So Jones is in bed and I should be studying, there were a number of things on my to-do list, but I gave the DLB another new look to add to this season of rejuvenation.  I was thinking today that perhaps I should dress my blog seasonally — light colors for spring and summer, darker […]

Aesthetics are everything

Yesterday, Mandy and I took Jones to a neighborhood cafe` called “Snuggery,” which Bryan reminded me is probably supposed to be something akin to the English word “snuggly.”  Anyway, the cafe` is cool — orange leather couches and these blue-tiled coffee tables for sitting arrangements, coffee-made-by-the-cup with french or medium-roasted grounds, and a variety of […]


I’ve temporarily occupied Jones with tupperware, a cup, and a spoon right now so I can write this post. I’m drinking a Toddy latte, from the first Toddy we’ve brewed since our arrival in Japan.  Iced Toddy will make a nice treat in the hot, hot, HOT Shizuoka summer.  Brook over at “So I was […]


It’s been raining all day, and it finally stopped, so I’m letting Jones play in our extremely muddy, messy yard while I watch from the window. I usually do not have the patience to let him roam free outside, due to the fact that he could get into who-knows-what, eat who-knows-what, and bring who-knows-what back […]


Yesterday was a rough day, if you can’t tell by the previous post.  Today is much better.  I have bread, I have coffee, I have rain, and I have a nap-time all alone in the house.  Mmmm.. The start was a little shaky, however, with Jones, et al, taking a trip to the doctor due […]

Christmas tree gazing

I’m officially two-minutes too late for this picture posting, but I have a good excuse, as our internet has been down all afternoon.  I tried to take a pic of how we spent the interim hours (“No internet?!”) — drinking coffee, sorting through baby clothes, and watching “True Lies,” staring Arnold, a.k.a. “The Governator” — […]