Okay, guys, I’ve never use this blog for anything that’s unrelated, but a friend and I just started a new blog and could really use the exposure, so I hope you don’t mind a quick pitch!

Basically, I found the above book in a used bookstore last week. One of those super cool used bookstores that looks like it’s out of the movies, with super narrow, super high wooden shelves. No clue how I found the book.

But my friend, Josh, and I thought it would be fun to do a project a week and document it for everyone, since there are some really funny projects in there. For example:

  • Mail some money, chopsticks, and a Chinese takeout menu to an unemployed friend and keep it anonymous
  • Bake a key lime pie then leave a box of limes, pictures of you eating the pie, and your recipe in public and hope someone takes it home to also make a pie.
  • Hold funerals for discarded umbrellas after it rains.
  • Go to a place you’ve never been, take a picture of yourself, and never return there for as long as you live.
  • Write an erotic story that takes place in a laundromat.

There are 47 other projects in this book, and there are even more on the 52 projects website, so we’ll continue it once we’ve done them all. We’re hoping other people do some of the projects with us and submit their results, but even if people just follow our blog and enjoy our attempts at doing all of madness, we’d really appreciate it :)

As an added bonus, let me know if you follow it, and I’ll follow you and promo you!

So please follow: Waterloo52

THANKS, LOVELIES <3

I found a note in a book I borrowed from the library!

Note says:

Hi! (yes, you who picked up this book)

  I’m actually following a list of projects, just some fun, creative things to do. And the list told me to write a letter and put it in a random book, so that’s what I’m doing :)

  This is supposed to be anonymous, so no names. All I can tell you is that I’m 21, I study in Psychology at UQAM, I’m a girl, and my goal right now, is to make you happy (whoever you are).

  I just want to tell you… be happy, smile :) Maybe you’re having a long day, maybe you’re sad, or tired, maybe you’re worried about something… just tell yourself: anything is possible, everything is fixable and temporary. But the minutes you’re wasting feeling negative aren’t coming back. So SMILE, enjoy this life. Right now, right this second, call or text something you love. Just tell them: I love you. It will feel so good, trust me.

  Also, take a second to think about at least one thing that made you happy today. Do that everyday. Also, smile a lot, all the time, even if you look stupid :D because smiling can actually make you happy.

  Be good. Maybe you’re being unfair right now, or resentful, or not loving someone the way they should be loved. Stop doing that. Be good, and kind, and always ALWAYS grateful for what you have.

  Forgive people, even if they don’t deserve forgiveness. Forgive them and MOVE ON. Remember: The first to apologize is the bravest, the first to forgive is the strongest, and the first to forget is the happiest.

  Give love a chance. If you’re a man, treat your wife, girlfriend, lover with the love she deserves. If you’re a woman, treat your man like your child (you know what I mean, men can be as adorable and as stubborn as children). If you’re single, you’ll find your other half! He or she is out there waiting for you. Can’t you feel it?! ♡

  I’ve written enough for today… If you can, do the same! I don’t know who you are but MAN THIS FEELS GOOD!!! I hope I’ve made you smile at least once, I hope I’ve given you hope, and I hope you find this as cool as I think it is. HAHA

  So stay safe, stay happy (ALWAYS), and take care!!

                                                     Sincerely, ME

P.S. Good taste in book by the way! This one is great!!

(if you have instagram, post this and #52projects. That way I’ll be able to see it, and know what you thought about it!!!:) )

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Hahah, this was so cute xD Definately made me smile. :)

And since I don’t have instagram, I’ll just tag it here :C

I’ve always wanted to do a project 365 type of photo documentation, but I end up quitting too soon or feel I have nothing to photograph. After discovering the 52 Projects and feeling those were something I’d be motivated to stick to, I decided I give this a shot. So here’s the first of an ongoing series for number 21.

21: Take a picture every day for a month. Have your digital camera at the ready, and make sure to either take a picture of the same scene every day at the same time for 30 days, or just go about your day and make sure to take one picture each day for a month. You could also take a daily picture of yourself, or someone you are close to, for 30 days straight. At the end of the month, get the photos printed and organize them into chronological order. Then, place the photos into some kind of a book or photo album, or make a poster out of them, put them in a special box, post them on a bulletin board, or hang them on a wall or along a clothesline.

So starting with this picture (which I took on December 1st) this marks the first time I had oven roasted squash. I got it from a pumpkin patch I visited in October and figured why not give it a shot. After looking it up on the internet, I figured out it was a delicata squash, looked a my a few recipe ideas, and paired it with some salmon and a quinoa and brown rice mixture. It was one of my fancier food fixes, and while still relatively simple- actually taking the time to make a nice dinner was my “me time”. No it wasn’t grandiose big gesture, or the typical twenty-year old definition of it, but it’s the little things that keep me going, and while I was a little nervous to try the mystery squash, it turns out it to be surprisingly delicious, and I learned that i actually really like squash.

