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Posted on: January 25, 2009

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But I’m making the effort.

I’d like to say things are busy here, but in reality I’m just not thinking straight.

I’m not thinking much at all, actually. *laughs* So I’ll try to make up for it.

01-23-09-big-boy-cartWe were grocery shopping, and look who sits like a big boy now! He sat up there the whole time, looking around all happy.

01-20-09-happy-boy1My happy boy! He’s such a love, smiling all the time!

01-19-09-sleeping-on-mommyHe fell asleep nestled in my armpit. I’d think it’d be uncomfortable, but he was so asleep. And he was just adorable- I love this picture, it just feels artistic somehow.

01-22-09-sleepingHe fell asleep in the Valley Mall, just after nursing. I just didn’t have the heart to move him.

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My bento from my shopping day with my mom. It was supposed to be shared, but she decided to eat at home instead. Grilled chicken strips and bites, with white rice and stir-fry sauce in the container. Also, grapes, turkey, cucumber/carrot/bell peppers, and colby jack cheese, with ranch dressing. It was a good snacky, but if I’d made just mine, there’d have been more cheese, no turkey, and no strips of chicken, or bell peppers. Probably less cucumbers too.

01-24-09-bentoOrion’s bento the other day. My first octodog attempt! We hooked up the deep fryer, so he got fried gyoza, baked sausage buns, a hard boiled egg, frozen grapes, and applesauce (homemade!) and since I ran out of white rice (I know, go figure!) he got fried rice, spam fried rice, gyoza dipping sauce, and two octodogs.

Closeup of Octodog
Closeup of Octodog

I’m sorry the pictures are blurry. All I have is a camera phone, so it’s not high quality photos. I’m hoping to get a camera eventually, but money’s tight.

01-19-09-new-hatOn a slightly sad note, Mat Hatties in Spokane is going out of business- today was their last day. I’ll miss them! They were a lovely little tea shop. I got eight ounces of English Breakfast (broken orange pekoe, it smells heavenly!) and two hats to remember them by. This is my ‘casual’ hat, and I know the picture isn’t the best, but I took it at the hair-dressers during my mom’s appointment. (On another note, there’s my cameraphone! A Chocolate. You can see why my pics are fuzzy. I’m not known for a steady hand!) You can’t see in this pic, but it’s got a little sparkly buckle on the other side. I also got a ‘tea hat’ that I’ll have to get a picture of next time I have a tea party.

We’re in the planning for Lunar New Year on the 26th- soba noodles, mochi cakes, anko to make onigiri and other treats with, homemade noodles… I’m not sure what else. It’s been an adventure in cooking.

I’ve found more to add to my wishlist… and that is the art of Ursula Vernon. It’s my happy place. Especially the Wizard of Tea and the ABC’s.
Go forth and see her stuff. Buy her stuff, as she makes her living off of painting and writing. Her children’s book ‘Nurk’ is out, too. Also, her webcomic “Digger” is spectacular, although you can only read so much without subscribing. Honestly? Worth the subscription. TOTALLY worth the subscription.

Anyway, have an awesome day, and see you another time!

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Egg purses; sausage buns; gyoza; steamed dumplings; bacon

Mixed Veggies and Rice; Asparagus; Turkey Dumplings; White Rice

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Bento for Jan 17th, 2009: Stirfry Veggies, steamed asparagus wrapped in procuitto and fried, sauteed mushrooms, a little cup of crunchy chicken noodle things, and rice with furikake; in the second box was three kinds of cubed cheese, thick slices of summer sausage, a cup of grapes, a cup of cucumbers, a bottle of catalina dressing, crackers, and two iced oatmeal cookies.
There was also a thing of yogurt, and a can of soup just in case he wanted more food. ^_^ He’s got a big appetite, good for him! A high metabolism means a lot of food, and he works so hard it’s good.

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The ferrets were out the other day, and Digby crashed in the fluff-box. Just adorable, if you ask me! Puck is doing alright, although he’s still too skinny for my taste. The stress of the move, of losing baby, and of changing families has been a little rough on the poor guy, but he’s devouring the chicken baby food, so I’m thinking he’ll recover just fine. Puut’s just fat and sassy as ever. *laughs*

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The snow crushed our fence by the back shop. That’s a lot of weight! O_O We’ll have to dig it out and see about repairing it.

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A growly-bear for my growly-bear! This is Josh’s Mister Growly T. Bear. We got him from World Market for $5, on clearance. He was just so adorable I couldn’t resist.

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He crashed on my lap, and I needed to finish what I was typing. *laughs* He never woke up! … and then he peed on me. So I guess we’re even.

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We weighed him the other day, and he was at 13lbs 5 oz, so I measured and he’s just about 22 inches now! Probably longer, but this was the best I could do. We’ll find out at his doc’s visit on the 21st!

