Good-bye Summer!

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I’m excited for summer to be over. Fall has pretty much always been my favorite season. It comes with pretty colors, cooler temperatures, and the ability to wear lots of layers.

Now that I’m in the land of perpetual summer, I’ll just have to settle for slightly cooler temperatures. It’s no secret that I’ve been hating the heat here in Los Angeles. I don’t have air conditioning, so I’m dealing with open windows and a few fans. I’m dealing with it by eating lots of homemade popsicles, hiding in air conditioned places, and trying my best not to move.

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Heat isn’t the only reason I’m excited for summer to be over though. This summer in particular has had more than it’s fair share of craziness, and I’m excited that all that crazy seems to be winding down. I started the season in Los Angeles, went back to San Francisco, and then returned to LA again. I’m done moving for a while, and I’m so glad to be staying in one place for a whole year.

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This summer has included some pretty awesome things. I got to reconnect with old friends. I got to spend time climbing, yogaing, and photographing. I got a chance to learn from some truly fantastic people, and get to know some people who I’m certain will become some of my dearest friends.

This summer gave me a taste of what the future could be. Conversations with smart, creative people and growing into my own work and experience. And while I’m excited for all of those things, right now I’m just glad that fall is on the horizon. My last semester or remote learning will give some structure to my life, and (hopefully) the change in season will give me a bit of a break from this heat.

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The best thing I did to help, was actually coincidental. I cut my hair to go along with the #hairforhazel and #itgrows back campaign, and wound up with a cute (slightly uneven) bob. Not only is this fantastic for wearing in general, but this style also fits neatly under my helmet so now I don’t have to worry about my hair getting caught in my helmet or jacket. I donated 12 inches of hair, sent it off last week. I hadn’t been expecting to go short again, but it seems to have worked out to be perfect timing.

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What was the best thing that happened to you this summer? Are you sad summer is ending, or excited about fall?

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From My Lens: Seattle in Pictures

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I wanted to share a few pictures from my weekend in Seattle… you know, about a week late.  I went to visit my friend Allason and we got a chance to hang out with another friend from our high school and see some of the city.  Al has also been an intern for the Seattle International Film Festival, so we got to go to one of the SIFF parties so I could meet some of her co-workers.

These pictures are mostly from the Ballard Locks, and from the Olympic Sculpture Garden.  Allason also took a bunch of portraits of me in the Sculpture Garden, one of which is my new profile picture.

I’ve noticed that I tend to be drawn to geometric shapes that appear in everyday life in my photography.  I like the order that they allude to, while at the same time, there is usually some amount of randomness in the frame as well.  I don’t know what that means for my photography (if anything), but I like the affect.

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6 Things I Think I Would Be Good At

Have you ever seen something and thought to yourself “I could do that… and I bet I’d be pretty good at it too.”  I think that sometimes.  For a while I was reading a ton of blogs and thinking to myself exactly that.  So I did it.  Am I good at it?  Well, I’m certainly not terrible.  They haven’t laughed me off the internet yet.

I was thinking about this more recently and thought up some other things I think I would be good at.

  1. Scrapbooking.  Taking pictures and putting them in an album plus making it look pretty?  Yeah, I think I could manage that.  I’ve been watching a few bloggers work on Project Life and I think it would be fun.  Someday I’ll get to it.
  2. Travel Writing.  Go to far off places and write about it?  That’s been a part of a plan B for a while now.  Travel writing, as in making money from it?  That might be a little bit harder, but I could probably do that.
  3. Parkour.  I already climb on everything, I could probably take it a step further and try my hand at Parkour.  It would be really hard, and it would take a lot of effort, but I could probably learn a few tricks if I had someone to teach me.
  4. Teaching.  I’ve taught Sunday school before and I’ve taught friends how to do things, so I could maybe be a teacher.  I realize that there’s a lot more to teaching than that, and it takes a lot of time and effort to be good at teaching.  I think I would be a good teacher though, at least in theory.  I’m a pretty patient person and I like kids.
  5. Crocheting.  I love making things with my hands.  I already knit and sew, clearly crocheting is next in the handmade department.
  6. Vlogging.  I follow a lot of video bloggers on YouTube.  I could totally do that!  I know how to edit, and I learned a bit about how online video gets popular in school.  I even have a camera that I could shoot video with.  I guess we’ll see how it goes.

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All this in part to announce that I’ve started a YouTube channel and will be trying my hand at vlogging.  I have an idea of what I’m doing, but probably don’t really know what I’m getting myself into.  You can check out my first video already, and be sure to subscribe if you have a YouTube account.

I don’t know that I will have a schedule for vlogging quite as strictly as I do for blogging.  Down the line I’d like to upload once a week, but for now I’m trying not to put to much pressure on myself.

What do you think you would be good at if you ever gave it a shot?  Do you vlog?  Let me know what your channel is and I’ll check it out.

