Sunday, May 30, 2010

Art & soul

Yesterday the weather was so much nicer than today.

We went down to Enghave Plads where Martin was DJ'ing at a street art/skate event
Martin always plays a bunch of my favorite songs
The street art part was pretty impressive
I guess these guys where behind the whole thing?
Copenhagen skater kids are so friggin adorable... the youngest to enter the competition was only 7!
When it started getting cold we did the only logical thing: we went out for some ice cream!
Here i'm tasting Allan's vanilla and Lucifer is catching a whiff of strange dog on his turf
And at night we went out for Vietnamese food with my parents, causing me to forget all about the one thing i watch on TV all year (or, online, since i don't have TV); my beloved Eurovision!

At least the food was good.

As you can almost see, i wore my new kimono from Japan with some jeans, but i didn't get a good picture.
It's really pretty, though.
I caused quite a few people to stare, but whatever, sometimes you just feel like wearing a kimono, you know?

I hope your Sunday is way sunnier than mine.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Gyoza Town

Ah, weekend.
And we haven't even been to work yet!

I've spent the day on Vesterbro with friends and family, but i'll get to that some other time.*
Right now, it's all about the last unpublished Japan-posts.
I have a few pictures left, and i figured i should finish posting about one trip before embarking on another, right?

One of our last days in Japan was spent with our friend Toshi in his town, Ikebukuro.
I kinda like Ikebukuro, even more so now that i know about Namja Town!

I have walked by this place before when visiting Sunshine City, never knowing that there was a magical Gyoza world inside!
Also, some weird fishing games...
And lots of other weird games too... i'm not sure i even wanna know about this one
But mostly this place is about food, and we were on a Gyoza tasting mission
I felt like tasting the craziest of them all, but since we had dinner plans, we kept the craziness to a minimum
First we ate a mixed plate, and Toshi patiently explained each Gyoza to us
Cute Namja cup
So many to chose from, so little time
But we had to try the Cheese Gyoza and they were a revelation!
Back in the real world we stopped at a Doutor for refreshments, before walking all the way to Toshi's studio on the other side of town
Toshi works in the tiniest little private studio you've ever seen, and from the outside it looks like any other Japanese apartment
It was so cozy, and i hope to get tattooed here some day
Two friends on the same page!

At the studio, Toshi introduced us to one of the most amazing things ever.
I did not know this before that night, but it turns out that the Yakuza have their own magazine!
It's called Document and everyone can buy it, including me or you or the police department.
This magazine has everything: locations of different groups, pictures of their headquarters, news about what boss is going to prison and who is getting promoted, a crappy tattoo gallery, personal ads and of course; gangster fashion.

Don't get any of these logos tattooed on you... just don't
Fancy gangster tracksuits
More glorious gangster fashion!
After hanging out at the studio, talking and looking at pretty art books and crazy organized crime magazines, Toshi took us to dinner at a nearby restaurant
Delicious sashimi
Yummy veggies (and salt... i love salt)

We had such a great day out.
The meal was one of the best we had on this trip, and the company wasn't too bad either.
But the best part (almost) came when we were at the station, ready to say goodbye.
Allan asked Toshi if he could help up get a Suica card, something we've wanted forever, but just never got around to making because we thought it'd be difficult.
Turns out, it wasn't, at all, and we were beyond stoked to finally be a part of the Suica family!

Penguin approved

Next time i'm in Ikebukuro, i plan to visit Icecream City and Tokyo Dessert Republic as well!

*Meaning i don't want to spend the rest of my Saturday night editing todays pictures.

Friday, May 28, 2010


I got my hair cut on wednesday, remember?
It's nothing too exciting, though.
She cut one side shorter (although not as short as i actually wanted) and left the other side, the one that's only there to cover my ugly scar, alone.

