Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Project 365: Look back at January

Can someone explain to me where January went?

How is it possible that it’s February already?

Coming back to work at the beginning of the year sucked. It sucked hard. And actually at times it felt like the month dragged on forever and ever, I don’t know why I suddenly think it’s gone past quickly.

It’s been comforting in a way, the end of the month has seen the return of things familiar to me – pay day arrived and the monthly book review is back, it’s made my heart feel a little better. Life hasn’t gone completely off the rails (although it does feel like it at times), it’s still chugging along.

And now, I have something else I can do at the end of each month. News to my ears at the moment because I’m still finding blogging hard work for some reason and as long as I have review posts like this to do I know there’s going to be something to say at least twice a month.

So. Project 365. One of my Not Really Resolutions for 2011.

It is definitely tricksy. Especially if you’re not a professional photographer and work 9-5 five days a week. But I’ve been determined not to let it get the better of me.

I think people choose to do Project 365 for many reasons but for me it’s just simple. I don’t want to prove I can take amazing photographers (I can’t). I don’t want to prove how terribly arty I am (I’m not). I don’t want to do anything other than just take a photograph that represents something that I’ve done that day.

This is just another medium of keeping a diary as far as I’m concerned. I have this blog and now I’ll have some photos too that I can look back over at the end of the year and go “Oh hey yeah, that’s when that happened.”

For instance, looking back over January I can see that I’ve only been to my Dad’s once this month. Not good. Bad daughter.

So I’ve picked my January favourites (descriptions read from left to right from the top)

07/01 – Having said I don’t want to take photos to prove how arty and awesome I am I have to say I like this photo because it is arty and awesome. (Man it’s like I’m in a record for how quickly I can contradict myself in the space of one blog post.)

08/01 – My nephew playing. I’ll be honest, I’ve had some troubles bonding with my littlest nephew, mainly because I just hardly ever seem to see him despite him only being in York which is just over an hour away. He’s incredibly shy and for ages wouldn’t even play with me which made my heart break a little bit. However he’s getting better now and I’m trying to see more of him, this afternoon with him was lovely because we actually had a little play about together. Oh yeah and it was the day he vomited all over the place. Classic.

09/01 – What can I say? I love my Fred and Lily. It’s hard to get a photo of them because they rarely stay still long enough and even rarer to get one of them both together. But thanks to their obsession with food they stayed still long enough, scouting out Mum’s plate for leftover bacon, for me to get this one.

17/01 – I love this photo, there’s something about seeing a book and a cup of tea that instantly makes me feel warm on the inside. God I love reading. This photo also makes me smile a cheeky grin as I remember my sneaking skiving powers and reading illegally at work. Illegal reading. It should be an Olympic sport.

21/01 – I’d been planning this photo for a loooooooong time. It still makes me laugh because I had to wait for my boss to go to the toilet, quickly scribble this down and take the photograph, praying that no-one saw me doing it.

29/01 – The Person and I don’t get to behave like a normal couple very often, when you only see each other once a month, if that, simple things like getting to sit next to each other become majorly important.

There is a long, long way to go I know. But considering that about four days in I was starting to panic that I wouldn’t be able to do this I’m feeling pretty good.

All the other photos can be found HERE.


  1. I'm interested in this 'illegal reading' - how exactly did you manage that? Did you do the old 'putting the good book inside the boring book' trick? A copy of PowerPoint for Dummies or something?

    Aw that last one is sweet, long distance relationships are tough. But. I'm in full anti-Valentine mode and won't sympathise too much because you have it infinitely better than I do at the moment! *SOB*

    (You don't seem like you're finding it hard to blog BTW, your posts are as interesting and funny as ever!)

  2. I like the one of you and The Person very much! Can't beat a good legs & feet photo (and no, I don't have any sort of weird fetish!)

    I think I'd be challenging for medals at illegal reading. If I can read in the shower, I can read anywhere!

  3. I think you are very arty - I loved the picture of the beach huts.

    Very well done on reaching your target weight. You must be SO pleased and proud. You definitely deserve a big treat. I have a weigh in tonight - fingers crossed!

  4. Your non arty photo is pretty awesome! You know with not being arty and all that! Looking forward to the next one!

  5. Tell me about it! I feel like I blinked and January was gone.

  6. Pay Day - or job satisfaction day as I call it! Love it! PS let me know your address as I found the Aida - you better have it now as I had to clear out a room to find it!!!xxxxx

  7. I think this is a wonderful project! I'd do it myself but I think I have too much on these days what with trying a new blog too... Going to pop over to your flickr account and update myself - you'll need to provide the link regularly throughout your posts so we can keep visiting! Or put it on the side tab somewhere! xxx


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