Category Archives: General

free shoes

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., Day (actually, not really, but somehow it seems more momentous if I say that), I am hosting a shoe giveaway! Before you get too excited, here’s the deal: I got these Kenneth Cole … Continue reading

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good riddance 2007

A highlight of 2007–a lovely terrarium from Melissa I don’t mean to be overly dramatic, but 2007 was probably the worst year I’ve ever had. It was, of course, punctuated with plenty of great and happy moments, but overall? Totally … Continue reading

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random questions

I am supposed to be researching virtual office products but haven’t had much luck. Has anyone out there tried any? Have any suggestions? What we are looking for is a complete solutions package that will provide video and audio conferencing, … Continue reading

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climb every castle

We’re in Osaka now, and yesterday (Halloween!) we went to a nearby castle town called Hikone. The mascot of the town appears to be some cartoon cat wearing what seems to be one of those horned viking hats. Posters and … Continue reading

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happy halloween from japan

It’s Halloween here in Japan, which does not really mean anything except perhaps there will be fewer pumpkin-flavored treats. Would it surprise you to learn that Baskin Robbins here has tasty ice cream with really interesting flavors? And they are … Continue reading

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Halloween is my favorite holiday, but I’m going to miss it this year, because I’m going to Japan! I leave on Wednesday and will be gone for 2 weeks. I might be able to blog a bit during the trip … Continue reading

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My mother works a couple days a week at a local Asian grocery. I saw this bento box there and had been coveting it for a couple months. I just like to stare at those cute little deer. Bonus points … Continue reading

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running on empty

Sunday I saw two people throw up, both before 11am. The first, witnessed just after 6am, looked to be a gal who had been up all night. The second, observed around 10:40am, sadly was about a block away from the … Continue reading

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Well, it has been a dreadfully long time! I have excuses, but they are lame. I am working on getting my act together, but I am not holding my breath. Crater Lake is really stunning, but nobody told me the … Continue reading

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In case you think the layout looks like hell

This isn’t Mariko, this is her brother writing. My sister went and changed something. Probably the Superbuzzy image on the side. It took some screwing around to get it to look OK in Safari and Firefox, but things look like … Continue reading

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