nihon christmas

is supposed to be like this "Sex and chicken make christmas in japan"

but mine ended up being more like drinking suntory whiskey and coke, reading david egger's 2 year old novel, and falling asleep. merry merry.



a guy i went to highschool with is cooking for a research centre in the fucking antarctic! how cool is that??? see pictures at southpole gallery

nihon feels so much smaller now!

thin curtains.

well, i broke down and bought "curtains". they are actually sheets, that are really cool and i didnt spend that much money on them. very diandra. and i think that they're so cool im sooo bringing them back to canada.

ive been spending too much money, and this spending habit that im on has got to stop. ive spent a lot of moolah getting pans, and pots, and dishes, and a stereo, and some furniture (around $300 all together), and i have debt, so its not too smart.

so, i came into yamagata today to get books, come to this internet cafe to check my email and find a picture of a catfish, which i found. and i cannot wait until i give this christmas present to its soon to be owner, and then i can talk about it in the blog. because i think its really really cool, and it has spawned another idea, which is even cooler!! ah, spending 50yen to print out colour pictures, not that great of a deal. but alas.

yesterday is snowed. a bit. not too much. and it is great. the air is really really fresh, and things are white and beautiful, and fluffy. again, im a little lonely, for friends, etc. but, because i believe that winter is for lovers, i see this time of year as not a time of dead things, but of rebirth, promise, and love. everytime i look out the window i fill with hope. ha ha. now, i just have to get outside!
(there was a really cute boy on the train this morning, ack!)


smart thing

i guess the smart thing would be to not write a post or reply via email to your mother when you are pissed out of your tree. right? i realize this now after i saw that i didnt remember that i had checked my email. ga.

ive been reading a lot, and writing a lot, and walking to joy alot to buy stuff for my house. i just bought a coat tree yesterday, suhweet. now i need to get a couch, and a coffee table, and a desk, and a computer. and many more things. i went to do laundry yesterday and the laundry machines come with soap, in that it is added automatically. which could explain why a 35minute job cost 700yen (egads!!!) but really convenient, and close, so that is nice. and an older japanese woman started talking to me, and we could communicate that it was cold out, snow would be coming, that i live in akayu, not nanyo, and that im canadian. lots of 'hai's and hand gestures. but it worked. and this morning a woman said nani ji(n) to me, but why the fuck would she ask me the time? i dont know.

today im in yamagata, paying through the teeth to use the internet, and i think that im going to try to come here once a week. for sure. i have a bunch of running around to do today, changing my address at all of these places. and i have to go to city hall still, which i hope wont take too long. i have to apply for health insurance, but i think i might do it just after new years in akayu. much easier than going to the big place here in yamagata. im really liking catching the train to and fro. its a lot of fun, though it is 570 yen. for only 30min train ride.

okay, im off, im going to buy paper to make jason's xmas present, and fabric paint. im going to make a t-shirts that say, 'oh, analog', 'miss wyoming', and 'please tell mr. cohen i want my heart back'. suhweet.

ooh, and today i already bought a chocolate brown hoodie. ive been wanting one for so long. and the arms are too short. but maybe, my arms are too long? for only 1050yen ($13cdn?) oh, and keep me away from shoe stores. im practicing restraint in the department of shoe purchasing (i want slip ons!!!) no gwen cd here yet, im keeping my eyes open all the time (though they play the single in stores everywhere!!) xoxoxoxoxo.


horny fuckers.

im drunk. and gin is the devil. im a horny fucker and im not getting any. thats right. lonely. ha ha.

xoxo di.


japanese punkers. oh yeah.

hey kids.

im flying.

i got a paycheck.

i move into my new place tomorrow.

and im full of italian viking food (all you can eat in nihon = viking. ga)

its really cold here.

i love you. i miss you. stuff will be on the way in many forms.

xoxo di.


whiskey buzz.