Writing About Writing (week of May 6)

Monday: journal (2)
Tuesday: journal (4)
blog – YouTube and Gen. C
Wednesday: journal (2)
Thursday: journal (4)
blog – Mother’s Day
Friday: journal (2)
Saturday: journal (3)
blog – You Should Know
blog – Haircut
Sunday: journal (3)

I sort of fell off the wagon here.  Part of me doesn’t really want to talk about it, but the reason I start me week with this is as a reminder of what I’ve accomplished even if it’s a focus on what I haven’t accomplished.  I wrote some blog content, and did a lot of journaling, but didn’t even open the document on my original spec all week.

Last week was tough.  I finally found out the state of my petition to the school, only to quickly discover that it had been approved much earlier than I anticipated and I simply hadn’t been informed.  I’m not going to entirely blame my lack of writing on that, but this news did play a role.  I think the bigger thing hanging over my head last week was how much this is not what I planned for this semester.  More on this later in the week, but this semester hasn’t exactly been good to me.

Moving forward I keep thinking about inertia.  Inertia is a very scientific term, but I think the concept can be applied to all areas of life.  Inertia is the idea that objects in motion stay in motion unless acted upon by an outside force, and conversely: objects at rest stay at rest unless acted upon by an outside force.

When I was in LA I was in motion.  I had my class, and a schedule to stick to that kept me in motion.  When my class ended it was the outside force that slowed my writing and my creativity.  Now, especially last week, I’ve been at rest.  I just need to somehow start the engine again so I can continue.

Yesterday I went to Muir Woods with my parents to celebrate Mother’s Day.  It was at my mom’s request, but I think it may have been just the jump start I need to get myself back in motion.  I took tons of pictures and some video while I was there, and I can’t wait to see how it turned out.

This week I want to make something with the footage I shot in Muir Woods.  I want to write a treatment for the pilot I’ve been putting off.  I want to keep journaling.  I want to get out of the house more, and I want to be inspired by this city.  I want to write flash fiction and poetry.  I want to read books and comics and I want to watch good television.

Related: I just finished the series I was working on on Netflix, any suggestions?

In the Works

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I did an “In the Works” post a few months ago to say what I was working on craft-wise, and I’m happy to be doing another.  I hope to have this be a post that I write up every so often.  A sort of keeping myself accountable post, though not as much as my Writing About Writing series.

This month I’m finishing off a scarf just like the one I mentioned in my last post.  This one is purple, but is made from the same type of yarn and the same technique (knit till it’s long enough).  This one I am planning on donating to the Purple Scarf Project, a project to raise money for pancreatic cancer.  I don’t have much (any) specific connection to pancreatic cancer, but I’m happy to knit something to give away.  I’ll likely knit a third scarf with the same “pattern” for myself in green.

The second picture is a slipper that I’ve started for my mom.  I said that I’d like to have knitting supplies for Christmas and my mom gave me this pattern and yarn to make for her birthday.  This one is tough, I’ve never followed a pattern before.  I’ve restarted twice already, and, well, you can see how far I’ve gotten (not very).  I just can’t seem to get the counting and knitting and watching TV thing down.  Bah. I’ll keep trying though.

The Science of Creativity

It often strikes me how different my sister and I are.  We don’t look alike, we don’t think alike.  People are sometimes surprised to find that we are even related.  My sister is in her first year of an engineering degree, something that is so far beyond my fathoming that I cannot even think of where I would begin.  We are on opposite sides of the spectrum in nearly every way; creative on one, scientific on the other.

Last weekend I visited the Tech Museum in San Jose.  I went with the primary goal to see the museum’s Mythbuster’s exhibit, which was both awesome, and slightly disappointing.  So many people in for the last weekend of it’s showing made it hard to get close enough to anything.  Poor lighting made it hard to read the explanations   What I found more interesting, was the differences in what I was interested in and my sister was interested in.

The other exhibits in the museum were interesting, some more than others.  I quickly tired of the heavily scientific explanations in some, while my sister spent exorbitant amounts of time at them.  Interactive and musical games and drawings were my favorites.  Things that I could play with.  Perhaps I am not, as we say in my family, the target market.  I liked the interactive because it allowed for creativity to take reign, even amidst the highly scientific intonations surrounding me.

It’s amazing how often the two interact.  The type of creative storytelling that I do is only possible from the technological developments in science and engineering.  Engineers must use creativity to develop new innovations of technology.  The question becomes, how can art and science work together to build the future?

Before that future comes to be, we have a lot to learn about each other.  We need to be patient with each other.  Learning the limitations of each can show us the future we are bound to.  Stretching the limitations of one through the lens of the other is what drives innovation.

I am looking forward to the future.  While we know not what it will bring, it seems to us a blank slate on which to draw whatever we choose.  A slate of the new and the different, however that unfolds.

