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Photo A Day: Week 3 Recap

1/15, iPhone:

1/16, Nikon:

1/17, Nikon:

1/18, Nikon:

1/19, Olympus:

Turbot

1/20, iPhone:

1/21, Olympus:

Oakland Women’s March

Summary:
5/7 non-iPhone pictures
3/7 used my new light box (yay new toys!)
5/7 were taken at home (i should go out more)

Photo A Day: Week 2 Recap

1/8: iphone

1/9: olympus

1/10: olympus

1/11: iphone

1/12: iphone

1/13: iphone

1/14: olympus

Summary: 3/7 non-iPhone pictures (The Olympus is conveniently small and has a very fun and fast prime (f1.7), but the Nikon certainly has superior image quality)

Photo A Day: Week 1 Recap


I started the week lazily — with an iPhone picture. I had tried to take some pictures of these pens with my DSLR, but the iPhone one was the best of the bunch.


A tokidoki unicorn sitting on my patio table. DSLR + prime lens.


A shot from dinner at Kusakabe. I tried using my DSLR here too, but the iPhone seems to outperform in dim light. Oh how technology has changed.


My newest pen arrived on the 3rd, and there’s a picture of it with my Starbucks planner — they match! Taken with my iPhone.


A photo of my team at lunch at Mourad. Turns out when you’ve set yourself a photo challenge, you bring your camera places.


I wasn’t ambitious enough to set myself goals around drawing or calligraphy, but I do still enjoy trying to do both. Taken with my iPhone.


Moogle inspecting the pool. I’m not sure why he does this… but it’s cute and he looks silly, like a monster may jump out to get him at any moment. DSLR + prime.

Summary: 3/7 – DSLR photos

Hello 2017!

Well, I’m a day late on my yearly recap (a yearly tradition as of last year). But, I haven’t updated in months, so a day late is better than never.

To start with, I read much less than last year. I ended up reading just a little over half as much as I did last year…

  1. The Name of the Wind
  2. The Help
  3. Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body’s Most Underrated Organ
  4. A Darker Shade of Magic
  5. A Gathering of Shadows
  6. China Rich Girlfriend
  7. Between The World and Me
  8. Buddha Standard Time
  9. To Rise Again at a Decent Hour
  10. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
  11. The Better Angels of Our Nature
  12. After I do
  13. Authority
  14. The Buddha In the Attic
  15. Finding Audrey
  16. On Immunity: An Innoculation
  17. Good to Great
  18. Annihilation
  19. Yes Please
  20. Eat, Pray, Love
  21. The Book of Unknown Americans
  22. The Moor’s Account
  23. Challenger Deep
  24. Overwhelmed: Work, Love and Play When No One Has the Time
  25. Everything I Never Told You
  26. I Don’t Know How She Does It
  27. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West
  28. Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China

But, I did start another blog, but this time with friends — Hand Over That Pen. I really went down the rabbit hole of fountain pens last year, and my “collection” went from about three pens to 15. It’s been quite the adventure (and I’ve met a lot of great people along the way).

I keep forgetting I did this — but it was all-consuming for a few weeks. I renovated

This was my kitchen before: (from the open house pictures)

And now it’s this:

And, lastly, the places I visited: (also a lighter year)

  • Singapore, where I stayed with Tatsie
  • Oklahoma City, OK to Las Vegas, NVon a road trip with Jonny
  • Kona and Honolulu, HI with family
  • Manila, Philippines for Thanksgiving
  • Boston, MA & NYC for work

I’ve set myself some goals for the year (as usual), but also am challenging myself to take a photo every day. I’ll be doing weekly recaps here, and more regular posting on my instagram account, @hellokloh.

Katherine’s 365 Day Photo Challenge Rules:

  • Post photos somewhere at least once a week
  • At least 1/3rd of the photos must not be taken with a smartphone
  • Over the year, take at least ten photos in these categories: macro, wide angle, people, Moogle, black & white and daily life.
  • Stick to the Dogwood 52 week challenge once a week (this is probably the hardest… we’ll see)

The Collection! And a Carrier

  I spent an hour and a half today cutting up a beer box and glueing it back together to make these pen trays. 

The picture above shows my entire collection at this point. The cheaper pens get to bang around together at the bottom of the carrier. 

   Three trays, that hold five pens each. And they stack! 

Red fleece case holds my current EDCs. 

  Then the trays fit into the carrier with some room on the side for a couple vials of ink and some papertowel. Good to be prepared!

   And the carrier itself — black snakeskin, made by hand in the Philippines. The purse was designed by my dad in his past career as a handbag designer. It’s at least twenty years old… But likely older. 

Caddillac Ranch

  
There’s more spraypaint than car — but, everyone visits with a can of their own.  I’m surprised the cars are still standing!

 
It was super windy and (because I made the mistake of wearing a dress) I could feel my legs being pelted with cow-scented sand and dirt. I took a longggg shower when we got to our AirBnB in Santa Fe a few hours later. 