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Sound asleep, we took a lovely headshot of him. What a beautiful, handsome, sweet boy! … okay, done gushing now.

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My king of the basement- Coricopat. Cori’s a handsome cat we got as a tiny itty kitten, who had grown up to be egotistical, domineering, arrogant… in short, everything a good kitty should be. ^_^

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Bento for Jan 18, 2009: Three-Rice Box (Spam fried rice, regular fried rice, white rice with furikake); and teriyaki veggies, turkey dumplings, steamed asparagus, a cup of grapes, and sauces- soy in the bottle, hot mustard in the packets. And a cup of crunchy chicken noodle things.

The dumplings are sort of a cross between a croquette and a meatball. Turkey and seasonings, wrapped in nori and fried. Recipe courtesy of Cooking Cute. The two fried rices are also Cooking Cute recipes.

We also got some steamed dumplings and some gyoza from the store- frozen. Takes just two minutes to steam and fry them, and boom! Fresh food!

We made pigs in a blanket today, too- with premade croissant rolls, the pillsbury kind? We cut them smaller and wrapped them around John Morell Cocktail Smokies (the only kind I like) and baked them. DELICIOUS!

We started a group here in Spokane for women who like Japan- anime, manga, bento, anything Japan-oriented. It’s called Sakura Blossoms (Check us out at our blog and our Craigslisting) and our first event is on the 26th, for New Years- a Year of the Ox celebration!

So, otherwise, have an awesome day! ^____^

Two cups of mini-heart-burgers, cup of pickles (also holding ketchup and mustard bottles), cup of heart-cheeses (also holding Mayo Monkey), cup of cucumbers, and heart-bread. Stuffed in between are broccoli florets and ranch dressing, and mango and papaya bits.

Two cups of mini-heart-burgers, cup of pickles (also holding ketchup and mustard bottles), cup of heart-cheeses (also holding Mayo Monkey), cup of cucumbers, and heart-bread. Stuffed in between are broccoli florets and ranch dressing, and mango and papaya bits.

So you can’t tell, but those little burgers are heart-shaped. So is the cheese! And the bread, but you can see that. There’s also pickles and sauces, and little corner stuffers to hold things still.

In other news, it turns out my little growly-bear has colic. He’s been fussy and howly all night and all day- a regular howly-bear! But with some bouncing and some diet restrictions on my part, we’ll see how things go.

Tomorrow I go in to get birth control, the Mirena IUD. I’ve heard good things!

Dinner tonight is spaghetti and meatballs. Lets see how it turns out- I’ve never made meatballs. I used the slow cooker to make the sauce, and pan-fried the meatballs until they were nice and brown. Then I put them in the sauce to finish cooking all the way through. We’ll see what happens.

Spaghetti noodles broken in half, with roast beef over top. The little white round thing is a container of gravy. Used the bottom tier of another bento to hold broccoli and heart and star shaped carrot chunks, and ranch in the bottle.

Leftovers: Spaghetti noodles broken in half, with roast beef over top. The little white round thing is a container of gravy. Used the bottom tier of another bento to hold broccoli and heart and star shaped carrot chunks, and ranch in the bottle.

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Growly bear baby in a star fish suit

12/17- Growly bear baby in a star fish suit

A boy and his dog. Who's bigger than he is.

12/28- A boy and his dog. Who's bigger than he is.

Like father, like son.

12/28- Like father, like son.

He must be lacking in bones, because he seemed comfortable!

12/28- He must be lacking in bones, because he seemed comfortable!

His first time wearing pants

12/29- His first time wearing pants

Our cat has chosen her throne. Fable II must wait.

12/29- Our cat has chosen her throne. Fable II must wait.

I can wear my dad's pants! Take that, fat tummy!

12/30- I can wear my dad's pants! Take that, fat tummy!

What a look!

12/30- What a look!

1/2/09- Puck on the kitchen counter

1/2/09- Puck on the kitchen counter

1/2- Sleeping cute

1/2- Sleeping cute

1/4- Abby

1/4- Abby

1/5- Add a poing and he's PePe LaPew!

1/5- Add a poing and he's PePe LaPew!

1/6- Crashnap in his overalls

1/6- Crashnap in his overalls

1/7- Binky holder

1/7- Binky holder

1/9- Josh and Bear

1/9- Josh and Bear

Groceries- gotta love huge sales!

Groceries- gotta love huge sales!

Mister Bear. Josh's first teddy bear!

Mister Bear. Josh's first teddy bear!

Snuggling on mama's legs

Snuggling on mama's legs

Snoozing on Uncle Ennosuke.

Snoozing on Uncle Ennosuke.

Isn't he lovely? *laughs*

Isn't he lovely? *laughs*