04 February 2009

self-portrait challenge: introductions.1

a couple months ago, selfportraitchallenge.net packed up and relocated to the happy land of flickr (now hosted by the indefatigable jeremy stockwell). as people have moved in and out of the group throughout the years, we find ourselves once again needing to reacquaint ourselves with our neighbors; hence this month's theme: introductions.

bonjour, mes amies. je m'appelle nicole. and that's about the extent of what has survived of my high school french*, so please do not leave your comments en français if you'd like me to actually comprehend them.

for week one of this theme, i thought i'd offer you a peek into my bedroom to give you the inside scoop on me.



let's start at the back of the room. the shelves of stacked fabric manifest a yen for crafting pretty little things.

i value both family and handmade articles...so i doubly treasure items handmade by family, such as the wedding ring coverlet quilted by my maternal grandmother.

those little heaps of clothes on the floor indicate that this was shot on laundry day, which is monday at chez owens. one of the perks of life as a work-at-home-mum is the responsibility for most of the household tidying. sometimes i find cleaning mind-numbing, but this week the quiet work has been steadying, almost restorative.

that bit of the treadmill beside me--yeah, i'm on that wretched thing daily every season but summer. i loathe the treadmill only marginally less than i abhor running in subzero temps, but give me a novel to absorb the miles indoors and i'm good.

i'm frequently clad in a tee, a hoodie, and jeans (okay, you technically can't see the jeans but i promise they're there).

my current hairstyle is down-in-my-face, but if i'm in the middle of something, i pull it back to a loose pony. i used to care too much about personal appearance; if i'm being honest, i still care, but i'm trying to outgrow this.

i love light.

i apparently also love to smirk at cameras and contort my limbs into odd angles so as not to impede the view of my bedroom.



so there's me. if you're a reader of this blog but not a part of self-portrait challenge, i invite you to join us...especially those of you who maintain a blog. i love to see glimpses of the person behind the posting every now and again.

:)


*upon further review, i can actually say what time is it and that's bad in french, i can count from one to thirty-nine, and i know the word for after is après. so yeah, if you're ever in need of a tour guide in paris, you totally want to look me up.

15 comments:

jenica said...

i love that little peek into your daily life.

fleurlenfant said...

Nic, I love that photograph of you, YOU are gorgeous! I love your words, you have such a way with them. :)

Swede at Heart said...

This is a great photo. You look great as always, but it's also a nice peek into your day!

I can never participate in SPC since every time I see myself in a photo I think "Who is that old woman?". If only I had quit smiling in my teens...

PS you are officially my BFF. Thank you for your blog love. :)

PamperingBeki said...

You are ridiculously gorgeous.

I don't like you anymore.

Okay, still a little.

I've thought about doing the SPC, but I'm weird about my own pictures. Funny because I used to do pageants and model and was perfectly comfortable with it all. But now, I've turned into the most unphotogenic person imagineable.

"indefatigable" - headed to dictionary.com now.

Rebekah said...

I needed to see a smiling face, since I had a lousy experience today and needed to be reminded that there are still nice people in the world. Thanks, Nic.

FUDGE! said...

This is the pic for your photo site. See, I don't need to come out and FREEZE, just to photograph you.

Amelia said...

I totally need to jump back in...

It's so good to see you again and read about you ALWAYS!

xo~Amelia

Jeremy Stockwell said...

Thanks, Nicole, for providing this glimpse into your home life.

Thanks for the mass invite to the SPC group, too.

Looks like you've rustled up some potentials, at least.

...and Amelia, you're right. You totally need to jump back in!! :-)

Kimberly said...

Tempting to join up...but I just know I'd never remember to do it. =P Love the insight into lovely you.

Lina said...

this is a really good introduction self-portrait! I love how you describe what is seen in the photo and what it tells us about you.

Hana said...

oohh...I'll have to check out that self portrait link. Nice to meet you.

Hana said...

oohh...I'll have to check out that self portrait link. Nice to meet you.

Swede at Heart said...

This is a great photo. You look great as always, but it's also a nice peek into your day!

I can never participate in SPC since every time I see myself in a photo I think "Who is that old woman?". If only I had quit smiling in my teens...

PS you are officially my BFF. Thank you for your blog love. :)

fleurlenfant said...

Nic, I love that photograph of you, YOU are gorgeous! I love your words, you have such a way with them. :)

jenica said...

i love that little peek into your daily life.