its so cold here. that is officially the running narrative. and that im eating a lot of chocolate almonds and getting a lot of zits. my schedule keeps getting fucked up. so i never really have a full weekend. and i work after work. colouring, and thinking, etc. how does that work???? ack. but im making a lot of money, so why am i complaining.

im really lonely. for a lover. oh yeah. that would be nice. maybe when i move to akayu ill meet the japanese version of a redneck and fall in love and grow squash over the summer. that would be not so splendid. but alas.

did i mention it is cold here (probably a lot hey? its sooo cold! im so used to the sunny/rainy/two days of a little snow and EVERYTHING shuts down vancouver winters. but not here. its going to be really cold and snow a lot!! oh, im going to buy winter boots for the first time in three years!!! waaaa? and i actually bought a winter jacket! can you believe i got through last winter with a fleece hoodie. oh, vancouver how i miss you!!

aside from that, i got a cell phone. and im enjoying taking pictures with it (the phone was free with getting a keita with that company )(keita=mobile phone). my boss gave me a high five after my class. how great is that? and he took me to the nishizao highlands. and the area up there on top of the mountain, in this meadow, looked just like the smithers area. right by the airport. with that big mountain and the glacier. but kids, remember, this is japan, and there was not glacier, and the mountain was climbable. but i didnt climb it. i mean i am a professional! ha ha.

okay kids im going to go. im spending my time fantasizing about finding a loved one in the japanese countryside during the middle of winter, colouring, making people's xmas present, book making, and im going to read more books "idoru" by w.gibson, "snow falling on cedars", "harry potter and the goblet of fire" and a book about a village in russia. non-fiction. oh yeah.

i need more richard brautigan. someone please tell me how much you love him so i can marry you!

xoxo di funk.


tom waits is my hero.

okay, boss #1. my boss that im living with (for those in the know, you know the rest) and boss #2. my real boss. the 'good guy'. nice and giving. the one that owns the school i work for. i feel like i needed to clean that up.

uh, im going to be living with boss#1 for another two weeks. i want to live on my own! but, boss#2 will take another bit of time to get my new place. so, i have 11 classes, teaching for boss#2, and boss#1 wont come to my classes. so im happy.

okay, tis getting cold. and i need more leg warmers. and wool socks.


a refreshing brew to brighten your day.

or evening. i wish i could read the script (kana/kanji) so i could know more about this beer! but anyway, just a quick post, like all. jason is playing great country songs on his geetar. tomorrow i have my demo lessons. new kids! total beginners! fuck!

uh, tuna in my teeth. yummy. and wasabi in my belly. ha ha. anyway, on monday i go to look at places and by the end of next week, move out. yippe. i cant wait to live on my own, and make fun crafty things for my house.

now i just need to find someone to love me, and snuggle, and keep me warm into the cold winter nights in my tiny tiny town. its so cold and dry here that my skin is cracking like crazy and i busted my budget spending 500yen on hand cream ($5, not bad).


long weekend

this weekend was a glorious long weekend. and i did nothing but sleep, lie in bed, reread "a heartbreaking work of staggering genius", and be very self involved. so i wrote a lot in my journal (pathetic), and resisted going out. basically, why would you want to try and familiarize yourself with a city, when you have no money, and wont be living here in a few days anyway? thats what i thought. i know pretty pathetic, but what is one to do. lots of work this week, yikes.

xoxo di.



the snow fell on the tops of the mountains, and then melted. quite sad really. its getting chilly. and im still knitting my new scarf. to match my ugly jacket. too bad the scarf is going to be beautiful. its after 10pm and im afraid that im going to get in trouble upon returning to the place im staying. we will see.

my socks are wet. and im going to eat some food soon. yippe. and then return back to my jail. ha ha. im reading a book called *life isn't all ha ha hee hee* by meera syal. its incredible. its about modern indian women growing up in london. yippe. tied to traditions, etc.

okay, im going to go. xoxo di.


