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09:48 am: Spending and saving
I was quite the busy bee this weekend. I spent Saturday morning scrubbing my bathrooms and floors in preparation for company coming to visit. Two friends drove over and took me along to Japantown, where we enjoyed ourselves at the Cherry Blossom Festival. We stopped at a number of different shops and vendors, where I spent entirely too much money. At least Kinokuniya was offering 20% off any purchase of 5+ manga, so I saved a bit there...

Our last stop was the Japanese grocery, where we picked up a bunch of food to bring back for a nostalgic meal.

Sunday morning I took a trip to the local Ace Hardware, where they were having a 20% off event. I took the opportunity to pick up a bunch of baking supplies I had been coveting as well as some necessary gardening supplies.

After returning home, I worked at clearing some of the stuff out of the garage to make room for the deliverymen to cart away my old washer/dryer set and install the new one. The new appliances look quite impressive, with lots of different settings, fully customizable for any laundry situation. I used them right away, and I was pleased with what I saw of their performance. The washer spins everything so dry that there's not much moisture left for the dryer, which allows the dryer to run a very short cycle. I imagine that helps conserve energy.

I spent the rest of the afternoon weeding the front yard, which helped a lot. I'm getting excited by the developments in the back yard as well. One of my crabapple trees is blossoming, so there's a possibility I might get fruit from it this year. My grape vines show signs of producing large bunches. If those buds all turn into grapes, I should have a nice harvest. Even my persimmon tree appears to be flowering this year for the first time.

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From:mangaroo
Date:April 14th, 2014 04:58 pm (UTC)
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Our last stop was the Japanese grocery, where we picked up a bunch of food to bring back for a nostalgic meal.

The mochi (?) is so pretty! What are the fried cutlet-looking things in the center of the table?
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:April 14th, 2014 05:34 pm (UTC)
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The mochi (?) is so pretty!

We got sakura mochi (the ones with the leaves), strawberry mochi, and blueberry mochi. They were all quite good.

What are the fried cutlet-looking things in the center of the table?

Potato croquettes.
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:April 14th, 2014 07:47 pm (UTC)
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Ooh, I don't think I've ever had blueberry mochi. Sounds yummy!

I really want potato croquettes now. :(
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From:mangaroo
Date:April 15th, 2014 12:09 am (UTC)
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I am really sad that I wasn't as impressed with potato croquettes as I expected to be. It seems like it ought to be the perfect food. Potatoes betrayed me.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:April 15th, 2014 03:51 am (UTC)
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Potatoes betrayed me.

That's just crazy talk. @_@
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:April 15th, 2014 12:33 pm (UTC)
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Potatoes betrayed me.

Maybe YOU betrayed potatoes!!

...But seriously: I find that croquettes are best with sauce (+mayo), thus making them slightly less perfect than french fries. (I don't do ketchup on my fries. They're perfect the way they are!)
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