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Well, I just finished up celebrating he Thanksgiving holiday, & I’m so pooped, but that’s probably because I got a severe sinus & head cold right after returning from a fabulous trip to Disneyland (yet again, on both, being sick after a vacation & going to Disneyland after Thanksgiving). My body is still trying to push out the last bit of phlegm & mucous still lingering in my chest & sinus, but otherwise, I feel like I’m almost recovered. Boy, oh boy! I had a migraine during my cold so severe that it made me couch-ridden for nearly two days.

Ugh, being sick right at the start of Christmas season is such a bummer. I wanted to decorate my tree early, so that our house would have decorations up throughout the entire month from start to end, but I ended up getting so sick that I had to put off my crazy decorating until just yesterday. Now I’m so excited that my beautiful Christmas tree is up, & it’s really getting me into the mood of this holiday season. I haven’t gotten any present shopping done yet,  but I’ve got ideas swirling around in my head, & once I put my mind to it, I can get my Christmas shopping done in no time. Until then, I’m going to drink some more hot tea & rest up some more, so I don’t aggravate my annoying cough. Cheers!

Today’s song of the day:

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The stationery/office goods addict in me has come out to play again. This side of me has been left dormant since last year’s trip to Tokyo. I haven’t really added anything new to my hoard of stationery goods recently, so there hasn’t been much to report back on in that area. But now I’m back kids!! It’s the end of the year (2014), & everyone knows what that means…NEW 2015 CALENDARS!!!

When I buy calendars, I mainly look for 2 things: 1. Clean font/lettering & 2. Large squares. I don’t like overly busy designs, or crazy layouts. I like minimal & fun designs.

This was my calendar for 2014:
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This calendar is a little bit more on the colorful side than I’d normally choose for an everyday calendar. I ended up picking this one because, at the time, I was really in love with a Japanese animation called 「紙兎ロペ」(Kami Usagi Ropé). This animation is a comedy about animal characters, in paper doll form, who are navigating through the adventures of high school life. I liked this calendar because it had large enough squares for me to write all of my appointments & special events while also having easy-to-read letters & funny screenshots from the animation.

This upcoming year, I have a bit of an issue. I have two great calendars, but I only need one. This is option 1:
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Since subscribing to Whisky Magazine, I received this awesome calendar as a free gift. It’s a bit on the small side for my taste, but it is still very functional, & it has the large squares to write in…which I love. This calendar not only has beautiful photos, but it also contains interesting facts about whisky & whisky distilling. I am eager to learn more about my favorite libation throughout the year.

This is option 2:
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I made a slight mistake when I bought this calendar. I ordered this online through my all-time favorite shop Tokyu Hands, but I sort of forgot to read the measurements of the size. I had no idea how big the calendar was actually going to be until I received the package in the mail. The box this calendar came in was large enough to store a coffee maker AND a blender. Yes, folks. This calendar is huge (by my standards…at 17.5″L x 12.2″W), & it’s supposed to be a wall-hanging calendar. The squares are large enough that I could write whole paragraphs inside each one. Aside from the size, I enjoy the clean & minimal design of this calendar.

Whichever one I choose to use in 2015…it’s going to be a banner year. Cheers!

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Hello there!  It’s been a while since my last posted entry, & I offer my apologies.  As it turns out, since the Thanksgiving festivities, my niece passed on her sick germs to me, & I got sick (yet again).  I ended up getting an ear infection coupled with a nice little sinus infection (wrapped up with a pretty bow).  It’s been over a week & I still have some lingering symptoms of my sinus infection.

HOWEVER………The show must go on!  I shall soldier on & continue my blog entry.

Xmas is fast approaching, & I must say that it is one of my most favorite holidays of the year.  Well, to clarify, I’d like to say that December is probably my favorite month of the year…since it’s the Winter season, Xmas festivities are celebrated all month long, AND…my nephew’s birthday is also in December.  So, for me, there’s lots of activities this month.  There’s also a few recent traditions that I’ve been keeping up with over the past few years.

Every year, around Nov/Dec, I like to stock up on new calendars for the next year.  (You’ve already seen my planner diary in my previous entries.)  Here are my new calendars for 2013:

This is the calendar for my spare bedroom at my parents’ house…
home calendar

This one is for my apartment.
Fun Fact: 赤塚不二夫 (Fujio Akatsuka) is the artist of popular comic 天才バカボン (Tensai Bakabon).
apartment calendar

This is the calendar I’ve been using for this year:
2012 calendar

I love festive decorations for any occasion…especially Xmas!!  I finally got my first Advent calendar.
Believe it or not, I actually got this at a Starbucks coffee shop in Tokyo.
I wasn’t able to find this at any U.S. Starbucks retailer (or at any China Starbucks), so I believe I got myself a good deal here.
advent calendar

This is what the apartment finally looks like after jazzing it up for the holidays.
I wanted to keep decorations to a minimum, since the apartment has very little storage space. (I don’t like clutter.)
Anyways, I will be spending the main parts of the Xmas holidays at my parents’ house…so…
I then got a small symbolic Xmas tree & added 2 Xmas edition LEGO sets from my growing LEGO collection.
apartment xmas

That’s pretty much it.  Not much else to report on our tiny home-front.  Oh wait!  I almost forgot…

I got a little trigger happy at the card shop (again) & got 3 new greeting cards to add to my ever-growing stash.

new greeting cards

I also got a storage case for  my decorative (Washi) paper tape.
My giant hobby box is just stuffed to the brim & couldn’t hold them all.
tape box

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