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Tuesday With Moi

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

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I felt like being a little square yesterday and I think David’s shirt, hanging from the closet door, is what prompted my preference for squares.  So here you have it, the first square TWM. 9

I bought this rhubarb jam a few weeks ago at a farm shop and I kid you not, when it’s gone, I’m going to cry so many tears.  It is delicious.  When I stir it into greek yoghurt, I’m transported back to my kitchen in Brussels where I used to eat the best rhubarb yoghurt known to mankind.  We bought it from this little milk truck that came to our Sunday market and the yoghurt, white with rhubarb compote settled at the bottom, came in small glass jars that I’d wash out and bring back the following week when I bought more. It was magical.  Rhubarb jam.  I love thee.
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I’m growing herbs from seeds!  It’s so exciting to see them inch up higher and higher every day.  I waited for what felt like forever for them to breach the top of the soil, but now they’re growing beautifully and will soon turn into delicious additions to salads, pastas, omelettes and roasts.  Everything, really. Delicious in everything!  I think this pot is cilantro.  I think….11

I’m very particular about my pens.  For years, I’ve been using Pilot G-2 0.38 pens in black but I just can’t find them in that size here in the UK. (Before you say it, yes, I could probably just order them online but I think it’s a little obnoxious to order just one pack of pens online. Plus, ordering online totally takes the fun out of the hunt.  It’s too easy. Boring.) Anyway, Muji to the rescue!  I now have lots of skinny pens in colours (blue! light blue! red!) and one not-so-skinny pen in black (they didn’t have it in 0.38 at the time, sadtimes) and together, they make me very happy.  Hurrah! 12

I’ve noticed lately that it’s really important for me to take short breaks away from my computer a couple times a day.  You know, work solidly for 90 minutes, then take a 20 minute break to do something that doesn’t involve a screen.  One of my new distraction occupations is combing Le Chat.  I comb her for about 10 minutes a day, which she used to hate but has come to love.  No lie, every time I comb her, I collect a giant ball of hair like this one.  Not only is the Le Chat getting prettier, my carpets are also a lot less hairy, which is fantastic! Can you imagine having fur like this?! Crazy.
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Yes, I’m one of those weirdos who still buys CDs.  I’m like an old man that way.  Yesterday, I was having a grand time listening to Dave Brubeck.  It’s great getting-it-done music, actually.  Now that I think about it, I guess I’m like an old man in lots of ways…
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On my way to the office, I noticed that the construction site on my street now has a giant crane!  They’re building condos, I think.  Go figure. Better sell our flat before some identical new ones pop up! 15

This was weird: for my three o’clock photo I was standing at the window looking for something to take a picture of when a man who was walking down the drive toward our building stopped about forty feet away and stared directly at me.  After about three seconds of straight-on staring, I decided to move further into the office, but he just kept looking up and so I continued to inch further and further away from the window until finally, about a minute later, he turned around and walked back up to the main road, never to be seen again.  It was quite startling.  Whilst hiding from his gaze on the other end of the office, I took a picture of this chair.  Very interesting, I know… Moral of the story: people be crazy. 16

View from my post-it note covered desk.  17

A peek at a Recipe Book mock-up I did for Yophoto.  Also, they’re having a sale right now (20% off all 20x20cm Printed Cover Books with the code 20off20 at checkout) so be sure to pop over if you’re interested in making a photobook (or recipe book!).  Personally, I love the idea of a recipe book.  I love cooking (or, rather, I love when David cooks) and love taking pictures of our homemade food and I think making a bespoke cook book full of your favourite at-home recipes is a fantastic gift idea! (And now you all know what I’m getting you for Christmas, fa la la la la!)
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Since I’ve been brushing her, Le Chat has fallen even more in love with me.  I had to barricade myself in a wall of books and bags yesterday so she didn’t harass me as I was finishing up some work on the couch.  She really is so needy.  Le sigh… 19

After closing down my laptop for the day, I walked to Camden Road for a Private View at Art Pull20

Yesterday through to Saturday, August 31st, Disgusted! will be in the gallery.  Mike Flight is the gent behind the show, which is a collection of street art and graffiti.  I couldn’t find their facebook page, but if someone illuminates me with its identity, I’ll be sure to update it here.  21

Remember Ed and Liam?  In this picture, they’re my fun, disapproving friends (let’s call them Will & Grace) and I am their loud, inappropriate brunette friend (let’s just call me Karen).  We’re a great team! 22

And yes, SURPRISE, we went out for a post-art gallery drink to talk about some things we have in the works for Artists Unveiled (so much is happening). Thanks for the photo, Liam! 23

And then we stayed out way too late and had to get kicked out of the pub.  Story of my life & THE END.