so sad

hey ya. well, its raining. and its pretty tough here. i am not the person that I am supposed to be for my employment and im bumping heads quite a bit. which is pretty hard. so i have to try harder to be a good japanese woman and fit in. which is hard, if you know me, independent diandra. im really tired and stressed out, and im in search of friends. which is hard considering i dont have a telephone yet and i have to return home early in the evening. tomorrow morning i am going to airy, the international association of yamagata, or something like that, and get some books to reduce the loneliness of staying home, in the presence of someone elses house, when you dont really feel comfortable.

yesterday i went walking and found so many great shops. great shoe stores. when i get my paycheck, i am going to treat myself to a pair of vans slipons. even though they wont really do me anygood this winter. when the snow falls. i need boots. there are women ugg lookalikes with studs and skulls i was thinking about, but they:re kinda small. big monster feet that i have.

okay, so because im trying to more japanese for the sake of my job, im not going to be emailing so much. so stay tuned for random emails and posts.

xoxo di.


oh yeah!

i dont know why im so excited. amanda says my writing is hemmingway esque. and well, i dont know what thats supposed to be like, because well, im illiterate. its getting cold here and the snow hasn:t fallen yet, yet.

im at jasons yet again, leeching off his internet. i brought gifts. so...

i have nothing to say, what is that supposed to mean?? im writing in my journal so much (thank you so much mr. jeff) that i think im going to explode. work has been kind of boring because i dont have much to do. i think that we are going to be making new curriculum for the new school. which is exciting. why am i not into writing anything!!??

what has happened in the last few days? went to jason and gen-san`s show at roughroll. it was great. i met a few people, but was really into watching them perform. i feel like an asshole for not saying goodbye to gen-san, because he is moving to warsaw. i drank two g.and.t.s, and then rode the big bird bike home. i got to see a whole bunch of people that i had met, and talked to somemore ppl who go to the university here. i met a girl. shes from colorado and she works in the prefectural office. admittedly i wasnot too into her, but she:ll make a good acquaintance. thats so awful for me to say, yikes. but whatever. i saw this group of girls hanging outside of this great clothing store at night, foreigners they were. and they were so hip. i just rode on by. is it not awful of me to not stop and introduce myself. this is not the situation for those with low selfesteem. i feel like i need a shirt like caitlins proclaiming the self esteem project. id be one large fucking project ill tell you that.

ah, jason and i climbed a mountain. im so out of shape. huff puff huff puff. yuck. but the sight was glorious. and the air was so fresh. it felt great. but i was so sweaty and gross. yuckity yuck yuck. and then what? i dont remember. this weekend i think that im going to go see monster , which i havent seen yet. and this weekend the united states of leland opens. and that is exciting. i just taught myself how to read the movie flyer today even though i dont know any of the script. its pretty funny. so i figured out when the movies are playing, which theatre (though i dont know where it is) it is in, and approximately how much it costs. which is exciting. everything is exciting. ha ha.

okay, im going to go now. we will talk soon kids. keep the love strong. xoxo di.


inspired by

hey this post was inspired by an email i sent to kieran. he wondered if the walls are actually paper here. this is the answer:

sucre.would you believe me if i told you that yes, in the older houses here, the walls are made of paper. my rooms inside walls are paper-thin, ha ha. the floors are traditional tatami mats. the bathroom is three parts, shower separate from toilet, sink also separate. the *shower* is a tiled room with a stone concrete floor, and a square tub. you never clean off in the tub, it is only for relaxing. its quite funny. the toilet seat is heated and the water is always bright blue. the toilet paper is pink and scented. there is no oven. there is no dryer, and i have to use an electric-keroscene lamp to heat my room.

kids on the street sneak around corners and stare at me giggling. i go into 7eleven and i have no idea how to use a fucking atm. the sushi is awesome. dollar stores are 100yen shops. beer is at the corner store, and its 152 yen a can, which is about $2. there are a million kinds of mushrooms in the grocery stores. pocky is cheaper here. everyone rides a bike. sidewalks are covered with them. if people do lock them, which is rare, they only lock the tire. not to anything, just to itself. pretty funny. a woman in a train station gave me samples of tissue twice, did she not remember me from the first time i went through? i mean, im the non japanese person within that area. ha ha.