Pelikan Nib in an Esterbrook LJ

  
Not that I have an extra nib, but I was curious — my Pelikan 140 nib fits into my Esterbrook LJ with no problems, ink seems to flow well. This also includes screwing on the cap. However, the converse doesn’t work — Estie nibs don’t fit the Pelikan barrel. 

The Pelikan 400NN nib is larger, and the difference is enough that I’m wary of trying to close a cap over it. 

Goodbye 2015!

Goodbye 2015, and hello 2016! I swore I’d write one of these retrospective posts a year ago, so here it goes.

I did some traveling this year, largely for either work or weddings. In 2015, I attended the weddings of Rica & Jon, Tim & Roz, Jazz & Dom and Siena & Andy. My mom also cashed in on taking a big birthday trip and we went to the Galapagos as a family. I apparently took 22 days off from work. Yay unlimited vacation policy.

Places I’ve Been:
Manila (ish), Philippines
Boracay, Philippines
Hong Kong
Las Vegas, NV* (two trips, one work and one for GP Vegas)
Portland, OR*
Quito, Ecuador
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Guayaquil, Ecuador
Dallas, TX*
Austin, TX*
Sacramento, CA
Pasadena, CA
New York, NY*
Boston, MA*
* Work trips

In 2015, I resolved (whatever that really means) to do a couple things:

  • Sleep more: I’m a much nicer person with enough sleep. Also more functional. This one took me a while to figure out — I was totally fine on 5 hours of sleep a couple years ago, but I’m not anymore. I think it’s because I do more work at work, not old age.
  • Exercise more regularly: With lots of help from Shamiq, I now have a regular workout schedule — MWF are lifting days, TTh are cardio days. Unfortunately, I’ve done less climbing this year than I’d like. Something’s gotta give.
  • Dress like an adult: Less dinosaur t-shirts & hoodies to work. I’ve mostly succeeded. I’m not even sure where my dinosaur hoodie is anymore…
    Read more books — I started to notice that my already short attention span was deteriorating from reading Facebook posts and Buzzfeed lists.

Books I’ve Read: (55, assuming I can count)
Complications: A Surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect Science by Atul Gawande
Moth Smoke by Mohsin Hamid
Landline by Rainbow Rowell
The Blood of Flowers by Anita Amirrenzvani
Bangkok Daze by William Sparrow
Fear of Flying by Erica Jong
The Spiral Staircase: My Climb Out of Darkness by Karen Armstrong
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism by Naoki Higashida, K.A. Yoshida
Go It Alone! by Bruce Judson
The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done by Peter Bregman
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War by Lynsey Addario
The Wind Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
Predictable Revenue by Aaron Ross
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
The Divergent Series (all the books… 1-4.5?) by Veronica Roth
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
Mortal Instruments Series (1-6) by Cassandra Clare
Creative Confidence by Tom Kelley & David Kelley
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman
Maze Runner Series (1-3) by James Dashner
The Idealist: Jefferey Sachs and the Quest to End Poverty by Nina Munk
The Challenger Sale by Matthew Dixon
Heads in Beds by Tomsky Jacob
The World Until Yesterday by Jared Diamond
Heather Wells Series (1-4) by Meg Cabot
Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
The Collector by John Fowles
Every Day Is For the Thief by Teju Cole
Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee
Station Eleven by Emily St.John Mandel
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
The Three Body Problem by Cixin Liu & Ken Liu

Another exercise in concentration — finishing by knit & crochet projects (without buying more yarn)
Finished Objects – Knit + Crochet: (17)
3 Bicycle Wheels hats (gifts for Jonny, Yama and Shamiq)
Orzhov gloves for Shamiq (my own pattern)
Crochet hexagon baby blanket (gift, made up a pattern)
freeform-ish Triangle shawl (gift)
3 crochet pot holders
grey knit hat (color block, no pattern) for me
grey knit hat (triangles, no pattern) for Shamiq
shades of grey (ha) crochet shawl (no pattern)
Habu lace scarf (no pattern)
black and brown Cupido Cowl (adapted)
Herringbone Cowl (adapted)
short-row hat for shamiq (no pattern)
Song of the Sea Cowl (merry christmas, mom)

Annnnd that’s 2015. I’m sure there’s other stuff worth that may be notable, but this feels awkward enough so I’ll stop here.

Oops.

I fell off the face of the… blog again.

Since then…

Giant cake
I made a 7.5″ cake for my 1 year anniversary at Sift. Layers of chocolate, cookie dough, cheese cake, banana pudding, hazelnut…

Blood Orange Macarons
And blood orange macarons.

Ink comparisons
Bought a bunch of ink. And did a comparison. (Turns out I need some gum arabic to thicken up the ink for use with a dip pen…)

Potaaaatoes
And, last weekend, planted some potatoes!

20th Century Cafe

Way behind on this post… A few weeks ago, we went to breakfast at 20th Century Cafe. We tried potato knish, pierogi with plum preserves, and a bagel with smoked salmon. Conclusions: Nigella seeds are delicious. The pierogi were also excellent, the potato knish was less interesting.

20th Century Cafe