Everything Was Beautiful

WOAHH.

Oh hi there!
It’s been quite a while since my last blog post. I’ve spent the past year busy with uni and family life and I just haven’t had enough time to fit in this blog around my hectic and exceedingly demanding television-watching and wine-drinking schedule.
But hey yo! I’m back! And I’m pretty thrilled with life in general at the moment.

Firstly, I’m halfway through my Masters degree in writing which is harder and better and hell more exciting than I could have ever anticipated. Secondly, my hair is growing at a very acceptable rate and I anticipate that I will look exactly like Beyoncé in approximately six to seven weeks. Thirdly…. I’m getting ready to move to AMERICA!

A few months back, completely out of the blue – my husband was asked if he might be interested in a position at Microsoft. He travelled over to Seattle and loved it over there and before we knew it, he had accepted a position on their creative team.
It’s taken a couple of months to get all the paperwork sorted but at this stage we’re anticipating to be over in Seattle by Christmas (fingers crossed for bureaucratic expediency over the next few weeks).

The news of this job and upcoming move is probably one of the best things that has happened since the day I discovered Ben and Jerry’s clusterfluff ice-cream. It also comes in a close third tie between the day I dipped a crispy bit of bacon into a jar of nutella and those other days I gave birth to my kids.
I’m so excited for my husband to have landed the job of his dreams. I’m proud to say that he’s very good at what he does (I’m clearly not biased in any way) and I’m pretty glad to be married to the geek.

In terms of having to relocate our family to the other side of the world, I can’t think of a more exciting thing to happen to our family.
When thinking about having kids, I think that there is a fear for many people that life is over and you can say goodbye to fun times. You know -time to get serious and start wearing beige and comfortable shoes and spending all your time talking about pooping, breast pumps and good schools. Well I can’t speak for anyone else, but having kids has been almost the complete opposite of that.
Poop is a serious topic of conversation in our house (you try living with eight year old twin boys and NOT try discussing poop or farts) and we spend an inordinate amount of time shopping for comfortable shoes; but having kids has been such a wicked ride for me.
Having kids makes you so much more aware of your own mortality and having my own has made me realise that I have a finite amount of time with them and that I need to squeeze as much as I can into this relatively small period of time that I have. Effectively, I have to make the most of those moments between the time that they think that I’m awesome and the moment that they realise that I’m actually the most embarrassing person on the planet.
The kids are thrilled about the move and can’t wait to see snow (it actually doesn’t snow that much in Seattle), go to a baseball game and start calling me “MOM” (eww). My youngest clearly has no idea what’s happening, but I’m not that concerned, considering that she still doesn’t know where her feet are and spends her downtime trying to lick our pets (I don’t know).

Anyway, a few weeks back I invited some friends over for a US themed Halloween party and I’ve posted some pictures from the night.
I’m going to try to keep this blog updated to keep a record of my move overseas. I imagine that in a year I’ll be laughing at silly naive pre-Seattle 2013 me, so stick around and laugh at me with me…. ahahahahaha.

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The invite I put together for the party. Check out my wicked clipping path skillz bro.

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That’s our friend Matt and my beautiful friend Selena who swapped wigs just because.

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My husband Damien “Terry Richardson” and Matt “Kenny Powers”

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Matt “Joaquin Phoenix” and Abbie “Grumpy cat”

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Andrew “Wayne” and Cristie “Garth”

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Ben “Beavis” and Ellie “Butthead”

This entry was written by lorena, posted on November 15, 2013 at 12:54 am, filed under Travel, Uncategorized. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.

Creative Women: Maricor Maricar

I first came across the work of Maricor Maricar a couple of years ago when I attended their exhibition for “Turns of Speech & Figures of Phrase” where they exhibited embroidered pieces that featured misheard lyrics. I immediately fell in love with a Pixies inspired piece which I brought home with me. The lyrics from “Where Is My Mind” (‘Your head will collapse but there’s nothing in it’) somehow sounded better in my head through Maricor Maricar’s embroidered version and I have the framed piece sitting on my dresser where I see it as soon as I wake up every day.
My favourite thing about this piece is that the original meaning of the lyrics have been changed by simply replacing one word. Where the original lyrics refer to a sense of despair and hopelessness, the new meaning is infused with hope; by changing the ‘but’ to ‘when’, the onus of responsibility is placed squarely with the reader and the reader now has a choice about choosing to keep their head full – which is a reminder to me that being knowledgeable is an active and conscious decision.
The other thing that I love is that this is exactly what good design is – creating new meanings by making subtle adjustments and it points to the unique ability that Maricor Maricar have in creating work that is infused with a sense of optimism.