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Tuesday With Moi

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

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As I was going about my morning yesterday, I completely forgot it was Tuesday and therefore forgot to take my 9 o’clock picture.  Silly me!  Anyway, the new Vampire Weekend album has been on repeat ’round these parts lately.  Their music always reminds me of summer and this release could’t have come at a better time.  11

Oh, except that England hasn’t really gotten the memo that it’s summer.   12

Anyway, Dear Reader, I want to introduce you to someone who is very important to me, Lucille.  Lucille, meet Dear Reader.

One of my clients gifted Lucille to me after we had a spirited conversation about taxidermy over lunch one afternoon.  Next thing I knew, Lucille came into my life. I couldn’t be happier.
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Now, Lucille, play nice!  Do not bite Dear Reader.
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And then the postman came and surprised me with a package. 15

Which turned out to be my Wild Wild West themed photobook from Yophoto!

Now, let me be straight: I’m actually doing some work for Yophoto so I didn’t have to pay to make this book. Regardless, what I’m about to say is 100% the gospel truth: I ordered this book on Monday and received it the very next day.  The book was easy– and fun!– to make, it looks and feels awesome, and it’s been very exciting to actually see my photos in print. When I showed David, he said, “How cool! You’ve created your very own coffee table book!” so that’s where the book is going to live, on the coffee table.  Cool, indeed!

Anyway, if you have any desire to print some of the pictures that are undoubtedly just sitting on your computer, being viewed by no one, I cannot recommend Yophoto enough.  They do a range of photobooks in addition to canvas prints and calendars and they ship internationally.  Now that I’ve experienced making one, I want to make a photobook for everything.  Like a Tuesday With Moi photobook– how cool would that be?!  16

Anyway, Lucille again.  Hi Lucille!  17

And hello to England again, too.  I asked David what the weather was like this morning and his reply was, “Autumnal”.  :(
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But I suppose this is great weather for snails, so hurrah for them!
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Lately, David and I have both been working on a pretty non-stop basis.  When I came home last night, I decided that we needed to spend some time with each other without our computers in front of our faces so we went to The Trading Post.  20

Of course, all the location change actually did was prompt us to talk about our work in a new environment, but regardless, it was nice to actually spend some time together.  Alone.  In public.  Drinking wine and eating some food.  You know?
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On our way home, we did some window shopping and daydreamed about owning things like decorative lions and arm chairs. 22

And then we had a night cap and went to bed.  I’ve been very tired lately.  I think it’s largely due to the fact that I hit the ground running when I came back from the US and haven’t really given my body the time to rest the way it would like to. So last night, I went to bed early.

And it was glorious!

The End.

Tuesday With Moi

Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Jet Lag Edition

9You guys, I am so tired.  Though my trip to The States was fantastic, it’s great to be home and I’m thrilled to be falling back into my daily routine.  My mom sent me back to the UK with a suitcase full of handmade pottery and now, every time I eat off one of her plates or sip from one of her mugs, I think of her.  She’s sweet.  Also, amazingly talented.

10Back at work, one of my office-mates left me a little smiley face to come back to.  Tunbridge Wells Talent, indeed!

11Like I said, I’m tired.  This is my brain on jet lag.  And yes, my brain greatly resembles a pile of yarn.  These days, it’s about as functional as one, too.

12To keep myself awake, I pracercised around the office to make the blood flow back to my brain.  If you haven’t seen Prancercise, you’re missing out. I love it.  All of it.

13After spending over two weeks away from David, we’ve been trying to cram as much catch-up time in as possible.  Yesterday, we enjoyed a delicious lunch on the sidewalk at Basil where we pretended it was actually warm enough to eat outside and that I was actually not grumpy, which I was.  Because I’m jet lagged.

14You know, there is no elegant way to eat popcorn.  It’s a simple fact of life that always, no matter how ladylike you try to be, you end up looking like a total savage if you endeavour to eat more than one piece at a time.  Alas, my love for popcorn conquers all so here I am: Kate Sims, Popcorn Savage.

15I moved my workspace from my desk to the Barcelona chair and, whilst getting some stuff done, I checked in on the Federer/Tsona match.  Oh Federer. OH FEDERER.  Le sigh.

