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We haven't had the chance to go back to Vancouver in more than a decade, but we're happy to find a bit of the city in Santa Monica.
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Our Terimayo Japadog was sooooo good! Very flavourful combo of teriyaki sauce, mayo, and nori topping. You must try it.
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We can't wait to order their other specialty dogs next time.
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Which Japadog hotdog is your fave?
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The lighting in this picture isn't great, but who cares when this mini donut and iced matcha latte are amaze-balls?!
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Yum, yum, yum!
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I love bacon on my donuts and also inside robes of chocolate, but I have three conditions:
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1) The bacon has to be super crispy;
2) The bacon has to be salty enough (not too salty, but none of the low-sodium kind either);
3) The donut glaze cannot be too sweet.
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It has to be the perfect ratio of saltiness to sweetness; otherwise, one taste will overpower the other, and that's no good. And the bacon has to be really crispy; otherwise, I taste the porkiness AND the strip won't break when I bite into it (both no good either).
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If you're ever in Little Tokyo in DTLA, pop by Cafรฉ Dulce and try out the stuff in my pic. This is my kind of afternoon tea ๐Ÿ˜„.
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I would probably replace "hand" with "purse", but you gets.
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Someone asked me why I often go through runs of lettering with gel pens, and there's actually a very simple reason: When I'm travelling, I can't bring allll the pens that I would want to use.
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Sometimes, if I know where we'll be eating (๐Ÿ˜„) or visiting (๐Ÿ˜), I'll do some pre-lettering. But I'm often #letteringonthego ... whenever I find a blank canvas or a delicious-looking treat that I want to share. That's why I'll have bursts of posts using the same pens.
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How would you fill in the blank after "I can't"? Me ... I can't remember a time (since I began carrying a handbag/purse anyway) when I didn't have a few pens with me. So without at least one, I can't even ๐Ÿ˜Š.
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Happy Friday Eve!
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I may not ever get to visit Hawaii in person (though I really, really want to someday!), so for now, I'll just enjoy all the Hawaiian eats in and around LA.
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Loved this garlic chicken and spam musubi from Aloha Poke Co. My fave part is actually the crab macaroni salad. Wish I could go back to get some more! (Do you deliver ๐Ÿ˜„?!)
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It was almost an hour drive from the parks to our hotel, but we couldn't pass up getting some gumbo to go from @rbjazzkitchen in Downtown Disney.
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Definitely one of our fave spots in all of Disneyland (ish, since it's actually outside the gates).
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Earlier this year, I tried making my own gumbo since I love the dish so much. Um ... It didn't go so well. Haven't tried again since, but maybe soon ๐Ÿคž.
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For now, I'll just enjoy RBJK's. We also bought beignets, but they never made it out of the car ๐Ÿ˜ƒ. It was a looong drive, and there were only six ...
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Iโ€™ve always loved that Booth affectionately calls the forensic anthropologists in the TV show Bones โ€œsquintsโ€ because theyโ€™re always squinting at little bits of bones and other matter as part of their jobs.
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In this recently pubbed book, Flint is also called โ€œSquintโ€, but itโ€™s not nearly as affectionate as Boothโ€™s moniker for his friends.
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Flint is losing his sight, which is what makes him squint. And even the solace he usually finds in drawing his comic characters isnโ€™t very comforting because he has to rush to finish his book before he goes blind.ย  When he becomes friends with McKell, a fellow student dealing with a terminally ill sibling, life for both of them becomes a little better.
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This is a sweet story about accepting yourself and making lemonade.ย  Itโ€™s a multimodal narrative, which my students love, and is full of middle-school observations, comic-book rules, and grandparently (not a word yet) advice.
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Have you read Squint yet?
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This was a whole week ago, but I'm still feeling pixie dusted.
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Actually, it's been a really hectic couple of weeks for me, which is why I've had a spotty IG presence lately. But I'm always thankful to get the opportunity to travel, especially to visit the House of Mouse (Houses of Mouses? Hice of Mice? ๐Ÿ˜‚)
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Hope you've had a fab Monday! I'm already dreaming of our next trip to Disney (and warmer weather).
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(PS: I love the Halloween Tree! It's gorgeous AND it honours an author ... Do you know whom?)
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Found one last blank page in my current cahier, so I thought I'd do yesterday's @365daysofwonderlettering prompt ... which I promptly forgot to post ๐Ÿ™ˆ.
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Rise above the little things like ...
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- people who shake their heads at my refusal to wear socks in October, which I'm refusing to do until temps go down to single digits (ยฐC) on a sunny day
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- crinkled pages and pen scribbles all over my notebook because Baby Niece has followed in my footsteps of doodling everywhere (which I find more cute than irritating, even though she DID scribble with a green pen on a page full of notes written with the same green pen, so that my words are now nearly impossible to read)
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- having to buy my own white-board markers because we don't have a budget for the colourful chisel-tipped kind I like, and I'd rather use the tools that work best for me, and now the purple markers are allll mine
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- the incredulous reactions of some baristas when I order an iced mocha despite the blustery weather, and when I turn down their suggestion of a pumpkin-spiced anything
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Happy Friday! What do you rise above?