at the gas station the attendants wipe down the windows of your car with a hand towel. when you go to a store to purchase something you put the money into a little plate. you can buy cigarrettes from vending machines everywhere. the packs are small and they:re only $3. for 6 cigarrettes. theres this one brand called *pink* too funny.

girls here wear slouchy boots and leg warmers and ballet flats and so many pairs of faux vans slip ons for only 1250yen ($15). i went to this store that was floor to ceiling manga and action figurines in little plastic baggies. they have so much shit for automobiles. girls have feather boas along the inside of their front windsheilds. everywhere you go in a store there is loud music playing and japanese adds coming from everywhere. at the grocery store you can buy a huge tray of sashimi and sushi for 480yen, which would be $10 in canada (approx. 900yen).

the rusted countryside.

well, today i went for a ride to akayu, takahata, and yonezawa. it was amazing. the countryside here is incredible. all of the trees are rusting, and all three towns are in a broad valley. its so beautiful. when we pulled into akayu, i decided that i wanted to live there. its small. 30,000ppl, but so nice. two main streets. everything i would need for daily life. its so beautiful it kills. there are hotsprings there. i cant wait. i went on the drive with my boss, arimoto-san. hes truly great. he bought me ice cream and took me by his junior high. i love this man. he smells like an old man too. thats the funny part. yuko, my boss, said that he is very generous and calm. which is exciting.

as for that lesson, it was my first, an adult lesson, with one woman. we talked about twins. it was from a text book. and i thought it went okay, i was really nervous and just getting the feel for the material. she and i also have to get used to each other, then perhaps the lessons will happen at a better pace and more successfully. fuck, i cannot even talk.

right now im mooching space off of jason again, using his computer and hes singing and playing his guitar. were getting along quite well, but i feel like im always imposing. which sucks. i hate being around all the time. i need to get working on my japanese and find some friends. someone to cuddle. i appreciate all of his hand-holding and friend-ship, but i feel too reliant. but alas, whats a girl to do? his performing of music is great. at rough roll on monday he:s playing a gig, so, uh, you should all come! ha ha.

well, its almost 10pm, and i have to go away soon and go to sleep. tomorrows a national holiday and that means, no work! so, im going to sleep in and try to find an open post office. the atms at the post office are the only ones which accept international debit cards. and hey, the government is trying to privatise the post-office banking system. news about privatization of the worlds largest bank

okay kids, have a good night, im sorry that there are no apostrophes, this japanese keyboard stuff is really inconvenient for my northamerican-trained ways. xoxo di.


the first day of the 11th month


this is a entry from my journal that i wrote this morning. it gives you a run down. today, my overall mood is:bleck. but alas. i signed my contract and met my other boss. it was raining earlier. i also lost 20,000 yen, which is like, $230. yikes.

Today is my first official day of work. it is accompanied by a headache and gut rot. ive showered and taken advil to quell the achy head. i need to eat soon. so, the cause of the aches and rot, you guessed it! a night out on the town. oh yeah. welcoming party for me. jason and two friends and i went to an izakaye and drank a lot and ate a lot. so, 11 beers, 15 dishes (dimsum-like), including a healthy dose of sushi and sashimi. 1 bottle of red wine, and 4 cover charges = 12,000 yen. not bad.

the food that was new for me; deep fried edamame, and unagi and cheese tempura.

so after that we walked to another part of town to go to this bar, rough roll. we went in and they were playing !!! and had pj harvey, yeahyeahyeahs, franz ferdinand, etc. on the wall. so great!!!

whilst there i met these two girls who were with their friends. very sharp, beautiful, etc. one of the girls was just married and this was her celebration among her and her husbands friends. suits abounded. so, i talked about fashion and makeup with the girls (supposedly i can get mac in sendai--1 hour from here! yippee!) anyway, at this point yoko (jason:s friend) says that we were going to karaoke (also with other friends) ...

