Back in September I posted a line onto my personal Facebook wall from the One Line a Day journal that Paul and I keep. It is shown below in pictures, but I'll quote it again here:
Paul: "Second day back at work [from our honeymoon]. Getting more used to the idea that this is forever. B is always so beautiful when I come home."
Me: "Hot dog stand discovered down the street".Believe me, I felt like a chump after reading that almost three years ago. But I got a lot of responses from it on Facebook (score!). Mostly responses chiding me for being so lame, but also a lot of curious minds wanting to know more about our joint journal. I promised to do a blog post about it, so here it is, just 6 months later! Oi vay.
We were given one of these journals for our engagement from a schoolmate of mine (thank you Gillian!) and it's been one of the best gifts we received. There is a space to write the year, your one line and then it repeats 4 more times so you can do it for 5 years. It's been great fun to see what we have been doing the previous year on the exact same day. It's not necessarily made for couples, so we kind of use two years at a time and hope we can squeeze it all in. I haven't been so good about making Paul always write it in, so sometimes it's only me, but I find that it's such an easy way to keep a record.
I've been a big journal keeper since 7th grade and have pretty much written every day since then. I blame it on genetics. I have a great-great-great-great grandmother, Patty Sessions, a pioneer midwife who crossed the plains and delivered thousands of babies. It was from her journals that we know so much about the trek. And you know what? She wrote just ONE LINE A DAY. Weird, huh? She's probably the reason I love blogging so much.
Somehow, in the month of September we are always in another country. For example: on September 15, 2010 we were touring the Familia Sagrada in Barcelona on our honeymoon. The following year we were attending a singing group, Cherubs, of our dear friend's kids in San Francisco. And September 15, 2012 my mom was visiting us in Denmark and we went on a roadtrip up to Sweden to visit Tage Andersen's palace complete with floral masterpieces. It seems like we only vacation, huh? I swear we also do work.
Well, I approached Chronicle Books to see if there was a plan to make One Line a Day into couple's version (there is!) and they were so kind to offer 5 books as a giveaway on the blog. SO, I'm giving 5 lucky readers a copy of One Line a Day. If you made a New Year's resolution to write in your journal and haven't started yet, try this! I promise it's doable. Just one line? Come on!
How to enter:
1. "Like" The House That Lars Built on Facebook and "follow" on Instagram. Bonus votes if you follow elsewhere (Twitter, Pinterest, etc.) and more bonus votes if you share it.
2. And this is so helpful for me, leave a comment in the comment section below telling me how you have entered and giving me someway of contacting you if you are the winner. I can understand if you don't want to leave your email address out in the open, so either email it to me email@example.com or message me on my Facebook site.
3. The giveaway will close a week from today, Monday February 25th at 12:00am PST and the winners will be announced the following day.
PS-thank you Paul for playing a model in these photos. He absolutely hates it, but agreed to do it because frankly, no one else could play his role. That would be odd.