Archives for November 2007
My 4.5 yo has developed a rather odd fondness for gourmet food.
Every time we pass the gourmet food section in the supermarket, his eyes light up and he quivers, “Gasp! Soft cheese! Feta! Pate! Crackers! Dip! Hummus! My favourites things in the whole world!”
Well, this morning, I stumbled out of bed, plodded around the kitchen in early morning-blurriness, turned on the kettle for a cup of tea, and mumbled to Callum, “What do you want in your sandwich for kindy today?”
He answered, “Oh! Let’s see! Some butter, two slices of honey ham, feta cheese – make sure it’s all crumbled nicely, and doesn’t have any peppercorns in it – some spinach and carrot please. Uh, and could you grate the carrot please? And don’t forget a bit of salt!”
“Hmm. What’s wrong with bread and vegemite again?”
Raw image from camera
In this post, I’ll explain the basic steps to create a picture of an object against a white background.
I’ll use a photo of some gumnuts, which I took (in a hurry), and show how I turned it into the image I eventually used in the post, Spider Boy’s Honky Nuts.
All my life, I’ve loved zines. The idea of someone putting together their own magazine – a bunch of sketches, some poems, some big ideas, some spelling mistakes, photocopying and some staples – all for the love of it – makes my toes twinkle with excitement.
There’s something really inspiring about grassroots publications with real voices and real ideas!
Anyway, there’s a cool little zine on sale at Etsy, called Mixtapezine.
It’s about making time for the small things – full of craft, tips, articles, tutorials, eco-stuff, recipes and pop culture kitsch. It’s so cute and super cool.
Plus I’ve got a contribution in this issue!
In 1998, I finished university, flew to Singapore and began a career in advertising as an art director in a small advertising agency.
It was an easy move, because I have lots of family and friends living there, plus I visited many times before.
I lived the high and crazy life as a single, young woman in a booming ex-pat industry. But it was refreshing to be able to blend my Asian face into the local crowds, and soak up the familiar “Sin’glish” – English as it is spoken at home and on the streets by Singaporeans.
I worked hard and played harder.
Sometimes during the week, we would worked until 2am for 7 days straight. And no one thought that it was a tad abnormal.
On the weekends, I was rarely home – just to sleep, shower and put on some fresh clothes, then back out again.
As a 20 year old, I had awesome fun.
Searching all over Singapore for that elusive “Best Plate of Chicken Rice”, stage dancing at Zouk, zipping over to Malaysia for supper, rollerblading at East Coast Park, eating roti and curry for morning tea, random condo parties, dodgy foam parties, eating fresh durian by the side of the road, catching a cab when I was late for work.
I really miss a whole lot of things about living in Singapore. Lunchtimes at Maxwell. Breakfast at Holland Village after a late night out. Hanging out at Chjimes in the evenings. Jogging through Fort Canning Park. Lazing around at Borders on the weekends. Buying fruit at the noisy wet markets. Adams Road Food Centre.
And most of all – for some reason – I miss that feeling of waking up at 6:30am and feeling the cool, sticky, humid breeze on my skin. I loved that.
It’s very amusing to discover what you remember as a 14 year old in human biology class. All those things you thought were utterly pointless – oh look, turns out they come in handy after all.
I knew that there are two kinds of sperm – the ones carrying the Y chromosome (boy sperm) and the ones carrying the X chromosome (girl sperm).
But I DID NOT KNOW, until recently, that boy sperm behave differently to girl sperm! It’s been scientifically proven that :
Boy sperm are smaller, swim faster, but die quicker.
And girl sperm move slower, but they last longer.
Keeping this in mind, since we want a GIRL, we are supposed to have sex every day from 2-3 days BEFORE ovulation, and none during and after ovulation. This allows the boy sperm to die off and gives the girl sperm longer time to swim to the egg.
Therefore, having sex close to ovulation (and none during or after) boosts the chances of conceiving a girl.
It’s all about timing.
It’s all about knowing exactly when you ovulate.
I’m sure it’s all about that notorious phone call, “HONEY COME HOME NOW! WE HAVE TO HAVE SEX. RIGHT. NOW.”
More next week!
Click here to see the evolving story of Making Baby 3.
1) Buy a vacuum cleaner that looks like a Star Wars robot.
2) Attach the vacuum nozzle that looks like a shooting apparatus.
3) Sit back and watch your two boys rapturously take turns to make dirt disappear!