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plum tree Apr. 26th, 2006 @ 01:59 am
She planted a plum tree
next to our home,
for her sweet pea, a plum tree
standing alone.

On a spring day your blooms
so sweet to me,
smelled of tortilla. Your blooms?
Left, with the tree.

So many memories
lost over time.
Forgotten missed memories,
lost, that were mine.

Memories adrift on
waves in the sea.
Was it even a plum you
planted for me?

Anthropologieeee Apr. 17th, 2006 @ 11:24 pm
yay!  lookie what I got for such a great price!   yay!


Apr. 17th, 2006 @ 03:52 pm
I haven't updated in a while. poop

Well, Tommy and I are going to try and get out to Texas or California to visit Sean before he gets sent off to Germany.  He will be over there for about 2 years so I am a but bummed.  However, maybe he will be able to come back for a week or two sometime and visit.  Anyway, we are planning to visit him in June, I think.

I have been so busy lately and haven't been doing as much sewing as I would like, but I have been doing some design sketches and reading about sewing and pattern drafting.  I joined a yahoo pattern design group and have been reading past entries this afternoon; it's going to be a good place to ask questions.  I have learned some really neat things surfing around sewing and pattern drafting blogs and websites.  

Tommy and I had a weird thing happen to us about a week ago.  We were walking around a town called Westfield.  We had just had lunch and were walking over to a coffee place we like, and had to cross the street at a pretty big, and busy, intersection.  We waited for our turn to go, and when it came we started out, but this green suv-type car made a left turn, tearing through the intersection, coming right toward us.  We stopped short and Tom gave the guy a "what the hell"-raised arm kind of gesture, and the guy in the car did it right back to us, mockingly, so Tommy gave him the finger.  Well, so the guy, just barely past the crosswalk, stopped his car in the middle of the street, jumped out and came at us yelling: "First of all, I ought to f****** kick your ass... something or other...".  He kept on cursing and stuff while quick-walking up to us and then he shoved Tommy on the chest, sending him flying backward a couple feet.  I was terrified.  This guy was really scary and freaking crazy.  Tom just yelled: "You're going to jail", and told him to stop and that kind of thing.  After the shove, and what looked like an attempt to hit Tommy or shove him again, the guy got back into his car and drove away.  I was really upset because we hadn't had a chance to get a license plate number when Tommy told me that he knew who he was! 
Apparently, this guy is Peter's old boss, Glenn Alexander, and thought that Tommy was Peter (they are twins, btw).  I had never met him before, but I had heard a lot about him.  Supposedly, he can be a really easy going, nice sort of guy most of the time, but then he can snap and just go crazy.  He almost went to prison for life for knifing a guy when he was in college.  And he got into gunfights when he was young.  He has a really bad marriage and a pretty messed up(because her parent's are) daughter.  And he was, and still is I imagine, terrible with managing his company.   He promised Peter a higher position in the company and a high salary, so Peter put all his time and energy into his work there; he even took a break from college to have more time for the company.  And in the end, Peter was making like 40,000 a year doing everything, basically managing the company, while Glenn made 100,000 a year, or more, to show up for a few hours a day and make really bad decisions.  Peter left the company after like 4-5 years of hard work and his friendship with Glenn ended, too.  So, one might wonder why Glenn would hate Peter so much.  Tommy thinks that all the guilt Glenn feels for screwing Peter over is getting to him, and recently he has blamed Peter for taking advantage of the company and making really bad decisions when he worked for him, basically what Glenn has done.  And the so that also better explains why he blew up at Tommy and me in Westfield.

Well, so we went to the police station right after it happened.  After the incident, I couldn't stop crying for about half an hour.  Tommy filed a police report that day, and the next day he filed an official complaint, bringing four charges against Glenn.  We think that Glenn has already been delivered his paperwork, and was probably surprised that that he assaulted Tommy and not Peter.  If Glenn pleads guilty we don't have to worry about any else, but if he pleads not guilty we have to go to court, and probably get a lawyer.   It's all pretty depressing.
:(   Sorry I took so long to write about it.

We have been watching amazing documentaries.   We rented 'Guns, Germs and Steel' recently, and we bought 'Heaven on Earth', which is about communism.  I love 'Heaven on Earth'; if you can find it to rent, you should.   Coincidentally, we bought an audio-book version of Animal Farm, which is incredible, and between Heaven on Earth and Animal Farm I was pretty overwhelmed and feeling a mixture or sadness, paranoia and claustrophobia off and on for a couple days. 

Well, that's about all I can think of right now.

Oh, we rented 'Memoirs of a Geisha', and I wasn't expecting much since it got such lukewarm reviews, but it was quite good.  I really enjoyed it.  It's worth renting, especially if you do so from netflix or a library.  Gong Li, the woman who played the mother of the Okiya(I know I am mis-spelling this), and Ziyi Zhang were all very good; and, as one might expect, everyone and everything was incredibly beautiful.


Apr. 8th, 2006 @ 07:35 pm
I have created a sewing journal that is pretty neat. hee hee. If anyone wants to check it out go here: http://atelierbeechan.livejournal.com/profile
The username for the journal is "atelierbeechan".

