You might end up with something that looks like this:
And yeah....I'd probably wear it!!
(With probably meaning "oh, honey..that has my name written all over it"!!)
...gaudy much, debbie? :-D
...gaudy much, debbie? :-D
Posted by dkuroiwa at 11:39 PM
No, I'm not talking about your basic, everyday rituals like the one I have in the morning (wake up, go turn computer on, shuffle to kitchen and make coffee, shuffle back and check e-mail....). No, I'm talking about rituals that are hundreds of years old and observed pretty much as they were hundreds of years ago.
Coming from a relatively new culture, some of the ways of doing things here in Japan (which is waaaaaaaaay older than the U.S.) seem, well....tedious....old fashioned....and sometimes a complete pain in my butt...BUT....I do them, because, well...."when in Rome...." and...oh yeah...Lord knows I don't want to upset the "wa" of a situation. (Which will probably surprise people who have known me for years...yes, my friends, my rebel-rousing days are slowing down.) Actually, to be completely honest...I've come to like some of the rituals...they may be a bit of a pain, but...I've gotten used to them.
**Note: wa is the harmony, peace and balance of everyday life. Japanese work very hard to keep the wa. As I was once told by a Japanese friend, "You must respect the wa."
In the Japanese culture, rituals are very important. Take, for example, ikebana (Japanese flower arrangement), which has roots (!!) that date back to the 6th century.
The main idea of ikebana is to "respect the harmony between man and nature by using 3 stems ...representing heaven, earth and man."
There are many schools of ikebana, each having their own philosophy and way of doing things. Certain flowers only go with certain plants and colors and there is meaning to most everything that is done and well.....my personal philosophy of ikebana ("flowers....vase.....Voila!") doesn't even come close to what all is involved in this art. I know ladies who have studied ikebana for years and when I asked them if they were almost finished, one lady said that she "would probably never be finished...there is always something new to learn".
**Those pictures not belonging to me were borrowed from my friends at GoogleImages.
Posted by dkuroiwa at 10:27 AM
Cut some canned peaches and mangos up.
Made vanilla pudding...from scratch. (uh-huh...I really did.)
Whipped up some cream.
Crumbled up a Valentine's sponge cake I got for half price. (Which actually worked better because with it being a little dry, it really soaked up the fruit juice!!)
Layer that all in a glass bowl and
Posted by dkuroiwa at 1:15 AM
Imagine my surprise when I read the following headline on Yahoo this evening:
Posted by dkuroiwa at 11:15 PM
On a good day, Friday will kick my butt.
Today...it took me down to the mat and rubbed a dirty sock in my face.
But...I survived and yeah...it was fun.
Every Friday, I have three classes in three different parts of the city. The morning class is, though not the lowest level I have, it's running a tight race with another for that spot. The afternoon class is my highest class~~the class that keeps me on my toes~~the class where I have to be really careful because they get the jokes...they get the sarcasm....and they are pretty damn funny and sarcastic themselves!!! I love them. After that, I have two little girls (almost exactly the same ages as Issei and Koji!) that were in Canada for a couple of years and just returned last August. They are such "girly girls".....quite a change from the rough and tumbleness of the boys!!
Today...thrown in the middle of all that was a quick shopping excursion for some last-minute stuff for Issei. After the girls' class, I rushed to pick up Koji....safely sped home...picked up the K-man and The Birthday Boy...did a drive-by to Grandma's and loaded her up and.....
Posted by dkuroiwa at 11:38 PM
I have a bit of a birthday post for Issei tomorrow, but I wanted to share this with you....my little man...about 1 day old. Check out that hair, would you?!
The last few days have been kind of crazy. The school year is winding down and events at each of the boys' schools have kept me running.
On Wednesday, Koji's daycare had their monthly "happy shukai"....which is just a happy day where the oldest three classes have performances. This particular one was the last one of the year...his final one. Graduation is March 20 and on April 1, he will no longer be there.
He is starting to feel a little sad about not being able to see his friends after they all start 1st Grade. Koji, like Issei before him, is the only one from this neighborhood so will be "the lone ranger" in his 1st Grade class. I keep reminding him that he will make new friends, but that he can also make plans to play with his old friends. He's just going to a different school...NOT a different city!! A very hard concept for a 6-year-old to understand.
