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I’ve watched every single episode of Lost ever since Season 1 and even though fans like me went through some frustrating moments in Season 3, I’ve never really ever “lost” interest in the show. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t appreciate just how magnificently awesome Season 4 has been so far. Every episode we’ve seen this year has the old magic of Lost back from the first two seasons. Actually, I take that back, it’s much better. Last night’s episode certainly was no exception, ranking up in my top 3 episodes of the entire series. Or maybe I just ❤ Desmond. Can you be any sexier, brother?

Yeah, yeah, I’m a sucker for the Scottish accent I guess.

YAHR GONNA DYEH CHAR-LEH!

Anyway, SPOILERS!!!!!!!

Oh god, tears. Yeah, I so cried last night watching that. *sniff*

On to the bento!


Since today is leap year day, I thought I should do a froggy. What cuter frog is there than Kerokerokeroppi?! Plus since my old buddy Jeth commented yesterday that I haven’t done a face bento in a while, this fits right in! ^_^

The bento itself is pretty bad, consisting of furikake rice and shoyu chicken hot dog (with edamame on the bottom half). Keroppi’s green skin is made out of danjour pear skin. His eyes and shirt are the white fleshy part of the pear. The black outlines are obviously nori. The red stripes on his shirt are the inside flesh of a strawberry, and his cheeks are little clusters of raspberry seeds. The way I made him was to print and cut out a picture of Keroppi, then cut the entire background of him out of nori. Then I cut him into little sections so that I could get all the inner black outlines too. I cut it into eyeballs, face, two hands, two feet, and body.

After I cut out the nori I cut the black part off the papers and then used that to trace cut the fruit. I kinda messed up on the eyes because I tried to trim them down, forgetting that the eyeballs fit right into the face, so I had to do some more trimming on his face to make it look okay.

Sadly, I had forgotten my purse at work yesterday and my camera was in there. 😦 This picture was taken with Mr. Pikko’s new Samsung FlipShot camera. Quality came out pretty good, but I had to do a lot of lighting and color adjustments in Photoshop before it looked like this. Best I could do!

Tomorrow is UFC 82 and I’m not sure where we’re going to see it yet, but I’m excited about it! Anderson Silva is a very entertaining fighter and I usually root for him whenever he’s not kneeing Rich Franklin’s nose into last year. ; ;

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This past weekend Baby Girl won two passes to an advance screening of Penelope. Since it was enough for 4 people, we made a Girl’s Night Out of it and she and I went with my niece and Grandma J. We got there way too early, so we went to the nearby shoe store to buy sandals. The movie was really cute, I liked it! James McAvoy was really hawt, but then I went to look him up and found that he was that creepy fawn from the Narnia movie. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and adored Mr. Tumnus in the book, but he was just so icky and badly cast. So my advice to him is to stay away from fawn roles and stick to hot-gambling-addict-with-a-heart-of-gold roles. I found it amusing that this movie takes place in what is obviously London, but none of the main characters had British accents.

I didn’t have a bento yesterday because we had our free lunch at Hanaki. The food was good, but I ate too much. 😦 Back to healthy business today…


I had to come up with something to use up the assloads of shrimp I STILL had left in that neverending salad from Costco, so I thought this up last night while falling asleep. I sprayed Pam into a pot (I’d used it to boil the noodles and didn’t feel like using two dishes) and threw the shrimp in, then the asparagus, then put in some garlic salt. I added olive oil and the noodles, tossed them around, and voila! An all Core pasta bento! The noodles are whole wheat spaghetti, which is allowed on the Core diet as long as it’s just one serving. The olive oil is a healthy oil and you’re supposed to eat a teaspoon or tablespoon a day on Core. I couldn’t remember if it was teaspoon or tablespoon so I decided it’s better to go with the lesser amount… I cut a little grape tomato in half to decorate it.

I put my name into one of those boxes at a smoothie store and “won” 30 free day at 24 hour fitness. I had to squeeze into a tight schedule of what sounded like several other “winners” to meet with the membership hustler tonight. I had a membership once long ago but was too intimidated by the place. I figure if I get a free month I should check it out again.

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Allakhazam.com has been under constant DDOS attacks this past week and it has been a very frustrating ordeal for the employees and the users of the site. I wish there was some way to help, but all I can do is get whatever work done offline that I can. It’s so frustrating!!

