news, news, and more news

First off, I think most visitors know that my friend Megan was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. She’s one of the toughest cookies I know, so she’s hanging in there (and she looks like a friendly alien with her bald head! I’m not kidding). To show her some support I set up a shop with some T-shirts designed by the very talented and generous Cat Manning. Check them out if you have a chance!
In other news, Giant Robot is opening a store in San Francisco!!!!! They have the most interesting and fun stuff, and I can’t get enough of their novelty T-shirts. They have a store in LA, but I have no reason to go to LA. I do have plenty of reasons to head to SF, though, and this just adds another one to the list.
And in other news, my mother made it home from Japan in one piece. Her 98-year-old mother sleeps and eats, and that’s about it. She seems to really enjoy her food, though, so, hey, rock on, grandma! My mother brought me THIS:
Yup. It’s the orange Sony U30 I’ve been coveting! It’s only a 2 megapixel digicam, but I decided that was plenty sufficient for my needs. It is SO cute. The instructions are all in Japanese, but insane brother found me the English instructions in PDF format. He may be a complete lunatic, but he’s good for some things. Heh. My mom also brought me these, which are apparently all the rage in Japan:
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They feel kind of funny on, but they are fun.
I wore my poncho in public (well, to a Japanese restaurant with my parents), and I got a compliment! From a normal-looking person! People, I am all about the poncho now. My father (who is even more insane than my brother) even wants one. Maybe I will make him the one with the pom poms designed by Melissa and featured in Stitch n Bitch!

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10 Responses to news, news, and more news

  1. Kerstin says:

    Very cute digicam! How come we can’t get cool colors like that here? Though I did have a pink vacuum cleaner about 20 years ago. (I thought I was Barbie. What other excuse could there be?) Pics of the poncho on your father, please. This I have to see. 😉

  2. Em says:

    Kerstin cracks me up. I love the toe socks! I got a pair a few years ago as a stocking stuffer (get it? yeesh) and was instantly transported to 4th grade again. Wearing them makes me secretly happy, the way we’re told sexy lingerie is supposed to make you feel. I’m been toying with the idea of knitting a pair, but I think the toes would be a real pain to do.

  3. Amy says:

    So will the poncho for your dad be called the PapaSan Poncho? By the way, “your” poncho totally rocks. Never saw Homespun yarn look so good. You’ve got me taking another look at it.

  4. Silvia says:

    Ahhhh…an ORANGE camera! I’m sooooooo jealous! Your mom is a good gift buyer. And your dad is Funny! Is it that he cannot commit to the sleeve, or is it a freedom of movement thing? Interesting…

  5. Stella says:

    Hi Mariko, I’ve been reading your friend Megan’s blog but I can’t comment cause I don’t have an aol screen name. Please send her love and good thoughts from me. I am glad she is keeping up her spirit and her faith. And dealing with it all in a very positive way.

  6. melissa says:

    i’ve never seen your father, but i’m sure he would look fetching in pom poms!

  7. Marcia says:

    My eyesight is deteriorating every day (It’s a bitch getting old). When I first saw the socks, I thought I was looking at a pair of pants with scallops at leg edges. (I swear!) After I read and reread that portion of the post, I had to blink twice to finally see socks. Funkilicious either way. Toe socks always bugged the boo outta me though.

  8. Shirley says:

    I don’t know if you know that Louise (Louise in France) is also undergoing chemo treatment (she just had her first treatment). Her spirits are good (so far so good) and she has a wonderful support team taking care of her.
    Regarding digicam, your mother definitely has good taste!!! In regards to the toe socks…hmmm. No comment.
    Please explain “insane”. I come from a very conservative family compared to yours. Does that make me “sane” as well? NOT!! They would not even think of toe socks or ponchos.

  9. Ginn says:

    I am sorry to hear about your friend, Megan. There seems to be SO many people that are being diagnosed lately. It makes you wonder what is going on. LOVE the cafepress shirts that you have for her. I might have to get me one of those!
    Anyway, I ended up here through Melissa’s site. 🙂

  10. Annette says:

    Hi Mariko–
    It was so nice to see you after sooooooooooo long away from Pdx and also COD– I am delighted to see your site–
    I too am a migraine sufferer– it can be miserable and debilitating—ANYHOW– so nice to see your site !! tHANX– Annette RCT Fabrics

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