16Another work of art by my office-mate.  He should open an Etsy shop or something.

17By this point, I could barely stand, I was so tired.  Gazing out the office window, I dreamed of feather pillows, duvet cocoons, and hours of endless slumber.

18And I trudged home sadly, knowing it would still be many hours before bedtime.

19Why? Because I was meeting Carolyn at the opening of Art Pull, the new gallery on Camden Road that will host a rotating collection of work and lectures by many talented artists over the next couple months.  This painting is by one of the founding members, Mark Paul Perry.

20This sculpture, entitled Born, is also by Mark Paul Perry.  I was really impressed by the scope of Perry’s work and am excited to see how his presence in Tunbridge Wells shapes the art scene here.

21After meeting many new friends at Art Pull, Carolyn and I wandered down to The Black Pig to see the Tunbridge Wells Writers.  After missing the last two meetings, it was fantastic to catch up with the likes of Lucy and Rosie.

22In fact, it was fantastic to catch up with everyone!  Somewhere around this time, my second wind kicked in.

23So, though I said I was only going to stay for one, I stayed for three instead.  Which wasn’t bad as, after making my way home at the end of the evening, I slept amazingly well am happy to report that today, I’m not quite so tired.  But I’m still a little tired.   I can’t help it, it’s jet lag.

Anyway, it’s good to be back, dear reader, and it’s good of you to stop by.  xx

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Tuesday, May 7 

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As I mentioned yesterday, I’ve been playing around with my watercolour paints recently.  I was never taught to paint, unless a few classes with an exasperated art teacher in middle school count, so most of what I paint is decidedly horrible, but I’m figuring it out and enjoying it.  A lot.

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England has been absolutely beautiful recently.  It’s been great to see the sun again, great to leave the house without a jacket or an umbrella.  Every day, I fall a little bit more in love with this place.
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I’m lucky to work somewhere that gets so much natural light, so much fresh air.  Morning meetings aren’t so bad when you work from a room with a view.
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Now that it’s summer (I can say it’s summer if I want to say it’s summer, okay), I don’t feel the need to exclusively consume hot beverages, so I’m back to drinking water.  I’ve had my Earthlust stainless steel bottle for years and I really love it.  If you’re in the UK, I just noticed that you can buy them online at Not on the High Street.  I highly recommend you get one.
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Flipping through the most recent Contact Creative Illustration book.  I especially like the illustrations by James Hood on the right.  His work makes me smile.
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It’s almost magical, the way the world comes alive around us each spring. These (overblown) blossoms hang on a tree near my office.  They’re beautiful.  I’ll be sad to see them go but am so excited for all things summer.
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This is my pipe.  I brought it to the office one day as a joke and it’s just been sitting in its little box on my desk ever since.  The pipe was given to me by a dear friend on my twenty-second birthday and I love that it smells like a grandfather but is dainty enough for a lady.  I’ll have to find some tobcacco and take it out for a summer stroll sometime soon.  Me and my pipe.  So sweet.
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Multitasking, indeed!  This week is crazy busy, which is fantastic.  In fact, the next month looks like it’s going to be non-stop and I’m already gearing up for hyper-drive.  You don’t even want to know how many tabs I have open right now…17

Working on my blog calendar, which I generally plan a week in advance.  I also have calendars like this for each of my clients.  It may seem overwhelming, but when it comes to staying organised, I’m still very much a pen and paper kinda girl.  I like being able to spread all my project calendars out in front of me and see what’s happening when without toggling between windows.  My to-do lists are all still done by hand, too.  It works for me.  For now.
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Spoon selfie. 19

East of Eden is definitely in my top five favourite books.  Every time I read it, it reveals something new, every time I read it, it’s even more beautiful. I lent this copy to my friend Paul before he went on vacation a few weeks ago.  He returned it yesterday and said he loved it.  I love it when my friends love the books I love.  It makes me feel warm and fuzzy. 20.2

The blue hour in my living room.  Literally, the light is so blue. 21

My eyes were tired last night and my head was a little achy so I opted for soft candlelight to illuminate the evening.  I love the sound, the scent, and the soft glow of matches.
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And I love how lighting a candle can make an evening feel suddenly special.
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After a busy day, it was time for rest, time to dream up stories and re-charge for new adventures.  And oh, what exciting adventures they will be!

As always, thank you for spending my Tuesday with me.  xx