Maricor Maricar describe themselves as illustrators, graphic designers, motion designers and embroiderers. Indeed, their work encompasses a broad range of trades and they have utilised a broad range of technologies in their work. However, at the core of their professional identity, is the fact that Maricor and Maricar Manalo are experienced and talented designers – who happen to also be twin sisters.
I met with Maricor and Maricar recently, after seeing them present at Field Trip and the two things that struck me the most was that Maricor and Maricor are professional designers through and through and that they have the kind of relationship that simply can’t be reproduced.
In my experience as a design teacher and also by way of being married to a designer (this dude)  – I’ve come to learn that being a designer means more than being able to whip up a nifty logo or a snazzy website. Being a designer means understanding the process of design and knowing that going from a design brief to a finished product frequently means having to go back and forth several times and then sometimes having to swallow one’s pride and throwing everything out and starting again, before the client is happy.
Being a good designer means understanding how to talk to clients and having to elicit an idea that sometimes clients haven’t clarified, because they aren’t exactly sure about what they want. A great designer has to have the ability to tap into their creative talent (and extensive technical expertise) at will, but an excellent designer has experience in being able to manage their work and is able to deliver a product within a limited time frame that makes their client happy and has been infused with their unique visual flavour.
Being able to manage multiple (sometimes difficult) clients and multiple projects isn’t something that is taught in most design courses and neither is being able to manage the business of being a designer.
Maricor Maricar have that unique ability that gives their work a distinctive look, but it is their breadth of experience that makes their work stand out.

I spent a couple of hours with Maricor and Maricar chatting about their work and here is what I discovered about their relationship with:

Craft and Embroidery

I was intrigued to hear Maricor and Maricar refer to their use of embroidery as “painting with thread”.  Although it seems like a rather apt description of creating images with thread, Maricor is deliberate in her choice of words to distinguish between the use of embroidery for the “sake of it” and the use of needlework as a means to achieve a specific design goal. In fact, Maricar and Maricor both admit that they are not highly skilled embroiderers and that they are self taught (through youtube videos and books ) and have only been doing needlework for a couple of years.
I’m reminded of an interview with Thom Yorke of Radiohead, soon after Kid A had been released. I can’t remember the exact words that he used, but he spoke about how the band used instruments and technology that they didn’t know how to use for Kid A and that the process of using technology that was unfamiliar, somehow ‘freed’ them up conceptually to develop ideas and new techniques that they perhaps would not have come up with, had they used the same instruments that they had been using for years.
Likewise for Maricor and Maricar, the use of embroidery is a tool that they have utilised to achieve a specific goal and because of their experience as designers, the way that they use needlework perhaps sets them apart from people who are experienced embroiderers.
Maricor explains that their choice of thread colour for each project is defined by the colour template that the client approves. However, occasionally there is some digital colour adjustment after photographing each design to make the thread match exactly to the template colour because lighting can affect the colour of the thread.
At Field Trip the girls explained that there are several contributing factors to the choice of fabric that is used, which reinforces the fact that every decision is carefully considered in relation to the effect that it will have on the final design product.  Maricor explained that they like to use the analogy of a grid and pixel resolution to talk about fabric, mainly in relation to how visible the weave is. They like to sew on a finer weave fabric (that has a high resolution when you think about the analogy of more dots per inch) and sew a small detailed design and photograph it at a very high resolution so that effectively they are able to ‘scale it’ by shooting a close up of the embroidery to fit the print dimensions of the job.  The advantages of sewing small and scaling up is two-fold. Faster production time to sew something small but with a lot of fine detail and also by scaling up, the final reproduction of the design shows up the texture of the embroidery really well, with all the stitches are clearly visible. They also clarify that they don’t lose image quality when they “scale up” because they photograph at a very high resolution (for example a design that has to  fit a magazine cover that is A4 might be sewn at A5 size but shot in full HD so that there is a lot of pixel information which means that they can re-size the photograph and maintain image quality).
The way that Maricor and Maricar explain their use of embroidery within their work, further emphasises their strengths as impeccably organised visual artists. The use of embroidery isn’t about capitalising on the trend of crafting for Maricor and Maricar, but it is about adding an additional element that provides texture, depth and intrigue to their work.

