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05:40 pm: We will soon be overrun
I should never browse in the craft section of the bookstore. I simply can't restrain myself. This time I came upon a book about Japanese color coordination. (In other words, what colors are considered to go well together from the traditional Japanese perspective.) I tried to resist...but then I flipped through it, and, well...

(Secret message for wednesday_10_00: What color are Sidney's eyes?)

I also picked up another book about things to make in the rice cooker. Yeah, sure, I already have one such book, and I have only actually used it once. But there were pictures of cheesecake...and brownies...and the biggest darn pudding I've ever seen.

Today was reasonably uneventful...except for the same teacher moving class from the seminar room to the language lab without telling me. This, I know, was purely his idea. I think he feels like the language lab is his personal territory, so he likes to have class there whenever it's not being used by other teachers. If you ask me, it is incredibly distracting. The students come in and sit in front of computers fully equipped with solitaire, minesweeper, and all kinds of other things they'd rather be playing than listening to English. Not only that, the computers block my view of the students, and their view of each other, as opposed to the seminar room where they all sit at tables arranged in a large rectangle and are facing each other. The only benefit is that the language lab has a whiteboard, so I don't get chalk dust all over my fingers.

And...I got another sack of vegetables. I didn't check, but I can tell there are at least two more ginormous heads of lettuce, and probably another daikon. I could barely carry the thing back to my apartment.

Today we had a shortened schedule so the afternoon could be spent cleaning. Tomorrow a new batch of middle school students arrives to take the entrance exam. (Our students get the morning off, though it doesn't affect me because I no longer have any morning classes on Tuesdays.) We were warned by the vice-principal to avoid having any contact with anyone outside the school while the test is taking place...so don't call me tomorrow morning. ^_~

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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:February 7th, 2005 03:28 am (UTC)
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What color are Sidney's eyes?
No fabric sample could ever capture the beauty of Sidney's eyes! They are like the sky on a cloudless day.

...I want Nobuyuki to invent his own kanji for blue, the definition of which would be "the color of Sidney's eyes."

(Also, that sounds like a really cool book.)
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:February 7th, 2005 08:09 pm (UTC)
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I want Nobuyuki to invent his own kanji for blue

Like the guy in Hero making up a new way to write "sword"? <g> That would be *so* cute.
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:February 8th, 2005 04:14 am (UTC)
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Like the guy in Hero making up a new way to write "sword"?
Yes. And those who study the kanji carefully will truly understand the depth of Nobuyuki's love.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:February 8th, 2005 02:45 pm (UTC)
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Fanfic? ^_~
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From:nitasee
Date:February 7th, 2005 07:33 am (UTC)
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We were warned by the vice-principal to avoid having any contact with anyone outside the school while the test is taking place

Why?

I've been wanting a rice cooker. I'll probably buy one fairly soon. I'm curious what else you can make with one. About all I know of is steamed veggies - that and rice are the big reasons I want one.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:February 7th, 2005 02:59 pm (UTC)
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Why?

He didn't give a reason...possibly to avoid any "how is my child doing?" conversations with parents?

I'm curious what else you can make with one.

  • Soup
  • Inari-style or chirashi-style sushi
  • Things that would ordinarily be cooked in a frying pan, such as okonomiyaki (to cut down on the use of oil)
  • Eggs, different styles (omelet, poached, inside a tofu pouch)
  • Bread and related things like Chinese-style filled buns and sweet rolls and such
  • Cake
  • Various meat and fish dishes, though I don't look too closely at those
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    From:wednesday_10_00
    Date:February 7th, 2005 04:34 pm (UTC)
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    Things that would ordinarily be cooked in a frying pan, such as okonomiyaki (to cut down on the use of oil)
    ! ...Wouldn't it be a really tiny okonomiyaki, though?
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    From:spacealien_vamp
    Date:February 7th, 2005 08:08 pm (UTC)
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    I don't know about yours, but the inside of my rice cooker is about the same size as a medium dish, so I imagine it would be an acceptable size for okonomiyaki. I wouldn't want to have to wait 40 minutes for it to cook, though, which is the reason I haven't tried it.
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    From:nitasee
    Date:February 8th, 2005 06:21 am (UTC)
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    Bread and related things like Chinese-style filled buns and sweet rolls and such

    I've really wanted to learn how to make filled buns. Maybe, you could pass on some recipes?

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    From:spacealien_vamp
    Date:February 8th, 2005 02:46 pm (UTC)
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    Sure, I could do that.
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