Wireless ears

I finally bought new headphones. They don’t even need to be plugged in, look!

Okay, I know bluetooth isn’t a new thing, but I’ve been needing proper headphones for, like, years. I’ve been using the little earbud type ones that came with a smartphone, and didn’t really fit my ears or have great sound. And now that I have a commute I really need some good ones to block out the bus noise. And for the office when I need to focus on some writing or web editing.

I feel bad every time I buy new stuff, especially lately! I’m very sad about the state of the environment and want to live as sustainably as I possibly can. But I realised it doesn’t mean that I should never buy something that I need.

So now I’m going to look at this doodle for a bit and try to convince myself that I really needed these headphones.

Maybe I’m not making much sense! I had a crazy busy, but very fun week at work with different projects.

You might not believe it based on my ramblings on this blog, but I started teaching English as a second language! It’s an evening class for adults once a week, and it’s soooo much fun, and my students are super motivated to learn.

I learn a lot about the English language too! My mum says teaching is the best way to learn, which is very wise and definitely true for me at the moment.

Doodling daily

I tend to stop doodling when I get busy with work, but I want to change that. Especially since Inktober is coming up next week! I participated in the drawing challenge last year – see my drawings here:

Inktober 2018 by Wordsanddoodles

I really want to do it again this year. It was really fun to draw something every day for a month, and only a bit stressful 😀 Last year, I had just quit my old job, so I didn’t even have to juggle a day job and drawing every day – and it was still a challenge. But we’ll see if I can manage – I’m going to try!

*Fun fact: My new headphones aren’t actually as big as I made them in the drawing 😀 But my smile is!

Wireless ears

Pancakes #1

It’s the little things…

… that make us hate each other. But not really ❤

I made two (somewhat grim) pancake comics on the same piece of paper, the next one is coming up soon. But all the doodles are mixed together so it takes a while to cut them up digitally and put them back together in a way that makes sense. I’ll post the original drawing in the next post, so you can see what I mean.

Until then – you can check out my other comics here:

Comics by wordsandoodlesblog

If you like them and want to show your support, it’s now an option to buy me a coffee:

I tried a bit of a new style in this doodle leaving in some background colour that shows up in a random pattern from the light hitting the paper when I take a photo with my crappy phone camera (that still works) and uses the function ‘image trace’ to clean up the comic in Adobe Illustrator.

I think I like the bit of colour for times when I can’t be bothered to fully colour in the comic.

Pancakes #1

Books are hard

Confession: I don’t read books! It’s one of the things I would like to do, but find really hard. I read a lot online, and I love words and all things linguistic.

However, sitting down with a book has become strange and difficult lately (well, probably for about ten years, so it’s not a very recent development).

Not a realistic depiction of me.

I’m not one of those people who think that technology is generally bad and that it grabs our attention in an unhealthy way all the time.

I use technology to connect with my loved ones, and I’m grateful for my interweb, my podcasts and all the youtubers I follow and – hello – this blog! I actually drew the doodle for this post while watching Youtube 😀

And – for the record – I don’t think you have to read books to be cool or smart or a good person.

Buuuut, I do think that reading books started dwindling for me after I got a smartphone sometime in the early 2010s. And it’s something I miss, because it’s a different way to relax than being on a screen. And because screens are very connected to work, because I work with digital communication things.

I used to love books when I was a kid and a teen, but somehow the big ol’ internet became my only source of reading material. And also I think years of studying kind of took away the magic of reading and made me think of it as a chore.

Okay, I read a bit

Except comics. I love comics and still read them on paper ❤

I also love the library and go there a lot, bring home books, forget to return them, get fines, pay fines, get more books, etc.

It’s also not completely true that I don’t read books. This year I’ve really tried for the first time in a while, and I actually managed to finish two (!) relatively short books, a novel and a conversation type book – both in Danish. So I guess I do read a bit, but it’s hard for me to stay concentrated for more than 5-10 minutes when reading a paper book.

