Snapshot #129 | 10 Things for 16 June 2019



1. spending… a little too much money. I should be able to get back on track going forward, though.
2. being… indecisive. I said I’d been trying to choose between two very similar WordPress themes? I’m still second-guessing myself. If you have strong opinions for or against blog sidebars, feel free to chime in. That’s what it’s coming down to, and I keep changing my mind. (It seems like I do have strong opinions for and against sidebars.)
3. reading… Keep Going by Austin Kleon. It’s the followup to Steal Like an Artist and Share Your Work! and I really needed it right now.
4. looking… for a new podcast to listen to. (I knew this was going to happen.) If you have any recommendations, let me know in the comments. I’d especially like to find good ongoing podcasts about photography—audio only—and 20th century history. Also I tend not to listen to things that run more than 30 minutes an episode.
5. playing… with a kitten that made Lucy look chill and well-behaved.
6. making… the first batch of cold-brew coffee of the year.
7. thinking… about my long-term goals, and trying to turn them into plans.
8. starting… to see some improvement in the whole running thing. (According to the numbers, at least. When I’m actually out there doing it, it doesn’t feel like it’s getting better or easier at all.)
9. catching… up on all the TV I didn’t watch during the season. (Or starting to.)
10. wondering… why all the Marvel Funko Pops are bobbleheads. It annoys me that they don’t match the other ones I have. (Apparently I collect those things now? I don’t know.)

Time may change me…


Hey, remember those ‘under construction’ gifs that used to be all over GeoCities? I kind of miss those days.

It’s time for a few changes around here. Nothing too dramatic right away—I’m starting with some cosmetic changes and we’ll see where I go from there—but it’s probably going to take a couple of days (… or weeks) before everything works (and looks) the way I want it to. I’ve been trying to choose between two only-slightly-different themes for at least a week, and I can’t imagine I’m going to get less fussy about it as I go.

So, if you’re looking around and anything seems to be broken… I’ll get to it soon. Promise. If this post is still pinned to the top of the blog, I’m not finished yet. (And of course, none of this is going to matter if you’re reading this via RSS or the WordPress reader. You can wait until I’m done to check out the finished product. I’ll let you know when it’s ready.)

Welcome to the new!


It’s ready! A day early!

Let’s call this a “soft launch,” shall we? Not everything is quite ready to go yet, and I know I’m going to be making some changes—major and minor—over the next few weeks, as I figure out the best way to organize some things. (I very nearly changed the entire site structure two days ago, but I think I’m happy with things the way they are. For now.) But… I think I’m ready to share it. Or, if I don’t do it now, I never will.

In the meantime, take a look around. If you have any thoughts on the new design, or if you run into any problems, please let me know.

Happy New Year!

Sketchbook #7


The last month has mostly been about sorting through and editing the Montréal photos. I think I’m just about done—I’ve got to do a final pass on a few, and I need to go through the entire collection once more to make sure I haven’t missed any gems, but I think that’s it. (Of course, I’ve still got a bunch of photos from the summer that I haven’t tackled yet, so… nowhere near done, really.)

It’s probably a good thing that I’m so close to the finish line on this particular project. I’ve already started to feel the end of the year creeping up on me, which means I’m thinking about new goals I want to set and new projects I want to tackle.

First off is the site redesign. I am working on it, and I’m determined to have it up and running by the new year. (1 January launch? Probably over-ambitious, given how busy I’m going to be the last two weeks of the year, but that might not be a bad thing.) I’m really excited about it, and can’t wait to share it with you.

Second, I’ve started planning two long-term photo projects I want to work on in 2016. I’ll be announcing the first one officially on 15 December, and I plan to share my progress (here and on Instagram) as I go. The second one is a little more personal; I’ll talk about it a bit (I’ll probably explain it sometime in mid-January—though I do plan to start on 1 January), and occasionally share photos from it, but not constantly.

Something to look forward to while I’m dealing with all the December insanity.


Admin, Personal

The weeks leading up to the move were fantastic. Partly just because I was moving (I’d wanted out of that particular apartment from the day I moved in). But the big thing, the thing that I was most aware of, was that it was an opportunity to get rid of stuff.

Every box I packed made me feel a little better. Every garbage or recycling bag filled. Every trip to donate a bag of clothes or a box of tchotchkes. Even before the actual move, just the act of getting things out of my sight, clearing the slate, made me feel amazing.

Of course, I still have too much stuff. It was painfully obvious (literally) during the actual move, but only really sunk in in the days after, as I started to unpack and tried to find places for everything to go. I came close to tears, cursing whoever had designed the kitchen cabinets. The tension that had faded a little more every time I taped up another box of books was slowly creeping back.

I call myself a minimalist, but it’s usually with a certain amount of irony—an aesthetic ideal that I’ve never really hoped to reach. If you’ve ever glanced at my ‘interiors’ board on Pinterest you know I’m obsessed with pristine white rooms, but that was the extent of it. It wasn’t really a philosophy. But as I started to unpack and settle into the new place, I started to realize that I really am happier when I’m not surrounded by so much stuff.

(This is actually one of the reasons it’s taken me so long to get back to writing here: the office has been a bit of a catch-all while the rest of the apartment is put in order, and I couldn’t stand being in there until recently. It’s still not great, but I can deal with it now. More on the other reasons in a moment.)

So, that’s my project for the next few months: paring things down even further, figuring out what I actually need and what I just think I need, and how to make the rest of it feel less oppressive. Finding the perfect shade of white paint, because builder’s beige makes me sad.

I’m starting here.

First of all, if you’re reading this on the actual site (instead of a newsreader), you’ve noticed the overhaul. I know how soon it seems—the site’s only been up for a couple of months. But the old design didn’t work with what I want to do with the site (which has become clearer in the last few weeks), and it really didn’t work with how visitors were using the site. So, for now, I’m bringing things back to a more traditional blog format; it’s not a permanent solution, but it’ll do for now, and it will lead nicely into what I want to do later.

Second, I’m changing my posting schedule. ‘What posting schedule?’ you ask. There was one planned, but it was both overambitious and unfocussed, and I should have known that there was no way I’d be able to keep up with it. In the last couple of weeks, I’ve refined my plans, and I’m fully confident that you’ll be seeing new posts a few times a week.

I’m still sorting things out—here and in the apartment—and you’ll have to forgive me any strangeness that occurs while I figure out exactly what’s going on.