Misplaced Meanings

At Field Trip, Maricar mentions that she frequently finds herself tongue tied and often mixes up idioms, which contributed to the concept behind “Turns of Speech & Figures of Phrase” . I was intrigued to find out more about this, because as someone who only learnt how to speak English when I started school, I often verbalise jumbled up phrases that make sense to the small part of me that spent my infancy speaking a language other than English – but make little sense to anyone else; “what’s that got to do with the price of cheese?“and “close… but no banana” are two of my husband’s favourites.
When I tell the girls that I related to their experience of mixing up phrases and idioms, I ask them if they think that being the child of immigrants who were themselves learning the language and trying to communicate with their children in a mix of their native tongue and English is behind this experience of misplaced meanings. Maricor agrees that their parents were constantly mixing things up and perhaps that this contributed to a unique relationship with English that has now manifested in occasional verbal accidents.
I can’t help thinking that graphic design is about communicating sometimes complex ideas effectively in a way that looks simple, using a range of visual mediums. Perhaps being forced to re-interpret concepts through the filter of two languages contributes to a unique sensibility about communicating ideas. Having said that, not every immigrant has the potential to create the kind of work that Maricor and Maricar have created.  But perhaps, this aspect of their cultural heritage adds to the unique appeal of their work – especially when combined with their painstaking attention to detail, their wealth of technical experience and their ability to manage the demands of client work whilst also working on their own personal creatives projects.

Work

At Field Trip the girls shared a painful interview experience that had the audience visibly wincing. Maricar recounted how they attended an interview after graduating from their design course, but that there may have been some miscommunication before the interview was even organised about the kind of work that the girls produced. After presenting their work to a panel, the entire room went quiet, before one member of the panel broke the silence by exclaiming (about the music that accompanied their presentation) “that song made me want to slit my wrists”.
Since that excruciating interview, the girls have spent time working for a studio before making the leap to working for themselves. After spending a couple of years working at a Sydney based studio, the girls now work from home out of Maricar’s house (pictured below). The past year has meant a few adjustments, especially considering that Maricar gave birth to the most adorable baby girl I have ever seen (aside from mine obviously) in early 2012. When I ask about what it has been like working around a baby, Maricar tells me that she has had to work a little bit smarter and that she has had to modify her priorities to fit around Ava’s schedule. Having a baby at home myself, I struggle to find the time to complete basic tasks, so I’m impressed with anyone who can manage to fit in creative personal projects around client work that have restrictive time constraints on top of caring after a baby.
Although working from home provides a certain degree of flexibility, it must be tremendously hard to be able to work with an infant in the room, but Maricor tells me that they enjoy working for themselves from (Maricar’s) home and that it allows them to focus on the hand generated and illustrative design that they like to do.

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The Twin Thing

I’ll admit that the first few times I met Maricor and Maricar, I kept forgetting who was who. I felt awful because the girls actually do look different (they are fraternal twins) – but I understand how annoying it must be to have people constantly confusing you with your twin. I have seven year old twins and I still hear teachers and other parents referring to them as “The Twins”.

I’m fascinated to hear about the dynamics of a business relationship with the person that one has shared a womb with, but I realise that it must be hard to explain a relationship to an outsider if you have never lived outside of it. Additionally I imagine that the girls get asked if they can read each others mind all the time – so I don’t ask them about the intricacies of their relationship, but I ask them if they both always wanted to work in design. Maricor tells me that they were both good at art but she made the decision early on to explore design while Maricar initially decided to pursue pharmacy and do something different to her sister – that is until she realised how much she hated pharmacy and decided to pursue design.
When I ask the girls who is better at what, Maricar tells me that Maricor is better at handwriting, the “manpower” for getting jobs done, lettering and script writing while Maricor says that Maricar is better at handling administration, writing, creating patterns and type. Maricor explains that usually they don’t have a plan as to who will be the lead on a job because after they commence going through the design process, any particular idea might be stronger and be a better fit for the brief; so whoever starts of liaising with the client at the start, might not end up finishing the job.
However, to keep the communication less confusing, the girls try to continue the email thread so that all correspondence is kept together, so sometimes clients might not know that there has been a switch between the person responding to the email. Having said that , Maricor explains that they both receive all emails to their business account and they both read all incoming emails (although only one of them might respond).
So do they have some kind of special “twin power”? (I frequently get asked if my boys have their own special language).
Well, when it comes down to creating inimitable craft based work that is underpinned with a sense of warmth and joy – then yes I guess the girls do have a unique ability to communicate. Aside from the twin thing, Maricor and Maricar are highly skilled and knowledgeable designers whose work I highly recommend checking out.

