Check-In: September 29

What I’m working on: I haven’t got much going on this week. I’ve been working on a pretty big custom order, so that’s nice… but not exciting. I did make a new banner image for my shop and I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.

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Yay! I need to start working on more note cards and invitations next.

What I’m reading: I got Where’d You Go, Bernadette from the library… but I haven’t even opened it. I’ve gotten so bad at reading lately. I’m the wooooorst.

What I’m watching: Here’s a problem I rarely have — I’ve got too much to watch. Season 6 of Portlandia is out on Netflix, and I’ve almost finished it. I’ve got 150 more episodes of The Chris Gethard Show to catch up on. RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars season 2 is happening right now and it’s everything. I’ve also for some reason decided it’s high time I watched Twin Peaks.

And now Lyn has me hooked on Eat Your Sushi (formerly Eat Your Kimchi). It’s a YouTube channel presented by Simon and Martina, a Canadian  couple who moved to Japan this year after several years in Korea. I have to admit, I was a little bit put off at first because the initial impression is that they’re a little overly otaku-y. But, they really grew on me and I kind of feel bad for the knee-jerk reaction. (Especially considering what a weeb I used to be.) And I’m kind of supremely jealous that they’re living in Japan and being internet stars.

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Sometimes they find a lady walking a rabbit on the street in Tokyo and react very much like I would (i.e. freaking the eff out).

What really hooked me though is the look into their every day life in Japan. I love travel shows and I love food shows and I love Anthony Bourdain waxing poetic about global issues while eating pho. But what I find endlessly fascinating is how normal people live in other countries. Beyond the famous sights and cultural treasures… I want to know what houses and schools and grocery stores look like in the rest of the world. Watching a video blog by a couple of ex-pats is good for that. They’re figuring out how to live in a new country, not just visit it. Anyway, if you’re at all interested in every day life in Japan (or what to see all the crazy snacks they find over there), I recommend it.

Where I’m going: I’ll be MIA next week, because the husband person and I are going to Chattanooga, Tennessee at the end of next week. Hopefully we’ll get to experience a little bit of real life fall. Something we don’t get much of here in the subtropical Deep South. I’ll be back the week after with pictures!

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Check-In: September 1

What I’m working on: I actually took this week off from the day job. We didn’t go anywhere because the husband person is still working. But, I had the vacation time and needed a break. Breaks are good for your brain. I’ve deep cleaned the house, got a lot of Konmari-ing done (more on that later) and finished a bunch of random household projects.

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I upgraded to a bigger sewing box — thanks to a hand-me-down from my mom (and some help from my lovely assistant). That little white box was basically just filled with loose needles. And I don’t even do much sewing beyond mending clothes and hemming my pants.

I don’t go back to work until Tuesday, so I’ve got a little more time to work on some stuff for the shop, do some craftiness and maybe just soak my feet and relax a little bit.

What I’m watching: I’m actually watching — at this very moment — The Chris Gethard Show. My brother-in-law got me watching. It’s loosely controlled chaos and so many good comedy people are on it.

What I’m reading: I’m just about done with How to Build a Girl. It’s pretty good. I really identify with a teenage girl trying to reinvent herself into someone cooler and smarter and much more interesting. (I imagine everyone who’s ever been a teenage girl can identify with that.)