The Lunch Break at the Park

It got so much warmer outside all of a sudden!
No chills when stepping out of the house.
No more winter stockings.
(PS: I was so happy I actually threw them all out!)
(PPS: I may regret it later but it felt good!)
So so wonderful.
Gorgeous days like this call out to me.
I feel the need to go outside and bask under the sunlight.
So…I did!!!
I made a mad dash to Shinjuku Gyoen
during my lunch break one day.
It was GREAT!!!
I love the calm and beauty of this place.
So relaxing under the sun.
You can bet once I got there
I was dragging my feet going back to the office.

Oh and the pink plum blossoms were still in bloom!
They smell really sweet.
Did you know?
I took so much time taking pictures
and sniffing all the blossoms
that I had to make another mad dash across the grass.
Running barefoot felt AMAZING!
Seriously.
Best lunch break ever.

The Afternoon with the Dog

Headed out to Yoyogi Park today
to meet up with bestie Demi and Takumi.
And finally got to meet the newest member of Takumi’s family
the small handsome dog, Hyena Ponta.
But he looks exactly like the white lion from
Jungle Emperor Leo, especially the way he stands
so we just called him Leo.
Which he surprisingly answered to…haha.
He is such a silly dog.
Beautiful but silly as hell.
He would run around one minute
and suddenly stop to sniff the leaves.
And the most hilarious thing.
He would run around and then stop
next to some stranger and just stand there
like they are the owner or something.
Demi, Takumi, and I were watching and just LAUGHING!!!
The great thing about Yoyogi Park is that
since so many people bring their dogs around here
a lot of the cafes in the area allow pets inside with you.
This cafe called Arms is located just outside the park.
The menu looked great, all kinds of burgers and sandwiches.
But we were all pretty full so we went with the tea
which was perfect for a chilly day like today.
Also the interior design is really cute.
Warm and cozy.
Okay, we were all full but couldn’t resist
and got the tortilla and chowder.
And we loved it.
We just sat around talking
and catching up with each other.
Been so long since the ‘old gang’ has hung out.
I really miss everyone sometimes.
Everyone individually and everyone as a group.
I was only a couple of years but
it was so great having a group of friends close by
and you could see them anytime you wanted or needed to.
And, you know, I always know they’ll be there
even if we’ve all moved away from each other
but it’s not the same.
So I really love it when we can all meet up together.
The vibe and rhythm is still the same 
and even though we are growing and evolving
some things never change.