By D-51. It's also the theme song for Gokusen's 2nd season. A touching and upbeat song. Has a slight reggae feel too. D-51 is a 2 member band from Okinawa. Their music is usually upbeat and has a summer feel to it. They tend to mix pop with reggae and Latin-like influences. Their name was taken from the steam locomotive type D51, which was invented by Japan National Railways and was built in 1936. This is the ending sequence to Gokusen's 2nd season last episode:
This my wallpaper for the month.It's Gintoki from Gintama. Has a matsuri or festival flare to it. Kind of fun. I've heard Gintama might be coming back soon, after a movie is put out. Can't wait!
My herb calendar has a lot of vinegars with different types of herbs in them. Interesting. Not sure if I've tried a vinegar like that.My Jewish calendar has 3 different parochets. Parochet literally means curtain, or veil, or screen. It's used as a curtain in front of the Torah ark, that holds the scrolls, in a synagogue. Not every synagogue has this. (Ours doesn't, for example.) They usually change them during big holidays, especially for this time of year. Speaking of that, there's only about 13 more days until Rosh Hashanah or our New Year.It's coming up so fast! Anyways, the main one's from Lyon from around 1760-1765. Another's from Germany in 1728. And the last one's from Amsterdam from around 1840-1855. Kind of cool to see such old ones.And they don't look damaged.
Here's the month-long holidays: Apple Month, National Bourbon Heritage Month, Chili Peppers and Figs Month, Happy Cat Month, National Chicken Month, National Honey Month, National Piano Month, National Rice Month, Passion Fruit and Peach Month, Whole Grains Month, World Animal Remembrance Month, National Hispanic Heritage Month, National Biscuit Month, National Breakfast Month, National Potato Month. Some are important causes, some are to make you appreciate things you may take for granted, and some are just for fun. Interesting mix this time.
Dad goes back to work tomorrow, and I can tell she's getting really nervous. I would be too, with all that's been going on. But, it gets a bit weird on my end. So, I felt a bit funky earlier because of it.It was a nice summer with her, though. Got to do a lot of things together. Anyways, I read about a really cool event that'll happen on the 22nd, called Seattle's Night Market and Moon Festival. It'll be at Seattle's Chinatown. There's going to be tons of Asian stuff. Not just Chinese. Some from the Philippines, South Korea, Japan, India, Thailand, and more. There's food, music, shopping, performers, and other stuff. Also, read that they'll have a 'JK Pop Dance Night' thing. Apparently, that group meets once a month normally. Sounds like so much fun!
Dad and I had our portraits done on Friday. Haven't had a portrait 'session' since senior year of high school.So, it was interesting. Dad wanted some for her dating profiles and her book cover. I did it also for my dating profiles and maybe for the 'about the author' section for my book. They made us do really weird poses. A lot of them seemed to be geared towards the dating theme. There were some somewhat cheesy ones. They took a lot of pics, but I only liked 7 of them. Interesting to see the reaction to them on FB. Gotten a lot of likes and comments. Funny how the ones people told me in a comment were their faves, didn't have many 'likes'. The ones that barely anyone commented on, had a lot of 'likes'.So, I went with the one with the most comments for my profile on there. As soon as I changed that pic, I had even more people 'like' it. I didn't think I looked that great.Also, changed my cover pic to the one I took of the Russian Charlotte Apple Cake I made a while back. Looked interesting for it, and now I'll be hungry everytime I look at it. No one seems to have seen it. Oh well, still cool. FB kind of feels like an experiment sometimes. Let's see what people like/comment about...
Went back to our local DOL on Friday, too. They were confused as to why I never got my 'official' plastic driver's permit card. So, they took my pic again, and said we'll send it out again and see if it gets delivered. Turned out to be a better pic of me, anyways. So, that was kind of a plus. Only downside was waiting for about an hour to talk to them 'in person'.
We got a couple of new cookbooks on Saturday. Dad got an Italian one for herself. And, I found an Asian one for me. It's huge! Has recipes from China, Thailand, India, Japan, and more. Went through the whole thing, and found a bunch of new recipes that I might want to make.
Friday night, I had horrible nausea.Felt like I'd throw up multiple times. On Saturday, I was fine for a while when we went to the mall. Towards the end, I had that same nausea crash down on me. I was very dizzy and sweaty too. Found out later, that it probably was because I haven't been eating very well lately. I thought, whenever we eat out, the next day I'll barely eat anything.Not good. As soon as we got something at Hale's Ales in the mall I felt much better. Had some root beer and a chicken pesto calzone. Not drinking much of anything during the day may have contributed a bit to it too. So, I have to be more on top of that now.Don't want to go through that again.
Also, during Friday night, I had this weird thing with my ears. Had my earplugs in, and occasionally they ring. Well, this time one had a continuous ring, and the other ear sounded like a loud mournful choir all night long. It was disturbing.As soon as I took my earplugs out, it was gone. Didn't have it the last couple of nights, so I guess it's ok.
Yesterday, we had another night of, as Dad calls it: Cheesy Lobster night. Again, I try to keep a somewhat kosher diet, and she hates cheese. So, we each get something we really love and the other doesn't eat. She had mussels and some clam spaghetti, I had a deep dish 4 cheese 'personal' pizza. It was so good!And, she said hers was good too. We had mini eclairs for dessert.
In Ghost Mama, they tried to find a home for Miko, a stray cat that lives in a box next to a local hospital. This cat seemed far too docile. At times I thought it was dead...Besides that, it was a pretty good episode. There was a girl that was very sick who liked to play with Miko while she was at the hospital. When she died, she looked after her. Her parents agreed to take in the cat, without knowing she was actually in the room with them. And without knowing it was the cat she played with. In the end the girl was at peace and went to heaven. Choko's starting to think that maybe she too will leave soon. Feeling that maybe Tonbo is growing up so fast, he might not need her to look after him. After all, he still has his father and sister.
Baka to Test was weird. Funny how on youtube, they consider it 'mature' and block out people who are younger than 18. It's not that 'mature'. There's really nothing graphic, besides the constant nosebleeds from the guys. There's less 'ecchi-ness' than most regular shows that aren't restricted. So, I find it odd. (Unless the series later on gets more mature.) Anyways, this one was about fulfilling Shouko's wishes of some day having a wedding. Just to have the 'experience'. It was cute in a way. Disturbing for her 'groom', Yuuji. He didn't know what was going on through most of it. Since it was a surprise. He suspected something was up, though.
deviantART fave: A Slice of Life I did not make this! It's an amazing pic from Jaffa, Israel. It looks surreal to me.