Sunday, August 28, 2011

Steven's Paella

Steven is making Paella! Yeah!!!

Today's Paella has chorizo sausage, shrimp, squid, octopus, scallops and red pepper.

Looks sooooooo good, doesn't it? Well, tasted GREAT!!

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Saturday, August 27, 2011


When we painted the house, the old shutters needed to go so we are having new shutters! We looked around but we didn't see what we want so we decided to make them. Can you believe all these long boards fit in my car? I needed to put the top down of course. Steven made these so quickly. I didn't even have time to take pics!

Painting is my job. Look at this intense look

Voila!! Don't they look nice? The house look like cabins in Switzerland now!

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Steven's built-in workstation 2

Doors for workstation is unique. They are framed and a thin boards are attached from inside. It gives three dimensional look and more decorative than flat doors. The keyboard tray is pull-out. He stained well, too.

Steven : "Look at my masterpiece!!" Yes, honey, it is a beauty.

He also crawled under the house and pulled electric cables out (I have no idea how) and see, now the workstation has electricity!! Amazing!!

The last touch was adding decorative handles. Yeah!The workstation is finished. I am so impressed by what he did. He started from designing and done in 10 days. Dad, the DIY master must be proud of his son when he sees this.

What did I do? You ask. I made dinner! 私は何をしていたかって?ご飯作ってました。

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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Camping at the Lake Tahoe 3

Steven made his speciality, blueberry pancakes.

We left Tahoe before the roads get crowded but stopped at the Bridal Veil Fall. It is not the same as the one in Yosemite.

Steven drove all the way. I was just goofing around to entertain him.

OK. Are you ready for a mysterious story? We stopped at an Antique mall on the way back. It was a big place like a high school gymnasium. We walked around and enjoyed the antiques. Suddenly, one picture caught my eye. The small boy praying with a puppy. It was very familiar. Do I have this picture? No, I don't...I walked away and moved on to other stuff. But I couldn't take the old picture off from my mind....and "click" ! Is it the same picture on the first album of mine? Can't be...It was an album my parents got in Japan looooooong time ago. The picture is here in US. I still couldn't get rid of the "weird feeling" from my mind so I went back to the picture and took a photo of it. I screamed when I saw the picture on my album at home. It was the GIRL's version of the picture. I had goose pumps all over my body. I turned over my picture and I saw "Made in US" on the back. Was my album from US? I know you can buy a lot of "made in US" products in Japan but I don't think this particular one was sold in Japan. I emailed my mom to tell what I saw today and asked who got the album when I was born. She said her best friend who lives in US might have brought with her. I need to talk to her....Now I feel like I HAVE TO HAVE the boy's picture and meet to my girl's picture. Well, the store is 2 hour drive away from here....I have sent an email to see if they could mail the picture if I buy it. We will see...Is this a some kind of sign? I cannot just say "It is just a coincident." I feel that something is going to happen. Look at these pictures.
家に着いてから私のアルバムの表紙についていた絵を取り出し見ました。そして…叫んでしまった。それは今日アンティーク店で見た絵の女の子版だったのです。体中に鳥肌が立ってそれを裏返してみると…「Made in USA」の文字が。私のこのアルバムってUSから来たの?そりゃあ、アメリカ製品が日本でもたくさん手に入るのはわかってるけれど、これはそういう感じじゃないもの。ママにすぐにEmailしてこの話をして私が赤ちゃんの時、誰からあのアルバムをもらったか聞きました。答えはもしかして、アメリカに住んでいる彼女の親友からいただいたものかも…ということ。これはつきとめなくては。いづれにしてもあの男の子版を絶対に手に入れて私の女の子の絵と会わせたい。でも、お店はウチから2時間くらいかかる遠いところ。Emailをして買ったら送ってもらうことはできるかと聞いていることろです。それにしてもこれは何かのサインでしょうか?ただの偶然ではすませない気持ちなのです。何かが起こりそうな予感。まあ、下の写真を見て下さい。

something's gonna happen.


Saturday, August 20, 2011

Camping at the Lake Tahoe 2

The training schedule said running around the lake for 30mins from 7am. Oh, no! It is already 7:08AM. We are late, Steven!! When we entered the lodge, EVERY BODY WAS STILL SLEEPING. Looks like they had a little bit too much alchool last night. Steven and I walked Alice's dog. He was sooooo cute and I enjoyed the walk a lot.

Finally, everybody got up. Let's have breakfast!

OK! Trail running! Steven is also ready to hike.

...but look at this. Too steep to run. We decided to hike here. The view is just amazing.

On the bridge. 橋の上で。

We tried to run at least on the flat part but no, there were space only 5 to 10 steps to run. This running team is hiking today.

We came back to the lodge and party time!!! I made smoked fish+cream cheese dip + consome gelly. It was pretty good!!

