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 …
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 …
I didn’t like this … dark and creepy …
… and daily life on the walls …
There were many more, but traffic was moving … drats!
Maybe next time.
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.
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!
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?
And we’re already in the second month of the year …
Is it just me, or did the first month really fly by so fast? What were we doing that we didn’t even notice the days fly by? Were we really all in a hurry? Did we really have so many things to do?
And I’m not really doing a good job with this on and off blogging either. As usual, I wrote and published several posts, and all in my head. lol
The weather – well, I’m sure you know all about the weather. It’s been a crazy winter, but again I’m not complaining. We’ve only had one snowstorm/blizzard, and it’s been mild a times. We even went through three seasons over two days! We started with fall to winter to spring …
Our sports schedule changed a bit, but it was still hectic. There wasn’t much of soccer, so Tin picked up winter track to keep in shape … Well, that opened up a whole new world for us! Tin found that he can keep up with the fast boys – we always knew he could run fast, as we would see on the soccer field every now and then. But now he’s competing with a whole new set of athletes. He’s not quite up at the nationals level, but that’s something he can work on, if he continues. Now he’s looking to running the spring track … Which is about the same time that the new soccer season starts, so that means more travelling hours and less hours in a day for us …
We should enjoy it and make the most of it, we’re told … he’s a junior now and in a couple of years we won’t be running around as much … which brings me to the next chapter of my life journey – retirement. But that’s for another post …
Good weekend, and stay safe and warm!
Wishing you all a (belated) Merry Christmas and Season’s greetings.
Here’s hoping for a safe and happy new year for all!
A productive 4-hour meeting … for doodles! lol
Maybe because it’s almost the end of the year, and suddenly they’re scheduling all the meetings …
I seem to be stuck on the same patterns, but I also had to listen to the discussions, and didn’t want to think too much. Isn’t that the purpose of doodling? Just to draw, without thinking?
Shading will come next … maybe in the next meeting … or during the few minutes a day that I take to give myself a break from staring at the computer monitor. The only problem with that is that I’ll take more than a few minutes of break, because I’ll be immersed in the shading and drawing …
Oh well … it’s the end of year.