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10:15 am: When it rains, it pours
I've had a pretty busy couple of weeks. To start off, when I went out on my day at the farmer's market, I bought a large Indian food cookbook. I decided to try cooking a number of the recipes in it, starting with making my own cheese. That actually went rather well, with the exception of the slight mishap when the gallon of water I was using as a weight slipped and fell on the floor, spilling water everywhere. The cheese came out okay once I got the weight to stay in place.

I had to get a number of Indian spices for the recipes, so I tracked down a small Indian grocery in a neighboring town. I filled my basket full of goodies and took them to the register, where the man at the counter stared at me in shock.

Man: You know how to cook?!

Me: ...Yes...I like cooking...

Man: Where did you learn?!

Me: ...From a cookbook...?

I wondered if I really looked so inept that it was unbelievable that I could cook. It took a few moments for it to register that he meant "cook Indian food."

On Saturday, I took a trip to San Francisco. I started by having lunch in Japantown, where I browsed a bit at Kinokuniya. From there I went to see Wicked at the Orpheum downtown. I enjoyed it even more than I thought I would after listening to the soundtrack...although I was distracted through most of the performance by making Avatar music videos to all the songs in my head. I would have bought some of the merchandise afterward, but sadly the items I wanted were more than double the price I was willing to pay.

After that, my next project was to start an herb garden on my balcony. I purchased a hexagonal tiered planter online. The challenge was putting it together, since the instructions were in German, and none of the wooden slats were labelled. I somehow managed.

Before I had the chance to find something to cover the large drainage hole in the bottom so that I could fill it with soil, it started storming here. It's been gusting wind and pouring rain for the past couple days, and the rain is expected to continue through tomorrow. I think the weather is causing them to re-route planes over my town from the airport, because I've heard more of them flying overhead in the past three days than I have in the 2+ months since I moved in.

Another task that has proven somewhat difficult has been locating a craft store where I can buy yarn for crochet projects. I found one online located in the next town, so I used my day off on Monday to check it out. I was flabbergasted to find that it is closed on Mondays. (The shop hours weren't listed on its web site.) I've had that happen in Japan, but I never expected it here. I tried going three towns north to Colma, the location of the nearest Joann's. Sadly, it is a small branch store and doesn't have much of a selection. It seems I'm back to ordering online.

My tae kwon do classes are proceeding well. I got a pair of special shoes at my last lesson that I can wear on the mat. That way I can stop constantly worrying about slipping on sweat, which has been making it difficult for me up until now.

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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:March 4th, 2009 09:22 pm (UTC)
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I browsed a bit at Kinokuniya.

Browsed but didn't buy? :(

Also, that planter is really, really cool. Where did you get it?

Edited at 2009-03-04 09:22 pm (UTC)
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:March 5th, 2009 01:20 am (UTC)
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Browsed but didn't buy?

I did, in fact, buy two manga from the list of things you pimped at me when I visited.

Where did you get it?

It's from a site called Plow & Hearth.
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:March 5th, 2009 01:02 pm (UTC)
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things you pimped at me when I visited

Speaking of this, I have a bone to pick with you about Shitsuren Mania, specifically: why didn't you warn me about Ryuu's yucky boyfriend? I LOVE the rest of the series, but dammit, I feel so bad for the cute little puppy doctor! ;_;

(Thanks for the link to the planter; I'll have to show my mom, although we already have a (much smaller) planter for our herbs.)
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:March 6th, 2009 01:03 pm (UTC)
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why didn't you warn me about Ryuu's yucky boyfriend?

I'm pretty sure I did. If not by name, I said something like "I'm not too thrilled about the bartender's romance..."

I feel so bad for the cute little puppy doctor!

Me too. I have the feeling, though, that the author is planning to continue developing something among the three of them. I'm just not sure what.
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:March 6th, 2009 01:22 pm (UTC)
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*sigh* Me and my swiss cheese brain. orz

Actually, more than that, I remember you and Ashley talking about the series at my birthday party, and saying something about the bartender, but I couldn't remember what you said, so at the beginning I was thinking you were just saying "Gee, he's a great character, why doesn't he have a love interest?" and then I thought it must have been "Why doesn't he get together with the doctor?" and then I thought it must have been "WHY DIDN'T HE GET TOGETHER WITH THE DOCTOR, AAGH." (I am clearly projecting here.)

I have the feeling, though, that the author is planning to continue developing something among the three of them. I'm just not sure what.

I dunno, I'm really just...pretty much grossed out by Ryuu and Yucky Scar Man (to the point that I was happy, when they first moved away, because I thought maybe I wouldn't have to see them anymore), so I wish the doctor would just run far, far away and find somebody better for him. :/
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From:manga_crow
Date:March 4th, 2009 11:58 pm (UTC)
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How specialized of a store do you need for your crafts? I know my mom has several crafting friends that live in your general area; she could probably ask around and see where the better stores are.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:March 5th, 2009 01:30 am (UTC)
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How specialized of a store do you need for your crafts?

I mainly crochet, so yarn and crochet thread are what I use the most. The problem with my current project is that it's a blanket using eight specific colors (plus two neutral colors for the border). That means I need both a large quantity and a wide color selection. Joann's brands had either A) lots of yarn in not enough colors, or B) plenty of colors but not enough of each.

I wound up ordering from Herrschners, since I've had good experiences with their products in the past. If you can come up with recommendations for stores in my area, though, I'd be interested in hearing them.
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From:manga_crow
Date:March 9th, 2009 07:55 pm (UTC)
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Bleh, my mom says that most of her friends out there just use Michaels or order online :p On the plus side, there are quite a few Michaels in the area, for the simpler stuff. There are a few other places for more specialized crafts (baskets, etc) but nothing that she could find for knitting or crocheting.

Sorry I couldn't help =/
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:March 10th, 2009 12:10 am (UTC)
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Thank you for taking the time to ask.
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From:evil_overlord
Date:March 5th, 2009 12:21 am (UTC)
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Well, to be helpful, there *is* a Wicked soundtrack out at the very least [I know because a friend got me a copy], but I can imagine just how expensive the merchandise can be. Lucky you for having seen it, so far the only times it's been near me, haven't been able to afford the price for a ticket. :P

I guess I've gotten used to stores being closed on weird days, because the hubby [back when we could afford it] was a saltwater fish enthusiast, and most fish stores close one day in the week, whatever day their shipment day happens to fall on. So I try not to assume when something is going to be closed or open anymore. heh As for yarn...depends on what type you use...if you don't care, look for a Micheal's or Hobby Lobby, but most of what they have are acrylics. I get to do some on-line digging myself, as while the local yarn store [which I have now...wheee!] has skeins of what I need, it's more than the hubby wants to spend to make him a scarf [he has problems with a lot of man-made fibers, and this scarf needs to be something he can wrap across his face if need be, because we moved further north and he's outdoors a lot more on the campus he's on now. hee]
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From:devimustang0929
Date:March 10th, 2009 07:28 pm (UTC)
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I've always wanted to see Wicked. I bought and read the book several years ago and have since heard good things about the musical.

I recently finished re-watching books 1 and 2 of Avatar, and then marathon-ed book 3 in one night. I think Rob told me you'd been watching those. It really is an enjoyable series. Surprising, I guess, from an American cartoon. I'm sure the videos in your head would be delightfully amusing.
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