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Images from Maricor & Maricar’s workspace

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Thanks for visiting my blog! I highly recommend checking out exploring Maricor Maricar’s excellent work:

Visit Maricor Maricar’s website
Buy stuff from their Etsy shop & their Big Cartel shop
Follow them on Twitter
Follow them on Instagram

This entry was written by lorena, posted on January 28, 2013 at 12:52 am, filed under Uncategorized. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.

Creative Women: Kate Banazi

This is the first in what I hope will become a series of profiles about women who I admire. This week, the focus of my attention is Kate Banazi. Kate is an illustrator and an artist who is currently exhibiting and working from a studio at Koskela.

Kate is a former fashion graduate of Central St Martins who briefly spent time in London working on her own fashion label. Today, Kate is Sydney based and her preferred medium is screen printing.

The first thing that you need to know about Kate Banazi is that her eyes almost roll into the back of her head when I respond to her suggestion that I watch her screen-print by jokingly exclaiming “Yes! Let’s make some magic!”
As she walks away shaking her head I ask her if this is the first time that anyone has ever said that to her. “No” she cringes “I get it ALL the time”.
This small exchange sums up Kate pretty nicely to me. I’ve spent a fair amount of time with designers and people working in the design and fashion industry and in that time I’ve  developed a reasonably competent “bullshit-radar”. The thing about Kate is that my bullshit detector doesn’t even get the opportunity to get switched on. Kate is one of the most warm and authentic people that I’ve ever met and this comes across in the way she engages with people and is carried through in the striking work that she creates.
This is a sentiment shared by Jeremy Wortsman, (head of the Jacky Winter agency who represents Kate) who gushes:
“To engage with Kate’s work is to know her – The sheer energy and vibrancy of her work is such an honest reflection of her character, and I feel lucky to know her as a person and represent her as an artist”

Screen-printing is about creating layers, but Kate’s work as a whole, engages you immediately with precise geometric shapes, sharp lines and vivid colours. There aren’t any superfluous details that don’t add information to her work and similarly, Kate is a woman who avoids unnecessary superlatives (my husband has told me earlier to avoid using the word “awesome” around her because apparently she hates the word so much) and visibly cringes at the use of clichés.
At this point, I should probably mention that I’m a huge fan of Kate’s work (if you hadn’t figured that out already). Occasionally I meet people whose work I admire tremendously, only to be disappointed because of an out of control ego or some other form of social dysfunction (I’ve got stories man!). With Kate, it was the complete opposite of this. The more I find out about her, the more I love her. Not only is she incredibly talented and smart and funny and beautiful, but  spending time with her makes me want to rush home and make something.
I spent a few hours with Kate this week and wanted to avoid the usual questions I’m so tired of hearing designers and artists being asked (Where do you draw inspiration from? What is your design philosophy? Describe a typical day?).
We hung out in her studio for a couple of hours. She screen-printed, I watched and took a bunch of photos. We talked about kids and fashion and instagram. Rather than quote verbatim, I’ve summarised a few of the things that Kate had to say about a few topics.

Why Screen Printing?

After graduating with a fashion degree and having her own label I was keen to find out why Kate decided to focus on screen-printing. After wrapping up her label, she was offered a job by her friend, prolific and well respected artist Kate Gibb who taught her how to screen print. Kate explains that she fell in love with everything about screen printing from the smell, to the paper to “everything about it” and describes herself as “greedy” when it comes to working with paint because of the unlimited opportunities that it provides her.
When watching Kate create a print in front of me I’m impressed at the speed at which she works and her deft ability to create a print with an intriguing mix of colours within minutes. When opening a bucket of paint she looks at me visibly excited and insists that I smell it “isn’t that great?! It smells so good!” she sighs.
It’s clearly obvious that Kate loves what she does and her enthusiasm for her tools and her materials are infectious, and I’m tempted to plunge my hands into the bucket of paint and start smearing it on paper and all over myself (I didn’t).

This is how much neon paint Kate used this week!

Process or End Product?

