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07:19 pm: Living in a fairytale
I went to school in my newly made skirt today. Since the second-year students are all off in Korea, I only had one class, the one where we're studying fairytales. (We began Snow White.) At the start of class, the students commented that I looked like Cinderella and were impressed that I had just made the skirt yesterday. In the faculty room, one of the teachers had me stand up and spin around so she could see it.

I tried out my new laminater today. It totally rocks! It's *way* better than pasting pictures onto construction paper. It's easy to use, and the pictures come out looking great. I didn't have any problems with air bubbles or anything, though it's possible that might be because I was only using postcard-sized laminating sheets. (They were cheapest.)

After school, I was asked to translate one student's essay into English for a speech contest. She had started with the first paragraph, but the contents of the essay (about the situation of war and other problems in the world) were too difficult for her. I wasn't sure how fair it was for me to do the translating for her...but I figured I would have corrected her translation anyway if she had done it herself...and it's a speech competition, so the emphasis is how well she speaks.

I was also asked to participate in a kouryuu (exchange) activity next month, on Saturday the 27th. Apparently they would like me to lead two 15-30 minute English conversation sessions for an event they're having. I didn't have any other plans that day, so I said I would, though the time isn't fixed yet (they have to work around a tea ceremony and such).

When I went shopping after work, I made a couple discoveries. I'm used to seeing calcium-fortified milk, but this was the first time I had seen iron-enriched milk. (BTW, these liter cartons are the largest size milk comes in. There is no such thing as a gallon jug of milk that I've ever seen.)

I had intended to try my hand at tempura for supper, but then I found "tofu steak" mix. It was a packet of dried vegetables and spices into which you crumble one block of tofu. Shape the resulting mass into "burgers" and fry for about ten minutes. I tried it out, and it was really quick and easy, not to mention rather tasty.

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From:(Anonymous)
Date:October 12th, 2004 04:01 am (UTC)

Wowwwweeeee!

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What a beautiful skirt. It would work at one of our square dance or round dance events! It is just beautiful.

So, how did you take a picture of yourself? Do you have a timer on your camera?

Love,
Mom
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:October 12th, 2004 04:31 am (UTC)

Re: Wowwwweeeee!

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It would work at one of our square dance or round dance events!

It's actually from a book of hula dress patterns. I originally bought it because I was thinking I might make a matching shirt and skirt set for you and Dad to dance in, but I wanted to try it out first to see how much material it would take and how the finished product would look. (I also don't have a western-style shirt pattern, so I'd have to go with the same aloha-shirt style I've been making.)

Do you have a timer on your camera?

Yep. It's really handy.
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From:mereflair
Date:October 12th, 2004 02:10 pm (UTC)

CUTE!

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How fun! I love those colors!
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