Aaaaah, I suppose it’s an awakening of sorts. “Coma Shelli” as a friend endearingly coined me is no more – sort of. Read more
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Aaaah what a majestic horizon!!!!
Mountain of old, dirty, messed up shoes!!! Not cool! Majestically horrible!!!! Lucky Jeff…
Being freelance, the hours I work are always unpredictable. This week, I’m working all nights + it’s surprisingly easy to acclimatize to an all-night schedule. What you have to do is: take a nap for a couple hours in the evening, set an alarm to wake up around 1-2am, force yourself to stay up till about 8am, go back to sleep till your alarm is blaring at about 2:30pm. Easy breezy!!! The good thing is, everyone at work is just as loopy as you are, so everyone is boarding the same crazy train together. Read more
This video caused me to go temporarily insane.
That video, my friends is one of the many reasons to love life. Oooooh, I want to cuddle that intelligent Beluga!!! If you’ve already seen it before, too bad! I always forward links or videos to friends, thinking I’m really cutting edge, + they’re always like, “Seriously Shelli, I’ve seen that a million times.” or “What, do you live under a rock?”. I’ve been compared to a coma patient that has just woken up. It’s true. I should get out more, but I don’t. And I don’t plan to!
I love living in Little Tokyo! Why would I go anywhere else? Everything I want is within walking distance. Uuuuuugh, I’m going to miss living here. I walked to my optometrist this morning, Dr. Kurata. Do you like my new frames?
I had a hard time taking a picture with my IPhone. Or maybe I’m trying to emulate a pirate minus the eye patch. My frames are by Ic! Berlin. German, but of course. Remember: Japanese or German products only need apply. http://www.ic-berlin.de/
Everything I need is in Little Tokyo! My hair stylist + friend Kayo cut Jeff’s hair before he left for Canada. Kayo is a scientist of hair – a real genius! Most of my friends + family go to see her. She usually cuts + colors at Umberto Salon in Beverly Hills, but works in Little Tokyo 2 days a week because she loves styling hair so much. I’m not going to forward a link, because she’s already so booked by word of mouth, that it’s difficult to get an appointment with her! Recognize!!!
Shin-Sen-Gumi just opened up down the street! I used to drive all the way down to Gardena to eat at the location there. This ramen shop is great because you can choose your toppings, how firm you want you noodles to be cooked, how oily your broth, etc. It’s the ultimate in ramen customization!!!! Plus, they serve Spam!!!!!!!! The protein of Asia. What’s not to love?
The waiters enthusiastically SCREAM in Japanese: “WELCOME!!!”, “2 AT TABLE 5!!!”. “TABLE 3 IS CLEARED!!!”, “THANKYOUVERYMUCH!!!!!!!”. It’s a little jarring + hard to hold a conversation with all the yelling, but at least they’re consistent. I still relish in their militancy very much. It flows through my blood…
Today as I was getting my mail, my condo manager Shin-san motioned me into the common room. He said, “Look at all these things, take whatever you want! If people don’t take these things, I’m just going to throw them in the trash!”. Shin-san is not much of an environmentalist. There were various, not so memorable tchotchkes that were up for grabs. My condo complex houses many elderly Japanese, + lately they have been unfortunately moving to nursing homes or passing away.
But, look at what I found! Beautiful Kokeshi dolls! The one on the left does not appear very old, but the two on the right I have to do more research on. They look old, yo!!!
Look at the intricacy of the painting! One of them has “Hakone Onsen” hand written on the botttom in calligraphy. Onsen is Japanese for “hot springs”. I’ll have to bring these to the “Antiques Roadshow” (aka Jeff’s favorite show), y’all!!!! http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/
They’re so simple + beautiful. Aaaaaah, Japanese aesthetic, how I love you so……
For some reason, Megumi was very intrigued by these dolls. Which kind of creeeeeped me out a little….
Yet another reason to miss Little Tokyo. The MOCA Geffen Contemporary is one block west of my condo. I have a membership + can just stroll on down there whenever I want.
