this is the archive for the ‘just life’ category:


one second everyday — june 2018

june began in the azores and then jumped back home, just in time to see the parents arrive with the trunk full of cherries and other delights from their little farm. it’s high season now and you can definitely feel it in town, buzzing with festivities and tourists.

the days were filled mostly with work and our own mundane tasks… but for once, i’m sort of glad. the less excitement a month has in it, the more we can catch our breath and take stock. the first half of the year was demanding on many levels, and now more than ever, i feel the need to take it easy and carve the space to research, learn and advance other projects, to plan secretly and without respite.

kill doctor lucky

we started enjoying playing board games with friends around the time we turned 30, i think… there’s something about the quietness of an evening in that just suits us. if you’ve stayed over at our house for a few days, then it’s probably guaranteed that we’ve played a game with you at some point after a meal. and of all the games we own, kill doctor lucky has been a staple for a few years.

the free version (in a photocopied prototype) was given to us by dear friends who heard about it through kickstarter. we liked it so much that we used to carry those bits of photocopied paper around with us to evenings with other friends! :D

the game’s premise is simple: your goal is to kill doctor lucky, an old man who lives in his mansion. but doctor lucky is (as his name implies) rather lucky and thus not at all easy to kill. so you end up chasing him around his house, going from room to room, foiling other participant’s murder attempts (or not!) until eventually his luck runs out and you manage to kill him. it takes a bit of explaining to get things going, but in the end, one trial run is enough to get everyone excited and up to speed.

after a few years of playing the photocopied version, we finally caved in and bough the proper game, which is filled with witty ways to kill the doctor. it continues to make us happy, even after all this time.

does your home have a favorite board game too? :)

36!

a shaky photo i took some time ago on a runway. so far, turning 36 feels pretty good! :D

kalanchoe delagoensis

this one came to us unexpectedly, on a pot that had another plant on it. when this weird little sprout started growing in a funny shape, we put it in its own vase and low and behold, it was its own thing!

the circles at the end of each leave are baby plants that fall out of the mother when they’re ready, taking root and earning it the nickname “mother of thousands”…

if it stays true to its name, i guess we’ll soon have a baby boom around here! :D

walking on history, XIV: expo 98

has it really been 20 years? :|

i was a wide-eyed 16 year old, in awe of all the cool things happening around me, just then realizing how much there was to see and discover in the world. good times.