Monday, January 20, 2014

Poopsie and Marigold publish a blog

taken January 20th, 2014

Though there were posts before now, today marks the day that Poopsie and Marigold go public with their adventures!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Poopsie and Marigold make coffee

taken January 16th, 2014

Poopsie and Marigold take selfies

taken January 15th, 2014

Poopsie and Marigold take their meds

taken January 14th, 2014

Poopsie and Marigold do the laundry

taken January 13th, 2014

Poopsie and Marigold make chicken curry

taken January 12th, 2014

Poopsie and Marigold listen to Wait Wait Don't Tell Me on NPR

taken January 11th, 2014

Poopsie and Marigold make tea

taken January 10th, 2014
        Thus begins the story of Poopsie and Marigold. It began on a recent trip to my parents in Vermont, where my expectation had been to take photographs of the landscapes. A huge ice storm hit the day after my arrival, however, and changed the plans a little. I found that driving was out of the question, so any photos I would take would be within walking distance. Luckily for this blog, a half-mile from our house is a little stream, in which the ice was a fantastic and irresistible muse.
         In the stream (it's a brook really) were some pieces that jutted out above the others. Jagged and square (having been cut and pushed out of the ice by the build up of even more ice behind them), they resembled to me the glaciers and icy lands of the far north. I wished suddenly that I had miniature figures with which I could alter the scale of these great ice pieces. I ran home to search in vain for my old polly-pockets (my mother has been slowly clearing away the seemingly unwanted toys of my youth) or other creatures. The only two to be found were these. I grabbed them, and the dog that came with them, and returned to the brook. There they were set upon the ice, and the first picture of this series created.
         When I returned home and was editing the photo, I thought what fun it would be to take more pictures; a series of these two doing every day things in a world far too big for them. Originally they had been sold as a boy (wearing white shirt and blue pants, with short black hair) and a girl (wearing all pink, skirt, and bow). That made me uncomfortable, so I took the skirt off the girl and put it on the boy. Then they seemed to want names. Wanting to stick with the somewhat androgyny I had started, two names, Poopsie and Marigold, came to mind. while they can both be attributed to women, they are so rarely used (at least among people of my acquaintance) that they seemed fitting. I also happen to have a blond friend named Mariel who loves poop jokes, so naming the blond one Poopsie seemed incredibly fitting.
            My goal is to take one picture a day for a year, and see what happens with these two (and their dog). Ultimately it is about fun, and I can only hope it brings you the same joy it has brought to me.