Saturday, 13 January 2018

165. Knit a Present For Someone

I'm onto crocheting now, but last year around Christmas time I actually managed to knit some working house socks for my sister .Why house socks - they're too chunky to be straightforward socks really but not really hardy enough for slippers. My sister being the saint she is demanded homemade gifts so it was the perfect excuse to complete this task. Multicoloured knitting project - done.

Friday, 5 January 2018

114. 115. Got a Budhist Centre & Meditate

Buddhist centres are perhaps unsurprisingly to most (but surprisingly to me), a lot like church. A small huddle, some chit chat but once the meditation begins a lull takes over and I found myself feeling the same wash I feel in church. This was a really great experience and something I've told myself I must try again.

133. Go to a Music Gig

After almost a year away from the blog I've decided to come back again and fill in the gaps.. So far the resolutions have not only proven to be incredibly satisfactory to tick off, but have also been a big motivator at times to shake myself from a rut every now and again.

This time last year I travlled to the West country for the first time ever. Specifically Bristol. It was nothing like how I expected but also wonderful, creative and incredibly raw. In my mind Brooklyn is an easy comparisson in terms of gritiness but also humourful street art and little art collectives as well as maybe Brighton. While there I ventured to Stoke Croft - the land of the hipsters and found a great cafe cum-car-cum-yoga studio where we stayed until a band started playing. I've also been to see Hozier this year, however, I feel that this small intimate impromptu gig was exactly what I wanted to find since I've compltly missed seeing new bands away from support acts since leaving uni.

Thursday, 4 January 2018

116. Get accupuncture

I did it. It was good. I'd do it again.

Acupuncture, as it turns out really is as simple as a haircut. It might have been the half an hour of stillness more than the needles but I definitely felt something.

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

#14 Get to 200 followers on Tumblr

Against my better judgement, this year I decided to properly insert myself into television fandom. Encouraged by my brother I set about creating a blog for my favourite show this year. As embarrassing as this was I somehow amassed over 200 followers. This is possibly one of my strangest achievements and potentially pointless but the blog as it stands is still one of my biggest and yet quietest projects. I'm not sure I'll ever share it with anyone outside of the internet out of fear they'll judge me. A bit like this blog.

Go to New York in Winter

Here's what a resolution should be; romantic, life affriming and exciting - 'Going to New York in Winter'

New York in general, let alone at Christmas time, was nothing like how I expected and yet everything like it's on-screen persona. Glamorous, gritty, loud but also lonely, and the glitz I had come to expect from the festively tinselled streets of my more familiar capital London, are really only comparable to the gritty fog ridden scenes of a New York Christmas in Home Alone and other memorable 80/90s Christmas films. By this, I mean that the pigeon lady scenes in Home Alone really could happen! As could all the scenes from coming to America and I'd like to think all of those from Sex and the City (film and TV). It somehow embodies every atmosphere any place can muster, and in this it is everything.

And with this ability to embody and house all styles and possibilities the city seems to breed chaos and almost a sense of surrealism, and in my tepid British state I struggled to understand the bravado but also madness that can be seen in the ongoing struggle of some of it's less fortunate inhabitants, perhaps born from this state of upheaval. By this I mean the city has a lot of homeless people, everywhere. It also seemed to have a lot of people who just appeared to be struggling, distressed and maybe in need of a break in life as they muttered through the streets or clung to slightly muddied clothes.

In our short time, I was able to visit the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian design museum, the natural history museum and the national museum of the American Indian. All great but I have to say sparser than a London museum, yet grander in terms of architecture. Most of my time was spent wandering around exploring the beautiful high rise, the bo-bo streets of the meat-packing district, Soho and Greenwich Village and the more surprising China Town which beats any china town I've been to hands down in terms of cool things to see. We stayed in Brunswick and managed to also explore Williamsburg, a bit of Brunswick and Brooklyn; all of which have a tonne of stuff to unpack and delivered wonderful food (rainbow bagels and macrons - yum), street art, the cheapest vintage stores I have ever been to and of course amazing bridges!

'O Bagel Tree, O Bagel tree...'
New Years itself was perhaps my most eventful yet, and not necessarily in a good way. A piece of advice, if you decide to go abroad with your 20-year-old drama crazed brother please be aware that New Years will be messy. And it was.

But hey I got to go to New York!

Friday, 16 December 2016

#125 Go to a New City

A few months ago I decided to visit Berwick-Upon-Tweed, a beautiful market town and one which has a large and important role in the making of Scotland and England. As the northern-most town in England the town has a special feel to it and  I spent a lot of my time listening to the twangs of locals which result from this. Disappointingly or perhaps delightfully though, I was struck at the inconsistency between Scottish, Geordie and Northumbrian accents. After exploring the adorable shops and cafes I decided to visit the old jacobite church which sits on the edge of the town. Unable to enter due to a visitng orchestra I retreated to a bench outside to do some sketching. Brilliantly they strarted playing and I was caught up in a surreal merge between soundtrack and life.