Friday, May 23, 2008


I didn't want to post without a picture, so here's a 9 foot mirror ball at my work.

I sure took my sweet time to fill this out, but here it is. Anna sent it to me a while back and I've finally got around to doing it (sorry!). I feel a little self conscious tagging anyone, but I guess that's how it works. If you don't want to fill it out, that's ok too...

4 jobs I've had:
Cashier - Cody's Books
Japanese Language Tutor
Game Advisor - EB Games
Office Manager - Impact Lighting

4 favorite movies:
Star Wars
Empire Strikes Back
Return of the Jedi

4 places I've been:

4 places I've lived:
Berkeley, California
Tochigi, Japan
Hangzhou, China
London, England

4 favorite tv shows:
(This is an "at the moment" kind of list for me)
The Office
Home Movies
30 Rock

4 favorite radio programs:
1Up Yours
This American Life
Radio Lab
Japan Talk

4 favorite foods:
Things with pastry cream in them (like these)

4 places I'd rather be:
Japan (duh)
Puerto Rico
At home

Food Counts
Girl on the Rocks

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Pretz Vs Stix

Has anyone else seen these new Pringles Stix? Having been a longtime fan of Glico Pretz, I was a bit surprised to see some so-called "Stix" at the grocery store the other day. I wonder if Pringles paid for the rights to market Pretz in the states, or if they just stole the idea, packaging, and appearance of the snacks. They come in the same little individual bags inside the box. I hope Pringles has some kind of overseas marketing deal with Glico. If so, they could probably get access to around 7 billion Pretz flavors to sell in the US. I'm serious. The ones I'm holding above are Meets Wine, kind of a roasted cheese flavor, and Melon Bread, a tasty sweet cookie-ish one from their new "Bakery" line. Yum!

In other news, I'm planning a trip to Japan in July! I arrive in Tokyo on Sunday, July 6th and I'll be there until the 13th. I bought a moleskine and I've been putting together my own travel book by copying down directions, printing out maps, and looking up the operating hours of store I want to visit. Expect craft debauchery when I get back. I'll only be in Tokyo two days and then I'll head up to Tochigi to stay with my host family for the remainder of the trip. I can't wait! I have a pretty comprehensive list, but let me know of any Tokyo Craft Shopping suggestions you might have.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Passport Cover

I made this passport cover for my mom's birthday.

I think I got the fabric from Superbuzzy and you can find the tutorial for the cover here. So simple! I need to make one for myself ASAP. Reasons why in the next post.

UPDATE: Wow! Thanks to Karrie for letting me know!

Puerto Rico Trip

I've been back from Puerto Rico for a while and have got lazy about posting. I didn't want to let myself post about anything until I got the PR post out of the way, for purposes of documentation. The only things is, our visit was so frenzied that I wasn't able to take many pictures. And the time that we were relaxing, we were at the beach (sans camera). So I'm going to whizz through what I have and get it over with!

Beans came with us and was fairly well-behaved on the plane ride back home (we will not speak of the plane ride to PR). It seems like air travel has put car-anxiety into perspective for her.

We went to Guavate to get real Puerto Rican food, which involves a lot of rotisserie pigs.

A trip to Puerto Rico would not be complete for me without a trip to Gaby Mini Donas outside the Humacao Walmart. They are tiny donuts that they fry right in front of you.

Omar got a giant egg, ham, and cheese sandwich for three dollars that he did not stop talking about for two weeks.

When we got home we made BBQ'd oysters, salad, and grilled baby zucchini for dinner. We also got these gigantic oysters from Berkeley Bowl that were bigger than my hand!

As you can see, when we weren't swimming we were mostly preoccupied with food.

The END! Now, to post new things!