Mend, Repair, Repeat

I have finally caught up with 90% or so my my "life".  Laundry clean, house not dirty, house things all caught up and in order, work back to it's old self, yoga being attended mostly, and cooking has even nuzzled it's way back into my routines.  It's nice to feel like i have routines again.  Well all of this being caught up~ness let me dive into the ever growing pile of items that needed to be mended.

I have a major problem getting rid of clothes i like.  Basically if i want to wear it and always want to wear it and never have it die or become unwearable because i know i'll never find the exact same thing again.  Sure, something close...but not the same.  This evening was dedicated to relaxing while watching House (yea, i'm addicated), ripping out bad seams and sewing new seams and things back where they belong.  Some interesting things made it into the pile:
* Button on a Back pocket of a pair of pants to be reattached
* Straps on a cami to be shorten
* Straps on a dress to be shorten (yes, i'm short...i get it!)
* Cami to have stupid elastic removed (it was just bad...)
* Solid Cotton Tights to have elastic waistband replaced (so they'll stay up for once)

In the pile that i'll coninute to pick at for the rest of the evening:
* (2 pairs) Hand knit socks to be patched/darned at the heels
* Hand knit sweater to be torn back to yarn (too wide to wear so it's dusty, my first sweater evar!)
* Elastic to be replaced on a Bra

The socks shouldn't be hard, but i'm glad there is only a first time for everything once.  The sweater is for the best as if it fit i'd totally wear it, so i was like ... i can fix that!  The bra is super sewing experiment #9856817XZ124.  Basically I can't justify throwing away something that cost $150 just because the elastic is shot, so it means i am going to kinda take the whole thing apart?  This could be a disaster, but at least i'll go down trying!

I have really enjoying the last month being at home and having time to do things like pick lemons and darn socks, life is good...

House Week 1: Demoloshing the Inside

Work has finally begun on my house!  It's super existing to see what's behind all of the walls.  It's crazy to peek inside of the house, makes you wonder how it hasn't fallen down so far.  There are places where the wall studs don't run the entire length of the wall, pipes that don't go anywhere, and lath and plaster on each and every wall.  So far most of the walls are out and they are beginning to remove the cabinets and the fixtures in the bathroom.  Here are some pictures from the house as it is exciting!!!

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Returning to normal and a Beautiful afternoon in the city

Two countries, a huge release at work, and a spring dance season later I'm glad to have been part of everything ... but am very much enjoying my first
weekend without any demands.

Hong Kong was amazing and someday I'll finish going through the photos and get them up on Flickr for all to enjoy. I don't think I was expecting all of the shopping that the culture seems to revolve around, but towards the end I found some fantastic out of way places to explore and discovered some interesting history.

Japan was...well, still japan. Not much seems to change expect for the handheld technology, bt even that felt like home as most of the Tokyo-ites had joined the dark side and were one with their iPhones. I think I may be a bit traveled out. I found that I was super unimpressed with nearly everything I saw expect the art museums, and even then only mixed media modern art. I don't think that the temples of the world have gotten any less amazing, but after seeing them in nearly ten countries over the last four years I think I could use a bit of a religious break.

Not like I can afford to travel anyways with all the crazy new house stuff. Yep, the house stuff has begun! Plans *mostly* approved and it looks like I'll be moving sometime May/June. I'll be looking for people to help with painting, interested?

Separate posts to follow about the stupendous, amazing, an georgeous outfits from Double Vision's spring season, hopefully coming to a New York stage near you soon.

With the beautiful weather I was reminded of last summer where I spent many weekends in new york enjoying Central Park and thought Golden Gate Park sounded like a perfect Sunday activity. Somehow I managed to get I to the city and parked along the park from home in less than 20 minutes, and yes there was traffic. Don't know how, but I'll take it! Cal Academy was fun and with no line I finally made it into the rainforest dome and got to explore. So many frogs! With a few hours of day left I strolled over to the Japaneae Tea Garden for some Cherry Blossom viewing. Since when are there any two cherry blossom trees here? I must have dreamt the ten plus I thought I saw here last time. Everything else was as remembered an fantastic. The wisteria smells amazing and the snaking ponds are a treat to walk though. I think the only think that's missing is an ice cream filled crepe, Japantown here I come!