MMM-FRUIT! vs Tumblr

{ tl;dr: maybe I’ll be here now? amorous.tumblr.com }

I’ve owned and operated MMM-FRUIT.com since 2002.

That is a looooooong, long time. Over a decade, this has been my space.

And it has been a great wonderful space. I feel like this a place where I grew up. I moved from locked online diaries to public journals, blogging before Blogger even existed, and eventually I moved to my own personal domain. This was a place where I could unload my thoughts, explore the art of writing, and share my work as an artist and photographer as I pursued a degree in Photography. I operated an online web-shop for seven years (thank you to my loyal fans & shoppers!), from 2003 – 2010 until I moved to Japan. And then this became a place to stay in touch from overseas, and share a foreign culture with my followers. This website has been many things to me, and many things to my various readers.

So as I am nearing the renewal date of mmm-fruit.com and my hosting, I realized that I just haven’t been spending enough time here to justify the cost of running it. Because I’m not really running anything here anymore. It’s almost just a placeholder.

I think part of me wants to maintain this space because I’ve owned it for so long. But is it time for me to move on from this? I don’t know. Is this a farewell post? No, not quite, not really.

I’ve started spending a little bit more time on Tumblr lately, exploring it as an alternative space to spew out thoughts.

Maybe I’ll move over there permanently. Maybe MMM-FRUIT! will stick around a little longer. I don’t know. I don’t know.

If you want to keep in touch, come follow me at amorous.tumblr.com & say hello. :)

Summer, I don’t want you to end.

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My summer bucket list —

  • Start reading the X-Men comics
  • Watch a summer blockbuster in the theater
  • Go on a picnic
  • Go to the beach as often as possible
  • Visit Capitola Beach
  • Visit Half Moon Bay
  • Dip into the ocean
  • Play in the sand
  • Get a little tan
  • Go to the pool
  • Eat tortilla chips and fresh salsa
  • Eat fancy cheese and salami
  • Drink my 2011 V. Sattui Winery Moscato Frizzante
  • Try Prosecco wine
  • Eat watermelon slices
  • Read, read, read…
  • Walk everyday for at least 20 minutes
  • Get fit
  • Go hiking
  • Brew & drink 麦茶 (“mugi-cha”, roasted barley tea)
  • Paint my nails more often – summery colors: yellow, hot pink, turquoise, orange, red
  • Mojitos!
  • Dinner & drinks with friends visiting from out-of-town / out-of-state / out-of-country
  • Beachy wavy hair
  • Shoot Polaroids

So basically, all I have left is to drink a lot & exercise more, ha! And try to squeeze in another trip to the beach. We were going to go back down to Capitola or one of the other Santa Cruz beaches this weekend, but I’ve been reading about the influx of anchovies in the water, as well as “squishy, strange things found on Monterey Beaches” (no joke – that is the headline of the article), resulting in high levels of bacteria, so I’m a little bit turned off to swimming in the ocean right now.

Still though, I am writing this while wearing shorts & a sweater; it is cloudy and a cool 65°F right now. I am not quite ready for summer to end just yet.

Ahoy! Weigh anchor!

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Fun! I’ve been wanting an anchor necklace all summer long ever since I stocked up on nautical-themed summer tees at Old Navy. I was really surprised that I couldn’t find any there, or at Target, or anywhere else where I would normally pick up cheap costume jewelry. Luckily, I walked into a local bead shop in Berkeley today on my way back to my car after lunch and picked up the materials to make my own for about $6.50. I don’t normally make jewelry, but it was so super-easy that maybe I should start…? :)

Tonight

Tonight is one of those nights where I know I should just fall asleep, but somehow just can’t. I blame the 90° weather we had today. It is ridiculously hot in the house, even with a fan and air conditioning running. My husband has already fallen asleep, and I have a mechanical keyboard that goes clickity-clack when I type, so I’ll keep this short, but I wanted to say a few things. First, I wanted to apologize — to myself, to my blog, and to any of my readers — for not keeping this up the way I used to. Second, I wanted to say hello, and say that I am still here.

I want to be a better blogger, I really do.

I didn’t blog so much after I returned from Japan because it was a rough time. There wasn’t much positive news to share. I was unemployed. I was burning through my savings. I was happy to be home, and was also homesick for the home I had been in for two years. I missed Japan. I wasn’t going out much (mostly, to save money). My days were the same day-to-day and it was a whole lot of boring.

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Me, with a delicious sandwich = Me, happy.

But the good news is now I am not blogging so much for a different reason. Things have turned around, and I am happy that life is going in the direction that it has been. I am employed, permanently and full-time. My husband has also found a job. We have health benefits. We are saving money, for retirement, for a future down payment on a house, and for unforeseen emergencies. I am trying to get in shape by setting goals to exercise on a regular basis. I still miss Japan, but I am enjoying being back in California. I’ve gotten to spend time with family and friends. I have a new baby niece, and I’m setting out to be her BFF Aunt of the Year. My husband and I have had all sorts of life goals, and are at a point in our lives now where some of these goals may finally be attainable. I am busy, but in a good way. I am enjoying life.

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I’m trying to get in better shape so I can go hiking more and shoot more things like this. Life is beautiful.

Life is meant to be enjoyed.

But I still want to be a better blogger, I really do. And whether things are up or down, it really shouldn’t be an excuse. This post is not a promise to blog three times a day or three times a week. This post is not a promise for anything. But it is a start, and it is another goal. I will try to be a better blogger.

I have so much to share still about our time in Japan. And as things continue to move forward in our lives, I hope to have more to share with you in the future.

Thanks for sticking around for the ride. :)

Little by little

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I found a blog post in my drafts, which I had started to write in December, and decided not to share. I’ve erased what I originally wrote but wanted to share this picture from a few months ago of the avocado plant I started growing last year.

It’s continued to grow since I took this photo, and will share another update when it’s a bit more impressive looking. I have to say, I am quite proud of this little guy. It’s going to be living in a pot for some time, but I hope to be a home-owner by the time it’s ready to be planted into the earth’s soil.

Little by little, meeting my life’s goals.

Featured in Jetstar Japan Magazine!

Tsubaki no yu

My photograph of Tsubaki no Yu Onsen (next to Dogo Onsen in Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture, Japan) has been featured in Jetstar Japan Magazine‘s February 2014 issue!! You can find it on Page 57. View it online, or view it IN THE AIR flying on Jetstar out of Australia, Singapore, Japan, and Vietnam!

Jetstar February 2014 Tsubaki no Yu by Sharleen Morco

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