Hello 2007!

I'm feeling a wee bit under the weather, but I went to work anyway (despite having slept poorly last night), and in hindsight that probably wasn't such a good idea. So if I'm not feeling any better on the morrow, I think I'll be staying home (what a way to start the new year, but atleast I'll get to be with T on his last day off...). The peeps at work will no doubt think I've been out binging on New Year's festivities, much teasing to follow...

Anyway. I'm trying to look back at 2006 and the first thing that comes to mind is: "getting a sewing machine". That's not such a big thing, but in a way, it is. My life has changed (not just because of the sewing machine) and I've embraced a whole new way of being creative. Something I never thought would ever happen. Neither did my mum; and she's ever so proud of me (and she tells me so often: thanks mum!).

All this sewing has taught me to be more patient (or maybe I've become more patient and so I was able to finally figure out this sewing lark?) and also to embrace mistakes more (what mistakes? they are PROTOTYPES!) and also, I think, I've become more courageous: I'd never thought I could participate in something like a craft fair before!

It has been a very creative year for me: more drawing, which is very back to basics for me, and I'm loving that a lot. Lots and lots of photography (and lots of walks by the river).

Then I got a job at the end of the year and not much time to do all the creating - hopefully, I'll have more time for that next year, although I don't know yet if I actually get to keep my job in the new year. But fingers crossed for that (although with slightly less hours!).

We're going to Denmark at the end of January, I can't wait. It's going to be so nice to get away for a wee bit. I think we need a holiday. And we deserve one!

Ok, enough babbling... I've watched the (Danish) Queen's New Years speech, and will be watching Dinner for One in a wee bit, both are traditions in my family on New Years Eve (although it would appear that my dad and I are the only ones who appreciate the Dinner...), so I'm ready for 2007 to roll out. And as soon as it does, I'll be heading off to bed!

I wish you a very happy, prosperous and glorious New Year!

Sunday, December 31, 2006 scribbled by Wardi
10:04 PM




To you and yours



It's almost here.. are you ready? We are (we think, anyway...). Presents are wrapped, food has been prepared, presents have arrived from Denmark and the US.

Tomorrow evening we'll have an (almost) traditional Danish Christmas dinner, with caramelized potatoes (oh how I love those!) and ris à la mande, a rice pudding type dessert, with warm cherry sauce. Oh, it's a gorgeous dessert! But T doesn't like it, shame...

It will be strange to not have the Christmas Eve I'm used to. I doubt I'll be able to get T to dance around the tree with me or sing carols, like we do in Denmark. But we will open some presents tomorrow evening. And some on Christmas morning plus some when we go to T's parents' for Christmas dinner.

I just wish I didn't have to work tomorrow or Boxing Day; it makes it seem like Christmas is all too short. Why this obsession with consumption? Can't we take time off from commercialism and spend time with friends and family?

Whatever you're doing, wherever you are, I wish you and yours a very merry, happy, warm and cosy Christmas.

Saturday, December 23, 2006 scribbled by Wardi
6:32 PM




Empress-ive


You are The Empress


Beauty, happiness, pleasure, success, luxury, dissipation.


The Empress is associated with Venus, the feminine planet, so it represents,
beauty, charm, pleasure, luxury, and delight. You may be good at home
decorating, art or anything to do with making things beautiful.


The Empress is a creator, be it creation of life, of romance, of art or business. While the Magician is the primal spark, the idea made real, and the High Priestess is the one who gives the idea a form, the Empress is the womb where it gestates and grows till it is ready to be born. This is why her symbol is Venus, goddess of beautiful things as well as love. Even so, the Empress is more Demeter, goddess of abundance, then sensual Venus. She is the giver of Earthly gifts, yet at the same time, she can, in anger withhold, as Demeter did when her daughter, Persephone, was kidnapped. In fury and grief, she kept the Earth barren till her child was returned to her.


What Tarot Card are You?
Take the Test to Find Out.

scribbled by Wardi
3:45 PM




The most famous Christmas lights in England?


Blurred Harrod's
Originally uploaded by wardi.
I went to the V&A in London today, and since it's just a stone's throw from Harrod's, I thought I'd pop round there and take a picture of the lights.

Although I did that last year as well, but those pictures didn't turn out so well. Neither did this one, but that's what you have image manipulating software for. Viva la motionblur!

There are a couple of (non-) blurred pictures on Flickr...

Tuesday, December 19, 2006 scribbled by Wardi
9:19 PM




Black and white


Milky lace
Originally uploaded by wardi.
NM made an interesting point in the comments on this post, and I totally agree with it.

