Mr. Cumberbatch On My Mind

Well, his words, and those still-frame moments in one’s life when one’s own human frailty is suddenly all too exposed + real.

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It’s especially vivid if you (if you’re like me, a regular person) only know—or imagine—him as the larger-than-life, {+ smarter-than-life}, rather indomitable characters he plays—Khan, Sherlock Holmes . . . 〜

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But Mr. B. Cumberbatch was kidnapped at gunpoint in 2005, I think while on a film project in South Africa, with friends of his. According to the brief account on Wikipedia, he was abducted with two friends by some locals, held overnight, then driven somewhere and set free with no explanation. The experience left a mark, an indelible memory, on him [the person]—

・ .IT MADE ME REALIZE .・

THAT YOU COME INTO THIS WORLD

.・AS YOU LEAVE IT .・

.・ .・ ON YOUR OWN ・ .・ .

IT’S MADE ME WANT TO LIVE .・

.・ A LIFE LESS ORDINARY ・ . ☆

— Benedict Cumberbatch

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Just. So. Indulgent. Or, AGNES!

Is this indulgent or what??!!
B U T ・・・I J U S T HAVE TO →introduce you to the most special creature I’ve ever encountered + who I have the honor of living with—Oooh sorry, I’m a cheez—! (Didn’t you know??)...
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♡ A G G I E ♡

IMG_9213.JPGThis ↑ ↑is her gentle but stern warning (before she starts the mayhem*) that I’ve been on the computer way too long.

*Mayhem may incl. knocking drinks over, walking on keyboard, biting feet, etc.

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#VSCO Presets

★★★VSCO app ★★★
I love this *free* app. It takes the best pics ever on the iPhone, and I only have an iPhone 4S.

Trouble is, though I’ve read the [limited# of] tutorials on the VSCO site, I still have trouble picking which preset is the most appropriate. Clearly I’m novice, as my photos are NOWHERE NEAR the level of the photos on the VSCO gallery, and those hashtagged #VSCO #VSCOCAM on Instagram.

Here’s an example from today’s frustration. A plant off of Lara’s (my bf’s sis, who lives in Del Mar) porch〜cute little succulent I tried to capture!

I’ll show them all (*some* of the presets—there are too many!—to you, then pick the best ones and tell me in the comments—it’d be a huge help. I’ve lost all perspective + I’m all crosseyed.

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We’re only thru the J’s!!

IMG_0004.JPGJ6 J Series is Minimalist. The next, N, is Modern/Bright.

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IMG_0007.JPGThis is A2 and I think I like it. . . but maybe it’s cuz I’m tired of staring at this cute little plant! (I find I tend to start liking the tenth preset)…

The ☆Hype☆ Is Warranted, People!

The Hype is true—about Olo Fragrances. (MAN! I’m on a Pacific NW binge these days, right??) I’m late to the game, as usual with these things, but I’m just popping in here for a min to say that these here [98% natural!—see, I'm already doing an unpaid ad for them. I'll stop. try to stop!] little parfums are so so soooooo amazingly otherworldly, nearly mystical (even my boyfriend likes Forêt, which smells honestly + truly like you’ve stepped into the freshest pine/cedar glorious forest right after an afternoon rain has cleaned all the leaves. . . B E A U T I F U L. These fragrances are like buying little vials of memory-returns, back to your childhood, to old friendships, to past summer vacations spent w/old best friends you’ve lost touch with, your favorite cousin you hate now that he got married to a mean possessive weirdo (I just made that up—really, swear). . .

Anyway, I gotta go [to an MRI—quel DRAG!!] but I needed to tell you partially why I’ve drifted off — at least mentally— to Neverneverland.

IMG_9699.JPGMy picture-ode —taken w/my iPhone, using #VSCO—to Forêt, which is actually my second after Lightning Paw...(♡)

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But THEN I discovered :
Toji — yuzu / hinoki / hiba wood (mimics Japanese spa– swear it’s addictive!)

Nationale 6/7 — a rose fragrance w/a difference, a purity and clean freshness brought by a top note of LEMON. Apparently the top-seller in SF (Lightning Paw was the top in Portland & NYC—Valens in Canada )

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That’s all for now!!! If I had the money, I’d buy you ALL the sampler set—so you could experience/enjoy/find yer favorites !! I’ll be back to gush some more, no doubt. I just smelled Violet/Leather—hesitant becuz violet is always so headachy + gross in perfumes, but it was TOTALLY different!!! LIGHT! Citrusy green violet—like, young violet! and then–fine Italian shoes! To DIE.
And then don’t get me started about Valens. The description says it’s like “wearing your boyfriend’s old sweater”. Delicious. !! !!!! ♡〜

Have any of you tried OLO FRAGRANCES?☆ I’d love to hear which ones are your favorites, and what memories are stirred by the various fragrances — hopefully mostly good!

