Oh, hi. Remember me?

I used to wonder what happened to bloggers as months would pass by in between their posts. Now I think I understand. If you’re me, life happens and blogging gets put on the backburner. Then you realize 2 months have passed since your last post and you were supposed to have finished a photo challenge in October and it is now DECEMBER (seriously?). You get embarrassed and stop checking your blog altogether. With that said, I’m terribly sorry for my lengthy, unintentional hiatus, but I’m back now and ready to pick up where I left off…sort of.

As I much as I hate to say this, the October Photo Challenge ship has sailed. I normally don’t half-ass things so spectacularly, but there was just too much going on, and I am too far behind to work up the motivation to finish what I started. Sometime I’ll do a post of the photos I did manage to take here and there.

In the meantime, this is what I’ve been up to for the past couple months, in picture form:

Did you figure out what any of those mean? No? Long story short, I: closed on my new home, moved, started volunteering, and I will be starting a new job on Monday. I hope these are good enough excuses for my absence. It’s good to be back!

So, tell me- what have you been up to for the past few weeks?

(Also, I would like to dedicate my return post to M, who has been doing her part to help me through marathon training by reminding me to stay hydrated and reminding me I have a blog I need to update. Thanks!)

Happy Columbus Day!

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Am I the only one who thinks this holiday is a joke? I only liked Columbus Day when it got me a day off, which hasn’t happened since, oh I don’t know, middle school?

Anyway, I’ve found that keeping up with this photo challenge is kind of hard. The blogging part of it is definitely a challenge (and I only do this twice a week!), but even taking one photo a day is getting a little difficult. I had a busy (fun) weekend, so I slacked and just took pictures from my phone and threw in one that I took a couple months ago. Better luck later this week.

Day 8: A bad habit

Oh bad habits…where I do begin? I have so many.

Here’s a picture of two of my bad habits, one of which I started fairly recently- accumulating cups in my room. I don’t know when exactly I started doing this, but if I had to guess, I would say right around the time I started training for my half marathon. I keep trying to make myself drink more water and my thought process is that if I take water with me to my room, I’ll be more likely to drink it. Not the case. All this habit has turned me into is a dehydrated cup hoarder. This picture doesn’t even show it at its worst.

I also tend to stay up too late. And set my clock 45 minutes ahead of time. But I don’t consider that to be a bad habit- just an odd quirk. This picture was taken over the weekend so I was up later than usual, but still. It’s a bad habit I keep trying to break.

Day 9: Someone you love

Easy.

This is GusGus and he automatically comes to mind when I think of someone I love. I could write at least 10 blog entries on why I love him, but that would be interesting to no one except GusGus, so I’ll keep it short. I remember watching Moulin Rouge ten (?!) years ago and one of the movie’s most memorable lines really stuck with me. “The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.”  This is what I have with him and it’s the greatest feeling in the world. GusGus has always been, without fail, my biggest supporter, my greatest fan, my closest confidant, and one of the best people I know. We always have fun together, even when we’re not doing anything particularly exciting. He makes me laugh all the time without even trying. He loves with his whole heart and doesn’t ask for anything in return. And best of all, he loves me for me. I can be really trying at times, but he is patient, understanding, and forgiving. I couldn’t ask for a better boyfriend.

Day 10: Childhood memory

When I was little, I always liked to go grocery shopping with my dad. He would take me with him almost every Saturday and we would always go right before lunchtime when they would hand out the free food samples. They don’t hand out free samples as often anymore, but I still love going grocery shopping. I don’t know what it is. Some people find it stressful, but it’s relaxing to me. I’m not going to need 95% of the things in the store at any given moment, but the possibilities are there.

Aside from the fact that this picture was taken in a grocery store, it has nothing to do with my childhood memory since that is clearly not my father and I definitely did not drink vodka when I was a child. This photo was the best I could do. In other news, note how that bottle is the first thing we put in our cart. Priorities!

I so admire all of you who are still keeping up with your photo-a-day posts. I don’t know how you do it, but mad props to all of you. Keep on keeping on!

How is the photo challenge going for everyone else? Send me a link so I can follow along!

Happy Friday, everyone!

This week I’ve been following lots of new blogs I found through the photo challenge participant list. With at least 90 blogs on the list and not enough hours in a day, it’s a little hard to get to everyone’s posts, but I’m trying. It’s really interesting to see everyone’s perspective on the different daily challenges. I feel like I took the challenges from Days 1-3  fairly literally, so I tried to be a little more creative for the second half of this week.

Day 4: Something green

This is a t-shirt and my iPhone case, both from the Chicago-based company Threadless. They print t-shirts from public submissions and they always have so many cute/funny/quirky designs that I seem to get sucked into buying at least one every year. I think I’m up to 9 or 10 shirts now. It was an accident that I ended up with the same design for both my t-shirt and phone case, since I already had the shirt when the case was given to me as a gift. I’m a little afraid of getting funny looks from people, so I haven’t taken both out at the same time…not yet, anyway.

