July 2004 Archives

And now dinner...

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At an obscure yummy Italian place on Mission. With Cheu, yay!



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Dav's bio sister, Colleen, is a hairdresser and owns a very nice salon. Today we went to get our hair done [down?]. I got a trim and [some highlights], but Dave got 10 inches cut off. He looks *so* good! We wanted blue highlights for him, but they didn't come out, so he'll go back. But we both feel like new :)

Introducing Tara-chan

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Please welcome Tara-chan, my new pet rabbit. He's limited to the side bar for now, so no petting unfortunately, but he will talk. He will read my posts and give me feed back and has promised to post, on Kokochi, once every 2 weeks. He speaks only Japanese for now though.

The name Tara comes from the famous old-school Japanese cartoon series, Sazae-san. I grew up with this comical family. And my cats, Wakame and Katsuo, are named after 2 characters. The youngest of the family is Tara. And I always thought that if I get another cat, he would be named Tara. Well, I don't think that's going to happen, so my new digital bunny gets to be Tara.

But the best part was...

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...when we visited, on the way back from the winery, a wildly silly gardening center that had the most extensive collection of garden figurines. We spent a good 20 minutes roaming around, taking pictures, and wondering who buys these sort of things.

Jam packed days

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Immediately after the 24 hour Project Blog, I started a very busy 3 day schedule for work. We had our Japanese partnership counterparts visit to discuss - what else, but - blogging! We set up a pretty packed schedule of meetings and lots of super yummy meals. I managed to land a fun role in all of this: in addition to hearing about cool ideas, I got to take our Japanese partners to a winery hosting a cheese and flower tasting with gorgeous wines, hang out at the ocean, eat at the famous Slanted Door and Asia de Cuba (and if you don't believe I love eating, check this out. Talk about eyeing food...). I also yapped as much as I wanted about blogging since we all are blog-crazy. I got to know some very prominent leaders in the Japanese blogging space.

I absolutely love the picture of Kiyota-san and me in the huge chair (lobby of the Clift Hotel). Felt like a 5 year old...I wanted to be mischievous...

Grand Finale!!!

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We did it!! And it was actually a great experience and totally worth it!Dav proposed we go to Treasure Island to post pics of the beautiful SF skyline as our final post.

And I say"we" and "our" because Dav has been along with me since 5am. He helped me wake up, patiently waited while I posted from my cell phone every 30 minutes wherever we went, and made the whole project fun! We like the idea that one day, we can look back on this day, and know/see what we did in pretty good detail. So super lovey kiss to Dav! To have someone special totally support my bizarre desire to blog for 24 hours...now you just can't ask for more.

And thanks to the pledge supporters and Paul for participating. This sure was memorable :) OK, good night!

This post is part of the Project Blog 24 hour blog for charity event. My charity is the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary

Look!

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For those of you who've walked around town with me, you know that I dislike crossing streets. I get all jumpy with so many cars around me. This drives Dav mad, but I can't help it. Well, here's my first step in making peace with streets. Here I am sitting in the middle of Market street - and happy too! The Benefits of 4:30am. :)

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Driving...

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To Treasure Island now that our bellies are full.This post is part of the Project Blog 24 hour blog for charity event. My charity is the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary

Post from Tokyo via Paul

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wuuhuuuuu! sushi bonanzaaaaaaa!(=^^=)This post is part of the Project Blog 24 hour blog for charity event. My charity is the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary

Yay for Bagdad Cafe!

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Dang, it is hard to find late dining. And looking at the menu made us realize how hungry we are.This post is part of the Project Blog 24 hour blog for charity event. My charity is the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary

Post from Tokyo via Paul

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Ue Mura (?"B<) sushi restaurant in Meguro. oishiiii. !3(!,"&!"!,)This post is part of the Project Blog 24 hour blog for charity event. My charity is the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary

Empty tummy

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It's 3:30am and Dav + I are hungry. We've checked Chinatown and Litle Italy and all is closed. Sheesh this would never be the case in Tokyo. Heading to a diner on Market street...

