52 Projects is an adventure in discovery. Every week, for 52 weeks, do something. Something you’ve never done before. Something you’ve always wanted to do. Something that scares you. Something that inspires you. Something that inspires others. Something that tickles your fancy. Something that caught your eye. Something that just popped into your head. It can be big. It can be small. It can be whatever you want it to be. Find out how doing something can lead you to discover things about yourself, your world, your God. Then, come here on Sundays and share it with others. I'll write about mine here, you write about yours on your blog, then use the tool in my post to link to your something. Please feel free to jump in and participate anytime throughout the year!


Monday, September 27, 2010

Week 36: a pie in the face

Once again, I am a day late in posting for my project and I apologize!

This past weekend was my birthday. I've wanted to have a pie thrown in my face for the longest time. Year after year, I made my wish known yet it never happened. Until Saturday.

I was getting ready to go out and run a few errands when Breen asked me to sit outside on one of our little garden chairs on the front lawn. I knew he was up to something but honestly I was expecting some sort of gift. So I sat there with my eyes closed and my hands opened. I could hear Breen singing Happy Birthday along with Max and Kendall. When I finally asked if I could open my eyes I was staring in to an enormous pie tin topped with a mountain of whipped cream. I barely had time to react when it was hurled in to my face. Kendall got video footage. Max took still photos. It was the best birthday present ever! Not only was it just a pie, it was chocolate pudding cream which I had always requested. Breen made it with his own two hands while I was out earlier that morning. I was so surprised! For hours I could still "taste" dairy since it had gone so far up my nostrils.

What did you do this week?

Monday, September 20, 2010

Week 35: zip line

Wow, it's week 35 already and it's hard to believe how fast the year is flying by! And speaking of flying by, this week's project was doing The Flying Squirrel Canopy Tour at the Wisp Resort in the mountains of western Maryland. What a thrilling adventure it was!

We had stayed at the resort a few weeks ago so that Breen could do a test ride on the race course for the Savage Man half iron man race. At the time, we wanted to do the zip line tour but it was filled up so we prepaid and made our reservations for 2 days ago when we traveled back there for the actual race (and what a savage and brutal race it was).

This was quite possibly the best $39 plus tax per person that we've spent in a long time. The zip line tour started at the top of the mountain where we worked our way down to the bottom, tree by tree. We were strapped in to harnesses and attached to a pulley system. It was the perfect experience for me since the cables weren't too steep but took me along at a very fast speed. It really did feel like I was flying through the air.

Sorry for getting this posted a day late but Sunday was a crazy day. We were up and at the race site by 6:30am, left there around 4pm and drove for several hours to get home at around 10:30 pm.

What did you do this week?

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Week 34: The Gratitude Project

This week I'm starting The Gratitude Project with Breen and the kids. I went to Target and bought each of us a small 4x6 lined journal. At dinner tonight, I'm going to present each person with their little gratitude journal. Each night when dinner is finished each person will be writing down at least 3 things they are grateful for. I'll have a little basket with pencils, pens and markers. Whatever it takes. They don't even have to share it with anyone. I'm excited to see how this process unfolds. The minimum time for this project is one month. I'd love to see it keep growing and moving beyond that. But for now, one month.

Earlier this week I watched Freedom Writers with Hillary Swank. It was really very inspiring to watch how writing became such a joy for the students. There is power in writing. I write in my journal every day. There is so much to be thankful for and I find it sad that kids don't really think about gratitude all that much. Hell, sometimes I even forget. I don't expect anyone in my family to embrace journal writing like I do but I'd like to at least open their eyes to look a little closer at how good they have it. Goodness manifests goodness.

What have you done this week?

Monday, September 6, 2010

Week 33: a little bit of everything

I am totally walking the biggest walk of shame at this end. I have somehow managed to let the week get away from me without a specific project completed. I'm even one day late here and for that I apologize! We got back from the cruise on Thursday and started right in to a holiday weekend, back to school issues and a bit of emotional turmoil for me. My head was simply not attached. I promise by this coming Sunday I'll be back on track. But for now I thought I would cover a few of the things I've been up to since last week.

For week 32, my project was a cruise to Bermuda. I feel guilty calling it a project. It was anything but. Gorgeous weather, great food and quality time spent with family.

Do you remember my recent project of knitting an afghan? I'm staying the course with my original intention of one square per day. I lost 4 days on the cruise but since we got home I've been knitting double time to make up for it. Besides, who wants to knit squares on a cruise ship when there are places to explore and buffets to be attacked? Look at how many squares I've done so far!

Finally, yesterday we met a new couple for brunch in Frenchtown, New Jersey. In an odd and funny kind of way, I consider this a little social project for the week. Breen and I usually hang out with each other and the kids every weekend. But yesterday the ex decided to step up and keep the kids until 6pm. We had the opportunity to meet up with another couple and we jumped at the chance. We ate at a funky little restaurant and played the game of 20 questions about each other. It's kind of like going on a date when you go out with new people, isn't it? But this is a great couple and fun to hang out with. After brunch we walked next door to Two Buttons, a huge warehouse store owned by Elizabeth Gilbert of the Eat, Pray, Love fame. She wasn't there but her husband was. The store was simply amazing. It was packed with some of the most gorgeous earthy objects I've ever seen. I bought a stack of colorful wrist bangles. These pictures don't even do the space justice.

It was a beautiful Sunday. There happened to be a Riverfest going on in the town. We strolled the shops, I bought some yarn and we ended our first outing together by taking a long walk on the tow path.

So, those were some highlights of my week. Again, I'm sorry for the late posting! Please share with me something you did this week.