2011年1月31日月曜日

stuff I've been wondering about...

It's about a 40 minute drive to work each day and then of course the same back again. That's a lot of thinking time and here are some of the things I've been thinking about recently:

First, here is a picture of my new gadget- isn't it fabulous? Only I still have no idea what it's called...



How crazy is it that when your five year old exclaims "I hate you mummy. I really hate you! Shoo!!" your first reaction is to be super impressed she said it all in English? Oh, my crime? I told her she should not be playing cat's cradle while eating dinner. Literally while eating- she had both a fork and a cat's cradle string in her hand...

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo- good for Swedish tourism or bad? On the one hand I now know about 200% more about Sweden than I did before, and the scenery sounds beautiful.... but the whole psycho serial torturer/ killer thing? Hmmmm undecided....

While we're on the subject of literature- Nam Le's The Boat. I didn't get it. Am I inadequate or was it just confusing?

This one is a bit cheeky as it was an argument I was asked my opinion on rather than my own question but I have been thinking about it ever since- is it ok to sit on a bed? Me? No problem. Actually, truth be told, I have been known to stand on the bed to open the curtains or step around my army of co-sleepers some mornings. But having surveyed four Japanese people so far it seems that sitting on your bed (in particular sitting on a down doona/ comforter/ kake-buton) is a huge no-no. Seriously some shocked faces that I would even ask about it. *sigh* I break enough rules here consciously, I don't need to find out about more that I was breaking without even knowing about it!

The reason I have so much thinking time is my ipod doesn't work so well when the car is really cold. Once it warms up it remembers that it does actually have battery life afterall. I don't mind waiting but I'm wondering whether the extreme cold is having any long term damage? Hmmmm more stuff to wonder about....

7 件のコメント:

Helen さんのコメント...

It's been driving me crazy too because I knew the name, but as soon as I saw your gadget the name flew out of my head!

It's a mandoline!

Gina さんのコメント...

Would you believe Heather, I was going to say mandoline last week myself. But then didn't because I hadn't seen the picture of what you were describing but it was certainly the first tool to pop into my mind. I guess it's all the Martha and various cooking shows I watch to thank for knowing.

As soon as I saw your pic, I knew...ahh mandoline. : )

As for the bed. I sit on mine sometimes. And yes I have even stood on mine a few times before too not for a very very long time but I have. ; ) Oh goodness, aren't we bad. ; )

achan さんのコメント...

The bed...without trying to be rude Japanese can call the shots on futons but they have to stay away from beds.

Sitting is fine, standing when neccessary but jumping NO! and my husband teaches my kids to jump on the beds but goes ape if they walk on a futon corner...

I think thinking time is great, keeps the brain working!

Rachel さんのコメント...

Isn't it a grater?

Haven't read those books, I'll add them to the to-do list.

I can see why those futon rules would have come about, you'd have to be strict to keep some boundaries when everything's on the floor. I know I go apeshit when the kids and their friends have been stomping all over our futons upstairs, and I didn't even know the 'rule'! (guess I should follow that other rule and actually put them away in the morning)

gaijinwife さんのコメント...

How can you have survived here so long without a Japanese grater? I thought somebody would have tried to at least slip it in a wedding envelope full of money. I have a cool little box with FOUR different grater attachments. The whole thing is collecting dust and I use my NZ bought grater (that Granny K didn't even know what was when first saw it) and knife. I really do need to up my 'mandoline' skills.

Hmmmm, can we mandoline grapes into wine?

My word verification is gentslag - wonder if that is gently slagging someone off or if refers to man whore.

thefukases さんのコメント...

Ahhh so Captain Corelli was in love with a grater? Just kidding. I don't know why but I thought a mandoline was the barrel shaped thing with the hander that gives you grated parmesan.... guess I'm further from being Martha Stewart than even I thought!

Of course jumping is no good and walking should be avoided if possible but ruling out sitting??? That's a bit rough, yeah?

And yeah- since when do Japanese people get to make the rules on beds???

GW- FOUR attachments??? For real?? oooh what do they do?? I'm pretty sure MIL tried to give me one but I was anti-gadget and I have an Aussie pyramid shaped one anyway so I always resisted but this mandolin is pretty cool...

I love gentslag- a man who appears to be a gentleman but is really a player? (whoops- more non-Aussie English...)

Kim さんのコメント...

Thanks for the gadget pic! It looks wonderful! I had one of GW's Japanese kit grater things. Didn't use it much, though. Wonder why?

About beds/futon comforters. I used to teach a private class at a college student's dorm room (woman). There was only one chair in the room, so I ended up on the bed. But she always had the comforter pulled to the end of the bed. Which I thought was gross! I don't want anyone sitting on my sheets! I thought it was to air out the bed. Maybe it's a futon thing? Also, the turning your wool coat inside out before folding it up at the restaurant. I guess if the lining is NEW that would be fine, but...WHY? And, incidently, your "are you human or not" word is "whies" today! Fun!