Just Heather

I am definitely not the photographer that some fabulous ladies around the blogosphere are, but I love to take pictures. I’m more of a scrapbooker (although, try telling that to the abandoned supplies in my craft closet). My new(ish), really awesome camera has been a lot of fun to have and produce fantastic portraits of my girls, but I’ve realized recently that I’m not taking as many random snapshots as I did when my camera fit into a purse. I have jumped on board with Project 365—a picture a day for 2010 (because I just don’t have enough projects around here) in hopes of getting back into the habit of recording everyday life. And, after that very wordy introduction, I present our first week of the year for Wordless Wednesday:

I’m off to a local B&B tonight for a weekend scrapbook retreat. I’ll have my own bed (with a roommate) plus a full table in a workroom complete with a fridge and microwave. I’ll be bringing plenty of snacks & soda to survive the weekend, plus my own lunch & dinner rather than add to my expenses by eating out. The B&B does serve a hot breakfast (thus, the name) each morning that includes many, many things I can actually eat!

I will be taking over 400 pictures and 5 different albums to work on throughout the retreat. I’m not insane enough to think I can actually get through it all, but I know me and my habits. I’ll need variety to get through the weekend. If my eyes get tired or my creativity bottoms out, I’ll have the opportunity to switch projects. I’m also planning to bring my laptop and Gilmore Girls Season 4 to keep me company when I am the last one in the room.

I also have to pop on over to Conner Prairie across the street to pickup a bonnet for Pioneer Day. Even when I’m away, the mom duties come first.

I tend to treat this blog like a diary, only not so private. That’s the part that makes writing hard these days. Most of what is on my mind is not for public consumption. Everything else seems mundane and boring.

I could tell you all about Girl Scout cookie sales and how I blackmailed the troop parents into a cookie mom by threatening to skip the sale altogether and charge $100 per girl to make up for the funds. I could tell you about the ice skating field trip we had planned for tomorrow for my other Girl Scout troop only to find out today that they don’t actually have public skate tomorrow. Nevermind that we verified the date with them 3 times. They suddenly have a hockey tournament that was scheduled months ago. Go figure.

I was excited about my scrapbooking retreat for next week, but I’m not sure all the pictures I wanted for my projects will arrive on time. I don’t know how fun 2 days away with strangers will be if I’ve got nothing to do. I am still trying to finish the girls’ baby albums, but I like to have variety so I can change things up when I start getting stressed or tired.

That seems to be a permanent state these days. I’m not sleeping, I have too much on my mind and I don’t know how to process it all. Since I don’t have an outlet for pounding it out it just stays bottled until I blow up. Then I get to stuff it back in again until next time…


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