Microblog Mondays- the longest 30 min of my life

I had an outside drawing class this Saturday and a few of us were having lunch together before the afternoon session and I get a phone call from a colleague telling me she had tested positive for Covid.

I tried to get a rapid test at the pharmacy but they only had a free spot today, so I decided to self isolate, even though the odds of me being infected were very small.

So I managed to get tested today, at the university near my work and they told me that if I was positive they would call me during the next half hour, otherwise the results would go to my email.

The last 2 minutes of the half hour seemed to last forever…. No call came. I checked my email just to be sure, and yes, I am negative.


Vivian Maier: what an inspiring photographer!

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Didn’t even know she existed until a few months ago, when I bought an online illustration course and the teacher mentioned her as one of his artistic influence.

I hadn’t even realized there was an exhibition of her work near Lisbon and I almost missed it, but luckily it was extended until next Tuesday.

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Weird, they are not in boxes…

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Today, after over a year, our theatre group met in real life.

We arranged to have a rehearsal in a park that is normally quite empty. It was so good to see them in 3D, plus 2 company members who hadn’t rehearsed with us since we started the online rehearsals.

But at the same time, we all had a feeling of awkwardness and unreality.

Still, a lovely afternoon.

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Microblog Mondays: adventures in coloring

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I normally feel very comfortable with my grey hair but life felt so grey with lockdown ( though in my line of work we can’t really work remotely) that I felt the need for a bit of colour to cheer me up. So I decided to try and dye my hair at home. I was a bit worried because my hair is so curly, I wondered if I would be able to cover it evenly.

The day after I bought the dye, they announced the hairdressers were going to reopen the week after, but you have to make an appointment and hairdressers are fully booked until July.

So this Sunday I managed to make some time for experiment and I am quite happy with the result.

Plus the red colour lifts my spirits up.

Posted as part of Microblog Mondays

One thing to look forward to

One of my colleagues gold me this week about this virtual travel website, and since Thursday I have lined up one or two tours a day, so I have something to look forward to everyday.

Beats “travelling” via Google maps. Here you see the country through the camera of the tour guide and you can ask him questions. You can even take photos and they are saved as postcards on your profile.

I leave you with a picture of plum blossoms I just took during a beautiful “walk” I just took in Koganei park near Kyoto.

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One moment… Are you old enough?

We need the assistant to check your age.

That was the message that appeared on the screen of the self checkout machine as soon as I scanned my wine bottle.

The assistant was nearby and typed in a random birth date just to confirm I was over 18.

I get it, they want to avoid kids buying alcohol but it was the first time it happened to me.

Couldn’t help but laugh.

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Microblog Mondays- Sunday afternoon on the couch

Since the first lockdown, the urban sketching community has been doing interviews every Sunday with different urban sketchers who then at the end of the episode give you a drawing challenge. This season it is at the moment at 3 pm Lisbon time and since we are in lockdown, I have taken to watching it live every Sunday. This year there are not only interviews with sketchers, but also talks about artist’s sketchbooks, and this Sunday a show about Royal Talens, that had sponsored the Amsterdam symposium in 2019.

So we got to know all about the history of the brand and also how paints are made.

Plus interviews with several brand ambassadors and a Q and A session.

So I spent almost two hours on my couch watching the show. But I don’t feel the slightest bit guilty.