365 Pictures - 365 of 365

Sure, I took better pictures on the day of New Year’s Eve, but no picture captured the day or my family better than this one. Here we are, sitting together amidst the pile of plowed snow that is our front yard, Stephanie’s wearing that smile that I love so much. Kaylee’s holding on to her Kaylee-sized shovel for dear life, and wondering why we’re bothering with pictures when there is still white stuff to clean off of our parking spaces. Me, I’m sitting in the back. You can’t see me smiling, but I am. I’m surrounded by the people who matter most, and I’m having a glorious time taking pictures of us all, even though the snow is soaking through the seat of my pants.

If I’ve learned anything from taking pictures every day this year, it’s that the ones with my family in them are the ones that I treasure most. It doesn’t matter if they’re good or bad to me. I may not be a better photographer than I was three hundred and sixty-five days ago, but I do feel like I have a better perspective on my world.

Top 25 Songs of 2007

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Because you demanded it (and by "you," I mean my imaginary friend Silas), here are the Top 25 Songs of 2007, according to the ChrisClark charts at Last.fm.

  1. “Since U Been Gone” by Kelly Clarkson
  2. “The Beginning of the End” by Nine Inch Nails
  3. “Don't Dream It's Over” by Sixpence None the Richer
  4. “My Violent Heart” by Nine Inch Nails
  5. “Rain King” by Counting Crows
  6. “Breathe” by Michelle Branch
  7. “Survivalism” by Nine Inch Nails
  8. “Capital G” by Nine Inch Nails
  9. “Me, I'm Not” by Nine Inch Nails
  10. “Misery Business” by Paramore
  11. “Nikita Says Love (The Cold War)” by The Pluto Tapes
  12. “Winding Road” by Bonnie Somerville
  13. “World On Fire” by Sarah McLachlan
  14. “Undefined Vibe” by The Pluto Tapes
  15. “Ice Cream” by Sarah Mclachlan
  16. “The Big Come Down” by Nine Inch Nails
  17. “Caught Up In You” by .38 Special
  18. “Our Lips Are Sealed” by The Juliet Dagger
  19. “Every Breath You Take” by The Police
  20. “Road to Nowhere” by Talking Heads
  21. “Band of the Year 1995” by The Pluto Tapes
  22. “Pink Houses” by John Cougar Mellencamp
  23. “Push” by The Cure
  24. “Somebody To Shove” by Soul Asylum
  25. “The Only Living Boy in New York” by Simon & Garfunkel

Last.fm, if you're not familiar, tracks all of the songs that you play in iTunes or whatever other jukebox program you use. You can even set it up to track songs played in online streaming sites like Pandora, which I listen to a lot at work. The songs I've listed here are the twenty-five that I listened to the most during the year 2007, so I think they paint a fairly accurate picture of what a pop bubblegum whore I am. There's a lot of Nine Inch Nails, sure. But did I really hear "Don’t Dream It's Over" that many times this year? I guess so.

I’ve omitted songs from *Celtic Twilight, which we played frequently for Kaylee at bed- and nap-time.*

365 Pictures - 364 of 365

We spent the Sunday before New Year’s at my parents house, playing Peanuts Monopoly and watching football games that paled in comparison to the awesomeness of the Patriots-Giants contest from the night before. Since pulling Peanuts Monopoly out of the closet about a week ago (it was a gift from our friend Stacey—at least I think it was Stacey—from a few years back), I’ve been wanting to take this picture. I remain endlessly amused by the inadvertent racism here. You can buy Franklin, the black kid, for $140? I mean, sure, Schroeder’s right there next to him, but is Schroeder’s piano-playing ability really make him twenty dollars more valuable than a brotha?

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As the end of the year approached (and, therefore, the end of the 365 Pictures project), I was still slipping up on a regular basis and nearly forgetting to take a picture of the day. This is a shot of the shelves just to the left of our iMac. From left to right, you’ve got Quicken 2007, Mac OS X Leopard, iLife ‘08, Monopoly Here & Now, and Sesame Street First Steps. There are also a couple of battery packs for our digital camera, a couple of plastic holders for flash memory cards, and a Best Buy receipt.

I’m not really sure why I felt the need to describe to you what you can plainly see. I guess you’ll just have to chalk it up to the usual ChrisClark weirdness.