Make some art, maybe a photograph or a painting or a drawing. Put the art in a nice frame, one that isn’t brand new. Then, hang your framed art in a place you aren’t suppose to, but where people will assume it is supposed to be, like the lobby of your apartment building, in the hallway at your office, on the smallest wall in a motel room, in the quiet corner of a library, outside the downstair’s restroom at a restaurant or bar, the back room of a club, in the bathroom of a museum.

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Project #5: Make some art, maybe a photograph or a painting or a drawing. Put the art in a nice frame, one that isn’t brand new. Then, hang your framed art in a place you aren’t suppose to, but where people will assume it is supposed to be, like the lobby of your apartment building, in the hallway at your office, on the smallest wall in a motel room, in the quiet corner of a library, outside the downstair’s restroom at a restaurant or bar, the back room of a club, in the bathroom of a museum.

This challenge scared me. We ate at an Indian restaurant - the same place where we ate the day we decided to do this entire project - and the waitress saw us with frames. Now they’re going to see new pictures in their bathrooms and know it was us. How will we ever show our faces there again? I worry too much.

But once we were done eating, we took those peel and stick hooks, went into the bathroom, and hung them up! Mine is a picture I took of Rudyard Kipling’s house. He’s the man who wrote The Jungle Book. I used to live in England, and when I was there, I visited the house for a day. It’s not too fascinating of a picture, but I needed something that looked nice so it would blend in. We’re planning on going back in a few weeks to see if our pictures are still there!

- Jess

Get a regular-sized envelope. Address it to someone special. Then, stuff it with as many things as you can: a letter, photographs, ripped out magazine articles, photocopies of poems, a short story, or passages from a novel, recipes, clipped newspaper articles, art work, poems or stories you’ve written… Anything that can be folded up and put in the envelope. Make sure to stuff it so full that you need to use tape to keep it sealed. This envelope should have serious heft. Once it’s sealed, get the proper postage put on it (definitely use stamps) and mail it off.

Project 5 will be posted early

Josh and I are going out in a few hours for project #5! I’m nervous. I don’t want to be caught in the act because I could get in trouble. And so would Josh, but I’m a bigger wimp than he is.

OH THE ANXIETY.

Update will be posted early this week. Josh is going on vacation tomorrow, so tonight is the only time we can both post. We’ll discuss how the next couple projects will go since we’ll be apart, and keep you posted

- Jess

35/52 _ Apareceste à porta do meu quarto já vestida e calçada, a pedir uma trança.
Disse-te: “Se vais andar na trotinete é melhor calçares ténis.” ao que prontamente respondeste a gesticular “Mas eu não vou andar de trotinete, vou andar de triciclo e isso não gasta sapatos, por isso vou de sandálias.”

| A portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week, in 2014. |

PROJECT #1: Find your old letters. Gather up all of the letters that one of your oldest friends has sent to you over the years. Photocopy the letters. Put the photocopies in an envelope, and then mail off the envelope to your friend.

I had to improvise here, since I didn’t really have any letters. What I did have, though, is Facebook conversations. I first got Facebook in mid-2007, but there were no real conversations on it between my best friend, Geneva, and I until August 2009. We’ve been friends since 1997, but I went off to university in 2008. In August 2009, she was preparing to do the same. That meant that when I went back to our hometown to visit my parents, she wouldn’t be there.

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So we had a sappy talk about missing each other and what it would be like to be COMPLETELY apart for the first time ever. It’s actually a really boring conversation though, so I don’t want to bore you all with it. I wrote little notes in the margins to make fun of our 18/19 year old selves though, so I’ll point those out.

  • I used to send sappy best friend quotes to her constantly because I’m a nerd.
  • I used the word “chillaxing”.
  • Geneva called me “Miss Lulu” because when we were 14 or 15, we were lame and called each other Lulu and Lala and I guess it stuck.
  • I said “hehehe” like a creep.
  • Geneva used to use the word “jenk” to describe something that sucks and “dwank” as an insult.
  • I listed my classes, but since I skipped so much in university, I don’t recall being enrolled in most of them. Learn from my mistakes, as they kicked me out.
  • Instead of describing things as “epic”, I would call things “apocalyptic” because I thought it was cooler.

Moral of the story: I’m glad I’m turning 23 this year and I’m not recently-19 anymore. I was incredibly lame.

- Jess

PS: Josh’s own letter will be posted later tonight but in the meantime, find an old letter of your own and share it! I have a bonus letter which is quite hilarious and embarrassing that I’ll share if we get a submission of any sort (letter, Facebook conversation, IMs, etc.)

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