Sunday, May 17, 2015

Pizzelle Week!

I baked a lot of pizzelles this week, for giving away to NOVA faculties as my routine of end of semester and for donation to Japanese support community.
The first group of pizzelles was vanilla flavor since some of the faculties do not favor anise.

I visited main departments looking for the faculties who supported me. I was able to see many of my favorite people and was happy.

I thought I made enough pizzelles, but my very favorite librarian could not get it…

So, I promised her to return with more pizzelles later.

The second group of pizzelles were donated to Japanese community that had a fundraising bazzar today. I mixed with Matcha (green tea) powder in the dough since Japanese like Matcha; we use Matcha in ice cream, pound cake, cheese cake, etc as well.

I asked the people of the community who were selling Japanese food for including my pizzelles.

Their cooked food was YUMMY!

I love frofuki daikon (Japanese white radish).

I helped to make Sakura Mochi for sale :)

Sakura Mochi is Japanese sweet. It is designed from Cherry blossom. Mochi is made from sticky rice and has sweet bean paste inside. The leaf wrapping half of the mochi is a real salt marinated Sakura leaf. We love mochi!
Since today’s event was a fundraising, they provided me a free table to sell my quilts and small items. I was really surprised that 4 quilts (and other small items) were sold today. I donated proceed of sale.

My neighbors for today :)

I am very happy to know many people were really interested in quilts. I found two ladies who actually do quilt, but cannot do quilting, thus they have been holding their quilt tops without quilting for a long time. They promised to contact me later for business and were happy to be able to finally complete their quilts :)

They asked me if I can teach how to make quilt in the group – they offer several cultural classes for members -, and I will gladly do it if I do not have to move out of this city….

Since I bake pizzelles often, R offered me to buy larger maker that can bake 4 at once. Mine bake only 2. I cannot leave kitchen while baking pizzelles because I have to open and close the maker every 45-50 seconds. It usually takes around 3-4 hours standing (I enjoy watching Japanese drama online with my iPad though), and R felt sorry for me.

I am going back to Japan this Wednesday to see my family and friends. One of my best friends has been already busy with making plans for me connecting to other friends; I will experience my first quilt show in Japan :) ; and R signed up an online English writing class for me starting middle of June. I am already having a lot since the Spring semester is gone, and will continue it in this summer :D

Saturday, May 09, 2015

Wool Balls

I had bunch of wool for a long time, and as usual I did not know what to do with it. When my friend gave them to me, I wantend to try felting craft, but (as usual) it never happened.

I thought so many times that I would do something with it, or even tried to sell them, and finally thought of giving it away. But, now, S brought me a way of using them.

Wool balls for driers! It really works for reducing static.
It seems very popular as I was able to find many videos on Youtube showing how to make woolballs. One video on youtube said that recommended amount of wool balls in a dryer is 3 - 5.

Here are mine :)

They look cute, don't they :)

Thursday, May 07, 2015


Today was my last day at NOVA. I took the "final" final exam in the morning, and finished the life with NOVA as a student. I am still surprising and amazed by the fact that knowledge and critical thinking take a person to a place where never imagined. Knowledge is like seeds planted on mind and they grow with critical thinking and additional knowledge.

I am all happy, but probably sadness is stronger. Do not have to go to NOVA anymore is not my reality yet. The graduation ceremony is held on 17th, but I am not going.

I first thought that it is silly to buy a hat and gown for only one day, and I have already many recognitions of my academic achievement. Then, the provost and an adviser told me that they can get a hat and gown for me so I should come and learn one of the American culture.

I thought in a moment, that would be interesting to see how a graduation in the US is like, but I have already signed up for a fundraising event for my Japanese community on that day, and I felt it is more important for me. I will have another opportunity of graduation probably a few years later.

This semester was again really special. I had many opportunities to see higher academic world. Also, the Abnormal Psychology class and Mythology class I took this semester really made me think about humans a lot.

Another special thing is an encounter a professor who I am able to talk very naturally. I took her class for my first time. I think my inner chemical is calling her. Every time I see her, I can just walk to her and share what I did yesterday, or ask questions about the materials without hesitating. This usually do not occur as I often do not know what to say to people. While thinking what I should say, or what they may want to hear, and hesitating to say something, a situation that I could have a conversation with the people is gone.

At the end of final today, she said to me "Keep in touch. I like you, too." It really made me happy and she let me hug her.

Many extraordinary things happened this semester in both private and school. After all, everything is working all right. R and I will be busy with cleaning (especially R! He will have to throw a lot away!) before moving to the new place where the 4 year university I transfer to is. I am ready for enjoying the summer missing NOVA and exciting about the new university.