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Lately I am just walking around or driving and suddenly I remember something I forgot to blog about. Like last night I was driving home and just as I hit Red Hill I realized I forgot yet again to blog about my thoughts on the super duper magnificent omg wonderful Lost finale.

I am a bit torn as to which scene to post since there were four that I considered incredible, but I finally settled on the Goodbye Kiss.

Ok seriously, oh my god. And I thought Sawyer couldn’t get any hotter. Other greats for me included Penny and Des reunited, Ben sobbing as he moved the island, and of course the now infamous ending scene between Jack and Ben. The one that made me laugh the most was probably in the very beginning though, when Ben told Locke, “You couldn’t find the anthuriums, could you?” “I didn’t know what they looked like!”

I found this fantastically amusing, but this is probably because I grew up in the floral industry on the Big Island, where wanting to die at the sight of anthuriums is very common. Hey, you try staying up til 2 am making tropical Costco bouquets in the freezing winds of Mountain View. My brother will get a chuckle out of that.

My family has caved into the peer pressure and acquired a Wii, much to the delight of Buddy, who thought Wii Boxing was awesome. We had to start keeping the wiimote on top of the tv where he can’t reach it after he was sighted hammerfisting the nunchuck and wiimote into the hallway walls. He’s such a hallway bully.

If you were going about your business a few nights ago and suddenly heard a high pitched screech, that was probably me. I’m sitting in the living room when I hear, “Um, should he have that?” I look up and Buddy has opened my bento accessories drawer and somehow taken out my cottage cheese tub of precious soy sauce bottles. My immediate reaction was to yell, “BUDDY, NO!” and it was as if I’d set off some alarm in his head that any mischief to be done had to be done immediately or not at all. He thrust his grubby little toddler paw into the tub and began to flurry his fingers around like a cake mixer gone psycho. Piggies and fishies and pandas and flowers and carrots went flying in every direction.

I was not happy.

Okay, so… my bento contest. I hadn’t said what I was giving away, but now I have a picture so you can all scramble to enter!


Click that for a bigger picture. Tally:

1 pink two tier bento box with a cute wolf on it
1 yellow two tier bento box with a cute bear on it
1 green Hello Kitty bento box with fork
1 black lacquer round bento box with berries design
1 pack zoo animal food dividers
1 penguin hot dog cutter
1 set of sea animals food picks
1 mini rice paddle
1 pack pastel sushi grass
1 onigiri mold (cylinder shape)
1 set Hello Kitty soy sauce bottles
1 onigiri mold (large flower)
1 set of chopsticks
2 wine bottle soy sauce bottles
2 piggie soy sauce bottles
2 fishies soy sauce bottles
1 yellow Putifresh banana cup
1 Charmmy Kitty bento bag

Oh yes, this bento prize pack is totally filled with awesome sauce! If this doesn’t inspire you to submit an entry, you need your head examined. I mean this in a good, concerned fellow bento fan way.

To find out how to enter, see my 100k Bento Contest post.

Mr. Pikko was ill yesterday, so this was my cue to dart down to Marukai to raid their new stock. I went a little cuckoo. 😦


Click for big version! I ended up with 8 new boxes, two bags, cookie cutters, food picks, BENTO STRAPS (omg they never have those), onigiri molds, cute disposable bento boxes, and soy sauce bottles. You see that red one on the right side? It’s obviously for a triangle musubi but I was like, WTF? Are there monster sized onigiri that I’ve never heard of or something? Then I read the package and it says it’s to store 2 convenience store musubis in. As if I’d feed my kids musubi from 7-Eleven! Ech!!


Close-up of the accessories. Aren’t those doggie straps so cute?? There were chicken ones too, but one of them clucked at me rudely and I put it back. The nerve of chickens, I swear.


Finally, we get to my lunch. Whew, I sure had a lot to talk about today. I have to start writing down my topics as I think of them. Today I had mapo tofu with rice in one of my new boxes. I love this box! It fit a perfect amount of food for me and the blue strap I bought came in really handy. In the second tier I just dumped a lot of blueberries in cause the pack I bought at Costco was huge and decently priced, so I have a lot of berry eating to do.

We recently discovered that Baby Girl and Buddy find Hawaiian music incredibly amusing. My boss gave me a spare CD of some of her favorite Hawaiian songs and with them being obsessed with Eggman’s Somewhere Over the Rainbow, they make me play it all the time now. There’s a version of No Ke Ano Ahiahi that makes them break out in fits of giggles and then yell at me to start the song again. This CD has provided many hours (yes, I said hours) of car entertainment, so Auntie B scores points with my kiddies.

When I first brought it home Mr. Pikko immediately began joking that “Mommy’s boss is giving her mixed tapes.” This led to me and my cousin Jenn lamenting about how kids will never understand how much work it was to get music when we were growing up. If you had the standard boombox and heard your favorite song come on while you were pretending to clean your room, you had to dash to the radio to hit Play and Record at the same time. If you had the mega uber boombox with two tape decks (holy crap), you could move songs from one tape to another! (seriously, holy crap!) This is a sure sign I am getting old. I can already hear myself yelling at my kids when they’re older…

YOU KNOW, THERE WASN’T ALWAYS TIVO. IN MY DAY WE HAD TO USE THE REWIND BUTTON ON THE BETAMAX AND LET ME TELL YOU, IT SUCKED!

I’m not even 30 yet! *sob*

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This morning I tried an experiment. Having fallen asleep early AGAIN, I had to wing it and decided to fry the poke I had sitting in the fridge. I cooked rice, fried the poke, added some green onions from my garden, then set them both on the side. I fried up some sweet onion, added this Hawaiian Honey glaze by Aloha Shoyu, a bit of mirin, and then put that on top the rice. I put the poke on top, added parsley, and I was done!


