Saturday, December 22, 2018

December Documented

Christmas is just a few days away, and I'm doing my best to steal moments here and there so that I can add pages to my holiday album.
It's been a lot of fun working with the Hip Kit Club December Documented kit, which is full of colorful and festive papers and accents.

One of the biggest challenges I've been facing is a lack of photos -- sometimes I'm just too distracted, too much in a hurry, but at other times, I just want to be in the moment without having to reach for my phone. That's okay -- not every page needs to include a photo, and sometimes, images can be gathered from elsewhere.

Another challenge is that all of the usual traditions have been put off this year due to an exceptionally manic end to the semester at school. We only just tackled the bulk of our shopping yesterday, we haven't yet made Christmas cookies, and we just picked up our tree last night. Still, I'm making some progress with the album.

I hope to add more pages soon!

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Real Life

"How we spend our days, of course, is how we spend our lives," Annie Dillard famously wrote, in words that both inspire and haunt me.  

One of my classes has been reading excerpts from David Eagleman's book Sum, which is quite intellectually and philosophically absorbing, and startling at times. The chapter "Sum" reminds me of Dillard's quote -- you can read it here -- and it makes me think about how I spend my time, and with whom.  It also makes me shake my head when I consider how much time has lapsed while I have been sitting at red lights or standing in lines. 

The layout above offers a little glimpse at what is most real to me, what delights me, and what I regard as time well spent.  Too often I become absorbed in that which will not matter much in retrospect. This page is a reminder to me that when I look back, I want these faces and these pasttimes to figure prominently in the sum of my days.