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TWiP: Stuff is Happening

This Week in Pictures

When my kids were little, they liked to make up songs and record themselves singing them. We have a veritable treasure trove of these old gems, one of which is entitled “Stuff is Happening.” It consists of the title phrase being sung repeatedly for a good 45 seconds.

I have “Stuff is Happening” on an infinite loop in my head this week, as I think about everything I am trying to get done. I’m having a busier-than-usual time. I have a lot of irons in the fire, any one of which probably would have been fine alone. But taken together? It’s kind of a wonder I haven’t burned down the house yet.

I was tempted to fire off another quickie “I’m too busy to say anything” introduction to this post, but I’ve been doing that far too often lately.

My December photo project has me seeking out ways to be “merry” on a daily basis, which is frankly not so easy. For one thing, we don’t decorate here immediately after Thanksgiving like some people do, so if I want to photograph Christmas decorations, I have to leave the house and go looking for them. It’s a conscious effort to be sure that I can fill the day’s assignment.

This, it turns out, is a good thing. Twice this week I have resisted the temptation to slip on my pjs early, and have instead gone out to do something fun for myself. Thursday night I attended my town’s Holiday Night and took lots of fun pictures of stores, decorations, and lights. And Friday night, I put on my red sweater and my red lipstick, and I took myself to Starbucks to cash in a freebie and enjoy a peppermint mocha Frappuccino while the Christmas music played.

These little moments are definitely going to be more memorable than what I would have been doing – hanging out on the couch in my pajamas, crocheting and watching TV. Of course, I do really enjoy hanging out on the couch in my pajamas, crocheting and watching TV, but it’s not exactly memorable when you do it every night!

Speaking of which, it is after 9:30 on a Friday night as I write, and I am overdue for my date with a yarny project!

So, what is This Week in Pictures?

It’s a roundup of the photos I shot for my Project 365, plus some everyday-life images I posted on Instagram during the previous week. (FYI, my daily photo project this year has changing monthly themes. November’s theme was “monochrome.” December’s theme is “Merry.”)

Ready? Cast your mind back to this time last week…


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Keeping busy while the kid gets a haircut.

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365: BW 29/30 – Firewood in the snow.


365: BW 30/30 – My yarn swift in motion, as I make a center-pull ball.


365: Merry 1/31 – Nothing like a few new mp3 cd compilations for the car, to get one in a merry mood!


365: Merry 2/31 – Snow flurries!


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Afternoon snack. Mama went food shopping 🙂

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365: Merry 3/31 – All I need is a box of Bachmann’s pretzel sticks and a can of Coke, and I’ll have my favorite holiday snack from my teenage years. It’s a shame I don’t have that kind of metabolism anymore…


365: Merry 4/31 – Holiday Night in Stirling.


365: Merry 5/31 – Peppermint mocha Frappuccino. I upgraded to a grande (from my usual tall) because it was a freebie 🙂 P.S. My nail polish has officially seen better days.

Thanks for taking a peek at this week’s photos! If you want to see this stuff as it happens, please feel free to follow me on Flickr.

I may already have plans to blog about some of these things in greater detail over the coming week, but be sure to leave a comment if there’s something in particular you want to know about!


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