you don"t need to save the crystal for a special day, even water tastes better in a "Fancy Glass"

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

What's Old is New Again

If you have seen my eyeglasses then this lovely lady above will be no surprise.
I am going to do a USB typewriter conversion with this gorgeous machine from days gone by.
Don't worry it will still work as a typewriter but also as a keyboard.
Assuming I am successful, with my electronics and soldering guru's guidance.
Will let you know how it turns out.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Small things make a difference

It is amazing what a few cans of paint can do.
New feeling, and perspective.
Atmosphere can be everything- and really the best is still yet to come.
I am far from finished.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Summer Sights and Smells

Summer is winding down, but there is still time to savor
BBQ smoke, and other sweet and salty treats.
Hot with a hint of something else in the air.
it went by very fast and furious but it was in itself complete.
We ate (a lot) Played (not enough) Worked (too much)
it was all fun.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Where does the time go?

the last 5 weeks flew by. So many things I was supposed to do but didn't.
now what?  everytime I look at my email or answer my phone my list gets longer.
I need some inspiration, or a magical time turner. Anyone know where I can get one of those?

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Crystals and Lace and Gold

There is really nothing more elegant than a chandelier.
I might not seem the type to you- but then you've never heard about my famous love of very fancy hotels.
This kind of light makes everything sparkle more, the people, the conversation, my thoughts and dreams.
One of these days I am going to bring one home, and hang it in my living room.
Then I am going to lay down on the floor and stare up and get lost in days gone by.
Maybe I will even sleep there. waiting.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Moonshine and Monsters

Moon over rice fields. and bugs. lots of bugs- that make beautiful sounds  

Totoro was hiding behind every grove of gorgeous trees
My little dog-buddy had a great time protecting us from all the new creatures and Monsters of his imagination,
and thrilling at all the new sites and sounds.

we were hot but glad to be out of the city for a bit.

At the end of it all though, we were just as happy to get back to our cozy urban crows nest and the aircon...especially the aircon

silly city-slickers.
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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Hot Dog

Summer has come slamming back into us.
The heat is a living thing. We want to go out and play but don't last long.
And usually end up flat out afterwards.
But we keep trying anyway- because, what are summers for if not for getting hot while playing hard.

p.s. cool marble is a wonderful thing

Friday, August 05, 2011

end of the day

sometimes at the end of the day-
this is the only appropriate response...

Utterly Collapsible

There are things shifting and changing inside.
Perspective is funny that way.
I had a great visit with a creative vision yesterday.
Lovely give and take, and she let me steer the location which always means so much to me.
We adventured and relaxed. And I felt old worries collapse and new ideas surface and become more clear.
Also, we ate cake.

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Stuff I Like 8/4/2011

One idea I have had for a long time is just to occasionally post up a catch all of "Stuff I Like" I also want to make this into a Tokyo based online newsletter/ ap - perhaps this fall. Share some of the best of the best in Japan and online. But for a little trial- let's start with this...


Ominvore Books- this is an amazing food and cookbook oriented store in San Francisco. I went there last summer and it was amazing. I urge you to sign up for their newsletter and visit their site regularly even if you can't go in person to SF and visit them. The newsletter features great books and themes all the time. The events list always gives me good ideas for my own events, and the website and newsletter are fun, friendly and accessible.

All of the gorgeous gadget covers at 12South  these literary cases for Mac are the prettiest and most functional looking covers I have seen in an age. Expensive but stunning, I want the iphone and ipad ones for sure. (birthday hints)

For my Tokyo friends, head over to No8 Bear Pond/ On The Corner in Shibuya and try their Iced Latte in Jar. They brew very good coffee and then add the milk, ice and shake it like hell in a mason jar which makes this coffee foam at the top. So refreshing.

stay tuned for more stuff i like in the future!

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Small Inspirations

mindbump suggested by throught the eyes of an everyday extraordinaire

"Let it be people, music, objects, or anything else, what inspires you in your life?"

These days I think my inspiration is often coming from everyday objects. As we set up our new apartment and get rid of old stuff I look at each addition into our home and each purchase  through a different lens then in years past. Is it pretty-do I love it-do I need it? one long run-on question that repeats over and over. Each time we find something "perfect" I feeln more inspired to get organized, keep things neater, and sit back and bask in functional, beautiful surroundings.

cleaning up crumbs

I should be printing out and working on my exercise routine
fixing up a ton of stuff, balancing things and cleaning.
I have a plan to implement
but it seems a sugar doughnut got in the way.

Monday, August 01, 2011

sounds as good as it is

Some food words sound so good I can't resist.
Loved them before I even tasted them;

Kalamata Olives
Meyer Lemons
Hollandaise Sauce
oh and so many more!