A(nother) Day in the Life

A little over a year ago, I completed a “day in the life” photo project — which meant taking at least one photo every hour all day long. As I said at the time, it’s not that my life is vaguely important or newsworthy enough to merit play-by-play documentation. Rather it is a much-needed exercise in awareness and gratitude.

Since life has been busier than usual lately, I realized I was way overdue to repeat the project. A little voice has been telling me that I need to slow way down, really look around, and be more present to my surroundings. Basically, I need to get back to feeling like myself. Today was a travel day home from a work trip, so it seemed like as good a time as any. So here goes.

8:00 (ish) a.m.

View from my hotel balcony. I know you can’t tell from this photo, but these tracks came from the biggest. feet. ever. Too small to be snowshoes, too big to be people feet. I’m going with Sasquatch.


9:00 (ish) a.m.




These three critters were actually at the same intersection, so they represent one hour. They set a happy, whimsical tone for the day.

10:00 (ish) a.m.


A thick fog over the Wisconsin landscape made made for a gorgeous drive to the airport.

11:00 a.m. (closer to noon)


Noon (ish)

‘Round these parts, it’s about Bucky, the Packers, and cheese.


1:00 (ish) p.m.


This guy was knocked OUT. I couldn’t lean back because of his lumpy head. I also couldn’t stop laughing. It was like his brain was on the outside of his head. A brain with headphones.

2:00 (ish) p.m.


Not sure when I took this, but it was 3:00 (ish) p.m. The single beige seat in a row of blue seats really bugged me. It’s like they needed a new seat and just borrowed one from another plane in the scrapyard.


Not sure when I took this one either, but the Chicago skyline emerging in the fog was the coolest sighting of the day. I know this project isn’t about photo quality, but I sure wish I would’ve had my good camera with me. The iPhone was the best I could do.


4:00 (ish) p.m.

Big green dinosaur this morning…big dinosaur skeleton this afternoon. It was like taking before and after photos. I couldn’t imagine how they got the Santa hat on this guy’s head.


Somewhere between 4:00 and 5:00 (ish) p.m.

Someone lost a little shoe at the gate, right where you board the plane. How does one lose a shoe and not notice. And not just any shoe. A BOOT.


Somewhere between 5:00 and 6:00 (ish) p.m.

Cloud shelf and moon.


6:00 (ish) p.m.

Last one. Someone’s lost readers at the airport parking garage.




What a quirky, wonderful world we have. How critical it is to be present and appreciate it as often as possible. I’ve missed it so much lately. It was nice to spend the day with it today.

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