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Made it to 3am!

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Dav and I just came back from being out and about...and now decided we'd like to go out and get something to eat. Sweet Dav is ending up doing the whole 24 hours with me!

Paul, who lives in Tokyo, kindly agreed to post from Tokyo to my site at 3:30 and 4:00am. I was afraid I'd be dead tired and would need some sort of cat nap. However, I'm pretty perky, and Dav and I are kinda having fun. So I'll post and Paul will post. This is perfect since this doubleness will make up for my slow morning start. :)


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Scenes from Snowdrift

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Walking to another place

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Starting to feel a little sleepy...Yawn.This post is part of the Project Blog 24 hour blog for charity event. My charity is the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary

Werepad lights & conversations

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Oh my! A 5 car mess

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According to an eyewitness a tricked-out hot rod came out of nowhere slammed into a parked car causing a chain reaction that damaged five cars total, then backed up across two curbs protecting the street car tracks, slammed into another car and limped away at about 20 mph. Right in front of the werepad, right before we got here

Luckily no one was hurt. Absolute craziness! I had Dav explain it...This post is part of the Project Blog 24 hour blog for charity event. My charity is the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary

Driving to Werepad

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Going out!

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Thank you

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Just wanted to say thank you to those who pledged support...I just found that Lilia, with whom I work, has pledged. Thank you! Also to Dav...who programmed his mac to play a song every 1/2 hour beginning at 5am so I could wake up to post...and being in the same bed, I don't think he was able to sleep much. Much appreciated.

24 hours is long...and every 30 minutes is just short enough that you can never really forget about posting...Still got 5 hours to go. Oh my...

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Just a pic of a little guy who hangs out with one of my plants.This post is part of the Project Blog 24 hour blog for charity event. My charity is the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary

Fireflies

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Got these battery run fireflies for Dav when I was in Tokyo...This post is part of the Project Blog 24 hour blog for charity event. My charity is the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary

Our living room ceiling

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A plant and some light thing Dav made...This post is part of the Project Blog 24 hour blog for charity event. My charity is the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary

Totoro

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Chilling at home with my huggable Dav [heart] Watching Tonori no Totoro (same guy created Spirited Away). Here are shots of the cat bus. [drawing of Totoro] (wish I could draw!!)

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Toni

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We're at home and our housemate, Toni, is hanging out sewing. A Burning Man outfit, of course.This post is part of the Project Blog 24 hour blog for charity event. My charity is the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary

Carrot cake

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After dinner, we went to Farley's, our neiborhood cafe, and had cake. It's a cool, chill place.This post is part of the Project Blog 24 hour blog for charity event. My charity is the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary

Posters from Parkside

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From the bands that play there.This post is part of the Project Blog 24 hour blog for charity event. My charity is the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary

Dinner drive

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More of my kitties

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2 of Wakame and 2 of Katsuo. Can you tell the difference?This post is part of the Project Blog 24 hour blog for charity event. My charity is the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary

Back home

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**I had to miss a few postings since my phone battery ran out when Dav and I were out...have never worked my phone so much. Luckily I have a second battery so we ran home to get it. I'm back in the posting groove!This post is part of the Project Blog 24 hour blog for charity event. My charity is the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary


Moblogging while on a bike...Is this a first?This post is part of the Project Blog 24 hour blog for charity event. My charity is the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary

Car chase in Moscow!

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It is getting intense

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It is good!

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In the theater

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This is strange...To moblog from inside a theater...Sheesh, what have I signed myself up for?This post is part of the Project Blog 24 hour blog for charity event. My charity is the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary

Last minute decision...

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Dav and I decided to join our housemate to catch Bourne Supremacy. I guess I'll post screenshots.This post is part of the Project Blog 24 hour blog for charity event. My charity is the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary

Pillows with eyes

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Time to post and I am still at home, so I'll show you the characters who live on our sofa.This post is part of the Project Blog 24 hour blog for charity event. My charity is the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary

Back at home

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To check in with work email...Then we'll head out for errands.This post is part of the Project Blog 24 hour blog for charity event. My charity is the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary

A little reminder...

