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Greatest Hits [01 Jan 2020|12:00am]
Dating in Japan
How to Get a Japanese Boyfriend
My Future Husband*
On Hand-Holding*
Lost in Translation
Driver's Ed
Today's Special
My First Interpreting Experience*
Teaching English
So Long, Pigs!
Mystery Man
How do you say "poop"?
My Tiny Apartment
Friends come to visit
Japanese Culture
Tagata Jinja
Time for a Vacation
Learning Japanese
How to remember the Japanese alphabetical order

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Kids These Days [01 Jan 2012|10:59pm]
For xmas, I gave my nephews each a bag of gold chocolate coins, with $20 in dollar coins mixed in. Kinda awesome, right?

My sister reported the following exchange when she gave them to the kids. They're 12 and 14, but live in Oklahoma, and might be a bit sheltered...

Nephews: Oh boy, chocolate coins!
Sister: ... yeah, but they kind of clink like money, don't they?
Nephews: Those are just quarters.
Sister: You'd better take a closer look.
Nephews: looks Are...are these fake?
Sister: what? read what it says on that coin!
Nephews: hesitantly "One Dollar..."?
Sister: what else?
Nephews: "United States..."?
Sister: rolls eyes guys, that is currency. Real money.
Nephews: oh. But my wallet doesn't have a zipper pouch.
Sister: whasdfk, put them in your pockets, then!
Sister's husband: Maybe we could trade these in for twenties at the bank...
Nephews: Yeah!
Sister: What? No! It's money! Normal money! You're going to spend it at a store and like it!
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clutter [07 Apr 2011|09:25am]
I finally figured out that my fear of having too much stuff is what triggers my recurring dream about having to move home from Japan and not having enough time to pack everything.

It was pretty intense last night; I was looking around my apartment in Japan in disgust/shame. Besides some new boxes of treasures junk, I had apparently acquired a set of six mannequins from a department store that was going out of business. (And no, they weren't cool vintage mannequins; just the boring faceless ones they use at the Gap.)

Back in real life, I figure that after hauling back two suitcases full of my pre-Japan posessions from my parents' storage unit, and another two suitcases of awesome kitchen stuff from my aunt's house, it's about time for a reciprocal purge. If I don't get too overwhelmed maybe I'll use the "one in, two out" paradigm.
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[06 Apr 2011|10:26pm]
Job interview next week. I'm debating whether to pluck my eyebrows.

It's kind of amazing how we have already figured out the optimum eyebrow shape to provide the maximal increase in perceived beauty. There's an ideal distance between the top of your eye and the bottom of the brow; you can figure it out by looking at a magazine: all the celebrities have exactly the same eyebrows.

I kept a defined shape for the past few years too, but decided to stop because the maintenance was taking forever. You basically have to check for new hairs to pluck every single morning, and I could think of better things to do with my time.

Still, money is on the line, so I'll probably do it. An arched brow is slightly more attractive, which might correlate to a larger offer.

Being a girl is annoying.
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In two suitcases: [30 Mar 2011|08:44pm]
A pressure cooker,
immersion blender,
electric knife sharpener,
vacuum sealer,
giant box of cookie cutters,
turkey roasting pan,
mini muffin pan,
6 whisks of various sizes;

a melon baller,
poultry shears,
springform pan,
pastry cutter,
stainless steel measuring spoons,
2 battery-operated massaging pillows;

a heavy nonstick skillet,
pizza pan,
3 pie crust shields,
fluted tart pan,
2 spatulas;

a pencil case "good for packing liquids you don't want spilled in your suitcase",
fleece scarf, gloves, muffler;

stainless steel skewers,

2 loaf pans,
an apron;

a sewing kit, books, and a commemorative plate from the town my grandfather was born in.

Separate from the suitcases: a sewing machine. I don't recommend taking one as a carryon.

But basically, everything I ever wanted.