This Has Been: December Edition

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December has been a month of endings, as it usually is.  The end of the year, but also the end of the semester, the end of my time in the Uptown apartment, and the end of my time in Chicago, at least for a little while.

The month started with Renegade, the moved through the last weeks of the semester and a full scale photo shoot.  Along with the end of school can saying goodbye to good friends, classmates, and co-workers.  Some of these people I’ll see in LA in a few months, but others were hugs to last for a long time away.  I will miss them all terribly.  Yes, the internet helps, but chance meetings are rather infrequent on facebook (we should all switch to Twitter and Google+).

Meanwhile, I packed up my apartment to the tune of Annie and cleaned the place like I don’t think it’s ever been cleaned before — with mom’s help of course.  A whilrwind of family and boxes has followed me to San Francisco where I am uncertain of where to settle in to.  My time here so far has been saturated with good friends, lots of tea lattes, and a healthy dose of rain.

Christmas was tons of fun and has left me now working on projects and watching lots of TV (and not all that I’m in control of either).  I’m now wrestling between trying to come up with a schedule for myself for the new year and wanting to leave my time more open.  So many decisions, so little time.

If It Ain’t Broke, Fix It Anyway

As mentioned last week, I’ve taken to crafting while I watch TV.  And considering that I watch a lot of TV, that’s a lot of crafting to be done.  Since then I’ve finished up the scarf I was working on, and started on sewing pockets for a jacket, a project that I’ve been meaning to get to for… probably about two years now.

The thing is, I love the idea of fixing clothing and other thrifty finds so that they are wearable if they weren’t before, but often find myself failing to do so.  Even the best of intentions tend to fall apart when not prioritizing.

While I am still working on the jacket, a completed example of this is sewing softer backs on a pair of flats that I loved, but were wildly uncomfortable.  It didn’t take a too much.  Only a handful of episodes of Leverage, but it was so nice to be able to wear the shoes for a full day without worrying about foot pain.

It got me thinking.  There are a lot of uncomfortable things that we come across in life, but we don’t always fix them.  They’ll do the job, and as long as it’s not too crazy, we’ll deal with the discomfort.

But why?  If something is easy enough to fix, why don’t we go ahead and do it?  Do we not want to rock that boat?  If we change a situation then we can focus on much more important things, a point that often times is overlooked.

I think sometimes we are so focused on what other people will think of us, that we don’t take the time to figure out what’s best for us.  The truth is that everyone else is likely to be equally focused on themselves and will probably not notice you working a scenario for your own benefit.  If they do notice instead of thinking “They shouldn’t be doing that” your onlooker is likely thinking “That’s really smart, I should try that”.

So give it a shot.  Make an uncomfortable situation better.  You’ll breathe easier and be able to focus on more important things.  Like scheduling in time to watch your favorite show or hang out with your besties.

In The Works: TV Time

Recently I’ve taken to crafting while watching TV.  I like that it keeps my hands busy while my mind is working out the plot twists of Angel, Leverage or Fringe.  It also works perfectly with my relatively new rule of no double screens (watching a show and having my laptop open at the same time).  Too much over stimulus!

Since I watch a lot of TV, that’s a lot of crafting time to fill.  Here’s what I’ve got so far.


A pair of shoes.  Okay, I didn’t make the pair of shoes, but they were very uncomfortable and I sewed felt on the backs making them a lot better.  This one took a little bit of fabric, a thimble and a strong needle, 2 episodes of Leverage, an episode of Fringe, and a lot of elbow grease.

A purse fix (picture of this one).  Again, didn’t make the purse, but with the addition of a little bit of felt, it’s stopped making the clicky noise it sometimes did while I walk.


A scarf
.  This one is a gift, so part of me doesn’t want to share a picture, but I’m fairly certain that the recipient does not read the blog.  I’m an Angel marathon and a skein and a half of yarn in, and still going strong.

Up next:
Two skirts.  One was ripped a few weeks ago and needs to be repaired.  Another was purchased in Boston and needs a zipper installed.  Not sure how I’m going to work that one, but I’ll figure it out.
Jacket pockets.  About a year ago I sewed pocket holes into my jean jacket, but messed up as I was supposed to sew in pockets at the same time.  I’ve still been wearing it, but I think it’s high time I sewed some pockets or handwarmy things in there.  I’ve got a plan, just not sure how well it’s going to work.
Jayne hat (Firefly reference).  Has been on my ‘to knit’ list for a very long time, so it may take a bit to get to this one.

Right Now…

finally catching up on all my television shows.  Well, most.  I’m up to date on Fringe, and nearly caught up with Downton Abbey.  !!!!

working, working, working.

knitting a second blue hat for a friend.  I’m going to send it to her and we’ll have matching hats in separate cities.  I’m oddly excited about this.

needing to go to sleep earlier than I have been.  Somehow I don’t see it happening.