Visualisation

… Sounds a lot more fancy than ‘doodling stuff’.

Like with the lemon water vs. coffee doodle from last month, I’m trying a bit to visualize myself reading and enjoying it. I think that’s why I drew this doodle, but I didn’t really think about it until after. I don’t know if these soulsearching doodles should be my new thing 😀

What I do think should be my new things, are:

  • not shaming myself for not reading enough books
  • grabbing a book and reading for at least 10 minutes today (without my phone within reach!).

Fun facts:

  • When I started writing this post, I went to look in my pile of library books and scared the crap out of a spider who was living a quiet life in between the books and the bedroom wall. Literally living proof that I don’t read.
  • I don’t own a chair like the one in the doodle, I just sit in my couch or at the dining room table.
  • The crumpled up bits of tissue paper lying around in the drawing are accurate, however. I leave a trail of them wherever I go, and it drives my bf nuts. I’m trying to switch to something more eco-friendly to wipe pasta sauce off myself and mop up the coffee I spill, so now I’m sometimes using kitchen cloths instead.

You get some interesting tidbits about my life when you read all the way to the end, huh?! 😀


Since you’re here at the bottom of the page, you must be quite the fan. If you want to support me, you’re very welcome to check out my products on Redbubble or:

Books are hard

Roomies <3

Walking home from a coffee date with my roommate from uni (shoutout to her – we still call each other “roomie” even though it’s been many years since we lived together and were always late for class, and she probably won’t read this, because she’s not a very big social media person but very present in real life, which I find very cool, but anyway!) – I walked past two girls having a very friendly and mild-mannered argument.

They could have been a couple, but the argument almost sounded too friendly to be a partner argument – for instance, I didn’t hear the sentence “you always [something something]” 😀

The fun thing is that it took me a while to figure out what they were talking about. Walking by, I heard one of them say:

“If one of them has to die, it should be that one…”

(I didn’t eavesdrop on purpose, you guys! Really! I was walking normally minding my own business. Anyway!)

I then figured out from the next words that I caught in passing that they were talking about plants, both rooting (hehehehehe!) for a specific plant to stay in the apartment.

Also, I didn’t really look at them, because I’m not THAT creepy, so I made up their looks in the doodle.

Roomies <3

The berry thief

I went to see my parents this weekend, and they have the most amazing, giant garden full of colourful flowers and plants, fruit trees, berry bushes and butterflies.

Earlier in summer they had rhubarb, gooseberries, red currants and black currants, and now the plums, raspberries and blackberries are ready to eat, while the grapes and apples are ripening.

However, you have to be quick, because sometimes a brown and fluffy beast with a sweet tooth got there first!

*Update: I noticed my comics can be a bit hard to read, at least on my screen, so I’ve uploaded the individual images here as well:

Don’t look directly into the eyes of the berry thief, or he will make you feed him.

He fears nothing, not even the prickly branches of gooseberry bushes!

The berry thief

Squash, beet, squash, beet, squash

Hey guys, I put a new veggie pattern in my Redbubble shop – it’s less doodly than what I usually make:

See available products with this pattern

I made the design in Illustrator while sketching things out for a Danish food themed design competition (which I didn’t win, but the people liked my design and gave me free tickets for their event, so that was cool!).

Only the beet (in a different version) ended up in my final illustration, but I really like this pattern.

If you also think it’s cool, you can get it via the link on:

  • mugs, coasters, tote bags, water bottles and stickers (white background)
  • travel mugs and spiral notebooks (blue background).

Old drawings ❤

Now that I look at it, the design also reminds me of a squash comic that I made in the early days of this blog (over 4 years ago!):

Posh Squash by Wordsanddoodles (May 22, 2015)

It’s really weird! I think I thought it was hilarious then. I still like the style of the drawing and the expressions on the characters’ faces.

And maybe it somehow inspired me to draw the butternut squash again in a new version.

I guess I could make the old doodle a product design too (without the speech bubbles, maybe) – what do you think?

Squash, beet, squash, beet, squash