Nov 23, 2013
Getting ready for the harsh winter
We went to the farmers' market to buy about three months' worth of storable vegetables in preparation for the winter. The market was very crowded, and there were long lines of people in front of the cashiers. We ended up waiting for nearly one hour in one of the lines. Now that our pantry is almost full, I feel ready for the coming winter.
Nov 18, 2013
- My city is very safe to live in.
- It is a relatively quiet place.
- The city is making every effort to be environmentally friendly.
- It has good public libraries.
- At the center of the city is a beautiful hill where we can see cherry blossoms in spring.
- The best fireworks festival in the country is held in our city in August every year.
- There are two beautiful botanical gardens in the western part of the city, where we can spend hours seeing both local and exotic plants grown there.
- The prefectural art museum hosts great exhibitions.
- The rice and vegetables produced in this area are of high quality.
- The supermarkets, the banks, the post office, and the railway station are within walking distance from my house.
Nov 16, 2013
Boiled edible chrysanthemums taste slightly bitter.
We sometimes eat chrysanthemums at this time of the year. They are served with vinegar and soy sauce. We eat the flowers not because they are particularly delicious, but because we want to savor the beauty of this season.
Nov 2, 2013
Sep 25, 2013
1. What's one thing that's still the same about you as when you were young?
I still tend to keep to myself.2. What's more important-history or science? Why?
That's a good question. I think both are equally important in order to improve the world we live in. If we don't know history, we will be more likely to repeat the same mistakes that our ancestors made. Without scientific knowledge, our everyday life would be quite different from what it is now. I would say history is as important as science.
3. Lima, kidney, string, garbanzo, black or pinto-your favorite bean?
My favorite bean is garbanzo. It tastes great in soup and salad.
4. What's something people come to your town to do?
Our town do not have anything special to attract many visitors except for the firework festivals held every August, which is said to be one of the best in Japan.5. When was the last time you were in a meeting? Sum it up for us in five words or less.
It was months ago. "Boring."
6. What special event would you like a VIP pass to attend?
How about an ice cream tasting party?7. What's one piece of advice you'd give a writer?
Write something that you want to read again and again.8. Insert your own random thought here.
Six months has passed since I resigned from what used to be my dream job. I often feel as if I have lost almost everything valuable in my life. It is still difficult for me to talk about my irretrievable decision with anyone, let alone write about it in detail in a blog.
Sep 24, 2013
1. How well do you handle change?
I am quite poor at handling change. I ALWAYS find it very difficult to get accustomed to new circumstances.2. What did you have for breakfast this morning?
I had a slice of toast, some cheese, a cucumber salad, yogurt, a banana and a cup of tea.3. What's your favorite kind of nut? (Almond, pecan, peanut, walnut,cashews, macadamia, brazil, etc)
If I have to choose only one kind, I would say walnut is my favorite. I love baking bread or cake with walnut in it.4. Do you have a pumpkin in your house or yard?
No. We used up the last one yesterday, and I haven't bought a new one yet.5. Would you like it if I changed the format of these Chats? What do you think would be good? Would you enjoy fill in the blanks, one big topic to discuss, or something else?
I like it as it is. I don't think you need to change anything at all. I am thankful to Patrice for coming up with interesting topics every week.