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Busy, zine, cat picture. Yup, that sums it up!

It’s the end of September already! This month has been extremely busy, especially considering that I’m only taking one class at the moment. While some of this busyness couldn’t be avoided (stuff I expected would take one appoinment, ended up taking two. This happened twice), most of it has been me doing That Thing again. The thing where I pile stuff onto more stuff and keep pushing myself forward at a maniacal pace, because Things Are Going Great Right Now and I NEED to Take Beyond Maximum Advantage of This Because it’s Not Going to Last.

And it’s true: it doesn’t. Mostly because I’m chronically ill and being healthy is not my default, but also because I tend to overexert myself in the periods that I’m feeling mostly okay. All together now: duh! Still, it’s a hard habit to break, especially since I’ve had many instances in which I did not have the luxury of slowing down. File under: reasons I need this BA to be over by October 2015. Because this whole “Get a BA or die trying”-joke really isn’t as funny if I actually drop dead at some point.

Anyway, highly medicore, 50cent-referencing “jokes” aside, on to the happy: I finished a zine! I finally feel comfortable calling myself a zinester again! Which is especially great since I’ve updated my about page. I have also added a link to my Etsy store, a contact page, and a page with links to all my other internet hangouts. And to top it all off, I’ve even set up a mailing list, which you can subscribe to to get a notice when I drop a new zine. Apparently, mailing lists are completely back into fashion, and I’ve always wanted one, so please indulge me and subscribe: *click!* (yes mom, you too!)

I’ll be making copies of the finished zine later this week and will be posting more info as soon as that has happened, but to tide you over, here’s a picture of the making of:

Zine layoutZine making in progress

And now I’m off to read some more on the Gayer-Anderson Cat, who might be the best cat ever. Well, except for Clark of course:

Full frontal nosesleepingAdvanced Level Full Frontal Nosesleeping

Bookbinding weekend

As regular readers know, I am participating in The Sketchbook Project again this year (the 2015 edition). Since last year I had serious problems with my book almost falling apart before I sent it out, I decided that this year I would do things properly. So, this weekend, I did a bookbinding course. In this post you can see what I did up to now.

My idea to fortify the pages in the middle was a good one, but what I hadn’t realised is that now the book itself was thicker than it’s back, which would cause the book to not close properly. This had to be remedied, so – and we’re moving on to the pictures now – please click to embiggen (fyi: this goes for all collages in this post):

Collage 1

From left to right: I added small strips of material. This took a VERY long time, but as you can see in the middle picture, it worked! Then I punched holes into the back (this was SO strenuous that I forgot to take a picture) and sewed everything together.

Collage 2

Then it was time to flatten the book as much as possible, after which I selected a colour for the inside cover pages, and glued them onto my book. On the left you can see what my book looked like at the end of day one.

Collage 3

On day two, I glued a backing onto the book, partly because it’s fancy and party to make it more sturdy. I then glued a fabric-like paper onto the cover, and after glueing the cover onto the book, some more pressing and rounding off of the edges with an edge-rounder-offer machine that is as of now my favorite machine in the world EVER (well, apart from my dishwasher of course), this

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is the final result! I will of course still have to work on the cover and the insides, and will of course update on that process.

Because I still had time left, I decided to make another book:

Rainbow book collage

From left to right, top to bottom, then the big picture: I had some greeting cards in rainbow colours, that I decided to use. Sewing everything together went A LOT faster the second time around! I then pressed my book (well, actually the press pressed my book). To keep with the aerial theme, I chose cloud printed paper for the cover. After glueing and pressing everything together, I once more got to use the awesome edge-rounder-offer machine, and on the left you can see the final result.

All in all, it was a great experience and I got a lot done. I enjoyed it so much that I know I’m going to do the multi-week course next year (read: when I’m done with my studies). The course was given in a place where they also had printing presses and all sorts of awesomeness of which I of course took pictures, but I’m having serious issues accessing my Flickr page right now. I will post a link to them as soon as they’re available though, because wooden letters and such.

It was a good week

Yup, I didn’t drop out, which means that I’ve officially broken all my previous attendance records! And although I tend to act all too cool for school, I’m actually quite proud of myself for getting this far.

It was a good week in general, I’ve managed to keep the balance between ‘do stuff’ and ‘overexert yourself’, so on Thursday evening, I gave myself a literal shoulder pat and didn’t even feel silly. Well, I did feel a bit silly, but as me and The Big Kahuna tend to yell “YOLO!”, because, seriously, yolo.

In related news, I’ve made a list of each and every exam, review, essay, and/or any other kind of test I need to do from now until I get my degree. While still a terrifying amount (mostly because for one of my classes, I have to complete at least 21 different kinds of tests – ridiculous, I know), it’s nice to see that it can be fitted in a three page document. I’m thinking of putting it up on my wall and striking things off as I go.

In other news, I will be taking a book binding weekend course next weekend, where I will be working on the binding of my Sketchbook Project 2015 entry. I will of course be taking pictures of the process, which will be posted here and/or on Flickr, depending on how many pictures the process takes.

Behind the scenes renovations

I am changing some things around here at YourfriendLP, like adding the option to follow my blog through Bloglovin’ for those who are into that:

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

A real YFLP post will appear again on Sunday (the 14th).

Week One done

Week One is over and done with, which means that the year has officially started. Not only was this the first year I didn’t have to hunt down missing books, it was also the first year that I was actually on time! Not that the universe wasn’t conspiring against me: first, the bus drove by my stop, then I had to take a tram to return to my stop and walk very fast to get to the right building, and then it turned out we’d had a room change! :-D Thankfully the new room was on the same floor though.

