My TSA App

tsa crochet

So apparently you can bring your large gauge knitting needles on the plane in the US. They’re pretty strict on a lot of things, so this is a bit surprising. Not that I’m a knitter- oh, no. I crochet. Yarn over, pull through. “10 dc 5 sc into next st” and all that jazz. I’m not very good, but I see the calming zen potential- it’s for real.
I think I’ll make a scarf on the plane, something to wear in Japan. I’m going to use the African Flower Granny Square pattern, make a bunch of hexagons and stitch ’em together. Why not?

Update: I wasn’t a bad activity for the plane, but I brought thin yarn, requiring more stitching, and I never made past wash rag stage. The current hobby I pursue is screen printing. Take that on a plane and I’d be impressed.

What to Wear in Tokyo


September 27, 2015

You look at the Harajuku fashion online, and it’s all colors and wacky accessories and 50 shades of Lolita. The first time I went to Tokyo, I remember being surprised that the overwhelming fashion is lots of blacks, greys, and whites. Salarymen and OL’s outnumber the Lolitas by quite a bit. Everyone generally looks classy, so tourists can tend to stick out a bit. This time around, I want to be a ninja tourist. I want to blend in a bit. Nothing too colorful.
Then again, Tokyo is the place that the oddballs can flaunt their stuff. Like the one Japanese lady we saw at the station that chose to wear shorts that did not completely cover her bum. OL she was not.
Honestly, though, I know I’m hopeless when it comes to fashion. And I know I’ll stick out. But at least my bum will be covered.

Packing for Tokyo

packing for tokyo

November 11, 2015

Well, it’s been a while because I was busy traveling, recovering, and working, but here I am back to graphically describing something that I doubt people pay much attention to, but it’s my thing, so there.
Anyway, I knew I was going to pack lighter this time around. No heavy jacket, just a light sweater I’d take on the plane in case it got chilly (ANA does not run a chilly plane I learned. Shorts would have worked). Also, a few things I knew I could throw away after I was done- old paperbacks, all the toiletries, and I even ended up pitching the yarn (The scarf didn’t quite blossom into fruition, especially when highs were in the 70’s). But it’s tough to cut things out. So many comforts of home.
I did bring granola, though…I know the Japanese like dinner for breakfast, but that’s one custom that I slow to embrace. (Update: Why didn’t I do this for my last trip? I ended spending a good deal for substandard granola.)

Here’s my [updated] packing list for next time around:
2 shirts plus 1 worn
2 sportsbras plus 1 worn
1 pants plus 1 worn
some undies
3 pairs of socks (more purchased during the trip)
Shoes that are easy to slip on and off, but sneaker enough to go for miles of walking
sweater (not needed in October in Tokyo-but early April was freak’n cold, and jacket-worthy often)
meds and vitamins- don’t forget stuff to help with digestion problems.
pens- only a horrible person doesn’t bring their own pen on the plane to fill out the Customs and Immigration forms
Change purse (unless your purse had a decent pocket for this. When $1 and $5 bills (Y100 and Y500 yen) are actually coins, wallets can only help you so much.
Wallet with ANA card, ID, credit card (no transaction fees Discover for hotel), yen- That hotel was a rare find to take Discover. VISA and Mastercard are everywhere except mom and pop places (which there are a lot…).
MP3 player loaded with audiobooks
Phone (Free Sprint global roaming- very nice)
Tablet? As a backup device or entertainment device. Optional.
Camera- if you aren’t just using your phone
Cables and chargers
FitBit (Why can’t I figure out how to change the time?)


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