Oh, 365 Project, how I loathe thee! You are the ugly f*cking drill sergeant barking at me through basic training. I hate you. I hate you. I hate you, even as you bellow at me and I yelp back:
YES, DRILL SERGEANT!
There is a theme this week, and the theme is "things that are kicking Jess' creative ass." I'm just not feeling it! What have I signed up for? This is the photo equivalent of one of those ridiculous 5 AM Navy Seal workout things that everybody seems to be doing. Why would anybody voluntarily do that to themselves?
So, word of the day: checkered. I desperately wanted not to go literal/easy on this one with a phoning-it-in checkerboard shot. I wanted something more metaphorical, a la a "checkered past." I considered showing you the only item I ever shoplifted, and one or two things that are precious to me even though they remind me awkwardly of friendships gone wrong, but the images I took sucked. Hard. Griff merrily drew a checkerboard pattern, unhindered by the pressure to be deep. He took a quick snapshot of it, unbound by any adult obsession with things like, oh, focus or composition. I gave in, decided to stack stupid black and red checkers and photograph them, and then remembered the board in the attic, the one I felt so grown-up buying for my husband for Christmas the first year we were married, that I always imagined displaying on a coffee table, but couldn't due to cats, kids, and a general need to use that space for something other than a huge game board.
I tried to teach Griff how to play a couple of years ago. This time he was ready, and only impressed, not frustrated, when I schooled him a little with my amazing across-the-board jump moves. It's only fair, because he had schooled me with his whole do-what-comes-easily calm today.
Sometimes you've gotta drop the desire to be complex and sophisticated, and just keep it simple. I didn't edit this photo at all, it's straight out of the camera. No fuss. And I'm not going to try to figure out the perfect things to say here, I'm just going to stop blogging, call it a day, and join my hubby for some takeout. See ya.