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We surprised my dad with a trip to Baltimore for my birthday!

January 12, 2018


And it was for the sexiest of reasons: my driver’s license was about to expire. If you live in the state of Maryland, you can renew your license on the internet – that’s true. But if you are a Maryland resident (so say my tax forms and home address) who happens to live outside of […]

I Illustrated a Children’s Book

January 9, 2018


I just posted about my goals, and this was a goal of mine for 2017. I accomplished it. It took me 9 months to actually do it, although it took me closer to 8 years to get around to it. My dear friend Kristi sent me the story when I moved to Germany, and I […]

About a Cat.

November 10, 2017


Today is the day I decided to leave Japan. I’ve been talking about it and toying with the idea in my head for a while: Oh, but we could stay and make it work. Oh, but it’s so nice and safe here. Oh, we could work more and earn enough money to travel home once […]

How I made a Sebastian the Crab costume for a child

November 2, 2017


I’m recording this for myself, and for others who need to make BASIC costumes for children or photo shoots. We planned a Disney theme for Halloween this year with the girls. I knew a few would be joining us, and wanted everyone to have options to choose from. A group of little girls, I figured […]

How I’m feeling about Japan lately.

October 30, 2017


Fighting Fish, Dessa (2013) Swimming in a snifter pretty as a picture don’t get it twisted man, her bite is a bitch You can name, you can keep her but take care when you feed her You never can take the fight out the fish Chompin at the drill bit never one to still sit […]

The story of the frog

October 27, 2017


I’ve had a ceramic frog living in my sewing box since I was in college. He didn’t have a name, he didn’t have a reason. He was a gift. And I kept him in my sewing box, where I used to keep the other parts of his collection. I’ve carried this frog with me throughout […]

It’s about control.

October 14, 2017


I had a great talk with a student last night. She is over 50, married and has a teenage child, and came in a bit late. We talked about her recent trip to the salon, where she had her hair dyed and treated with a wave. In the conversation, she said ‘I MUST dye my […]