This wouldn’t have been such a big deal if I was the type of girl who regularly backed stuff up on her computer.
But, sadly, I am not that type of girl.
I’m more like the type of girl who tells herself she should really back things up, but then spends eight hours watching Kim of Queens instead.
In fact, when my computer crashed, I hadn’t backed up anything for four months. I also hadn’t bothered to update my online photo albums in, errm, forever.
So, basically, I lost every single photo I took this summer.
This wouldn’t have been such a big deal if I wasn’t the type of girl who took eleventy kajillion photos every time I go somewhere.
But I totally am that type of girl. Seriously, you guys, I’ve been known to take fifty photos of my breakfast, so you can imagine how many photos I take when I’m faced with something that’s actually photo-worthy.
And, while I didn’t go on any big trips this summer, I did go on lots of weekend and day trips around Michigan. Which means I saw a lot of photo-worthy stuff and did a lot of photo-worthy things and ate a lot of photo-worthy food. And I took pictures of ALL of it. Every single bit of it.
And now all the photos are gone.
Needless to say, I’ve been pretty bummed about this.
But in an effort to make some lemonade out of lemons, I’ve decided to recreate the photos from my various summer trips and events. But because I’m lazy and poor and didn’t really want to have to do anything that would require me to change out of my yoga pants, I decided that instead of traveling around Michigan to recreate the photos, I’d just recreate the photos at home using items I could find around my apartment.
And my cat.
Which means my recreated photos probably ended up being better than my original photos.
I mean, what’s better than photos of of fun summer stuff?
Photos of fun summer stuff WITH A CAT!
Sleeping Bear DunesAs you may recall, one of my first trips this summer was to northern lower Michigan, where I hiked Sleeping Bear Dunes.
I almost died trekking up and down those dunes, but that didn’t stop me from taking ninety billion photos. Because, apparently, this is how I cope with my pending death — I take photos. Primarily of sand.
While, I have to admit it was a bit tricky recreating this geological wonder in an apartment that’s roughly the size of a postage stamp, I think I did a pretty decent job.
Behold, Sleeping Bear Dunes as recreated on my bed :
Can’t you just feel the sun beating down on me as I trudge through endless hills of sand?
Can’t you just see that teensy bit of blue that is Lake Michigan taunting me?
Can’t you just sense my despair and desperation as I realize that I have no more water left in my water bottle and I’m going to DIE OUT HERE.
How about this:
Does that help?
Not to worry. I didn’t die.
And in the apartment-recreated version of this trip, my cat arrived to show those sand dunes who’s boss.
She also managed to capture and demolish the ever illusive Sleeping Bear Dunes jiggly-cat-toy.
All the Summer Festivals and FairsI went to at least a half dozen different summer fairs and festivals this summer.
In fact, I can’t even remember all the different festivals and fairs I went to because I have a crappy memory. I usually just use my photos to remind me of what I’ve done.
So, basically, by erasing all my photos from the past four months, I’ve erased all the memories from my head from the past four months. It’s like I have amnesia, but a really rare form of amnesia called WHY DIDN’T I BACK UP MY COMPUTER??? amnesia. I expect the medical journals will start investigating me for science.
So, given my lack of distinctive memories for each fair and festival I went to, I’ve decided to lump all the festivals and fairs together.
See, here I am, standing in a big huge crowd of festival-goers. Don’t we look like we’re having fun?
Nevermind, the fact that my head is a bajillion times bigger than everyone else’s head. It’s just because I was holding my camera weird and the perspective is all wrong. Well, that and the fact that they’ve all been cut out of magazines.
I do have to say that recreating the festivals and fairs was probably more enjoyable for me than actually going to the festivals and fairs. First of all, I got to use a glue stick which is always my favorite. And I didn’t get filled up with crowd-rage and want to kill anyone, which is usually what happens to me when I go to a festival or fair.
My cat also really enjoyed it.Or, at least, she enjoyed chewing on my fellow festival-goers. Because, apparently, magazine people are DELICIOUS.
Solo Camping TripsI took two solo camping trips this summer, which means I took eleventy billion photos of myself sitting, drink in hand, in front of a campfire
I think I’m saddest of all to lose these photos. Because, you guys, I MADE THAT FIRE WITH MY TWO BARE HANDS.
Luckily, Google images has me covered.
All the Beach-Feet SelfiesAs a newly minted Michigander, I felt it my duty to take a least a couple trips to the shores of Lake Michigan this summer.
Mind you, I never actually went into the water because that would require buying a swimsuit and getting sand into places I’d rather not talk about, but I did stand on the beach and take a couple billion beach-feet selfies.
And, while, again, I have to say it was a bit difficult trying to recreate the wonder that is a Great Lake in my teeny-tiny little apartment, my cat really helped out with this one.
In fact, I think she finally started to understand the scope of this whole project.
Can you see how she just got right in there and became Lake Michigan?
Of course, I don’t remember Lake Michigan having a tail.
The LighthousesAnd, of course, what trip to Lake Michigan wouldn’t be complete without some lighthouses?
You have to admit, the likeness is uncanny, right?
I mean, compare the photo above to the photo below, which I took of the lighthouse at South Haven last weekend:
I bet you can’t even tell the two apart, right?
The only big difference is that the lighthouse at South Haven didn’t have a cat sitting next to it ready to tear it apart and eat it.
But, if only it had!
Now that would have been awesome. And terrifying.
But, mostly, awesome.Have you ever lost a large amount of photos? How did you cope?