May 2019 - A Photo A Day

A Photo A Day – Week Two

May 10


(I’m the shortest one in the middle of the group of yellow shirts).

Friday I took the day off work with a few coworkers and we took advantage of our free volunteer day with Habitat for Humanity. The opportunity came around last year, but I was too busy at work to take advantage of it. I almost didn’t got this year either, but since our proposal got canceled I had some free time.

I posted an up close photo of me on my Instagram, but I thought later that it was more important to show the entire group that worked that day. Habitat employees do not get paid that much and their dedication to their work is really impressive and inspiring. They rely a lot on volunteers to get their work done. The homes we helped build and clean this day will be open and ready for move-in to four local families in the area in July .

We are a general contracting firm so a lot of the people volunteering had some great knowledge of power tools and hands on work. I was not one of those people and didn’t want to do anything with ladders or things that could kill me so I went outdoors to do yard work. I thought this was a safe bet, but instead I ended up chopping down trees with a hand saw for four hours. Then I painted some doors. We had beers after, which was nice, but I was starting to notice my arms hurt. I went home, showered and texted my husband to wake me up at 7pm. After I woke up from my nap I dragged myself, and my forearms that felt like jelly, to go see Detective Pikachu – spoiler, it was adorable.

May 11

After sleeping in a bit on Saturday we headed to the store for camping supplies and then took off to our favorite campground on the Oregon coast, Nehalem Bay State Park.

I took a lot of great scenic photos and posted on Instagram another one of myself just staring at the ocean. All beautiful and serene but my favorite photo I took from that day that I didn’t share was this one. If you look at the top right of the log it kind of looks like two eyes and a face screaming in pain and being burned alive. I had a few beers and thought this was the funniest thing I’d seen all day. Less funny now, but worth forcing myself to share.

May 12

Saturday we woke up and packed up our camping gear to have coffee on the beach. There were a ton of people out with their dogs and we really enjoyed just watching them run around and get water and sand everywhere.

Half way down the beach we were surprised to see a woman on horseback gallop toward us. I snapped a pictures just because we don’t see it a whole lot.

Apparently the dogs don’t either because they started chasing the horse down and running in between its legs – much to the dismay of the horse owner.

I really love just taking advantage of a quick weekend getaway in nature.

May 13

Back to work Monday, and it was a pretty average Monday.

At lunch we went somewhere where they had Vodka Lavender Lemonades. I had to go back to work so I just got a Lavender Lemonade, which was really exceptionally good and had a cool ombre tone to it….but like most things in life, it would have been better with vodka.

May 14

I had a terrible migraine for this entire day. It just steadily got worse until it took over everything.

I was trying to watch The Bachelorette, but my head was killing me. Now that I think on it, watching something that makes me want to tear my hair out probably wasn’t the best idea. Side note: I can’t BELIEVE Bama Hannah sent home Old Matt Donald and the paper airplane pilot – they were adorable).

Anyway, eventually it got so bad I couldn’t even function anymore and while I was trying to brush my teeth in the dark to avoid the light murdering my face I came back into the room to find the bed made and turned down for me. Sometimes it’s the small things.

May 15

After sleeping for 11 hours I was feeling pretty good on Wednesday. The weather took a turn here in Portland and we went from 80 degree days to 60 degrees and raining. I didn’t mind. I get really sick of the heat when there’s no water around to jump in. The rain was welcome. This change of weather did mean that it has been harder to get outside for lunch and walk around without getting soaked.

I took this picture from our communal kitchen. I love how much natural light we have in our office, it really helps when you’re stuck inside all day.

May 16

Welcome to the UPS drop box by my work that has been my constant companion the last few weeks.

The problem is heels. I have a wedding I’m a bridesmaid for in June and I need a pair of heels. I own one pair right now due to my minimalist wardrobe and they are dark blue and don’t really work with rose dress I have to to wear. So I’ve been ordering a pair of heels every three days on Amazon hoping one pair will maybe one day fit and also be comfortable to stand in for eight hours. When they don’t (so far all seven pairs have failed me) I drop them off here at the UPS drop box that has become a fairweather friend.

Keep sharing photos on your social media of your own every day moments that you wouldn’t normally share with people. Thanks to everyone who has so far – it’s been really enlightening! Let’s use the hashtag #PictureTheLittleThings and I’ll share some of the best ones on here next week!