Edit: and a pizza wheel and a gravy separator and a kitchen scale...
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[23 Jul 2010|10:10am]
Coworker: Coffee? (y/n) y
Me: hahaha
Coworker: invalid entry, please try again
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I don't have anyone I can talk to about this... [17 Jan 2010|01:11pm]
This week's 30 Rock was my favoritest ever.

The utter disgust on Jack's face!

Hearing him choke out "They're called Spanx!"

Please tell me you saw it too.
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[06 Jan 2010|11:52pm]
I decided to take trips to London & Japan this year (in the spring and in the fall, respectively) and ever since I have been craving Japanese food like crazy. I mean, I've been back for a year and a half and never really gave Japanese food a second thought, but suddenly it's like a switch was flipped... one moment I'm thinking about all the fun things I'll do there, like see my friends and go to festivals, and you know what they have at festivals: TAMAGO SENBEI! And oooh, if I'm lucky someone will be selling roasted gingko nuts, MY FAVORITE THING EVER! And then we can go to Watami or something and get RENKON CHIPS and NANKOTSU AND BEER AND TEMPURA AND YAKINIKU AND THAT SPECIAL TAMAGO-YAKI STUFFED WITH ONSEN TAMAGO OMGSDLKFJSDLFKJLKJDFlkjdsfkjl

It was basically all I thought about all afternoon.

Guess I'm gonna have to learn how to cook it myself until November rolls around.
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[04 Jan 2010|10:32pm]
Usually it feels like I've already seen everything worth watching on Netflix streaming, but somehow tonight I hit the jackpot!

1776 the musical, featuring KITT from Knight Rider as John Adams!
Memories; you may have seen clips of it in the most awesome amv of all time!
Being John Malcovich
The Shawshank Redemption (well, I guess everyone in the world has probably seen it already, but it was fun to watch it again)

While I have your attention may I also recommend The Dinner Game?

Do you have any streaming recommendations?
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OMGWTFSWE [03 Jan 2010|09:28pm]
I was thinking about joining the Society of Women Engineers to get my nerd-girl networking on, and then I saw the Pacific Northwest regional chapter's website. Holy shhhhhhhhhhhhhhwtfomgomgomg

...I guess I should think of it as an opportunity to contribute to the group but it just seems like a giant warning sign. =/

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Announcement [21 Oct 2009|08:20pm]
qwantz's entries are pretty much the best.
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You know what? [16 Aug 2009|11:35pm]
Maybe you don't have to be Mozart.
Maybe you can just be best in the world at being happy. =)
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The Terrible Mr Harland [04 May 2009|10:40pm]
I keep forgetting to post about this! Remember The Terrible Mr Grimshaw? It was linked on Penny Arcade way back in 2003 with the intro, "Apparently some people I know decided to record one of their co-workers during a session of Counterstrike and made a techno mix out of it...I don't think he was on the winning team."

I always thought that the person who posted the song was having a laugh at one of his coworkers, but according to this 2007 comment on a 2003 blog post by Kurt Harland Larson (the guy who actually made the song), it was Mr. Grimshaw himself that had it posted everywhere!

I carefully (and, if I say so myself, artfully) placed the speech bits over some really crappy techno tracks that I laid down one day when I was testing out a new version of Acid. When I was done, I gave the song to only THREE PEOPLE in my company: Trevor [Grimshaw] and two of our friends. I did NOT distribute it out into the Internet. GUESS WHO DID?? Yup. Within 24 hours, Trevor managed to get the song listed everywhere, even Penny Arcade mentioned it!

Check out Kurt's post for the entire awesome story. You might remember him as the lead singer for Information Society.
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If only it ended like this... [24 Mar 2009|12:11pm]
So a friend of mine asked me what I thought about the last episode of BSG (he watches it on the web and hasn't seen it yet), and I told him it ended pretty predictably. They tied up most of the loose ends, except for one where they basically said, "it's a mystery!!!1" which was kinda lame.

