Saturday, June 15, 2013

the slump

Continuing into early February, here's a week that felt like a bit of a slump. After taking pictures every day for a couple years in a row, I've definitely noticed the occasional period of "meh." Actually, since Evan was born and my priorities have shifted, it seems like there have been a lot more days when I've taken a mediocre picture and decided it was good enough.

I started week 6 with a walk to Noe Valley. Heading past Phoenix Books, I noticed C is for Cooking in the sale rack. Nothing else really caught my eye while I was out, so that became the picture for the day.

35/365 c is for cooking

Tuesday felt like a good time to take pictures of Evan again. He was wearing the Mongabay onesie that Rhett and Alyson had given to him, which I believe was on my to-photograph list before he outgrew it. My first thought when I look at this shot now? Evan didn't have much hair back then...

36/365 love

I remember that Wednesday being kind of chilly and windy. In the late afternoon, I bundled up Evan, put him in the Baby Bjorn, and walked to Martha & Bros. for some coffee. I read some of the book I was working my way through on my phone (Hungry Monkey by Matthew Amster-Burton) and drank my coffee while Evan took a short nap. I wasn't terribly enthused with the picture I took of the coffee, but again, I decided that it wasn't worth the effort to find another subject.

37/365 latte afternoon

I got the idea for Thursday's picture during Evan's second nap that day. For a while there, I spent a lot of time putting his pacifier back in his mouth at naptime, often in an effort to get him to go back to sleep after he inevitably woke up about 40 minutes in. This time when I went in to do just that, I found the pacifier just waiting to be knocked through the crib bars and onto the floor. Of course, I put it back in his mouth as planned, but I recreated the scene for the picture once Evan was done napping.

38/365 pacifier in peril

On Friday, I was actually inspired by my picture from exactly one year before. (It was right around the time I got pregnant with Evan.) But this time, instead of ready-made elderflower soda for my picture, I had elderflower syrup from Ikea—purchased around the time of our anniversary last year—that I mixed with soda water. I even got to use one of the paper straws that I bought last fall. FYI, elderflower syrup is also good mixed into cava or prosecco.

39/365 saft fl├Ąder

The next day, Steve went to the Saturday farmers market at the Ferry Building so that he could get the ingredients for our Valentine's Day dinner. One of the desserts we were considering called for lavender, so he picked up some dried stuff at the market. I took pictures of it when he got home, but it was actually a shot that I took of the lavender outside of The French Tulip in Noe Valley later in the day that made it into the project.

40/365 lavender

And finally, Sunday's picture was of the wings and pita bread with pepperoni sauce that we had for lunch. I hadn't taken pictures when Steve made this the week before—on Superbowl Sunday—so it was good that he made it again. The wings with pepperoni sauce was a Mike Isabella recipe, and it went so well with the pita that Steve had made as an experiment that he decided to make the pita bread again. It was a good way to use some of the extra pepperoni sauce as a dip, and it rounded out the meal a bit.

41/365 wings & pepperoni sauce