Today is my birthday!
I’m 40 years old! Wooooo!
I haven’t been blogging much this year. A lot has happened. Or should I say life happened.
Derek moved to L.A. with Uni & Ebi (the kittens we adopted & raised), and I wish him nothing but the very best. He’s very talented and I have no doubt that he’ll be successful wherever he goes. Good luck, Derek!
It probably isn’t necessary to write personal stuff here, but I used to make bento for him and now I don’t. And half of this blog was about bento. Also I feel like I owe an explanation to those who congratulated me when I got engaged & married about why he won’t be appearing in my blog posts anymore. It was a mutual decision and I want to thank our friends for the support!
As for me, I’m ready to take over the world.
In February I moved to downtown San Diego from my previous place, started living by myself, got some awesome freelance plush gigs and have been crazy busy.
Here’s the guardian for my new place
I don’t care what Tyler Durden says, every time I move, it’s IKEA time.
But another reason for not blogging is that I have nothing blog-worthy to write about.
I decided to take some time off from sewing & typing on the keyboard in my free time. I still sew a lot but not until 3 in the morning like I used to. Working as a full-time & freelance plush maker has finally started to take its toll on the right side of my body. The doctor pretty much told me to “stop whatever you’re doing” (like that’s gonna happen). It’s an occupational hazard. I cut down my sewing time, and it’s already gotten so much better.
Oh but I’m still taking freelance jobs, just very limited openings due to my arm & shoulder. (By the way, this does NOT affect the freelance gigs I’ve already accepted.) So contact me at AnnaTheRed@gmail.com if you’re interested. Actually I’ve been working on some freelance stuff that I’m not allowed to talk about yet, but hopefully I can write about it in the future.
As for bento, I don’t make bento or cute food like I used to because I don’t have anyone to make it for anymore. I still cook for myself, but cooking pretty food for myself is so boring and I’m lazy.
But just because I’m not blogging doesn’t mean nothing is happening in my life.
Soon after I started living by myself, I adopted a Polydactyl boy kitten (cat with extra toes). I named him Ikura. (Ikura means salmon roe in Japanese) He’s a gorgeous sweet kitten but also very shy. It took a while for him to finally open up to me.
I love when he holds my hand with his gigantic paws.
He’s literally wherever I go.
This is my view when I wake up, every morning.
And very recently, I adopted another kitten. A one-eyed boy kitten. A friend of a friend on Twitter was looking for a home for him, and I fell in love when I saw the pictures of him. Despite the fact that he only has one foggy eye (due to feline herpes), he’s extremely energetic and wants to play all the time. I named him Hirame the Pirate. (Hirame means halibut/fluke/flounder in Japanese.)
This was the picture posted on Twitter. Just look at him!!
This was taken on the day I brought him home.
Ikura and Hirame bonded almost immediately, and they became inseparable best friends!
You can see tons more pictures of them on my instagram.
Also, recently some of us at The Behemoth took an archery class at a local archery store/range. Archery is something I’ve always wanted to try and I had so much fun in the class. As a matter of fact, I liked it so much that I bought a recurve bow the day after the class.
Performance Archery in San Diego is an awesome archery store & range! They were extremely helpful.
My first recurve bow!
Ever since then, I’ve been going to the archery range/trail at the Balboa Park. I’m still a newbie but I’m loving it. It’s very calming and relaxing. It reminds me of calligraphy. Each shot is just like a brushstroke. And my arm doesn’t bother me when I shoot, so that’s good.
I love this archery range at the Balboa Park! Half of the targets are closed but the range is like a hiking trail so each target is very unique. Also it’s only $2! (Honor system)
Just so you know, I only take a photo of my shot when I get a bull’s eye.
Work at the Behemoth is still awesome! I’ve been working on a lot of new projects, and you’ll get to see them pretty soon…
This is the only thing I can post right now.
Anyway, I might not update this blog as often as I used to. I don’t consider myself a “blogger” and I don’t even like writing that much. But if I’m doing something cool I want to share, I’ll post it here.
I’m more active on Twitter blabbering about stuff, so if you’re interested you can follow me @TheAnnaTheRed on Twitter.
So yeah, I’m spending my birthday by myself this year for the 1st time in… 40 years! It is actually the very first time I’m alone on my birthday and I feel awesome.
This is my birthday attire. No tiara for me.
Okay, that’s it for now. I’m gonna go shoot some arrows now, and spend the day doing things I like. Being 40 is pretty great so far.