I hope you enjoy looking around there. I don't have much up yet, though.


Mar. 9th, 2006 @ 06:21 pm
:D aaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhh ::runs around in a circle::

I just got my second early birthday present from sweetie!  ahhh.. Totoro on dvd. yay!!

My first one was Howl's Moving Castle. I am so happy. :D

Mar. 5th, 2006 @ 04:19 pm
We went to Whole Foods last night.  It's such a great place; I wish it were a little closer to us.  We bought some wonderful, fresh-smelling strawberries, some yummy ice cream(broadway brownie), seitan(yay!), and we finally found the blackberry sage tea we've been looking for.  hee hee... today I am going to wash up my strawberries. mmmm
The only sad thing is that the only umeboshi they had were $12 a small box.  So, I will have to keep looking to find some that is less expensive, and comes in smaller quantities.

I really kinda hate myspace. It is such a silly place.  Most member's profiles are the equivalent of a person wearing a lot of makeup, or getting all dressed up to go clubbing or something.  Nobody writes in their blogs and I would bet a fair amount of them don't even know they have one.  oh well, lots of yuck there.

I feel like I am going to be old soon. I hope I don't let myself turn into one of those people who hate their birthdays. :)

Howl's Moving Castle comes out this month.  If you didn't get a chance to see it in theaters, I highly recommend you rent it when it becomes available.

Feb. 28th, 2006 @ 02:41 am
I made a bunch of pretty oniigiri and ate them all.  And while I ate them I thought of the scene in Spirited Away when Chihiro eats the rice balls that Haku brings for her and she starts to cry.  Everything had changed and she was overwhelmed with grief, but you just know that she is going to be okay, that she can handle things; you know she is strong enough.  I didn't have any pickled plums or salmon on hand, so they were plain, but it's okay because now I am so looking forward to oniigiri with pickled plums or salmon.

I finished reading my gifts from sweetie. :)
They were wonderful.

I read a bunch of e.e. cummings poetry. And so now I am full of dreamy thoughts.

I have an intense craving for orange chicken.  We might make a run to whole foods tomorrow and maybe I can find a veg substitute, or get some seitan.

Sweeet! Feb. 24th, 2006 @ 10:33 pm
I'm a protest babe!!


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aaaaahhhhhhhhh more cuteness!! Feb. 5th, 2006 @ 11:41 pm
it's too much! I found these tonight. oh my, it's too cute!
Aochan and Gohan are the best.

aahhh! the cuteness! Feb. 3rd, 2006 @ 05:42 pm
I found this in the "It wasn't all bad" section of our new issue of 'The Week':

Aochan, a 4-foot-long snake at Tokyo's Mutsugoro Okoku Zoo, was getting finicky about his food, refusing to eat his staple fare of frozen mice.  So zookeepers decided to give him a special treat, a live dwarf hamster.  But not only did Aochan refuse to eat the rodent, he made friends with it.  Since last October, the two have been sharing a cage and playing together nicely.  As a joke, zoo officials named the hamster "Gohan", the Japanese word for meal.  "I've never seen anything like it," said zookeeper Kazuya Yamamoto.  "Aochan seems to enjoy Gohan's company very much.  Gohan sometimes even climbs onto Aochan to take a nap on his back."

We watched 'March of the Penguins' last night.  Oh, it was so good!  I love penguins.

Feb. 1st, 2006 @ 03:34 pm
hee hee...
Last Saturday, for a surprise after teaching, Tom took me to a florist and helped me pick out flowers to make a bouquet for our room. We bought some white freesia, a couple roses, some pretty purple stuff, two different little branches of lovely green stuffs, and a few other neat things. I'm bad, I don't know flowers and plants very well. The bouquet is right by my desk and all the flowers are just so lovely. The roses are two different kinds of pink rose, and they smell gorgeous. The freesia are beautiful and they have the oddest scent, kind of like black pepper or something, but it's really neat.

I've been sick with a cold for the last few days. poo. I think one of my students gave it to me. I hope I am well enough to teach by next Saturday. :/

Last night Tom and I made stuffed mushrooms, and spicy sun-dried tomato sauce with pasta. The pasta, which I don't remember the name of, it's something like champanelle, looked kind of like little flowers. hee hee

Well, more tea and resting for me. Tom picked up a couple books for me to read when he was at the library yesterday: A Short History of Myth and Don't Know Much About Mythology. yay! Those should be good sick-time reads. And American Idol is on tonight, which will be fun; I can't wait until we get past the auditions and to the competition part.

Jan. 25th, 2006 @ 06:11 pm
Well, I've been rolling the Katamaris around today and munching on mini Brussel cookies.  I guess... not very productive, but very fun and crumbly to be sure.  

The unders I purchased from the GAP, online, arrived today.  And, overall, they are surprisingly comfy and nice.  I love getting things in the mail, not bills and coupons so much, though.

So far the true glory of the day has been an affirmation that emotionally and psychologically immature people can't hide it much or for very long.  And we have fun seeing it.  So, yay! and party poppers all around.  :)
It's as rewarding as an hour of American Idol.  And I really enjoy American Idol these days.

