Travel Series: Fancy_Pants in Chile and Argentina

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Sailing West to the Undying Lands (leaving Torres del Paine park on a boat after our hike)

Start by giving us a brief background on your trip. Where did you go? For how long? With whom? And what was the main purpose of your trip?

I spent three weeks in Chile and Argentina, two of which were with my wonderful friend & longtime travel buddy, and one week was solo. I flew into and out of Santiago, Chile, but spent most of my time in Patagonia and the Lakes District region (south and near the Chile/Argentina border). The purpose of this trip was, as I stated when crossing borders, “leisure”, but more specifically to see a new part of the world and go hiking in beautiful places. Read full post

Friday Open Thread

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Cold weather has finally moved into my part of the world so I have got to transfer out my summer wardrobe this weekend. I’ve been making due with layering, but that’s only gonna get me so far. Today I’m wearing heavy leggings, long socks, a narrow skirt, a long-sleeved PJ top that’s nearly as long as the skirt it’s layered over, a short and short-sleeved summer dress over all that, an infinity scarf (shut up, they will always be fashionable) and the cardigan I keep at the office.

I’m grateful the weather held off for this long, though.

How are things in your world/closet? Got any big weekend plans? Fashion statements?

Thursday Link Dump

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Talk about a room of one’s own–Japanese architect Shinsuke Fujii designed a home with earthquake-safe bookshelves that you can climb (the entire house is gorgeous if you like modern architecture style). Read full post

Mid-week check-in

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I like Stitch’s attitude when it comes to negative self-talk

This is the weekly post for those of us who are traversing together this hellscape called Personal Growth. Brag about this week’s accomplishments, ask for support, talk about what worked, what didn’t. Tell us how things are going for you.

Tuesday Tumblr Collection

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So, just a note, be cautious when doing an image search for “fungus.”

This week’s Tumblr collection is Tuesday, December 5: Fungus.


clevermankaI’ve posted a weekly themed collection on my Tumblr nearly every week since October, 2011. Someday I’ll compile a list of them, with links to the dates. That day is not today.

Have Fun in Your Life

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Thunder Dolphin roller coaster in Tokyo.

27 November 2017

Today I got on the early morning train to Shinjuku in order to make it to the 6:30 Aikido class. Even at 5:37 a.m. it was standing room only on the Odakyu line, and I ended up in front of an old party who was quietly snoring away on the heated seat, his head bowed so that the large yellow letters on his pink baseball cap were clearly visible: HAVE FUN IN YOUR LIFE. It felt like a message from beyond. OK, I thought to myself, I’ll try to have fun in my life. Read full post

Friday Open Thread

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Patti Lupone is fucking awesome

I hope everyone had a fantastic time last week, a million thank-yous to Doc Paradise and redheadfae for hosting. Thank you in advance to everyone who offered to host future Friday OTs. I love everyone in this bar!

In other news, holy shit y’all, it’s December. How does everyone feel about that?