I haven’t tried any of the “manly” (manlier — they’re all unisex) fragrances, like Victory Wolf and Erasmus— but I’m dying too. I just am enjoying all the ones I DO HAVE MY HANDS ON: dafne, dark wave, lightning paw, toji, v/l, valens (the sample I have, the tiny vial, broke :( !! And it’s one of my FAVES), black lodge (the bridge+burn fragrance — the only one I’m only medium about), and palo santo (champa flower!!).

This is the first obsession I’ve had in awhile and it’s fun but dangereux! I really have to learn some moderation (general)...

M O R E L A T E R !

WWSJD (?)

I have the iPhone4S—which, frankly, I love—the last iPhone supposedly Steve Jobs (the stern taskmaster whose favorite line at the office was some variation on: “That’s shit.” So really, how can any future phone be any better? (So what if they’re getting (hardware-wise) thinner, longer, bigger—
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[How long do u think I can resist?]

Jiwa Jiwa /RECOMMEND #2

IMG_9626.JPGRemember this? ⬆️ ⬆️ ♥️⬆️
It’s even ☆awesomer☆ in person. I just got them 💗≪stationery from JIWAJIWAPRESS≫ in the mail—MERRY XMAS TO ME!— and everything is glorious in the world!!
I had to share w/ you guys〜!

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☆jiwa 〜 jiwa☆

IMG_9628.JPGSelf-explanatory —pride and all that (too late for stylish self-effacement/modesty, come on – – we’re all friends here!) + Very cute trees ♡ — Unrelated: they look kinda Asian. . . Don’t they?

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IMG_9625.JPG No, no! Arigato to YOU! [I'm bowing right now.] あリがどうございます。
Btw, I taught my bf how to bow [Asian-style] before he presented to a group of Japanese businessmen visiting from Tokyo — he must’ve done really well, cuz they actually *applauded* (well, while giggling uncontrollably—I think, out of shock, cuz he was so good). !!!

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IMG_9631.JPG You can find your own bliss — get/OWN/send your own amazing stationery— here:JIWA JIWA.✔️

WHAT is bananamap ??

JUST TO LET YOU KNOW WHAT EXACTLY YOU ARE FOLLOWING . . . (CUZ THAT’S IMPORTANT) . . .
I wrote this post about a month ago and stuffed it in the “about” page area up top ⬆︎⬆︎ (where it says “WHAT IS BANANAMAP?” [it used to say "CLICK FOR YOUR ♡'s DESIRE" and the more direct, "CLICK for CASH $$$"]).

But I don’t think anyone is clicking, because the font is like ELFIN.
So I’ll just copy/paste it here. And you know, this is valuable [reduce/use/cycle] content!

♡ ♡ ♡
N U T S H E L L V E R S I O N :

IT’S L I F E〜C O M F O R T.
+ S O M E S I N C E R E R E C O M M E N D A T I O N S.
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・B I O・

FINALLY, updated my photo.**Processed with VSCOcam with t1 preset

*Remember my old photo? → (-_^)
**this is actually diff from the one I posted in the About section. (this is in front of my grandma’s plumeria, in Gardena, Ca).

Me.

Hi. I’m Lisa 〜
Today is Sat Aug 16, 2014, and updating this page just seems like a good idea. And I’m a bit bored.

I grew up in pre-hipster Portland, OR, a suburb, + our high school mascot was the beaver. Industrious, big teeth. Nature’s engineer.But I digress...

Which reminds me!

** I have heard from some [too-critical but well-meaning] ppl that my top ten traits do not include being brief, so now I will attempt to ⇒ GO TURBO ⇒⇒

I got my bachelor’s degree in English at Stanford (so you’d think I’d be able to write. . . ) Mostly what I remember from college is a lot of cram-reading, and some panicked cram-writing, both happening at often around 4am . .

But I did manage to graduate.

I had no delusions of further English study, though—I am somewhat of a fantasist (sometimes spelled escapist), but there are limits, even to my stretching of reality. I went back to violin.

I became an orchestral violinist, which is basically the only thing I know how to do {what I’ve done since I was 10}, after three years at Yale grad school [School of Music—which was very fun; I recommend it.] +NOT academically rigorous at all; ► e.g., the foreign language requirement/exam: to “pass” — + be excused from classes— you can bring and use a DICTIONARY. ≪Yes. During the test.≫

bananamap

✭bananamap✭ 「the blog 」is me basically trying to piece together bits of everything, have a little [more] childhood, —as in occasionally juvenile-style [silly, some may say] **exploration** and figure out -again, before it really is too late - what I’m going to do in this life. 【Which really gets higher +higher priority as one rises in age!】→ While also
***REACHING OUT *〜TO YOU*〜for that very-best feeling — of kinship — and humanness — of . . . of . . .

WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER.
(THAT feeling.)

Let me tell you, though, cuz I’ve mostly just shown you the MESSY parts so far while writing this blog — when I’m working things out in my head [and GORILY ALL OVER THE SCREEN] — and never anything else, like the revelations afterward!!, which is a major mark of selfishness (sorry about that!) . . .
*SO I really gotta tell you, about blogging vs. writing, like in a journal, privately (w/o even pretend audience): Writing has almost literally saved my life *s-e-v-e-r-a-l* times —I’m not kidding at all.

♡・W・R・I・T・I・N・G・♡・♡・
・H・E・L・P・S ・♡・♡・♡・♡
・♡・S・O ・♡・♡・♡・♡・♡・
♡・M・U・C・H ・♡♥︎♡♡♥︎♡♥︎〜

► Writing is not just for writers, or readers, or nerds, redheads, whatever – – -
► WRITING IS FOR [all] PEOPLE‼
► WRITING is a HUMAN TOOL.
● So . . Pick up a pen/cil (✎)
● Go to a computer → + start a blog !

It’s fun + therapeutic.

⇔ Communicate with yourself—your innermost self (i know, spray- cheez)—through the page.

FOR INSTANCE :When I can put aside the shame (or when self-consciousness is paralyzing) at how ✘befuddledly✘↔crazy I’m sure my writing must be—I tell myself repeatedly that ppl skip over most passages, you know, w/words—A N D . . . I just take a second to JUST REMEMBER how great + how RICHLY valuable, + {ALSO} often how ridiculously specific the insight[s] gained. . . and in short order as well. (Express service is same-day⁓ ! )

∴ the value reaped is enormous, worth the faint shadow{s} of shame—even the tiny bit that I do, +as erratically as I do it. BENEFITS GALORE〜
Esp. the posts when the writing makes no sense, extra rambly〜you know the style. They usually turn out (I realize much later) to be the preamble (or mid-amble) to some major revelation—usu. self-revelation. And often it takes many (MANY) goes around until I get it.

Of course, as always, insight is gained post-confusion, post- messy-complicated-emotional-fog and in that fleeting, elusive ✧ clear-as-a-bell✧ lovely spot o’ time that is the → Human Learning-Window, or what is known as . . .
⇄ ⇔ R E T R O S P E C T ⇔ The only time you ever learn. Anything. ⇄ ↑→ Is in ☆retrospect☆— which is →never← going to be ↓NOW. ↓ ⇔ Get it? ⇔
⇔ R・E・T・R・O・S・P・E・C・T ⇔ ⇔ { respect.} ⇔

Meh.

✭These days I’m recuperating from the accident, and the summer seems slow, like when you’re a kid. (The kid-feeling probably is a result of staying at my parents for so long, no doubt.) Often I stare at the COS website. I was so excited when, in May, they started delivering to the US !!〜 〜 However I have yet to order anything, for some reason. . . (People w/hematomas don’t wear COS! It’s just WRONG!!!) Luckily the COS website is endless —or seemingly endless.

draped back top, dark grey, from COS.

draped back top, dark grey, from COS.

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Comments.

✔︎ KINDLY LEAVE A COMMENT. Any wisdom you might have . . or non-wisdom, or observations/ GUFFAWS/jokes. Just . . .please no jerky/mean stuff. [Seriously—kid gloves. You know I just got hit by a car. I’m at the threshold ++. [And when I was six, the teacher suggested I try three bites of chili and I burst into tears and almost had to go home.] Please no negativity. Arigato.

The BENEFITS of POSTING

PREVENTS AGING 〔we’re near a cure!〕 ☆
BREAKS YOU OF ANY/ALL BAD HABITS

MAKES HAIR SHINIER AND MORE MANAGEABLE ☆
MAKES LIFE EASIER,
(〜150-200%)
ELEVATED LEVELS OF JOIE DE VIVRE ☆
MARKED IMPROVEMENT IN STRESS LEVELS ☆
SUPER TONED UPPER ARMS ☆

**〜☆**〜Thank you to all you ♡friends♡ who continue to like, comment, + folllow! I appreciate + smooch you muⅽℎo!!*

*You look AWESOME, btw. ((YOUR ARMS LOOK AMAZING!!!))♡⏎

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Ok, so now it’s all embarrassing — after all this disclosure.  Like I can’t even look at you.  For like 2 weeks probably…
So—-let’s be the true introverts that we are and . . .IMG_4961

SIgned,
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//♥︎ I still keep notebooks btw. Look at this one on Etsy!

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It’s a Moleskine pocket notebook w/a gold foil band〜fancy〜 【From Alfamarama shop—LOTS OF PRETTY |blank| , or “plain” (unlined pages), a.k.a. ♡P E R F E C T♡ Moleskine cahier notebooks there—I’ve never ordered, but I’m so tempted...】