*Sleep late? check...woke up at 10:00.
*Get dressed? check...but sometime around noon.
*Chat on Yahoo Messenger? check...with two friends, actually.
*Talk to Mom? check...for about an hour.
This isn't done with fancy computer graphics...just a group of people with cameras and pen lights. If you go to their site, they have a bunch of shorter clips they have done...the "Happy Birthday" one is really good and what they did to the Statue of Liberty is pretty amazing!! All of their clips are good!! I love to see people being creative!!
Mochi pounding....another Japanese tradition that we really like!!
According to those great people over at Wikipedia:
Mochi (Japanese: 餅 is a Japanese rice cake made of glutinous rice pounded into paste and molded into shape. In Japan it is traditionally made in a ceremony called mochitsuki. While also eaten year-round, mochi is a traditional food for the Japanese New Year and is commonly sold and eaten during that time.
Mochitsuki is the traditional mochi-pounding ceremony in Japan.
Polished glutinous rice is soaked overnight and cooked.
The cooked rice is pounded with wooden mallets (kine) in a traditional mortar (usu). Two people will alternate the work, one pounding and the other turning and wetting the mochi. They must keep a steady rhythm or they may accidentally injure one another with the heavy kine.
The sticky mass is then formed into various shapes (usually a sphere or cube). Kinako mochi is a mochi dish that is traditionally made on New Year's Day for luck. This style of mochi preparation includes roasting the mochi over a fire or stove, and then dipping it into a mixture of soy sauce, water and sugar, before finally briefly coating it in kinako (soy flour).
And that is what Koji and I did at his daycare yesterday....
**Oops...in one place I typed "moshi" when it should have been "mochi"! Sorry!! Cold fingers make typing a bit more challenging than usual!!**
For not really doing much, we were kind of busy!!
I hope you all had a chance to see the moon this weekend...holy moly, but it was be-yoo-ti-ful! The boys and I did our "moon dance" on Saturday night...we were lucky because it had snowed and rained all day long but, about 5:30 it was clear enough to see the moon long enough to do "our thing" in the garden...and then we came in and sat by the heater!!
Have a great Sunday everyone...may you feel good even if you don't get everything done today!!