Right now they are exhibiting: “Under the Big Black Sun: California Art 1974-1981”. Go see it, because it’s very in depth + really expresses the raw art, photography + music scene that was happening in California during that time period. People were very jaded + angry back then, y’all! http://www.moca.org/black_sun/ Again, this is in collaboration with fabulous Pacific Standard Time . http://www.pacificstandardtime.org/ Check out my past blog, “Eames to the Nth Degree” for more on Pacific Standard Time.
Well, don’t look to this blog if you need tips + advice for moving, because this ain’t it!!! I managed to box up a bunch of stuff. The problem is, I don’t have a tenant yet + I’m not sure of when I’m moving out, so my drive to really get packing is like zero. That’s how I found that Beluga video on youtube. It’s called procrastination, people. This makes it hard for me to know what + how much to box up, because I’m not sure of what I’ll need to keep around to live on without feeling like a complete bachelorette.
Don’t get impressed, because 3/4 of these boxes are empty!!! Hah!!!
I did the fishy face because I was tired + at a loss. Plus, I’m not very photogenic. I wish Jeff was here. 😦
Hoorah, everyone!!!! My blog has a new look!!! I love my new fancy face fonts!!! What do y’all think? Like? Hate? Taking a stance of ambivalence? Well, with beauty comes heartache…this new format caused ALL of my previous posts to look wonky + horrible. Thus, I had to MANUALLY ALTER ALL OF MY POSTS. How do people have such good looking blogs? Are they web designers?! Do they have jobs??? Jiminy Crickets!!! Luckily, I’ve been able to work freelance here + there a couple days a week, so I’ve been able to edit + pack my condo (sort of).
So, what about the couple that wanted to move into my condo??? Well, turns out the husband was a pretentious mama’s boy, which caused my real estate agent to put up the red flags + turn them away. Thank goodness, I do not need persnickety tenants!!!! Oh hell to the no!!! Thankfully, I have someone coming to look at my place on Tuesday, so all is good in the hood.
I’m feeling very positive about things!!!!
So positive, that last night I decided to open up a bottle of cheap champagne that I probably got as a throwaway wrap gift from some costume designer + has been sitting in my refrigerator for a million years unopened, just because it’s “champagne”. So what?! Crack that sucker open, I say!!!
I made a stir-fry broccoli with tofu + faux meat crumbles. Did you say champagne doesn’t go with Asian food?? As if!!! Bubbly is always a good choice!!! Sad thing is, I had to watch a youtube video about how to open a bottle of champagne. I usually let someone else potentially get their eye taken out by a champagne cork.
Like I said before, I’m not a fan of John Hughes films. But for some really odd reason when I thought about celebrating, being on a float during a parade came to mind. Don’t ask, because I don’t have an answer.
What the heck?! AAAAH!!!! Get out of there, Megumi!!!! I’m food styling, you crazy feline!!!
Speaking of Megumi, I forgot to tell everyone that Jeff + Megumi majorly bonded on his most recent trip!!!! Some of you know that Jeff is super allergic to cats. This, my friends, is a travesty. This, was a sledgehammer to my heart when I first learned about his terrible affliction. I love me some kitties!!! I love them so much, I want to squeeze the very last breath out of their fluffy, soft beings!!!! Case in point:
I really didn’t know what was to become of Megumi because she is a bit of a basket case. She is skittery, neurotic + has a crippled paw that I call her “beef jerky paw”. If she was human, she’d probably have a bottle of Valium in her bathroom. I found her underneath the 10 freeway, y’all. She doesn’t do well with other animals + people, so I knew it wasn’t going to be easy to have her adopted. The notion of putting her up for adoption made me want to have panic attacks, but because of Jeff’s allergies, I didn’t know what I was going to do!!!! It was a source of major agony for me.
How could I turn my back on this precious creature?! HOW, I ASK YOU?!
Usually the week before Jeff comes into town, I would shuttle Megumi off to grandma + grandpa’s while I meticulously cleaned the condo. This past visit didn’t offer the luxury of doing this, so I told Jeff he would have to suck it up + we’d pray that his throat didn’t close up.
