Ninjas vs. Henry

Lindsay and Clare came to visit me, and I remembered why I loved art school so much.  Not only because my entire occupation in school was to study art and make things, not only because I had access to a real live darkroom, but also because I had friends around who loved making art as […]

Darn Cute Kids

Look at these kids.  They’re super cute.  We’re related.

Home Sweet Home – 5 Things that may happen to you after you buy a house

Buying a house?  Here’s five things that may happen to you. 1.  HOUSE HUNTERS IS A GATEWAY DRUG.  You may start obsessing over HGTV.  I have become addicted to HGTV, and I find that when I nosily listen in on conversations at Starbucks I have much in common with middle-aged women who are likely soccer […]

Land that I Love

It’s been a few weeks since our return to United States, and we are happy to be home. I was reunited with my precious baby angel, a.k.a. The Cat, and our little family is currently camped out at an extended stay hotel in a business park in Jacksonville.  After the excitement of traveling the world, […]

Saving the Earth

Laundry Detergent Soup

The price of laundry detergent has always scandalized me, and thus I’ve decided to make my own as part of my effort to save the earth.  I used the following recipe, originally found at but halved for convenience in a small home: 2 cups water (boiling) 1 cup bar soap (grated) 1 cup Borax […]

Lunch day with Mitsuyo

When friends come for lunch It makes me feel special and we can eat cake

Features of my Mansion: Washing Machine

Itty Bitty Washing Machine

It’s Saturday, and in a fit of domestication to which I am sometimes prone, I spent the day cleaning the mansion. This included laundry, which happens to be my least favorite chore because I hate the back and forth and the folding, but also because it takes so darn long to finish. Now, I am […]

Features of my Mansion: Fish Oven

Now I’m going to start a multi-post series about my beloved cozy apartment, because although many of you will never see it, I’m absolutely sure you will still want to know all the details about coming to visit me as though you were able to.  So here’s your first lesson in Japanese apartmentism;  Japanese high-rise […]

In love again.

So I’ve been in school for two weeks now, but I didn’t really get to recap my travels for the past few weeks.  I’ve had a blast visiting friends and sightseeing.  My trip home was a highlight of course, because I feel so separated from my parents and family sometimes that my heart just hurts […]