I also feel that I notice more now that I can take pictures of things. And see things differently. There are things I would previously not have thought of capturing, things that I see every day and might not have given a second thought.

But now I do. There can be interesting images to be found in the mechanics of my sewing machine, a piece of broken glass, kitchen roll, a lamp.

And I can capture it all; in many instances my gut reaction is "OH! I can take a picture of this!". And I do, and I rarely go anywhere without my camera. Like last weekend when we were about to leave to go grocery shopping and I put my camera in my bag and T said "but we're just going shopping, what are you going to take pictures of at Sainsbury's?"

And that's the thing, I don't know. I never know when something may come along that I'd want to take pictures of.

But I'm getting away from the point I wanted to make in response to NM's comment. (Being sidetracked by a phone call with my mum doesn't help either! ;-) )

Anyway.

So I am more aware of the world around me, the little things in particular, but I do feel that the camera sometimes is between me and the situation I am in. It is like taking pictures for the sake of it becomes the main thing and the experience itself comes second.

Not always, but sometimes. Like on the occasion with the goose. A picture can't convey experiences. It can, to some degree, convey emotions. But it can't give me the sense of being in a moment or interacting with something or someone.

Like in this photo. Milk bubbling in a saucepan. The bubbles looked like beautiful, fragile lace and I rushed to get my camera and took a couple of photos. But what the photos can't reproduce are the subtle changes in the bubbles.

I think taking pictures brings me closer to things in some ways, but distances me in others. Sometimes at the same time.

Saturday, December 16, 2006 scribbled by Wardi
6:34 PM




All consuming

Next week the store where I work will be open between 9am and 11pm. I can understand that you'd want to do your shopping early in the morning. Get it out of the way and then you can do other stuff.

But on earth you'd want to do ANY shopping at 11pm is simply beyond me. It's not natural! You should be in bed by then. Or watching telly, kissing your honey or something. Not shopping!

I'm just a bit bummed out by all the mindless consumption I see every day. Buy, buy, buy! Checking lists, dragging sacks of stuff to your car.

People complain that they don't have time to spend with their family and friends - no wonder, you're all out shopping! It makes me sick. I mean, yeah, I buy (some of) my Christmas presents too, but I feel like I do so in a mindful manner. It's not just stuff, stuff, stuff.

Sometimes I just feel like telling people to put down their Barbies and their DVDs and their Little Ponies and go home and spend some time with the people they care about. What are they doing shopping at 9pm, 10pm, 11pm??

And if you must shop, for Christmas, for presents, one would assume that you're doing so to make someone happy. But most people seem to think of it as a chore. Maybe it is. But that's all in your expectations. Yes, there are long queues, what do you expect?! You're not the only one shopping.

Smile at others, it'll make it easier.

But why not just stay at home. That'll make it even easier. Make your own presents. Teach your kids (and yourself?) to make cookies. Write a proper letter to someone, don't just fill in the names of the recipient and the sender on a Christmas card.

I don't know if this is a rant of some sort. Frustration. Tiredness. Don't know.

I refuse to let my job consume my enjoyment of Christmas.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006 scribbled by Wardi
9:06 PM




Goose'd

Today I was randomly looking out of the window and a white shape caught my eye.

Slowly floating through the air was the elegant shape of a white goose. Of course, it wasn't that slow at all, because it disappeared over the roof of the adjacent (sp?) building in a few seconds.

I wanted to grab my camera and take a picture of it, but if I'd gone to get it, I would have missed most of the goose's flight.

It made me think... do I perhaps sometimes focus more on taking pictures than what I'm taking pictures of?

Taking pictures have become very important to me, because I can document the things I make and the experiences I have, even the ones that have very little significance in my life or the grand scheme of things.

And the pictures are a way of sharing those things and experiences with others (especially the people who are far away...), but in a way a picture comes up short. Although you can look at a picture and imagine the situation and/or place to some extent, unless you were actually there, you won't know how it actually felt.

How can a picture convey my surprise, and delight(!), at seeing the goose sailing over the rooftops when I struggle to explain it with words..?

So there's no picture of a goose here, but there is one etched into my mind.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006 scribbled by Wardi
7:17 PM




Six weird things about me

Bad, bad Wardi for not noticing! The fabulous NM tagged me a wee while ago...

1) I can't think of one thing about me that's weird...

2) But taking inspiration from NM: I can sleep with all the lights on, don't bother me one bit! They bother T though. ;-)

3) I don't like walking down stairs. Going up stairs is fine (except if the stairs are of the "suspended in mid-air" type, I'm afraid of heights too), but going down them is not good. I always feel like I'm going to miss a step and fall down the stairs.

