Making funny faces is my thing

Do you make funny faces to yourself in the mirror? or to others, randomly? I do!

My aunt once told me that she makes funny faces to herself in her bathroom mirror every morning and that stuck somewhere deep in my head. One day many years later I woke up and made funny faces to myself in the bathroom, smiled and felt great. Since that day I do it every time I look into a mirror or any other reflection of mine (train window, water surface, car window, etc). Maybe it is because I am not comfortable with my face and its seriousness and stillness in a mirror in general? Maybe it is because I expect to see someone else there every time and it is always a surprise, so I try to check if that is still me? Maybe I do it as I remember that my aunt made funny faces because it gave her a sense of happiness in the morning?

Once, when I was sad, my friend send me a collage with four funny-face-selfies to make me smile. Then all of my four school friends exchanged such funny face pictures and it was amazing! One of my friends also did one with her baby, trying to capture different emotions, and that one was the best mood lifter ever!

Few month ago I participated in improvisation workshop where we did a mirror exercise. Two people were asked to sit in front of each other and make all kinds of face movements. One person started leading the movement, while the other repeated everything, then we swapped leadership randomly.  We were also allowed to make sounds. It was hilarious! Interestingly, after a while I did not know whether it was me who changed the face movement or my partner? It seemed that we two had one face and that face was the one of my partner! It felt like looking into a mirror. After a while I totally believed that it was my face I was looking at as it repeated all the movements I did. Extremely astonishing, weird and a little bit creepy, but enjoyable experiment.

I make funny faces to others as well (mostly friends) when I do not know what to say or I am anxious, uncomfortable about a silent moment or just feeling silly. I can pass some close colleague at work and acknowledge them with a funny face! They usually smile. I like passing people’s offices with a cartoonish moves and funny face. Maybe I am crazy, so what! (I hope I can feel that silly craziness all the time!)

Making funny faces to yourself and others is awesome! It makes me smile every time. I love being silly. Let’s be silly together, try it sometimes. You can start gently from your own bathroom mirror, and then, who knows, you might become the best funny face maker in the world and spread the silliness around 😛

Here are some of my classic funny faces from me to you and from me to me:

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my funny faces to myself

Three-dimensional Moon

Three-dimensional Moon

I have gotten this telescope last year from a friend P. who was moving away from Norway forever. I always dreamed of having a telescope. Now, I was given one just like that! The Universe is so kind to me.

The first clear night I took it out to look at the sky… at something in the sky… anything … and consider that I had to wait a long time, as it is Bergen we are talking about, the rainiest city on my planet. I took it out to look at the Moon! I brought it to the park in front of my house as some tree branches were obscuring the view from my garden. A man, passing by, decided to comment that he has the same or, no!, bigger telescope in his garage at home, but he does not know how to use it.

I did not know how to use it either, I just pointed it towards the Moon and… I saw it all! Huge, bright white, half shadowed Moon with craters poking out of it’s surface! I saw it all and it was in 3D! Not a flat bright circle with dark and bright spots that make it look like a face, but real, spherical body with clear 3D relief on its surface.

That was the moment when I finally and completely understood that Moon is real, Space is real and all those stars are truly there! and all of it is three-dimensional!  I was awestruck. I was jumping and smiling like crazy in the park in the middle of the night in February of 2016.

 

It was always planes!

It was always planes!

Planes are my parent’s life, their profession, their passion and inspiration. I got my love for planes from them. I know little about planes, although I had aerodynamics and strength of materials from 8th grade at my airspace school. I have even learned about plane engines….well….try asking me anything now, clean brain, all information was replaced by things about rocks.

My Dad was always into plane modelling. When he was at school he used to make plane models from wood that had engines and could fly for real. When I was at school he used to make plastic models that you can see on the photographs here. All of this of course in addition to real huge planes we all have flown in.

I really liked to watch him when he was making those models. They had so many details and ….they had stickers that you needed to soak in water before applying on plane’s parts. My Dad would let me to attach something to his model: a plastic pilot figure or a plastic wheel.

I love it still! My favourite model is Berkut fighter plane (Su-47) that has forward-swept wing (its wings are pointing weirdly in opposite direction). Try and find it on the pictures. I had my own black Berkut that was lost sometime during my moving around. Look at it here, it is gorgeous!

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The funny smooth looking plane with yellow edges from that picture above is mine! It is made out of wood from scratch during my craft lessons at school. I am proud of this wooden Albatros plane (L-39), carved and glued together by 12-years-old me. This could be another great hobby to take up, but plastic plane models with million pieces to glue together remains my favourite thing to do when it rains.

Just look at those models of old military planes, they are so intricate with their tiny propellers and tiny black guns.

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Recently I picked up my plane modelling hobby and made Tomcat fighter (F-14). This took me a while as the model was in 1:144 scale, that means a lot of tiny, hard to handle pieces. Never again I will buy a model in such a small scale! Still it was extremely enjoyable especially because I had to paint parts of it and it had variable-sweep wing that you could move! How cool is that!!?

I totally recommend plane modelling to you as it will swallow you all together and you would not even notice that it rains miserably outside. Happy gluing!

….and smell of that glue, mmmmm!