Friday, January 2, 2009

a list ...


I do not make New Year's resolutions, but yesterday (after I took this photo from our garden - cool, hey?) I made a list of a few things I would really like to do this year. Here are some of them:
1. I want to travel to at least one place I haven't been before - this won't be difficult as I've haven't been to very many places, and I wish it could be Paris, or New York, but it will probably have to be local - I'm thinking Noup on the West Coast ...
2. After six years of dancing the tango, I want to broaden my horizon and learn to salsa.
3. I want to take the train into town (the last time I've done that was about 15 years ago!) and just mosey around, look at some art exhibitions, discover some new coffee shops, oh, and I want to visit the Book Lounge. And yay, I won't have to look for parking.
4. I think I'm going to take the plunge and get a teeny tattoo. Okay, maybe not a permanent one. Well, I'll see ...
5. I want to go to a play at the newly refurbished and re-opened Space Theatre.
6. I want to go to Sutherland to watch the stars.
I hope you have lots of lovely & interesting things you are looking forward to do in the new year!

12 comments:

Stephanie said...

I love a list like this - it's always so exciting to chart possibilities ...

Linda Sue said...

Oh MY! That is a fabulous list! Could I tag along? The photo of Venus and the cresent moon- above a sleepy city- what a beautiful shot! I hope that you have successfully waded through the mountain of words and that you can rest your eyes on something more organic! I want to know how to get started on an art journal- I am asking you especially - yours are so wonderful- I have four empty books here, all hand made and am very intimidated- thinking that I will ruin their beauty and must be careful about what I defile them with...any suggestions? If I get "in the zone" I will probably be fine but the empty pages are a bit halting.

Anairam said...

stephanie - that is why I always like reading your weekend lists! Even though I do not live in cleveland and will not be able to do them, I just like to consider the possibilities!

linda sue - Four empties! (That sounds like my New Year celebration champagne bottle list, haha!) Oh, I do know what you mean by being intimidated by the empty pages! - that is why for my art journal (the one I'm busy with now) I actually chose a printed book and I just use the text as part of the design, or I paint over it - it is not quite so scary then! I have three journals at the moment - my art journal, my 100 ideas journal and my craft course journal. The last two journals are blank books - the 100 Ideas one is quite small - so I find it easier to fill a blank page. Also, you have an idea to work with, so you do not start from scratch. (see Keri Smith's 100 Ideas at http://www.kerismith.com/) The online craft course journal is more for everyday things that happen so I write a little bit and the drawings are cartoon-like & mostly a bit of pen and some colour. For my art journal I often put colour on a sponge and just kind of swirl it around on the page - once I've got a "backdrop" the page is less scary for me. I often use words or quotes that I have come across and they get my mind working around an idea. Also, the pages change quite a lot over time! I will post my most recent two tomorrow - the topic is quite dark so I didn't want to post it over xmas - too depressing! But one of these is an earlier quite happy page which I adapted - so that now it is a very depressing page! I use pictures that I cut out of magazines quite a lot - I can't really draw (although my most recent one is a drawn picture). Did that help a bit? Let me know - I love your creativity and cannot wait to see your art journal pages!

kendalee said...

What a gorgeous photograph - very cool! And I LOVE your list - definitely an example of a "good" list ;) May you enjoy everything on it and more in 2009...

sunmamma said...

Hi there! Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving your lovely comment! I think your list is really great!

Freshly Found said...

Hope you achieve them all - [except maybe for that tattoo!?] The train ride one sounds like sooo much fun! Happy 2009!

up and down town said...

i've done the tattoo thing.
if i had to do it over again, i'd skip it.
skin is so pretty clean.

Linda Sue said...

Thanks for the suggestions- I tried a few pages...
Tatoo, maybe- I was thinking to get my nose pierced, just a tiny glistening diamond right there might detract from the age spots...but alas, I am not keen on pain and discomfort so - maybe another lifetime...
Thanks again, Dearest one!

Sarah said...

That is a beautiful photo. I like your list. Four days after new year and I am still indecisively mulling over ideas while at the same time realising I should actually have done some work over the holidays instead of all this lovely painting and what not. Oh well...

Anairam said...

kendalee - Thanks for those good wishes! I've already added quite a few things to my list - no biggies, just everyday things like wanting to take the water-taxi from Simonstown to Kalkbay, and looking forward to seeing the first play of the year at the Masque theatre!

sunmamma - Oh, man, I am so glad I discovered your blog(s) through kendalee's list! Your photos are truly beautiful ...

freshly found - I hope you had a good break! Oh well, the tattoo ... I'm having second thoughts now! Probably a non-permanent one - I've had one before which lasted for about 6 weeks. But then, sometimes I feel a little rebellious!

up and down town - Well, I'm sort of inclined to agree with you - the thing that bothers me about permanent ones is that they do not seem to grow old very gracefully - I've seen some great ones, but after ten years they all look rather fuzzy and tired. But I'm thinking non-permanent - as you've probably gathered from some of my comments on your other blog, I quite like embellishments! I must now also confess to sometimes, when the mood strikes me, wearing a fake beauty spot. I think people find it really disconcerting, as I change its position on my face, sometimes within the same day! What can I say, I am weird. Plus I watched the wonderful French movie La Discrete when I was younger.

linda sue - Oh, did you like doing the pages?! I hope you posted on your blog - I am going to have a look now!

sarah - Oh goodness, who wants to work over the holidays? Painting is so much better! There will always be time to work ...

svetlana said...

Here I am back from Birsk where I did decorate the bottoms of two trees. Very nice. The trees were very high so that is the reason for the bottoms. I think Anairam you must visit Moskva and then we take train to Birsk where we have russian dances you can study. That is almost finishing your list. Is that not a nice idea? In my english dictionary I see tattoo is a pony which is also very nice for your garden because already you have the monkeys. So I think you must have a little tattoo. If you have lots of straw in your house for this pony to eat.

Anairam said...

svetlana - Oh, dear Svetlana, you are a delight to my soul! Truly, you are. I'm now thinking of getting a tattoo of a tattoo ... And I want to wish you the happiest of new years, as I sit on my pony, looking at the bottoms of trees.