Anyway, I get miso soup soon and then it's some piano practice(...eh) and organizing stuff time, for me.  I might switch around the order in which I do those things. ...miso after less fun things things sounds better.

I hope everyone is having a very nice day.  :)

:( poopies Jan. 23rd, 2006 @ 04:11 pm
Ugh. I spent the whole afternoon posting a resposnse to someone, in another journal, who was challenging the logic, the morality, and the fairness of me taking Tom's last name when we get married. Again... Ugh.
It was important to make some things clear, it's just that I felt, with this post and with the original comment I made, that I had to write preemptively, which bugs me, and feels lame. I don't like it when people ignore the context and go for the soundbite. But granted, I do it myself at times, so it's forgivable.
I also just don't like it when people assume that because I am in a certain position, that they don't agree with and, arguably, don't understand, that I must have adopted all of these negative prejudices and motivations which they attach to it. Saying that if it is meaningful that I take Tommy's name it must be meaningful that he take mine, ignoring my original point that it is meaningful to him, in a way it can't be to me, because he is a man, and that this, and not sharing names, is what I find meaningful. I can't make something mean to me what it doesn't.
and I dont need to.

I need to go do some other things for a while.

Okay, on a brighter note, my cat Peeve is incredibly orange and fluffy right now, and the sky is all grey-ish white. I am going to pull out some fluffy socks and have hot chocolate soon, too... maybe, maybe some peppermint tea.

oh, I forgot to mention that we saw King Kong a few days ago. It's a very good movie, I really loved it. It's not the best movie I have ever seen or anything, but I think it is one of my favorites. I cried, uncontrollably, during the ending, and couldn't really stop for about 15-20 min. after it ended. It was so hard to watch the end. :(

I know it's a bit silly, I was just very touched by it.

Anyway, gonna go do some things now.


edit/add: I should say that I felt the person who responded to my original post, while not completely fair or generous in her assumptions and conclusions, seemed nice and was making, I believe, an attempt to converse and not to argue.

Jan. 23rd, 2006 @ 02:43 am
We went into NYC tonight to visit with Carol. I was kind of dreading it because the city always feels so overwhelming, dirty/gross and bizarre to me. So, I decided that it would be worth going in if we bought some mock(vegetarian) steamed pork dumplings from a little vegetarian place in Chinatown. Well, it ended up being a great choice for the dumplings, they were soo good(and I bought extras... wee!), but a bad one for making an 8:00 showing of 'Brokeback Mountain' because of heavy traffic.

We got into our seats(I hate sitting off-center) moments before the film started. Oh, it was so good. It was such a great movie, really romantic, and very sad. I had a difficult time watching Ennis being unfaithful to his wife, but more intensely, I think, because of my grandmother and what she went through in her life; I was thinking about her through a fair chunk of the movie.
I think the actors, especially Heath Ledger, were just wonderful.

I love how the movie allows us to see these disturbing and uncomfortable aspects of the main characters(in how they hurt other people and each other), and feel disgusted and angry with the them for these things, but is also able to be, at the same time, such a tender, romantic movie. I love that those feelings we have while watching the movie don't have to cancel each other out. We don't have to feel sympathy for Ennis and Jack, and they don't have to be "made worthy" to us in any way, for them to be tender, vulnerable lovers, and worthy of their feelings or their ability to be in love, in our eyes.

Then we went to eat dinner at Zen Palate. yumm... And then it was back to Carol's, with starbucks coffee, to chat for awhile.
It was a good time, no bad NYC moments.

Well, bed time for me.

Katamari. do your best. na na na na na na na na Jan. 22nd, 2006 @ 12:28 am

Work went fine today. It felt like such a long day though. I kept drinking my coffee, but I still felt so sleepy about halfway through my day. It's just kinda boring sometimes; and I am in that microscopic room the whole time with little fresh air, and that's not good thing.

Tommy bought me 'We Love Katamari' yesterday. woohoo! It's a present. I get to roll underwater, in a fantasy land full of flowers, and a gingerbread house for Hansel and Gretel. hee hee! It's so much fun. I love these games so much. I wish I could share the wonderful quirkiness with all of you.

Tom and I made an awesome vegetable chili the other day. It was my very first time making homemade chili. It would be better described as a vegetarian chili I guess, because there really aren't a lot of vegetables in it. We added 1, just 1(!!!) pablano pepper, and it turned out pretty spicy. huh. But with some cheddar cheese (I tried some feta too, which was good) and a slice of sourdough bread, it's really yummy. I think it would be even better with a little dab of sour cream, but I don't have any right now. I try not to eat much of that stuff.

You know what is kind of interesting, maybe a little bit weird? I'm writing all of this stuff not in the way I would write it if this really were a journal just for me. I might be writing some of the same things I would in a journal, but I am not addressing them to myself, or even the journal, but to all of you.

boop boop boop. I am pooped out. It's late, and I am a little hungry. Since bedtime is a ways away, maybe I will have a miso soup bowl. I love miso soup. mmmmm

I love sushi.
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