Photo An Hour: Saturday 5 October, 2013

October 8th, 2013 - filed under: Furthermore » Another Lost Weekend

I remember when I was in college, in my early twenties, in the early oughts, and my roommate asked me one morning, “Do you know what a meme is?” And I . . . had no idea what she was talking about! And isn’t that crazy? Oh, how times have changed.

So there’s this meme that’s popular in the lifestyle blogging world, and I’ve always wanted to try it. As a compulsive documentarian, I’ve attempted to record my life in many iterations of photo-essay, from the small (ie, What I Ate Wednesdays) to the grand (like a good ol’ 365 project) and pretty much everything in between. And this meme – A Photo An Hour – seems like a logical next step.

I can’t decide if I’ll do it again (you tell me?), but I’m glad I finally tried it. It’s an interesting way to both a) move through your day (What will I be doing in an hour from now? 2 hours? What will it look like?) as well as b) reflect back on your day (Wow, I sure did a lot of *that*. Or maybe – I didn’t do much of anything. Or maybe – this doesn’t show what I really did!)

This is what my day looked like this past Saturday, broken down by hourly intervals. Waits was with Damian all day.

8:00 am
Bunny hair and sleepy eyes. Sigh, I guess it’s time to get up and start this day.

8:30 am
Starting the day, take 2. A wiggly wake-up call. Okay okay FINE! Now we’re getting up.

9:30 am
Breakfast for two. Pudla with sautéed onion and zucchini, plus kalamata olives, topped with a sprinkle of vegan cheese and some heirloom tomato. Served with salsa and of course, a steaming vat of black tea + stevia + almond milk.

10:30 am
A canine date on the floor with this guy, and this book. My life has recently veered sharply off its expected course, onto a different road entirely, actually. Sometimes change is slow-growth, like a giant Sequoia redwood tree. But other times, it picks you up, spins you around, and launches you towards your future like a gosh darn shot-put.

I’m currently experiencing the latter.

11:30 am
A non-canine date with my beau, a study break down at the Farmer’s market. Wandering hand-in-hand, taking in all the inspiration (and plotting our dinner).

12:30 pm
Back home. More of this.

1:30 pm
Another pause in the studying. Will break for plant blood. I made us juice with beets + their greens, cucumber, parsley, ginger, and apples. A pint apiece.

2:30 pm
More of the same.

The problem with shot-put style change is that it doesn’t leave much time for planning. I had all of 9 days – count them NINE LITTLE DAYS – to completely prepare for the GRE. I think this is what they call “cramming”.

3:30 pm
A snack. Still studying, but simultaneously snacking on chips with black beans, guac, and salsa.

4:30 pm
We ran some errands on our bikes. A trip to the hardware store, plus picking up a few things for dinner. Afternoon bike rides are pretty fantastic.

5:30 pm

6:30 pm
Done! I come into the kitchen; he’s already prepping dinner. These shiitakes are ready for roasting.

One of our very, verymost favorite things to do together is cook. Long, slow, lazy meals made without recipes, with our own imaginations, created and recreated along the way. This intimate culinary collaboration has truly become one of my happiest places on earth.

7:30 pm
Roasted cauliflower coming out, homemade mushroom lentil loaf going in . . .

8:30 pm
Dinner outside. Mushroom lentil loaf with barbecue sauce and vegan Jack, Farmer’s Market asparagus, and mashed FarMar cauliflower with roasted garlic and truffle salt. Do I even need to mention that this meal was absolutely divine? Well for the record, it was.

9:30 pm
Burning sage. Because we were sort of performing a little ceremony. Oh god, yes you can totally tease us for being such ridiculous hippies.

The rest of the night was basically boring, sort of puttering-cleaning-mundane sort of stuff, and I mostly let the camera rest. There was a good session of this before bed though:

And I totally won!

PS – I took these photos on Saturday but I’m posting them on Wednesday, and I’m taking the GRE on Thursday which means . . . please with me luck!

  • katta


  • Anastasia

    Good luck!! You’ll do great :]

  • Lynn

    Good Luck! *positive vibes!* I should give one of these photo studies a try! I have a sage bundle too! I use it every time we move to a new place to clean out any negative energy, and I sage the house/apartment on New Years Day :)

  • Lindsey

    Love the pictures! Good Luck On The Test!!!!!!!!!!! :)

  • lysette

    Good Luck!

    Positive affirmation for the exam “Everything will come back to me when I need it” :)

  • Monika {windycityvegan}

    Best of luck, you crazy hippie! I burn sage bundles, too, and we have a Ganesha over one entrance, and a Japanese demon netsuke over the other. Oh, and Nina uses a dream catcher that was hand crafted on the reservation near our family’s summer cabin. Sending you tons of positive vibes from my hippie corner of the world!