I’m also glad that I’m starting this year with only one class. September is not my favorite month, and I also had two ‘no big deal but still mweh, don’t want to, but it needs to be done’-type medical appointments that I was unable to book during my holiday happening, so I haven’t been sleeping too well this week (long standing issue in times of stress). Despite this, I still managed to get all my work done on time. Nothing is as discouraging as lagging behind in the first week, something that has happened to me many, many times before, and I’m glad to have managed to avoid that by starting the year off slowly.

While analysing some of the very vivid nightmares I’ve been having this week, I realised that if I don’t drop out by this Wednesday (the 10th), I will have spent more time at my current studies than at any place I’ve ever gone to school or work after the age of 12. Like I’ve written before: my life has been on the unconventional side. Anyway, despite all my bitter whinings, I’m quite proud of myself to have stuck it out, and to keep a good thing going, I’ll be off to bed with a book on Philosophy of Science. And no, not just because it’s a great way to battle insomnia. ;-D

Summer Bloggin’ Day 62: End of summer

Although I have already started preparing stuff in the last week, from tomorrow on, my holiday will be officially over and things will probably be back to Hectic within no time. On a positive note: this is the first semester in the history of my academic life EVER where I don’t need to go on a quest to find my books because they’re missing and/or on back order, so that’s a plus!

And while immediate extreme tiredness set in upon reading the course descriptions and all the Mario-style feats I have to perform to get to a grade at some point (gamification might be a trend, but it’s not for me), I am ready for my final year to start. Mostly because the end of my studies is FINALLY in sight and I can’t wait for it all to be over and done with, so I can move on and do something else with my life. Not that I have any definite plans of what that “something else” will be, but I still have about a year and half to think of something.

I am also hoping to be able to finish up the last few projects belonging to this particular period during that time. Going through my laptop and old papers I’ve found yet more material for the zines I still want to write, so all I need to do is rewrite and lay things out. Which is still a heap of work. The Sketchbook Project 2015 and my studies absolutely need to get done this year, the rest can be done later. Though I REALLY would like to get all of these things done sooner rather than later, because they’re There, weighing on me like a ton of bricks, and I can’t start up anything new until they’re done. Well, I could, but that would only make my to do list longer, which would be counterproductive to anything ever.

With the year starting, I will also start with a posting schedule. Posting “when I have time/feel like it/have something to say” adds more stress, because I’m constantly thinking “I haven’t posted in too long/I should be posting/Why am I not posting” etcetera. So once a week, on Sunday, a post will appear here on YourfriendLP. Tumblr will be updated in queued batches when there’s material to be queued, Pinterest will be updated depending on the amount of stress (I use it like other people play Patience) and from 1 September on, I’m giving Instagram a go. Depending on how it goes, things might get tweaked at some point, but for now this makes sense.

Thank you all for following my Summer Bloggin’ 2014 series and I’ll hopefully see you next Sunday!

Summer Bloggin’ Day 60: Tiny pictures!

This year, I’ve decided to customise my planner. This as a part of my ongoing effort to be less of a bitter bitch when it comes to my studies, which has been reasonably successful.

I saw that HEMA had an option to print small pictures of 10×10 cm (3,9 inch by 3,9 inch), so I selected 30 pictures from my archives and sent them off. This week I picked them up and it turned out that I had misread or misordered: they were 5×5 cm (1,9 inch by 1,9 inch) instead! Which wasn’t a problem at all, because they are supercute:

HEMA pictures

*continues to glue them into planner*

Summer Bloggin’ Day 58: Clark in motion

Since the most important thing on the internet are cats and gifs, have a cat gif of Clark in his new cat bed:

Clark sleepy.gif

Summer Bloggin’ Day 56: Yoh-guh

Peeps, it’s finally happened! After years of joking that me and my neurotic behind should go to yoga class, I FINALLY signed up for remedial yoga last week. Today was my first session, and despite being Le Nervous and convinced that my ancient cadaver would not be up for it, things went actually quite okay! Apparently the miraculous thing called muscle memory still works after a very long retirement. The more you know!

But all jokes and exclamation points aside, I was really relieved that I am apparently not in as bad of a shape as I feel I am. But then again, I tend to compare my strength and stamina to how it used to be when I was still a figure skater and a ballerina, and not to a “regular” 38 year old person, let alone to that of a 38 year old person who’s chronically ill and has been under pretty much chronic severe stress for the last 3+ years.

I am hoping to be able to not only gain some of my strength back physically and to reduce my spine curvature related issues, but to also reduce some of that chronic severe stress. Because stress of course also weakens my immune system, which is quite shoddy to begin with, which leads to illness, which leads to having to catch up with my studies, which leads to stress, etcetera, etcetera, you get the picture.

The instructor was quite enthusiastic and was convinced that these were feasible goals, which is very reassuring. Starting next week, I’ll be taking one remedial class a week to begin with, because starting off slow and not overexerting myself is also a thing I need to learn. I’m really looking forward to it. *stretches*

Summer Bloggin’ Day 54: Huevos rancheros

Getting (tex) mex food here in the Netherlands is a bit of an ordeal: when you order ‘nachos’, there’s a 99,9% chance you get the chips and only the chips. When you then ask where the rest of your nachos are, they will give you a puzzled look, point at your tortilla chips and say “Well, there they are!” The fact that ‘nachos‘ is a dish consisting of said tortilla chips and a whole load of other stuff on top of it got lost in translation somewhere. :-D

Fortunately, things are slowly but surely changing. Last week I had a great burrito bowl with actually spicy smokey pinaple chipotle and yesterday I got myself some huevos rancheros that looked SO nommy that I took a picture:

Huevos rancheros

Yes, with my phone.

I am hoping that this trend will keep on, so that I’ll soon be able to also have tamales and horchata, because yum. *does some witchy magic to make it happen*

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