Excavation 2012 – Day #47 – The Great Photo Organizing Extravaganza (part 2)

Today, my dining room exploded…

Hey, I warned you didn’t I? No one said this photo organization business was going to be a clean, streamlined adventure. Quite the contrary. With so many boxes and bins (and even boxes inside of bins) full of photos and cards and letters and programs and ticket stubs and about a dozen other categories of miscellaneous stuff collected over the years, it was bound to get worse before it got better. But, boy oh boy did I find some fun stuff today. Here are just a few of my favorites…

I found my Mom’s first Valentine card…

A bunch of leftover Thank You’s and RSVP cards from our wedding. You can’t go wrong with lampshades…

An old Kit Kat wrapper that I saved from my study tour to Turkiye in 2000. Because nothing says great souvenir like an American candy bar with Turkish writing on it…

A photo of my crazy husband from our college days, which reminded me of just how I fell in love with him in the first place…

And some of the notes I wrote him when we were dating, that apparently he saved…

Photos of me and Lindy growing up, celebrating our birthdays at Grandma and Grandpa Luethje’s cabin at Johnson Lake (and yeah, I am rockin’ that headband and legwarmers). And, of course, the first of many awkward “First Day of School” photos…

Photos from my elementary school years, carrying flowers for the Queen of Courts Ceremony (think Homecoming King and Queen, but during basketball season). And a photo from my one (and only) dance recital. I wonder if my waning interest in dance had anything do to with the outfit or the amount of makeup I had to wear…

Photos of Steven and I both apparently going through a denim phase (and my sweet dog Angel aka “Stinky”)…

Followed shortly by the purple hair phase…

I smiled when I saw photos of some of my dearest college friends–Above: my purple-haired compadre Anette and favorite Roomie ever Miss Katie. Below: the one and only Aaron, who managed to get himself kicked out of the men’s volleyball game shortly after this photo was taken for yelling a little too overzealously into a 4-foot tall traffic cone. “Aw Ref! C’mon Ref! That call was hoooorible! YOU’RE HOOOOOORIBLE!!!”

Then, there were photos of my favorite cat, the sweet Baby Gray (Look away from the perm. Look away!)…

My favorite car, the Peacock…

And a random moment captured on International Cheese Day in Mr. Uribe’s freshman Geography class…

There were stacks of old family photos…

And lots of new family photos…

I even found a box full of playbills and ticket stubs from all the shows I saw while living in New York…

But as much as I loved the Broadway and Off-Broadway productions I saw over the years, my favorite shows were always those when I got to watch my favorite Roomie strut her stuff and sing. I heard she she sang the National Anthem at a women’s basketball game in Ohio tonight, and I wish I could have been there to hear it. Girl’s got a voice that I could never get tired listening to, and just opening this old program and seeing her name, I can close my eyes and almost hear it. ūüôā

So, in spite of the mess, and in spite of the boxes and piles that are still littering my dining room, today’s decluttering was definitely a success. I already have four photo boxes sorted and filled, and have a pile of miscellaneous items (like the old wedding RSVP’s and Turkish Kit Kat wrapper) headed for the garbage bin.

I can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings.

Excavation 2012 – Day #46 – The Great Photo Organizing Extravaganza (part 1)

Long before I was a professional photographer, I was a photo fiend. I’ve always loved photographs. My own. Other people’s. Simple snapshots or gallery worthy. I love holding them, flipping through them, looking at them, studying them, trying to imagine the moments that led up to the one frozen in time, and trying to imagine the moments that came after.

Today, as I headed down to the cellar to see what new treasures I could find and dig through, I came across this dusty old bag…

I don’t remember exactly where the bag came from (could have been one I picked up somewhere, or maybe it was Mom’s), but I had no idea what was in it. Mom brought it to the house several weeks ago, along with the stack of bins and boxes from her basement. Since then, it has been sitting in our basement, quietly waiting its turn. And here’s what I found inside…

I thumbed through the contents of a few of the envelopes, finding all sorts of old photos in no particular order. Knowing that we have several boxes and bins of photos that we have been meaning to get in some sort of order for several years now, I decided it was probably wiser to tackle the project when I was properly prepared. And prepared means finding the photo boxes we purchased nearly four years ago at Ikea, but have still never used.

