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Has It Been A Year Already? Again?

August 22 might seem like a normal, random day for you, but for us it’s always a bit of a holiday. Why? Because August 22 is the 365th day of our Project 365s. For three years now we’ve started on August 23 and taken a photograph every single day for the full year; the date was a random choice — we launched our first year of photos on the start of our summer vacation in 2008, after much dithering about whether we were up to the challenge. Well, it turns out we’ve been three times up to the challenge, and we’re especially pleased with how our Project 365:III turned out. What’s especially fun about a Project 365 is that for us it’s not really about taking great photos every day, and this year we struck a satisfying balance between choosing the “best” or the most documentary photo of the day. Some of the pictures suck, some of them don’t (in our humble opinions), but they all tell the story of of our last year. Here, in no particular order, are our favorites, whether it’s because we thought the pictures themselves were awesome, or whether they remind us of a perfect day, a great moment, or just a feeling:

September 27 2010

September 27 2010

September 12 2010

September 12 2010

October 12 2010

October 12 2010

May 3 2011

May 3 2011

March 28 2011

March 28 2011

April 23 2011

April 23 2011

April 9 2011

April 9 2011

November 5 2010

November 5 2010

September 17 2010

September 17 2010

November 24 2010

November 24 2010

October 20 2010

October 20 2010

December 8 2010

December 8 2010

June 7 2011

June 7 2011

November 6 2010

November 6 2010

June 25 2011

June 25 2011

November 09 2010

November 9 2010

December 27 2010

December 27 2010

The whole set is on Flickr, here.

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Another Year In The Life, Documented

Today we come to the end of another year of Project 365. WOO HOOO! We’ve now managed to take at least one picture every day since August 23, 2008, keeping a photo diary of the exciting and photogenic events as well as the mundane and less thrilling. As always, our lives are generally short of earth-shattering developments, so what did we have to take pictures of this year? Well, we watched hockey, we stitched, we planted, we harvested, we cooked, we gave away our marbles, and we let them run free. It was a year filled with baking adventures (like this, this, this, this, this, this, this, and most of all this), quilting adventures (like this, this, this, this, this, this, this, and this), and hockey adventures (like this, this, this, this, and this). Big goings-on for us included Schnookie serving on a jury and Pookie getting a new desk at work. It was a year of photo excursions — we went to Princeton, New York City, Ocean Grove, New Hope, Philadelphia, New York again, New York again, the nature trail behind our house, New York again, Columbus, New York again, Asbury Park, New York yet again, and The Netherlands (oh, The Netherlands, The Netherlands, The Netherlands, The Netherlands!). It was a year of photo-worthy weather, with snow, snow, and more snow, and lightning that cost us a dear friend. We challenged ourselves to be more creative taking everyday pictures, at work, on the way to work, on the way home from work, putting googly eyes on things in the office, participating in the sixty-four colors Flickr group, and crossing off items on the Scavenger Hunt 101 Flickr group’s list. Best of all, we had great times with great friends, including having an apple-canning adventure with our buddy Sarah, visting Katebits (and Heather and Amy and McGuffers) in Buffalo, we had the best week ever hosting Patty Party at stately IPB Manor, and we met Mags in Amsterdam for what was probably the best day of the year.

Last year we picked our five best and five worst for our summary 3-2-1 Hockey post, but this year’s 365 doesn’t have pictures we find as charmingly bad as last time around. (Don’t get us wrong — plenty of them are bad. Just not endearingly so.) So we’ll just leave you with our ten favorites.

October 23, 2009: 62/365

October 23, 2009

October 30, 2009: 69/365

October 30 2009

November 16, 2009: 86/365

November 16 2009

December 23, 2009: 123:365

December 23 2009

December 31, 2009: 131/365

December 31 2009

March 17, 2010: 207/365

March 17 2010

April 26, 2010: 247/365

April 26 2010

May 12, 2010: 263/365

May 12 2010

May 20, 2010: 271/365

May 20 2010

August 8, 2010: 351/365

August 8 2010

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365, Another Week

May 10, 2010

May 10 2010

How’s the Imbolc lettuce doing now, you ask? Delicious!

