Sunday, November 20, 2016

currents #2

I suppose I haven't made a post in some time.  I've got a lot swirling around in my head of late, and perhaps this post may provide a slice of centering for me.  Couldn't hurt I think.  Like the last 'currents' post, I'm gonna share my books I'm 'carrying' and maybe ramble a bit on something, we'll see  :)

Well this is the lot of them, for now...

By/so far, my favorite translation of the Tao te Ching.

I've included a pic/blurb about this previously, and I gotta finish this read thru at least.

My trusty nook, well, at least it's nifty cover  :P  The idea, is to increase my fiction intake with this.  Tho I also have non-fiction on here, of course, hehe.

I am most interested in embarking into this book.  The same translator as the 'The Tao of Power', you may have noticed.  This being his interpretation of Sun Tzu's 'The Art of War'.  He proposes a year long option of tackling this, which I have chosen as my approach.  Hopefully I can keep it up.  52 passages, to be reflected upon, one per week.  I am utilizing the wonderful Evernote /web version/ to record notages for each week.

Suppose a blurbage by-way, to satisfy my centering desire on this blog thing.

I am beginning to strongly desire a better mode of living.  I feel very frustrated in this 'living-with-parents' mode I'm currently in.  It's just too messy.  I've expended a lot of energy, in heavy cleaning sessions, in several rooms in this house, and really put more than a dent in more than 50% of the problem.  But its a hopeless cause.  I've tried shedding light on my father's role in the problem, but his stance is essentially "I'm too old to fix my ways, don't try to change me."  Which then follows him ordering me to clean up his mess.  Like wtf...  I clean, and 1 week later, you've completely undid my work, and its my job to fix it again?  I'm trying to 'keep a calm composure' and maintain the spaces I can find peace and clean and order within, and setting some boundaries as far, at least, as not volunteering any of my available energies to keep his problems in check.  Whatever, so of late, this 'strategy' book is providing a bit of clarity.  In interpersonal conflicts, sometimes you just gotta change the situation.  So, I need to seek self sustainability, or at least make the best effort I can into this direction.  For this, I need more money.  More hours in my current occupation will not be the solution I am looking for.  I've got it in mind, to make an attempt at doing the 'education thing' again, and try on a 'Pharmacy Technician' avenue.  At least, that's my current idea that has has popped up in my world, which a current co-worker is seeking to do already.

So now, what do I need to do to make this happen...  Well, I need to re-appropriate my spendable income.  Keep the maintenance items and consumables in order.  Limit the big ticket items, and postpone the ones I keep.  Pay off my /credit/ type debts.  And be responsible with my 'occasional chunks' of money:  like a bonus-type thing sometime in December with work, and tax return next year.  So at least in my awareness space, that I am sharing this from now, this strategy book is helping a lot, by daily reflecting, and if nothing else, keeping me focused on caring about my life, dangit.

I wanna just flow a tad, with free form/style thoughts in these spaces...

more tea / less coffee
maintain nicotine habit for now / don't stress about quitting
daily meditation
daily qigong
inspired moments of exercise / more mirrors
dentist, damnit
less calories / more water
less luxuries / more practical, budget minded choices
less devices / more content
less shortcuts / be more helpful
less rush / more mindful awareness

I'm either crazy or sane, but I'm gonna try to be determined either way.  This is what happens with over a month between posts, I guess.  Chaos!  :P

Well take a deep ~peaceful~ breath, in..... out, "aaaaaaaaaahh".  Thank you for stopping by.


Apparently, R.L. Wing is a woman.  My apologies!  :x

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

health update #9

Well, I'm not gonna do a weigh-in for this.  As far as the weight thing, I'm a bit discouraged.  To those ends, I think I'm going to have to return to monitoring my caloric intake.  I'll probably return to the MyFitnessPal app on my phone, which has shown success in the past.

Anyhow, I'm making progress in the scheme of things, relating to health.  Namely, I've been working at making a qigong/meditation session a daily thing, more or less.  It's just 2 qigong exercises currently, which I took from that 'Shaolin' book that I recently added to my collection.  And immediately following those 2 exercises is roughly a 10 minute sitting meditation (zazen), usually adding up to around a 20 minute session.  Just this, is really having an overall positive effect for me, I think.  I'll share some examples.

