Friday, January 02, 2009

New Year's "Action Item": Project 365



Check it out. Here is my poor, beleaguered husband trying for all it's worth to enjoy some privacy. This is sad.

He has always dreamed of having a study/library/den, but so far, it just hasn't materialized. This spot is as close as he has gotten yet: one corner in our busy, noisy family room, with a TV tray of books stacked up, his laptop open and wearing big headphones that look like they came out of the foreign language lab from our high school, circa 1981.

I just realized that he's actually reading my blog and doesn't know that I know because I'm about 15 feet behind him. Why does sneaking up on him like this feel so satisying to me?! Tee. Hee.

But don't feel too sorry for him. He's one of those people who lets a little power and dominion go to his head. Case in point: You'll notice that there's a 2nd chair there, which implies more than one person might utilize "his" library.

Not so fast, interlopers. He's like a crusty old dog barking at me every time I try to plop down and slurp some coffee and put my feet up in the adjacent massage chair and turn on the vibrating massager. Geesh. Some people are so picky about the invasion of their "personal space!"

And lately, he has taken to excoriating us when we touch his rare and expensive TV tray collection: "Who's been messing with my books?! Didn't I tell you that you need a card to take books from my library!?" Of course, I just about die laughing.

OK, so the real reason I took this pic is that it's my official first pic of 2009: "Jorge in the Libarry." This will be the first of 365 photos that I'll be taking during 2009 in order to take part in Project 365, hosted by Sara of Make Music from Your Heart to the Lord. Each Sunday, participants will post that week's photos in whatever form they wish, single pics or slide shows, etc. and link back up with Sara so that we can share. Please go see Sara for a better explanation.

I'm not photographer, but I would like a photo journal of 2009. And I don't want 365 pics of Zoe, although that would be tempting. I'm going to try to capture the exhilarating mundane, such as what's for dinner and shoe choice of the day and odd neighbors that I have known.

Of course, I fear that I will not be faithful to this project daily, but I'm going to attempt it. Call it a resolution.

No, wait, don't call it that. Call it a "New Year's Action Item."

37 comments:

40winkzzz said...

The Project 365 thing is tempting. But I don't need one more thing to feel guilty about getting behind on. (Sorry about that preposition-ending sentence, but oh well.)

Jorge's office looks a lot like mine.

Becky said...

I catch My Love reading my blog too. Even when he knows I haven't posted anything new. When I catch him I say, "If you want to spend time with me, I'm right here." LOL, he then rolls his eyes in a very rolly manner.

I know I can't do the picture thing myself... but I will live vicariously through you if you don't mind. :-D

Linda said...

Speaking of Project 365...you will have to look at my post! I too am doing this project!

PJ said...

The exhilarating mundane!! Love it. AND I need a New Year's Action Item that is fun and silly! This sounds perfect! Happy New Year to you.

JyLnC said...

Hello - fellow lover of coffee. I found your blog while I was surfing the blog catalog and I can't resist stopping by anyone who proclaims the value of coffee.

I really enjoyed visiting your blog and I will be back. I've signed up as a follower and look forward to getting to know you via your blog.

Happy New Year! Joyce Linnae

Chel's Leaving a Legacy said...

- "big headphones from the foreign language lab, circa 1981" LOL!

- It's so SWEET to walk up on a DH while he's reading his DW's blog!

- I had to look up the word "excoriating"

- Project 365: I absolutely LOVE this idea! Can I join you? How fun!

Mel said...

I think that is a great action item...i would likely forget and then wake up at 2am and frantically try to find something to photograph without my glasses on...LOL

Greg C said...

I am so glad to hear you say that because I didn't want to see 365 pictures of Zoe either. Not that there is anything wrong with a few toto-phot's but that would be too many. I can feel your hubby's pain and I think you have just given me an idea. Since I don't have a room available to be alone, maybe I can convert a closet into my new mancave. I think it has posibilities.

Chatty Kelly said...

I admire your fortitude. I enjoy taking photos and with 2 kids and 2 dogs, have lots of "subjects." But nothing can break my will faster than "having' to do it for 365 days. That is a joy stealer to me. So good luck! Have fun! And if you don't do it, don't sweat it.

Smilingsal said...

And a good beginning it is.

lmerie said...

ok, like Chel, I had to look up excoriate. And then I had to go a step further ... press the hear button. Nope I don't believe I have ever heard or read that word before. So, thanks to your blog, I have learned, errr, been exposed to a new word today!

sara said...

ok, love the headphones. He does look like he is a subject in some kind of experimental test......

So, if the 2nd chair is there and you are not supposed to sit in it....why is it there? maybe one feels better on his bum on certain days? Or the 2nd one changes up the view a bit? Maybe to interrogate new boyfriends?

Marsha said...

Happy New Year Lidna, to you and Jorge and the whole bunch... just make the wish to all those in my hometown! May this be a better year for everyone!

Ang baylis said...

