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What’s Playing: Good Morning Call

Viewed: 2018. 07/15-07/23 Netflix episode list and trailer available here. This post is in no way sponsored or endorsed by Netflix. About a year after watching Diamond Lover, I accidentally stumbled onto Good Morning Call, the story of two high school students, forced by circumstance to live together, with just one catch, nobody can ever find out. Nao Yoshikawa (Haruka Fukuhara) and Hisashi Uehara (Shunya Shirashi) are students at the same high school, but where Nao is a lowly freshman, Uehara is the most popular boy at school. After they are conned into renting the same apartment, Nao and Uehara begin to live together, but the animosity between them makes it extremely rocky ground for love to bloom. Uehara is bossy and picks on Nao, when he isn’t ignoring her entirely, and eats her food. Nao watches with interest as all of the girls chase Uehara, and gets somewhat of a thrill knowing that she sees a side of him that nobody else does, leaving her to wonder, what makes him so special? As Nao …

What’s Playing: Diamond Lover

Viewed: 2017. 07/11-07/16 Netflix episode list available here. This post is in no way sponsored or endorsed by Netflix. There was about an eighteen-month-gap between my first venture into Asian dramas, Atelier, and my second, Diamond Lover. This is not to say I didn’t find anything binge-worthy on Netflix, only that Atelier didn’t initially whet my appetite for more Chinese dramas. Instead, I went back to my old standbys, a mix of science-fiction, fantasy, historical romances and cooking competition shows, until somehow, luckily, I stumbled onto Diamond Lover, and found a worthy follow-up. Diamond Lover begins with the comedic premise of an obese girl, Mi Duo (Tiffany Tang) who has a crush on Xiao Liang (Rain), the CEO of a diamond company. After a freak accident results in making her thin and beautiful, she adopts a new identity and goes to work for her crush. Xiao fails to recognize that the new beauty working at his company was once the shy, large girl he ignored. With a faithful friend in the wings who loves her …

Elusive Beauty

Taken yesterday with my iPhone. The blue morpho butterflies are currently hatching and mating. There were thousands of them. Quite a marvelous sight. I’m told by repeat visitors that nighttime is actually the best time to capture still shots as they are less active. I was pleased with this photo however.

What’s Playing: Atelier

Viewed: 2016. 01/24-02/09 Netflix episode list and trailer available here.* This post is in no way sponsored or endorsed by Netflix. Atelier was my introduction to the world of Asian dramas available on YouTube. And there are so, so, many to choose from. Atelier, which is also branded as Underwear in some regions, is the story of Tokita Mayuko** (Mirei Kiritani), a young woman starting out in the couture lingerie fashion industry, and what sets her apart from other startup designers, is her obsession with fabrics. She’s a total nerd, seriously. It kind of makes her adorable. Emotion, the company she goes to work for, is renowned for its excellence in lingerie, but its owner, President Nanjo Mayumi (Mao Daichi) is both a demanding employer and harbors ambitions and secrets far beyond the experience of little Mayuko, who must learn, in this coming-of-age Netflix Original miniseries, how to grow into the artist she longs to become, and navigate the treacherous world of the fashion industry. This is the first extended TV series that I can …

Life List Revised 2.0

A number of years ago, I published a “Life List” featuring a to-do list of personal aspirations I’ve had for over the decades and would still like to accomplish. Over the countless iterations of my website, this page was buried, lost, forgotten, and recently, resurfaced. I’ve resurrected the original list in an archived post (backdated to when the page was originally published in 2015), which, you are welcome to read the full list here. Thinking over Chris Guillebeau’s idea of an annual review, I thought maybe it would be fun to bring my life list back and make some tentative goals for 2019 of experiences I’d like to have to still try and achieve. I think some of the more doable ones for 2019 might include… Spring 2019: #41. I’ll be attending a writing conference as a literary agent assistant and hearing pitches from writers. The conference is paying me an honorarium for my time too, so multiple reasons to be stoked for this event, where hopefully it’ll mark my first real payment for work …

Suspended Starlight

I went looking for the Ursid meteor shower in the past few days and found these instead. Taken on December 20, 2018 on an overcast evening. I love how the evergreens in the lower righthand corner almost look like they’re right out of a painting. Part of the ongoing Garden Glow holiday lights exhibit at Missouri Botanical Gardens.

2018 Newsletter #5

Here’s seven updates as to what’s been going on in my life over the past week. Estimated reading time: < 7 minutes. I’ve been… Watching: Million Dollar Menu, a show on Netflix about investing in the restaurant business. It has more of a discussion on the financials than Kitchen Nightmares, a bit like if that show had a crossover with Shark Tank. Not much time for TV this week but what I’ve seen of the show so far, I like. Reading: I’m working my way this month through several entries from a literary agent I’m working with. While I can’t give specifics, I am really enjoying the process and drawing on my background as a writer and as a book reviewer to help me try to make educated, helpful critiques. Eating: Vegetarian! Trying out new things on the menu this week, including a really good creamy spinach soup with roasted carrots, onions, bowtie pasta, and of course, spinach. And on my “must-try-at-home” list, a grilled cheese from one of my favorite local restaurants (whole wheat …

2018 Newsletter #4

Here’s seven updates as to what’s been going on in my life over the past week. Estimated reading time: < 7 minutes. I’ve been… Watching: Agatha Christie’s Crooked House. Wow. My husband predicted the killer in the first 15 minutes maybe? I was still guessing right up until the very end. I guess that means I need to brush up my perception skills. This has made me really want to sit down and actually read her mysteries when I’ve got the time. One of these days… Listening to: Lauren Daigle again (what can I say? I get into moods…) If you know of any Christian artists similar to her, hook a girl up please! Eating: homemade candies, a surprise from my mum on a recent visit, and scotchies. I love a great oatmeal-butterscotch cookie. Visiting: the family farm. It’s mid-August and the grasses are dry from drought but there’s nothing like watching hummingbirds feed, or a groundhog rooting about in the brush, or a young fawn, ears alert, crossing a road. InstaBrowsing: Catholic posts. Especially …