Proper Shoe Fitting

Yesterday, we went to the Public Shoe Store to get some athletic shoes. In the past, we’ve ordered them online for the sake of convenience but this time, we went because the proprietor there is a podiatrist who knows proper shoe fitting and the store is closing soon so this would be our last chance. Actually, we’ve walked by there hundreds of times and I’ve always wanted to go in because SHOES!!, but never did. So we mentioned we do running and we learned that the toes actually need room at the front of the toe box to grow/swell when you run. We ended up buying shoes a full size bigger!! Tight or too small running shoes can wreck your toes. And it all made sense to me immediately when I heard that because I’ve lost a toenail from running before. I came home and just tried on my athletic shoes which are a half size bigger than my normal shoes and based on the way they judged it, I now realize I should go a full size bigger. When you lift your toes with the sneakers on, you should have an inch of space up to the front of the toe box for your feet to grow when you run. So that’s that. Get properly fitting shoes.


The nasturtiums that moved outside are doing well.

The ones that stayed indoors all slowly died. I threw them out.

I’m still not sure these will grow as well as they could because it’s still not sunny enough.

Ginger Plant

I finally have something to show you besides a ginger root that everybody’s seen before.

It started out like this
I just chopped up ginger and put them in dishes with shallow water.

When they started to sprout a little, I buried them in the soil.

And they grew! Easy. I think once you start to see a little growth, get it in the soil and just water it. Keeping it too long in the dishes with water just slows down the growing and they are more susceptible to growing mold or drying out.

I hope they flower.


If you like bamboo, you’ll probably like burdock.  It’s fibrous and crunchy. At the store, it looks like a long root. Kinda’ like a 3 foot long brown furry carrot or parsnip.


Peel it by scraping it with a spoon.

Chop it into matchsticks.

Cook it with a little oil, soy sauce, and sugar. Add toasted sesame seeds at the end.

Tossing Make Up Again

Aside from tennis, I’ve also been preoccupied lately by beauty tutorials on Youtube. I love Lisa Eldridge and fall asleep to her soothing lulling British voice often. And a new one I’ve been watching is called AsianBeautySecrets, hosted by Mia, who is Australian. I like Australian accents too. So between the two of them I’ve learned about facial massages and how to find the right shade of foundation. I don’t get any of the products they recommend though because the Environmental Working Group generally gives most cosmetics medium to high toxicity scores. Instead I kinda’ went on a makeup tossing kick, throwing out a lot of my old (or new) creams, eyeliner, eyeshadows, eye primer, highlighter, concealer, and mascaras. I save the spoolies though. The mascara applicators can be washed and used as eyebrow brushes.

The stuff I’m keeping:

  • Boots No. 7 Mineral Perfection Foundation – EWG Rating: 1
  • Urban Decay Naked 2 Eyeshadow Palette – 2 (for allergens, not carcinogens or reproductive toxicity, and I’ve used it and know I’m not allergic to it)
  •  Juice Beauty Tinted Mineral Moisturizer – 1
  • Coastal Scents Eyeshadows  – no rating
  • bareMinerals Blush – 1
  • e.l.f. Eye Transformer - 2 (I haven’t used this yet so I don’t even know if I like it, but I threw out the E.L.F eye shadow palette years ago because it was just low quality stuff.)
  • e.l.f. Mineral Infused Mascara – 2


It was Winter WINTER spring winter Spring… and boom – it’s Summer. Like 80 degrees Summer. Since it’s still only early May, we just keep our windows open. It’s about 80 some degrees in our house which is quite warm but tolerable. And in the evenings when a cool breeze comes by, it’s perfect.

Lately we’ve been spending a good amount of time trying to learn tennis. We have lessons and also go to the park to play a little. I’m horrible at it and mostly just run around chasing after the balls. Now I sort of understand why dogs love chasing after tennis balls. It’s kinda’ fun.

International Potluck

These were a hit at an international potluck our community held.
Veggie Dumplings

I used so much ginger in the filling I thought they came out pretty spicy. But one guy came up to us to say he thought they could be spicier. Still, this whole platter was cleared by the end of the evening. If they weren’t to labor intensive, we’d make them more often.

Filling: Taro, chives, napa cabbage, onion, scallions, garlic, ginger, cooking wine, soy sauce, white pepper, sesame oil

Another hairdryer??!

Now that Gina isn’t around to help me show off my random shopping purchases, I have boring pictures like this hair dryer. It’s like watching The Price is Right without the presenting ladies. Gina was my Vanna.
It’s not even the pink model. Still, it’s one that I’ve wanted for a few years and I finally bought it when a sale came up. It’s nice. I like the way my hair looks even after a couple of days after using it. And it seems to dry my hair faster.


Just a few weeks shy of 12 years old. We had a feeling it was getting to the end. She still enjoyed her treats but she was a lot less active and just generally slept a good deal more.

She was a good little chinchilla. Had a lot of spunk.
We’ll miss having her. I miss her pellet throwing now.