After a six year hiatus, the blog is back…

And after six years I’d like to say this: I have been listening to this podcast called Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend the last couple days and passing something called a “Buddy Bench” at the park sometimes. It’s apparently a bench you go to when you are on recess and you have no one to […]


Where’s Everyone Going?

I’ve noticed people are walking away from me while I’m talking lately. Example: Me: You know what I was thinking? My Brother: I’m listening, I just have to give this cat a pill. (my brother gets up from his chair and walks out of the room to (presumably) feed a cat some dry and urgently […]

Time to Pull Out that Big Black Dress?

The night after I came back from Japan I was offered a job in Saudi Arabia. How to explain how this came about? It’s not entirely clear. Internet job boards are very dangerous things for me in combination with a glass of white wine, a little free time, and anxiety about poverty.  I will just […]

Japanese Travel Sites, Apps, and Magazines

Each edition of d design travel is devoted to a prefecture. The print edition is know for its beautiful covers, and to me anyway, its awesomely formal side by side English translations of the Japanese text. i.e. this one’s from the bilingual app  description of the store Mitate: “The culmination of Setsuko Yamada’s work in directing Japanese and Tokyo […]

Helpful! Travel Sites.

I don’t usually do helpful content.  It’s not my thing: helpful.  Now, if you’re looking for lightly edited anecdotes about one woman’s opinion on Japanese dog hair arrangement magazines at the supermarket–and who isn’t?– I’m your blog. If you want to read about one woman’s general ennui and specific troubled incidents with bicycle ownership and parking […]

I Found This in the Garbage

I know I really shouldn’t have, but I just wanted to try it out. And then it turned out to be a pretty awesome ride-with lots of room for groceries and a really trusting skinny hipped friend with a weak neck, if I can find one of those.  I found it on Tuesday and I […]

Drug’s Store

I took a flight down to Tokyo from Hokkaido, fucking 4,900 yen like $50. Thank you new Asian low cost carriers, specifically  Air  “Now Everyone Can Fly” Asia! I got there early and here’s something I saw in the airport: a toddler on the ground licking the place where the carpet and the floor length […]