I'm starting to learn more about my breathing, more aware and involved in the process.  I tend to be able to breath deeper and slower, in a more regular pace, when my mouth is closed and I am breathing through my nose, which I'm enjoying lately.  There's different types of breathing that I am exploring, one notable being 'reverse abdominal breathing', in which you compress your abdomen on inhale, and relax/expand it during exhale.  I suppose this skips the step of deep abdominal breathing.  If you tend to breath by expanding/relaxing your chest, you'd want to first lower that to your abdomen.

I'm starting to think of my abdominal breathing, in general, as a generator for energy, when I employ deep breathing, consciously.  It's quite interesting, how the muscular/skeletal structure, is all tied to this 'center of gravity' area of the 'tan tien'.  In this regard, during the sitting meditations, following the qigong, my conscious breathing is teaching me to be more aware and involved with my posture.  It's quite interesting, allowing my breathing to make little adjustments and suggestions in how I carry myself.

I guess, also in regards to breathing, I am developing a more aware attentiveness.  Not sure how to really explain this, but it feels better and more natural when I am tending to an activity.  I guess 'focus' could be one word applied.  Anyway, moving on I suppose.

The qigong exercises are quite simple.  But I've been noticing, specifically, how my back muscles, involving my spine, are attached and involved with my arms.  Such that, if I work on my arm strength, I also notice it in my back, and whatnot.  As well, the qigong is also helping to develop my posture, as well as my body being rooted to the floor.  Currently, though, I am having an issue with my left foot, in the 'ball' area.  I wore through the stock insoles in my shoes, in that area, and that really messed my foot up a couple weeks ago.  I'm on my second set of insoles, trying to fix this, but I'm already planning to try a third insole in this vane.  I dunno if it's noticeable, but I'm avoiding limping by pushing through the pain.  Limping is a bad idea, as well, or trying to avoid the ball of my foot, such as putting weight on the outer edge of the foot, I don't need more foot pain, blah.

Anyway, this means I haven't been doing any jumping of rope.  But I'll figure out a solution soon I hope, and when foot thing is resolved, I'm planning to implement that jump rope in a hopefully, somewhat daily fashion.

So, today has been a good day:  I did a qigong/meditation session before work, and also this evening.  After the evening's session, I did a few sets of pushups, some dumbell 'curls' I guess they're called (only 10lbs, but I'm tending well enough to them), some power tower interaction, which led to some enjoyable tidying!  :x...

So, I guess I'll try to re-initialize that counting calories tomorrow.  Sounds like a good idea.  I suppose even if I just count too many calories, its a step in the right direction, and I'll have a better idea on how to proceed.

Welp, I suppose that's all for now, folks.

'Till next time, ~peace!

Friday, September 23, 2016

upgrades for refinery #11

I resist guilt for these upgrades.  I'm keeping the items smaller, and hopefully I'll be able to stray away from my past 'future-proofing' habits of the big ticket items, more so.  So let's see, where should I start in this ~catch-up type post...

How about here:

These two items have a specific purpose obviously, and they are serving their purpose very well so far.  I should have taken steps in this direction a ways back, but whatever.  Essentially, I've lived my life a mouth-breather, and I've always hated not being able to breath through my nose.  Such a futile struggle I fought, without taking some proper intelligible steps, until now...  So.  This past week, I've begun to employ these upgrades, and trying on a new guise, in these regards.  And I'm enjoying the ability very much so.

There is a notable advantage I'm taking advantage of already, which is allowing the tip of the tongue to rest in contact with the palate/roof of mouth.  This is a 'gate' in the Taoist realms that connects the functional and governor meridians (a path in the back / spine and a path in the front / involving organs and such), the lower 'gate', as it were, being the perineum.  What does this mean, well, it means I'm now able to approach day to day reality, with my meditative states more easily at hand.  And this is a good thing, in my opinion.

Hmmm, so what upgrade next, yar.  Let's see...

Another knife?  I must be returning to my past spending habits, ACK!  But "nay," I say, this too has purpose.  It's a double edge, which carries with it, my powers of focus and achievements with such devices.  And its more discrete than my latest 'good' pair of knives.  Thus, I am adding this, so far, to my at home casual attire.  This is to be around the house, inside, and out, as I deem ready.  This may be all the 'action' required to assert the 'double edged' aspect of my being into reality (the pattern, as I interpret it), although I am adaptable, tho I short-sight myself in these regards, at this point.  So casual at home wear, is this upgrade...

And more?  Yes, I've been essentially busy, I suppose.

