06 January 2010


Even though it's belated, I'll say あけましておめでとう to everyone! I haven't posted in a while, so oops. I'll make it goal to not slack so much! But I was taken away with everything during winter break, being lazy, etc. etc.

I go to classes next Wednesday, the 13th, and gosh this break just flew by. :( Boo. My parents were able to come up for Christmas day, and the next couple of days, so that was great for us. Also nice to be able to move outside of the city limits, because of the rental car they had! My parents brought many yummy, sweet, fattening treats with them which I will thank them, and thank them for! Haha. They're all so yummy, and this is dangerous. I've been trying my best to have only so much of it a day!

They brought us some awesome presents, one of which I loved was a present for Takeshi mostly - a big KitchenAid mixer! He's been having a lot of fun with it ever since, with all of his culinary experiments. We were glad to hear that Takeshi's family and friends received our holiday cards at a reasonable time. I was worried it would take forever to mail letters over to Japan! Takeshi and I bought ourselves a Wii Fit Plus for Christmas! We love it and have been using it almost everyday (since consistent exercise is important!). I hope to loose the 2-ish lbs. I have gained over break. :(

I've been struggling all during break over that gallery piece I'm hoping to put it, that's due at the end of break. I finally got some sense of what I wanted to do, bought an 11"x14" canvas, and painted on the background color. BUT I did end up buying oil paints which take forever to dry, so now I'm wondering if I'll have this sucker done and dry by next Wednesday. I'll try my best to make it, but I can only go as fast as this stuff will dry for me. :( Bleh. Fingers crossed.

New Year's was fun this time around! My two best friends from high school were able to come up. I hadn't seen them both in ages. It really brought back memories of the 3 of us goofing off at school back then. Takeshi unfortunately got back late - at about 1:15-ish so I was sure to give him his first 2010 kiss as he came in the door. :) AND he had also done some "celebrating" at work before we left that night so, he was 3-sheets to the wind before any of us indulged in some drinkies as well.

We have just recently bought 2 pieces of furniture - this was this past Monday. We had decided to rent a car for the day and get as much done as we could, since Takeshi, starting this coming week, will only have Sundays off instead of Mondays and Sundays. We bought a small, low shelf, and a dresser! Oh my god, horray for organization! Now our (one and only) closet looks a lot less jammed-packed. It literally was our only place for storage. And we still have our huge pieces of luggage in it, when we arrived back in the States in July.

Takeshi received a 'catching up/happy new year' email from his dad and a family friend as well. It's nice to know they're doing well. We want them to come visit us again in the States, but it will have to wait until we're moved again to another city after this semester, and all settled. Besides, Lancaster PA is not the greatest, most exciting place to visit - and they've been here before too.

While we had the rental car, we also did a bunch of grocery shopping, at the local Giant and also the Vietnamese grocery store in town. I'm always jazzed about buying things there! This time we bought some red miso, fish cake, mirin, natto, rice, and tofu. We haven't had rice in the house in a long time! We missed it. I'm hoping to make some special dishes with the mirin and miso! Something that reminds us of home. It's so secret that I miss Japanese food!


The parents :)

Dad showing Takeshi some camera tips

Natalie, Me, and Todd

Takeshi playing the Wii Fit

Our new mixer!

Making ice cream by mixing in dry ice - thus the smoke!


Renee said...

I love, love, love your new mixer!!! It is beautiful!

-phx- said...

(i added you to my blog roll a little while back, but i think this is my first comment so, "Hello!" as well!)

It's probably too late to mention this, but there is a type of quick-drying liquid you can add to oil paints to cut down the drying time. i don't remember exactly what it's called, but if you're interested i'm sure any place that sells oil paints would carry it.
Anyway, hope all works out for you. i'd like to see the painting when it's all finished. :)

ローラ said...

Hiya phx! :3

Thanks for reading my blog! I try to make it as interesting as I can. Haha.

I actually looked up some ways to have oil paints dry faster, AFTER I had already painted! Crap. But I might invest in that quick-drying liquid anyway, for the future. ;)

Kelsey said...

I love your blog! You seemed to have had some hard times in Japan (as I did also) I hope things are going well with u now. If you ever come back here please go to "Design Festa". It's a super fab art showcase that has tons (literally tons) of art. I go every year and always find something new there.