shit, i:m tired and we:re going to leave soon, so this is cut here.

basically, im having fun, and i like the food, etc. its hard to describe it when im not really in the mood. i miss you all so fucking much it hurts.

xoxo di.


so stressed.

this seems to be a recurring theme with me: stress. I am so stressed that I'm beginning to break out in hives. also, i was bitten by a mosquito or something and it is making me freak out. any bug bite makes me freak out (re: bed bugs, yuck!) and it's not a bed bug bite, so fuck! i need to relax. maybe when i eat some pizza and drink tension tamer tea, i'll relax. i hope so.

this is my last entry before i leave for nihon. i'll probably enter some data in a few days. i love you all. xoxo di.


now it's my teeth!

so, i have this problem that my jaw is small, and thus all of my little (coffee-stained) teeth cannot fit on the bottom set. so they cram. and they've been cramming for years. so, awh, about15 years back, the dentist took out two of my adult bottom teeth. add that to my wisdoms that were also removed a few years back and presto! my bottom jaw is four teeth short! and it still hurts like hell. i should get braces. but, it seems that going to japan in 1.5 days (!) doesn't help matters.

i'm tired. caitlin and i went and saw the motorcycle diaries. it was so beautiful. and now i'm full of popcorn, and damn, that Gael GarcĂ­a Bernal, who plays "che" himself, looks so much like freddie prinze junior, it's discusting. but the scenery, it made the movie so worth it.

i miss those i love already. i've had to say goodbye to so many already. tomorrow will be the hardest.
xoxo di.


my foundation is full.

hey kids. it's only 10pm, and i'm exhausted. jeff, becca and i just went for din din at foundation. it was good, but you know what? it's really really overrated. funny "vegetarian" jokes on the menu (the grain fed spinach one was the best, ha ha), too many hip people, makes us, well me at least, feel not so hip. so, i'm going to work on my course a little more and then probably go to bed. jeff got me wanting to watch overboard , so i might. but, i already watched the princess diaries today, so we'll see. ha ha.

today i got my work visa and it's all ready to go, i'm so close. but i can't write anymore. i will miss you people so much. xoxo


traveler's sickness

is traveler's sickness like home sickness? well, the diarrhea aside, ha ha. i lost my point. basically, i'm homesick. but i am now my home. i feel sick to my stomach all the time. all i want to do is sleep. depressed maybe? i think that the greatest thing i will learn about my trip is how i function and relate to other people.

i see japan as this: a bicycle, a old-school typewriter, and a sewing machine. paper arts. in Japan it is supposedly the thing to pass out business cards, so i'm handmaking some before i go.

lunch tomorrow with rika; party hard with 'becca; nanaimo on saturday/sunday. lunch with graham/mike, and bad teen poetry. i can't wait. a few days to go.

xoxo di.


make the stress stop, puhlease!

kids, i have not been this stressed in a long time. you know how you get stressed out, and then you begin to create more stress. and right now i have a tummy ache, too many rich foods i presume. am i doing the right thing? am i letting people down? am i going to be successful at my job? will I make my employer happy? will i even make it to yamagata? my god, why am i asking so many questions?? ha ha.

last night we went to celebrities to dance our faces off. it was fun, i was in the mood to drink and dance to the likes of djfrigid and my!gay!husband! ohmygod (blasphemy!), todd kearns was there. probably b/c djfrigid spins mostly retro-industrial. good stuff. i'm so fucking in love with todd kearns, it should be a problem, wait, i think it is a problem. anyway, there were all these unattractive rock chicks hanging on him (i didn't even know rock chicks went to celebrities). i'm not saying this to gloat about my attractivness (i'm so stressed, i feel REALLY unattractive, being single does really suck in that regard. i mean, no one wants to snuggle with me). maybe i need a motorcycle just like brie...

