Monday, January 19, 2009

Hello Lomo

I've borrowed a Holga lomo camera. YES. After many many months of procrastinating ("sure, lomo looks like a lot of fun, but I really don't think I have the time"), I'm finally off to take pictures tomorrow. I'm starting with Chinatown, since I know it so well (thanks to 3 years at architecture school, where professors can't think up any other cultural site and somehow consider the kitsch and commercialism of Chinatown to be somewhat... cultural). But it's an interesting enough place, anyhow.

Took me the better part of an hour to figure out how to actually load the film into my borrowed Holga. Very sad. Suddenly I felt anger at being deprived in childhood of Lego and other toys supposedly designed to improve technical ability. This video I found on saved my Lomo adventure, which I felt, after 45 minutes of struggling with the film, was doomed to be over before it had even begun:

Thursday, January 15, 2009

2009 resolutions

I'm 26. Sometimes I'm happy to be 26 and financially independent and in many ways free to live my life the way I want to, other times I'm a little afraid of what's to come, what I haven't yet accomplished, and at times like these I feel like time's running out somehow.

I've never seriously blogged before, but I thought I might as well this year, since I've made up my mind to actually start doing all the things that have just been floating around in my head the past few years. So I think I'll put up, in this very first post, a list of some of the things I'm hoping to do by the end of this year, as a reminder to myself that ideas have to somehow be translated into action if they're ever going to mean anything at all.

1. Complete my sewing course, and keep sewing til I'm at least halfway decent at putting a garment together

2. Get down to writing and illustrating, and COMPLETING the children's book I've been wanting to

3. Be a lot more creative with my clothes, since I'm trying to save money (!)

4. Design more, and lust less after other people's wonderful creations

5. Lose the 8 kilos (that's around 20 pounds) that I gained during the last one and a half years. (I know it's horribly cliche to put weight loss into new year's resolutions, but what the heck)

6. Travel to at least 2 different countries I haven't ever been to!