The weather has been unbearably hot recently, we have all of the windows open including the balcony “doors” in an attempt to create a constant flow of air but there's hardly any wind so it's not dissimilar to being sat outside in the shade. I decided to move my work space so that rather than facing into the room, I'm now facing out with my back to the room. It’s much nicer to be able to open the doors wide and look out over the balcony at the trees and the sky, especially when you’re using a laptop all day. I took the comfort level one step further earlier and used a basin filled with a little warm water and mouthwash (it works) to soak my feet! I then scrubbed them with some Farmona Tutti Frutti Melon and Watermelon body scrub. My feet feel (and smell) amazing now.
I finally managed to finish a couple of illustrations for an exciting new venture today. I have one more to complete and a few borders to work on and then I'll be happy with what we've got. I'll let everyone know more about the details as soon as they're finalised as it's for such a great cause.
It’s been a while since I was really able to focus on studying. I've done a bit here and there over the summer (about 10,000 of my own words and a lot of reading) but it just seems to have flown by. I have a meeting at school on Wednesday and before I know it I’ll be back at work, studying for my PhD and hopefully keeping this blog going. There are so many wonderful Tumblr posts about studying and blogs dedicated specifically to learning that I've been spoilt for choice. I did notice that the posts I like the most contain beautiful images of stationary and equipment. I took some #LBloggers advice from Twitter and tried a different background today (my photographs are a little boring) to showcase my favourite (non-electronic) piece of studying equipment. It’s a Deckchair Bookchair which can be bought at Thinking Gifts. I've owned mine for about three years! I also enjoy using index labels and cute page markers when using real books, I bought some when I was living in Taiwan, they’re adorable and can make serious subjects a little more fun to research… even though I love serious subjects, it might help those who don’t! Sometimes I use the Deckchair Bookchair to hold my iPad when I'm reading an electronic book, especially if it’s on the desk; it’s like having another computer screen, although I'm always multi-screening anyway.
If you love books you might be interested in joining the Infinite Variety blogger's book club! This month's book is The History Boys. I can't wait to review it.