alas, i have an actual plane ticket now, i'm going to try and get my visa tomorrow, and my traveller's cheques. i have so much to do, i'm going to run. keep in touch my lovelies.
xoxo di.


my jaw hurts!

why is it that things are never easy. i mean, my life is always this big catastrophe. will it ever be any easier? everyone says, "well, hon, this is real life". but, come on, there are people out there that must have it better? and i'm not saying that my life is terrible. things are pretty good. last night i went on a hot date with cam, to i heart huckabees . it was so funny, and endearing, and sweet. while we were there we saw jeff's doppleganger, which is pretty funny i think (he was even wearing checkered vans, ha ha). and we saw colin (what a pretty face) outside of the theatre. and then, i came home and made soup. my grades for my tesol course are also great. and i slept well, so why am i complaining?

well, this morning i went to the dentist to get "required" fillings before my trip. I get there, and the receptionist had shortened my appointment b/c she couldn't get a hold of me to confirm my appointment, so she basically thought i wouldn't show. ha ha. then, i have the pain of getting a filling. and then i come out to, i don't know, book my next appointment to finish the job and she asks me, "so, how are you going to pay?" well, it turns out my medical has been bunk for the last 19 days. i am not covered. god hope i don't get in a car accident! shocked i ask her to call blue cross, yep, still bunk. so, i have to go in later this week and pay the fucking $172.33 because i thought that i had medical!!!

GRRR. and then, i go and book my plane ticket. those people at travel cuts on granville island are so nice! i get it reserved and then find out that my boss cannot pay by foreign issued credit. yikes. so, right now, i'm out $172.33 and still possibly don't have a plane ticket. egads!!!

other than that, i'm going dancing tonight. celebrities. it will be fun.

xoxo di.


it's really late and my hair is so wet!

i wish i was sleeping right now, but i'm full of nervousness and excitement and a need to get things done! so, i'm procrastinating instead. i had a warm bath and washed my hair with this gross smelling shampoo from the body shop. bleck. but it makes my hair so soft i cannot complain more. alas. ooh, and i was reading coupland's 'miss wyoming', one of my favourites. 'shampoo planet' is my favourite though.

the greatest canadian show was actually quite predictable, except mr. leonard cohen is low on the list and he was beat by miss avril lavigne?? what's that about.. AND, there were only 6 women on the list, the highest ranking being shania twain. egads. other than that, it was mildly entertaining. and, during the commercials amanda likes to channel surf (just like me!) and we saw a movie with liza manelli and dudley moore. i don't know what it is called though jeff told me! but liza in that movie is so pretty. i want to be like her in that movie. yes!

so, it turns out i may be leaving a few days later for nihon. if anyone knows of really cheap plane tickets, let me know. i'm poor.

ooh, and on the bus ride home, waiting at random bus stops I started singing, and i've been singing on transit all day, sorry! it's been julie doiron (best thing for me, long winter, will you still) and s. harmer (coffee stain) and eric's trip (allergic to love).. so, i decided rather than singing other people's songs, i'd try to write a song, and i came up with an electro-clash-ish song to go along with r.brautigan's "xerox candy bar" i might record it this week, we'll see.

sadly, i think my crushes are ending.

xoxo di.



right now i'm sitting in PC STATION in station square (burnaby.) there is this awful awful techno playing. this is definitely not my scene, but it's cheap to use the computer's here and it's giving me a chance to plug away on my course. and it's working. while I may be confused about what an adverb is, or a preposition, i've mastered the art of the adjective and perhaps the noun. (ha ha).

i love being back in vancouver. i leave this country on this forthcoming sunday and the nervousness has definitely set in. but it's exciting that i get to spend my last week in this rainy city with my wonderful friends. last night caitlin and i went to see julie doiron at the media club . the show was incredible. brie didn't get into a second night of tom waits, so she came to meet us just as julie was starting. Julie would ramble about her life and problems and show great sides of low self esteem. but everyone there was entralled with her humbleness and beauty. (we love julie doiron!) and, i was able to buy the julie/wooden stars disc which i have been looking for like crazy. i love it. then caitlin, brie and i went for beer and some bagels at benny's (also so we could visit wonderful jamie).

