the year of the monkey – 新年快樂

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chinatown in london is already an exciting place to visit. if i am in the mood to meander, it takes little to no persuasion to set my course for leicester square station. climbing the steps to street level, i put … Continue reading

a surprising sunburn

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did you know that aloe vera plants can get sunburnt? isn’t it incredible that a plant that cures sunburn can be sunburned itself? anyway, just two days ago, my aloe plant was looking more like this guy… after being moved, she … Continue reading

a mouse and his meal

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i found a tiny, fluffy feather on the ground while at work today. a coworker told me she has seen quite a few recently which doesn’t make much sense because we work on the basement level of a busy shopping … Continue reading

feeding time – a tarantula and her prey

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as i prepare to go mushroom-hunting on this cool, dewy day, i thought it might be nice to capture an event that is all-too-common for me and perhaps rare for many, many others: feeding time. i have had a chilean … Continue reading

the little cicada

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little cicada.

i found him earlier today.
he must have become caught between the screen and
glass panes of the kitchen window, and died on the sill.
when i was young, i spent hours collecting the delicate brown shells of resident cicadas, discarded ever so carefully on the conifer trees in my backyard. this was the beginning of a fascination, an obsession, even with the bits and pieces that creatures harmlessly leave behind. exoskeletons. feathers. antlers. scales. and finally, bones. i see them not as garbage, but as gifts, for what hope do we have if we can’t see beauty in the smallest parts of our world?

little cicada.
this entire post is entirely for you.

matthias, my first love. remembering redwall.

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“Brian Jacques, author of Redwall (1987) and some 20 sequels, died at the age of 71 on Sat., Feb. 5, 2011. His books have sold in the tens of millions and have touched adventure-loving kids all over the world. His … Continue reading

road full of promise and an owl

after eating myself silly in hampstead, i’m taking a moment to soak in some delicious rays. i guess everything is delicious right now, with that meal sitting comfortably in my belly – the tastes of it are still on my … Continue reading

just go with it

this past sunday and monday was the notting hill carnival. it was raunchy, loud, a tiny bit filthy and absolutely amazing. the carnival is a celebration of caribbean culture, food, and music. standard.co.uk i spent the first three-ish hours totally alone. … Continue reading

videos of the month – august

london streets in 1927

these videos are some of my recent favorites, i hope you enjoy them as much as i do! ship my pants. ikea – time for a change. porn sex vs. real sex : the differences explained with food. the camp … Continue reading

before & after {the photo}

before

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& after

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i am super sick right now. i really felt it coming about two days ago so while yesterday should have been a day of preventative rest, it was not. my dad is in town and we met up at canary wharf {after getting my highlights} then hopped the dlr [docklands light railway] to greenwich and wandered around the market. it was bubbly and delicious like always but i could tell as the day wore on, that i was in for a terrible time. now i am weak, coughing, and have the worst headache. there are enough dirty tissues all over my room to stuff a dead elephant and i’m finding it hard to even breathe.
despite all of this, today is car boot sale day and i still want to go treasure hunting. luckily, anna wants to go as well despite not having slept yet {ready for a crazy statement? her and my father went to fabric last night} – i would have been there if not for my already pounding headache. i certainly didn’t need any more bass coming from the floors. even though the music isn’t exactly “their thing” {or mine for that matter} they still managed to meet a lot of people from all around the world, and have a great time.
i couldn’t handle that last night but i can definitely handle some fresh air and a trip to the boot sale. maybe i’ll even find the energy to post pictures of what i find. maybe