I added some more adapted items to my home free time, which is having the noted effect of turning a lot of my free time at home into a training state of mind.  I won't snap pics of these, but I'll include a link if you want to check these upgrades out.  First up is a pair of Thai Fisherman Pants, which turn out to be absolutely fantastic in practice.  Mindset, roominess, there's a lot of subtleties to them for me.  So I'm happy about this upgrade.  And next, is a pair of shoes adapted well enough, as well, to a practice mindset, and are turning out to perform very well for their desired purpose.

The belt, I think I at least alluded to previously. I guess I'll link if for giggles  :P  I've come to like this Dickie's brand for the utility/functionality and the belts do not disappoint.  So the new belt is sized 36, has 7 holes, and upon checking earlier this evening, I was/am using the 4th/middle hole.  Older belts I have hanging in my closet are sized 42, 40, and 38, I suppose you could have guessed perhaps  :).  Yay for numbers, ya ?

Uhh, more? hmm...

I've been having quotes, from having read this back in college, flittering through my head for weeks now, and I knew exactly where these words originated from, so I was obviously drawn to owning another copy of this much beloved book again.  And so it is so.  Still love it, though I am appreciating it at different depths this time around, which is just beautiful! :)

An added blurb regarding this qigong book:  I've mentioned this book to a co-worker from my job, and further let her hold it and leaf through it, so after I finish this read-through, it'll be on loan to her, which I think is a win-win situation thing here.  YAY BOOKS  :D

And yes, another!  :)

Ironic, the highest regarded mentor I've encountered in my life considers himself of the Buddhist persuasion, and I've made it thus far without a serious inquiry in these matters.  So, this would be my intended foot in that door, and so far, I am enjoying it, but I don't feel like I've gotten to the meaty parts yet, unless its just wonderfully subtle like that with it's own inherent buddha-nature  ;)

Oh golly gee, what I am I getting myself into with this next item?  :x

"Leave no stone unturned" ?  Uhhh, mmm k.  I'm sort of saving opinions / ideas on this, but I'm curious how they approach the subjects of meditation, qigong, and their martial artist bents.  We shall see, yes.

Oh for the love of trees~~

 I do love trees, tho, and I love the current iteration of my ebook reader, which is the Nook GlowLight Plus.  I'd recommend it, I think.  I started on the nook side of readers, because right out the gate, they supported the 'epub' format, which for some reason, was my deciding factor.  The body/back is metal on this iteration, which doesn't have good grip, so I'd recommend a case like the foto'd solution.
I do ramble tho, here's a shot with the title being at the top of the page:  "The Three Ways of Tao: The Peaceful Warrior".  I think I recall this started in the Italian language, and from my recollections, I did not find the english version in physical form, but I don't mind it as digital (tho illustrations suck  :( ).  In any case, this book is effectively blowing my mind.  But in a totally good and connected way.  Good stuffs, ya'lls  :)

 Dear, sheese, let  that be the end ?  I really shouldn't procrastinate these posts/updates.  I do apologize, but I do have one more noteworthy upgrade.  :x

An interval timer, as they are called.  Of all the noted upgrades in this post, I consider this one to be most expensive, all things considered.  I'm brainstorming uses for it, but I can say, it is succeeding at improving my meditation sessions so far, as no more venturing a glance at my watch.  It allows for beeps, with two volume settings, as well as a vibration option.  So far, no complaints.

Sorry for the long post.  I'll try to be more diligent about sharing what I deem shareable in a more timely and slimmed down fashion.

But either way, till next time, ~peace be with ya  :)

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

health update #8

Woo-blah, guess it's as good a time as any, for another one of [these] posts.  I'll just start with a weigh-in then:

Bloody 210 lbs and in only 'workout' attire.  Shameful, as looking back at 'health update #7' on June 25 in full 'casual weekend get-up' was 211 lbs.  Well, I could argue that I'm converting fat to muscle, but blast, whatever, it's frustrating...

This tower 'opponent' has struck a low blow, as I just received a new 'upgrade' today for my fight towards a pull-up.  I saw it coming, but, well, not really, not like reality setting in today.  Here's the dang upgrade, and its pretty wicked:

I am not ready, not for this  :/.  Cigarettes just aren't gonna fly for this new toy, and that presents an issue.  I just now drowned/destroyed the last 9 cigarettes I had on hand.  I've destroyed plenty of cigarettes in my never ending plight, so I'm not banking on my resolve just yet...  which is sort of disheartening to me right now.  In any case, I have to put up some sort of effort, ya?

