318: The Final Days

by Erin

  • Explore someplace new
  • Be inspired
  • Read a classic
  • Try a new recipe
  • (Re)connect
  • Get selfishly creative (project 2 of 12)

Reflections on this set of 3:18 activities…

1. There is quite a variety of activity going on in my life and my afternoons show it. There is a balance of time for myself, time with family, and time for work. Balance is good.

2. The end of the month was much more about preparing for baby’s arrival the earlier in the month. I have entered the “nesting and resting” phase.

3. More photos in this set featured less what I was actually seeing when the clock struck 3:18 and were more representations of what I was doing at the time.

March 21.

Curtain: because sometimes it takes you all day to make it into the shower


March 22.

Catch-up: e-mail marathon


March 23.

Happy Birthday!: How about some homemade “Twinkies”?


March 24.

Bleeding: my brackets are sore


March 25.

Too pretty to work: snow, puzzle, and mint tea


March 26.

Meal planning: time for groceries again


March 27.

To do list: paint bathroom

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March 28.

Above the drum circle: client meeting


March 29.

Visualization: practicing for a calm birth

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March 30.

Travel North: family celebration


March 31.

Recharge: rest the body

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In case you missed it, here are the previous ten days.


318: The Second Ten Days

by Erin

  • Explore someplace new
  • Be inspired
  • Read a classic
  • Try a new recipe
  • (Re)connect
  • Get selfishly creative (project 2 of 12)

In case you missed it, here are the first 10 days.

What have I learned during this second third of the project?

1. Late afternoon seems to be becoming my official nap time. I might be on just as much of a nap schedule as my three-year-old. Maybe this is a sign that the baby growing within will easily fall into sleeping on a schedule. One can only hope.

2. …yet I still seem to be balancing my nap time with work. It is so easy to get distracted when one works from home. I’m not the world’s most disciplined self-employee, but I have photographic evidence that I do actually accomplish things.

3. I had fun with some photo filters and touch-ups this time around. Might as well spice it up. Some of my photo subjects have been a bit ordinary.

March 11.

Work Break: descending the basement stairs to switch laundry


March 12.

Work Meeting: I need to get gas


March 13. (no photo today)

Down for the Count: sleeping off some food poisoning

March 14.

Surprise: actually at my desk


March 15.

The Greatest Love: he half-sleepily called my name and that was my cue to go cuddle


March 16.

Get Out of Town: a pleasantly warm day on the porch with friends


March 17.

Hand Buzzer: Photo-reminder alarm goes off just as I am about to make a call


March 18.

3:18 on 3/18: another mundane activity


March 19.

Delicious: Some naps can be so


March 20.

Research: just kidding I was napping again, but this is what I did as soon as I woke up


318: The First Ten Days

   by Erin

  • Explore someplace new
  • Be inspired
  • Read a classic
  • Try a new recipe
  • (Re)connect
  • Get selfishly creative (project 2 of 12)

What is this that you are about to see? I explain the project here.


March 1.

Afternoon snack: homemade banana chips


March 2.

Napping house: pleasure reading


March 3.

Indiana landscape: 124 miles from home


March 4.

Dinner preparation: quinoa burgers

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March 5.

Onsite work: understanding audience at the art museum


March 6.

Pregnancy: more procedures, more blood draws


March 6.

Megatron: unexpected playtime with the kiddo


March 8.

Yard inspection: signs that Winter and Spring have met

March 9.

(I was in a movie theater. I contemplated taking a picture, but though better of it.)


March 10.

Weekend chores: vacuuming

Lessons learned so far:

1. I do, actually, take some time for myself every once in a while. Why doesn’t it feel that way?

2. Although my calendar was a good hint, March is shaping up to be a busy month: appointments, meetings, trips, and visits with friends and family.

3. I don’t snack around this time of day nearly as much as thought I would.

The Next Creative Endeavor: 318

by Erin

  • Explore someplace new
  • Be inspired
  • Read a classic
  • Try a new recipe
  • (Re)connect
  • Get selfishly creative (project 2 of 12)

Do you have a lucky number? Or  a number that follows you around? Lucky or not, you probably notice it because it has some significance in your life. 318 is that number for me.

I was born at 3:18 a.m. Our first house address, the one where I spent the majority of my childhood, was 318. I seem to find that time on the clock often (although maybe it is because I am just in tune to it now. Who knows? I may more frequently look at the clock at some other time…like 5:56, I just don’t know it.) It also seems odd that my longest relationships happen to be with guys born right around that time: 3/17, 3/19, and 3/21. The latter is my husband … perhaps ripened three days and eighteen minutes longer to suit our longevity needs? (Yeah, I know that was a stretch.) There have been times when the number came up in other ways in my life, but I can’t seem to remember them all right now. That’s not the point anyway.


The point is, I am looking for another “selfishly” creative project. While I have a few ideas in the works for the rest of the year, some of them require a little more time or the right time of year to execute. I’ve been looking to be inspired by something recently so that I didn’t get too far off track from a once-a-month creative endeavor. Then I woke up from a nap at 3:18 this afternoon (seriously), and thought, “I wonder what I do every day at 3:18.” So, with March just around the corner it seems fitting that in the month that contains 3/18, why not another photo project?  What am I doing/looking at/thinking about at 3:18 every day for a month?

Do you want to join me in sharing some daily/weekly/theme-ly photos in March? Let me know and we can set something up.

(Dearest Beck or other experimonthers, I fully realize that this seems suspiciously familiar <see also: Eyes of March>.  It is either a product of thought + timing or the sincerest form of flattery. While you decide, if you want to recreate a four-year-old Experimonth, here’s your chance.)