Well, looky here!!! Jeff’s family, are you seeing this?! Can you believe your eyes?!
Too cute!!! My two favorite mammals together!!! In harmony! Sympatico!!!
Saints be praised!!! There were no trips to the ER!!!! No wind pipes were blocked! Jeff + Megumi would have chats, (she’s very chatty) + I was overjoyed. I’m thinking with allergy shots for Jeff, routine vacuuming, brushing Megumi + purchasing a air purifier, Megumi will be accompanying me up to Canada!!!! Oh joy + happiness!!!!
After Jeff went back up to Canada, I ordered Allerpet C on Amazon. Tons of allergy websites swear by it – it reduces dander on the cat. Once a week after brushing, moisten a towel with Allerpet + wipe the cat down real good. You’re supposed to get contact with the cat’s skin, but Megu is so darn downy, that I don’t know if she even has skin! She’s all fur! I’ll let you all know how all this goes down when the 3 of us finally get to actually live together under one roof!!! Keep your fingers crossed, cuz if not – the one wearing glasses is going to have to go!!! Just kidding, Jeff!!! I love you!
Note to self: don’t go on a juice fast on a major packing day.
My dear friends!!!! My real estate agent showed my very, very clean condo to a young couple yesterday + they are interested in moving in on November 15th!!! Well, hold your horses, y’all – we’re in the process of doing the credit check, so the deal is not done yet. Easy does it.
Now what does that mean??? I’d better start packing, that’s what!!! Today was going to be my big packing bonanza. I already moved a huge load over the weekend, but today was going to be the day!!! So, what did I decide to do? Yes, I am a genius! I decided to do a juice fast on today of all days!!! Reeeeeal smart. Do you want to see what I accomplished at around 2:30?
One. Measly. Box.
Hey!!! I’m not proud about it!!! In fact, I’m downright ashamed!!!
I juiced four times today with my bomb-ass Braun juicer that I bought for $3 at the Buddhist temple bargain sale across the street from me. It was only used once + clean as a whistle! If I could only buy Japanese + German made appliances + goods for the rest of my life, I’d be happy.
Juicers take up a lot of fresh veggies. Be prepared, people. Get your chop on the day before. Then you won’t be as apt to abandon the torture.
I feel disoriented, super fatigued, I looked at a picture of Jeff on my screen saver + almost started crying + sometimes I say to myself, “did it just get really cold in here?”. I’m a mess, y’all!!! In my defense, I did some filing + bills. But, I am so out of it, that when I went to mail my bills, I closed the door without keys + locked myself out of the condo. My condo manager, ol’ reliable Shin-san had to let me back in. What a loser. This is how I feel:
For my last “meal”, I eased myself out of the veggie juicing by indulging in a bowl of instant miso soup. It was the best bowl of miso soup I’ve EVER HAD IN MY LIFE. What savory delight!!!!!!!! I destroyed that bowl!!!!
That may look like a boring bowl of miso soup, but believe me dear readers when I tell you it was salty heaven!!!! Do not take for granted the humble liquid gold that is miso soup!!! I’m going to try + make this juice fast a once a week routine, but I’ll have to get back to you on that one. I’m not going to lie. It was rough.
Well, on a happy side note, I’ve received our marriage certificate + my FBI report!!! Yaaaaay!!! I’m officially not a criminal!!! A copy of these two documents shall be added to my immigration application! Getting closer!!!!
Jeff’s Birthday weekend, part 2. Jeff is well loved. SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2ND Jeff insisted all of his West Coast family (family also includes the Hoiles of course) to be together to celebrate his birthday, so for that to happen, we celebrated on Sunday. The Hoiles had us over for the partay. Tom, Deb, Matt, Tobin, Steve, Liz, Keiko, Hana, Benjamin + cousin Neil were all there!
Here’s little button Hana using a remote control as a cell phone. Ridiculously cute!!!!!! Unbearable!!
The dinner spread!!!! I kept instructing Keiko + Matt, “The Ta-Daaaa Pose!!! The Ta-Daaa Pose!!! Arms spread!!! TA-DAAA!!!!”. Like an obnoxious stage mom.