So I'm setting new intentions into my routine, as I'll state here, be it the death of me, or not.
Intents, for daily, I share:
     1) Meditate and some extent of Tai Chi practice and/or study, ideally twice per day
     2) Engage tower to some extent
     3) Engage pushup bars sufficiently
     4) Engage this wicked rope thing

Geeze, this is gonna kill me, if I stick it out, I swear :x.  Along with taking care of my health aspects, I need also to clean the house completely, at least every area accessible and possibly interpreted as part of my living space.  And be humble about letting this simply be 'setting a good example' and continuing to clean up after...  well, after cleaning the house completely, yes?

Oh dear, this fight is formidable ahead of me...  Some lighter news:  I have to order a smaller belt, as I've reached the last hole of my current size.  This new belt will be the 4th belt, in their 'declination' existence, so, well, that's [something].  I suppose I could drop 2 sizes instead, but that wouldn't be as fun, ya know  :P.

Well, as I should say, I suppose, ~peace...

currents #1

A new thread I guess.  This is to be casual I think, regarding to everyday things (EDC and such).  For today, I feel like sharing the books I am casually perusing and carrying in my everyday book bag.  So here they are:

 My therapist actually knows of this, and was impressed when I showed him my bagged books last Friday.  (This is my second copy, if I am not mistaken.)

 This has been around the block and is my first and only copy I've owned.  Definitely deserving of more attention.

And what's to say of this.  "Edumicate me, Sun Tzu..."

What else?  Keep up that ~peace y'allz...

Saturday, September 10, 2016

snippet #3

So many years since I enveloped taoistic interpretations onto paper.  I ought return and I already have planned intentions of an approach.  In any case, I thought I'd share a simplified example of a snippet of getting to know Tao in my earlier years.  Hope this translates well for you:

And a more legible version of ch3:


Do not exalt the very gifted,
     And people will not contend.
Do not treasure goods that are hard to get,
     And people will not become thieves.
Do not focus on desires,
     And people's minds will not be confused.

Therefore, Evolved Individuals lead others by
     Opening their minds,
     Reinforcing their centers,
     Relaxing their desires,
     Strengthening their characters.

Let the people always act without strategy or desire;
     Let the clever not venture to act.
Act without action,
     And nothing is without order.
~translation by R.L. Wing

Chapter 6 appears legible enough I think.  Anyway, just a tangible example of reduction by simplicity.

In other news, I hope to take care of completing the task of cleaning the 'dining room' today.  And I was thinking to put my T'ai Chi Ch'uan studies on the back burner for a time, but my therapist told me yesterday that it's probably a good idea to keep involved with that practice, even with so much on my plate.  So.  I'm planning on resuming practice/study of that form at some point today.

I'm also starting to get into video games, which is nice and timely.  I'm generally happy about this  :)  I think so far, I've been primarily enjoying an SRPG on ps3, "Record of Agarest:  War Zero".  I'm also planning to start a first person dungeon crawler, in this case on PSTV (vita game).  I'm gonna attempt this one to be "Demon Gaze".  If that doesn't engage enough, I have a fallback I may mention if it comes to that.  Not sure what I may undertake with my Desktop.  I think probably a boring point-and-click adventure game:  I'm thinking the anniversary edition of Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers.  I played through its sequel a long time ago "The Beast Within", so I'd like to play the first story in the series.

Anyways, where does the time go.  Don't worry, I'll be returning to the ~peace's for now.  So take care peepz.


Sunday, September 4, 2016

reflections and observations #7

This is not so much a recent reflection, unless I observe something new during this post, as much as it is sharing how my process may operate.  Firstly, I'll refresh my path's logic form, as I have applied it to my life:

1 2 3 4 7 14 21 28
1 6 28
1 5

I attached corresponding Tao Te Ching chapters to each number, and when I needed to center / ground myself, I would read them in that order.  I'll share one chapter of this path as it has come into my awareness this morning:


Know the male,
     Hold to the female;
          Become the world's stream.
By being the world's stream,
     The Power will never leave.
          This is returning to Infancy.

Know the white,
     Hold to the black;
          Become the world's pattern,
By becoming the world's pattern,
     The Power will never falter.
          This is returning to Limitlessness.

Know the glory,
     Hold to the obscurity;
          Become the world's valley.
By being the world's valley,
     The Power will be sufficient.
          This is returning to Simplicity.