May 11, 2010

May 11 2010

This is the only picture we took today. It’s a surprise pot of oregano growing in the garden, as seen through the fence. Exciting!

May 12, 2010

May 12 2010

It’s been cold and rainy and miserable, but the irises are still blooming. The lovely specimen irises our neighbor had put in have all been relocated, but it seems the scavengers missed a couple. –Schn.

May 13, 2010

May 13 2010

I got a shipment of fabric (shocker, I know) and Matsui promptly took up residence in the box (which is sitting on top of a box full of Rancho Gordo bean, of course). — Pookie

May 14, 2010

May 14 2010

It was the first day at the farm today, which means PYO strawberries! WOO HOO! Of course, we’re out of practice, so we got all the way to the strawberry field before realizing we’d neglected to bring the pint container with us. So it was back to the market barn, then driving back out to the berries. We might look like newbies, but this is actually our eighth season. Heh.

May 15, 2010

May 15 2010

If this was fabric, I would so buy it. It’s like where Elizabeth Bradley meets Kaffe Fassett. –Schn.

May 16, 2010

May 16 2010

The Imbolc lettuce has turned out to be delicious. We just might have to redo this whole plating-on-grandhog-day thing again next year!

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Week In, Week Out, 365-Style

May 3, 2010

May 3 2010

Look who’s home from visiting KtG! WOO HOOO!!! The party’s back on at Maple Hoo!

May 4, 2010

May 4 2010

WIG?!

Oh. Yeah.

May 5, 2010

May 5 2010

When we moved to Maple Hoo, there was this strange, stragly shrub where we wanted to plant pumpkins. Four years later, the pumpkin patch didn’t work and this shrub is now really tall and bushy and is covered in gorgeous white flowers.

May 6, 2010

May 6 2010

This is who we trust to run the kitchen — someone who can’t pull of a piece of tin foil without messing up! Shessh! She’s just lucky she made us a delicious green garlic and pecan pesto for dinner, otherwise Boomer and I might need to find a new kitchen hausfrau. –Pk.

May 7, 2010

May 7 2010

Friday night is not the most inspiring time for photos. This is some lace Boomer brought back from her travels.

May 8, 2010

May 8 2010

We’re going through a bit of an “obsessed with all things Northern Europe” period lately, so we were very excited for Boomer to bring us salty licorice from the Netherlands. Of course, we’re kind of afraid to try it, but the color of the week at least motivated us to open the bag. Baby steps, people. Baby steps.

May 9, 2010

May 9 2010

Stay away from the garden and we’ll all get along juuuuust fine.

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Like Sand Through An Hourglass, This Is Our 365

April 26, 2010

April 26 2010

It’s no sexy Italian plane, but the rain kept us indoors and off the flight deck. — Pookie

April 27, 2010

April 27 2010

There’s a lot of downtime at the conference I went to today, so I brought the Gopher and spent a few hours taking pictures on the beach. It was cold, windy, and sometimes rainy, so I had the whole beach to myself. It was lovely. — Pookie

April 28, 2010

April 28 2010

It was a slow photography night around here.

April 29, 2010

April 29 2010

CAPS LOSE! CAPS LOSE! CAPS LOSE! Our marbles can run free!

April 30, 2010

April 30 2010

It was a cranky day at work, but shockingly good for Scavenger Hunt 101. I ate lunch at a foreign food restaurant so I got a picture of that, and then later took a picture of a somewhat unusual license plate (even though I took it from far away with the less zoomy of the two p&s cameras I had with me. I hadn’t asked my coworker if it was okay to take a picture of his license plate, and I’m not supposed to take pictures at work, and I was kind of in that “leaving work on Friday” haze, so I just snapped this from halfway across the parking lot and figured it was good enough). –Schn.

May 1, 2010

May 1 2010

Have I mentioned that I love pairing dandelions with the 100mm lens? Because I do. –Schn.

