Life List #40. Do the 365 day photo project.

Long before I had a life list, I’ve wanted to do a 365 Photo Project. One day last summer, I just decided to start. It actually took me slightly longer than a year, because I occasionally missed a day, but I just kept on trucking. It’s fun to have these reminders of the past year. It’s going to be weird not to be taking a daily picture – but maybe it will help me have a little more distance from my phone as well!

Some of my favorites from the project are below. You can see the full project on Flickr.

Spinning with Grammie #365photoproject #day38Day 38. September 30, 2013.


Sharing her animal crackers with Mommy #365photoproject #day73
Day 73. November 7, 2013.

Thanksgiving is for friends. #365photoproject #day91
Day 91. November 29, 2013.

Elephant! Christmas has begun. #365photoproject #day114
Day 114. December 25, 2014.

Sunday #365photoproject #day125
Day 125. January 5, 2014.

Snow day! #365photoproject #day159
Day 159. February 13, 2014.

Pedicure. #365photoproject #day178 #goodday
Day 178. March 5, 2014.

At the playground with Pop Pop and Grandma #365photoproject #day221
Day 221. April 19, 2014.

Mother's Day at the zoo. #365photoproject #day243
Day 243. May 11, 2014.

Computing like Mommy. #365photoproject #day254
Day 254. May 22, 2014.

Sibling and significant other dinner! #365photoproject #day262
Day 262. May 30, 2014.

Happy Thursday everyone. #365photoproject #day281
Day 281. June 19, 2014.

Friday night at the spray park. #365photoproject #day303 #nofilter
Day 303. July 11, 2014

Water lilies in Rock Creek Cemetery. #nofilter #365photoproject #day319 #loveDC

Day 319. July 27, 2014.

"Say cheese,  little baby" #365photoproject #day336
Day 336. August 13, 2014.

Watch out, DC! There's a dinosaur on the loose. #365photoproject #day359
Day 359. September 6, 2014.

Life List #40. Do the 365 day photo project.

What I Read: August 2014

I read 9 books in August, and didn’t hate a one. 2 were non-fiction, the rest fiction. 5 were eBooks, 3 were print books, 1 was an audiobook!

Leaving Everything Most Loved by Jacqueline Winspear (2013).
In the latest book in the Maisie Dobbs series, Maisie investigates the murder of Usha Pramal, an Indian woman who had been living in England for a number of years, working as a nanny and house cleaner. In her personal life, Maisie continues to struggle with what it might mean to marry her companion, James Compton, and with her desire to travel independently.

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin (2014).
I loved this book so much. It involves books and reading and a baby left in a bookstore. It involves grief and love and family and finding community. It deals with sad (and happy) things, but is not dark. And it reads so fast. HIGHLY recommend.

A Brief History of Montmaray by Michelle Cooper (2009).
This was interesting addition, because I didn’t really read it, I listened to it as an audiobook on my phone. I still prefer print (paper or digital), but it was pretty amusing to be reading a book while walking around, or playing Candy Crush on metro. The story is about the royal family of Montmaray, a fictional island kingdom somewhere between France and Spain, on the eve of World War II. It had lots of elements that I liked, but I kept getting distracted by the fact that the narrator of the audiobook was middle aged and the narrator of the book (which is written as a diary) was a teenager. DCPL only has the sequel in print, but we shall see if I like the sequel better when the voice in my head is a teenager…

The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier (2013).
I really enjoyed this book – historical fiction about a British Quaker who moves to Ohio in the time before the Civil War and her involvement with the Underground Railroad. Chevalier does historical fiction quite well – I also loved Girl with a Pearl Earring when I read it years ago.

Top Secret Twenty-One by Janet Evanovich (2014).
The latest Stephanie Plum mystery. I couldn’t even tell you what happened in this one, just that I read them all when they come out and they provide me 24 hours of comfort reading. This is my literary popcorn.

Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit (2014).

My Family and Other Hazards by June Melby (2014).
I got this book through LibraryThing’s Early Reviewers program, and thoroughly enjoyed it. A memoir of the summers of the author’s childhood, it tells of her family’s adventures running a miniature golf course on a lake in Wisconsin, with a little miniature golf history thrown in for good measure.

Summer State of Mind by Jen Calonita (2014).
Another Early Reviewer book, this was a fun, quick summer read. I literally read it in a day, can’t remember the last time that happened! Nothing too surprising in the plot – spoiled, little rich girl gets sent to sleep away camp to get a reality check. She learns life lessons, and falls for a cute guy, etc. But perfect for the beach!

Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson (2000).
YA historical fiction – which looks at the 1793 yellow fever epidemic in Philadelphia. Really interesting and enjoyable, and totally different than the only other book I’ve read by Halse Anderson (Speak) which was a contemporary story about rape. I picked this up as a Kindle Daily Deal and it was a good one!

What I Read: August 2014