I have no idea how good this will taste, but it certainly was fun to make something up! I’ve made the fried poke before though, so at least I know it won’t taste bad. I keep meaning to do more Harumi book recipes, but I haven’t had time to go to the market to buy the things I need. I’ll definitely try to do some specific shopping for her recipes this weekend.

People seem confused over the Dreamland thing even with my demented recap yesterday and I think this is due to the absence of a picture of the thing the eggs go into.


This thing is what you put the eggs into and what you insert the space makers in. You see the little plastic stubs on the side of the cylinders? That’s how you lock it in! I know it’s confusing. I’ll try to take pictures next time I work on it. 😀

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New Bento Toys!

I’m at home sick today with the King of Headaches. I must say, he’s quite the grumpy guy. With no bento, I thought I would show my spiffy new bento toys, which arrived yesterday from Mr. Pikko’s friend in Japan. Thank you thank you thank you, Carl! I also would like to thank Susperia from FFXI for helping me with the instructions!


First of all, I have a new set of nori punches. I’m sure Bento Investigators out there have found images of this item before. Aren’t they adorable?? I can’t wait to do onigiri with them.


As exciting as the punches are though, this was what I was most looking forward to. It’s called a “Dreamland” or something. It’s a spiffy Japanese contraption that lets you cook eggs with shaped yolks. Isn’t that just awesome?? I can’t wait to try it out! It can be used for Jell-O too, wheeeeeeee.

Things finally seem to be settling down, thank goodness. I wanted to start prepwork for my football musubis tomorrow, but if his Majesty doesn’t go away, I’ll have to do it tomorrow morning. I have a new batch of bento orders that need packaging up to take care of too. My dad is coming to visit for the football game and he requested that I take him on an errand to… Marukai dollar store. Hahahahaha! He has to buy some kind of plastic tray and he was like, “If you cannot take me that’s ok…” Hehe, no worries Daddy-O, I’ll make me some time to go!

More good news: My tomatoes are ripening!!! They’re quite small, which I’m guessing is due to me being too lazy to go buy fertilizer. But who cares!! They’re small and cute and I grew them myself!! *beam*


And more on another plant!


YaY!!

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Bento Box Mania

I had a chance to go back to Marukai on Ward yesterday and I was able to find more bento boxes and I went kinda… crazy. I bought 7, yes, seven new bento boxes. None of them were more than $1.99, which is of course why I went so shopping crazy. I actually found the “putifresh” boxes that I’ve been looking at on eBay for quite some time and so it’s a good thing I went back and found them. I took pictures, but my domain is down for maintenance atm, which is why none of the past bento pictures work. I’ll edit this post to put the pictures in when my site is back up.

I took a great picture of all of my bento boxes. I have 24!! I think I can cool it on the box buying for now. (click picture below to enlarge)


It was very difficult to get the collection photo as Buddy apparently loves bento boxes. I had lined them all up and was about to snap the photo when he took a flying leap into the midst of them and started going crazy flipping them all over the place. +_+ I tried this several more times but couldn’t get the picture until he was distracted elsewhere.


I also found some great new accessories that weren’t there the first time I went, so obviously new inventory comes in all the time. I found those super cute animal soy sauce bottles I see on eBay all the time, the green/yellow/pink sushi grass, and some nice bento cloths to wrap my boxes in. I cleaned out a drawer and arranged all my bento accessories nicely! (click to enlarge again)

I went to the doctor yesterday for my throat and he said something terrifying:

“Maybe you’re allergic to mangoes and strawberries.”

*GASP* I have chosen to ignore that suggestion for it’s ridiculousness. All joking aside, he said it’s too soon to do any kind of testing, so I’m going back next week if it still hurts.

BTW, I got sick of waiting for my domain maintenance to be over and opened a flickr account. 😡

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Bento Box Mania

I had a chance to go back to Marukai on Ward yesterday and I was able to find more bento boxes and I went kinda… crazy. I bought 7, yes, seven new bento boxes. None of them were more than $1.99, which is of course why I went so shopping crazy. I actually found the “putifresh” boxes that I’ve been looking at on eBay for quite some time and so it’s a good thing I went back and found them. I took pictures, but my domain is down for maintenance atm, which is why none of the past bento pictures work. I’ll edit this post to put the pictures in when my site is back up.

I took a great picture of all of my bento boxes. I have 24!! I think I can cool it on the box buying for now. (click picture below to enlarge)


It was very difficult to get the collection photo as Buddy apparently loves bento boxes. I had lined them all up and was about to snap the photo when he took a flying leap into the midst of them and started going crazy flipping them all over the place. +_+ I tried this several more times but couldn’t get the picture until he was distracted elsewhere.


I also found some great new accessories that weren’t there the first time I went, so obviously new inventory comes in all the time. I found those super cute animal soy sauce bottles I see on eBay all the time, the green/yellow/pink sushi grass, and some nice bento cloths to wrap my boxes in. I cleaned out a drawer and arranged all my bento accessories nicely! (click to enlarge again)

I went to the doctor yesterday for my throat and he said something terrifying:

“Maybe you’re allergic to mangoes and strawberries.”

*GASP* I have chosen to ignore that suggestion for it’s ridiculousness. All joking aside, he said it’s too soon to do any kind of testing, so I’m going back next week if it still hurts.

BTW, I got sick of waiting for my domain maintenance to be over and opened a flickr account. 😡

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