35 before 35 – February 25, 2019 – Update 5

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1. 30/105 new recipes

It was kind of a slow new recipe month but I’m finally getting some baking done in the new oven!

27. Garlic “Cheddar” Herb Biscuits (The Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking by Dana Shultz) These were a bit too Nutritional Yeasty for my taste and a little dense (my fault!) but they were super good dipped in soup!
28. Simple Carrot & Curried Lentil Soup (The Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking by Dana Shultz) The maple syrup made this too sweet as it was written, but I remade it a couple of weeks later without it and it’s a new favorite for Shaun.
29. Heirloom Tomato Flatbreads with Pesto, Fresh Mozzarella and Balsamic Greens (Hello Fresh) I loved how green these were. I’ve been craving the heck out of a salad lately and getting it on a pizza was dreamy.
30. Roasted Garlic Herb Penne with Asparagus, Tomatoes and Crispy Capers (Hello Fresh) Capers are the best thing that has ever happened. Crispy Capers are like superhero Capers. Caped Capers. 

 


3. A Weekly Effort 

I’ve been going to school with Shaun once a week and working in his office. It kind of defeats the idea I had that I would be more productive AT HOME if I pulled myself together a bit but the whole experience has definitely been good for my brain. I never remember to take pictures. It’s where I am today though, so here’s a fresh selfie! The freshest!

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4. Saturday Movie Night

We skipped one Saturday this month because I took my mom, brother & Shaun out for a big birthday dinner. 

 

16. Murder on the Orient Express (2017)
17. Incredibles 2
18. Isle of Dogs

7. Keep my Patreon up to date!

https://www.patreon.com/rachelakelso

My output it significantly less than it was last year, so this one has become super easy! I’m feeling pretty motivated to get film developed soon. It’s what I think about when I let myself have a ~creative break~ so that’s exciting, actually. 

13. Play more video games

This has been a great video game month! Kingdom Hearts III came out at the end of January. Shaun and I have been taking it pretty slow because we are playing it together and we don’t have as much overlapping video game time but I’m actually enjoying the pace. I have so many feelings. I love that I get to take lots of pictures in the game! I’m not at home so I can’t get them off of my account to put them in this post and I’m full of regret. I’ll put a million Sora selfies in my update next month!

I have gotten super-duper into Sims 4 again. I started a new legacy challenge style game and I have been really working on building cute houses. 

 

I got Final Fantasy IX for the Switch this past month too. This is the 3rd or 4th time I have gotten this game, haha. My brother got the first copy for me for Christmas 2000! I like the PC version because of the modded background improvements and there are some glitch fixes but I honestly haven’t been bothered by any of this playing it on the switch, especially when I’m playing it handheld.

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17. Monthly Date Night

It still counts as a date night if my mom & brother are there, right? Family date! I love my birthday kids!

 

18. Work on the house/yard

I got a lot of stuff figured out in the kitchen. I’ve switched a bit of my mental house effort into helping my mom get the house she is moving into livable. It needs a lot of work!

20. Yoga goals

This took a total backseat to everything else this month. I haven’t been home as much and I need to figure out a new routine because I actually like being home a little less and I want to fit yoga into that. I did do a bit of yoga that I didn’t take photos of. Maybe only 7 days total in the past month and that was mostly the first week. 

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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!

 
1

2

3

4

5

6. everyday is silent and grey. ;)

7.

8.

9.

10.

11.

12.

13.

14.

15.

16.

17.

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March – #CY365 – Week 10

64. celebrate
64. celebrate

65. in the morning
65. in the morning

66. ordinary/self portrait
66. ordinary/self portrait

67. In the mirror
67. in the mirror

68. wearing a favorite
68. wearing a favorite

69. what i eat.
69. what i eat.

70. what i'm reading
70. what i’m reading

February – March #cy365 – Weeks 8 – 9

February was a hard month for me and mine and I got a little bit behind on sharing this project!

Week 8:

50. cover
50. cover

51. starts with R
51. starts with R

52. aperture
52. aperture

53. rest
53. rest

54. supplies
54. supplies

55. centered
55. centered

56. motion
56. motion

Week 9:

57. from the top
57. from the top

 

58. over
58. over

59. together
59. together

60. bonus
60. bonus

61. Spire
61. Spire

62. focused
62. focused

63. Purpose
63. Purpose

Projects throughout the years: A Picture a Day 2009

2009 started out rough. What I remember most about the beginning of the year was how Shaun took care of me. My dad had just died and I felt very helpless and brokenhearted. Shaun spent a lot of the school break packing me and my cameras into the car and driving me to pretty places to distract me with photography, like he had perfectly intuited what I needed at that moment. The whole world felt different. I felt so broken, but also braver. My dad dying was (and still is) the worst thing that had ever happened in my life and I had faced it and my anxiety wasn’t so scary anymore. I spent some time wallowing in the groove on the couch created by my grief-stricken Lord of The Rings marathons, yes, but I came out stronger than ever. I also think my photography became more important, it had more purpose, I wanted to capture every single thing about my life, and preserve it forever.