As I mentioned, my bridesmaid dress came in so this is a reminder to me that the wedding is coming up really soon. I need to shed these last 8 pounds as I’m back up to hovering around 128 lately. I’m sure if I put my mind to it, I can get it done. I just have to get back to my constant healthy snacking instead of the constant junk food snacking I’ve been doing while at work. To help kick start this I’ve brought a cold bento with all core items in it!


I have more washed shrimp here from the shrimp salad I mentioned. I put them on some nice colored skewers. I sliced an avocado I bought last week. I had intended to make some KCCA salad, but every time I go to Foodland the deli is closed. ; ; I’ve got cocktail sauce in the little container, tomatoes, orange, kiwi, and half a boiled egg.

I had intended to eat an entire boiled egg sliced in half but my kids saw me peeling it and immediately turned into Egg Zombies, bouncing up and down going “EEEEEEGGGGG MOMMMMMY EEEEEGGGGGG!”. So I cut it up hoping to make a chickie, but got lazy and just left it like that. For snacks I brought raspberries, strawberries, cantaloupe, and baby carrots. I need to go buy me another big box of Smart Pop. Hopefully by now the stock at Costco is popcorn without that nasty chemical in it.

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I heard a really cute joke last week on Leahey and Leahey Live that I forgot to tell.

What did the rice say to the spam?

Let’s get nori.

LOL!! OMG, I think that joke is so cute. I guess you’d have to either be from Hawaii or love spam musubis to get it, but I find it hilarious!

My weekend was okay, nothing much happened, but it wasn’t completely boring either. I got a good amount of moat carps turned in (92!) which put me at around 3,400 for my Lu Shang’s Fishing Rod in game. Girl’s Day is coming up soon and so I have to think about what to do for that bento. I think a pretty bento for Baby Girl is in order! I’ll definitely have to do the pink sakura tamago again!


I bought a new kind of salad I from Costco on Saturday which was a shrimp salad with tomatoes in it. All it really has is shrimp with celery and mayo so it didn’t have much taste so I ate a lot of it with cocktail sauce. It was a $13 salad and contained massive amounts of shrimp. I ate this for two days straight and then used some for this Ebi Curry Noodle pack that I had forgotten I still had in the freezer. I washed the mayo off to fry it for this noodle dish though. I fried some asparagus so that I have more veggies and don’t waste the pack that I bought.


This is the box I used today. It was a gift to Baby Girl from her teacher at school. Which reminds me, still no Hello Kitty Online access!! I got some e-mail saying I have to make a video explaining why I should get into beta. I made one, then went back to check the tutorial on how to add tags, and the tutorial opened in the tab I created the video in, erasing it. MAN I was pissed!! I still haven’t made another one yet…


I’ve got a big round Pooh tupperware full of fruit to go with today’s lunch. Baby Girl nagged her way into me buying a tub of tropical fruit, so I’ve got watermelon, cantaloupe, and pineapple in here to help us not waste it all. I also bought strawberries and raspberries again. I still have like 10 kiwis left to eat too, gah!! And danjou pears… and apples… and oranges… and blueberries… When it rains it pours!

I went to cut my hair on Saturday and was pretty bored so decided to get some highlights. I’ve never colored my hair before and am pretty happy with the way it looks. Mebbe next time I’ll dye my hair dark red or something. Next week marks 6 weeks with my piercings, so I can go out and buy earrings this week!! 😀

My bridesmaid dress came in and it’s a size 12… I have to exchange it for 6 or 8. How fun is that?!? 😀 A year ago I’d have fit in that dress!!

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Living in Hawaii you tend to get used to the whole “small town, small state” thing where everyone seems to have a friend who knows this person who is related to this person who is real good friends with your next door neighbor or something like that. Hilo is especially notorious for this because it’s such a small town but it happens here in Honolulu as well. Take for example the fact that one of my readers works at the same campus as me or that one of my FFXI linkshell members is a mere 10 minute walk from my office. A real shining example showed itself today though!

