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Friday, March 31, 2006

Regime change

Well, I have to admit it. I can deny it no longer... Nico now owns this blog. I cede this bit of cyber space to her. Because I know that for the 5 people who regularly look here, it's really only the Nico pics y'all are interested in. So it shall be, from henceforth this blog is now "Operation Endearing Nico".

For rants and the occasional collected oddity, I set up another blog called "Not Nico". If sufficiently bored, please go check it out. Also, I've started a new blog just for my illustration related posts; that's over at Drawger. If you're at all interested in illustration you should check Drawger out as it's home to allot of really talented folk, fellow illustrators whose work I have admired for years.

OK, now back to Nico.

Thursday, March 30, 2006

The actual shoot

I've posted the shoot online. Please click here to view it.

Motoko did a REALLY good job.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Nico's 1st photoshoot

Nico's 1st photoshoot, originally uploaded by mckibillo.

Nico's 1st photoshoot
On Monday, Motoko, a friend of Yuichiro and Yumi's, came over to take some photo's of Nico. Motoko is a professional photographer and does some amazing work. And fast too... it's Wednesday and we already got the prints back today. I'll post some of those tomorrow.

In the meantime, you can check out my photos of the shoot by clicking here.

Monday, March 27, 2006

Princess Poncho-hontas

princess poncho-hontas
Nico discovered a new way to wear her poncho today.

Hi there
We had a little face time.

Me and my baby and me shadow
And said hello to our shadows.

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Pignuts Butter

Pignuts Butter, originally uploaded by mckibillo.

hot damn! them is some tasty pignuts!

...it should read as "peanut butter".

but this way it IS much funnier.

Found this in an otherwise perfectly charming little cafe down near the Miyagawa river.


A'ko-chan, originally uploaded by mckibillo.

Meet "A'-chan, or "little alchoholic". This dependent lil' fellow clutching the beer bottle was found gracing the facade of a local liquor shop.

Sunday, March 26, 2006

Spring has sprung

The days continue to warm up and it's nice to be outside.

Nico baby
So we had a little sit on the deck.

Nico and Tito
Tito joined us.

Maru, Nico, Tito
And so did Maru.

the baby and the bird
We even took a little stroll down to the furumachi and pointed out the sites.

bowl of yum
The strawberries in Japan are reliably delicious.

Nico's 1st strawberry
So we gave Nico her first taste.

Ichigo, yum!
She really loved it and quickly gummed it down to a little red nubbin.

All in all, it was a really nice day.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Lil' Daredevil


Today we took Nico for a spin at the local skatepark. She didn't grind any rails or catch any air but she comported herself in fine fashion.

Saturday, March 18, 2006

The hungry monster

The hungry monster, originally uploaded by mckibillo.

says "hello!"

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Thursday, March 16, 2006

The cafe life

cafe life
I got a haircut...

cafe life
Nico got a closeup...

cafe life
and a beauty shot...

in the mountains
and we took advantage of the nice weather and took a long stroll.

Life is good when you're not working every minute of it.

To see more cute pics of Nico go to my flickr page.

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Shark head

Shark head, originally uploaded by mckibillo.

This jolly fellow was staring back at me from the seafood section of my local supermarket.

Yummy! Shark tooth soup tonight!

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Saturday, March 11, 2006

Nico's 1st shot

Last week Nico started her vaccination's. They start later than the States here in Japan. Here's a little movie I made to commemorate the event. Just click it to play.

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Friday, March 10, 2006

Nice days...

Finally(!), it's starting to thaw out around here. It's been nice weather for strolling.

Nico was happy.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

The big 6

Yesterday was Nico's 6 month mark. To celebrate we went to a cozy little restaurant nearby.

We had a great time... until Nico cried us out of the place. Oh well. But it was her birthday so she could cry if she wanted to... sorry.

But back home we shared some yummy birthday cake that Yuichiro and Yumi bought. As well as a bitchin' pair of lil' biker boots. For when Nico turns into a 1 year old riot grrrrl.

bad ass.

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Almost there...

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Today, for like 5 seconds, Nico sat up. I'm not sure if it officially counts, but it's still awesome.

Saturday, March 04, 2006

Back at it


so, after a prolonged absence I'm back... was swamped with work (yeah! and boo... the freelance life is one of feast or famine and when the buffet is laid out ya gotta gorge on it till it hurts). Also, we took a nice little break down with the in-laws for a bit of a chill. Or actually, to warm up... we really needed to get away from the icy grip that is a Takayama winter. So it was nice to just hang out at Takashi and Kiyomi's place, eating Kiyomi's great cooking, watching CNN on cable and reading comics on our iBook.

But in fact, we were busy... apartment hunting.
After going through a second frigid winter up here in the mountains, shovelling out the waist deep snow, shivering in a poorly insulated, drafty building that is the Japanese norm in homes and huddling next to dangerous, smelly kerosene heaters for warmth, I decided enough is enough. We're leaving the snowy heights of our mountain stronghold for the generally balmy climes of the Kanto plain. We found a place, a 2 storey house in Chigasaki with a little yard and a driveway just big enough for our lil' car, Champ. Chigasaki is about 40 minutes outside of Yokohama and an hour away from Tokyo. It's also just down the beach from Tsujido where the in-laws live... very convenient for baby sitting duty.

We didn't plan on moving so soon. We'll be moving down next month, April. WE had originally thought we'd be doing it in the Fall. But, y'know how it goes with apartment hunting... it's like potato chips, you see one, then you can't stop and pretty soon you've eaten the whole bag. Or in this case, signed a lease.

So the next few months are gonna be busy.

Ok, now for a Nico fix:

Blue skies and a smiling baby. More pix TK.

BTW, I'm thinking of starting a separate blog just for all things Nico.

To divide my already miniscule web traffic even further.