Entertaining and In Training: I've never done a better push-up.
In other news: this official February, I've granted myself the patience to learn a little Tango. While my dance partner is preoccupied with all things "bathroom remodel," I am left to practice my YYYYEEEESSSSS steps solo.
Walking isn't easy, but I do it, and sometimes well.
One of my favorite features of myself is that I am clumsy but also possess superhuman reflexes
(i.e. when I drop shit, I catch it)
I am training my water body to be a better surfer. A pool is nothing like the ocean, but despite the chlorinated burn, I have become a better, faster, stronger swimmer once again, expanding my lungs and crawling across gravity. I am training to surf so I can make the most out of my Maui vacation and band trip in March.
So far this year I have accidentally become a photographer, event organizer, scene promoter, and dance teacher (actually the last three have been a while coming).
I'll elaborate on the exciting.
I got really into snapping pictures with disposable cameras when I was gearing up for a workshop I wanted to bring to the community I help care for as a resident coordinator in a emergency shelter/ affordable housing residence. I love building community and thought this would be a great way to connect the people I work with to the larger Olympia and arts community. That it has been! Even more importantly (for me personally), this little project, for which I got the idea from a similar project done on Skid Row,
opened up for me a
dauntingly large door
into the land of creative
processes and possibilities,
for the most part thanks to the people that support my creative whims.
Basically a friend was like,
"your photos are amazing, do more and do [things not possible with disposable film and in-store processing]."
and I was like, "great! thanks! maybe!"
but the prospect of spending hundreds of dollars on disposable cameras and one-hour film processing at Walgreens was...
Then, on an unusual Wednesday night off, I went on an accidental date with myself to hear some live music.
At the show, immediately immersed in the musical community,
I ran into a wonderful friend who just happened to be back in Olympia between international travels.
I hadn't seen her in many months.
Having seen all the very cool and super awesome photos
I posted on FeceBook of my photgraphical adventures,
my world-bound friend, who in another career was a professional freelance photographer,
offered me the second indefinite loan of my life,
(the first being a trumpet, 7 years ago)
telling me that if I could find a way to process film and wanted to use it, she would lend me her well-loved camera indefinitely, as she wanted it to be used.
I found some local resources and said yes. Four days later I came home with all of the photography equipment I could dream of, minus a tripod and a few skills,
and now I am back to
The Evergreen State College,
as a community member
frequenting the lap lanes and PhotoLand.
My next accidental step was to order an excessive amount of B&W film that would be shipped to me from various locations, including Russia and Ontario.
Whelp, I learned how to use E-blah real quick.
During the next few months of dance training, scene organization, community building, and travels,
I will document my history as it
Because life is better with pictures.
Seriously, though! Push-ups are pretty much the ultimate exercise; they need not be punishment. If you do 'em right they work your pecs, triceps, anterior deltoids, and midsection as a whole. I've been doing them for years with intermittent regularity. All you need is a few a day to maintain definite arm tone, no equipment necessary. Don't do them modified on your knees though, that can mess ya up. If you must modify, modify by changing the angle of your body, always in plank position. Push-ups help me in every physical activity I do, but only when done correctly
(all photos in this post were taken with single-use Kodak cameras and are entirely unedited.)