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I am doing my posts via my cell phone, so at times my posts are slow to upload. I will post every 30 minutes but they may show up late...This post is part of the Project Blog 24 hour blog for charity event. My charity is the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary


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View from living room

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Not a fabulous day...Dav and I are going to get bagels.This post is part of the Project Blog 24 hour blog for charity event. My charity is the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary

You caught me in the shower...

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Dav set up his mac to play music every 30 minutes for me. I was in the shower when it went off so he snapped a pic of me for me. I guess that's what I'll do today...just show you what I'm doing throughout the day.This post is part of the Project Blog 24 hour blog for charity event. My charity is the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary

Smile

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OK...it was a bit hard getting up since I didn't get to sleep until very late so excuse the muddled postings earlier. My pen writing ones came out all foggy; guess I didn't do it right in the dark...I'll fix those.

Well, I'm up and ready to go until 5am tomorrow! 24 hours never seemed so long!

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Kats on Dav

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Kats

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Japanese kites on the wall...

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I went to bed late and it's too early to get up!This post is part of the Project Blog 24 hour blog for charity event. My charity is the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary

Zzz

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Kats and I are still sleepy...

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Oi

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**Actually, Paul, who is in Japan, was going to do 2 postings during this hour while I crashed. Turns out he didn't so there's a gap here but I'll make it up :)

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Here we go

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Here we go: Project Blog 2004. Sheesh. This is hard! 5 am my time! You will never see me like this otherwise... Oi!! Please pledge to the animals!!

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I had to leave work in San Mateo to get to Berkeley for the BlogOn conference. With Friday traffic, I was proud that I thought of taking the San Mateo bridge, instead of going through SF and taking the Bay Bridge. I had the convertible top down, sun shining, music playing...all good, until I just missed the I80 East to Berkeley and found myself on I80 West towards SF. Surely there will be an exit to get off, I thought...but no! I had to go through the toll and on to the bridge! どんまいどんまい (donmai donmai)= no worries...I can handle this, I again comforted myself. I'll get off at Treasure Island and circle back. But I missed that too cuz I was on the wrong side of the freaking bridge (because in my mind, I remembered the Treasure Island on-ramp as being on the right, while the exit is on the left). So, I actually went to SF and back.

For those who don't know the Bay Area, that's like trying to fly from Tokyo to San Francisco and forgetting to get off the plane so you arrive in New York and have to get right back on the plane to go back.

Any scientists studying the "driving direction indicator" gene?? Help me, please!!

And walking to the car...

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We spotted some local art by kids...Some good messages, if I may say so...yay for Bernal Heights!


Wild Side West...On Cortland Ave.

ah, now this is interesting...

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In preperation for my 24 hour moblogging blitz, I asked my fabulous friend Paul to take over one hour (2 posts). I thought that would be cool, as he lives in Tokyo and can give you some nifty shots, and I'd get to cat nap for 60 minutes. I'm no longer 21 and staying up for 24 hours is daunting. Here is a test shot. Yay!

Yes, that is THE Tokyo Tower in the background. Excellent shot. You won't be disapointed by Paul. He has a designer and artist's eye. (Not to pressure you, Paul, but your site does speak for itself.)

Blogging for Charity - Update

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Hi everyone,

Regarding the crazy blogging I'll be doing this Saturday, Sean kindly pointed out that making donations can be easy: the Best Friends Animal Santuary accepts credit card donations.

I rarely blatantly ask for such, but I truly would be thrilled and touched if you could donate to the cause! You can sign up here and look up me or my site.

Mucho arigato!

Sunday, back in SF

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Lunch at Parkside, then a trial set-up of our new humungous tent for Burning Man. Last year, Dav and I shared a cozy tent to sleep in, and had another small one for our stuff. This year, my gosh, we'll have a walk-in closet! I'm now thinking of getting a small table so we can invite friends inside for an afternoon drink! It's huge!


