Thursday, March 31, 2011

Sage Vaughn

WOOWWWWW! By Sage Vaughn on manila envelopes.
See the rest here.
I have picked my favorites. Bahah! K, not funny, but here they are.
Where did God go wrong...
by NOT PUTTING an artistic bone in my body.

I'm The President Of The United States


Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Happy Is A Yellowbrite Smile

Heyah, listen to the rumbling sound of a brain moving in reverse.

"Heyah, everything's cool my friends,
Why don't you carry on like nothing is happening.
Why don't you, heyah, carry on sleepwalking.
Heyah, carry on sleeptalking."

Thursday, March 24, 2011

And It's All Good, And It's All Free

And it's all you, and it's only me
Photos from Stop It Right Now. Vandaful, vahntastic. I am getting CLOSER AND CLOSER to dying my hair...that ombre style/way/situation. SO CLOSE. The more I think about it, the closer I am to making a sudden YESDOITNOWSNAPDECISION and just running to Rudy's no matter what the traffic/my money situation is and getting it done. This should not be how I make decisions.

Monday, March 21, 2011


Aranyakas, Upanishads, Brahman, mantra, karma-marga, samsara, puja, jnana-marga, dhyana-marga, Ashrama, dharma, artha, kama, moksa, atman, tat tvam asi...

This didn't seem weird before, but I just took a good look at the board in one of my classes and realized that it seems like I'm in a Sanskrit class. I wonder if I'll come out of this class speaking Sanskrit. How wonderfully unexpected would that be?!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Friday, March 18, 2011

It Takes A Muscle

  M.I.A - It Takes A Muscle by diplomaddecent

Just remember that for all you know, good or bad come what may,
You're gonna live tomorrow, if you don't die today.

Someone come lay my worry, someone come kill my pain.
Someone come and put me on my feet again.

Someone come and pick up my love, take it all away.
Cause I could break down tomorrow, if I don't die today.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

It's Not That Bad?

So sad... :(

I just overheard an older man come in to this Starbucks and start talking to the barista about how he has a friend in Tokyo and how "it's amazing to hear what he (the Japanese friend) has to say and then compare it to what the media here is saying. Apparently, it's not that bad. They're getting rolling blackouts and such, but other than that it's life as usual in Japan. The American media is really blowing it out of proportion."

The tsunami did not hit Tokyo. The tsunami hit up in Northeastern (Touhoku) Japan and destroyed whole towns in the Miyagi Prefecture, especially Sendai where many thousands of people have died. Although Tokyo did feel a major earthquake, the brunt of it was felt by Sendai. I know that a majority of people understand this, but I just wish that the minority would figure these things out before they make broad statements about what's going on in Japan, because it's sad to imagine that people are not fully grasping what's happening there.

Hopefully, this helps.
So we can get some perspective, here's a map...
1) The largest red circle is Miyagi Prefecture, where Sendai is.
2) The smaller circle below that is Fukushima, where the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is failing.
3) Below that is another smaller circle- that circle alone in the center of the map- and that is Tokyo, the capital.
4) For the record, that small dot in the very South is Fukuoka, where I was and where almost all my friends are. Thankfully, they are all safe.


I can't believe what is happening in Japan right now. Earthquakes, a tsunami, fires, tens of thousands of deaths, bodies washing up on shore, two damaged nuclear power plants, snow starting to fall over rescue missions, and it goes on and on.

On Friday morning, the death toll was at 300, and I kept saying to myself, "Well thank goodness Japan has invested so much in structurally-fit buildings." What if they hadn't? The earthquake would have destroyed all the buildings and more would have died.

But then Saturday and Sunday and Monday came- The new numbers kept rolling in and the tsunami had wiped out whole cities. Whole cities and everyone in them are missing. The pictures and videos are devastating. Worse than the aerial shots from helicopters are the videos taken from the ground by some of the lucky Japanese who survived.

I feel helpless when the radio blares out information about updated death tolls and those affected by radiation. Praying won't do anything. It seems that all there is to do is donate money. But it's more than money...I'm sure most of us want to actually be in Sendai and Minamisanriku and do everything we can. I've tried looking up volunteer opportunities in LA and have found some and signed up, but even then I can only keep wondering why this happened.

I'm so happy that no one I know has been affected, but I can't stop thinking about how unfair this is. On the other hand, though, I'm so proud of how the Japanese are reacting. Everyone is still polite, there are no riots, no looting, everyone still waits in lines for buses in Tokyo, the stranded in Sendai take only what is theirs.

Everyone in Japan is so hopeful and resilient and I know they will rise above this.

Monday, March 14, 2011

For Japan

But we're young,
Open flowers in the windy fields of this war-torn world.
Painting by Kent Williams

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Tuesday, March 8, 2011


My stars! Look what the Ohlenkamp's have done. Shfantastic!
How to achieve a bookcase that does this on its own...?

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Embraceable You

Some Coffee, Some Sunshine, & A Whole Lotta Time

With the changes Spring Semester has brought, though, there's a little more coffee and a little less time. Still plenty of sunshine :)

Annddd I love the classes I'm taking this semester!
Finally decided on a major in Communication. I don't know how I'm going to specialize yet, but just  finding something I'm really interested in is such a relief and makes taking classes a lot more INTERESTING. I actually want to go to my classes! Who knew school could be like this? :)

Too bad the coffee doesn't help all that much with the morning classes I decided to take Monday - Friday. Plus my morning Japanese class on Saturday. MISSTTAAAKKEEEEE! ♪♪

Tuesday, March 1, 2011


Images from Anthropologie's March catalog!
What? Not promoting or anything...
But, REALLY, I love this month's. TIP OF THE HAT to the visual geniuses at Anthro.