Kiss5Tigers

The 5 Tigers represent the big things in life. This blog is about facing them.


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Asian Night Market

I went to an event today at the Bomb Factory in Deep Ellum. It was a very cool event.

First of all, Asian. It makes my inner weeaboo so happy. To me, it’s as close as I can get to an alien culture. It seems familiar in so many ways, but then there’s a twist. I don’t actually want to be Asian, but I enjoy being able to experience something different from my norm.

Then night. A night market is interesting because it’s not the usual daytime event. I am a night person, though I have become more of a sunlight person in recent years. There is something romantic to me about night events. Romantic in the literary sense, not in the relationship sense I’m afraid. I’m not terribly sentimental so romantic activities don’t tend to have the desired effect with me.

So there were about 20 food booths set up. We – that is, my daughter and I – tried a little bit of everything. We tried steak skewers, pork sandwiches, boba tea, a noodle bowl, and a thing called Tofu-Fighters which of course was made with tofu. We also tried something made with jackfruit, which I never had before. It wasn’t bad, but I preferred the tofu. We had a thing called a SnowBaby that was creamy and icy and pumpkin pie flavored. Daughter got a cocktail called cucumber lemonade. I asked her what kind of alcohol was in it but she didn’t know. What is always interesting to me, is how strong a flavor cucumber is. You would think cucumber would be so mild as to be invisible but instead it is the strong note.

I would have liked to see some vendors selling souvenirs and craft items. Maybe that’s just me, wanting shopping at everything.

The highlight was the lion dancers. There’s 2 men to a lion and the heads are huge. They have manes and glowing eyes that blink. There were 6 lions all together: black and red, white and red, white and blue, white and green, and 2 purple ones. The men do acrobatics in the costume so it looks like the lion is standing up or leaping. The blinking eyes were so cute! The dancers came down off the stage and played with the audience, eventually dancing all the way around the room, with confetti cannons going off every few minutes. It was very fun.

Always a good day when I can try something new.


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Unhappy kitty

I had to wash all my bedding today.  One of the cats peed on my comforter.  Based on the amount of moisture, more than one time.  Since it was rolled up at the foot of my bed, I simply hadn’t realized how wet it was until I moved it.  Yup.  But a good hot water wash with bleach and OdoBan, and it’s usable again.  ( link to OdoBan if you’re interested http://www.odoban.com/ )  In the meantime, I need to wonder about why the cat was peeing in my bed at all.  It’s usually a sign of being unhappy or threatened.  Practicing feline psychology is difficult because they don’t give you any feedback.

My mail project is moving along.  I’m down to the J’s.  I’m very pleased with this.  I’ve had a handful of responses, which is more than I expected, and a few returned, which is less than I expected.  Some of my addresses are quite old and people move.  I need to write a one page piece about who sunlion is and what Kiss5Tigers means.  Sunlion is just my most common online name, other than my own.  Kiss5Tigers is, well, something else.  I guess it’s  my studio name.  It’s the name I associate with my projects, like this blog and my art.  I really don’t know how else to describe it.  It has an EIN, what is commonly called a wholesale number.  It’s the name that’s going on the subscription box, and it’s noted on my zines.  ( Contact me if you want a zine.  They are very short. )

I am ready for the time off between jobs.  I just wish the company would get in touch with me about the details.  Once they’re handled, once I have flight information, I can make the rest of my plans.  I do want some time off before the new job starts, maybe a few days, maybe a week.  I want to make some art and get the air conditioner in the car fixed,  organize my room a little more.  I really need to acquire some more drawer sets so I can start pulling stuff out of the boxes.  I’ve been living in boxes for 2 years now and it’s time to actually act like I live here.  I expect to be here for 2 more years anyway, since that’s how long my contract is.

I went to Kinokuniya in Plano the other day.  They had a book for sale on Japanese culture that I really want, but I didn’t pick it up.  I want to go to Japan with my daughter.  My current plan is to go in about 2 years when my contract is up.  We’ve been talking about going for years now and if I don’t make plans for it, it will always be a dream.  I’m thinking of taking the trek back to Plano to get the book.  I’d have to do it in the next week before they rearrange the store.  I wouldn’t be able to find it if they move it!  Here is a link for Kinokuniya:  https://usa.kinokuniya.com/  .  I bought a lovely green pen there and a cute glass bat for my daughter, totally worth checking out.