S: Photo366: April 2011 - March 2012
FC: One Year: 366 photos
1: The first day of April 2011, I took this picture at my desk and began a year-long challenge to take a picture of something in my world every day. These 366 pictures capture the big events and minutia of my daily life. ~ Ellen
2: April 2-8 A very busy week! Geoff and I went to the Highland games, I taught local girls about evolution at a Girl's Inc event, a mouse snuck into my office, and - most importantly - Sarah came to visit us from DC! We launched my pre-birthday weekend with girl time, shopping, and margaritas.
3: April 9-15 Six days before my birthday, I completed one of my goals for my 28th year - to run a 10K. And I did it with two awesome friends. Afterwards, all of my San Antonio friends and their kids came over for a birthday BBQ. For my birthday, Mike and Veronica game me swim lessons, which started Tuesday. On Wednesday, I headed to Minneapolis for the AAPAs where Michael Crawford, my undergrad mentor, received the Boas award.
4: April 16 - 22 Geoff picked me up from the airport with birthday roses. The conference was even busier than usual and I was exhausted all week at work. But at the end, Geoff and I had a nice birthday dinner and watched a movie.
5: April 23 - 29 On Saturday, I saw this yarn graffiti at the Farmer's Market. We grilled out and spent Easter with Mike and Veronica. My battery died on Tuesday and I tried to clean it with baking soda, but still had to replace it.
6: April 30 - May 6 On the 4th, we celebrated Star Wars Day (May the Forth Be With You) with yoda croutons. Cookies, pizza, gelato, and mole (that's what the peppers were for) - a delicious, but not too healthy week.
7: May 7 - 13 The light on patio at my office is frequently beautiful. Veronica and I tried a new farmer's market at the Quarry. It was small, but nice. Geoff and I have taken to making our own popcorn on the stove in a cast iron pot.
8: May 14 - 20 Veronica and I showed up at a meeting in the same outfit. I could start training for a triathlon on the Holtzes old bike. Geoff has been putting songs and short stories on his blog. I take having his music around for granted.
9: May 21 - 27 Did you know that artichokes make this fantastic purple flower? On a bike ride with Mike and Veronica, we checked out the entrance to a network of underground caves. A week of discovery.
10: May 28 - June 3 Memorial day weekend started with a quarter mile swim in open water. On Monday, Mike and Veronica came over and celebrated their first anniversary by cutting the top tier of their cake.
11: June 4 - 10 On Monday, Geoff started classes at San Antonio College. The weekend saw lots of music both real and of the rock band variety. The palatial building is the Palladium movie theatre - everything is bigger in Texas.
12: June 11 - 17 This week I left for the Summer Institutes for Statistical Genetics in at the University of Washington in Seattle. We were right on the water and it was a cool, beautiful break from San Antonio summer.
13: June 18-24 Denise and Laurel also came to the workshop. During the week, six hours of stats lectures a day exhausted us, but on the weekend we visited Pike's Place Market and took a ferry ride out to Bainbridge Island.
14: June 25 - July 1 Our second weekend in Seattle, we saw the Space Needle and zoo. On Tuesday we celebrated Denise's birthday and on Wednesday visited the Burke Museum. Thursday at home and Friday back to work.
15: July 2-8 When I bought this dress, I forgot that Veronica owned it too - oops. Mike finished his epic "Fowlamo" chicken coop this weekend. The "don't STOP dancing" sign a block from our house always tickles me.
16: July 9 - 15 Just an average week of working, commuting, and crafting. We're in a drought so we can only water the lawn on Tuesdays. I snuck a World Cup match in amongst some real work.
17: July 16 - 22 On Thursday, I took some visiting graduate students and a new post-doc for Mexican food. A peep at my favorite ruffled shoes. Medusa guards our server ranch. We got a real thunderstorm this week.
18: July 23 - 29 Worked hard and played hard. Saturday night we tried a new Mexican restaurant with average food but great prickly pear margaritas! On Friday we went to see Pee Wee's Big Adventure by the River and cheered for the Alamo scenes!
19: July 30 - August 5 This week we chicken sat while the Holtzes were out of town. Their chickens are not at all afraid of people. I've been making a gallon of cold-brewed coffee each week and it really gets me up and going in the morning!
20: August 6 - 12 Really fun week! On Monday evening we drove up to Austin to meet up with some friends who were in town for a conference and on Friday we went back with Grandma, Mom, and Dad to see the Congress Avenue bats at dusk.
21: August 13 - 19 The morning my family left San Antonio, we flew to State College to debut Thai Honeymoon's album. Geoff and I climbed Mt. Nittany to reminisce about the nearly five years we spent in Pennsylvania.
22: August 20 - 26 On Saturday morning, I went to a lake up in the mountains with the Rochettes and Geoff rocked so hard at the Thai Honeymoon/ Wilcox Hotel show that night that he splattered blood on his guitar.
23: Aug 27 - Sept 2 This Saturday I completed my first triathlon! I spent the rest of the weekend relaxing and rewarded myself with salted chocolate chip cookies. On Tuesday we had dinner with our friend Leila who was visiting
24: Sept 3-9 An awful drought has all of south Texas at wild fire risk and one broke out close to my office. We were plenty safe, though and I took some time for the first scrapbooking I've done in about 3 years.
25: Sept 10-16 The very first sign of fall showed up in the form of this one golden leaf. There was still plenty of delicious summer peaches for making butter.
