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

happy pancake day

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i must admit, living in europe has definitely made life a bit more unpredictable and exciting. i got lucky a few weeks ago when i was asked by a close friend to partake in burns night festivities. burns night is … Continue reading

ruta

i’ve got this friend who inspires me. from my own personal experience, the establishment and development of friendships is not easily accomplished in a city like london. the bridge between ‘let’s go dancing sometime this month’ casual acquaintance and let’s … 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

there and back again – again

it’s past midnight in london. i have returned from a two-week long pilgrimage to my hometown in indiana.  despite the sounds of sleep all around me, not a bit of me is ready for bed. i’m not sure if i … Continue reading

pigeon toes and chummy squirrels

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today was for wandering. i checked the weather forecast before leaving my london flat, decided against an umbrella, and set out with my laptop, a pocketful of mixed nuts, plastic baggies, and my keepcup in tow. alas, today was also … Continue reading

i am in love with a girl named hilda

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this is my 80th post. i’m not sure why that is worth noting, but i am very excited to reach 100. like i have said many times before, i give up projects very easily, and it has been a big … Continue reading

smallholdings – my feathered future

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when searching the term “smallholding” on the internet, you come across these types of images:    basically, smallholding is homesteading is sustained living is getting back to the basics and feeding your family with the {pun intended} fruits of your … 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