After discussing how indulgent Kate finds screen-printing, I ask Kate if the experimentation process is  more important than the end product and she immediately responds with “only if it’s for myself”.
She points out that working for clients demands working within certain parameters and obviously having an end goal in sight. However, when experimenting with an end to creating work for herself she explains that she finds the process of experimentation both very personal and cathartic and that she feels incredibly lucky to be doing a job that she loves as much as she does. “It’s a rare person who can wake up every day and feel genuinely excited about their work and about what they can make that day. I have that”.

Dion Lee

I was completely mesmerised by Dion Lee’s 2013 resort collection. After finding out that Kate was behind the prints for the collection, my initial reation was that it seemed like such a perfect creative relationship. I tell  Kate that I feel that Dion Lee’s work seems to focus primarily on lines and cut, and that her work for the past year seems to have had a very strong emphasis on lines and cutting, in addition to lashings of neon colour. Kate tells me that it was this painting that actually started it all.
Kate explains “Dion saw that painting and contacted me and from there that’s where it all took off”. When I tell her that it seemed like such a perfect symbiotic relationship, she gushes that Dion and his team were incredible. “They were such a great group of people to work with and he has a profound confidence and respect for the skill and experience of his staff and that’s a wonderful and rare thing to find and be able to work with”. She starts explaining the process involved behind this particular dress and my brain starts to feel like it’s about to short circuit. She describes  creating a 2D print and taking it to Dion and Dion coming back with a DD version of the dress by having the dress laser cut and folding back in on itself. The degree of skill, ingenuity and craftsmanship from both Kate and Dion (have another look at the dress from the side and now from the back) is mind boggling.

Instagram

We get on to the topic of Instagram when I ask Kate if she ever destroys her work, “sometimes… I try not to.. but occasionally I do enjoy cutting it up and posting it to Instagram” she says smiling.
We briefly discuss the importance of making mistakes in work but as a self confessed  junkie I need to get back to talking about Instagram. I tell her how hooked I am on Instagram, but that I find the concept of #selfies weird and… well kind of stupid. She nods emphatically and tells me that her 16 year old son (a very talented illustrator himself) has shared images that appear in his feed which include many images of young girls posing in sultry and sometimes compromising positions.
I tell Kate that seeing young girls posting pictures of themselves for the purpose of receiving praise for their looks – which is something that we don’t have any control of over, seems well… incredibly pointless to me. Then Kate and I spend a while talking about the compulsiveness of Instagram and comparing the use of social media with a physical addiction.
We both agree that we’re glad that we’re not in high school and having to face the challenges of adolescence with the added responsibility of having to deal with the consequences of using social media in five or ten years time.

Colour

I’m a little stunned when Kate tells me that she’s sick of colour. A glance at Kate’s portfolio is evidence of how big a role colour plays in her work.  She tells me that “colour has become obscene” and I marinate that thought in my head and recall what a recent shopping expedition did to my eyeballs. Neon is everywhere at the moment, but rather than playing a supporting role – neon is all over everything and everyone. In the past week I’ve spotted neon denim jackets at Kmart, neon skinny baby jeans at Target and middle aged men carrying neon iphone cases.
I love colour but I can understand feeling fatigued by the amount of retina-searing neon we’re all being exposed to at the moment (incidentally, I rarely wear black but on this day, I’m wearing black tailored pants and a black silk short sleeved button up shirt… with silver hologram oxfords).
Kate tells me that colour feels really “clunky” to her at the moment and she is trying to move away from using it in her own work. She tells me that working in black and white forces one to pay closer attention to form and appreciate details that colour can overwhelm. Kate tells me that she’s taking a small break from colour in her own work to “try to clear the decks for a while, before going back to it”.
Hearing Kate discuss her desire to move away from a feature of her work that people identify with her, reaffirms my impressions of Kate. Most people I know want to stick with what works for them – and why shouldn’t they?
People expect to see Lady Gaga wearing stupid outfits and Damien Hirst acting like a massive dickhead (I don’t mean that Damien – I LOVE Your work! Can I have a million dollars?). It takes a certain amount of fearlessness to try to move away from the style that you have become known for. But that’s seems to be an apt description of how Kate approaches her life and her work. I guess if we can make any sort of future prediction about Kate’s work is that she is going to continue making art because she loves it and creating engaging work that makes me want to smear all over my face.

Thank you to Kate for giving me so much of your time! You are the BEST!
Also a medium sized thank you to Jeremy: You’re alright hey!

