Megu Luvs Vintage
If you’re my cat – you’ve got to love vintage. There’s no other choice. Read more
If you’re my cat – you’ve got to love vintage. There’s no other choice. Read more
It’s the worst feeling in the world when you’re non-speaking buddy is sick + you have no idea why. Read more
The drive to Alberta took the wind out of our sails. I don’t know how sitting on my tuchus while berating Jeff about his bad music (Daft Punk=baaaaad. Neil Young=goooood) as he drove is tiring, but it was. Read more
I’M SO SICK OF MOVING!!!! This weekend is the last push. After tomorrow, my goal is to clear everything out of my condo so that next weekend can be reserved for cleaning. Moving sucks!!! Read more
Jeff is coming to visit this weekend!!!!! He arrives tonight at 6:45 tonight + leaves Monday at 9pm. Very quick trip. The main goal was to paint + do last minute fix ups to the condo which we assumed would be rented by now. Still no takers. Kind of a bummer. But I’m still glad he’s coming to visit because I won’t see him again till the day of Christmas Eve. I just can’t wait to have our own home in Canada!!!!!! AAAAAARGH!!!! 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!!!
As the night progressed + my IPod played on, I managed to get a good amount of boxes packed up. There’s nothing like some Bruce Springsteen, Roxy Music + Selena to push things along.
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.
Today, I made Okinawan sweet mashed potatoes. Mash those bad boys, add some butter, maple syrup, (aka, Liquid of Canada) cardamom, salt + pepper. So pretty!!! They’re purple, y’all!!!
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!