Thursday, May 6, 2010

Shoot Me: 17 of 52 - My Window to the World

I've giving up on getting caught up these days, so I'm one week behind on Shoot Me! That's okay...for now, I'll just work on staying only one week behind and call that success.

I've been trying to figure out why I haven't thought of any picture taking opportunities and come up with the following excuses:
1) When I'm mowing the lawn and wrestling with the weed-whacker, no one is home to take a picture of me because they're all hiding, afraid that I will corral them into yard, like little cockroaches, they scatter.

2) The kittens are just so much cuter than I am.

3) When I am stressing over weather-damage (ie. wind damage to the roof, freeze damage to my plants, etc.), I'm not thinking: Hey, I should run and get a picture of myself trying to stand upright in the blustery wind. Weird, I know.4) The kids are just so much cuter than I am.

5) When I headed over to my dad's new house with full intentions of getting a Shoot Me picture with my daddy (did I mention he and his wife just moved to our neck of the woods?), I forgot I had the camera with me until we were leaving and by that time, it was freezing and I thought his wife would cry if I kept them outside any longer. (Look, she's from So Cal; she thinks 48 is so-cold-you-could-perish cold. )
6) The kittens and the kids are so much cuter than I am.

7) Vacuuming and dusting just don't seem like worthwhile photo ops.

So, there you have it, my list of excuses for why my picture this week is so lame. I finally decided to show you what I've been doing a lot of. I'm hoping you won't remove me from your feed reader and understand that I just couldn't come up with something exciting. This is my life, I love it, but I'm not sure it makes awesome pictures!

It seems like I've been doing a lot of driving. Today I took the kids into town for their Adolescent Literature Seminar. (They read The Giver by Lois Lowry.) Then we headed home for a little while (long enough to transfer the laundry from washer to the dryer and pick up the dogs) and we headed to my dad and step-mom's new house for dinner 40 minutes away in a different direction. The dogs love going because he's got 10 acres for them to roam around on. 8:45 p.m, we arrived at home.

It occurred to me that this is a view I'm intimately familiar with. Whether I'm cruising along at 55 mph or stopped, it feels like a second skin. This window on the world is frequently the perspective from which my life occurs. It was an interesting thought. How many things have I observed from the windshield of my vehicle?

See the grievous wound on my right thumb? That is from that very first week I had to wrestle the horrible weed whacker. It still isn't completely healed. I'm obviously just so delicate... (wink, wink).

So, there you have it. My contribution for Shoot Me...I've managed to keep going for 17 weeks. I'm pretty impressed with myself.

Shoot Me! It's time to stop hiding behind that camera of yours. Your family is missing you in the picture. So it's time to post a picture of YOU (yes, you) every Thursday with your child, your spouse, your friend, your dog, or even by yourself. Just get in the picture, you'll be glad you did! And just jump in now with 1 of 52, you can do it!


Serline said...

Look on the bright side: that's bright sunshine coming through the windshield onto your arm, which from I hear about WA, is often in short supply ;-) Have a blessed weekend!

Clark said...

Hmmmmm....this is a long list of excuses here....

While I agree that lawn mowing is probably not the best photo op, I think you should wrestle one those darn youngsters in to at least taking a picture for posterity sake.....

You are definitely cuter than the kittens....

Vacuuming and dusting could actually be a great photo op depending on what you were wearing at the time....just saying... :)

~KATE~ said...

you can do it, erin!
you can still make up for the week you've missed.
sure you can! ^^,

By the way, HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY to you!!!

And, here is my Shoot. \(^^)/

Katie @ said...

I've been thinking a lot about the photos we take at our house. It seems we don't have very many with BOTH of us. One person is always the photographer. Good thoughts, Erin. Keeping caught up isn't the thing that matters most. Trying is.

jen@odbt said...

Love your take - moms do spend a lot of time in the car ;) PS: How did you take that second photo?

Secret Mom Thoughts said...

Good job keeping up. I feel like I'm always driving too.

alexandra s.m. said...

Very creative of you Erin, I hope it heals fast! ;-)

generationsgoneby said...

That's why I never joined. Figured how many pictures of my dirty laundry did the world need any way? Fact is, that's what we mom's do. If the world thinks it's boring to look at, they ought to try doing it occasionally. But it's better than having someone else raise our kids for us. And hey, so what if you're behind. It's your life. You make the rules right?