Check out the pictures of Kate in her studio working away below:

Visit Kate Banazi’s website.

Buy yourself some excellent art from her shop.

Follow Kate on Twitter.

Follow Kate on Instagram.

This entry was written by lorena, posted on December 4, 2012 at 10:40 am, filed under Uncategorized. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.

Sydney Harvest 2012

I went to Harvest in Sydney yesterday and it was brilliant! My personal highlights of the day were Grizzly Bear, Sigur Ros, Santigold and Chromatics. The music was great, the vibe was chilled and I danced like a wet monkey and I had an excellent time. Here are some of the pictures I took during the day:


The Dandy Warhols were great!


I’ve been looking forward to seeing Liars all year and they didn’t disappoint.

It’s an Andrew and a Damien!

Mike Patton *swoon* and Mondo Cane.


I had a photo-off with a lovely random boy while in line for a beer (I obviously won).

I spotted some slow dancing scientists and a robot.

Nabbed a photo with a robot (that’s me!)

Found a Nathan with some of his gorgeous friends (formerly from excellent Australian label Limedrop)

I’ve been waiting to see Chromatics all year. They were just damn excellent!

Beck! Love him.

Me and my beautiful best friend Vanessa and her husband who are expecting their first baby very soon.

Confusion started to set in at this point in the evening I guess. But mainly I wanted to show off my manicure (neon green, neon blue and blue glitter!)

See ya later! Thanks for visiting my blog! You rule!

 

xx

L.

This entry was written by lorena, posted on November 17, 2012 at 8:21 pm, filed under Uncategorized. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.

16 Books & A Baby

Earlier this year I gave birth to a beautiful little girl. This is Indigo at three days old:

Indigo is my third child (I also have twin boys) and last year I decided that I was going to spend my maternity “year off” studying from home.  Before I go any further, I would like to send a message to last-year-me from right-now-me. Here it is.

Anyway. This year has been great! I enrolled in a graduate Classic Literature certificate and I’ve almost studied SIXTEEN books! GO ME.
This year has been incredibly hectic but also immensely rewarding. I’m not going to make a speech (RELAX), but I feel like I owe it to myself to make some kind of reference about the effect that some of these books have had on me. However – I have written a total of almost 20,000 words in response to these books and my head kind of feels a little like this. Therefore, the only viable solution for me right now, is to respond to each of these books in GIF format. So here goes:

Classic Australian Literature

Voss by Patrick White
For The Term of His Natural Life by Marcus Clarke
Such is Life by Joseph Furphy
The Fortunes of Richard Mahony (Trilogy) by Henry Handel Richardson

Shakespeare’s Plays

Julius Caesar
Richard II
King Lear
Measure For Measure
Twelfth Night
The Winters Tale

Classic Russian Novels of the 19th Century

Fathers & Children by Ivan Turgenev
Notes From Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Crime & Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
War & Peace by Leo Tolstoy

Wouldn’t it be great if we could all respond to our university work through gifs?
But seriously, I can’t begin to explain the effect that reading these books have had on me. In keeping with the gif theme of this post I guess it looks a little like this, this and this and this. Books are just damn excellent people! I highly recommend studying the classics at some point in your life also.

And what about the baby stuff? Well this is Indigo yesterday:

Pretty cute right? It’s pretty hard to say something profound and relevant about having a baby in the space of a couple of sentences without sounding like a massive twat. Suffice to say I’m doing okay when it comes to keeping other people alive for a sustained period of time. Handling university work while caring for a baby is equally one of the stupidest and best decisions I’ve made in the past 12 months, but I hope that my daughter will grow up knowing that I have as much regard for the quality of my thoughts as I do for her overall well being.

The fact is that being a mother is insanely demanding. I only know a few facts about life and two things that I know to be true is that cutting your own hair after you have had four beers is a terrible idea and it is impossible to care for another human being without caring for yourself first.  Looking after your brain is equally as important as ensuring that you get all your vitamins and hopefully by committing myself to improving my mind, when my kids grow up they will choose to value knowledge as much as I do. Or at the very least, I just hope that they don’t read ’50 Shades of Grey’ and think it’s good, or not know the difference between “there”, “their” and “they’re” or more importantly, ever call themselves “social media experts”.

Thanks for reading my very first post on my brand new blog!
You are excellent!

 

xx

L.

This entry was written by lorena, posted on November 6, 2012 at 9:32 am, filed under Books. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.