Saturday, January 23, 2010

Anything can be an adventure

Just in case anyone was wondering, the inside of a Vitamin E pill tastes terrible! It reminds me of the days I used to drink flaxseed oil (with some juice) for my skin. Blech. Anyway, I digress.

Some of you have wondered how I shop in a foreign language. Well, most of the time, it is not a problem. Carrots are pretty much carrots, eggs are pretty much eggs, and bento boxes from Seicomart generally have clear lids and I can see what's happening inside.

Well, with my new oven, I've needed to buy some new ingredients.
On today's list was vegetable oil. Now, I've bought olive oil here before. It was quite easy, as all the bottles basically look like this:

Unfortunately, purchasing vegetable oil would not be so easy, as the shelves at Saijo looked like this:
I am pretty sure they had about six miles of non-olive oil. At least, it felt like six miles to me! After whipping out my best katakana reading skills, I finally settled on a bottle of what I think is somewhat close to vegetable oil. I'll let you know how things go!

Friday, January 22, 2010


I had a genius idea for a blog post, but the train of thought seems to have left the station without me. :-) It's kind of funny how this enforced blogging has killed all my thoughts! Maybe I was just meant to be a creative free spirit! Although, I do have to say that NaNoWriMo actually made me more interested in writing, so that was a benefit!

Today was my second day back in the classroom. It was really nice to be back with the students - they are particularly enthusiastic at this school (which is nice for la ALT). I actually had people volunteer was exciting!

Well, since I still can't remember my genius idea, I suppose I'll go for now! Sleep is calling my name rather loudly...and tomorrow is Saturday! WooHoo!!!

Happy Friday/Saturday, minna-san!!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Well, this picture has two purposes. I was going to show you the lovely dinner that I cooked (well, I didn't cook the salad, but anyway...) as proof that I finally dined somewhere other than Cafe Zazie or Seicomart. Anyhoo, this picture also seems to be illustrating the frustrating evening I've been having with my internet. It keeps randomly dying. Maybe it's too cold... ;-). Anyway, it was a delicious dinner! I made the chicken with a recipe a dear friend gave me ages's jut chicken (duh), lemon juice, honey, and rosemary. YUM!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010


Somehow, my artistic visions rarely materialize into reality. I wonder if it is because I really have no talent, or is it because I try to operate without a strict plan. I really don't know! I am currently working on a project right now...I will try to post some pictures under the "humor" section later. Night, all!!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Redecorating, Part Ichi

Ok, my apartment is in some definite need of help. I think all will agree!

Ideally, my goal is to have an apartment that looks inhabited by an adult female - not a poverty-stricken college student!

My pans right now are to put shelves under the windows, add a chair on the diagonal where that itty-bitty couch is, and run a small sofa/loveseat parallel to the window (to kind of make a seating area definition. I also want some bright green curtains. Not emerald and not lime, but just a vibrant green. I saw some in Sapporo with a cute green pattern, but I think they would look way too 70's when combine with my lovely paneling!

Anyway, stay tuned for remodeling updates as they occur!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Dental Floss

I really do have deep thoughts. A few of them are currently marinating in my brain. Unfortunately, they take a while before they are ready. So, while they bake, have you ever thought about dental floss? I mean, really thought about it beyond those six month dental checkups?

According to Wikipedia, Levi Spear Parmley is supposed to have invented the stuff. Apparently, Johnson and Johnson got the first patent. Don't you wish you had been around to even think of patenting dental floss? Even if people weren't using the stuff regularly, they had to have something for when that Cornish hen got stuck in their teeth, didn't they? Although, that might explain why everyone looked so serious in those old-fashioned photos.

Anyway, don't you wonder what else is just waiting for us to think it up? Wish I could think of whatever it is!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

The klutz is BACK!

Just when we thought things were safe...

I was innocently stretching this morning when I thought, " hand feels abnormally warm. I ought to move it and see what the trouble is." OK, maybe that is not exactly how it went, but the end result was the same anyway. I mildly barbecued my right hand, which I rely on and am deeply attached to, on my Stovepipe of Doom. This is the same stovepipe that ate a pair of my tights. I was trying to stay warm near the stove and discovered I had somehow burned a hole in my tights.

The Stovepipe of Doom is also a close relation to the Stove of Doom, which some of you will fondly remember as the appliance which caused my jammie leg to start smoking (apparently
everyone and everything smokes here in Japan) and almost burned up some apparel it was supposed to be drying.

Some days, I miss central heat! And electric dryers!