Day 5: From a high angle

I know I said I was trying to be more creative, but this was also towards the end of the day and I didn’t put much thought into anything else. This is the view of our family room from the second floor balcony in my house. It’s really not interesting to most people, but I still remember what it looked like when our house was being built 11 years ago, and I have lots of good memories here. Just for reference, here’s what it looked like before:

Big difference, huh?

Day 6: From a low angle

This is the view of the window behind my desk, from the floor, right before I left work for the day. I love having a window in my area. I hardly ever look out from it because it’s behind me and it faces another part of the building so there’s really not much to look at, but it’s better than no window and no natural light at all.

Day 7: Fruit

There are plenty of reasons to be excited about fall- cooler weather, fall fashion, football, leaves changing color- whatever you’re into. One of my personal fall favorites is the feature of today’s challenge- the honeycrisp apple. I first discovered it last fall and now I can never go back to eating Gala apples again. I didn’t feel like taking a picture of the apple just by itself, so I went with the teacher/school theme since I kind of work in education. The apple is sitting on top of some books I’m currently reading and I chose this mug because it’s my favorite and carries a quotation I love- but hardly ever abide by. Because I’m apparently into matching sets (exhibit A: “something green”), I have the poster too. I need help.

I’ll be back on Monday with photos of a bad habit, someone I love, and a childhood memory. In the meantime, send me links to your blogs so I can keep up with your photos. Enjoy the weekend!

Happy October! And welcome to all new readers of this little blog of mine! I’ve been excited for this month to start, especially since I decided to participate in the October Photography Challenge.

Source: White Peach Photo via Merissa via Pinterest via Our Wired Lives

I joined the participant list (90 strong!) put together by Our Wired Lives, His Birdie’s Nest, and That Wife, and in doing so, I hope to gain new readers and new blogs to follow as the month goes on.

I’ll be posting my photos from the challenge on Mondays and Fridays. Here’s the first round of photos I’ve come up with:

Day 1: Self-Portrait

This is me at about 11:30 pm on Saturday night, trying to fit in both my photo challenge and a run before the end of the night. In case you haven’t already noticed, I do everything procrastination style. I took this photo in my basement by my treadmill to prove that although I haven’t talked about it in awhile, this is a blog about running, and I do still run.

At some point earlier that day, I considered actually showering and putting on makeup for the photo, but that’s not me. Well, the makeup part, not the showering- I shower, I promise. So, this is me- no makeup, unshowered, and wearing one of the fifty million t-shirts I got in college.

Day 2: What you wore today

This was the first time I’ve worn all the pieces of this outfit together. When I pick out clothes, I usually end up in black or blue more often than not because they’re safe colors- they go with everything. I’m trying to get more color into my wardrobe. Now that I’m really looking at this picture, I realize that I have almost the entire Gap, Inc. brand covered. My top is from Old Navy, the jeans are from Banana Republic, and the scarf is from the Gap. It was a complete accident, I swear.

Also, does anyone else feel like a complete tool when they take outfit pictures? Maybe it’s just me, but I felt like all my neighbors were watching me and wondering what the hell I was doing.

Day 3: Clouds

Chicago has been blessed with some beautiful weather this week, which is much needed since last week was so cold and rainy. I took this picture when I got home after work today, right before I went on my run. You can see that although today’s challenge was to take a picture of clouds, there are no clouds in mine. I settled for this shot, which I kind of like because the sun is setting and you can see the moon.

That’s it for now. I’m off to brainstorm what I can find that’s green and what pictures I can take from high and low angles. Stay tuned!

I don’t have time to write a full post, so I’m doing a short update, brain dump style.

1. Remember my last post? And my news about the condo? Well, that whole situation presented with an entirely new and complicated set of problems yesterday that I’m not even going to get into now because 1) I’m sick of dealing with it myself and 2) I’m worried that if I keep talking about it, I really am going to jinx myself. I’m weird, I know. I knew getting the place wasn’t going to be as easy as it seemed it would be.

2. I’m escaping the Chicago cold and rain to go to Tennessee for a couple days! It’s only a short trip and it’s for work, but I’m really excited to go because I’ve never been before and I hear the area is beautiful.

3. My running schedule has been completely out of whack for the last few weeks, but I have to start getting myself back on track because I’ll have a 5k on Thanksgiving Day that I need to get in shape for.

4. I’ll be participating in the October 30 Day photography challenge (as seen on That Wife‘s and Our Wired Lives‘ blog). I don’t want to inundate my 3 readers with a daily post, so I plan on doing a weekly roundup of the photos, maybe every Friday or Sunday. So, hopefully my blog will get a little more interesting over the next few weeks.

5. Sorry for the complete lack of photos and links in this post. I’m doing this from my phone and I guess smartphones can’t do all the things they say they can. I’ll link properly when I get back.

Keep an eye out for the 30 day photography challenge weekly roundup posts. Have a great week, everyone!

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