When Simplicity is broken up,
It is made into instruments.
Evolved Individuals who employ them,
Are made into leaders.
In this way the Great System is united.
-Translation by R.L. Wing

I have employed various aspects of this particular passage at times as applicable.   For the most obvious part of this post, I did use it as to become the world's pattern.  I employed psychological and spiritual (religious tones initially) angles to efface my person, as I had known him to be.  An example of this, would be to inwardly become the most dispicable person I could become, as well as the most divine.  For example, I did place myself into the shoes of the anti-christ, as well as the shoes of Jesus, for the purposes of this self effacement, as of at the time, my spiritual background consisted of Christianity.  Having experienced all the dark/light aspects of my potential being, as were proposed in my awareness, I picked up the pieces and approached my path with Tao and facing my shadow, essentially, a process of mastering my inward self.

Now I am in a transitory phase, as I perceive it, in the evolution of [my] life.  I must not be relinquishing the person I have become;  chances are, I've been through worse already.  I've been a broken/lost soul already.  I did start again, and survive.  I think withdrawing some of my energies would be a wise maneuver at this juncture.  Subtly as it were, as the line I walk is part of parcel part of the world's pattern at this point.  I intend to use that aspect of my path as a tool, to be employed or overlooked, as I may be inspired to do so.

What else...  hmmm...   "too much talk will exhaust itself...  it is better to remain centered..." [ch5, Tao Te Ching, HOLDING TO THE CENTER]

But ya know, I'm tired of the ~peace inclusions... maybe i'll nix those...

Saturday, September 3, 2016

upgrades for refinery #10

Well, I'm on my way to a pull-up, but I'm still fighting my damnedest against the bloody tower.  So this is my strategy I'm gonna seek to employ to keep up my tobacco pass-time.

First is a cigarette case, with some thinking involved.  It ought keep me in the right mindset, of the importance of each cigarette I smoke, respecting the damage they do, and respecting each one a bit more.  Here's some pics of the outside of the case:



Seemed a good choice, as far as amazon choices go.  About 7 bucks, from my cigarette funds...

My goal for these upgrades is to cut my smoking down to half a pack a day, at this point.  Yes, that is my stated intention as of now...  It'll prolly be just as hard as quitting cigs outright, but that's my plan.  ARG!

These are the cigarettes that I'd like to use with my goal of 10 cigs/day:
These are additive free.  Ingredients being 'organic tobacco' and 'organic menthol', as claimed at least, and these are the 'lite' variety.

Finally I'm gonna see about filtering them another step with the following filters:
a pack of 100 for something over 20 bux.  one filter is supposedly good for 10 cigs, so they fit with my plan/goal, I think.

Thus, my daily allowance should (hopefully VERY SOON) appear as the following:
Neat little package, imo.  I sure hope it helps my situation tho!!!

One other item of import that should arrive this Tuesday I think is this butt pouch, so I can refrain from littering.  Previously, I just shoved the spent butts back into the box, which I don't wanna do with my new setup...

Alright, so I dunno.  In my new relationship with this 'power tower' adversary, not exactly sure if this is fight or flight, or maybe something in between.  No matter, I got some cleaning to do today.

so ~peace out y'allz...

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

[smish-smash]... I need a fight, sooooooo, here we go!

In the name of productive, I'm devising a plan.  Fix myself.  Fix my environment.  For now.

The following accessory arrived via UPS yesterday.  So I set upon a project of getting to know this new adversary, and seeing what he's made of.  So far, he's hinting at me that I need to quit smoking now...

This is the Weider Power Tower, as I have come to know 'him':

 Guy who delivered it helped me get it inside, no sweat.

 I don't usually relish a task like this assembly.

 Almost missing parts, but they were loose within the packaging (found).

 No problem, right?  RIGHT!

 Ok, we have a base.

 And what's this, the bones of a beast?

 Reminds me of sitting cross legged in Iron Chairs in my free time (in hospital at least)

Well, it WAS a formal living room.  Gonna have to work on placements to keep peace.

Well, my overall goal, is to accomplish a pull-up now.  Honestly, it took a LONG time before I could do a push-up.  I spent plenty of time with dynamic strength push-ups from my knees.  First push-up I accomplished was during my last visit to the hospital.  Next day I did seven.  I did 8 last Saturday, to see if I could, with my brother hanging out and witnessing it.  Gonna have to start pushing towards my breaking point[s] now I think.

Well, I can't do a pull-up now, I tried.  But I am a worthy opponent for this monstrosity I think, thus, I am still smoking cigarettes at this point :x.  Aside from pull-ups tho, this power tower should do my core quite a bit of good.  Should help with my kicks I'm casually working on, as I hope balance improves to accomodate.