**Koji having a "deer caught in the headlights" moment. He did actually sing...later.**
Anyway....I went to this 'final performance' and was treated to some very interesting music by his class....there were drums, maracas, xylophones, bells and I'm sure a few more instruments (after awhile it got really hard to separate the instruments!) . They played two songs: the first was a Japanese one I didn't recognize and then, a song that
freaking drives me nuts and makes me want to hit someone when I hear it everyone knows, "It's A Small World"
On Tuesday, I had gone to Issei's school for his class's end of the year hapyokai, or "performances and demonstrations". (Issei's group did something about balance...I'm pretty sure that's what it was....maybe!). At the end of the day, all the 5th Grade students sang a couple songs. It was a nice day and even though we were in the gym and it was freaking freezing, it was still a good day.**Issei is in the middle...white baseball shirt with blue sleeves. I never really realized it, but, in the winter, he really is pale. In the summer he gets so dark....weird.
The ume (plum trees), and the momo, (peach trees) are really starting to blossom around where we live. It has been raining for most of the last 24 hours and I'm afraid that what buds and blossoms there were, are gone. I could be wrong and I hope that I am...but, I am preparing myself for what I find, or don't find, in the morning.
Which is why I am so glad that I took a picture of the ume tree in our garden the other day. The blossoms are so pretty and have such a lovely, sweet smell.
Aaaah....can spring be near?? One can only hope!
Posted by dkuroiwa at 11:28 PM
If you are thinking that I got these flowers on Saturday then...well...nice thoughts, but...no. I just really liked this little bouquet of my favorite flowers when I got it....and by "got it", I mean that I bought it myself...a few weeks ago.
No...Valentine's Day went the way I pretty much expected it to. I've learned not to expect anything, that way I won't be disappointed and someday...maybe someday I might be really surprised.
Now...before I continue...let me say a few words in the K-man's behalf.
I hope you had a great weekend and a wonderful Valentine's Day.
**Thank you Google Images for 2 of THE most delicious looking pictures!!
Posted by dkuroiwa at 12:36 AM
My good friend, Lila, knowing how much I just
freakin' can't stand love Valentine's Day here in Japan, sent me a funny card because maybe she thought I'd feel better about how things are done here.
I wanted to scan it for you (though you've probably seen one just like it!) but....some strange alien life form has taken over my scanner and it says that it "is busy and can't scan the project right now. Please try again later." (hmmmm....I wonder how long the alien will stay?! Should I buy snacks?)
So...me, being the semi-creative sort that I am...decided that I would attempt to recreate (With the help of Google Images, thank you very much!!) the card...just for you. At the end of the recreation, if you wish to discuss amongst yourselves, that would be great. Me? I'm going to bed to gather the energy it's going to take for tomorrow so as not to hurt anyone in the madness we call Valentine's Day here.
Posted by dkuroiwa at 1:06 AM
Last night's post, the time that I actually posted it was at 9:40 PM on Thursday night. BUT....according to my Google Reader.....it says "8:18 AM (5 hours ago)". By the way, it is now 2:08 in the afternoon of Friday.
So...unless I'm being sucked into a time vortex of some sort, something whack is going on at Google.
Has anyone else experienced this? Is it just me?
Is anyone out there?
Well....let's just see how long it takes for this one to register!
Have a good one. Happy Friday!!
Posted by dkuroiwa at 2:03 PM
The FDA said its warning does not include peanut butter sold in jars, such as Jif or Peter Pan, which the agency said is safe to eat.
The warning includes only products made with peanut butter or peanut paste, including cookies, candy, crackers, ice cream and cereal .
1. I am assuming that Skippy is okay, too.
2. How is all this going to affect my Girls (Scouts, that is!)....you know how I do love my Do-Si-Dos.
Shel Silverstein is alive and well and living in my house.
(Random artwork taken from Koji's daycare drawings.)
Actual conversation in the car on Tuesday:
Issei: Mom. Look at that picture on the bus.
Mom: Okay. Which one? (There were three...pictures, not buses.)
Issei: The blond professional wrestler. Who does he look like?
Mom: Weeeeeellll......it actually looks kind of like Uncle Guy.
Issei: That's exactly what I told Koji.
I give you....this.....
Posted by dkuroiwa at 9:40 PM
I don't actually have migraines very often so I'm not really sure if it was a real one or not, which is why I'm leery of stating that what I had yesterday was indeed a migraine. No, I have never been to the doctor to have a diagnosis. If I were to have them more often, I'm pretty sure I'd be getting my butt in to see someone (well, not my butt actually, but you know what I'm trying to say!).
Posted by dkuroiwa at 11:33 PM