Sunday, July 31, 2011

The Gap

Happy Sunday! G's birthday celebrations have come to an end with a lovely post-birthday brunch at his parents' place. Afterwards I went running for the first time in 10 days, and while it wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it would be, it was a little bit hard.

Anyway, here's a stereotype that I've found to be relatively justified here in Germany: the Germans love their dogs. Well, okay, so G really doesn't like them (The last time I told him to come pet a French bulldog, he literally just touched it twice awkwardly with three fingers.), but I assure you that from the number of dogs out on the street everyday, I can tell you that the population of dog-lovers in Germany (or in Berlin at least) is enormous. And what I love most about these dog-human combos is the gap between the human and the dog. I mean, yes, you do see bad-ass punk guys with giant rottweilers and old ladies with toy poodles and sporty-looking joggers with sleek greyhounds. But once in a while you run into a bad-ass-looking dude with a fluffy little shih-tzu, and it just makes your day.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Happy Birthday G!

G turned 27 today, so the last 24+ hours has been a cooking-eating-drinking-German-speaking-socializing-eating-fest. Happy Birthday G!

And here's a little one I drew of Z in of my favourites! 

Z would basically eat/drink anything as long as it's edible/potable.

Friday, July 29, 2011


Got back from a wonderful time in Riga. I'm refueled with love, food, and happy. Yes, happy. Thanks Z and family!

Aaaand G surprise-picked me up at the airport! Life is awesome.

Here are some doodles I've managed to scribble down while I was there. Sorry for the lack of proper entries, but now I have to go prepare for G's birthday weekend with family and friends.

 Have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011


Another wonderful day in Latvia. Wandering around old Riga and eating delicious food. It's also Z's youngest sister's name day today!

A continuation of the last comic about Jean-Paul the Transylvanian sculptor.

Monday, July 25, 2011


Hello from Latvia! I'm having a fantastic time with Z's wonderful family and enjoying the beautiful weather. I really couldn't ask for a better holiday.

Anywho, this is a non-Riga-entry, but here's a cartoon about an art class I took about 5 years ago...

to be continued...

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Food Mail

Off to Riga at noon tomorrow (today, technically) and I know I won't get around to updating my blog, so here's one while I still have time! 

Thursday, July 21, 2011


Yay Gummibärchen-shaped Jell-o!

That is all.

Am I having fun yet?

My friends think it's funny that I run. (All right, so it is kind of funny...)

I do it (a) out of love, (b) because food tastes better afterwards and (c) I can eat more without feeling hugely guilty. 


Oh, the horror!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Nerdlinger Part 3

Continuation of the nerdlinger series!

I took Aikido for only about 2 years. The only thing that I really learned from the classes was how to fall without hurting yourself...but I guess that's pretty valuable!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Time Lag

We had guests on Sunday until halftime so we stayed at home for the rest of the World Cup finals. While speaking to G on the phone, we eventually realized that there was a 2-second lag between Eurosport and ARD because he kept yelling when there was nothing going on on my end. Ha!

Monday, July 18, 2011

World Cup Finals and Nerdlinger Part 2

You kicked serious ass last night. Boah. I know now for sure that I'll be keeping an eye on women's football from now on. So exciting!

Believe it or not, I actually played soccer in high school for a year. I'm pretty sure that the only reasons I was allowed on the team was (a) I could run relatively fast and (b) I was allowed to travel for tournaments (some parents were pretty strict). Yeah.

Anyway. Back to nerdiness.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Nerdlinger Part 1

I am an idiot. I left the AC cable for my laptop at a friend's house and therefore have only an hour's worth of battery power left. Talk about a first world pain.

Anyway. Updating my blog while I still can. I thought I'd upload the first of my Nerdlinger series that I started drawing a few days ago. Here goes!

Ok. Better go before my computer dies. I'm glad I have no work this weekend. Phew! 

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Thursday, July 14, 2011


First and foremost---congrats to the Japanese women's soccer team "Nadeshiko Japan" on their win last night! Way to kick some major ass, fair and square! They play the US in the World Cup finals on Sunday. eep!

Anywho. I'm going to visit Z and her family in Riga next week, which got me reminiscing about our roomiehood in Toronto again.


Wednesday, July 13, 2011


I know you don't really have to respond. But I feel like I have to, and it always ends up being awkward.

It kind of reminds me of the Oatmeal's comic about movie awkwardness.

More awesome Oatmeal fun (aka. dangerous-procrastination-material-that-will-literally-suck-up-hours) here.

Also, sorry. This is completely unrelated, but this might be the most awesome dress I've ever seen...
"Damn straight, that's Steve Buscemi on my dress!"
The Steve Dress is available from Black Milk for $100, for anyone who wants to buy me one. (I can't quite figure out whether I'm kidding or not.)

I just went on the Black Milk website and realized that the Steve dress model is Asian. It's been a year since I left Japan and I'd forgotten about the existence of blonde Asians...

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Cannot Unsee

There are just some things that cannot be unseen . . .

You might say "At least he wasn't naked," but G-strings are strangely grosser than full nudity sometimes . . . oder?

Thursday, July 7, 2011

The Takoyaking

I just love the variety of and the differences between cafeteria food you get in different countries. Wasn't really a fan of the yellow Kohlrabi sauce, but hey, it could have been worse . . .
mensa = student cafeteria
We did make something that wasn't cafeteria food, though: takoyaki! (savory, round octopus pancakes) Here's some pretty photos, a la PaRappa:

"M-I-X the flour (+egg, water, pickled ginger, and green onions) into the bowl! "
"Heat up the hot plate, now we're on a roll!"
"We're making us a (pan)cake that you've never seen before!"
"All we gotta do is apply the final touches."
I think we made about 68 in total. Yup. That was definitely enough for us.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

France and Germany

This may be one of the biggest difference between France and Germany for me.

Btw, apparently the French and German women's football teams are playing tonight. Coinkidink.

Also, this is completely irrelevant, but I've started following mr_t_facts on Twitter. I can't stop laughing . . .
Mr. T fun fact: Mr. T is not black. It's just that the sun is too afraid to shine on him.

So it is.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy 4th of July!

Whoop, barely made it in time! Well, I guess we're a few hours ahead anyway, so I'm still on time. Happy Monday!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Happy Belated Canada Day!

I know I'm a day late, but it's never too late to express my love for my second (third?) home, Toronto, where the people are friendly and the Chinatown is amazing.

Aaaand. Awesome breakfast this morning courtesy of G. First time in a while that we've had actual breakfast-y food for breakfast! (ie. We had homemade burgers for breakfast last week and fried rice before that...)

Quark+yogurt with Johannisbeeren and blueberries.
Leftover potato gratin thingie from last night.