Jeff wanted a Dairy Queen ice cream cake. What do you think of the caption? 45 IS a big deal!!!! The zombie kid at Dairy Queen made me want to reach over to check his pulse, but I got a slight crack of a smile from him when he saw my ecstatic happiness when Isaw the cake. Before the cakecame out, Matt, Tobin + I busted out the crown that we all collaborated on the day before with our sweat + tears.
Okay, how many times does it take to wrangle 4 children into a semi perfect group photo? Let’s take a count.
Oh hey, I know what’s going on here!! I see the love gaze flowing between these two!!!!! What the heck??!!! Alas, I always knew Jeff was Hana’s main squeeze, before I even met Jeff. I digress. She’s always asking me, “Where’s Jeffy? Where’s Jeffy??”
The days after the wedding were a blur for all of us at Anini House. The adrenaline of the days leading up the wedding completely left us all spent. We lazed around the house + here are some things I’ve learned about kids.
#1 – they really, really love television.
#2 – they really love playing in hot tubs. They’d be like, “Shelli! Come play in the hot tub!!!!” + I’d be like, “NO WAY!!!!! The ocean’s better!!!!” + they’d be like, “No it’s not!!!!!” + I’d be like, “Yes it is!!!!!!” + they’d be like, “No it’s not!!!!” We would have those type of conversations daily.
#3 – I never realized how much they like Ichiban noodles. They ate it cooked or they would munch on it dry!!!! Keiko + Hana are so cute, it sounded they were calling it Itchy Bum noodles. So that’s what we all called it during the trip.
We all made a couple of family trips to Hanalei Bay. I don’t know why I didn’t take a picture of the actual beach. Here’s lunch at Pat’s Taqueria taco truck with my swimming buddy, Ambur. The kalua pork tacos were to die for!!!! FYI, future Hawaii travelers, they close at 3pm.
After, we had shave ice at the truck next door. It was ono! That’s Hawaiian for good, y’all.
We had dinner that night with my mom + dad over. The Canadian Lady Posse wanted me to highlight what typically happens during dinner prep. Let me enlighten y’all.
Ladies toiling over a hot stove + slaving away.
Oh look…..how interesting!!!!!!! Here, we observe the male species in their natural habitat. Beer AND snacks (provided by the ladies, of course!) Must be nice, guys!!!!!!
Jeff, mom + mother Jean
Okay, okay. The guys helped a little bit, too. They grilled, okay!!!! Sheesh!!!
Look who’s first at the dinner table again!
Jeff with his Moustache Gang!!!! How freaking cute is that???!!!!
The next day some of us went to Tunnels Beach.
Here’s Jeff uptight in paradise. Getting everyone out the door is like wrangling cats. Daphne + I had to have a cocktail while waiting for everyone.
The current was pretty strong at Tunnels, so Deb + Liz took the kids back to Hanalei. Jeff, Daphne, Tom + I went to take a hike on the Kalalau trail along the famous Napali coast.
It is a steep uphill for 3/4 miles, y’all!!! I cursed my short Japanese legs trying to keep up with the long ass legs of the Fayle family!!! But every step of the way was so beautiful!!!
The descent led us to Hanakapia Beach. This sign greeted us towards the bottom. Yikes!!!
River leading to the ocean.
I didn’t know there were Spider monkeys at the beach!!!!
AWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!! Jeff is such a romantic!!!! This is what he was making in the lava cave in the picture above. So sweet.
The road back home.
Bye for now everyone!!!!! Sorry there’s so many gaps in the pictures, I still don’t have a hang on this software!!!!
Man was I exhausted after a fitful night’s sleep. Nevertheless I powered through a run. Ashley walked over + we all made our way into Kapa’a for breakfast. Kountry Kitchen was on my mind y’all. Ashley had a fluffy macadamia nut pancake the size of her head.
After breakfast Jeff + I headed to pick up his family. Ashley decided to go on her own today because yesterdays festivities were a little too much for her sensibilities. We asked if she wanted us to drop her off a little more into town, but she was so ready to get rid of us, so she was like, “Sayonara, bitches!!!!”
