Whew! One whole year later, my endeavor to post a picture every day for a year is finally over! From Oct 25, 2010 through Oct 24, 2011, my 365 pictures span everything from family to food to outings to funny things observed along the way.
I first attempted Project 365 back in 2007 (which birthed this blog) and only lasted two months before giving up. Oops.
This time, with the convenience of smartphones with built-in cameras and the ability to post directly from my phone (or at least email myself the photo to edit on the computer), it was easier to stay on track.
Still, there were days when I'd rack my brain for ideas. Fortunately, those were usually made up for by days where I had an abundance of photographic ideas, and took several to save for a "rainy day".
By the time I reached around 200 photos, I was feeling a bit burnt out. Motivation and creativity hit an all-time low. Still, I'd come this far-- nearly 2/3 of the way through, and pushed on. I had help-- Allan and Todd supplied lots of good ideas. Sometimes I even tasked Allan to take pics for me, knowing he was going someplace interesting. By the time I hit 266 photos, I was feeling renewed energy-- I had less than 100 to go! I have to say, though, that the last 100 photos felt like they dragged longer than the first couple hundred! The closer I got to my goal, the slower time seemed to go. Isn't that weird?
After a year of constantly being on the lookout for photo opportunities, I still find myself in that mode of "hey, that would make a great picture! Grab the phone!" wherever I go. Rather than let it die out, though, I think I'll continue to take pictures of things that catch my fancy, and continue to use this blog as a photoblog, even though I won't be posting every single day. The blog is already established here, so I may as well keep it up to date, right?
So here we are... a year in the life of Helly, as documented by photos. See you around!
Monday, October 24, 2011
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Miwok Indian artifact we crafted for Todd's school project. It's supposed to be a ceremonial rattle made of moth cocoons and feathers. Amazing what a bit of tin foil, feathers from Michael's, and pebbles and a stick from the front yard can create! :-)
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Friday, October 21, 2011
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Allan visited my alma mater, UCLA, for a Career Fair and took these pics. I had a hard time picking my favorite-- they're all such great shots! Eventually I settled on this one: iconic, world-famous Royce Hall at night.
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Monday, October 17, 2011
Sunday, October 16, 2011
You get 2 pics again today! Here I am in my cowgirl getup for our church's annual BBQ-- Western style! When it got too hot for jeans, I changed into a long skirt, which I actually think wound up looking more authentic, anyway!
Saturday, October 15, 2011
Fundraiser for Todd's school, the SB Youth Races, was held at SBCC today. Allan served as a lane timer, while I did results recording. This is the lane timing machine, called the "octopus" because it has 8 timer clickers (one of which is pictured) attached-- one for each lane on the track.
Friday, October 14, 2011
Our manager gave the office mini pumpkins to decorate, using only available office/kitchen supplies. Here's a sketch of my idea (pumpkin spider): draw in a cute face (with fangs!), make legs with stretched-out paper clips, and a hat out of paper. This little contest sounds fun! :-)
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Now that I no longer have easy access to hot water, I have to make my own. Fill the heater up with filtered water, then, when it's done boiling, pour it into the green thermos/pitcher. Comes in handy when I need hot water for a cup of tea on a chilly day... or when I'm feeling under the weather!
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Got this pair from aquagoggles.com for $24. Sounds expensive for a pair of swim goggles, but they are prescription (note the -6.0 diopter sticker for the right eye), and do amazing wonders for enabling me to see clearly while swimming. Well worth the money!
Monday, October 10, 2011
One of the last of our Homebrewer's Fest mugs. This annual festival is always held around my birthday in Temecula. It also commemorates one of mine and Allan's first meetings (not this one, the 2002 one, which is also gone). Accidentally broke this while doing dishes yesterday. So I thought I'd snap a photo for posterity!
Sunday, October 9, 2011
Got this mirror, shelf and wall sconce set at Bed Bath & Beyond this weekend, and hung them up above our electric piano. Just the right size, the color matches the piano perfectly, and you can see our chandelier and one of our new pictures in the reflection.
Saturday, October 8, 2011
Friday, October 7, 2011
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
This little gem is attached to our restroom mirror on campus. It features the Happy Birthday song, and encourages people to wash their hands for as long as it takes to sing the song, to ensure full cleanliness. Kinda cheesy, but I like it!
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Monday, October 3, 2011
These cute little wire sculptures adorn each of our small CD bookshelves that flank either side of the fireplace. They're the perfect little touch to the perfect little shelves. Sculptures found at Cost Plus World Market.
Sunday, October 2, 2011
Saturday, October 1, 2011
While at the zoo for Science Day today, we got to witness planes flying in neat formation overhead. Here's one of the better shots, set against a beautifully blue and cloudless sky. Just another gorgeous, sunny day in paradise! ;-)
Friday, September 30, 2011
Our local Trader Joe's hides a stuffed condor named Cliff somewhere in the store everyday. Every time a kid finds Cliff, he gets a small treat-- a piece of candy for Todd tonight! Here's Cliff sitting on the windowsill near the checkout lanes.
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Monday, September 26, 2011
Light brown, 200+ thread count comforter cover + pillowcase, and a reversible (dark/medium brown) satiny bedspread + cushion cover, folded to show off both colors in this picture. The green Android Squishable adds a nice little color accent, don't you think?
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Saturday, September 24, 2011
A cat, presumably a neighbor's, decided to visit us and hang out on our front deck. He was a bit skittish, so I took this photo from inside our living room, through the window. Evidently he still heard me anyway, and turned to look!
Friday, September 23, 2011
The downspout at the end of our driveway is flattened, the brick cover shattered. Apparently our neighbor across the way ran over it in the night. Our next-door neighbor witnessed it and left a note. No, the culprits haven't come forward yet. Not holding my breath, either!
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Monday, September 19, 2011
Sunday, September 18, 2011
The boys spackle some spaces in the window frames where the ants have been crawling in and invading our home-- not just in the kitchen, but our bedrooms and bathrooms! Let's hope this will help quell future invasions!
Saturday, September 17, 2011
Our park held a Luau on the lake at the pool/clubhouse today-- complete with delicious Hawaiian food, native music and dance! Great way to while away a Saturday afternoon and meet some of our neighbors!
Friday, September 16, 2011
Thursday, September 15, 2011
You get two pics today! Allan and I had lunch together... remotely! We ate in our respective offices and chatted via GoToMeeting with HDFaces (webcam). Saves time and money, not having to drive places to meet up, and was actually a ton of fun!
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Monday, September 12, 2011
Sunday, September 11, 2011
These big blue fellas hopped through the little fence of their habitat and attempt to escape by casually strolling down the walkway for the humans. Fortunately, the whole area is enclosed, and none of us humans were fooled into opening the doors for them! ;-)