Wednesday, September 26, 2007

It's been a few days since I posted. I tried yesterday, but our internet connection was down. By the way, thanks for your fun comments. I'm enjoying them!

Zach and I tackled the furniture in the living room last night. In my new role as housewife, I wanted to rearrange the furniture to make it a little more cozy. Poor Zach. I swear we moved the furniture in every possible formation. He really deserves a medal for patience. Our house has all these really strange angles and corners in the rooms. Our landlord is an architect and he drew the plans for the house. Maybe he was bored and decided that lots of nooks and crannies are a good thing. In any case, the angles make it difficult to position large pieces of American-style furniture. We did the best we could.

On Monday I went to lunch with my friend Carlina and her friend Seiko. Seiko is Carlina's landlord. She is really nice and speaks English really well. Seiko recommended this buffet-style restaurant in Yamato. They specialize in traditional Japanese dishes made with organic foods. Everything I tried was amazing. Seiko walked through the buffet with us and told us what we were putting on our plate. I'm trying to get over my fear of not knowing exactly what I'm eating all the time and just going for it. This new approach to food, however, has backfired already in the form of liver on a stick at a restaurant I went to last week. Blech!!! I came close to causing a bad scene, but thankfully I got it down.

That's about it for today. I hope everyone is well.


Anonymous said...

Liver on a stick, Ellen. That is horrendous. You are a brave, brave soul.

kurtandcheryl said...

Liver on a stick? Sounds need to toughen up girl! (Oh yeah, I don't know anyone but me and my dad who like liver...) Save me some the next time you have it :)

Jennifer Blackburn said...

Hmm, why is it that liver on a stick is so much more horrifying than liver on a plate...

If you can get over the fact that you have no idea what you're eating half the time, you are doing better than I did. I found the food to be just about the hardest part of being in Japan. But you succeeded where I failed... you found chocolate!! That will get you through.

How's the troop morale (the troop being you)? I think it's really cool that you were willing to go there for a long period like this. You'll probably look back on this time with some fond memories and laughs. Keep on writing for our amusement while at work!!