26: September 17-23 The week was capped off with a trip up to Austin to see The Gourds record release party. I made it through the summer dreaming of warm fall nights spent listening to great music under the stars
27: Sept 24-30 We had a cultured week! On Saturday we saw Veronica star as Pinky in Happy Days on base and then on Thursday we went to the Witte's cocktail night where we learned to make fire and throw an atl-atl.
28: Oct 1-7 Veronica and I flew to DC to see Sarah and I made them birthday cross-stitches. We were going to visit colonial Williamsburg but we stopped at the Williamsburg outlets instead before heading to Newport, VA.
29: Oct 8-14 After my presen-tation, we went for a long hike through marshland. I flew direct to Montreal for the ASHGs where I was treated to poutine and lots of hockey in addition to quite a bit of genetics and time with friends.
30: Oct 15-21 After 10 days away, I was so glad to be back home. So glad that I knit a Texas-themed baby sweater to be auctioned for charity. As mementos of my trips, I brought back two very tacky magnets.
31: Oct 22-28 My parents flew down for a quick weekend getaway. The weather was still plenty warm so we checked out Sea World and generally enjoyed the beautiful weather.
32: Oct 29-Nov 4 After lighting our pumpkins and dishing out some chili, we spent all Halloween night dishing out candy to trick-or-treaters young and not so young.
33: Nov 5 - 11 The sun is definitely starting to set earlier, but it just made Lorena and Cullen's wedding more romantic. I tried to give blood this week but they couldn't hit a vein! Turns out it's hereditary.
34: Nov 12-18 It seems a little early for Christmas decorations at the grocery store, but not too early for clementines! I checked out my first spin class this week and it was intense but fun.
35: Nov 19-25 We drove up to OKC to spend Thanksgiving with my huge family, including my new baby cousin Finn. Then I got to spend Friday night with Geoff and Kevin in Wichita - my two favorite guys!
36: Nov 26-Dec 2 Saturday was my 10 year high school reunion and everyone is doing so well! It was a lot of fun to catch up with everyone and see what different roads our lives have taken. On Sunday we headed back to Texas.
37: December 3-9 Only indoors feels like Christmas so I set our little tree with new, hand-made pompom garland, a tiny crochet tree, snowflakes hanging from the door, and a gingerbread house.
38: Dec 10-16 I made a lot of Christmas presents this week including two custom art cases and a scarf I made while teaching Veronica and Clarissa to knit.
39: Dec 17-23 I love Christmas for all the time with friends and family. We hit my work party and a friend's party in the same night and drove up to Austin for Tex-Mex with Sharon and Eric before flying to KC to see my family.
40: Dec 24-30 Christmas in Lawrence is one of my favorite times of year. The students are all gone and town has a wonderfully relaxed feel. After several days with my family, we flew to State College for New Year's Eve festivities.
41: Dec 31-Jan 6 Wilcox Hotel rocked their New Year's set. It was great to see everyone and relive old times but also so great to come home (we made it through an intense snow storm!). Shriver gave me a 3D rendering of Geoff's face.
42: Jan 7-13 Denise, Laurel, Abby and Heather were all in town for the statistical genetics workshop I organized at Texas Biomed. Of course, we took them to the Alamo, the Riverwalk and to dine outside - which they can't do at home!
43: January 14-20 A relaxing week settling back into my normal routine. On Friday we went to see James McMurtry play at Sam's Burger Joint. It is a small place and the crowd loved to hear this hometown boy
44: Jan 21-27 A homebody week. I cross-stitched a case for my new iPhone, tried a new bread recipe, knit some slippers, and was thanked with licks for all the behind-the-ear scratches I gave Hank.
45: Jan 28 - Feb 3 Had lunch with a bunch of friends at Blue Star Brewery on Sunday and made dim sum for lots more friends on Friday. After a long drought, we have been getting near daily rain storms.
46: Feb 5-10 This week I made and received Valentine's day cards. My desk is constantly a mess, but usually fairly organized thanks to my three-tiered system.
47: Feb 11-17 Both Valentine's Day and Geoff's birthday were celebrated this week with a night out to see Rent and a night in of Romanian food and YouTube videos with Mike and Veronica. Both were great fun.
48: Feb 18-24 This week Geoff and I ran the "Birds of a Feather" 5K together. After a week of gorgeous weather, we were treated to an early morning storm, but we powered through the puddles and spent the rest of the weekend indoors.
49: Feb 25-Mar 2 March 2 is Texas Independence day so we celebrated by attending First Friday downtown. Live music and artists booths lining the streets. There are already signs of spring everywhere. I can't believe how early things bloom here.
50: Mar 3-9 This week I painted an Irish welcome plaque for St. Patrick's Day and was able to work outside most of Thursday. On Friday, my parents, Kevin, and grandma Cris came in time to watch KU lose the Big XII tournament.
51: Mar 10-16 With my family here, we visited a winery in the Hill Country, the Japanese Tea Garden, and the glass bottom boats in San Marcos. On Friday I watched the Jayhawks dominate in the first round of March Madness.
52: Mar 17-23 A tornado warning drove us to corral an angry Hank into the closet. On Friday, KU pulled out a nail-biter of a victory to make it to the Final Four (and eventually the championship game!)
53: Mar 24-30 Spring is really here. Straw-berries and chard at the Farmer's Market and a nest in our front tree. My newest obsession is "Draw Some-thing" on the iPhone, it's like pictionary!
54: On March 31, the 366th day of my project, I volunteered at a science workshop for girls at St. Phillip's college. A wonderful way to give back to a town I have come to love over the last year.
55: It has been a challenge to take a photo every day (and, I'll confess, sometimes I cheated and took two in a day to make up for it), but I'm glad to have a record of some of the more everyday aspects of life.