The menfolk went with Jean + the children to do what Jean + children do. Jeff + I + the ladies all braved a mass Costco trip to fill up the house with enough food for 18 people. No, that wasn’t a typo. Here are the Canadians freaking out about the cheap plentiful supply of booze. You can only buy alcohol at government run liquor stores + it’s usually twice as expensive. Sad, right?
We had 3 full carts of food. Since I come from a small, insular Japanese family, it was all a little overwhelming, considering Costco gives me hives in the first place. He told me to take off for a bit + do errands. I had to go to Home Depot to clear my head. Aaaaaah. Sanctuary.
Daphne, Kelly + Deb in the grocery filled car. The booze total came out to $375. I freaked out, but the Canadians were ecstatic.
Next stop, renting paddle boards. Kelly + Deb ran across the street to get smaller item groceries while Daphne + Jeff were strapping the boards to the roof. Look at me in the front seat dejected. I think all the residual stress from the storage unit fiasco has worn me out. But I’m soooooooo happy that Jeff’s family is here now because they are helping distribute Jeff’s intensity. I’m passing the torch. Put a knife in me. I’m done.
We got to the gargantuan house at dusk. Kelly is the maestro of the kitchen + we were all her assistants.
Dinner was awesome!!!! Got to go!!! Wedding stuff to do! More later!!! Aaaaaah!!! Getting stink eye from Jeff!!!!!
Yiiiiiikes. So sorry for the lapse in blogging. I’m so exhausted. Yiiiikes.
SATURDAY 8/27/11 – CANMORE TO VANCOUVER
We packed for Vancouver. I don’t know how we got everything into Jeff’s Toyota Matrix.
He wanted us to be on the road at 9am. Fat chance!!!! I packed up + cleaned the entire cabin while Jeff was running around town doing last minute errands. I actually fell asleep on the couch which is something I never do. The car was so packed that there was no space left in it. Not even 1/2 an inch. I was surrounded by stuff all around me so that I had to sit with my knees propped up against my chest.
I don’t know if you can tell, but that coche is full, homies.
It took us FOREVER to get out of town because we would run into people Jeff knew. His other Native name is Short-Story-Long. That’s because he can go onandonandonandonandonandonandon. I would gaze absently off into the distance when he would tell stories which was nice because it gave my brain a bit of a break. Here is me with my Native future “sister-in-law” Dolly standing next to the stuffed car.
We didn’t drive out of Canmore until 6:30pm!!!! Here is a beautiful view of the mountains that gave me some relief.
The drive was excruciating. Repeat. Excruciating. We were both so tired. I couldn’t keep my eyes open. What freaked me out even more was the fact that Jeff was probably worse off, + he was the driver. We sang very loud renditions of the Grateful Dead + Flight of the Concords to keep ourselves awake. Here’s Jeff happily singing along to, the Grateful Dead’s, “Box of Rain”. Thank God he’s such a happy-go-lucky person. We balance each other out, if you know what I mean. When the road became dark + desolate, that was when it got really bad.
I didn’t want to perish in a car crash before I was about to get married, so we took an hour + a half nap at a rest stop + kept on keeping on. We didn’t get to Jeff’s brother Tom’s house until 6am.
We got up at 10am + I was SO relieved to see Deb, Tom + Jeff’s nephews Matt + Tobin. I was like, “SAVE ME!!!!!”! After breakfast we did a bunch of Vancouver related errands + oh, guess what??? Went to Jeff’s storage unit!!!! Sigh. I was about to give up. But the great thing is, Jeff is ready to get rid of things because he’s seen how all of his possessions are weighing my spirit down. I’m really happy about that.
That night, Deb made dinner for us + our fellow interracial couple friends Steve, Liz + their cutie 1/4 Japanese girls Keiko + Hana. Deb is awesome like that. Deb is my savior. Here is Keiko + Hana. Hana makes the most adorable scrunchy smiles!!!!
