Finally! finished January's weekly collages. I haven't put titles on my weekly collages for some time but this one almost demanded that I call it "Dragon in the Year of the Ox" - not only because I was born in the Year of the Dragon but also because I've had a dragging start during these first 18 days of 4706.
My theme for February's collages will focus on the Baybayin alphabet, the spoken language is Tagalog. Baybayin is used mainly for decorative purposes these days as the Latin alphabet is used to write Tagalog. I also want to read about the culture and history of the Philippines (yup, Wikipedia's a convenient place to start.)
And, of course, I've already found a couple of recipes I want to try: Bibingka and Bibingkang Galapong... not exactly low fat. So, to balance it, how about some healthy Filipino dishes: Beef and Shrimp Sinigang.
I've found Triumph in Twenty from The Vigorous Mind effective in getting me back to playing the violin and piano on a regular basis. Twenty minute blocks of reading and chores also seems to work well - not so much with exercise and studio time, 20x3 works better! But in trying to figure out how to be smarter with my time, one of my best tools is to set the timer for twenty minutes because as soon as I do that the procrastination stops and I get to it.
Making my computer time more efficient is next on my list. I've been using Google Reader for some time to manage the blogs I read and over the last month I've started using Tweeter. I like Tweeter for news updates (BBC, Times, MSNBC, etc.), along with NPR, Science Friday, etc. for those "generalists" tidbits that they tweet. Micro-blogging for keeping in touch with family and friends has been entertaining, although (yes) it can be another time-stealer.
To the studio for the next 20x3 to make some progress on two weekly collages - I want to get caught up!
Thursday, February 12, 2009