It is the eve of the Portland Marathon and if I weren't buttoning up week 8 of the 365 Day People Picture Project for you, I would be a nervous wreck. Instead, I'm having fun reviewing the photos from the past 7 days. Looking at the smiles on the faces of the subjects from this week, actually brings a smile to my face! Day 50 - Sarah
I attended a blogging workshop on Sunday and I spotted a girl who either seemed familiar to me, or she seemed like someone I just really wanted to know! I approached her and explained that she was familiar to me but I hadn't yet figured out from where we knew each other. I asked if she had ever ordered t-shirts before and then we both realized, we worked together several years ago! It was so great to see Sarah and I love her blog, New Wave Domesticity.
Day 51 - Tabor Man and his Sidekick Nic
These guys actually introduced themselves to me as "Timm with two m's" and "Nic with no k." They were like a comedy duo with Nic picking up right where Timm left off. Timm also declared himself to be "Tabor Man," thus the super hero stance.
I've seen Timm and Nic several times before, but until that day, I've always just been in my own little world and too bashful to say hello. This project is truly forcing me out of my shell and into interactions with others. I noticed the logo on Timm's work truck and we were able to determine that the company where he works is a client of the company where I work. I also learned that Nic's company, Essential Wholesale, is a girl's dream come true! That is, if you've ever dreamed of developing your own line of cosmetics or skin care products.
Day 52 - Mischief and his Human
This was such a difficult shot, I felt like I was being punked. Poor Mischief…he was just trying to do his business in the park but I was following him, and his human, like a paparazzi. I did have a nice picture of just his human but I decided to share this instead, even though I didn't get a good shot. If you can take a good shot of a human and an animal together, then you are skilled and you should be quite proud of yourself! I'm 0 for 3. I have learned a few things though, and we'll see if I can get a better shot on the next opportunity.
Day 53 - Alyssa
Alyssa looked so pretty, she seemed like she was glowing! Now that the Salted Carmel Mochas are back at Starbucks, I'm going to see a lot more of this face!
Day 54 - Steve
Steve was a huge help this day! I had 3 other failed subjects and had to head out in the middle of the night (ok, it was almost 9pm) to find another subject. Steve said that he doesn't like having his picture taken but I think he understood my predicament and was interested enough in the project to let me take his picture. For a guy who doesn't like having his picture taken, I'd say he's quite photogenic! I love his smile!
Day 55 - Molly and Shannon
Molly and Shannon are two very special ladies and also dear friends. We've known each other since Jr. High. I haven't seen Molly in over 14 years, since our 10 year class reunion. Shannon lives in Portland so we've been able to meet up a few times since reconnecting several years ago, but the three of us reuniting last night was a very much anticipated and celebrated mini-reunion! We met at the Portland Marathon expo to pick up our race packets and then catch up over dinner.
Molly has been a runner nearly all of her life. I remember talking with her at our 10 year class reunion and she had just completed her first marathon. I loved hearing about her accomplishment and hearing her talk about the marathon planted the seed for me to get serious about my goal of finishing a marathon someday. This will mark Molly's 10th marathon! Wow! Talk about impressive!
Shannon has now also added "Triathlete" to her sporty spice resume! Shannon has become quite the fierce competitor since school. Shannon's spunk and enthusiasm is so contagious, I think it's impossible to be in her presence and not find yourself fired up and ready to GO DO SOMETHING!!!
Shannon recently did the most thoughtful thing for one of her friends and training buddies. One of her friends was competing in Ironman Canada and Shannon had custom team shirts made for the family and friends of the girl who was competing in Ironman. Her friend must have been blown away by the kind gesture!
I had such a lovely evening with these two ladies! I left the restaurant with a full belly and a full heart. I'm so impressed and inspired by Shannon and Molly's accomplishments in running, but I'm even more touched by who they've become. They're both excellent moms and I loved hearing stories about their children. When you're a marathon mom, it's not unheard of to run as early as 4am in order not to disrupt the family schedule. Molly and Shannon are among those amazing marathon moms who manage to work, train, care for their families, and they still have enough time left over to be awesome!
I know all of their hard work is going to pay off tomorrow. I have a sense they're both going to have an excellent marathon and set new Personal Records!
Day 56 - Jordyn
Even though I had just gone to the Portland Marathon Expo, which has everything a runner or walker could possibly ever need or want, I still had to make a quick trip to my favorite Running and Walking Store - Fit Right Northwest.
Jordyn set me up with my last minute needs and paused to let me take her picture! They always have the greatest customer service!
If you were one of my subjects, thank you for taking the time to let me take your picture. I can't thank you enough, and I appreciate your willingness to share yourself with us!
If you're reading this, thank you for taking the time out of your day to check in on my little project!
I'm going to keep it short this week so that I can finish preparing for the Marathon tomorrow.
Thank you again for following along!