I have had kind of a tough time lately. I lost my bike and had to quit my job due to health problems but I realize that I have so much to be thankful for that there is no reason to dwell on that. The last few days have been fun and friends nearby and online have reached out to cheer me up and wish me well. I am happy because I feel loved and hopeful for the future.
Yesterday Neko and Jason and I went to the laundromat together and played Mario Party on the DS. It must have been cute because we were all squished together on one bench giggling and cheering at our hand held gaming toys. Afterwards we adventured through Berkeley by car and saw some really neat areas. We stopped for lunch at a taqueria in the Epicurious Garden and ate outside in the sun. Next I took them to the Rose Garden and Codornices park. It is located on the hill and the view from up there is great for looking out over the Bay. We took so many photos and walked around the area. Later I spent lots of quality time with maiki and he shared Beard Papa eclairs that he had brought from the city. They are so delicious!
Today has already been wonderful for me. I slept great. Woke up and went for a walk down to 4th street. I bought some compfy green pajama pants on sale from Anthropologie (so I can stop borrowing from my roommate!) and found an amazing collection of design books at the Builders Booksource. I didn’t buy any books today but sat down in a chair to study a stack of them. They were all so inspiring, especially the Japaneses produced ones about icons and signage. They are beautiful to me! I picked up some fresh vegetables from the Pasta Shop and came back to C9th to make lunch for maiki and I. We had tofutti covered everything bagels with lox, tomatoes and red onion. Now I am enjoying a nice cup of earl gray lavender tea. Lunch was better than anything I could get in a restaurant—seriously I never know why I waste my money eating out with such a restricted diet. I have some paperwork to deal with today but I know that I can relax because I have done lots of cleaning and organizing as of late and can now enjoy the fruits of my labor. Yahoo!
So we did it. Well I didn’t do much, but the web comic site is up and running. onemorerobot.com!!!
I am famous now. Yahoo! Kimi does the artwork and maiki and Justin have handled the technical side. Jason provides the sarcasm and me I just exist and they write down what I say. My part is pretty easy really. The neat part about it is that the web comic is very true to life. Living here at Cloud Ninth is just that awesome.
We are all really excited because the site is getting a huge amount of visitors. We were blown away by the numbers. Also we have lots of ways to share the comic through social networking links on the page. Isn’t technology magical?!
Here are all of the comics!
Tim took the train and got here this afternoon. We played a quick game of Quiddler and I totally won. Yahoo. _
When Kimi, Justin and Jason returned from their outings it brought our Cloud Ninth numbers to six people—which is awesome. I love when so many friends have the opportunity to come together. We ate some croquets and then trooped over to the re-opening party for our neighborhood library. We were really hoping for cupcakes, but they did not deliver. I will have to make some this weekend. We have loose plans for the days ahead and have talked about going to Japantown again, but whatever we do I am sure that it will be fun.
I have taken the Bart to San Francisco everyday this week going to classes + labs, registering for the Spring semester of school, adventuring with maiki, and going to my first Creative Commons salon. It has been a week of long, fun-filled days and lots of walking. I am realizing more and more that this is exactly where I want to be in my life and appreciating every moment of it. When not in school and adventuring I have been watching Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex. We had to go out and buy disc seven to finish the series but were able to jump right into disc one of GITS: SAC Second Gig after that. It is just an amazing anime series to watch—especially on the projector. I am also still eager to catch up to the Bleach series and am not too far away from watching it in real time. My friends tell me that right now I am lucky in a way because I don’t have to wait for them. I am sure that this is true and when the time comes I’ll be agonizing along with them to have to wait a week to see what happens next. It’s interesting, american television never got me like anime does. I get so excited to watch my favorite anime and I have not watched television for like twelve years. Weird. I am really enjoying the rain that has begun to fall. Even more fortunate is that I have been snuggled in bed the times that it has been the wettest outside. Listening to the rain and cryosleep together is the best recipe for beautiful deep sleep.
Tim visited us in Berkeley at Cloud Ninth this weekend. It was so awesome! I love when people visit because so many fun things happen.
Friday we took a cogmotive field trip to Japantown. It was quite an adventure and required so much walking that I didn’t feel at all the guilty indulging in decadent eclairs and cream puffs for dessert. We did some shopping and stocked up on stickers, notebooks, and other cute finds at the Kinokuniya stationary store. Also at the grocery store I picked up some melon pan and strawberry pocky.
Saturday night we played Magic: The Gathering. Tim and Jason to decided to buy liquor colored red, blue, green, white, and black to correspond with the different colored cards so that when you were attacked you would lose life and have to take a shot. Luckily they didn’t pick up anything too gross. Out of everyone at Cloud Ninth I have the least knowledge and experience of the game so I usually do not participate when they play. However, with Tim here I felt like it was a good time to jump in since he was not as acclimated either. I actually ended up doing really well and stayed alive the longest. I used Jason’s green and white deck and it was so cool. The funny part was that I dreamt about playing it all night because I was so excited. I am such a geek.
Sunday, Justin and I made a veggie stew for dinner. It was great collaborating with him because he contributed so much in terms of spices and such. I have to admit that when I cook I make it up as I go along and I love input from others so that I can tweak with the “recipe.” Our stew this time had onions, garlic, potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, 2 kinds of squash and tofu. It came out delicious. I was glad that Tim could be here for a soup night. Later we walked to Andronico’s for cake.
So I guess that I like when guests are around because everyone eats together and there is always dessert. With five people in our house everyone eats at different times. The weekend days seem to be the best times for us to all come together for a meal. Before at the Hanover Studio I made soup on random Sunday nights. It was a favorite tradition of ours that of course had to be carried on here as well. Justin and I both love to cook and enjoy creating fabulous new vegan meals.