Then he said, "I always thought it'd be cool if..."
spoilers if you don"t know who the 5th Cylon is...Collapse )

Guys, would that not have been awesome?
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Black Day [15 Feb 2009|12:21am]
I was certain that I've said everything there is to be said about Valentine's Day in Japan. You know how it goes: women give chocolates to the guys they like on Valentine's Day, and the guys reciprocate with gifts one month later on "White Day" on March 14.

Women also give "obligation chocolate" (義理チョコ) to bosses and male coworkers to stroke their egos, "friend chocolate" (ともチョコ) to their female friends, and all women buy "my chocolate" (マイ・チョコ) for themselves.

Yes, I thought I'd heard it all, and I'm sure you have too, at least until I had the following conversation with spatulagirl the other night:

Melanie: have you heard of Black Day?
Monica: what is black day?
Melanie: in south korea
women give choco on feb. 14
men on mar. 14
and, if you didn't get anything on V-Day or White Day...
then it's BLACK DAY on April 14th, and you go to a chinese restaurant and eat Black Noodles and mourn your single life
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Rosemary Lemon Garlic Chicken [05 Feb 2009|12:00am]

Rosemary Lemon Garlic Chicken has 4 ingredients.

To make: throw them all into a crock pot and cook for 6 hours.


The meat falls from the bone and is infused with flavors deep and tart and rich and warm. It's studded with moist, spreadable cloves of perfectly cooked garlic, and translucent slices of nearly liquefied lemons.

I could eat this forever. And guys, I don't even like chicken.

Here's the recipe. Some of the commenters said that the lemon made it too bitter. I used Meyer lemons which are a little sweet, have very little pith, and taste like they were picked ripe on a warm afternoon. They were so good in this recipe that we ate them with the chicken instead of discarding them.

I was turned on to this recipe via a pair of posts in the what_a_crock community by happytootum. She also took the two photos above.
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No-Knead Bread [29 Jan 2009|05:07pm]

I baked a loaf of No-Knead Bread tonight. Chewy on the inside, crusty on the outside, a hint of tang, and only three ingredients! I think this is going to be a regular thing.

This recipe caused quite a sensation when it was published in the New York Times a couple of years ago. People started buying up dutch ovens like crazy, and Target reportedly ran out of a $45 enameled cast iron pot when it was rated as comparable to $200 Le Creuset pots in Cook's Illustrated. (Mine is a blue Martha Stewart that I got for $45 at Macy's.)

Cook's Illustrated also published a revised version of the recipe with a little vinegar and beer added to round out the flavor. People seem to like it even better but I'm kind of worried about the increase in baking temperature to 500°—aren't most dutch ovens only rated up to 450°?

Anyway, it is super yummy and the house smells amazing. I left a note for my roommates to help themselves to it—we'll see how much is left when I get home tomorrow.
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[11 Jan 2009|05:59pm]
Roommate: (sighs) I love Alec Baldwin.
Me: I know, right? I don't care how old or fat he gets, he will always be hot.
Roommate: (brightens) I just thought of someone I think you should meet!
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beautiful beautiful [22 Nov 2008|02:40pm]
Judging from your posts, most of you are really digging on Mad Men. Have you seen the gorgeous fan illustrations that Dyna Moe has been posting in her flickr account? Well she just released a calendar.

iPhone: Joan Deluxe, originally uploaded by Dyna Moe.

I try to keep stuff that is already all over the internet to my twitter or AIM status, but this is too beautiful to skip. Sorry if you've already seen it 100 times!
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Pioneer Square Starbucks: avoid [17 Nov 2008|09:42pm]
26ish dude, drunk: Hay you wanna trade this PSP for your iPod touch?
Me: No. *hand on iPhone*
Dude: *leans closer* Look it's got a bigger screen!
Me: No.
Dude: ...Oh. Do you wanna hang outside then?
Me: No.
Dude: *shuffles off*

The police are questioning him outside now.
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