Monday, November 25, 2013

National Parfait Day!


I love parfaits!:dummy:There are so many different kinds. The original frozen parfait was created in France in 1894. Apparently, the popular variety for the northern US and Canada is with layers of yogurt, fruit, and granola. Kind of wish there was more of a variety of them in restaurants here. But, then again I haven't tried too many, I guess. A lot of convenience stores, markets, etc. carry this version. I have to be in the mood for yogurt, though.:icontinoplz:I think I've had one with layers of cream. That was even better. I'd like to try some of the other kinds in the future.:iconchibihungaryplz:

Can't believe Hanukkah starts Wednesday night!:la:It's coming up quick! It'll go until December 5th. There's a big hoopla around the first day being on Thanksgiving. I frankly don't understand why it's such a big deal.:iconnorwayunimpressedplz:I know people are saying things like this won't happen again for another 70,000 years. (People keep changing this number around.:iconusaplz:) I feel like they don't have much in common. One's a national holiday, the other religious. For other Jews around the world it's just another ordinary day that it lands on. People are still trying to combine them. I think it's kind of ridiculous to do things like menurkeys or turkey shaped menorahs. Almost seems wrong in a way.:icongermanyplz:I kind of get the food stuff though. Latkes (potato pancakes) go pretty well with Thanksgiving food. Having them with cranberry sauce would be interesting. Not sure what our friends will serve. We probably will do something Hanukkah related, like lighting the candles. Not sure if they'll have latkes. I think, if I remember correctly, we were told to bring some sort of salad like usual. Guess I'll find out what they'll do when we get there...:iconchibinitalyplz:They usually smoke their turkey, so that'll be nice. 

Managed to get back into playing my clarinet during the weekend as well. I decided to play for a longer time during the weekends. I feel even more connected to it now. Still slip up a bit, but I'm improving greatly. 

Also, got back into writing during the weekend. That's been great, too. The story's progressing much quicker. Might finish the 3rd short story for my nightmare anthology soon. Yay!:iconyayhanatamagoplz:Then, onto the 4th. (It's taking less time than I expected...Should go even quicker now.)

Ando Lloyd is getting really interesting. Lloyd is clearly developing feelings for Asahi. He's new to emotions, and isn't quite sure what to do with them. He even felt jealous of Reiji. He was told to pose as Reiji to fool Asahi's mom for a pre-wedding photo shoot. Her mom had told her that she was dying of breast cancer and didn't have much time left. She said her only regret was not seeing Asahi in a wedding dress. Later, they find out that her mother lied about the whole thing. Lloyd was semi-going along with acting as Reiji until her mother kept saying Reiji when referring to him. He got angry and stormed out. Apparently, Reiji's brain had been uploaded to a huge server. The 'future police' decided he was too much of a threat and terminated him. Even though Lloyd's repair unit, Suppli, was destroyed, there might be another one coming. Lloyd was told that an android only gets one unit for its lifetime. So, this should be interesting. I liked Suppli, so it was sad when they killed her off. But, she was the one who gave Lloyd an 'emotions' program before she was destroyed. It'd be interesting if his new unit is really like an upgraded version of her, or it might even be Reiji, or at least what was left of his brain before they terminated it. 

Log Horizon was interesting, too. Mainly about how the guilds in the game work. Talking about business deals and trades. Without revealing too much of their plan, they managed to get the top 3 merchant guilds into enthusiastically donating to them. One of the guild masters even suggested that he'll pay the full amount. I thought it'd be boring, but the way they went about it made it kind of amusing. Shiroe's planning to make the region better somehow. He hasn't revealed everything yet. 

In Mixed Vegetables, Hayato finally opened up to Hanayu. He was very close to his grandfather. His grandfather had always wanted Hayato to eventually take over the family's sushi's shop. He knew Hayato loved to make sweets instead. But, didn't know that Hayato didn't want to take over, and instead wanted to become a patissier. Hayato kept putting off telling him. Eventually, his grandfather passed away. Since he never told him, he feels he owes it to him to take over the sushi shop. Hanayu had thought that he had just gotten cold feet or something about being an apprentice to her father. She didn't know the actual story. It's been an interesting story so far. 
Today's kanji was: . Pronounced as 定か or さだ.か (sada.ka): definite, sure. As 定まる or さだ.まる (sada.maru): to become settled, be fixed. As 定める or さだ.める (sada.meru): to decide, establish, determine. 設定 or せってい (settei): establishment, creation, posing (a problem), setting (movie, novel, etc.), scene. 勘定 or かんじょう (kanjou): calculation, counting, consideration, reckoning, settlement of an account, allowance. 予定 or よてい (yotei): plans, arrangement, schedule, program, expectation, estimate. 定義 or ていぎ (teigi): definition. 

Started translating another section from an article in You Maga. Read in article in Japanese on Asahi's site. It was on Caroline Kennedy becoming the US ambassador to Japan, and her visit there. Very interesting. For studying Japanese over the weekend, I've added more quizzes, more of a focus on practice sentences, and on grammar. Its helped a lot already. 

A cool Naruto amv:
A nice Hitman Reborn amv to one of Tsuna's themes:
Funny moments of Lambo from Hitman Reborn:

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