Day 15

3 Aug

Day 15: A picture of something you want to do before you die

A dream of mine is to be able to live sustainably possibly off the grid.  No, I don’t want to become a crazy hermit lady or live on a commune and shun society.  Here’s a short list of some of my eco-friendly goals for the future sort of in the order of importance and likelihood of said goal coming to fruition:

*Grow and harvest my own vegetables, fruits and grains to sustain my family

*Share my passion for growing with others and help them start their own kitchen gardens

*Raise livestock such as cows, goats, and possibly chickens for milk and dairy products

*Become friends with another small family operation where I can get meat products

*Learn more about solar and wind resources

*Modify and build structures that use solar and wind resources to decrease my carbon footprint

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Day 14

2 Aug

Day 14: A picture of someone you couldn’t imagine your life without

I spared you the long snapshot trip down memory lane, but I have a sneaking suspicion this challenge has left me with more opportunities to do so.  Of course I couldn’t imagine my life without my partner, spouse, significant other, whatever you want to call him, Eric.  We recently spent a week apart, and when I was finally driving back at the end of the week, I felt like I was back in High School again waiting to go on one of our first dates again.

This is the first picture ever taken of us together.  It’s a terrible picture, and I can’t for the life of me remember what we’re even doing, but every story needs a beginning.

This was on our first trip down to Florida.

Here we are a few weeks ago.  Awww 🙂

Day 13

1 Aug

Day 13: A picture of your favorite band/artist

I’m taking this one literally; One musical artist, and one visual artist.  It was a difficult decision, but in the end I had to go with the heavy hitters…

David Bowie.  My love for him started in first grade and sprung from the movie Labyrinth, so I have to pay homage to Jereth the Goblin King.  I have since then grown to appreciate the breadth of Bowie’s vast music library.

Pablo Picasso was one of the first visual artists I developed an interest in.  Before college I had absolutely no interest whatsoever in art, but in my freshman year I took an art history course that completely turned around my appreciation for the scene.  If pressed, I would say I prefer Picasso’s Blue Period works the most, but I also enjoy his sculptures.

Day 12

31 Jul

Day 12: A picture of something you love

My tomato forest!  I’m gaga for growing, eating, reading about, writing about, photographing, etc. tomatoes.  Every year the plan for my tomato forest gets more and more sophisticated, and it’s execution becomes more perfect.  I wouldn’t know what to do with myself if I couldn’t have tomatoes in my life!

Day 11

30 Jul

Day 11: A picture of something you hate

I hate worms.  I really really really hate worms.  They give me panic attacks.  I died a little inside just looking online for this image… 😦

Day 10

29 Jul

Day 10: A picture of the person you do the most messed up things with

My friend Tanisha and I have certainly had some adventures together!  I don’t know how many times we found ourselves in Iowa City bars dancing our feet off, eating Taco Bell afterward, and walking back to the dorms late.  We road-tripped up to Postville, Iowa for a wedding where she was the only black person as far as the eye could see and I didn’t know whether or not it was kosher to wear a spaghetti strap dress in the church.  We survived driving to Chicago in a blizzard one spring break and then navigating ourselves around on the L and Metra trains.  We had an eventful visit in Atlanta trying to get to the Coke bottling plant that resulted in a phone call to Eric in Iowa so he could give the city bus driver directions.  The list goes on and on!  I raise my glass to you, my friend, and many more adventures.  Cheers!

Day 9

28 Jul

Day 9: A picture of the person who has gotten you through the most

This is my mom.  At my wedding she read a passage from Winnie the Pooh and of course it made us both cry.  She has supported me through every major change of my whole life, and is one of my best friends.  I won’t go on because I’m going to get sappy otherwise.  Thanks for everything, mom!