May 2, 2010

May 2 2010

Last summer, Schnookie won a free petunia as a door prize at work. Yesterday, I snagged a free petunia from a community fair at work. Woo-hoo! While Schnookie’s came pre-planted in a hanging basket, mine is unfortunately in a too-small pot. Good thing the darling little pinwheel makes up for that! — Pookie

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Rolling Along With 365

April 19, 2010

April 19 2010

The dogwood has fewer and fewer blossoms and leaves every year.

April 20, 2010

April 20 2010

Wandering around the yard, looking for things that are pink.

April 21, 2010

April 21 2010

When you get a Gerbera daisy, you really don’t have a choice but to take a cliched macro shot of it, right? Well, it was Administrative Professionals Day, so Schnookie (who thinks A.P. Day is the dumbest thing ever) was showered with flowers, including this little daisy. We also got our new camera Svinsvu (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) in the mail, along with a new lens (!!!!!!!) but this picture wasn’t taken with either one. And that’s our story.

April 22, 2010

April 22 2010

Across the street on my walk to work, the geese were lurking in the mist. –Schn.

April 23, 2010

April 23 2010

Augustus seemed like the perfect subject for the first go-round with the new camera. Augustus, meet Svinsvu. Svinsvu, meet Augustus!

April 24, 2010

April 24 2010

I took Svinsvu, the new 50D, out on a tour of the yard. — Pookie

April 25, 2010

April 25 2010

I wanted to see how the 50mm performs with the new camera, so I wandered around snapping anything and everything. — Pookie

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Another Week, More 365

April 12, 2010

April 12 2010

I’ve been sick for a week and Schnookie kept saying, “You should make some white rice, that always makes me feel better!” and I kept ignoring her. Finally, on Sunday, I agreed that white rice sounded good. And I swear, it was miracle rice. It completely cured me. No joke. So Monday morning I figured another bowl might be the way to go but Schnookie would be at work, whatever would I do?!

Turns out, I would make rice. My first ever pot of rice! Making rice? Not hard! Who knew?! — Pookie

April 13, 2010

April 13 2010

There were teensy-tiny baby kittens for the taking at work today (probably 1- or 2-weeks old) but cooler heads prevailed and Dr. Shopdog did not find herself the proud older sister of Svindal The Kitten. That will have to wait for some other day. When someone brings kittens that are a little bit older. — Pk.

April 14, 2010

April 14 2010

I went to look in the rearview mirror in the car today and got quite a surprise. — Pk.

April 15, 2010

April 15 2010

I was so jealous that Pookie got pictures today of a motorcycle for Scavenger Hunt 101, but then, when we went out to get dinner at Sumo, Pookie turned to me and said, “I’ll go in and get dinner. Do you want to borrow my camera?” And then I looked across the parking lot and saw this. When we were leaving, Pookie laughed, “What is it with all the motorcycles? It’s like there’s something in the air.” And then we realized that, well, there kinda IS something in the air — it’s called “springtime”. I bet it’ll be easy to find motorcycles pretty much from now until October. –Schn.

April 16, 2010

April 16 2010

I recently coordinated a great deal of world travel for my boss’s boss, and when she returned, she told me that she had gotten me a pashmina scarf in Hong Kong out of gratitude. Pookie joked with me that she was positive the pashmina would turn out to be periwinkle, just because it’s periwinkle week. It became something of a running joke for us then, this mythical periwinkle scarf. Well, today I drove over to my boss’s boss’s office to pick up my prize… and sure enough, it’s periwinkle. I miraculously managed not to laugh until after I’d left her office. –Schn.

April 17, 2010

April 17 2010

We have each chosen a project that we absolutely can’t WAIT to start on (Pookie’s is Wendy Slotboom’s Frolic, Schnookie’s is Meadowsweet), but have vowed we won’t start them until the Devils lose in the playoffs. That way we’ll have something to look forward to instead of just being depressed and cranky. We worked on some cutting infrastructure today, though, so both projects are ready to go at a moment’s notice.

April 18, 2010

April 18 2010

Why do people fight against dandelions? They’re so cheerful and bright and friendly! A wide lawn carpeted with sunshiney yellow dandelions is such a delightful sight. These three, though, are not carpeting our yard. They’re just growing near the front steps, outside our laundry room window.

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