Junk Food

Image by belinder77

 

Image by belinder77

New almost-vegetarian diet notwithstanding, I ate SO BADLY today and now I feel like crap. Here’s a list, lest I forget today’s mistakes.

  • A whole block of Lindt dark chocolate with almonds.
  • Four Mr Kipling’s Cherry Bakewells. (The packaging does not lie, they truly are “exceedingly good”.)
  • A chocolate doughnut.
  • Two cookies.

Hm, now that it’s all down on paper, so to speak, it doesn’t look so bad. The worst bit was the chocolate and cherry bakewells. I shall console myself with the knowledge that it could have been much, much worse. And after this I’m going to make an egg soda. If you want an egg soda too, you can learn how to make one here, but be warned that it is probably not the healthiest drink you could have. Plain soda would be better for you.

On the topic of food, Mum asked if I’d be available for a Mother’s Day barbecue. My response was, “…barbecue? Will you make your potato salad?” followed by what I judged to be a timely statement of my new pescetarian intentions. She took it better than I expected, although I think I may have misled her because she said, “oh, you’re just trying it for a bit, right?” and I said “….yeeeeeaaah”. Note that she didn’t actually say that, because her half of the conversation was in Cantonese, I have translated it to English.

By the way, I just found out it’s definitely “barbecue” not “barbeque” because, according to Dictionary:

barbequenoun & verb, a common misspelling of barbecue. USAGE This common form arises understandably from a confused conflation of the proper spelling barbecue, the abbreviation Bar-B-Q, and phonetic spelling. Its frequency does not quite justify it: in no other English word does que attain the status of a stand-alone, terminal syllable.

So there you go.

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Piano Love!

I am love love LOVING piano right now. Reasons for my joy:

  • It feels good. Seriously. I love that I’m learning how to use all my muscles and weight and bits and pieces properly so that the sound is great and the effort is minimal. It feels so nice and organic. It’s like walking. Natural and comfortable. 
  • Relishing the payoff that has resulted from my hard work. Technique isn’t an art, it’s a skill, and skills can be acquired. I love that the “art” of piano playing isn’t mysterious or enigmatic, it’s very sensible and logical.
  • Being able to actuate the ideas in my head. 

Advanced piano playing is so self-indulgent. My attempts at explaining what I’m learning and achieving to non-pianists or even non-advanced-pianists always results in fail. Consequently I feel as if I’ve had a religious experience or been “enlightened” in some way that is unexplainable to… lay-people. Bahaha.

Pescetarianism

I’m converting to a pescetarian diet. That is, a vegetarian diet that includes fish and seafood. I’ll still have meat products like dairy and eggs. 

I’m not expecting it to be too difficult to start with. I haven’t eaten any meat for a few weeks anyway and before that I had been gradually cutting back. The funny thing is, the longer I go without it, the less I want it. And I don’t have much dairy usually, I prefer soy milk.

I feel like I’m in a transitional stage and I don’t really feel like going into all the reasons why I’m deciding to make this change. Actually I feel kind of… mildly stressed and anxious, especially about explaining my decision to people. 

Oh well, the only thing I can do is try.

Seven

Do you like my picture of Seven? I reckon it’s not too bad given the equipment I had to work with. Also, DJ Seven has got very good posture and doesn’t wriggle around too much, making him easier to photograph in the dark. 

This photo was taken on Saturday night. Seven is a UK dubstep DJ and producer, apparently he’s one to watch. Dubstep confuses me and I feel like a right fool dancing to it, probably because I have spent so much time in the past enthusiastically dancing to drum and bass, which has a faster tempo, so now I can’t adjust to slower speeds. Seven reckons that dubstep is huge in the UK, and people don’t have any problems dancing because the tempo is the same as the more popular house music genre. 

The only music which falls under the “dubstep” category that I actually like is Burial. I didn’t think Burial’s music was dubstep at all, but apparently it is.

Hair Horror

The hair adventures were going so well until recently! Weeks ago I went into a hair shop and found a colour-depositing shampoo with violet tones. It’s by De Lorenzo and it’s called Nova Colour Fusion. Little did I know that the ingredients must have contained what is known as “metallic salts”, which react badly to bleach. Henna has metallic salts, which is why you shouldn’t colour over henna. The metallic salts in this shampoo caused my hair to turn GREEN when I next went in to get my regrowth seen to. 

It was pretty shocking. Picture yellowy blonde hair, with green and some faded purple left in the ends. Actually I’ll show you. Refer below…

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green-hair

The images were taken with my mobile and then crunched down in WordPress, so the quality’s not great, but you get the idea.

We coloured over the whole lot in a violet composed of blue mixed with red (I had exhausted all of their violet dye) and it didn’t look too bad, but the green was still a little visible. It showed through as a brownish tinge, and got worse as the colour faded. Meanwhile, the roots had been bleached quite a pale yellow blonde, so in places like the top of my head the colour was bright violet blue. 

SO, yesterday I took matters into my own hands. I bought some 20 vol bleach, and lightened my hair, all but the roots. Then I rinsed and shampooed, and coloured with a mixture Special Effects Blue Haired Freak and Purple Smoke. I cling-wrapped my head and left the colour in for ages – well over two hours. When I finally rinsed, I found that the water ran fairly clear straight away, and the hand that I used to run through my dye-soaked hair did not come away stained in purple. It was really strange. The colour didn’t seem to take hold, and when I dried off, I found the end result was a faded grey violet. I felt like an aged anime character with lavender grey hair. 

I’m not sure what happened but I suspect it was something to do with either the bleaching process or the state of my hair. I’m sure it wasn’t the Special Effects. I did notice as I rinsed away the bleach that my hair felt strangely smooth and silky – almost slimey in fact. And when I applied the purple, I saw straight away that it didn’t seem to be taking hold. Even after I had saturated my hair in dye, I could still kind of see through it. Strange. 

I didn’t have time to do anything more to it yesterday though, so I just went out like that, wearing all black I might add, because I didn’t have any clothes that went with my hair colour!

Should have taken a picture. It didn’t look half bad, but it wasn’t really the shade I was after. 

Currently as I sit here typing, I’ve got Alfaparf Jean’s Colour in Magenta waiting to be rinsed. I’m hoping this will work this time, I think it will because it was soaking in a lot better than yesterday.

Drawing

Image by papermustshade  

Image by papermustshade

 

A little while ago, I expressed a desire to learn to draw. Well in the last few days I’ve been absorbed in doing just that. 

I had been intending to go about this new endeavour by first purchasing some kind of book about pencil drawing techniques, but as I inadvertently discovered that Officeworks stocks Derwent graphite pencils the other day, I bought both pencils and a sketch book on a whim, and have been enjoying myself lots. (Officeworks is such a temptation for me! For some reason I just love stationery and I always leave the shop with more than I intended to buy.)

I think drawing is like music in that “talent” doesn’t have that much to do with it. It’s all about hard work and perseverence. I’m not much good at drawing imaginary things from my head, so I’m going to practice still life drawing. Once I saw a glimpse of a man’s sketchbook that was full of watercolours of things he’d seen and drawn while travelling overseas. Amazing. I love the idea of a “drawing journal”. That’s something for me to aspire to. 

For now though, I’ve been doing shading exercises and drawing everyday objects like pieces of fruit and figurines. It’s fun but hard and quite time-consuming. And my sketchbook smells like hairspray because I’ve been told you can use it as a fixative so your drawings don’t smudge. 

There’s quite a bit of information, tips and tricks to be found online, but I think ultimately it’s all down to practice and experience. 

Maybe when I improve a bit I’ll put some of my drawings here.