6 April 2015

random post to interrupt the radio silence

Image © Natasha Calhoun

Oh, hello.

Lately I have been experiencing a bit of a creative block, which is somewhat problematic on both the photography and writing fronts, which in turn makes blogging kinda difficult (plus, I finally ran out of photos from my trip to Italy last year! so there went that good old standby).

Anyway, I still have no idea, but figured I would check in with one of those random update posts by way of saying "hey" in case anybody is still out there ;)

Okay, here goes:


Daylight saving ended last night and I don't like it one bit, although I guess I did appreciate the extra hour of sleep, so perhaps I liked it a tiny amount.  Meanwhile, the Fur Kid's Internal Food Clock has gone completely haywire, so the Dinner Howling starts at like 3.00pm now, followed by the I Forgot That I Already Ate Howling at around 5.00pm.  It drives me crazy, but I love her, so I just put up with it.  Sometimes I try to rationalise (eg. "You already ate!  I told you this would happen if you ate so early!  Clearly, I am capable of foreseeing the future!") but that is, as you would expect, a largely pointless exercise (Fur Kid simply stares at me, all "What does foreseeing mean?").


To add insult to injury, the weather is turning cooler and I don't like that much, either.  Plus, I don't know what is going on with the Autumn/Winter fashion this year, but there appears to be very little around in the way of, you know, sleeves.  It's a little odd.  I mean, I know it's Sydney and we have relatively mild winters, but ... well, what about my arms?


One of my good friends is getting married the weekend after next and I am really happy for her.  Am keeping my fingers crossed for good weather on the day, too.


I love Taylor Swift's 1989.


Visited Ikea the other day; always an interesting experience.  Finally bought one of those Ranarp desk lamps that everyone was blogging about awhile ago, as well as some bookcases for the living room as the book situation was getting kinda out of control.  And yes, I arranged my books according to colour ... a veritable literary rainbow, from white to black.  Incidentally, white and blue appear to be the most popular colours for book spines (well, in terms of the books that I own, anyway).


Speaking of books, this long weekend I read two: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (black spine) and Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill (blue spine).  I enjoyed The Girl on the Train - it's a thriller written in split narrative; interesting and unsettling, with remarkably unlikeable characters (truly, I don't think I liked any of them).  As for Dept. of Speculation, pretty much everybody raved about it, so I had fairly high expectations (always dangerous), and it almost lived up to them.  It only fell a little short, though I couldn't quite put my finger on why exactly.  The book is written in an unusual sort of way ... I think the best way to describe it is as a series of vignettes that combine to detail the breakdown of a marriage.  I did enjoy it, though, insofar as you can enjoy something about such chirpy subject matter!  Next up I am going to read David Nicholls' Us (red spine).


Alright I think I'm done!

13 February 2015

rome | santa maria in trastevere

The Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere is my favourite church in Rome; I love religious Byzantine art, and the basilica's glittering gold mosaics and beautifully ornate ceilings never fail to take my breath away.  On my last visit, I was really fortunate to be shown around by a lovely man who works there (I think he may be the caretaker).  He noticed me with my camera, motioned for me to come over, pulled a set of keys out of his pocket and showed me through all of the locked chapels that line the sides of the church, with running commentary in Italian to boot (I was so happy that I managed to get the gist of most of what  he was telling me, although I admittedly had to focus really, really hard on his words).  I even got to go behind the little roped-off areas :)  I took very few photos whilst he was talking as I didn't want to be rude and also, I really just wanted to take everything in as it was being explained to me.  After my little tour, however, was another story ...

All photographs © Natasha Calhoun

11 February 2015

rome | wanderings (part IV)

I am home today after having had minor surgery yesterday afternoon, and am under strict instructions to refrain from driving and making "complex legal decisions," hah.  I will admit that I was pretty much terrified going into it all as I have never had surgery before, but thankfully everything went well and I am feeling pretty good(ish).  I am still trying to get over the total craziness of general anaesthetic; one minute I was chatting about shoes (of all things), at which point the anaesthetic was administered, my face went kinda tingly and I said "whoa, that feels weird!" and the next (well, seemingly the next), I was being woken up in recovery.  I just remember kind of peering around the room, all "whaat?  It's over?"  and then realising "hooray, I didn't die!" (I may have worked myself up a little beforehand, despite undertaking numerous Google searches and being unable to find any reported cases of death resulting from my procedure).

So, that was that.

Anyhow, here are some more photos of Rome.  Apparently I took a lot; wandering all over, I fell in love with this crazy/beautiful city all over again :)

All photographs © Natasha Calhoun


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