Steven is grilling BBQ eels!! They liked his Japanese apron, too. There were A LOT OF food and we ate, drunk and laughed a lot. We definitely had more calories than the ones we used for hiking we did today. Oh well...

It was a great gathering and I am so glad I joined this group. Thank you everybody for the wonderful time!!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Camping at the Lake Tahoe 1

We are now at the beautiful Lake Tahoe. It took us 4 hours + to get here and GREAT view!

We set up our tent and have some drink. Beer for Steven, iced tea for me. The last time we went camping was 4 years ago but we still remembered how to set up the tent. (just because it is super easy :)

We grilled chicken and veggies for dinner and they were so tasty. Is it because we had them outside with clean air? Maybe....The green Shishito peppers are from our garden and eggplants are from Cheryl's garden. Yes, they are Norton veggies. :)
チキンとお野菜をグリルして晩御飯に。こんなにおいしいのは空気がきれいだからでしょうか?かもね。シシトウはウチの菜園から。おナスは近所のCherylのところから、みんなNorton Ave 育ちなの。

Oh, and we are here because we are joining my running team training camp. We dropped some food for tomorrow's party at the lodge. They are the members on the first night. Tomorrow we are going to have more people.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Steven's built-in workstation 1

Steven is taking two week vacation and decided to make a built-in workstation from scratch. He is not using any kits or pre-made funiture. He even designs it? Ohhh, I don't know....He is very ambitious...

Day 1:Well, at least he put up some plywood and made some holes for his cables.

Day 2: He stained the boards and put a board for his desktop.

Meanwhile, I stained this and voila! Kitchen counter!! We bought a door, I stained it and it fits perfectly here!

I fold laundry, read books, draw, cut fabrics to sew and even have my breakfast and snack on this counter! この上で、洗濯物をたたんだり、読書をしたり、絵を描いたり、ソーイングのための布を切ったり、朝ごはんやスナックもここでいただくことがあります。

OK. Go back to Steven's workstation.

Day3: He put in supports for desktop and stained the whole thing.

Day4:He started working on the doors. The doors are going to be unique ones. I like the hinges he is using here. They look like midieval doors, don't they?
4日目: 今日はドアをやっています。これもおもしろいドアになる予定です。ここで使われているちょうつがいがいい感じでしょ?中世のドアみたいじゃない?

Well, honey you need to take a break here because we are going to Lake Tahoe for camping tomorrow!! :)

Friday, August 12, 2011

BBQ eel

Steven is going to grill BBQ eel for my running team this weekend so he needed to practice. Mmmm, good job, honey. It was very tasty.

Cold tofu with ginger went well with the eel.

Tuna+natto and yellow tail with sesame sauce were tasty appetizers. My sesame sauce was pretty good.

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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Pho lunch and vegetable garden

I had Pho for lunch today at my favorite Pho place in Sunnyvale. I think this place serves the best Pho around here.

Phuong Thao Restaurant
155 S Murphy Ave
Sunnyvale, CA 94086
(408) 737-7640

Around the same time, Steven was eating "delivery Pho" at his Palo Alto office. Delivery? Hmmm... I don't know Pho is good in delivery container. Steven says"Oh, it is pretty good!" They deliver noodle and soup in separate containers and soup is still hot. That is what he says. I don't know. I am still skeptical about it. Sorry Steven, but I am sure the Pho I had today was much better.
同じ頃、StevenもPalo AltoのオフィスでデリバリーのPhoを食べていました。デ、デリバリー?うーん、どうでしょ。デリバリーの容器に入ったPhoって。Stevenは「いや、案外おいしいよ。」と言っていますが。私はちょっと信じられない。ごめんよ、オット。私の食べたPhoの方がずーっとおいしかったと思う。Stevenの食べたPhoはこちらから。

Steven's Pho was from...
Pho Vi Hoa
4546 El Camino Real,
Los Altos, CA
(650) 947-1290

I walked around our tiny back yard with happy Pho filled stomach. The tomatoes are gorgeous. Sweet and tender. Japanese cucumber plant is still growing and producting a lot of cucumbers. Our Shishito tree has green and red Shishitoes.

This is a new addition to our garden. It is from Yamagami Nursery. I just love white flowers. Much better than red roses...

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Monday, August 08, 2011

House Painting

Our windows and plants are all covered with plastic cover. Guess what we are doing?

House painting!!! The base color is this...olive green? The paint name is "bay leaf". Two guys are working on it. 家壁の塗り替えです!ベースの色はこちら。オリーブグリーンかな。ペンキの名前は「ベイリーフ」2人のお兄さん達がやってくれてます。

The accent color is brownish red, called "Brick". What do you think? First, I was shocked with the contrast of the two but now the paint dried and has a darker color. I think I like it. We call it "Christmas House"

See, not bad...the vase branches were in is Japanese antique wooden bucket. I love this.

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