Posts Tagged ‘Interests’

Everybody Needs a Hobby

I have a new hobby. Yes, yet another one… But this time its about web design! I am finally jumping head first into the wonderful world of web design, something I have secretly (and not so secretly) wanted to do for ages! Its right up there with studying graphic design and I have been itching to try it out ever since I had my first introduction to HTML while playing around with my MySpace profile over 6 years ago or so.

I am talking about my new hobby in absolute terms, using “Web Design” as the umbrella here, but actually this is a hobby with a lot of different parts to it, but that all then tie together to form something amazing – a new skill!

1. Part one is comprised of setting up the first web site. Its actually not me building it, but its me giving the creative input that my lovely designer then interprets in code. Its not ideal from the point of view of learning to actually build one yourself, but it has given me a great insight into the general process of setting up a website. The second one we are to build next with this designer I will pay much more attention to, especially the elements of how to set it all up in Dreamweaver as well as the final bit of how to host a site.

A screenshot of the header

2. Part two is my weekly class in Dreamweaver web design that my lovely colleague Adriana is teaching me. Its a one hour a week tutorial where she shows me how to build newsletters and how to work with Dreamweaver and then I go back home and try it out myself. I have learned so much already and I cannot believe how quickly the hour passes! I cant wait to be able to whip up some fantastic newsletters soon myself from scratch!

3. Part 3 is a bit more abstract. It concerns the big picture. I.e. what to do with  my newly acquired skills. I love learning stuff, but what I love even more is to then be able to put it all into practice and DO something with it. With this hobby the aim is to set up my own sites, to be able to work with sites as well as possibly design them for others in the future. Part three is what wraps everything up and gives it all a reason. Well, that and the fact that I am having SO MUCH FUN learning HTML.

As soon as the first site is up and running Iwill be happy to share it with the world. The one I have helped design will propbably be up already next week! Super exciting! While we will have to wait a little bit longer for a site designed by me… Ehm.. I am still just learning how to set up tables, and considering my ambitious plan for all kinds of fantastic things, I think it will take a while..

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My Inner Gardener

My “Inner Gardener” is dying to get out.. I can feel her trying to weed her way out into the spotlight. She is dying to bask in the feeling of accomplishment in the aftermath of a successful pruning operation or simple cultivation experimentation.. Unfortunately my everyday self is failing her miserably.

A few weeks ago we set out to implement our own little herb garden on one of our terraces. We ventured off to EPA early in the morning and picked up rosemary, coriander, thyme, basil and four different chilli plants along with all the necessary tools for setting up a herbal headquarters.My Two Lovely (Still Alive) Basil Plants

So far all went well, after all, I am pretty good at the spending money bit. The replanting also went well and actually, the first few weeks have generally given us much pleasure and enjoyment from our own herbs while cooking.

Sadly, the coriander plant started to look a bit pale within a few days already. The latest update on poor Miss Coriander is not good. The poor thing is about to whither away, she has already lost a lot of colour and this morning I noticed that actually, I think mould is setting up camp… Not good…

Unfortunately I am a terrible apprentice of Tethys and have forgotten to water my lovely herbs on various occasions, resulting in the rather whithered look of most of my plants at midday today when I popped by the house. Thankfully I did have time to attend to them and I hope I was not too generous with my little red watering can this time, provoking the opposite effect on the poor dehydrated lives.

I have been really keen to expand my garden by adding tomato plants to it as well, but when my colleague today reminded me of the fact that she has some small plants for me to have whenever I want to, I did feel a bit worried. Would I be able to take on even more plants? Will I be happy to take on this risk of possibly having even more dead plant souls on my conscience than what I have at the moment? (Please forgive me “San Fransisco” and  “San Diego” for failing you at the age of 8 and leaving you out in the scorching sunshine with no water…)

Then again, my Inner Gardener would love the opportunity to possibly be able to harvest my own tomatoes. Imagine, I could have lovely, ripe cherry tomatoes, freshly picked each day from my own little garden… Hmmm… I think its time for me to sit down with my Inner Gardener self and have a little chat to see how we can make this work, since after all, I am quite keen for my Inner Gardener to succeed as well as for me to get some fresh cherry tomatoes to put in my salad..