I can't get back into adding new dynamic strength exercises yet, as I've let my therapist borrow that book for a week or two, so he could make copies of choice exercises.  Anyway, there's one more item I wanted to show you peeps in this post:

Because push-ups aren't dynamic enough by themselves.

These basically allow the hands/wrists to rotate naturally during pushups, as well as letting ur chest dip a bit more into them.

One pro tip from the dynamic strength studies, fyi:  Go slower on the downward motion, and a slight bit faster on the upward part.  Or so its said...

Aside from working on my self, I'd like to tackle the house/cleaning properly and in swift enough time, complete it this time.   The two big rooms to tackle at this point are the dining room (which is sort of a hoarding lair, and the garage, which is just a hot mess  :P

So yah, I haven't given up, and maybe by the end of the year, I'll hit that 180 lb goal AND be able to do a pull-up.

 Wish me luck peeps  :)

And ~peace at that!

Friday, August 26, 2016

reflections and observations #6

I'm not sure how vague this may be, but its generally with a deep tone, I compose this post.

Faith is a delicate matter.  A fragile and tenuous concept.  "Concept" doesn't give it justice, but it allows for words to follow.  It may take lifetimes to experience a fruit, or even a seed, of faith.  It is very hard to conceptualize faith.  And what I'm finding, in a moment when faith is realized...  It follows, that it simply doesn't matter.  It has me thinking, is there anything worth dying for?  If you die for a cause outside of yourself, I'd venture, it probably had to do with Love.  Suicide is not such a concise cut and dry matter, either.  There are monk(s) that have set themselves on fire, whilst meditating, and ended their physical existence in such a matter of 'suicide'.  I've struggled against suicide at moments in my life.  Most recently, I researched enough that if I mix two of my anti-psychotic medications I had on hand, would probably be an efficient enough way for me to pass from this lifetime.  But I think that type of suicide would be giving up, due to selfish reasons/intentions.  So far, I have not succumbed to giving up due to selfish weariness.  Yes I've struggled, in my own thinking, sure, I've been through several areas and depths of hell.  I've been utterly terrified at the prospect of the eternal damnation of my soul at several key points in my life.  But I have not given up.  I will not start to give up today, or tomorrow.  But this faith that doesn't matter.  Shows Love to me, within me, and reflected back to me in others.  So today may be a dreaded day for me, that I cannot see the trees for the forests, on the horizon of my ongoing path.  But however it may appeare, I am not giving up.  I don't know what happens tomorrow, or even later today.  And I could have faith, but it doesn't matter.  I think it boils down to, I would like to play my part towards the evolution and survival of our species.  There are other more important causes at play as well.  Such as our Mother Earth's health and well being.  But I think it necessary to start at the home front, fix our own issues, bit by bit, piece by peace.  Before we are capable of tackling more difficult tasks such as the ones I hope our species survives long enough to help mend.

I guess I'll leave this post as is, and do the ~peace thing.

Have a nice day.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

artistic attractions #3

Recently, [while i was in hospital this last time, actually], it was suggested to me the idea of watercolor pencils and a special paper for watercolors and such, referred to as Yupo paper.  So I took the plunge, tho haven't tried the new setup yet.  Just sharing my newly added art toys!  :)

~with a bunch of pictures no less  :P

it's something like plastic, waterproof

i do like my case solutions, in general [always]

not overdone, yet not compromised too much with chosen pencils

hope its functional!

mmm, Form and Function...

 pre-sharpened, thank you  :)

 colors, 72 of them

well, 36 colors

and...  36 more!

ahhh, this is tantalizing

if u can tell, they are triangular in shape.  thus pencil sharpener may not be best tool for keeping these babies on point...

i really appreciated how these pencils fit into the case, [in this case], note how the pinks and reds extend past the other darker colors in contrast.  (i like subtleties like this, i do)

not quite sure how this will close back up, lets see.............

hmm, that's natural enough.  i appreciate the strap closure, with a snap type mechanism

finally, i already owned these items, brushes for H2O application to color , and my 'Hinderer'-designed Kershaw knife, that I'm choosing to devote to the duty of keeping these new watercolor pencils in tip top shape. 

Couldn't say when I'll have a composition of colors to showcase my first experience with this new setup, but I do have a picture in mind, so it Will happen, peepz!  :)

~peaceful [cheers] and such