Monthly Archives: January 2011

ballpoint pen love

I think the ballpoint pen is underrated. Sure, they are mass produced and generally kind of crappy, but I think each of us at some point has experienced a special relationship with a ballpoint pen (I’m looking at you, Bic … Continue reading

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belly warmer

The haramaki, or belly warmer, is a winter staple in Japan. Young and old, men and women, the haramaki does not discriminate (my father was a landscaper, and he used to wear one all the time). I have a few, … Continue reading

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Amazingly, I got some sewing done over the weekend. Yeah, it’s a sweatshirt, but it’s winter, and I am always cold. I always have to have on several layers, and when I go outdoors, I need the technical gear, like … Continue reading

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Raindrops keep falling on my legs

Okay, so we’ve had several days of gloriously dry yet very chilly weather, but soon we will return to the downpours and nonstop wetness that is the Pacific Northwest. I grew up here in Portland, and I have never liked … Continue reading

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