Week 3 – Notebook

Well, all week there were different notebook homework which should have resulted in many notebooks : one from scratch, one focusing on golden ratio design, one learning binding technique and using stab binding, one starting from paper selection ..and finally some art on this created notebook. Assignment also included visiting store to understand different types of notebooks.

I didn’t do all – we did visit stores, but created one book from scratch, followed golden ratio and stab-bind’ed this book.

Can’t see the stab-binding but here it is: (front and back of the notebook)


I loved the quotes based notebook in store:
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Day 6 – Paper world

Assignment was to create our own world in paper.

I had no idea how I would do anything for this assignment. But was kind of happy with what I ended up doing. Of course I have to add, wife was a great help ..and looking at others’ assignments also helped a lot.

Paper art is hard. Just like all other arts 🙂

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Our living room pretty much looks like that..with some more stuff.

I had good fun while creating collage too 🙂


Day 5 – Sketches

The assignment was to have a sketch of myself drawn by me and one by my friend. First time ever sketching, I still used an old photograph as reference. I look so angry ! I wanted to use the newly bought crayons and used them. This is the assignment I submitted.11-2013-11-10 15.37.24

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And according to the assignment, my friend (wife !) drew this of me 🙂  Actually our assignments are little bit cheating. Design is about people and the class requires us to approach new people or to ask a friend..we conveniently drew each other.

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And finally, for wife’s assignment, here is what I drew (I referenced a caricature drawn by an artist).. I liked to color and am fairly happy with my work.

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I am not adding another attempt that went too bad. Oh boy, it is so hard to make people laugh/smile in a sketch !





Breaking Bad

Many couples have a ‘couple song’ or a ‘couple movie’ – or atleast that’s what I have heard in stories and movies. Well, we didn’t have one which we could recognize as a ‘couple movie’.

However, as unromantic as it could get, ‘Breaking Bad’ could be as close as it gets to be identified as our ‘couple TV series’. I had watched couple of seasons before wedding, but I had to stop during wedding preparation (and during creation of this site). I also knew I couldn’t anyways complete the series before wedding and I would anyways plan to watch the whole series, it would just not be right for wife to catch up from middle of the series.

So I rewatched the whole series (with wife) starting somewhere around March/April and spent hours watching this series. There were couple of seasons that were my first time too. Some nights on weekends we would binge watch. And thus we finished watching all episodes so far, in time to watch the grand finale series this year. I also set a target to buy a LED TV before the end of this series. In particular, after the move, I had to subscribe to cable to be able to watch Breaking Bad, and so I did , only for 2 months – just enough to cover this.

Sometimes I like devoting extra resources towards a particular fascination – not because it deserves, but I just like doing things in the pretext of something.

Reading innumerable articles, gossips, interviews, etc, we prepared for the grand finale to do justice to what’s being called one of the finest series ever on TV, but more importantly my first complete non-Indian TV series watching. I was never into TV earlier in my life, and I may have caught some episodes of some series here and there, but I don’t recall watching any in full. And I picked this.

I almost wanted to write up a review of this series, the moral conflicts and differences of opinions between me and my wife..but this series has already consumed too much time ! Time to rest it.

Falling water

One of my BE friends called up and asked if I was available for a day to meet-up. I was thinking it would be his engagement in CA, which was a little too far to travel and, in a day ! But thankfully, he was visiting PA and I would only have to make a drive for couple of hours, I readily agreed.

We are always looking for places to visit (not that we have run out of, in this beautiful PA) but it was all the more good when Krishna himself picked a spot which was a famous tourist place – which was, although on my list a while ago, I had totally forgotten about it. There are only so many weekends..

It had started getting cold and we had kind of stopped going outdoors, but it wasn’t too bad on 29th Sept. We reached there little past noon,and soon after Krishna and his parents joined. We had a tour of the architectural wonder of a house created decades ago, literally above/on a waterfall. The water flows beneath the house.

It was good meeting Krishna’s parents too. After some photoshoot and quick bite, we returned home. Krishna and his parents made a brief visit on their way back.

And then it was a final episode of Breaking Bad. More about that later.


Day 4 – Food

Assignment was to cook our favorite recipe and submit a picture.

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Bisibelebath is one of the popular dishes from Karnataka. Something easy to make and helped me battle hunger during my bachelor days at school.

I followed recipe on the cover of MTR Bisibelebath powder package, however here is a simpler one: