The Laughing Otter- because life’s just too short

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Okay! Lets see where I left off.

At last update I had a sinus cold. That’s over and gone with, hooray! The baby feels much better too, and we got a very cute humidifier.

$35 at Target! Rar!
$35 at Target! Rar!

It’s made a huge difference in both his and my head colds. Delightful! A lovely lady at the Rockwood Valley Clinic made the suggestion and we’re very grateful!

So, as I mentioned- I got a new laptop and a new computer.

Lovely, aren’t they?

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Mkay. So on the 19th, we went out to Bostons for dinner after a fun day at Riverfront Park Plaza (I think that’s what it’s called! The ‘mall’ by the park). The pictures from the day out didn’t turn out so hot (We went to see Coraline again!) but dinner’s did. This is one of the few that worked, taken from the parking garage of a series of runner statues. It’s a little creepy at first!

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This one was taken from the escalator in the shopping center of the street and architecture. It’s not perfect but you get the idea.

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This is me and Ennosuke. Orion took the picture- evidentally the menu contained delicious food ideas! (That’s my laptop, by the way. Pretty…)

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This is a panoramic of the restaurant. They’re very bright and colorful!

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It was a fun night.

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I got more pictures of the pets, too!

Coricopat, the noisy cat
Coricopat, the noisy cat
The dogs- Mirax, Koda and Abby, and Cocoa
The dogs- Mirax, Koda and Abby, and Cocoa
Puut, pretty ferret. This is the twelft attempt.
Puut, pretty ferret. This is the twelfth attempt.
This was our second-best picture.
This was our second-best picture.

They’ve been off and on behaving, and it’s been interesting. The neighbors complained that the dogs were barking, but I swear they were inside. Wierd.

Sleeping Digby
Sleeping Digby

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I’ve got a load of new pictures of the baby, too!

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Such a handsome guy…

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On to bento!

I got new gear. A nifty little bento with three compartments and silverware in the lid. Very nice! Two bucks at the grocery outlet.

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I packed a lunch for Orion, for tomorrow’s work. Silly me, he has tomorrow off! But here’s the pictures of it anyway.

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There’s chicken and mashed potatoes, (and a thing of gravy but it’s not pictured), glazed carrots, a small container of mixed veggies, two steamed dumplings, two fried miso-tuna-tofu hearts, a miso-marinated chickie egg (that looks like a demented snowman) and some broccoli florets, and a radish with hearts. The sauces are ranch and catalina for his veggies. This is, by far, the cutest bento I’ve ever made. *laughs*

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Snack bento I made for my mom. On top is a rice ball, some chicken breast, and some steamed broccoli with a little sauce container of teriyaki sauce. On the bottom was fail-snack. It was leftover alfredo mixed with some crumbled chicken breast and steamed broccoli, and chicken on the side- but the chicken was bad. It was my dinner, and supposed to be her next-day snack, but it gave me food poisoning. I dumped it out. She had a different snack, and I didn’t have time for a picture. It was… if I remember, there was a babybel cheese, some crackers, some broccoli (I had lots) and some meatloaf cut into a flower on a rice ball (also cut into a flower). It appears Orion has a pic on his phone, I’ll update that shortly.

02-22-09-bento

It’s a Very Brown Bento! *laughs* There’s the drumsticks of a Cornish Game Hen on a bed of white rice, three gyoza and some heart croquettes, a chili-powder tuna-miso-tofu heart, a soy-marinated egg, three little ‘flowers’ of the same tofu-miso-tuna mix that are pan fried instead of deep fried, and some meatloaf. The side dish is fried rice. It’s all very brown in color, but very delicious in flavor.

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I’ve installed Photoshop on here, and I plan to fiddle with it for a while and see if I can get the hang of making compilations so that instead of pages and pages of big pictures you can just load one picture that’s all of them in miniature.  Ennosuke says I can even learn to use ImageReady to make little animated gifs. That’s be cute, too!

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I finished a new book, called The Snow Queen by Mercedes Lackey. It’s the fourth book in the Five Hundred Kingdoms series, and I highly recommend them all. This one was a little disappointing, but not in the writing- only because I simply cannot figure out the fairy tale it’s based around!

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Anyway, it’s 4:14 in the morning and I’m pretty exhausted. The baby is sleeping and I should do likewikes if I’m to be up and existing tomorrow! Take care!

