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It’s only 9 am, and there are many reasons that this day is a good one already:

1. Woke up at 6 am, and made a start on one of the ideas I had last night
2. I got some exercise this morning, a pleasant walk that left me feeling refreshed
3. Went to Switchboard cafe for the first time, and was charmed and inspired. A coffee before work is nice too.
4. I get the big classroom today!
5. The Shin’s ‘New Slang’ is the track of the morning. I love the parts where they go ‘OoooOooohhh…’

It’s going to be a great day.

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Been repeating this to myself all night: ‘Kindness demonstrates strength. Anger reveals weaknessess.’ I think sometimes, you need to prevent yourself from giving in to anger, to preserve your own sanity. Pretty much the same could be said of any negative emotion that makes you feel bad, like stress or envy. These emotions, or the events that cause them, have their own form of benefit. Like the opportunity to practice patience, for example.

Ahhh… things are not so serious! 

I’ve been watching this show called ‘Being Erica’. It’s about a 30-something year old woman, who is given a therapist that can send her back in time to fix her past mistakes. It’s an interesting concept, but not something I’d do, personally. I have never really understood people who regret their choices, because if you’re a reasonably intelligent person, then you had your reasons. So maybe things didn’t turn out so well, but you can learn from them. I’ve made mistakes. Lots of them. Some of my choices have been pretty stupid ones, but I was going based on the information I had then. I get new information all the time. 

Imagine all the things we could do, or what we could be, if there was no one to judge our mistakes. It’s not a matter of ‘if’ they happens, it’s a matter of ‘when’. So we should just go ahead and try anyway. All things being temporary, mistakes go away too :)

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Summer is starting to get comfy here! It crept up, and here it is at our doorstep. It’s pretty lovely to see girls in bright dresses, and people going for barbeques with ice boxes of beer. 

I’m nibbling on a small piece of cold cheese, and thinking I should get to drawing the poppies I bought yesterday. I think I’m getting more and more ready to be involved in the art world again.

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(The last few were taken with the night mode function. How adorable does the State Library look, all clean, tiny and model-like?) 

I can be really hard on myself when trying to accomplish tasks, because I’m pretty goal-oriented. I get scared that I may not meet those goals perfectly. So today I repeated this mantra to myself: “Don’t attach yourself to outcomes.” And things just flowed! The evening unfolded organically after work, starting with iced chocolates at the latest chocolate cafe on Brunswick Street, then an unexpected dumpling dinner, and ending at an open air bar, overlooking the city center. Most satisfying. 

We tried a Vegemite ganache chocolate, and were bitterly disappointed to find that it tasted pleasant and sweet, rather like a Christmas pudding. We were denied the opportunity to pull faces and proclaim loudly how weird it was! 

A Monday night has never tasted so sweet, knowing that there’s no work tomorrow!

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Does anyone else get a little scared when they get a text early in the morning, or late at night? I’m not sure why, but I do. I try to figure out who the sender might be, even before I get to my phone. 

I have to say, I really love Swedish design. Such good lines, symmetry, and colour. Frugal without being stingy. Straight to the point. Looking at pictures on this blog makes me hunger for a design-crazed life, chowing down on good stuff everyday, and making my own so others may consume and be inspired. Oh you Swedes! I must spend more time with nature, yes?  

Lots of ideas, not as much motivation… yet.

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Just found out that I will be on holiday tomorrow, just like everyone else! Day off work! Excitement! 

Working outside on my balcony, and realize that it’s actually really hard to see what I’m doing. Danged shiny Macbook screens!