun year. I crocheted A LOT, all year long. I upgraded the power supply, graphics card and RAM in my desktop which turned my computer into a wonderful piece of work, we got passports because we road tripped all the way to Canada, via Seattle, we spent about a month in the PNW, which was a total dream, my mama painted a beautiful tree for me and I felt really creatively fulfilled all year long. The full set is here, but these are my favorites:

January 1

February 9

February 20

February 23

March 2

March 7

March 14

March 20

April 6

April 22.

May 9

May 12

Day 1, May 28

Day 2, May 29

Day 5, June 1

Day 9, June 5

Day 14, June 10

Day 15, June 11

Day 16, June 12.

Day 17, June 13

Day 18, June 14

Day 26, June 22

Day 27, June 23

Day 28, June 24

July 5

July 12

July 27

August 19

August 20

August 26

August 31

September 28

October 1

October 21

November 5

november 28

December 3: Hat

December 7

December 10

December 14: Movement

December 18

December 28: sky

Projects throughout the years: Failed 52 weeks, 2012

I started 2012 with a bit of photo project burnout, but I was still pretty addicted. I did a bunch of challenges on a month by month basis for most of the year. I also started a 52 weeks project of diptychs shot on Sunday that I called Sundae. I only did 19 weeks, whoops! It was hard to take photos on one specific day of the week, and Sundays are my laziest day, so it was doomed to fail.

Here are all 19 shots! I really love them, anyway!






6. everyday is silent and grey. ;)














Sand Springs Herbal Affair, 2016

This was the loveliest Herbal Affair in recent memory (Perhaps the one where I met my future husband for the first time wins loveliest ever even though it was hot, and sunny and I was recovering from strep throat.) The skies were cloudy, but it wasn’t cold, and it didn’t rain. A light breeze combated any mugginess that might have sullied a still day. We walked around, browsed through the shops downtown (it’s getting so cozy! There’s a new bookstore, and an older bookstore and antique shop have a new, lovely location.) I got some gothic novels for my collection and we bought a few records. Shaun and I stopped at the Lone Wolf food truck and got some Banh Mi & kimchi fries, which was transcendental. We walked home eating them and I popped back down to the festival with my mom so she could buy some pepper and tomato plants.

herbal affair

herbal affair

herbal affair

herbal affair



herbal affair mama

my sweet mama


Here are my snaps from the day:

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Projects throughout the years: A picture a day in 2011.

2011 was a good year. We had a blizzard, I learned to crochet, we took a train to San Antonio and all year, we celebrated lots of life with lots of family. Looking through the photos for this year feels extra bittersweet to me.










one-hundred & thirty

one-hundred & thirty-three

one-hundred & thirty-four

one-hundred & forty-seven

one-hundred & fifty-five

one-hundred & fifty-seven

one-hundred & sixty

one-hundred & sixty-two

one-hundred & sixty-four

one-hundred & seventy-six

one-hundred & eighty-five

blue broom, bristles // two-hundred & seventeen

two-hundered & nineteen

two-hundred & twenty-eight

two-hundred & thirty-five

two-hundred & thirty-six

two-hundred & thirty-seven

two-hundred & forty-two

two-hundred & seventy-six


three-hundred & twelve

three-hundred & fourteen

three-hundred & fifteen

three-hundred & twenty-seven