Today’s been an incredible roller coaster. From getting the call that Nan really wasn’t well and dropping everything to spend the rest of the day in hospital to hear her having very important conversations with family, to hearing that the Fund the Future campaign was successful in lobbying government to fully expand the provincial grants program - today’s been all over the place. Mix in several other stresses and several other awesome things, including some mean falafel, and that was my day. The one constant today was Melissa, she’s there for the worst and the best.
This is looking out the window of Nan’s room in Chateau St. Claire with the blinds half drawn.
I have no idea what this week’s theme is, or how to even take a good minimalist photo, but I guess that is the point of the blog. I have done zero research on it, and I am too tired after work to figure it out. All I know is that it has to do with similar simple colour schemes and something that stands out. Here is my brown kitchen mat with a Hersey hug on it. Don’t expect much more creativity out of me for the rest of the week.
All week I’ve been looking forward to taking this picture. I started practicing Aikido in October, and while I’m learning and loving it I am no where near the level in this photo. Ivan Sensei is applying a technique to Haakon, but I can’t remember what the technique is called because I was focused on the timing of my photo, haha.
Aikido has a lot to do with timing, redirecting energy, and knowing your space. It’s a more peaceful martial art, no competing, very little attacking. I was first introduced to Aikido in the early 2000s when I helped my Karate Sensei with some self-defense classes.
Small, subtle movements are incredibly effective when timing and technique is applied correctly. We do some weapons training as well; jo and boken. If you’re interested in getting involved we take on new members at any time, we train at the St. John’s Martial Arts Centre on Mews place off Pippy Place. For more info you can message me or check out http://www.mun.ca/aikido/
Melissa’s father is the Captain of the Galatea that’s running across the tickle the Bell Island now. Cars leave great light trails but I figured to capture the movement of the boat I would have to be there with the sun bouncing off the side of it. I was on the breakwater for 45 minutes waiting for the ferry to come back across, froze.
This might be my favorite picture of the whole week. Went downtown today with Janet to get some fudge and ice cream. What I liked most about this is the motion of the car (which is exactly like our car!) to the right, and the motion of the person to the far left. I wish I lived closer to downtown as I feel I could take a different picture down there every day of the year.