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My lunch was great. How about yours?
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Really happy to have gotten the chance to visit Little Tokyo.
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There are tons of restaurants and cafรฉs, selling different yummies from teppanyaki and fried chicken to mochi ice cream and baked goods.
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Of course, I ducked into all the little gift shops. Had to control myself in the stationery aisles though!
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Have you ever been to Little Tokyo?
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Thankful for beautiful vistas and the opportunities I get to see them in person.
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And thankful always for family and friends.
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Happy Thanksgiving!
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Some sweets to wish you all a sweet weekend!
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This was made for Hubs' friend who got married recently. Congrats, Susie and Mike!
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Btw, the hardest part about this was taking the picture with as little glare and reflection as possible.
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Also, these aren't M&Ms ... Do you know what candies they are ๐Ÿ˜‰?
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Another paper-table-cover lettering for you!
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My friend, @some_things13, reminded me that creatives like us sometimes end up fighting over crayons at these places ๐Ÿ˜„. Poor green crayon casualty ...
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These cauliflower wings from @montanasbbq are delish, btw. Perfect for a light lunch or snack.
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But tonight is a game night ๐Ÿ’™, which means traditional wings are on the menu.
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Does anyone else's eyes light up with excitement when they see paper table covers? Just me?
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Just some quick letter doodles while waiting for my order of chicken katsu to arrive.
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What's for dinner tonight?
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Mom became a grandma for the second time today!
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Baby sister gave birth to a baby boy -- a happy and healthy 7 lbs.
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Needless to say, we're all over the moon (and exhausted). Baby niece has already become very protective ... that is until she, herself, tries to poke him awake ๐Ÿคฃ.
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Happy Monday, friends!
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Holy cannoli ... It's almost October. How did that happen?
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For the first time in years, it actually FEELS like October in October, thanks to the cooler temperatures.
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Yeah, I don't like that. (I'm still adamantly refusing to wear socks ๐Ÿคช.)
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But we love these donuts! They make up for days of non-summer weather.
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Happy Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, ... Saturday!
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Airport 057/100 handles about half of its country's international passenger traffic. At one point, it was even the 49th busiest airport in the world.
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It's one of two airports that serve the capital city. The other, HND, is frequented by more domestic fliers.
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Have you passed through either?
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Happy Friday!
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Here's a behind-the-scenes look at what's involved in lettering on glass ... specifically, what comes AFTER.
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Paint pens are fabulous because they can't be rubbed off with just a cloth and water (unlike chalk markers) ... which is also what makes them tricky to clean (fix).
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This video highlights my cleaning technique: dip a plaquer (or some other pointed PLASTIC tool) into some hand sanitizer and gently nudge or trim letter edges until they're smooth. Use (finger)nail when necessary.
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Plastic works best for me because I'm not worried about scratching the glass, and it won't rust with repeated exposure to alcohol.
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The trickiest bit is the timing though. The acrylic has to be dry enough so that only the parts you want removed will break apart, but it can't be TOO dry; otherwise, you risk chipping the whole letter.
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What's your favourite paint marker? (I'm using a Sharpie oil-based one here.)
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When your teacher is a letterer, you get lots of handouts throughout the year with your name brushed, inked, and/or flourished with various colours.
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Even if the handouts are just vocab sheets ๐Ÿ˜‚.
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Happy Monday! (Busy Monday ๐Ÿ˜•. Cold Monday ๐Ÿ˜ญ.)
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If you've ever asked me for a book recommendation for middle-graders and teens, then you know how much I champion the Blackthorn Key books by Kevin Sands.
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Tomorrow, the fourth installment of this fab series comes out, and I can't wait for you to read it.
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As with the rest of the books, there are lots of codes and mysteries to solve, oodles of humour and LOL moments, and tons of action and adventure (some ghostly ones!). The only problem is ... Christopher, our MC, doesn't know who he is. Thankfully, Tom and Sally are around to save him ... so they can all save some village children, too.
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This series just gets better as the books add up, and I'm so pleased that Sands keeps churning 'em out every September.
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'Twas a nice day to visit the farmers' market at St. Jacobs. There was a bit of an autumn chill in the air (๐Ÿ˜ข), but under the sun, it was bright and warm (๐Ÿ˜Ž).
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We like supporting local and small businesses when we can. Today, we got a pack of end-of-season strawberries, a bag of pears, and a handful of onions.
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Ooh, and I had a delicious cup of chocolate-hazelnut coffee, which may have been the best part of the afternoon.
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What do you get at the farmers' market?
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