Saturday, November 29, 2008

IF - Balloon

Koi Riders

I know, I know, it's not exactly a balloon, but....

Saturday, November 22, 2008

IF - Opinion

Harajuku Girl Fashion
It's hard not to have an opinion about it.

Actually, theses are pretty mild compared to the real thing. Some costumes are very frilly and elaborate. Or very goth. A goth Bo Peep. Imagine it.

A bit of startling news to report. My husband has been let go from his job, so our days as expats are coming to an end. We will be heading to our home in Arizona soon. I'm having a hard time settling on one opinion about it. I've come to truly enjoy Tokyo and will miss our friends and life here. On the other hand, I'm looking forward to the ease of American life again. One thing's for sure. We're off on another adventure and moving on to another chapter of our lives.

Sunday, November 16, 2008


Tag, I'm it again! Terrifically talented paper-whiz Carli has challenged me to come up with seven random facts about myself. Judging by how hard I had to think about this one, I've determined that I'm a pretty boring person. Ok, here are my seven facts:

1. A long time ago, a boyfriend ran me over with a car. Well, no, calm down, it wasn't that bad. I was getting in the back seat, and my boyfriend thought everyone was already in the car, so he began to drive away. I was halfway in and halfway out. Unfortunately, the tire pinned my toes to the ground, but my body kept moving with the car, and my knee became dislocated. That boyfriend is now my husband.

2. Speaking of my husband, he proposed to me two months after we met. But we waited seven years to get married, because it took that long to win my parents over. We've been married 14 years now.

3. I published a book with my advisor, and that book is now, oddly enough, translated into Polish. I only wrote the intro and one chapter. The rest of the chapters were contributed by fellow academics, so it's not all that impressive, trust me. Plus, it's on psychology and probably boring to 99.9% of the world.

4. I donated eggs twice to my sister, and twice it failed. Broke our hearts. But my sister now has a beautiful adopted daughter who couldn't be any cuter or more loving.

5. I've developed an allergy to overripe pineapples. Which is a shame, because I like pineapples.

6. I was in a magazine ad once. This is actually kind of funny. When I worked at an ad agency, there was one account that tried to save money by using photos of employees. It was an ad that showed a lot of sad and miserable people who did not have the product, and a lot of happy and beautiful people who did have the product. They took the pictures and then decided who would fit best in which category. I was one of the sad and miserable people.

7. I used to have my own business making custom, handmade stationery. After about four years in the red, I now know that I'm just terrible as a business person.

That's it. I'm now devoid of interesting facts.

I'm supposed to tag seven friends, but I'm going to leave this open to all of you. If you'd like to tag along, let me know. I'd love to know more about you!

Here are the rules:
1. Link to your tagger and post the rules2. Post 7 random facts about yourself
3. Tag 7 friends at the end of your post and link to them
4. Let them know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog

Tuesday, November 11, 2008


Life on the farm had made her wise beyond her years.

Rural Korean villagers carrying water jugs.

My brain is on strike. It refuses to work. This week, I not only tried to pay $30 for a Subway sandwich and stood dumbfounded when the cashier returned my money, but I also loaded up a week's worth of groceries in the cart only to discover at the register that I had left the house without my purse. It's been a very unwise week for me.

This is a drawing I started over a year ago, and too feeble-minded to think up something new, I decided to finish it for this week's Illustration Friday.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008


No more elephants, please! The White Elephant sale I'm working on for the school is going great. Tons of wonderful donations. Lugging boxes and bags every day and wading through the junk has turned out to be more physically demanding than I anticipated, but there are only a few more days until it's all over.

Until then, here's something else to feast upon besides elephants. These are a set of kitchen sponges I picked up at the 100 yen store (dollar store) in Harajuku a little while back. Aren't they cute? It's little things like this that keep me going.

Happy Super Tuesday!