4) I don't like doing the dishes, but I'd rather do them myself, cause then I know they've been cleaned the way I want. In Denmark (Scandinavia in general, I think) people do the dishes with a brush and I'm deeply suspicious of the cloth or sponge way of doing it.

5) I like my nails to be fairly long, but I find fake, and unnaturally long, nails to be extremely repulsive.

6) I daily wonder about the origin of words, whether it be words I use all the time (like.. breakfast!), or rare ones (like deluge). It's like a game I play, trying to figure out where the word may have come from, like Latin, French or something else. Sometimes I look up the word, and it's a small gem of joy when I was in the neighbourhood of the right answer.

Right, those were the six weird things about me. Feel free to add more, if you think there's more weirdness to me. And I'm tagging whomever whishes to expose their weirdness to the world.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006 scribbled by Wardi
9:58 PM




"You need to update your blog"*


Last year's Christmas cards
Originally uploaded by wardi.
Indeed I do. So here is an update. Well. Or something.

T had the day off work today, and it's my day off too, so we had a nice relaxing day. Wrapped some Christmas presents,sent some cards and parcels. Slowly crossing Christmas things of the list.

These gift tags are made from Christmas cards from last year. T cut them up this afternoon. He was actually doing something kind of crafty, cause he didn't just cut them, he used the fancy scissors as well! I'm so proud of him. :-)

So. Is there anyone out there who don't have my address to send me a Christmas card? Let me know. And let me know if I haven't got your address... :-)


*Said T.

scribbled by Wardi
9:01 PM




Traditional and comforting, indeed




Cheese Pizza



Traditional and comforting.

You focus on living a quality life.

You're not easily impressed with novelty.

Yet, you easily impress others.


One thing about that quiz, or rather two: for some reason you can only choose to eat your pizza in American cities, and you don't have the option to make your own. If you know me at all, you'd know I'd prefer to eat my pizza in Italy, or to make it myself. ;-)





You Are 28% Control Freak



You have achieved the perfect balance of control and letting go.

You tend to roll with whatever life brings, but you never get complacent.


Yeah, right!





You Are 4% Capitalist, 96% Socialist



You see a lot of injustice in the world, and you'd like to see it fixed.

As far as you're concerned, all the wrong people have the power.

You're strongly in favor of the redistribution of wealth - and more protection for the average person.


Now, where's my Communist Party membership card?





You Are a Kinetic Learner



You learn best by doing, and you have a talent for complicated, physical tasks.

You excel at athletics, drama, and fixing things.

You would be an excellent Olympic athlete - or a Broadway star!


Ha! Hahahahahahaha!!!





You're Totally Sarcastic



You sarcastic? Never! You're as sweet as a baby bunny.

Seriously, though, you have a sharp tongue - and you aren't afraid to use it.

And if people are too wimpy to deal with your attitutde, then too bad. So sad.


Seriously?





You Are a Newborn Soul



You are tolerant, accepting, and willing to give anyone a chance.

On the flip side, you're easy to read and easily influenced by others.

You have a fresh perspective on life, and you can be very creative.

Noconformist and nontraditional, you've never met anyone who's like you.



Inventive and artistic, you like to be a trendsetter.

You have an upbeat spirit and you like almost everything.

You make friends easily and often have long standing friendships.

Implusive and trusting, you fall in love a little too easily.



Souls you are most compatible with: Bright Star Soul and Dreaming Soul


Awww, bless.





You Are 30% Left Brained, 70% Right Brained



The left side of your brain controls verbal ability, attention to detail, and reasoning.

Left brained people are good at communication and persuading others.

If you're left brained, you are likely good at math and logic.

Your left brain prefers dogs, reading, and quiet.



The right side of your brain is all about creativity and flexibility.

Daring and intuitive, right brained people see the world in their unique way.

If you're right brained, you likely have a talent for creative writing and art.

Your right brain prefers day dreaming, philosophy, and sports.

scribbled by Wardi
8:02 PM




In the spirit...

Are you in a Christmas-y mood yet? Today we put up our tree and we had T's parents and his sister and nephew round for some traditional Danish Christmas celebration type stuff. Cookies and other yummy munchies.

We also made marzipan sweeties. Which was fun, cause they've never done it before, but I've grown up doing that sorta thing. So it was interesting to see them do it. Of course the nephew grew tired of it quickly, but everyone made some. Nice to see them make something like that. They are much more creative than they give themselves credit for.

Apologies for the lack of posts lately. Nothing happens that is worth reporting. Work is busy, very very very busy, and I'm tired when I get home. I worked till 10 pm yesterday - why would you be out shopping that late on a Friday??? I don't get that!

Saturday, December 02, 2006 scribbled by Wardi
7:51 PM