Things have been getting a little too serious in my life. This sounds like FUN. I am going to do this, too! Your husband looks a lot like me these days!
Have a great day!
Love,
Angie xoxo

Sara@ Butterville said...

I love how you write. I laugh E.V.E.R.Y. time I read your post.
I'm like your Hubby I like MY space too. I have a hiddy hole in the basement where I have my space heater and computer...all I need.
Ok, well not ALL I need, but plenty to satisfy me.

Carol said...

He definitely needs a spot to call his own. At least a desk. Maybe a bookshelf. A trifold screen divider?

It would work.

Susanne said...

What the heck's "excoriating"? Are you going to hit us with a new word a day for 2009 too, and force us to learn. LOL.

You are too fun sneaking up on hubby and catching him reading your own blog. This project sounds like a lot of fun. I'll bet you get really creative with it. Sorta like you do with words. ;v)
(And you know I'm totally taking advantage of my own ignorance and using it as an avenue to tease you, right?)

RissaRoo said...

Wow, great idea about the 365 pictures. I am debating...should I try it? Because I seem to have a problem, um, starting things I don't finish...hmmm. Maybe I'll give it a try? LOL about your hubby's personal space...we've got 3 kids, a cat, and a dog the size of a smallish horse in a house the size of a postage stamp...my poor hubby's idea of personal space is locking himself in the coat closet, with a flashlight and a book. If I don't beat him there first, that is!

Mocha with Linda said...

Hmmm. 2nd Cup. 2nd Chair. 2nd Fiddle?!

I am far too Pharisaical to even think about doing the Project 365 although I will enjoy all of yours and Sara's!

Melissa the Careful Wisher said...

Action Item! Sounds good! Let me know how that works out! My are actual called Treatment Plans! LOL

Beverly said...

What a fun project. I will check it out now. Thanks for posting it.

Dena @ Green Acres said...

What is it with men and their attraction to HUGE headphones? My hubby bought me Bose headphones for Christmas...exactly what I wanted. But, he got the ginormous ones that cover half my head. And he even got miffed when I asked if I could exchange them for ones that didn't partially block my vision.

samurai said...

I can SO relate to your husband here... i too have no where to go to be alone... at least no where that does not involve fighting clothes on hangers or having to put a fresh role out - if you kwim.

Although, last night i took my trusty measuring tape down into the basement to get some rough measurements for my future "man cave". ;-) If things go as planned, and as they usually do in my house it should be completed sometime around when my oldest is getting ready to leave for college (around 5 years).

Hope you and yours have a great New Year!

Debbie said...

I just couldn't commit to doing something every day. Makes me nervous to think about it. I think your approach is much healthier.

Tammy said...

LOL! That photo looks VERY familiar to someone in my house...ahem, not me.

Project 365 sounds great, but too much pressure for this girl. :-)

A Stone Gatherer said...

Poor Jorge! The 365 photos sounds like fun!

Paula (SweetPea) said...

ur 2 fun-ee

How schweeet that Jorge is readin' your blog.

I love the comment about needing a card to check out a book. fun-ee

Heather of the EO said...

This 365 thing is a great idea!

Now get out of the library and into your own space. You're nosey. :)

Kim said...

Really like this idea! And it would motivate me to take pictures. For now it will have to be with my cell phone but hopefully we'll soon get our new camera. It made it to Argentina but is still in Buenos Aires with missionary friends.

Janna Qualman said...

ROFL, great post! I like your place here. :)

And thanks for visiting my blog, too.

My ADHD Me said...

Excoriate- To express strong disapproval of. To tear or wear the skin off of. hhmmm.

Great idea of the picture a day. I might try that....next year.

Julie said...

LOVE this idea. In fact I'm going to try and do it too!

I loved the library also... especially his bookshelf! lol

Thanks for your comment on my blog. I think you've got it absolutely right. It's all about living in love....

Loved it!

Mom To Six said...

Cool picture!! Ok..I think I'm gonna take the plunge and do this. But WOW! It's a big commitment. The taking the pictures isn't the bad part, it's downloading every week...ugh!

Ohilda

RissaRoo said...

Ok, I slept on in and...count me in! Posting them all once a week on the same day made it easier for me to commit. How fun!

Chel - An Abiding Branch said...

I am going to participate. It will be a blast to see all the pics that show up and even the ones I am able to capture. So, what is this slideshow?

Chel - An Abiding Branch said...

You did not confruze me a'tall. I knew you were up to some genius methodology, lol! I have missed blogging! Life has been so busy and crazy. I finally have some control over my schedule again and I am loving it.
Can't wait to see the post tomorrow!
Chel

hljourney said...

I LOVE this idea... although as many have said - I'll probably forget too. I haven't been doing that great at keeping up with my blogging; but I could do it on the side (personally). And my youngest just loves to take photo's (and he received a new digital camera for Christmas from Mommom this year-hmmm well - last year- LOL); so maybe this will be a great way to use his photo's!!! Looking forward to trying to keep up... and at least visit others and keep shining for the Lord!