My First Work Week with the Hobonichi Techo Cousin

I thought that December was going to be an easy month, but I forgot how busy things can get when you’re trying to work full time with the holidays bearing down on you. Thank goodness I had my sparkling new Hobonichi Techo Cousin to help me keep track of everything at the office. Here’s a peek at how my first week with the Hobonichi went.


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Say My Name

It’s Wednesday near the end of the semester and I just do not want to focus on work. So, as a quick distraction, I’ve discovered that Chipotle has a name generator. It is brilliant. Check it out and share your name in the comments.

Here’s my name. I fully approve.

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I couldn’t help myself. I gave it a 2nd go.

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Hosting Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving was this past Thursday in the states and there were a lot of firsts for me this time around. I was put in charge of hosing the meal for my family for the first time, so I made my first Turkey and my very first pie that didn’t involve a store bought crust. Yes, I’m almost 30 and I’d never made a turkey. So mark that one off the bucket list.


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Using a Planner in Japanese and other Hobonichi Stuff


After sharing some photos of my new Hobonichi Techo Cousin on the Google+ Bullet Journal Community, I got several questions about what it’s like to use a planner that’s not written in English. So, I thought I’d share some detailed photos of the Hobonichi so you can see how it works. The good news is that I think it’s totally possible to use a planner in another language. The great news is that Hobonichis are very well designed so that makes using this planner even easier.

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Dogs, Can You Not (개, 하지마)!? Or What’s Up with the New Title

So, if you’ve visited before (who are you? Seriously, pretty sure no one visits this blog because I never update it) you’ve probably noticed that I changed the title.

Well, I’ve never been a huge fan of the old title, but I was chatting with my friend Huan on Twitter not too long ago and we came up with a new blog title. Huan is taking a Korean language class and I’ve been trying to teach myself Korean through other means, so sometimes we spend a lot of time on Twitter discussing한국어 (Guess what that says? It says Korean).

One morning, I sent an innocuous tweet:

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Getting Started with the Hobonichi Cousin at Work

In the middle of summer, one of my fellow Bullet Journal Google+ Community members posted something about the Hobonichi line of planners. As soon as I saw them, I coveted one. They are beautiful planners. But I didn’t want to take the plunge until I knew for certain I would like them and that they would work for my planning needs.

I examined them. Very closely. I read reviews. I created my own faux Hobonichi layout in my Leuchtturm1719 notebook.

I liked it. And it worked.

So I politely requested Hobonichis for my birthday and my loved ones delivered with 2 complete Hobonichi Cousin notebook setups.


The goods. Blue on the left for personal. Pink on the right for work.


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Falling For Korean Dramas

Love Rain (2012) a.k.a. my current obsession

I’ve fallen in love with Korean Dramas (which is appropriate considering their subject matter). Before watching them, I’d been aware of Korean cinema for a several years – thanks to my undergraduate degree I got to study films like Bin Jip by Kim Ki-duk. I loved Bin Jip so much I quickly consumed as many of Kim’s films as I could find at my local video store (I miss you Casa Video!). And of course, I’ve seen the classic Old Boy from Park Chan-wook – I think the film is now a mainstay on the Cinephile Must Watch List, especially for those with an interest in what comes out of Asia.

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