One of my co-workers here calls me over to her desk to show me an e-mail from her sister and it’s got the picture of me and Colt in it. I was looking at it thinking, Err… HUH?! Turns out she found my blog, figured out I work at UH, realized her sister also works at UH, thought to ask whether she knows me, and turns out she sits right here in this office with me. We were all cracking up about it. Hi Cindy! Thanks for reading! ^_^


Today I have for lunch the turkey croquette bento I mentioned yesterday. I cut it in half so that it would fit into the box nicer, shoved a tiny bit of white/brown rice into the corner, and added broccoli, sweet potato, carrots, and cucumber kim chee. The cucumbers were being really stubborn because they’re big fat pieces, so I sliced it thinly to make them more cooperative and that worked out pretty well.

There are times when my kids drive me completely insane and I blame this for the evil mommy that comes out of me occasionally. I don’t know if it’s just me and my parents goggles, but sometimes my kids make the most hilarious frickin’ faces when they’re sad and I crack up laughing. Sometimes when I’m thinking straight I try to hide it, but most of the time I burst into giggles or cackles about it.

Take for instance dessert the other day. Grandma J bought a box of these Skinny Cow fudge bars (which, at 50 calories per, rock by the way) that my kids are now addicted to. Buddy loves them and shared one with me. He couldn’t bite it very well so would only come away with little nibbles. When Baby Girl had one to herself, he of course wanted some. Since he was only skimming the surface of the pops, I told her to let him have some since he can’t bite off much anyway. She holds it out and he comes over and CHOMPS off a good 1/3 of the bar, leaving her with this look on her face which I think was a mixture of shock and being on the verge of tears. I’m still getting the giggles picturing it now.

Anyway, I told him he should give some back, kind of as a joke. But kids sometimes listen in a very literal sense and so he spits it out, nibbles off a bit, and gives it back to her, melted chocolate and spit and all. Of course, she took it and ate it immediately. lol

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Lunch

Yesterday I stayed home, so I ended up eating Subway even though I have a picture of a bento, which I will probably eat tomorrow so as not to waste it. It’s got turkey croquette, woo! I didn’t make a bento today because I thought I was going to get a free lunch at Hanaki at Manoa Marketplace, but turns out my co-worker moved it to next Wednesday and forgot to inform me! Anyway, we’re going to go eat at some Japanese place at the Stan Sherriff Center since I have no food. D: I’ll post pics later today!


Update!

So here is what I ended up eating for lunch yesterday! We went to fiscal first so ended up arriving at Aja at like almost 2 pm, which meant they were out of a lot of food. They had no beef left and no vegetable tempura either, so I just got the plain tempura udon instead of the combo one. It was $5.75 for this and it was okay. Not the best, really, but decent for the price and location. It really made me miss the Nabeyaki Udon from Suehiro. Suehiro was this great Japanese restaurant on King Street where Gyotaku is now. They had, hands down, the best nabeyaki udon you ever tasted. Second place goes to Yamagen, also on King Street right next to Longs. Third place can go to Sushi Ten by Waimalu Shopping Center. Suehiro’s nabeyaki udon was divine. I can still smell it… the broth was on the sweet side, the chicken was so tender, the egg nicely half cooked, the veggies just turning translucent, the shrimp tempura… ohhh. Okay, I have to stop. *sob*

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I made teri beef for dinner on Sunday so that’s what I’m having for lunch today. I made spaghetti last night but decided I will freeze the leftovers into single portions like I’ve seen on Biggie’s blog before. This is assuming that I remember to do it though… My mom wanted to eat sashimi, so we bought a couple of ahi fillets and she sliced it up nice and pretty for us on a bed of lettuce. Tofu was on sale, so I bought some of that too. My kids thought it was completely hilarious to pick up a tub of tofu and put it in the wagon, so they started doing this over and over while giggling uncontrollably. My mom thought she weeded them all out, but when we got to the register, we found one last soft tofu tub hiding under a bag of green onions.


I have a small bit of furikake rice to go with the beef as well as Okinawan sweet potato, a grape tomato, some thin slices of cucumber kim chee, eggplant pickles, cucumber pickles, sashimi, and tofu. I added a little shoyu fishie on top of the tofu. I squashed it down so no doubt when I eat lunch, there will be a funny fish imprint on the tofu, haha!

I am happy to report that my ear is no longer infected. Out of all the advice people gave me I think the one that worked was to stop cleaning it so much. I cut it down to 2 times a day instead of 3 and that seemed to help a lot. Two more weeks and I can wear other earrings!

I just realized that I am only 16 bentos away from #200! Augh! I have to come up with something!! **brainstorm begins**

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