January 1, 2009
January 1, 2009

January 7, 2009
January 7, 2009

January 14, 2009
January 14, 2009

January 16, 2009
January 16, 2009

January 22, 2009
January 22, 2009

January 30, 2009
January 30, 2009

163. they tumble blindly
February 3, 2009

February 16, 2009
February 16, 2009

February 21, 2009
February 21, 2009

March 18, 2009
March 18, 2009

April 3, 2009
April 3, 2009

April 4, 2009
April 4, 2009

April 16, 2009
April 16, 2009

April 27, 2009
April 27, 2009

April 28, 2009
April 28, 2009

June 10, 2009
June 10, 2009

June 12, 2009
June 12, 2009

June 16, 2009
June 16, 2009

July 4, 2009
July 4, 2009

August 1, 2009
August 1, 2009

August 28, 2009
August 28, 2009

September 5, 2009
September 5, 2009

September 23, 2009
September 23, 2009

October 9, 2009
October 9, 2009

October 13, 2009
October 13, 2009

October 30, 2009
October 30, 2009

November 13, 2009
November 13, 2009

November 18, 2009
November 18, 2009

November 22, 2009
November 22, 2009

December 11, 2009
December 11, 2009

December 14, 2009
December 14, 2009

December 18, 2009
December 18, 2009

December 31, 2009
December 31, 2009

February #cy365 – week 7

43. where i stand
43. where i stand

44. clutter
44. clutter

45. red
45. red

46. heart
46. heart

47. striking
47. striking

48. bundled up
48. bundled up

49. blazing
49. blazing

Projects throughout the years, 365 self 2008 – 2009

I started my second 365 self portrait project on my 23rd birthday. I wrote more about 2008 on this post.  I was feeling so inspired when I started this project. Then it became a strange conduit for grief. I was glad to have it, and I’m glad to have this record of one of the toughest year of my life, but it’s still hard to write about. I thought I was doing better than I was. In retrospect, most of what I remember of 2009 was napping on the couch, watching Fellowship of the Ring over and over, and crying.

1. cos you're evil and you lie.
1/365 – August 25, 2008

16. with a wave of my hand and a well-placed moan
16/365

19. on september 12th right here, in front of the waverly
19/365

33. i'll be your winter coat buttoned and zipped straight to the throat
33/365

36. she shakes just like a willow tree
36/365

62. on and on and on
62/365 – When my dad entered the hospital.

88. i don't want to try too hard.
88/365

113.
113/365 – an hour after I found out my dad was gone.

130. i just want my chance
130/365

134. as you're folding up the shirts you hesitate
134/365

159.
159/365

164. couldnt hear a robin sing
164/365

185.
185/365

187.
187/365

188. won't you come out to play
188/365

195. Don't adventures ever have an end?
195/365

203.
203/365

247.
247/365

263.
263/365

269.
269/365

314.
314/365

326.
326/365

334.
334/365

337.
337/365

361.
361/365

363.
363/365

365.
365/365 – This was a joke, sort of, lots of the cliches that were big at the time in one photo.

January/February #cy365 – week 5

29. on
29. on

30. connected
30. connected

31. texture
31. texture

32. frosty
32. frosty

33. folded
33. folded

34. coarse
34. coarse

35. rocky
35. rocky

 

January #cy365 – the first two weeks

I decided to participate in #cy365 this year. It’s a daily photo project with prompts from this site: captureyour365.com I’m really enjoying the inspiration of the prompts and the super welcoming community on instagram!

1. fresh start
1. fresh start

2. one word
2. one word

3. this is so me/self portrait
3. this is so me/self portrait

4. need this
4. need this

5. makes me happy
5. makes me happy

6. pushing myself
6. pushing myself

7. good for me
7. good for me

8. where i stand
8. where i stand

9. a relationship
9. a relationship

10. monochrome
10. monochrome

11 complementary
11. complementary

12. draw
12. draw

13. mostly white
13. mostly white

14. black & white
14. black & white