November-December 2014 Adventures Part Two

Theme of this post:  Ups and Downs November 11th we got home from our trip to Kyoto and November 12th we were heading to the airport for a flight back to the states for a wedding in the husband's home town. Visiting his home town is always interesting.  It's a small town and we are … Continue reading November-December 2014 Adventures Part Two

Obfuscation

A new word came flying at me today from The Nudge Wink Report. Obfuscation Obfuswhat?  Obfuscation is a form of Obfuscate: From Webster.com [ob-fuh-skeyt, ob-fuhs-keyt]   verb (used with object), obfuscated, obfuscating. 1.  to confuse, bewilder, or stupefy. 2.  to make obscure or unclear:  to obfuscate a problem with extraneous information. 3.  to darken. noun … Continue reading Obfuscation

Vacation Japan Style – Part Ni

This is the second part of the Vacation Japan Style posts, please click here for the first part if you missed it.  After Tokyo we hopped on the train to Kamakura where we visited the Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine where my friend washed her hands and mouth before entering.  It's an interesting custom.  This site explains … Continue reading Vacation Japan Style – Part Ni

The Art of Silence

Recently, a very good friend made the trip to Japan to visit us. These are her thoughts on the trip. It was a magical 9 days for me and delightful for the husband. She is welcome in our home anytime.

acollectionofshinythings

I was recently in Japan, visiting a good friend while nurturing and growing a better understanding and relationship with her when I realized that she had given me so much more than simply a place to lay my head while I was visiting.  Diana opened not only her home to me, she opened her heart, she bared her soul, and she lived with me.  Not just lived in the sense that we occupied the same space at the same time; more like she LIVED with me, experiencing things  parallel to me, noticing things that I had not noticed and pointing them out, sharing her very different and unique perspectives, and living simultaneously yet very differently.  This is the sort of sharing with another human being that I have not done in quite a long time, and I did it very deliberately while relishing each and every moment, remembering to be thankful for…

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Legendary Actors-Epic Characters

No matter the movie I always see Michael Keaton as Batman...well since he did the role that is. Val Kilmer is Doc Holiday. Gary Oldman is Dracula. Sally Field is Frog from Smokey and the Bandit. Harrison ford is Indiana Jones. Robin Williams is the wacky Professor of Dead Poets Society. I know there are … Continue reading Legendary Actors-Epic Characters

I Scoffed at My Cold

Perhaps against my better judgement the husband and I went out yesterday.  It was a bit cold walking to the train station but I had a jacket and a very nice scarf wrapped around my neck keeping me warm.The scarf was a gift to myself...kinda.  Thanks to Jasmine at Flux and Flow I was introduced … Continue reading I Scoffed at My Cold

Tokyo Weekend

A couple of months ago the husband and I decided to spend the four day Thanksgiving weekend in Tokyo exploring so we booked a semi-fancy Japanese hotel that seemed to be in a good proximity to many things and started narrowing down what we wanted to pack in to our weekend.    A week before the … Continue reading Tokyo Weekend

A New Love/Hate Relationship

There's a trend here in Japan and I don't know if it's going on anywhere else, I'll assume so at the risk for making an ass of myself.  It's girls and adult women attaching a certain doll, icon, thingy to their bags.  I've been slowly and methodically looking for the right fit for me and … Continue reading A New Love/Hate Relationship