Techno Sakura

“The transiency of life!”

-That’s what I yelled on the beach at Santa Monica a few years ago, when the waves came and washed away something I had written in the sand.

Sometimes, I become overwhelmed by the concept of impermanence, and am moved to tears by how all the wonderful things in life are made even more wonderful by their fleeting nature.

…It’s the idea behind the Japanese word setsunai, and it’s why the poetic Japanese people love cherry blossoms so much. Such lovely flowers… only around for such a brief time.

But it’s not tragic, it’s beautiful.

Origami Wall

We are pulling the carpet out of our living room and hallway, because underneath our old, brown carpet is the coolest, most retro¬†vinyl flooring ever. But it’s quite the ordeal. So far, only the hallway is finished.

I am in the middle of cleaning the living room out, and in the process, I am getting rid of a bunch of stuff. (Buddhist detachment comes in handy here.) I got rid of a cabinet thingy that was only attracting clutter, and then I remembered why I had it there in the first place… to hide the funky hole situation in the little wall where the old stove used to connect to the chimney. I looked around the house, trying to think of something fun with which to hide it… and then it came to me… cover the wall in butcher paper and attach origami paper!

I am going to attach finished origami pieces to it later on, for texture and depth.

Also… side note… I LOOOOOVE wood¬†paneling.

 

Blue Wasp

I saw the prettiest wasp ever, grabbed my camera, and took a couple of (not-so-great) shots. It was such a shiny, metallic, deep blue color. Beautiful! I looked him up… he’s a blue mud wasp. Apparently these guys move into abandoned mud dauber nests, renovate them, and then raise a family there. That’s kinda adorable!