I had a very nice Japanese lunch with my mom. Although my trip was short, it was really nice to be able to see mom and dad!

And of course I visited Enoki

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As most of you know, Enoki is my second home in Tokyo (6 entries on my old Tokyo Tidbits site). This time was special, however, since I got to be there with my brother Ian and his wife Izumi. The last time us 3 were at Enoki together, Izumi was pregnant with Tyler who is 5 now. She was so pregnant that Tyler was born the next day! And believe it or not, by chance, there was a woman there who had been there that night 5 years ago. That's the magic of Enoki. You always meet someone memorable.

Yummy dinner with friends

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I had so little time in Tokyo that I didn't let anyone know I was coming. But when I had an evening open, I got to have dinner with good friends Gen, Paul, and Joy. Last time I saw Gen and Paul, I had my old phone. I had been wanting to introduce Joy (my high school friend who usually lives in S.F.) to Gen, but before I could do so, they already managed to meet each other on their own. Tokyo is strange like that; it's so big yet it's easy to bump into people you know through mutual friends. Circles overlap and collide all the time.

We went to a swanky eating/drinking place and of course all the dishes were just beautiful. So good to be able meet up with friends and hang out like I'd never left. Thanks for coming out on short notice!

Belated Tokyo Pics

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Jet lag really hit me hard this time and I'm finally getting around to posting my Tokyo cellphone pics. Not being able to upload immediately takes the specialness out of it, but still, I enjoyed taking the pictures imagining I'd show them to you later :)

I stayed with my parents this time and these are pics of my commute into work at Tameikesanno. The first pic is of a little monster fellow my parents have just outside the front door. Then I took a bus to the station, then a train ride, then a short walk to a rather funky building in which Six Apart's office is located.

Back from Tokyo

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I had a very focused 3 days of work in Tokyo and am back home. Never had time to really kick my jet lag and now I'm sorta in between time zones. Let's see what time I wake up and get sleepy.

I have a few more pics on my phone, but I'll upload them later. Now, I just need to lie down with my kitties.

Dav will be home tomorrow. Yay!

Blogging for Charity

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Hi Everyone,

A little announcement. I'm going to participate in Project Blog 2004. I'll post a pic or a dazed mumbling every half hour depending on the time it is from 8 a.m. for 24 hours on July 24th. Don't know if this is crazy or if I'll just get even more addicted to moblogging, but if you can sponsor me, some special animals will be very happy at the Best Friends Animal Santuary. Click on "sponsor a blogger" under the project-blog menu and search for Kokochi.

Thanks!

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"Jimmy (center) and his pals. Feral cats don't usually take well to people, so at the WildCats Village they can make friends with each other and do their own thing together"

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"You're really just like any other kind of orphaned child when you first come to Dogtown. Brandi had been kept chained in a yard in Ohio. She broke away, got into a fight, and was taken to the pound. A Best Friends member there was able to arrange for her to come to the sanctuary."

Via Best Friends Animal Santuary

Tokyo

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I have a short biz trip to Tokyo and am about to hop on the plane! I'm quite happy about this, but unfortunately, I won't have much time to meet socially. I'll actually be back in SF before Dav even gets home from NC (shucks, no time to finish painting the door...)

My brother is there with his wife and kids too. A rare moment when my parents and us can all get together. We'll miss Dav though.

Anyhow, I hope to post a bit from there, but sorry if I'm not able to meet up with anyone!

Why I love blogging

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There are many reasons why I love blogging: the act of documenting what I'm doing or thinking, the enhanced perception of things I get from always thinking "is that blogging material?", the developing diary I've never had which can be fun to go back through, and more.

However, by far, what touches me most are the personal connections that are created through all this. I met some very cool people in Tokyo through blogging and blogging meet-ups. I still keep in touch through reading their blogs and occasional personal emails. There are also people I feel connected with since they have left many comments on my site even though I've never met them. These online relations really are meaningful...at least for me. It's an exciting and whole new way to interact with my fellow human beings.

