Monday, October 31, 2016

Resolutions Checkpoint 2016: September & October

We've got two months lumped together again this time. So taking a look back at my focus points for September, here's what progress has been made on those in the past two months:

September & October Progress

1. French
  • (+) Read Harry Potter books #4 and #5 in French. — I finished both in September before leaving France!
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Saturday, October 29, 2016

La Crosse Visit: Dark Radio Show, CommuniClaytion, and an Astronaut

With my feet well protected by rain boots, I caught a bus up to La Crosse on Wednesday (thanks to T.J.) to visit the younger brother for a few days. Grandma joined us there on Friday, as she and I both attended the Dark La Crosse Radio Show that night.

Artistic Inspiration

While Luke took a nap that afternoon, post-Indian buffet, I accompanied Grandma on her hunt for a very specific type of potato masher and "the perfect purse." (The hunt is still on.) On our way to an antique store to look for the masher, we popped into the La Crosse Gallery, where a few pieces caught my eye:

I liked the bright colors in both of these
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Monday, October 17, 2016

Calligcast #5: How to get away with murder

[Calligcast = Practicing calligraphy while listening to a podcast] 

TV Show: "How to Get Away with Murder"
Season: 2

I somehow got started watching this show on Netflix since I've been back in the states (if you haven't seen it, don't start it—use the time for something else!), and have gotten hooked simply to see what happens.

So today's calligcast session was done while watching this TV show, not while listening to a podcast—but I wanted to log it anyways.

I just bought my very first oblique pen (seen below), so today I started on the Kaitlin Style workbook sheets (from The Postman's Knock).

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Exhibit: Rebecca in Montpellier

Most known for her photograph "This is the first day of your final three days in Montpellier," Rebecca Thering spent a majority of her first French year (Oct. 2015 - Sept. 2016) living in or near Montpellier. This exhibit is a collection of artifacts from this time of her life.

Tinkerbell sculpture: Created by Rebecca in Rodez during a 3-hour beginner's session, this Tinkerbell sculpture was last seen in Montpellier (September 2016), hiding in shrubs along a footpath in the Las Rébès neighborhood.

Did the neighborhood kids find and destroy it, or is it still there hanging out with the chickens? We may never know.

Cover of the March 2016 issue of The Atlantic: Rebecca tore off this magazine cover and used it again and again to show new acquaintances where Wisconsin is located. You'll see two pen marks which point out Madison, WI and Chicago, IL. The magazine cover lived in her purse, folded into thirds.
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