I tried Wild Fern’s Manuka Honey products

March 15, 2017

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I am going to admit something: I’m not really one to pay attention to beauty products. I don’t read magazines and I don’t own a TV. There’s not a lot of advertising that reaches me lately, especially when you consider the language barrier: my Japanese sucks, so even the ads on the train don’t really […]

Story of my life, reminded in New Zealand

March 12, 2017

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No, you won’t be able to come back this way and take that photo tomorrow. This is the story of my life and I think a sound argument against procrastination. Or at least, it’s MY sound argument for why I don’t (read: can’t) procrastinate. Mark gets annoyed with me sometimes because I have a physical need […]

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Less Work, More Money

March 11, 2017

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It’s a simple idea. It’s a goal of mine. I don’t need to be rich, or to make more than I need. What I do need as a human being is something that makes me WANT to work, and a place where I feel appreciated. While I haven’t had any major issues with my major employer […]

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A new way to fight the anxiety that keeps me up at night:

March 11, 2017

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Reading. I’ve been able to MOSTLY get a hold on the side-effect anxiety that I’ve been experiencing. Once I realized it was just a side effect and not really something in my own mind, it was a lot easier to push the ‘every single way you could die on your honeymoon‘ thoughts out of my […]

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March 4: Stories of Your Life and Others

March 9, 2017

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06. Stories of Your Life and Others, Ted Chiang (March 4) Remember that time when I wrote that I get impatient for movies to come out, so I go and read the book? Here’s another example of that. I was DYING to see Arrival. And it’s still not coming out here in Japan until MAY. MAY. I wrote […]

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Feb 20: The Princess Diarist

March 9, 2017

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05. The Princess Diarist, Carrie Fischer (Feb 20) After we finished Burial Rites, we really wanted to actually read something that we thought might be cheery. We never choose cheerful or irreverent things, but we thought this might be a good one. This one was ‘short’ by audiobook standards: only 5 hours! We did the entire thing […]

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Feb 19: Burial Rites

March 9, 2017

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04. Burial Rights, Hannah Kent (Feb 19) LOOK AT ALL THESE BOOKS! After we finished The Girl With All the Gifts, we had to listen to something else. So we chose this cheerful (true) story about the last woman to be put to death in Iceland. This story was beautifully written as well, in a more confessional […]

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