Saturday, February 26, 2011
I went to a mall in TOKYO with my friend. Though both of us were not so interested in clothes, we went there because it was a famous mall in TOKYO, and in my family only I had not been to it yet. Even Yuki he dropped by it because it was the next to a bill of a big car company's showroom & office.
According to our expectation, all clothes were not so interesting to us, though the mall itself was really beautiful. BUT we found "Wedgwood outlet".
Can you guess what it is?
It's a candle holder.
Can you guess what it is?
I turned over it. Surprise!!!
Of course I bought it, so I could show the photo here.
Well, I wonder how much the prime cost is.
Some people might laugh saying "which is more useful, clothes, or this stuff?"
Actually I don't have a custom to put on candles.
And when I showed Yuki without candle, he said "Oh, you bought an ash tray (for me)". (He smokes, but it is permitted to smoke only in his room)
Yesterday one friend came to my house, but she didn't notice it.
So until now noone has not noticed this stuff yet, ---- but anyway I'm satisfied with it.
Monday, February 21, 2011
My mother doesn't get to use to coming to SHIBUYA station that is always crowded, so we were worried whether she would come alone or not. But fortunately we could meet each other without troubles. (My mother isn't an adventurous woman about going out alone.)
Before going to the exhibition we had lunch at a small French restaurant. My mother could eat everything, it means she seemed to like the restaurant. It is difficult to make her satisfy with foods because she has a spacial taste for foods. So I was really happy for her to eat all of them. The purposes of this trip to TOKYO were to see the exhibition, and to be filial to her.
And we went to see the exhibition. At the entrance two paper goats welcomed us. --- Because the theme of this exhibition was "paper works" -- and goats love paper (probably.)
And this cake shop had full of memories for my mother and me.
Friday, February 18, 2011
This is today's our breakfast. Can you see the box of "Bavarian potato pancake mix"?
I used it sent by my friend.
Bavarian means an area of German, so probably the sign wants to say German potato pancake. But unfortunately we don't know what is German potato pancake, so when we ate it we felt American taste.
We like it. Every time we try to American food we think, most of foods set up their own taste. In other words, they are spicy, strong or complicated taste. (Additionally some are too sweet for us, and some are too hot to me.)
On the other hand Japanese food, I think, try to hide their own taste each other, or assimilate each other, in other words, they are bland, mild, and shy.
What do you think of it?
This time I cook it according to the recipe written on the back of the box. Now I have a half of bag of it. So next time I'll add shredded potatoes into it.
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Monday, February 14, 2011
Sunday, February 13, 2011
I didn't have spacial events today, so I wake up later, and read the newspaper, and started to clean all the rooms (though there are only 6 small rooms) with a cleaner as a Sunday chore.
And I changed the decoration on the shelf in the entrance from for Valentine's to for HINA-festival.
At noon Yuki and I went shopping to a big supermarket where it took about 20 minutes by car. There we found a new thing ---
It's for rice. Probably you know "squid ink spaghetti". It's "squid ink rice".
I prepared this in the rice cooker, and prepared cucumber pickles, and went out again to listen to stories by story-telling session for adults at a book store nearby, while Yuki went to practice golfing.
And I dropped by a beauty salon that my friend owns, and I got a hair cut.
Can you see the black rice? Everything was tasty. Today I was a good wife.
Friday, February 11, 2011
Thursday, February 10, 2011
It seems to be right that people who always worry and grumble about their health, are healthy people.
I got three C marks, they are the items of cholesterol, anemia, and liver function. So as every body around me suggests , I need workout.
Today I'm going to go out to do workout --probably.
Yesterday I got a pack of strawberries. So I dressed them up with rice-cake.
Outside is sticky and sweet, inside is a little bit sour and juicy, this combination is "wonderful". My students including an adult tasted and I got a good reputation. So today I'll also make it with other students. It's one of spacial fun for Valentine's day. First I thought to dress strawberries with white chocolate sauce ---- but rice-cake is a better idea, and easier .
Do you have JYOUSHIN-powder (rice powder), or SHIRATAMA-powder (rice-cake powder).
If you have it, try them.
prepare 60 glam powder, add 100 cc water. mix them to get smoothly. wrap with plastic wrap lightly, and microwave for 2 minutes. As soon as you take it out, you mix it to get more smoothly. And one more time you wrap with plastic wrap, and microwave for 2 minutes.
After that you mix again. it is done. You even it out and cut them into proper size, and wrap a strawberry with it. ( I hope these sentences make sense.)
Monday, February 07, 2011
Saturday, February 05, 2011
February Third, in each class my students did MAMEMAKI-- they threw beans outside saying "demons out, luck come". And at midnight (it means, after Yuki came back) we ate beans. Though as our custom we have to eat beans as many as our age, it's too much, so we ate beans as many as the number of the tenths place. Does it make sense? -- To say simply, we ate five beans.
When I bought a bag of beans at a shop, the clerk said you would get one mask with a bag. And there were two kinds of masks. So I bought two bags of beans. One mask was a demon, and one mask was --- I was really surprised, it was not a usual mask for SETSUBUN --- it was OFUKU-san. OFUKU-san is said to keep her smile, and to be with luck. So they have mask of OFUKU-san to demonstrate luck against a demon.
It was not the first time only for me but also for my students to see the OFUKU-san mask on the day.
It was OK to get two masks. But we had too much beans to throw and eat.
I thought I would throw all the rest of the beans, but --- I wanted other students who would come the other days to eat "my" beans.
So I re-cooked; dressed them with sugar. They were tasty. Some kids were very pleased, but two kids preferred usual (salty) beans.Anyway we enjoyed MAMEMAKI, and beans.
Today, for all my students it was the day of interview test. I took all of them to a place where interview test was done. Fortunately everyone came. If some one would be absent, I have to take him or her on another day. My special event was done in a day. Lucky me!
In the evening Yuki and I went shopping to buy a can of coconut milk and nan. And --- can you guess?, yes I made Indonesian chicken curry with red rice.
Against our expectation, it was not so hot, and it was tasty.
Well, to tell more, yesterday midnight I set a timer of my bread-maker. So this morning we could eat fresh bread. Jan, can you see this photo? The bread-maker is made by ZOJIRUSHI.
This week I did extra-cooking very much. What a good wife I am! (Tomorrow we'll eat left over, so I'll do notany cooking.)
Wednesday, February 02, 2011
Tomorrow it is SETSUBUN. Some people do MAMEMKI (throwing beans), though I'm not going to do it. Only I'll whisper "Demons out, luck in."
To tell the truth, this morning the network in this house didn't run. Fortunately Yuki still stayed at home. So he examined all cables, and checked the devices. All devices looked OK. So he called NTT customer center. They said they had no problem then. And they suggested to us to unplug all devices including network devices. Though we shut down our computer, and unplugged wireless device, didn't unplug basic our optical network device. We unplugged all devices, and plugged them in again. Our network system recovered.
If Yuki had gone to work, what would I have done?
As soon as I knew the network system didn't work, I was really depressed and struck dumb with surprise. If Yuki had not been here, I would have given up to do network, cancelled all work, and stayed in bed sulking.
I knew I really depend on the Internet.
Using the Internet like browsing blogs, writing blogs, and getting information via Internet is the best way for me to release my stress, to relax, and to think about myself.
I know it's not good to depend on the Internet too much ---but at present I don't find the better way. What should I do?