egads, so much more to share and i have to go. i'm going to meet amanda to watch the cbc's greatest canadian kick off. i hope that we eat popcorn and drink tea to kill this october rain.

xoxo di


oh so mod.

i'm sitting in eden's dorm room again eating a croissant (again) and trying to battle a slight hangover. I have so much to do today, it's ridiculous. I finished a huge part of my course yesterday and I am inching towards the finish line. Last night I went to brie and jesse's and we had all this yummy yummy food and watched bridget jones diary. so sad, it was so painful and hard to watch. if my life ever...

but alas, we drank wine, cuddled and decided at the last minute to go dancing. Brie, jordan and i jumped on bikes (i had jesse's heavy granny bike) and went down to Hugo's in Victoria. Mod Night! No cover, expensive (well, sorta reasonable) martinis, 50s and 60s rock, kids smoking pot around the corner, and when we went back inside I danced like a maniac to franz ferdinand, the smiths, the cure, the strokes, etc, etc. And Roy, oh sweet Roy. The new love of my life. The puma-wearing dance machine. so fun!

okay, i'm off away from this victoria-place that I fantasize about moving to. we'll see. it's all worth it just for the bike rides. yes!


what you waiting for?

oh my oh my! the new gwen stefani single "what you waiting for?" is incredible. you can hear it at her website . you can also watch the beatufiul video at this place . you may have to install an aol plugin but you don't actually have to become an aol member or anything like that, pretty simple. OR you can just download it from limewire, or do all of it, like i did. ha ha ha.


mix tape

this is the mix i made for kieran.
1. skye sweetname - heart of glass
2. missy elliot - gossip folks feat. ludicris
3. fefe dobson - don't go (girls & boys)
4. le tigre - deceptacon (dfa remix)
5. the magnetic fields - i thought you were my boyfriend
6. frou frou - breathe in
7. manitoba - dundas, ontario
8. the postal service - such great heights
9. bjork - who is it (carry my joy on the Left, Carry My Pain on the Right)
10. blonde redhead - in particular
11. broken social scene - stars and sons
12. modest mouse - float on
13. billy talent - river below
14. franz ferdinand - take me out
15. limblifter - jumbo jet headache
16. the shins - young pilgrims
17. sarah harmer - lodestar
18. iron and wine - such great heights

the decline of.

today was fun. i'm starting to get into this blogging stuff and i am telling you it won't happen often. i started and finished a whole unit of my t.e.s.o.l. course today, very exciting. i actually feel quite accomplished. (i'm in victoria, by the way). my dad was here today too so we went to the royal b.c. museum then, we went to this chinese restaurant in china town, went to some really smelly little shops, i pray every day that i won't have to smell that smell for the next year. it smells like mothballs and rotten fish. it drives me crazy. but hey, some people hate the smell of coconut, what am i to do?

What else? my friend, Sarah de Leeuw, from WAY back, Terrace Women's Centre days, just had her first book published "Unmarked Landscapes Along Highway 16". For more information go here . Or order it from chapters.ca

ooh, another shout out, kalin, my wonderful friend is living in nottingham and has her own blog too. it's very cool. she's all high-tech with the pictures and stuff. you can see that homemade flavour here

okay, so that's enough shout outs, i'm done for now. stay tuned. if you're lucky in a few months you'll get a zine from me. and if you want to be shouted about. send me a note with the info.

xoxo di.


This is my favourite piece of art. "yellow body" by robert rauschenberg. he's the man.


oh sweetie! why oh why?

this is a test of the d-funk (grand blogger flash!) blogging activation system. why? it was caitlin's idea! a blog to show what i'm doing in japan? who knew. i hate journalling. ha ha!