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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! ^____^

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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

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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*

I like the new setup. It’s easy to navigate and it all makes sense now!. Also, evidently, it’s screwed up because of my screen resolution. This sucks.  The drag and drop thing is sort of cool, though.

Anyway, since I haven’t posted in a few days, there’s not much to update. We’ll be moving on the 12th or thereabouts, over to our new home in Spokane. The baby is doing well, except for fussing incessantly when he’s awake. Not crying, just.. fussing. Poor guy. I wonder what’s bothering him? The dogs are doing well enough, although they could use more attention. The cats are also doing well, and the ferrets have new dig boxes made out of washbasins the hospital sent us home with after the baby was born. Christmastime is finally here so I can listen to Christmas music, eat candycanes and drink eggnog, and sing carols while running around in my Santa hat without feeling bad.

I have a crapload of new pictures, I just haven’t thought about uploading them just yet. I was, however, thinking of making a place to upload and store them where people could come and see them without having to come through here. Then I thought “heh, that’s silly, that’ll take away traffic!” so instead I’ll just keep doing the annoying uploading one at a time thing I have to do to post on here.

I’ll have to look around and find out if there’s an easier way to upload. I haven’t been paying a lot of attention to this site, I guess. I’ll add a new page, too, since everyone keeps asking “what do you want for Christmas?”. So here, I’ll put a list on the journal, and people can see for themselves what I want, where to buy it, and how much. Then I don’t have to feel bad for asking for something nice because I didn’t know that the giver only wanted to give me something for ten bucks or less.

I’ve been experimenting with the food given to us, we’ve had scrambled eggs with spicy chicken sausage and cilantro, sauteed onions and mushrooms, and bell peppers. I’ve taken the same mix of veggies and sausage without the eggs, and added corn and bean salsa, and mixed it with rice and fried it all together, too. Both of those turned out really good, the guys loved it. The sourdough bread became my personal addiction, and it’s gone now. There was a giant chocolate cake that was my breakfast the other day (a slice, not the whole thing) and some onion-cheese rolls that were really good, too.

Otherwise, my son was circumcised on Friday. Traumatic experience for him and us both. Orion’s decided we’re not doing it for any other son we have. (I could have told him that.)

Packing is going hectically. Things aren’t getting sorted, just tossed into boxes. There’ll be time to sort at the new house. >< Not much time now. My dad is coming out on the 12th, and maybe my mom, which would be nice.

Otherwise, things are as usual. Here, have some pictures! XD

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And here’s some that I just liked. The pug is sideways, sorry.

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I spent all last night looking up new recipes that are easy, fast and efficient, that I can put in Orion’s (and Ennosuke’s) lunch.

I worry less about Ennosuke. He can eat at work. Orion can’t- he has to bag his lunch or pay through the nose for ickie food-court food, like pizza or cheap sandwiches. Not healthy!

So I have discovered recipes for spam fried rice, Omuraisu, chicken katsu. tea marbled eggs, and chicken dumplings, all from Cooking Cute, a bento website I adore.

There’s also recipes for yakionigiri, or fried rice balls, and curry gyoza, both from a site called Lunch in a Box.

Today we’re trying the spam fried rice and a fridge-cleansing yakisoba stir fry.

Now if only I could use stuff before it goes bad! I lost half a box of peaches to mold, a cucumber that got soft before I could get to it, and I still have two more cucumbers, a bag of pluots, a handful of apples, a bag of potatoes and a bunch more peaches.

The peaches, or at least seven of them, are going to a neighbor. I can’t eat them all!

I’ve been thinking of calling my cousin- he’s a chef, I bet he’s got lots of ideas for easy bento fixins.

So I’m off to make some fried rice and pack up a quick lunch for Ennosuke (Orion doesn’t work today) and maybe get a relaxing little bit of time to rest before I make dinner!

Thanks, be safe and have a great day!

Oh! And some other pictures for you:

Abby and Skunk!
9/24: Abby and Skunk!
Finally cut my hair, got the nasty dead stuff off. It feels so nice now!
Finally cut my hair, got the nasty dead stuff off. It feels so nice now!
Our pretty pussycat Coricopat. 9/28
Our pretty pussycat Coricopat. 9/28