  • Rachel Piotraschke

    Good luck, girl! I’m sure you’ll rock it!! Love the pictures and that dinner looks UNREAL (and I’m not even vegan!)

  • Amanda

    Excited to see where your GRE adventures take you. I, too, am jumping in after having graduated undergrad 15 years(!) ago. Oh, new directions!

  • Deirdre

    Best wishes!

  • Courtney Bliss

    Good luck! I took the GRE recently too. It’s not as bad as you think. I know you’ll do amazing!

  • stephie137

    Good luck! Don’t stress, you’ll do great…just breathe and execute!

  • Jessica Sapoznick

    you’re so fun! loved this look into your day. BREAK A LEG on the GRE. you’re going to do great!!!

  • jes_divine

    UUUUGGGGGHHHH, the GRE (*pained sigh*). I wish you mountains of luck!!! You’ve got it! :D

  • Katie

    LOL. I just did the GRE cram thing when I decided in July to start my PhD this fall (had to take the GMAT for my MBA and they didn’t take it. Grrr). Registered for the test on a Friday and took it the next Thursday. The best study aid for me was taking the practice tests (even the writing) online. It familiarizes you with the format and it’s amazing how much confidence it gives you to at least know what your computer screen is going to look like. Good luck!

  • AndreaMcBrown

    GOOD LUCK! You’ll do amazing! :)

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Thank you Katta!

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Thanks Anastasia, I hope o!

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Sage is magical and makes everything clean. =) Thanks for the good vibes!

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Thanks Lindsey!

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Ooh, good affirmation. My graduate advisor said “It is what it is, and it does not define you.” I’ll use both of them on test day. =)

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Thank you, fellow crazy hippie!

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Dinner was totally epic. Thanks for the luck!

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Wow 15 years! Good luck with everything. I’ve been out of school for 6 and I just can’t wait to get back. =)

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Thanks Deirdre!

  • Sayward Rebhal

    I hope it’s not too bad. Thanks for the vote of confidence!

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Great advice, thanks Stephanie!

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Aww, thanks Jessica, it was a fun day. And thanks for the GRE luck!

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Thank you!!!

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Haha, sounds like a very similar situation. My graduate advisor is trying to fast track me into a late admission for this year, so starting winter quarter. It’s all happening so fast but I’m super excited! And happy to be getting this GRE part out of the way . . .

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Thank you!

  • Kylie

    Lots and lots of overwhelming luck to you!!!

  • narf7

    Beaming luck to you. As a fellow penniless student hippy we need all the luck we can get! Cramming only goes so far, you need to waft a LOT of sage to get all of that useless bampf to stick long enough to make it to the page…here’s hoping you ace it and the questions are all loaded towards something that stuck in your head ;)

  • Kate

    Best of luck luck luck luck and break all the legs. I have missed you and your writing and am so glad you are back.

    And I know, change. But you were ripe for it anyway. Love and light.

  • souperbee

    Best of luck!!! And LOVED the A Photo An Hour post. More please . . . when you have time!

  • veronika

    wow, good luck!
    writing my thesis now, defending by the end of this quarter… i don’t even remember taking the GRE! seems like lifetimes (and marriage, and baby…) ago :)

    what field are you going into?

  • skeptk_vegan


  • vegyogini

    Good luck, Sayward! (P.S. I totally sage…and chant mantras and…)

  • bohemianmatka

    Crossing fingers and toes for you… good luck today! :)

  • Rachel

    I wish you all the best luck today! The GRE is…a hoop, the first big one of graduate school (which is full of hoops!). Just get through the hoop! I’m super excited for you and your graduate school journey. Wondering if you’re going back into ecology and I might see you at conferences in the future… In any case, luck luck luck!!!

  • Vegenista

    Oh lady, I feel ya! I’ve been cramming too. Hoping to take the dreaded test at the end of November. Good luck!

  • Kt

    Love the photo an hour concept!! Great job! Congrats on taking the step to getting your GRE – good for you!!

  • Sarah

    Lots of luck, though I’m sure you won’t need it! I’m thinking of going back to do a PhD, scary and exciting all at once! :)

  • luminousvegans

    Lovely idea for a blog post. I am very similar and those 365 projects, etc have always captivated me, but never enough to do it. I think you’ve inspired me. I may try this out. Good luck with the GRE. I took it many years ago and it was definitely a tough test. I did not have the patience to study hard core like yourself so I’m sure your hard work will pay off.

  • Brie

    Love it.

  • Red

    I’m a newbie to your blog… loves it!

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  • gea

    This was a great post. And i love how real and happy you seem. Transition can be hard but you find joy in the simple things and its so refreshing and inspiring. <3

  • Julie

    Oh Lord. Remind me to never visit here again. Call it what you will, but can you spell total narcissism?