Monthly Archives: September 2010

Fade In/Fade Out

I used to have this friend that talked to me/e-mailed me every day, and we would see each other every weekend. We would talk about every day stuff, tell stories from our pasts, talk about entertaining things we witnessed at work or in our apartment buildings or on the Internet, that sort of thing. Every couple of months I would just stop hearing from him completely for a few days or even a couple of weeks. He would withdraw from the world and keep completely to himself. It had nothing to do with me or anyone else; he would just do this and not really talk to Anyone. Then he would randomly go back to the usual e-mails and phone calls (this was before everyone was texting) like he hadn’t skipped a beat, and that was that. I never really understood it, but I see myself and other people doing this with their blogs. So I guess I kind of understand it now. Sometimes, you just have to stop typing and sharing and step back for a bit.

It’s been a month since you’ve heard anything from me. Don’t worry. I just haven’t felt like making all the effort I guess. I started walking the dog again, but it wasn’t until yesterday that I just stuck with neighborhood streets instead of heading straight for the parkway. When big dogs bark and jump up and down and sound vicious I am more scared than ever, but hopefully all the fear won’t stick around forever. Cash is healing up nicely from the attack. You’d never know it happened except he barks more aggressively at large dogs now.

In September we:

*went to the state fair and ate lots of deliciously bad for us food

*had some cousins over for what turned into an up til 5 AM bonfire

*my friend Michelle visited and stayed a night

*I got to see my old roomie Sarah & her 4 kids while she was here visiting from Atlanta

*I went with my friend Becca and her mom Karen to the Handmade Market at the Creative Connection event here in downtown Minneapolis

*My bro and his girlfriend came up from Sheboygan to hang with us for a weekend

*Emily and I went to the Arcade Fire show at Roy Wilkins in St. Paul and it was pretty much perfect

*Trev and I helped out at a tree planting event at the elementary school down the street and some Minnesota Vikings football players were there

*Trev and I helped out at a Love Minneapolis (whadaya know, my photo made the recap on the site) event at the same elementary school (through the Sanctuary CDC) and I made about 100 pancakes

*I got my hair cut a lot shorter.

*We hung out a few times with Brian and Jennie and had some hilarious moments together.

*I spent a lot of time with girlfriends and scrapbooked probably like twice the whole month.

I would also like to mention that my flowers are all starting to really die which makes me sad because this year I was not ready to let Fall take over. You can take a look at my gardening photos here.

I am pretty amazed that this:

became this:

It would look even more impressive if I knew what I was doing and had staked them.

I guess I’m going to accept that it’s Fall now. I’ll come back soon with some more photos of fun things.

This month should be pretty busy and fun! Hello Autumn. I guess you’re not so bad.

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On Summer and 365: August

Yesterday, September began! To me, it is still summer. I hear so many people keep talking about the Fall, but I don’t see it yet. Around here it has been a long Summer because we had an early Spring, and we’ve had a lot of hot hot days. People are ready for cooler weather. Don’t get me wrong, I love the Fall. Autumn is my favorite season of the year. I love the changing leaves on the trees, the sweaters, bonfires, dinner in the crockpot, tea, and everything else that goes along with it. This year has just seemed to fly by too fast. The summer has been full of spontaneous visitors and guests, time with family and friends, bike rides, lakes, sunshine, gardening. It’s just been so nice and happy and full. I’ve really enjoyed having a summer without every weekend planned out at the beginning. I loved getting e-mails from friends who were planning to be in Minneapolis in a week or two and being able to say, “Come stay with us!” I also loved the text messages from cousins asking if they could crash at our place in a day or two while they were in town for a Twins game or whatever else was up.

Documenting my days with Project 365 has really given me a different perspective on my days. I am always looking for something different to do, or looking at the everyday things with a different eye. I’ve enjoyed this part of the adventure so far, all in the warm months we’ve had, and being able to get a lot of shots outside, especially of all the growing and living things around. I’m currently at 43% of the 365 days. Sometimes I wonder if it will be a challenge when the weather starts to get cooler and I am inside more than outside. I guess I’ll have to get more creative!

I love when a new month starts and I’ve finished another month of the project. It has been so interesting to look back at the past month of photos and remember the days that have passed and I’ve almost forgotten. It’s fun to see the different places and people and things I’ve seen that are making up my life these days. It really is beautiful. If you’ve ever thought about trying Project 365, I highly recommend it.

365: August

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Finding Kind

I just saw a trailer for a documentary that is coming out that I definitely want to see. Why are girls so vicious to one another?

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