And just recently, I received the most touching email from Anne, a person living in Australia, who had been reading my scribblings, unbeknownst to me, for quite some time. She had stumbled across Tokyo Tidbits when she was thinking of moving there. I instantly felt Anne's warm reach and responded. Hopefully she'll get a blog up soon and we can both get to know each other. Kind of like a new version of pen pals. Anyway, allow me to share some of Anne's words.

"Dear Mie,

Well this feels kind of weird but I've been reading your weblog for a

while now...I can't even remember how long...I think it was a little

while after you moved from Tokyo Tidbits to Kokochi. Anyway, I really feel

like I should introduce myself to you since I have been getting to know

you through your blog. It feels somehow...unfair or rude that I should

get to know you and not introduce myself! It's interesting how blogs

can foster new forms of social interaction, where it's hard to know the

etiquette."

Thank you, Anne. I'm not sure if there is any set etiquette, but I totally appreciate your words. It's true that a big part of my life is "out there in public" but it doesn't feel that way, precisely because of interactions such as ours. There's something very meaningful and powerful going on.

Kai-kun!

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Having dinner with friends Esther, Kevin, and their 8 month old son, Kai. Last time I saw little Kai, he was a baby...Now he looks like a little boy! And Kevin and Esther love being parents...They are all too cute!

Well, Silvetta's awesome camera quality had a lot to do with this, but for the first time, I received an inquiry for permission to use a photo I took with my phone.

This photo, from the Forgotten Opera:

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And the person asking permission was no less than the photographer in that photo! I certainly never expected that.

Incidentally, Kokochi came up 4th (now it's 5th) on Google if you type, "can you give your cat a haircut?"

And it's pretty popular for "eeny meeny miny mo" too.

You just never know when you start these sorta things...

Muir Woods

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After much eating and drinking for July 4th, we decided to go hiking today. Eric joined us. So nice to breathe sweet air and be among old trees.

Wakame's New Strategy

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Remember Wakame's morning ritual? Eventually, she stopped bringing the sock into our room and reverted back to the doorstep method. We have the same dance though: she brings it around midnight, meows outside the door, pokes her way through the cat door, snuggles in with Dav and I, then in the morning I put the sock back in the cat toy pile. Then we repeat.

Well, today we discovered a surprise. In addition to the sock, she dragged a poi swing thing all the way from the living room, down the long hallway, to the door. The Poi Swing has a small, but weighted sand bag that creates momentum when one is swirling it. I crack up just imagining small Wakame dragging this heavy sack with a long tail all by herself in the middle of the night.

I'm now thinking she's identifying objects that match our bedroom door colors. Could this be her ode to the door I painted? (Which, by the way, I started painting during Dav's last business trip and haven't quite finished. He has another trip this week, so I'll finish it and show you the final product in all its flying colors.)

Berlin Wall

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After dinner we went to Larry's place that is full of art. There was a pic of a part of the Berlin Wall...and Dav pointed out "Mie" on it! Anyone have an idea what the context could be? I am curious.

Larry also collects kaleidoscopes. We were like kids looking into each and saying "cooool." His were true collector's items.

Not to make you jealous, but

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Sushi for dinner

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With Dav, my brother and his friend Larry at Okoze in Russian Hill. Heaven!

I am a giraffe!

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In preperation for Burning Man, I rummaged around and found some fantastic cloth/material to make nifty outfits to wear that would make me smile. Thing is, I'm not a seamstress. My cow outfit that I made last year is lopsided. My funky furry dress I made for a NYE party began falling apart by the end of the evening. And this year, I'm a bit busy to even try and ameliorate my skills in time for BM.

So when I found out that a friend was a designer/couturier, I begged her to make me some outfits. I brought over the material I had and discussed my ideas. She instantly understood, measured me, and said she'd call when she was done.

And oh my gosh! She's amazing. Here is my first outfit. A giraffe! She's almost done with my second, but I'll wait to post it until the hair piece is done. And when the third one is done, I'll tell you who this talented artist is. Stay tuned : )