Instagram Part 1

I can’t believe it has almost been a month since I last posted. January sure went by in a blur. I think there is something to the beginning of the year that always pulls the ground away under my feet. The holidays had been so lovely not having to do anything (or at least very little) and back to school and work through me into the full of it. I was also lost in thought on some topics that bothered me. My daughter is starting high school after the summer and all of her best friends applied to private schools whereas we are planning to send her to the local public school. Some of her friends’ parents are not happy with the academic aspect, some are worried because of safety (there were a couple of lock downs in the past year). I had long talks with her if she would be interested in private school but she says she is fine about going to the public one. I admire her resilience. Part of me questions our choices and part of me is just sad and feels a little betrayed. All this may stem from my own high school experience what was ok but could have been better. The school system in Germany is very different but I ended up as the only girl from my town at a new school and I had a ruff time in patches – no fun. I so hope she is going to have a better experience. I also have pretty strong feelings about the whole private school system. I sometimes wonder what the public system would look like if all the money that people pour in the private school education would benefit the public system. Dreaming of a better world, sigh. Dealing with all the emotions made me retreat for a while.

Instagram part 2

What I have been doing and want to keep up for this year is project 365 on Instagram. Posting an image a day an adding a short blurb if I have time for that seems way more achievable these days. Stephany and San are also doing it and I am enjoying see some more pictures on there again instead of the reels which are so popular these days. There is something with moving pictures that draws you in and I tend to spend way more time on there when I look at stories and reels. It annoys me to no end. It also annoyed me to no end that one reel snug in there but oh well. So today here are the first 27 images from project 365. Are you using Instagram and/or other social media? What are using it for? I also have a Facebook account but honestly only keep it because I am still part of a buy nothing group and various other groups where I sometimes find helpful information. Instagram I like because it helps me with my sewing projects, to find a new pattern I want to try and to see how it looks on other people. I also still keep up with some friends on there (remember the old days when Facebook was a place for that?) and to see what is happening locally. I also have a LinkedIn account for work but deleted my Twitter account recently. I am tempted to also delete my Nextdoor account but keep it for the occasional neighborhood check-in. I mostly try to stay off on there. It was a good idea but people are so argumentative and sometimes mean that I can’t stand it.

Instagram part 3

What do the pictures tell you? They remind me that there was a lot of rain in January, that we had a power outage, that I started baking bread again, that there was sunshine and delayed Christmas presents, time spend in the garden and on diy projects (knitting, crochet and wreath making), that we dog sat and that I went on some walks in the neighborhood. What it does not show you is how busy January was at work. I agreed to teach two undergrads who work in the lab and it took some getting used to to integrating their schedule in mine. But it also is a lot of fun even if it requires so much talking all day long. It does not show you the time it took to write e-mails to my son’s class regarding an upcoming science camp or the time spend shuttling the kids around to new classes (pottery and gymnastics). My daughter had a competition with her jazz band and my son had his second junior black belt test in Taekwondo. All very exciting. It does not show my inner struggle with the upcoming switch to high school or that I have been keeping up with my exercise better than in previous years. I managed to go to the gym or on a run 2-3 times per week what is a step in the right direction. One of my former colleagues mentioned on Instagram that she does not know how I do it all but I guess it’s an explanation why I have not been on the blog for almost a month. I will be back, promise. But tell me, how was your January?


13 thoughts on “Procrastination”

  1. Your pictures are great! It sounds like you had a very busy January.

    I am on Facebook, that is the social media that I use the most. I mostly use it to keep up with friends, though I also am in a Buy Nothing group, which is really handy, and I belong to some travel groups (like ‘Things to do in Paris’, that kind of thing) from when I was planning my trip to France last year. I still like looking at them and seeing what people are doing. I am on Instagram, but rarely remember to check it out and post almost never.

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    1. For some reason most of my friends slowly disappeared on Facebook and the amount of ads I see on there these days drives me crazy. If you have a secret how to turn them off, that would be much appreciated 😉 It seems most of my younger co-workers prefer Instagram – I think it’s nice to see where they go in life after UC Berkeley.


      1. I have a feeling some of my friends are more often on Instagram as well, but I don’t know it because I forget to check there. Regarding ads, sadly, no I have no idea. I’m afraid that I have actually purchased a few things from there, and I always regret it. Yay Cal! That’s where my daughter and several of her friends went. 🙂

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      2. Those ads are sometimes tempting, aren’t they? I am trying hard to buy more local – that helps with that 😉 If you go on the three dots in the right upper corner there is actually an option to turn the ads off, or at least see less of them.


    1. So far I like it – it makes you pause for a second and think about your day. We will see if I can keep it up. The good thing is that it does not take me quite as long as writing a blog post does. Oh, how I wish the day had 48 hours…


  2. Your pictures ARE great. I love the artistry in all these little snapshots of your life.

    Also: helping kids navigate school is no joke!

    And I agree – a day with 48 hours in it would be so helpful (or for me to not need to sleep anymore would also work).

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  3. I love seeing your pictures on instagram. I somehow missed the group decision to do the 365 project. I might have. Been tempted to jump in but then I do so many challenges already.

    I use Instagram the most when it comes to Social Media. But since I am a social media manager I have accounts everywhere (Linkedin, sing, YouTube, TikTok, 2 x Facebook, etc.) And while I prefer images personally I need to do more reels to stay on top of industry trends. So I am sorry to share more reels this year. It is actually part of my business goal. But many images coming your way too starting February 22.

    I am sorry you are struggling with the high school stuff. I remember going also to a school where I knew no one but my little sister – not ideal as a teenager. However in retrospective I am happy my parents made me go to that school. Hope you find a good solution for your daughter and yourself as family.

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    1. Yes, it sounds like being on social media comes with the job for you.
      Taking a picture every day was more a spur of the moment thing for me. I thought it would be nice to look back on the year.
      I saw that you are planning on the 100 day project and I am very tempted 😉
      And as for highschool: I am sure it’s going to work out. To me it’s just stressful that I don’t understand the system quite yet.


  4. I’m so glad you’re doing Project 365 this year! It can be a bit of a pain sometimes to remember to take a picture every day (especially on days when nothing special happens), but I love looking back on the year in this way.

    The only social media I really use is Instagram. I have a Twitter account, but haven’t tweeted in YEARS. I also have Facebook, but don’t really use it. I keep it because sometimes I sell things on FB Marketplace.

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  5. I relate to the feelings of a weird transition between the holidays (down time) and the start of the new year (when things pick up again). I’ve been enjoying your Project 365 on IG.

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