58. Maple Baked Beans and Cornbread Casserole (But I Could Never Go Vegan!)
59. Tunisian Sweet Potatoes, Chickpeas & Greens (One-Dish Vegan)
60. Mushroom Lasagna (The Vegan Slow Cooker)
61. Gravy (But I Could Never Go Vegan!)
62. Nigerian Black-Eyed Peas and Greens (One-Dish Vegan)
63. Szechwan Tofu and Green Beans (One-Dish Vegan)
64. Mix and Match Jambalaya (The Vegan Slow Cooker)
65. Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Bars (But I Could Never Go Vegan!)
2. Shoot 1 roll of film per month. 8/12 Bo & Su of Les Beehive gave me a Mamiya msx 500 last summer and I hadn’t loaded film into it yet, high time to see how it goes!
7. Reach Advanced Level yoga with Erin Motz’s DoYouYoga course.
I’ve done a lot of yoga this month, feeling pretty good about this one. :)
10. Fill my first Smash Journal.
Since this project has involved going through and re-editing my photos it has taken a long time. I’m somewhere in the middle of October of 2007 for a photo book that will only span June – December of that year and I’m already past 200 pages. When I was first starting to really practice and study photography I was super prolific, whoops. I’m going to admit that I might not be able to afford to actually PRINT this book until after my birthday, I will consider this done if I finish all of the other work involved because I have put many hours into it.
Here’s a couple of two-page spreads I’m really happy with:
In 2007 I had some interest in being a commercial photographer, at least in terms stock photography. I have a lot of stuff I shot with that aim that I really love in retrospect but actually shooting photography for someone other than myself wasn’t fun at the time and I decided to focus on more emotive/photo diary work. I’m curious what future photo books will be like, especially everything past the death of my dad in December of 2008, when I realized that capturing and remembering my real life was the most important thing to me artistically.
21. Start a 365 photo set on my 29th birthday. Finish it!
Here are some of my favorites this month:
24. Scan my mom’s family photos. Got another stack done this month.
28. Write a list of major cleaning projects and do them all!
- move all furniture and clean behind/under it. (fridge, dressers, couch, entertainment center.) (Progress: Kitchen, bathroom, living room done in month 6. One half of bedroom done in month 7.)
- clean the fridge out. (Progress: I did the fridge a couple of weeks ago. I was surprised by how many jars of useless stuff I had in there. I felt like I was being good at keeping it down to the essentials, but nope! I still need to clean the freezer, but in general it stays a little cleaner.)
- take ALL THAT RECYCLING so the cozy system can start working. (Progress: Still need to take all the paper and cardboard, but the rest of it is kept sorted and tidy.)
- take everything to Goodwill. (Progress: I just keep adding boxes and bags. I have SO MUCH that’s on it’s way out, I can’t wait to reclaim that space!)
- finish each room. If I still have to have stuff piled in a corner, at least let it be stored in a plastic tub. (Progress: Living room I would call done. I hung some curtains this month There are lots of living room photos above in my yoga shots.)
- closet overhaul. (Progress: Lots of little adjustments but nothing worth noting.)
- NEW Springtime Garden Tidy. (Progress: Gardening update.)
I had my annual trip to Riddle Plant Farm with my mom a couple of weeks ago and things are really starting to come together in my garden. Slowly chipping away at all of those tasks I wasn’t great at keeping on top of in years past and every year the garden cleanup and upkeep gets a little easier. Here are some photos from my gardening adventures so far.
I had my annual trip to the plant farm with my mom last week.
The previous owner of my house probably took better care of his yard than I do (it’s so exhausting, and trees just won’t stop growing in the back lot!) but he wasn’t very good at planning. He just clumped a bunch of stuff together and now I have to clump stuff around it. A couple of years ago some under-dwelling creature came and ate the roots off the bushes that were lined up near the front porch and they all fell over except two. Now there is a large, unsightly gap that needs filled. I looked all over Riddle’s for a solution and finally set upon Hydrangea. Now I have it home and I’m worried it’s going to be too large for such a central spot. It would be, perhaps, a bit better, at one end of the gap. I should have gotten some low evergreen bush, something to fill the gap year round.
I love a crowded jungle of a garden and I just need to embrace it. There’s one house on our street that amazes me. The whole yard is like a fairyland, flowers of all types abound 9 months out of the year, a dark, lush colorful mess. I want someone to describe my yard like that.
I’ve been focusing on perennials. I got ground covers & mosses.
If you had an unsightly gap in your front garden, what would you put there? The other plants present are a sedum that flowers a bluish-purple in the late summer/fall, tall purple phlox that last the summer, with daffodils and tulips in spring. At either end of the gap there are two sad looking survivors of what ever chewed the roots of their brethren: a couple of pitiful little bushes with red leaves year round.
More photos below the jump!
Shaun and I went for a bike ride today. It was my first time out on the town, which is a very different experience from country roads. Smoother, yes, but my childhood route only took me through one stop sign. The stop-starting and general jelly-like quality of my limbs made for quite a workout. We eventually made it to the bike trail and rode a very short part of it. I could tell that I wouldn’t be able to go for very much longer, and I was right. The ride home was uphill & we stopped near the bottom of it. Sitting down on the curb my legs gave out. I caught my breath and admired Shaun’s friendly mutton chops. We decided to walk the bikes home from there. I collapsed on the living room rug and Shaun brought me tea. He was completely unperturbed by the ride, which was rather rude of him.
I made Pecos Bill style veggie burgers and fries for dinner when I recovered and we sat on the floor and ate them, because it seemed like a day for having dinner on the floor.