Friday, November 30, 2007

Okay, okay. As Carol pointed out, my new bag isn't new anymore, and it's about time that I added a new post. I am happy to read that you guys have found some good laughs from I was surprised at how many of you hadn't heard of it before. Tami, you'll have to send me a picture of yourself with your new T-shirts from Engrish! I told Zach about Smelly Smell, and he was saying that it would be even better if it said "Tasty Smelly Smell." That's my guy! :-)

So how was everyone's Thanksgiving? I was recovering from food poisoning on Turkey Day, so our holiday was a bit quiet. I'm not sure what made me sick, but I think it was something from our favorite sushi restaurant. Muh. I really like that place. Of course, now my husband, who can't resist teasing me, loves to ask me if I'd like sushi for dinner. Argh! I was out of commission for a good two days, and it's going to be a while before I want to go back to that restaurant, if ever.

I did attempt to make a small turkey dinner for us after I felt better. I'd purchased a lot of the food at the base before I got sick, and I didn't want it to go to waste. The challenge of this meal, however, was that I had to cook everything in a toaster oven (!) and over the stove. We bought the toaster oven soon after I arrived here in September because our Japanese-style kitchen only has a tiny fish oven. After burning two slices of bread in the fish oven, I decided that I didn't have a lot of skill using it and haven't touched it since. The toaster oven has been working out okay, and I did manage to make a decent turkey dinner with it, but it takes FOREVER to make cookies with it. Like a dork, I made a entire batch of peanut butter chocolate chip cookies in it, but it took all day long because I can only bake eight cookies at a time! Christmas cookies are going to be interesting this year, that's all I have to say! American-size ovens are going to seem HUGE when I return.

There's not too much else to report around here. I spent most of today cleaning house and getting things ready to start decorating for Christmas. Some of our Japanese neighbors have Christmas lights up already, and several of the malls and shopping areas have their twinkle lights in place too. Even though Christmas is not a big holiday in Japan (New Year's is their big thing), a few people decorate and many of the stores have Christmas decorations and cards for sale.

Okay, bye for today!


Jennifer Blackburn said...

Hey LN,

Glad you've recovered from the food poisoning! That's not cool when your favorite restaurant poisons you.

I told my friend Maria about and as it happens, her friend has just sent her a link to this VERY DISTURBING Japanese toilet training video with English subtitles. It is hilarious! But I cannot be responsible for any long-term effects it may have on people's emotional health.

Watch at your own risk!

Anonymous said...

Jen, do you do any work at work?

I never thought I would be watching animated poop. Ahh!

Ellen, you're lucky you don't need to make man-bait bars anymore (now that you've caught your man). That would be rather taxing with the toaster oven. Or do they not get baked? Hey, can we have the recipe for those? I don't need them for their magical powers but they sure are good.

On a side note, this is the year of things Japanese---I just got a random package in the mail with beautiful paper and chopsticks and porcelain figurines from my San Diego friends who recently visited relatives in Japan. That was pretty cool.

Anonymous said...

Sorry to stay with the Engrish, but I particularly like "The one who go into toilet can not clamor loudly in this toilet." Aww! No loud clamoring? Damn!

Also, I would like some Mommy Hot baby wipes. It would give me a little lift as I carried out my poo management duties.

I'm so sorry to hear about your food poisoning. Food poisoning is evil.