Sunday, January 13, 2013

Not Yet Ready to Bag It!

One-a-Day Photo Challenge
Day Thirteen:  In Your Bag

This photo challenge is eating my days, chewing them up and swallowing them, leaving me with a messy house but a smile on my face. I'm enjoying the pursuit of the goal.

The search for photos that fit each day's theme has made me pay attention to everything around me, things that are so deeply imbedded in my surroundings that I never even notice them anymore. Now I'm seeing them again as if for the first time. It's been a fun, eye-opening experience, but it comes at a cost. I know that If I continue to neglect other responsibilities until the end of the month, the people at TLC may resurrect Clean Sweep and come to my house to shoot the first new episode.

I've decided to give myself permission to tweak the rules of this challenge. Just typing that last sentence strikes me as silly, because I've never actually seen any specific rules. I assumed that the object was to take a new photo each day to represent that day's theme, and I've been following my own assumption religiously. How anal-retentive is that? Especially since I've had the list of prompts for the entire month from the beginning.

It's been extremely time consuming to start each day with a brand-new search for a shot to match the photo prompt, then upload the images to my computer, choose the best one,  edit it if necessary, upload it to Blogger, write something about it, post it, then spend the rest of the day thinking about how I wanted to interpret the next day's theme. From now on, I'm not going to consider each new day a blank slate.

As I said, I have the list. I know what prompts are coming up. I'll take brand-new photos for everything on that list, but they won't be same-day photos anymore, unless I fall behind and have to scramble. Taking the photos in advance will relieve a lot of the pressure by allowing me to put a blog post together in bits and pieces. Doing it all in one fell swoop (why do I always want to say "one swell foop"?) is more than I can handle. 


In rereading everything I just wrote, I've recognized another reason why this challenge is devouring so much of my time: I'm wordy and long-winded. I should have just changed the rules in my own mind, kept my mouth shut, and saved your time as well as mine. I doubt anyone would have known the difference. Or cared about it if they did.

(Ahem.) Back to today's challenge . . .

Here's a photo I shot just this morning to show you what's in my bag:

The tan leather organizer (a Pouchee,  which I love) contains credit cards, checkbook, cash, cell phone, keys, address book, sunglasses, comb, a combination mirror/hairbrush, a pen, a few blank index cards (for taking notes), a pack of chewing gum, and an emergency protein bar. The little floral bag at the lower left of the photo holds toiletries: dental floss, toothpicks, lens cleaner packets, breath strips, and emergency medications such as low-dose aspirin, Tylenol, antihistamine tablets, and Imodium (in case I'm eating out and won't be home for a long time). Sometimes I drop a lipstick in there, too. The brightly colored item at the bottom of the photo is a neat packet of tissues.

That's it. My purse is tidy. If only I could say the same thing about my house. And my mind.


  1. I read your comment when I skipped posting a photo yesterday. I was so tired and just could not be bothered to upload and edit and write. I did post twice today and the photo for yesterday's challenge was taken yesterday. I am going to try to take a photo each day of the topic because that is fun. It's the posting that can get me but, like you, I'm opting to take the self-imposed pressure off of myself and post when I can. I do take a look at the list a day ahead of time so that I can think about what I want to snap. Ultimately, the challenge is giving me what I wanted which is to get reaquainted with my blog.

    Oh and I love how neat and tidy your purse is! I didn't dare take a photo of the contents of my own! ;-)

  2. Your purse looks a lot like mine. I like to keep it simple so I can find what I want...but my house is not like my purse.

    We are sort of celebrating all the rain for the Mississippi is so low that barges are having trouble getting down the River. The cheapest was to transport is by the Mississippi...the aorta of America. So I was glad we had all that rain. We have been having drizzle for a month but what we needed was a downpour which a lot of our State received.

  3. Alison, I'm so glad you're blogging again. Whatever works, I'm all for it.

    Sister-Three, purses are so much easier than houses. For one thing, they don't have to be dusted, mopped, and vacuumed.


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