The Bapron

Olive’s teeth are starting to come in, so we’ve been giving her breast milk ice cubes in a little feeding pouch.

Olive loves the cubes.  I love the Bapron.

Olive's Bapron

I sewed it using her old receiving blankets.

Next project — a baby cape-bib (like the ones you wear to get your hair cut).

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Postpartum Magic

I don’t believe in ‘miracle foods’, but miyuk guk (seaweed soup) is pretty amazing.  miyuk gukAfter giving birth to Olivia 슬아, I went on a soup diet.  I ate miyuk guk at least 3 times a day for the first six weeks.  Then, I incorporated other types of soup and porridge.  Mainly chicken porridge. The women in my family swear by it.  They say that miyuk guk restores what your body lost during the birth — iron, calcium, etc. — and detoxes your breastmilk.  It definitely helped me make more milk, and kept my poop soft.

You can make miyuk guk with just about any type of soup base.  I made tons of beef marrow broth before the birth and froze it in containers to make soup afterwards.


It’s super-easy.  Buy some 사골 (beef shank bones) and soak it in water for a few hours until the blood drains out.  Rinse the bones, and soak it again to make sure all the blood is gone.  Then throw the bones in a giant pot full of water.  Boil and simmer for a full day — just add water every few hours.  The soup will become white and you’ll see holes in the bones once it’s done.

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Photo Magic

My partner went back to school this semester to learn photography and photoshop. He made this picture of my cat for fun:

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Pretty amazing treehouses by Takashi Kobayashi.


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Spent a few days this week at a pretty amazing elementary school in Oakland.  Instead of reciting the pledge of allegiance each morning, the students say another pledge — to themselves, their classmates, teachers, families and communities.

Grass Valley Pledge

My favorite part is when they put their fists in the air and say, “I have the power to make my people proud!”

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Kimchi Time

Just pulled the first load of cabbage from the garden.


Each cabbage is twice the size of my head and the metal bowl is the big kind — like something you would bathe a baby in.

Cabbage 2

In a few hours it will all be kimchi!

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Jersey Holidays

Wrapping up two weeks with family and old friends in Jersey and finally heading home.  Some touristy highlights:

1) Roentgens furniture exhibit at the Met

Roentgens Met Exhibit

Super-intricate furniture pieces with all kinds of hidden compartments that pop out when you turn a key or push a button.  The features are controlled using springs, pulleys, and metal cables.

Some of the furniture pieces:

2) Wicked

Wicked Broadway

One of the few musicals, movies, etc. that lives up to the book.

3) Self-guided Sopranos tour

Bada Bing

We were 10 years behind on this one but still fun.  Stopped at Satin Dolls (aka the Bada Bing), Holsten’s (where the last scene of the last episode takes place), and Pizzaland (awful pizza but great drawing of the Sopranos guys).

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Pizza Pizza

Tonight was my first time making pizza from scratch.  The best part — no special equipment needed!


That is a photo of Dave Lebovitz’ pizza.  Ours wasn’t nearly as good-looking and we ate it all before I could take a picture.  Super-easy and wayyy better than any pizza I’ve had around here.

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Kaoiro and Selifusen

How cute!

From the website:

“Kaoiro” (which means “facial expression” in Japanese)
is japanese emoticon stamp pretending to be the date stamp.

This stamp that mixing digital culture with a old style stationary
has 7 belts and around 20 symbols.

You can create real kaomoji (japanese emoticon) of 2000 or more
by combining them.

If you always have it ready on your desk at school or office,
you can share your emotion to your lover in real world with a secret . \ (^ о ^) /

(via Resourceful Design)

These are pretty awesome too:

A sticky note that is the maximum communication tool in the stationery field.
We gave these products a friendly design.

They are called “Selifusen”.

It dashes out from the world of the MANGA,
and invites you into their worlds.

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