Thursday, January 27, 2011
Monday, January 24, 2011
Found one interesting thing today thanks to my friend, Terri.
When we were talking about my divorce, she asked me why I call my husband "my husband", not by his name. She also continued she was wondering about that for a long time, since she knows my situation and there is no problem to understand when I talk about him called by his name.
Well, my husband is still my husband since we aren't divorced yet, still I am his wife legally, even though we are legally separated for more than an year.
According to Terri, in this culture, when I call my husband "my husband", it sounds like I still have some feeling left for him. Because "my husband" is only one specific person who is in emotional relationship, but it sounds like just a person if you call him by his name because it's just a name and there are many people who has the same name, so, "my husband" is closer relationship than "calling him by his name".
Well, in my culture (Japanese), it is totally opposite.
We don't call people by their first name until we get to know each other well and get to in closer relationship. I call my best friends by her first name, but call other friends by their family name. It never happen in Japan to call your boss by his/her first name, but Mr./Mrs./Mis. --- or by a title. So to call a person by his/her first name means being in closer relationship.
"My husband" is just a way to call him formally in public, there is no other meaning to me. So I will call him by his name from now on when I talk about him. Although I feel like it is strange...
Very interesting, isn't it???
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Japanesey Traditional style quilt.
Kept thinking of making this, took a while to find right fabrics for this quilt. Since my friend gave me her Japanese boro style fabric about 4 years ago, I was thinking what is good to make with those fabric. I am glad I waited to start the project until I find the batik that go with.
It is interesting to see how "boro" can be an art in foreign country. I think "boro" and "traditional Japanese culture" can be related as kind of art, but original "boro" in Japanese means "dirty", "old", "wear and tear". I don't think my quilt is dirty, old, wear and tear, but I can feel how "boro" and "traditional" can be connected each other.
Hope this quilt will find a good home.
Friday, January 21, 2011
Place mats - Japanese garden -
I don't remember how long this UFO was left, but I remember I was going to make a small pouch or a drawstrings bag with the piece. And then, it was left again, then tried to make something else, and they were left again for a long time. Since they were already quilted pieces when I found them, I decided to turn them out place mats. I am now relieved to see I finished one UFO.
The light green and white checkers pieces were already there, so I made brown solid part later, then connected 2 pieces together with the batik border. I had wanted to try to make "reversible quilt" by method of connecting quilted pieces afterward, I think this was a good practice, and I think it went well :)
Japanesey place mats.
Sew pieces of Japanese fabrics, made a big piece, cut it into smaller pieces, added frame and turned into place mats. After quilting, it looks cozy :)
More pictures are available here...
Japanesey Simple Quilted place mats - set of 5 - purple
Japanesey Simple Quilted place mats - set of 4 - navy blue
Making more place mats in other designs, it's fun to work on place mats because it's like making many quilts and can get it done easily since it is small.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Birthday gift from Japan.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Friday, January 14, 2011
Thursday, January 13, 2011
This time, the meeting was about 2 hours, I was bored to death the last 30 minutes, but I think I will be able to understand what they talk about after several times attendance.
Speaking of English practice, I took a placement test for ESL at NOVA (Northern Virginia Community College). I actually took another placement test in the last August, but it was for non-credit ESL, I didn't know the difference between non-credit classes and credit classes. Since my friend let me know that I can apply financial aid for credit course, and to know what my English level is, the placement test I took the other day was for credit classes.
They gave me level 4 of ESL credit course, I was excited to know you can take other college courses if your English skill meets level 4. Not sure what I would like yet, but anyway English comes first for now...
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Mont Blanc :D :D - which is a chestnut cake. This is very popular in Japan, it is hard for me to believe this cake is not on the market here! I love Mont Blanc since I was a little. One of my aunt occasionally used to get it for me when I was a little.
Mont Blanc cake images (Japanese site).
My friend called 7 bakeries in my area to ask if they carry it or not, and all of them didn't know what Mont Blanc is. I was going to make it by myself since other of my friend gave me a good recipe and she told me that I can get canned chestnut at Wegman's or Harris Teeter so that I don't have to go through hard process to make chestnut paste.
A pastry chef of one of the bakeries that my friend called called back later, and she said she would like to try to bake the cake specially for me :D :D :D :D
So, here is the Mont Blanc I had for my birthday, they were terrifically delicious !!!!! (>_<)
It was difficult for me to finish the last piece when I thought "This is really the last one!!". I believe the pastry chef should add this cake to her line as regular sales item for her bakery. It will be a big hit for her business!!!
P.S. I really enjoyed until the last tiny piece of this cake..... Gochiso-sama!