365 Project: Year 2

On Sunday I finished up my second year of the 365 project, which means that I have posted one picture per day to my Flickr account for two years!It’s great to have a sense of accomplishment about it (comrades, when you are finishing your dissertation, any sense of accomplishment will do!), but more than that, it is a gift, really, to have this record of my life and to have an extra incentive to keep my eyes open wide every single day, so I don’t miss any little bit of magic. What happens now that I’m done? I start Year Three! I couldn’t imagine my life without this project now that I’ve started it, so I will carry on:) I usually post about a weeks’ worth of pictures at a time, so the third year should be up early next week. In the meantime, here is a quick look back at some of my favorite moments from this year, as well as some thoughts on the general trends of my interests and subject matter (because I love amateur statistics!) 🙂

Every year brings its own joys and sorrows, but I am grateful for all the joys this year has brought my way. By far the best was that I married the love of my life and the best friend I have ever had. Being with him makes every day a happy adventure, and, as I told him a few weeks ago, being married to him is the most fun I’ve ever had in my life. Our wedding day was sweet and beautiful and all we could have hoped it to be. *Heart overflows with gratefulness*

Before our big day, we got to spend some truly special times with our families. We met my family at Sea Ranch for Thanksgiving last year, where we feasted, hiked, read, slept late, and generally made merry. *Nostalgia*

In the spring Eric and I went to see the tide pools at Half Moon Bay. As soon as we left, I wanted to go back. I wanted to see more starfish!

In May Eric and I both graduated from Berkeley, spent a beautiful week celebrating with our families, and then left this lovely library behind.

A few days later, my brother got married in beautiful Carmel, and more awesome family celebrating ensued. Lots of champagne, lots of laughing, lots of good food!

The next day, Eric and I were able to visit Point Lobos, which is one of the most breathtaking places we’ve ever seen. Just wow.

Less than a month later, Eric and I got married and headed off to our honeymoon in Hawaii! It was 10 days of utter relaxation and beauty, as is evident from this picture. 🙂

When we got back, we soaked up the rest of the summer with our dear friends, and Eric moved out of his apartment so he could move in with me and our wedding presents. The stack of boxes was pretty impressive: thank you friends and family!

Just a few weeks later, we moved to our new home in Pasadena and started working on making it our own. Whew, what a year! It makes me a little tired thinking about it (and I even left out a few other trips and happenings)! It is so nice to be settled here, getting cozy and enjoying being newlyweds.

What else can we learn about me from the past year’s pictures? I drank a lot of coffee. I drank a lot of tea. I did a lot of reading and a lot of writing. I did a lot of cooking and a lot of baking. I worked on a lot of fun projects. I saw lots of beautiful plants, flowers, and trees. I visited some incredibly gorgeous places. I got to do it all hand in hand with the person I love more than anyone else in the world. And I have really and truly wonderful friends and family. That sounds like a sweet life to me. At the risk of being meta, I have to say that I’m grateful for the opportunity to look back and be grateful some more. 🙂 I’m excited to see what this next year has in store for me!

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