Monday, July 11, 2011

Clawing My Way Back Up

…from that horrible test. You know that stress dream (that I've actually never had) about waking up one morning and having a huge final exam for a class that you never attended? Taking the JLPT N3 was like that, but without the dreaming and knowing that I should remember the crap on it because I'd just spent two months studying for it. Since that day I've been recovering, but culture fatigue and a hectic social agenda make it slow. Here's a quick update on the good parts of the last eight days in no particular order.

  • Lots of time with people I enjoy
  • Calling my family when I feel like it, just to play them the part of the Hallelujah Chorus that I figured out on the ukulele
  • Chatting with Hannah
  • Kim-Chi fed me soup.
  • Home party with Nanami, Teresa and Dara
  • Hanging out with Dara and Michie.

The rest is in picture and video form.
The mini watermelon plant in my container garden is bearing a fruit.
This isn't me, but my brother is pretty dang good at the piano, na?
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I made up a new salad that is perfect for summer. There's crab in it.

I made a lightbox from a cardboard box and leftover craft paper. 

It isn't perfect, and neither are my photography skills (especially since dropping my camera in a koi pond), but allows me to get the job done. It's for helping my to take pictures of jewelry for my Etsy shop.

Like this necklace

And this necklace

And these earrings
Plus there has been a lot of this:

You can't see it, but I'm not wearing any pants.
Moral: God is dang good to me.


  1. You saved the best picture for last. Thanks for the video shout-out!

  2. I love that I made your list! Also, is the second necklace the one you were working on when we talked? I like it. Very kicky piece, Barron!

  3. Will you make me that salad? Also, good job on the lightbox. Makes the jewelry look rulll purrty. Also, please learn the chorus to either "You Are So Beautiful to Me" or "When A Man Loves A Woman" so you can serenade me properly next time.