At this point, we hadn’t even started packing for Hawaii!!! We completely took over Tom + Deb’s entire garage floor + spread out. It was like blind people packing because we were so out of our minds. I had to keep Jeff in check to not pack so much. Especially to leave behind his Blundstones. Hello!!!! We’re going to the tropics!!! GAAAAHHH!!!!
SUNDAY 8/28/11 – VANCOUVER TO LIHUE
I passed out once hitting the bed. I was woken by bright lights at 3am, a good morning kiss + a, “you’ve got 15min to shower before the cab gets here.” EXCUUUUUSE ME!!!!!???? Nevertheless, I managed to pull myself together in that amount of time to get to YVR.
The customs agent asked Jeff, “So, where’s Magnum headed to today?” and Jeff replied, “Ironically enough, Hawaii.” How hilarious is that????!!!
Check out #10 on our customs forms!!!! Can you believe it!!!!???
Jeff + I right before touchdown to Lihue, Kaua’i
When we got off the plane, Jeff was still in film set mode. For those of you who don’t know what that means, it’s: walking fast, talking fast, demanding things to be done fast…you get the picture. I kept telling him, “Hey, mon. We on island time, mon. You need to chiiiiill, mon.” Man, was he uptight. Luckily, my sister Ashley arrived 10 min after us from a flight from Los Angeles. We got our rental car + where did we head to first???? The thrift stores of course!!!!
After visiting multiple Lihue thrift stores, we headed to Costco. Another shocker there. I see a pattern…..
After Costco we drove north towards the east coast to Wailua + Kapa’a.
Me looking a little gnarly at Opaeka’a Falls
View of Wailua River
Dinner at Mermaids Cafe on Kuhio Hwy. Famous for their Nori Ahi wraps. Ono!!! For you haoles that’s pidgin for good!!! The guy in the kitchen that looked like a Kelly Slater brah (10 time ASP World Champ) asked if we were locals. Jeff was so psyched. He loves street cred.
Kelly Slater, bruddah.
Jeff + I are staying in an amazing vacation rental in a residential area of Wailua which is a guest house with it’s own private entry. Their garden is extensive + our room is fully stocked up with a flat screen, dvds, kitchen supplies, etc. Our host Carol Yasutake has been on the island since the ’70s.
MONDAY 8/30/11 – LIHUE DAY 2
After my run + getting our wits together Jeff, Ashley + I headed out on our errands. First we stopped by the Kapa’a music shop.
Lunch at Papaya’s Natural Foods. Da bomb natural health food store with salad bar, juices, smoothies + some hot items. When the guy handed me Jeff’s fish taco, he said, “Have a blessed day.” Ok yeah, we’re in Kaua’i.
If you want cheap gifts, t-shirts + towels, don’t go to ABC store. Go to Waipouli Variety. Cheaper.
Super cute picture of Ashley. I’m so lucky my sister is here on the island early with us. She has been my secretary + research assistant. I think she is a little scared of Jeff + I because we are so neurotic + intense. She keeps saying to us, “Man, you guys have to relax!!!!”. Because she’s actually pretty neurotic herself. Not a good sign.
Ho’omana Thrift Store. Don’t judge!!! We like to thrift, ok?!
Unavoidably, we all walked into Wal Mart for the first time in our lives. What can I say, y’all!!!??? I needed to get some things for the wedding + there was nowhere else to go!!!!
Dinner was Duane’s Ono-Char Burger. It’s been around for 3 decades. You all know that burgers + onion rings are on the bride’s diet list, right?! Heck, yes!
After you pick up your order, drive south of Duane’s to eat at Anahola beach. Otherwise you’ll be eating at Duane’s sad picnic tables with tourists, surrounded by stalker chickens + roosters. Anahola beach is pretty local, but since Jeff was with two Japanese girls, we were cool.
After burger consuming, we headed to the North Shore to spy on our wedding rental home on Anini Beach!!!! It’s GORGEOUS!!!! I didn’t take a picture of the house because the current renters were hanging out on the porch + I didn’t want to be creepy. But here’s a tiny preview of the beach!!!! More to come!!!! Stay tuned!!! I miss everyone!!!