Sunday, 9 January 2011

Hello, everyone :-)

It feels like ages since I've done an 'ordinary' post!! What with Project 365 and JYC, right through December and the first week of January have had plenty of posts, but they've been specific to projects rather than just a chat with you all! It's nice to take a moment to just say Hello :-)

Thank you for your kind enquiries about my health. I'm certainly not really ill any more, but I'm not completely well, either - I can't quite shake off the last lingering effects. Basically, I still feel a bit gunky, and get tired easily. It is gradually improving though, and I'm making sure I get a good balance of rest and exercise, and plenty of vitamins and iron! And even if I do get a bit tired, I'm well enough to get on with things pretty much as normal, so I'm back at work, I can get the kids to school OK, I can do the shopping, cooking etc, and I seem able to find enough energy to work on my new projects..... ;-)

On which subject! I talked briefly about what I might do next in my JYC post here, but forgive me if I tell you about it all over again!! As I said, I can't imagine NOT taking photos every day now, so I'm continuing with Project 365 this year, too. I may not show every single shot here on my blog; I'll take the photos I want to take, and if they show people or places that I'm not comfortable sharing, then I'll just skip those days blog-wise. I imagine most of them will end up here anyway, so those early morning 365 posts will keep coming.

Instead of food shots, I'm photographing 'details', in line with my One Little Word for 2011. I plan to share those with you, too; in general I won't give much information about them, just a title - you'll see what I mean tomorrow morning, when the first one posts. At the moment I'm just having fun looking for little details, but as I get to know my new camera I hope to improve my detail photos technically and in their composition.

Another way that I want to record the details of 2011 is that I'm keeping a note (and a photo) of each book I read. I don't plan to share reviews of them - I do enjoy reading them on other blogs, but writing book reviews doesn't seem to be a skill I possess somehow! I think I'll just end up doing a layout or two (or however many I need for the number of books I've read) to record each title and author and show the photos. I found this little graphic, which I love:


(I may end up doing a mini album of the books I've read, incorporating this image and/or taking the caption as a title!)

I'm also keeping an eye on the details of what I eat. I'm not photographing food each day (unless it's part of my 365), but I'm keeping a notebook in which I'm noting down everything I eat and drink each day. It's part of how I'm following Cathy Zielske's idea of MMEL (Move More, Eat Less) - it does, after all, have my name written all over it!! So far it's more of a recording exercise, but the act of writing down every single thing does make me think twice about whether I really want that biscuit or piece of chocolate.... I'm hoping too that it will help me to build up a picture of how balanced my diet currently is, and where and how I might make changes. It will definitely also be a way of recording the details of 2011!

There, I feel better for having that little chat with you all :-) It's been great to finally be able to start catching up on your blogs again, too - I think I've worked through half my backlog so far, and hope to get through the rest soon. And if you've read through to the end of this, well done you!! Your reward is advance warning that tomorrow afternoon I'll be Passing The Book - check back for details of what the book is, and to express an interest!

Bye for now xx

PS Edited to add....

Several of you have asked what I'm going to do with my Project 365 photos from 2010. Well, I'm in the process of creating a photobook with them - it's taking a while to add the captions for each day, so I'm just over half-way through so far, but when it arrives I'll be sure to show you how it looks :-)

20 comments:

Deb @ PaperTurtle said...

A lovely post, Mel, and it's fun to get a glimpse of what your blogging plans are for the upcoming year. I'm so glad to hear that you are on the mend! That was a nasty bug, eh?

PS: Do you get enough vitamin D? We push a lot of it at our office this time of year for fighting flu and colds. {No charge for the motherly advice.} [wink]

Clair said...

I feel better for that little chat too x

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

I look forward to seeing your photos!

May I suggest goodreads.com or librarything.com for tracking what you read? They are both great sites with fun communities & lots of book recommendations. Library thing charges a one time fee ($15US I think) for tracking over a certain amount of books, maybe 100. Goodreads is free.

jo said...

What a fab graphic - might have to pinch that!! I find keeping a list of the books I have read is essential and have done so for the past couple of years - still find myself starting to read books I have already read and only realising about 100 pages in. Off to find your yoghurt cake recipe..............

alexa said...

Love that graphic! Glad you're improving - I think there are quite a few of us having difficulty shaking this bug off, and I love your work 'gunky' - very descriptive. Looking forward to seeing your plans for the year unfold ...

Ladkyis said...

Take a look at www.bookcrossing.com That's how I track what I have read and how I pass my books on to other readers.

Kirsty.a said...

Good to catch up with you.

Sian said...

Keep taking the iron! My doctor is always extollong its virtues.

It sounds as if 365 is a hard habit to break - i've read others saying that they don't want to give it up this year either. A few round up posts would certainly be good.

Rachel B said...

Glad you feel better Mel, it's so nice to have a good catch up. Im looking forward to seeing your 365 tomorrow and your 2010 365 when it arrives :)

Melissa said...

Such a nice post, and I'm glad you are feeling better. I enjoy seeing your photos and projects each day, but it was so nice to have that little "chat" on your blog today. Hope you continue to feel better and stronger each day!

Cheri said...

Good to just hear from you Mel! And glad you are on the mend. Now you've got me thinking - maybe I need to start tracking the books I read!?!

Sandra said...

So glad you're not stopping with your 365 project - it's been a joy to see.

Do take lots of rest, and I'm sure with a healthy diet and exercise you'll soon be back on form.

Mary B said...

So glad you are feeling better hope it won't be too long before you are fully fit. I look forward to you blog each day.

Amy said...

You know, I am starting to feel as though I'd like to take on a 365 project - I never thought those words would come out of my mouth!
I can highly recommend Olive Leaf extract with added iron and vitamin C as a great immune booster :-)

Scrappi Sandi said...

Now I really enjoyed that post!! I keep a record of my book reading on my blog using shelfari...there's a link on my 'bookshelf' in my sidebar if you want to check it out & it's free!! So glad you're on the mend...it seems to me that there are some pretty virulent bugs around at the mo...keep popping those vitamins!! :)

scrappyjacky said...

Good to chat with you Mel....and hear your plans. Keeping a record of books read sounds a great idea....and I'm joining in the 'move more, eat less' idea.

jillconyers said...

Great ideas for 2011. And Pass the Book is such a cool idea. I have to admit. I too have been wondering what you're P365 project will be :)

Beverly said...

As a teen I had the great idea suggested (probably from a high school English teacher) to keep a box of index cards and to do a card for every book I read..title, author, general impressions and date read. I wish I had done that, I may lift the graphic and make a reader's journal my son's gf :) Thanks!

Karen said...

I've been keeping a list of all the books I read since 1986. They started out on index cards and then I copied them into a favorite journal in 1998. Sometimes I forget one or two, but I'm always interested in looking back over the lists. I love the Keep Calm . . . The original Keep Calm is one of my favorites! Hope you're improving each day and will soon be back to top form!

Maria Ontiveros said...

i"ve been missing in action myself. Nice to be back to blog land. I'm also following along with MMEL as well. I could never do Project 365 . . . a pix a day for a month is about all I have in me. But I do think I'm going to try to do a portrait or B&W photo each week.
Rinda