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I'm no expert, but I consider myself a hobbyist and a compulsive pen hoarder. (Sorry if this is super late, @okayerin!) The photos aren't very good (bad lighting + flash + I couldn't be bothered,) but I hope this gives you an idea of what you can do with each type of pen!
- •Zig Kuretake Brush Writer (No. 22)Used for the first three photos. This is my favorite, because it lets you make really fine lines if you're patient enough, and really broad strokes. You squeeze part of it so that the ink will start to flow. It's refillable, and I like dipping the brush in different colored ink (see: Xanthippe from my previous list).
I decided to get into brush lettering near the end of last year, and I found out that there was a prompt on Instagram (handletteredabcs) which lets you post a letter of the alphabet once a day. Here's what I came up with:
- •I found this list in my drafts.
- •OOOPS.This was back in December, when I decided to just go for it.
- •In mid-January my bangs were getting kinda long and I didn't know what to do with them.Grow them out? Have them trimmed at the same salon where I got them?
- •Let me begin by stating facts.
- •I am 26 years old and I have been a lawyer for almost two (2!!!) years now. I think I'm pretty good at what I do and I take pride in my attention to detail when it comes to work-related things.
- •Apparently, the full moon on this year's Christmas Eve was the first ever since 1977, which makes this photo more interesting, in addition to the fact that everyone involved in taking this was D R U N K.We didn't know that a Christmas full moon is rare, we just thought the view was pretty!
- •This is also last full moon for 2015, and is called the Cold Moon, I guess maybe because it's cold outside?
- •The next Christmas full moon will be in 2034, so I'm pretty happy we got photos of it.
This isn't actually an "I Hate Christmas" post. I've just never been a big fan of Christmas songs. Help me build up a playlist of non-cheerful Christmas/December themed songs!
@Xela and I tried Vinyasa Flow for the first time earlier tonight, and in addition to leaving us feeling super healthy (like we could live on green shakes and chia seeds forever,) it also made us realize we like doing yoga set to pop music. Here are the songs I could remember.
- •Leave A Trace - CHVRCHESFirst song off the playlist. Xela and I shared a Look when it started playing.
- •Elastic Heart - Sia
- •Clean - Taylor Swift
- •Hold On, We're Going Home - DrakeThis song signaled the end of the standing series. Well played. (Pun intended.)
This is a story I will tell my children, not to teach them about Stranger Danger, but maybe to illustrate that it's okay to trust strangers sometimes? Or that it's okay to make bad life choices as long as you don't die? I'm not sure. (Please don't allow me to have children.)
- •In my defense: I was running on an hour of sleep, I was hungry, my brain was tired, it was a hot day, and five cabs had already turned me down.
- •A car stopped on the other side of the street, the driver rolled down his window and asked if I needed a ride.
- •I walked over and asked him if he was going to kidnap me, and he said he didn't think a kidnapper would straight up say that he was going to kidnap me. I laughed and got in his car.Because obviously that is what any rational person should do when a person doesn't directly answer your question.
Terry Pratchett once said that "[t]here are times in life when people must know when not to let go. Balloons are designed to teach small children this." Predictably, I have taken this quote to a whole other (needlessly obsessive) level.
- •When I was little and I didn't know how to swim, one of my distant cousins pushed me into the deep end of a swimming pool. I reminded my cousin of this story the last time we met, during the reception for his wedding.I technically learned how to swim from that incident, but still. It was terrifying.
- •Ryan Ross once told me that he liked my glasses.Yes, Ryan Ross from the Pretty Odd era of Panic at the Disco. Here's the only photo I could find of said glasses, which were really wayfarers i replaced with prescription lens. (I would also like to point out that: 1, I was into giant glasses frames before giant glasses frames were a thing, and 2, this was before I discovered the power of brow things.)
- •Being into things before they went mainstream.Before you take out your pitchforks, hear me out. It's less "oh, I was into this thing before it became cool, and therefore I am superior," and more of frustration at how I try to get people really excited about this new thing and people being sort of dismissive about it, and then later on the same people are into the thing. It makes me wonder why my liking the thing before wasn't enough to get them to consider liking it? Am I not cool and zeitgeisty enough to start a trend? (Answer: probably.)
- •The 100-character limit on list titles is discriminatory against people whose formative years were in the mid- to late 2000's, when Fall Out Boy and Panic At the Disco were in their ridiculously-long-song-title-writing prime.
- •No GIFs.