I also dyed it red-ish later that day, but you can't really tell in photos
My god, i look tired... maybe because this was taken around 11 pm last night, and i'd been running around all day?
I was going for a Hopey-look, even though i'm obviously more of a Maggie in person

Gotta love toilet pitures, right?
So classy!

Wish you were here

My mom just sent me these pictures from her garden in Bisserup.
She figured that by the time i get down there, the tulips and apple blossoms will be gone and she wanted me to at least see some pictures of them, since i can't be there in person.

Copenhagen is rainy and cold today and i'm dreaming of sunshine, and breathing fresh, country air.

Tulips and apple trees
I can't wait until we have some real time off to spend here

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Happy trails

It's been a while since i've done any trailer posts, but this one completely blew my mind:

Freaked out my baby-scared husband pretty bad, but i liked the trailer for SATC2 as well, and that doesn't mean i want to travel to Saudi Arabia and wear age-inappropriate clothes with my skanky girlfriends, now does it?*

And speaking of inappropriate, i like this trailer too.
A lot!

*Except now i kind of do...


I'm home sick today.
Any other day it would pretty much break my heart not to be able to go to the shop, but since the shop itself actually already broke my heart last night, i'm sort of ok with it.
I'd much rather be out in the good weather though.

On a more positive note, my first cross-stitch project ever is finally done!
I started this while i was working on an open/closed sign for the door, and although "open" is almost done, it's gonna be a while before you get to see the whole thing.

I did this one because our customers seem to be having a hard time understanding which parts of the shop is off limits to them.*
For example, we have two toilets, and one of them is for the staff only, but still people wander into ours all the time.
The shop is new, and i'm sure they'll get it eventually, but i still thought i'd give them a gentle hint.

I tried to match the colors of the "toilet" sign
I had to switch font after the P because there wasn't enough room in the cute little antique frame i'd bought, so it didn't turn out as well as i'd hoped... but it'll do!

Think they'll get the picture?

*Note to curious clients: it's pretty much all of them.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Queen Bee

And just like that, it's cold again.
At least it still looks spring-y.

The upside of it being cold, but not freezing? I finally got to wear the jacket Martin got me for christmas!

I sort of stole this look from a girl i saw in Tokyo, only she had floral pants and awesome hair (the picture makes it look like it's daytime, but in fact it was around 9 pm and we were about to go home from work)
(Jumpsuit: PePe in Shinjuku, Shoes: Vans, Top and Cardigan: Lowry's Farm, Scarf: Vintage bought in Austin, Jacket: Vintage)

My favorite Lowrys bag bought (and photographed) in Japan is still my favorite, the other one, from Ray Cassin, wasn't a great buy

I have a hair appointment early tomorrow morning.
About time.

Monday, May 24, 2010


Copenhagen marathon was this Sunday and we were determined to avoid it at all costs, but since dogs need to poop and husbands need to drink coffee, we had no such luck.

Instead of picking up trash right away, the staff would sweep it into the street so the heavy wind could carry it down side streets like mine... thanks!
This is the most disgusting thing i've seen... recently (i don't wanna say ever, cause i've seen a lot of gross shit): the Vaseline Man
"Uh, say, is that free Vaseline? Sure i'll have some"
"I'll just put some of that right in my sweaty armpits, and then the next person can put it on their face... oh, yes, works for me!"
In the few minutes we were standing there, we saw people put it on lips (ew), pits (eew) and even down their friggin pants (EEEW!)
Good thing we didn't have brunch until after we came back from our walk

We tried to stay away, just have a nice Sunday at home, but the pull of the new shop is too powerful.
There's just so much to be done there.
So we stopped trying to resist and had ourselves a fun weekend workday.

I'd somehow convinced Allan to let me ride with him on his bike, here we are on the way home in the evening sun
Bad Angle Family Portrait
Whoa, look how fast we're going!

We finally bought our tickets to the States this morning.
I don't really feel we have time for this trip, and we certainly can't afford it, but i'm still looking forward to warm weather and good friends.