here’s another awesome foot tattoo. another of my favorite tattoos. this is my uncle kunio’s old school autograph. he’s kind of an amazing artist. 

i don’t know how many of us have this one but a lot of us have it too- i love my uncle and am so proud of his work and all he does. plus he’s kind of the coolest uncle a girl could ever wish for.

    here’s another awesome foot tattoo. another of my favorite tattoos. this is my uncle kunio’s old school autograph. he’s kind of an amazing artist. 

    i don’t know how many of us have this one but a lot of us have it too- i love my uncle and am so proud of his work and all he does. plus he’s kind of the coolest uncle a girl could ever wish for.

    • 1 year ago
    this is my little heart w/a p on my right foot. i got this for my auntie paulette- she passed away a few years ago. jeez… a lot of years at this point. my middle name is paulette, after her. she was a completely amazing woman and i definitely feel her loss in the world. but i carry her around with me all day. i got this tattoo based on her signature from one of the sweetest letters i’ve ever read. she sent it to my parents as a thank you and it just exuded who she was as a person. i miss her terribly but like the thought of her and my dad hanging out together these days. i mean… if i really think about it i don’t believe anything happens when you die. i don’t think there’s any sort of afterlife or anything. but who knows. it makes me smile to think about them together laughing at all of us so i think about it sometimes. 

    this is my little heart w/a p on my right foot. i got this for my auntie paulette- she passed away a few years ago. jeez… a lot of years at this point. my middle name is paulette, after her. she was a completely amazing woman and i definitely feel her loss in the world. but i carry her around with me all day. i got this tattoo based on her signature from one of the sweetest letters i’ve ever read. she sent it to my parents as a thank you and it just exuded who she was as a person. i miss her terribly but like the thought of her and my dad hanging out together these days. i mean… if i really think about it i don’t believe anything happens when you die. i don’t think there’s any sort of afterlife or anything. but who knows. it makes me smile to think about them together laughing at all of us so i think about it sometimes. 

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    i recently went to a dr who burlesque show at the gorilla tango theater in chicago, which i would definitely recommend if you live in the area. if you’re not familiar, the gorilla tango theater is this great little theater in Chicago’s bucktown neighborhood (or is it logan square?). Apparently there’s also a gorilla tango theater in new orleans. They put on hilarious burlesque shows like temple of boobs (indiana jones style), boobs and goombas (super mario inspired), and a nude hope (star wars). pretty awesome.

    So what my friend and i talked about after the show was our perception of women’s bodies. These women were hot. they had great bodies (which is good because most of the show is done in their underwear and pasties). BUT they don’t look like cover models for magazines or what we see in movies. they looked real. sure, the really skinny girl had a pretty jiggly ass. and the twiggy girl had tiny boobs and cellulite. and i don’t say this to be critical at all- like i said they were hot and had great bodies. it was just nice to see what real women look like. for me it was nice to see that even the skinniest girls have little pooches and cellulite. and it was awesome to see all the dudes there getting that same visual knowing this is what REAL women look like. 

    • 1 year ago
    giles on dr who? ummm yes please.
(and yes i’m still that far behind)

    giles on dr who? ummm yes please.

    (and yes i’m still that far behind)

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    and this is my thigh. three of my tattoos. gotten years apart. in buddhism you get a buddha name when you die, because you become a buddha. the name is given to you by your sensei and it’s based on who you were in life. the middle is my dad’s buddha name and my grandma and grandpa are on the sides. i have the meanings written down but don’t remember them all… my dad’s, though, means the knowledge and understanding of music (or something like that). all three i got at tatu tattoo in chicago.

    • 1 year ago

    productive little saturday

    a couple days ago i realized that i had nothing to do all day saturday (aka today). this never happens. i mean i guess i had laundry and cleaning and stuff to do but no homework, no work work, no meeting for brunch, no appointments, no nothing. it was so nice! so i decided i’d sleep in have a lazy morning and then get busy. but no… i got busy first thing in the morning. up at 7:30, TurboFire (Fire 45 is seriously my favorite… best songs!), dishes, bank (to get quarters), mopped and cleaned the kitchen, set up my HDMI cable for my laptop (been putting this off since October- literally involved… plugging it in), and laundry. and it’s not even noon! next i tackle my living room and bedroom. it feels so stinking good to get so much done! now… these might seem like normal things for people to do. and if you clean every few weeks or shit every month this might not seem like a big deal. but for me who cleans every time i have a free day (which is never) this is a major feat. i’m hoping i can get in another workout this afternoon/evening before phone date w/my bestie and cards with some great friends. maybe i’ll even get some pre-reading done for school! (okay let’s not get crazy, terry…)

    • 1 year ago

    this tattoo might have come before the cherry blossoms. i forget these things. but this was designed by my incredibly talented friend joe. seriously check out his work. anyways i wanted a dharma wheel- i was raised buddhist and love what a dharma wheel represents. the eight spokes represent the noble eightfold path. the circle shape represents the perfection of the dharma teachings.  the spokes are sharp to cut through ignorance. the eightfold path is right view, right intention, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, and right concentration. who wouldn’t want that forever?

    • 1 year ago

    i mean… you might as well call me rocky. took my first boxing class last night and LOVED it. an old friend of mine recently opened a title boxing gym up in northbrook (thanks facebook) so i finally went to check it out. the warmup was insane- my buddy that i was there with said he’d never sweated so much in that short of a period of time. it was just standard stuff… jogging, sprints, high knees, lunges, squats, jumping jacks… but for 15 minutes straight. i really liked it because you could work at whatever level you were at. want to lunge slower? go for it. sprint faster? do it. then we were on the bags with a partner for a half hour. you would do something for a minute and a half and then your partner would. then a minute of some burst of activity. like mountain climbers or push ups or jumping lunges. we ended with some awesome ab work and a quick stretch/cooldown. i burned almost 500 calories in the hour but i’m sure you could burn more/less depending on how hard you work. next i want to try kickboxing!! more to come on how that goes… 

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    thought i’d post an old dorky running pic. this was after my first run in the rain… i was so pumped that i had the drive to go for a run even though it was awful outside. i want that back! i will have that again soon… once i start training again. perhaps a half in june? now that i don’t know if i’ll be allowed to register, i REALLY want to do the chicago marathon in october. i’m trying to get to a place where i’ll be OK with not doing it… but after going back and forth so many times about doing it, finally deciding to do it, and spending a horribly frustrating four hours trying to register, i’m ready! so next week i can add my name to the lottery. and 15,000 random people will be picked to run. so cross your fingers and toes for me but even if i don’t get in i want to start running again!

    OK snow… please melt. i’m ready to run again. thanks!

    • 1 year ago

    and here’s my cherry blossom. it’s on my side boob. my oldest childhood friend (we’ve been friends for 26+ years) has a branch of cherry blossoms that are beautiful along her side/back. and i had them take one and put it on my side. it’s my favorite tattoo. and it will forever tie me to my oldest best friend (featured above at our sweet sixteen pre-party).

    • 1 year ago