Sunday, March 28, 2010

top 5 things I like about Japan

5. McDonald's Ebi Burger - Shrimp formed into a patty, then breaded. Amazing. And the sauce is super, super yummy. They don't have it at the McD's on base, which is a super bummer. I'm also a pretty big fan of the green apple Coke I get at McD's - you can add one or two "bonus flavors" to any drink that you get from the soda fountain. They have lemon, melon, and green apple. All you have to do is press a button.

4. Meiji HiMilk - I love all of the vaious Meiji chocolates - "Black", Milk, and HiMilk (I have a bar of White but haven't tried it yet) - but HiMilk is my favorite. Well, my favorite bar, anyway. I'm also a big fan of their chocolate-covered macadamias. The almonds are good, too. Oh, and the Kinoko No Yama? Addictively awesome. (I've also found them in caramel flavored and banana flavored, but the regular chocolate ones are my favorite so far.)

3. Max Coffee - Made with sweetened condensed milk. Tastes like a bottled Frappuccino, if bottled Frappuccinos actually tasted like coffee. Somebody keeps on buying up all of the cans off the shelf at the Commissary, but I can also get them, albeit for a little more change, from the machine in my building's lobby. Hot or cold.

2. Tempura kabocha squash - You may remember that I made a kabocha pie a while back. This is WAY better. Usually a restaurant will only give you one slice of kabocha with a tempura plate. But if you go to the ready-to-eat section at the back of Daiei (the "Japenese grocery store", as Brandon calls it), you can get as many pieces as you want. Holla!

1. Cherry blossoms - Yes, the only non-consumable thing in this list. (They do make cherry-blossom-flavored goodies, but I think they're gross.) There ARE other non-edible things that I like about Japan, but they don't make the top 5. The blossoms are taking their sweet time blooming this year. The base Cherry Blossom festival is today and they're still somewhat hesitant. I can't blame them; it's pretty damn cold today. It's also gray and yucky, which accounts for the pictures I took today not being as good as they could have have been, had it been a nicer day. But still, the picture of the day: cherry blossoms.


Honorable Mention: the 100 yen store. 'Nuff said.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Mother of the Year: point & counterpoint

Point:
  • Brandon (age 4) recognizes The Beatles (and John Mayer) upon hearing one of their songs, even if it's a song he's never heard before.
  • Brandon has also pointed out a picture of Jimi Hendrix on a magazine cover. That's right, folks, my preschooler can recognize Jimi on sight.
Counterpoint:
  • Brandon, going down a slide on his belly and getting a friction burn on his arm: "Crap! Crap! Crapcrapcrapcrapcrap!!!!"

Friday, March 19, 2010

real entry to follow in the near future

I have many goals for this deployment. Basically they boil down to taking better care of myself, and this apartment. Better time management. Better eating habits. More exercise. More cleaning.

Brian left me with a brand-new MacBook and a container of Ben & Jerry's Chunky Monkey.

I'm starting to suspect that he's secretly a chubby-chaser who actually enjoys living in a messy apartment. Just a theory, here.