Brace yourselves, people. Tomorrow, the Great Photo Organizing Extravaganza begins. Until then, I’ll leave you with this…

Proof that, at one time, I was both cute and willing to wear a dress. ūüėȬ†Tune in tomorrow¬†to see what¬†else I dig up.

365 Project – Day 350 – Please Excuse My Absence

Sorry folks. Too busy to blog today. We’ve had lots of visitors, it’s waaaaaay past my bedtime, and my eyes are starting to cross from staring at my computer working on wedding photos. Here are a couple of my favorites from today…

365 Project – Day 328 – Post-Thanksgiving

This is what a perfect Post-Thanksgiving looks like…

Too full to move. To happy to care.

365 Project – Day 301 – Halloween Greatest Hits

Well, I was hoping to get a chance to post a photo of Miss Cadence in her rock star outfit for tonight’s blog, but it just didn’t happen. We ended up having a a whole lot of fun with¬†houseful of company today. Cadence played hard with her cousins while Steven and I got to catch up with family and friends and watch the Huskers win. All in all, that’s what I call a perfect day!

So, the plan was to try and hit the Lincoln Children’s Zoo tonight for the annual “Boo at the Zoo” event, but by the time we actually got Cadence into her costume (with a little chocolate sprinkled doughnut bribery) and got out the door, the line to get in was already stretching down the block. So, we decided to head to Famous Daves to hang out and have dinner instead. And I’m thinking that was probably the wisest choice, since Cadence was running on a 30 minute nap, and ended up having to leave the table for two Timeouts before our dinner even arrived. I daresay the Terrible Two’s have arrived a little ahead of schedule in the Romano household.

So, instead of posting a photo of my daughter the rock star and my nephew the T-Rex in the blog tonight, I decided to pull out an oldie but goodie circa 1981. Sally, Brenda, and Kathy will have to let me know if this was the costume they were talking about today when they were laughing about the Halloween when my Dad dressed as a woman, and then, as a joke, climbed in bed with their Grandpa Michl to give him a scare while he was sleeping. I have to say, if I woke suddenly to find this butchly-looking woman lying next to me, it would certainly give me a fright!

Ah, the things we’ll do for fun on Halloween!

Tonight’s 365 Project entry is dedicated to my Uncle Tim & Aunt Leslie for bringing the kids to spend a day in Lincoln with us, and to Sally, Brenda and Kathy for dropping by and spending the afternoon reminiscing.¬†I hope¬†this photo of Duane makes up for some of the 1980’s classics I’ve posted of you here on the blog! If not, let me know, and I’m sure I can dig up a few more of Duane’s greatest hits!

365 Project – Day 292 – Electra, Up Close & Personal

I very well might be biased, but I happen to think that Electra is, without a doubt, the best dog out there. She’s got the sweetest (and and downright mopiest) face you’ll ever see. Yeah, she’s a bit of a food whore, and she tends to be a bed hog, but she’s also adorable and loving and so very patient.

She puts up with a lot, our droopy faced hound. She puts up with Steven when he twists her ears up to the Princess Leia-style buns, or ties them in a loose knot on the top of her head. She puts up with Cadence grabbing handfuls of her loose skin to stand up and taunting her with food. And she puts up with being my  model whenever I decide I want to test something out with my camera.

Bribe her with a cookie, and she’ll pose as long as I want.

Just today, I had her sit for a few shots in front of the patio door while I tested out my new zoom lens. I wanted to make sure the focus was accurate before I headed out for my photo shoot, and after a few requests to sit and a promise of treats, Electra was happy to oblige.

I have to say, I love this lens, though not nearly as much as I love my dog.

Tonight’s 365 Project entry is dedicated to my dear Electra. Call me psychic, but I see a long modeling career in her future.

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