Sunday, June 25, 2017

Romance Scammer

Koibito Sagi

Been away from the blog, but not the internet. But apparently, this is potentially dangerous. I'm watching the news and they're doing a segment on romance scams. Ladies of a certain age (like me) are preyed up on by internet gigolos who are out to make a buck off our romantic fantasies. The thing is, they're international, and possibly working in groups. I'm watching this on the news, and it's so sad. The lady they're following has lived alone after the death of her mother several years ago, and suffers from a neurological disorder. Her "boyfriend" sang her to sleep during exacerbations of her disease. To her, the romance was real, and she sent her "boyfriend" a lot of money (as in, more money than most people make in a year), because she loved him and she thought she needed the money. 

I'm trying to think if this could have happened to me. When I first started out on the internet, I'd sometimes meet people I'd met there.

The first potential axe murderer I met was a closeted college table tennis player I'd met on IRC. He was fun until he came out and then he started picking fights with me. In retrospect, I should have cut a newly out person slack, but I decided we didn't really have any use for each other anymore and stopped chatting with him. 

I once let another potential axe murderer drive me to their house and cook me dinner. I figured it was all right because she was a woman. It was. She was a very good cook and her house was absolutely lovely and she had the cutest dog. We fell out of touch, but not because of any sort of particular animosity. 

And then there was the mailing list of the obscure cartoon I loved during my childhood. I met the group at ComicCon. And then later, one year during my single working girl days, my best friend's grandmother got sick (and later passed away) and my other best friend wanted to visit her boyfriend on the American East Coast (they later broke up) so no one would go with me on my annual international holiday. I contacted someone in this group from London, another person decided to join me from Switzerland, and we had the best time roaming the British Museum and seeing Mamma Mia in West End.

When Evil Ex dumped me, it was these potential axe murderers who consoled me and reminded me I deserved better, not the Pumpkin Daddy (He turned out to be the "better," but I didn't start seeing him as such until much later). They sent me candy and little trinkets and I ate Fig Newtons as I cried late at night. 

So yes, it could happen to me. If I were lonely and not sure about where my life was going, I could see myself finding solace in kind words that came through Line or WhatsApp or whatever. I hope the word will spread and people won't be scammed by these pathetic excuses for human beings. And if they are scammed, I hope the culprits are brought to justice.

One thing working in my favor...I can't seem to make PayPal work for me. Maybe I'll keep it that way, as a preventive measure.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Second half of multi-day holiday

Renkyuu no kouhan

Day 4

Weeded for half an hour. 
Realized that I needed to hem the curtains in the Pumpkin Prince’s room (we’d been using the curtains I bought when I first moved into my bachelorette pad, circa turn of the century). It was a fairly simple task, except the sewing machine seems to be acting up and the stitches are uneven. At least this happened with something like curtains and not clothing. Another task for the to-do list. 
Some editing work.

Day 5 (last day!)

Put away the olive brown sweater set.
Weeded for half an hour.
Colored my hair.

We bought both offspring new shoes. We also checked out a mall we hadn’t been to in a while and found a Burger King. We were ashamed at ourselves at how excited we were to find a Burger King, but only slightly. Too bad we hit the place after Lunch.


This Golden Week, I ended up with three good-sized trash bags of weeds (which is probably like one standard American sized trash bag, which is still a lot of weeds!) and a good-sized trash bag of clothes, and a room with curtains the right length. So it’s not a bad 5 days of tasks. Only ran once, but that’s all right.

Friday, May 5, 2017

First half of holiday

renkyuu zenhan

Day 1

Went to bed at around 11 pm and slept straight through until 5:30. I woke up and checked blogs and insta and FB for about an hour and then I…
Slapped on some sunscreen, pulled on the rubber boots, and weeded for about half an hour. I did another half-hour of weeding later in the day.
Sorted and culled a container of clothes (including two windbreakers that belonged to the Pumpkin Daddy but somehow found their way into my drawer). Found other stuff that had gone AWOL and I’d missed so much I was considering buying new ones. I also realized I hadn’t worn the waist alteration debut pants in over a year, partly because it’s a lint magnet and also because they’re flared. I also found a pair of flared chinos from about 10 years ago that still fit, so those two pairs will be getting the leg alteration sometime soon.
Washed two of my Uniqlo cashmere sweaters.
Mended the lining of my navy blue blazer. It took all of five minutes once I got the sewing box out and found black sewing thread.

Day 2

Less spectacularly...
Weeded for half an hour
Folded my two sweaters and put them away, and washed two additional sweaters
Fid the craft my kids wanted to try, which was cut out pretty candy wrappers and coat them with UV activated resin to make little charms. We used 100 yen-shop UV resin. Check out my super high-tech bug, dust, and wind resistant, UV ray permeable activation box (a plastic food container strapped to a brick with a rubber band)! 

Tiny Vader and co. did a photo shoot for SW day.

Decluttered some more closet drawers.

Day 3


Ran 6k (first run of the holiday…) and took a long bath afterward. 
Washed the last of my cashmere knits (an olive brown sweater set) and put away the sweaters washed the day before.
...and that was it for today because some relatives came to visit.

Not as much as I wanted to do, but still, not bad at all.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

May the hose be with you

Hoosu to tomo ni aran koto wo

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Happy Star Wars Day! May the 4th be with you!

Sunday, April 30, 2017

What were they thinking?


Nani kangaete ita no?

Apparently my beloved Uniqlo is going to do a J. W. Anderson collection. I’d never heard of J. W. Anderson, so I checked out the web page. Seems to be a bit avante-guarde to incorporate into my work uniform, but we’ll know more when they release some teasers of the collection, probably in late summer. And I was browsing through the accessory page, and everything looked pretty classic (if pricey), which made sense because if you’re going to have edgy clothes, classic accessories are a good idea because edgy overdoses can be painful, except WHAT ON EARTH WERE THEY THINKING HERE  and who on earth is going to pay 75 quid for it???

One of my imaginary gym friends told me cheese is just as addictive as hard drugs. Of course, all they're saying is that it's just as addictive, not dangerous. Unless, of course, you're pregnant and you eat soft cheese and you get a listeria infection. (I celebrated the birth of both the Pumpkin Prince and Princess with a hearty hit of Camembert. Yes, tame, I know, but I live in Pumpkin City, not Aix-en-Provence.)

My Golden Week holiday is five days long this year. The 29th is a holiday, but it was a Saturday (we get a lot of that this year. When a holiday is on a Sunday, we get a replacement holiday, but if it's on a Saturday, it stays as is because a lot of people still work on Saturdays. I've never worked anywhere full-time that had Saturday workdays, but I've done consultation gigs in places where they did.) I bought some 100 yen shop craft supplies with the Pumpkin Princess because she wants to try something she saw in a YouTube video. I have to check the video first to see if it's reasonably realistic to try. I also need to mend the lining of my blazer. I want to make dust covers for my bags out of old bedsheets (the master bedroom now sports two semi-double beds instead of one double bed. We will not have to deal with duvet stealing or fidgeting this way, and we can, ahem, visit as necessary). I'd also like to pot some flowers and plant stuff in the flower bed (it's currently overrun with weeds and ivy and peppermint. Never plant peppermint in an actual garden. Keep it in pots.) And of course, I need to run more. The weather looks good. Wish me luck!