New Runnings

New experiences … outdoor track meets.

Tin participated in the winter indoor track, to keep in shape since his soccer team wasn’t playing much last year.  Turned out that many of the athletes were also filling in the time by running.

Well, it turned out that Tin liked running.  He was fast, and could hold his own.  And of course, there was the challenge of catching that other runner ahead of him.

Our first outdoor meet turned out nice, weather-wise.  A little breezy, but the sun was out, and it was warm.

High-tech running shoes … See that dial on the sides?  That’s to tighten the wire-thin ‘laces’.  They looked more like strips of nylon thread.  Dial right to tighten the laces; pull it out to ‘undo’ the laces.  High-tech indeed.

The next day, he had a soccer game.  Again, warm weather.  Dare we hope that spring is really staying?

And of course, after the game, the boys were hungry.  And while walking on the sidewalk, they came upon a vendor selling icees and fresh mango – so they got two bags of pickled mango.

Yes … spring and summer are here …

 

Detoured

Traffic was a mess on the highway.  It was at a standstill.  It was inching forward.  Then a standstill again.  Thinking that it might be faster to detour through the city streets – into more traffic and traffic lights – we got off on the next exit.

Driving through, I hoped for traffic, so that I would have more time to take pictures of the changing landscape of the city.  So much has been done to clean up the streets.  Now there were murals on the buildings, like this.

And interesting food places … I wonder what was going to be paired with the fried chicken … or not …

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I didn’t like this … dark and creepy …

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… and daily life on the walls …

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There were many more, but traffic was moving … drats!

Maybe next time.

 

Too Much Time in the Office

I was stuck late in the office a couple of nights ago, waiting for Hubby to finish working on reports to meet a deadline.  I didn’t have any deadlines to meet, and I didn’t want to work any more.  My brain had already shut off at 5 pm, so it wasn’t accepting reading any work emails, anyway.

But my fingers wanted to be doing something.  I did have a crochet project with me, but I didn’t want to work on it.  I wasn’t feeling it – it’s probably going to be frogged and I will be looking for another pattern to work on.


So I started doodling.  Well, I guess you could call this ‘structured’ doodling, because I was using a ruler, and trying to measure out equal spaces free hand (no protractor on hand).   I thought maybe I could come up with a decent mandala this time, I had all the time to work on it now.

I had something in mind, but I forgot what I wanted to do by the time I started drawing.  I wasn’t planning on any shading until I had finished drawing it out, but then there was a little mistake here and there, so I started to draw over the lines, and now there’s shading.

 

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This is how far I’ve gotten.  I’ve cleaned it up a bit, and will start shading and blacking, until I decide whether to cover up the whole sheet, or stop here.  It’s not perfectly round with symmetrical designs – so much for drawing lines and measuring out spaces, lol –  but I’m getting there.

Have a good weekend, everybody!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Murder and Round and Round

Round and round we go … What I’m doing with this, I don’t know.  But I’ll keep on going. Eventually something comes out of the meandering scribbles …

I should plan on making one big, elaborate mandala one day … soon …

And Real Fact #1407 is about crows and murder.  No, I haven’t googled all the Real Facts yet.  I think I like finding out about facts when I open the bottle.  Or maybe I should print out a list and strike off what I’ve come across … hmm … Ok, I’m going to google Real Facts now.

 

Good and safe weekend, all.

 

007 and Other Musings

Read this on the Snapple top, about where 007 came from.

So how did it end up with a British secret agent?  Hmmmm ………..

How many Snapple ‘real facts’ are there, anyway?  Going to google that …

And more doodles … during a presentation …

I feel that this week is moving slowly, I don’t know why.

Scarves and hats are out again.  Two days into spring, and we’re having 20-degree weather.  But the weekend is in the 60’s – yeah !

An office colleague told me that he doesn’t focus on the weekend, because it’s only two days out of the week.  So he chooses to focus on the five (work) days.  Then it’s not too bad that there’s only two days for the weekend.  I sort of get it, and I don’t.  I’ll think about that another time.

How’s your week going?

 

 

A Spot of Blue

Happy First Day of Spring !

Yes, it’s spring today – it’s supposed to be warmer today (with a cold wind).  But there’s a forecast of snow for Wednesday, so we’ll see how long that will last …

More meetings … more doodles …

 

And a spot of blue …

There’s something, just out of reach of my mind, that I want to do with the black stars  … I can’t quite grasp what it is, but it’s there … Maybe the spot of blue will help, jog my subconscious, or something.

Happy Spring Day, all !

 

 

Grey Skies on a Sunny Morning

We were looking forward to a weekend tournament in Virginia, thinking that it would be warmer than it is here in NYC.  Wrong ….

We were out on the fields, in blustery winds and 0-20 degree weather in the early mornings … Us parents had three and four and maybe five layers on – the boys had two to three layers … And spring is next week already?  Oh wait … we came back home and there was a nor’easter snowstorm-blizzard waiting for us!  We really are having crazy weather these days, right?

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