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29 December 2004 @ 11:24 pm
Warm & fuzzy emails :) and mochi for the new year!  
Got the sweetest email from Julie Ann (& Kevin - but more from Julie, I think) :) today. Probably nicer than the lovely things she wrote was the fact that the email was totally unexpected! It had to be the brightest spot of my otherwise dismal day. She's such a sweet person - she and Kevin are just the best!

Speaking of warm and fuzzy, ;) Sydney's been so affectionate lately. :) By nature, she isn't really an affectionate dog (though she's a lot more affectionate than when she was a puppy!) I'm afraid that the good bond that we've built will go away again when I leave for NY in January and I'll have to work again to earn her trust back. :P Who knew that even dogs have such issues with trust?

Had to stop by a market that I rarely go to (since it's usually so far out of my way) this afternoon. It's always fun to shop somewhere that I don't normally get the chance to see - I tend to look around a lot and end up buying some pretty interesting things. This time, though I only ended up buying some An (azuki bean paste) for the manju that I'm going to attempt for New Year's. While I was there, though I did see the traditional New Year's kadomatsu and mochi for sale. My Mom recently went to visit my Grandmother in Hilo and brought back homemade mochi for us to use this New Year's Eve so this year we didn't have to buy any. :)

The New Year is probably one of my favorite holidays because (being of Japanese ancestry) it's one of the few holidays that allow us to keep some of our cultural traditions alive. :) Each year we put up the traditional mochi and kadomatsu, clean everything in preparation, and eat my Mom's great ozoni (mochi soup). Over the years, we've even made up a few new traditions of our own. ;) New Year's at my Mom's house has always been Chinese food night - it's become a tradition of ours to pick up take out Chinese each year - and knowing how much I love Chinese food, it's a great way to start off 2005. :)

I'd better head off to bed - I have a full day of work tomorrow (oh joy!) and then a half day on New Year's eve (robbed again of another holiday) :P Hope you all have a nice evening. :)
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kenna_clairkenna_clair on December 30th, 2004 02:19 pm (UTC)
Well at least it's only half day today (NY Eve) for you. Your New Years sounds wonderful - I hope you have a wonderful weekend! Happy New Years!

I've had mochi before (sweet kind in different flavors) - but is the term "mochi" a general one for rice cake?
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on December 30th, 2004 05:08 pm (UTC)
It is just a general term for rice cake. I really love the sweet mochi (chichidango) it's one of my favorites. :) The one that we eat at New Year's and that my Grandmother makes is the traditional, plain rice cake. We fry it and eat it with kinako and sugar and it's pretty great too! :) I'm a huge fan of mochi. :) Happy New Year to you too!
Mrs Beans: Chopsticks and Bowlhuman_beans on December 30th, 2004 05:22 pm (UTC)
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on December 31st, 2004 11:23 pm (UTC)
Re: Oishii!
I've been craving mochi for so long! Woo hoo for the new year and my excuse to finally eat some. ;)
BOOM! goes the dynamite!: from howyoudoin_m5mslauren2930 on December 30th, 2004 02:37 pm (UTC)
speaking of Julie Ann, when is "Line of Fire" going to be released on DVD? do you know? I've long since given up trying to put together all of my LOF tapes to try to watch the episodes I'd missed, mostly because I know I heard/read somewhere that they were going to release the show (including unaired episodes) at some point on DVD. anyway, if you hear anything, let me know....

and if you think your New Year's Eve stinks, I've got to get my car serviced, and run a ton of errands (in advance of my trip to North Carolina) so there is at least one other person out there who will be equally miserable. ;) I hate having to run errands, when I would much rather laze around the house.

Have a great, safe, happy New Year's to you, Mark, your Mom, Sydney, and anyone else I've forgotten!
Sheri: Julie Ann - Line of Fireshutterbug93 on December 30th, 2004 05:12 pm (UTC)
Wow - I hadn't heard anything about Line of Fire possibly being realeased as a DVD set. That would be great, though since I'd love to be able to have all the episodes on a few DVDs that I can readily access. And it would be great if they had un-aired episodes, but I was under the impression that we'd seen the last of the filmed epsiodes in the two partere in May. I could totally be wrong though! I'll let you know if I hear anything.

Poor Amiel has to go in for servicing? Hope your New Year (as hectic as it might be) turns out really well. Have a good one! :)
BOOM! goes the dynamite!: from deathbytamarindmslauren2930 on December 30th, 2004 05:36 pm (UTC)
oh don't worry....Little Blue/Amiel just needs a routine oil change and 20,000 mile service. grrr, I'd hoped not to drive so much and in under a year I'm already over 20K on my car. *sigh* anyway, it's all routine. other than the routine stuff, Amiel has been a wonderful car! :)
Daniel the California Highway Guy: cookingcahwyguy on December 30th, 2004 03:44 pm (UTC)
Mochi. Yum.

(Yes, I'm familiar with it. My wife is gluten-free, so we often experiement with rice flours. We already know the difference between Thai soy sauces (such as Golden Mountain), which are safe, and Japanese or Chinese soy sauces (such as Kikkoman), which are not as they have wheat in them.)

Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on December 30th, 2004 05:14 pm (UTC)
I'm not too much a fan of Kikkoman and the stronger soy sauces - my favorite is Aloha brand. And I've never tasted Thai soy sauce before - is there a big difference in taste?
Daniel the California Highway Guycahwyguy on December 30th, 2004 06:58 pm (UTC)
Don't know. I'd suggest going over to your local Asian market and seeing if they have a bottle of Golden Mountain.
karmastyx: Brock made by careleswhisperkarmastyx on December 30th, 2004 06:25 pm (UTC)
That's funny how dogs have those kinds of issues. :) Brock is very affectionate for a big dog. He is so protective of Tommy. :|

I may have to try Mochi as much as everyone has been commenting about it. This may be a stupid question, but where do you normally get that kind of thing?
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on December 31st, 2004 11:27 pm (UTC)
Mochi is very yummy! The best is the sweet mochi and I have a recipe from a friend of mine for the best Butter Mochi. YUM! :) And that wasn't a silly question at all since I'm not sure where in CA you'd be able to buy mochi. :P Our local stoes sell it here, but that's because our Japanese population is so high.

What you really should try is mochi ice cream! That's the yummiest thing in the world - combines my two favorites! I know they sell those in shops in Little Tokyo (I saw it when I was there with Mark in Oct). But it's very yummy!
Carecareleswhisper on December 30th, 2004 06:40 pm (UTC)
Your New Year plans sound awesome!!! :D I need to come up w/some plans for New Year. Mochi sounds good according to you and all these comments. :D I may have to try it someday. :)
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on December 31st, 2004 11:29 pm (UTC)
Hope you have a wonderful New Year, Carrie! I know it's certainly started off wonderfully for you! :) And you really should try mochi - and like I was commenting to Laura - mochi ice cream is probably one of the yummiest things out there! :)