May 2019 - A Photo A Day

A Photo A Day – Week One

May 1

After an exhaustive three week effort at work to get a proposal completed we were told that our corporate office in London was cancelling the proposal. It was a good thing really, because we shouldn’t have been going after it in the first place. Also, it was completely emotionally and physically draining. We were going to have to work weekends and honestly the deadline was beginning to feel impossible. So all in all it was a good thing. The downside was that we had just killed ourselves for the last three weeks to get this done and now it all felt like wasted time. I was going to have to go to Indiana for a review meeting so I was pretty happy because Indiana is a place I’m not sure I ever need to visit. I took this picture of my desk, which was very messy and included a hodgepodge of all the different work we had been doing. Right after I took this I shredded everything.

May 2

Our new place we moved into in March has been really lovely. It’s clean, relatively quiet and we are near some really great walking paths.

The downside is the parking spot that we are assigned to has a garage and a driveway. I leave before my husband and get home before him so we have to do this car shuffle thing every day to make sure my car isn’t blocked in.

It’s a minor inconvenience that doesn’t irk me as much as the fact that this spot sits right beneath a ledge that birds love to sit on and poop. Every day now there is fresh new bird poop on my car.

May 3

Everyone has one thing they consistently spend too much money on. This is mine. “It’s The Famous” is a local salsa made in Salem, Oregon. It hovers around the $7.99-$999 mark depending on the store you go to. It is an extravagant amount of money for salsa.

However, trust me when I say it is worth it. I feel like you haven’t tasted salsa until you taste It’s The Famous.

This was the highlight of an extremely bland day.

May 4

There are a million nature pictures all over the internet so I didn’t show this one I took on Saturday. It’s also not that exciting.

We went to Fort Vancouver, which despite being only 20 minutes away we had never been.

When I was reading U.S. Grant’s biography it was mentioned he had spent time at the Fort before the Civil War and I was really interested in going just to be in a place he had talked so highly of. It was really beautiful. Mt. Hood was out and there was weird people dressed in period wear eating biscuits. There is also a free air museum. We watched small planes take off a land right next to the highway.

The Fort was really beautiful and I took this picture looking up into some trees because it was finally the perfect weather in the pacific northwest and the wind was rustling softly through the branches. It just felt right.

May 5

I spent Sunday cleaning and grocery shopping for the week, but more importantly Game of Throne was Sunday.

Only two episodes left, which is kind of crazy. I captured the part right where Sansa tells Tyrion a thing. I write Game of Thrones recaps for my podcast’s website if you haven’t read them yet. They’re nothing special but kind fun. And they’re also dark and full of spoilers.

Husband made this fatty casserole for dinner so I was on my second helping during this scene.

May 6

I had to get my oil changed because we’re planning a lot of road/camping trips in the near future. We always take my bird shit car because it’s big and nice and made for camping.

I went to a new place that advertised $24.99 oil changes only to find out my car takes fancy oil only, which is pretty annoying because it cost me $65. It came with a free car wash though. I use the word free lightly. I got the bird poop off the car, which was great until I went to work the next morning and there was a fresh one waiting.

May 7

This was a pretty emotional day for me. I was drained by work and some personal things, but promised to meet friends for happy hour.

I came home at 7:45, put the fan in the window to pull in cool air and went to bed with the sun still out. We have air conditioning, but I couldn’t justify using it this early in the season. Adulting it hard.

May 8

I went for another happy hour Thursday after work. My friend picked a new bar I’d never heard of by my work and we sat outside and caught up for a bit.

They had my favorite summer beer, a Stiegl Grapefruit Radler. I wasn’t really in the mood for drinking, but this beer tastes like straight up carbonated juice with a kick and it really hit the spot.

The bar had a really fun vending machine with prestamped and addressed letters to Trump at the White House, copies of The Great Gatsby and the classic pregnancy tests. Something for everyone.

May 9

Thursday this week was my Friday due to a volunteer opportunity that came up that I’m really looking forward to.

I was on a call from 6am-2pm and it was…well, exactly how you’d think a call that long would be.

When I finally resurfaced I ran out to grab some lunch at one my favorite little carts called The Whole Bowl. I saw a guy there with a ‘Rabbit Rabbit’ tattoo and asked him if I could get a picture of it. One of my coworkers months ago mentioned that at the beginning of the month you’re supposed to say ‘Rabbit Rabbit’. It’s for luck or something weird. I’d never heard this before, but now it’s an on going joke at work every first of the month.

Rabbit, Rabbit y’all

I’ve got some fun things planned for this next week so I’m exited to take pictures of stuff I’d normally not share on my social media and share with YOU all. This has been a really fun way to reflect on my week. I hope you’ve enjoyed it too. Share with me a photo you took for just yourself this week, or of something you liked, but didn’t share on social media. Let’s all be more aware of our average days.