We’re having another snow day today. And it is still snowing.
This morning I made French toast for breakfast. Where I live, every time there is a snow storm in the immediate forecast, people crowd into grocery stores en masse. It’s amazing! The joke is that everyone has to buy bread and milk and eggs before the snowstorm…but why? Clearly the food of choice during a snowstorm is French toast! So I made some this morning:
Mmmmmm, with New York grade A medium amber pure maple syrup from the Edwards’ farm.
I was going to just wait until it stops snowing to shovel, but the shoveling guy who has been here before came back asking another $10 to shovel. I figure sure, and I will shovel again this afternoon (only it will be less work) once it’s over. I’m a sucker for stimulating the economy these days. Over the weekend I spent a bunch of money (well, less than $100) at Jbox.com, where you can buy all sorts of Japanese items. I bought some flash cards for learning nouns and greetings, and some notebooks with red and green transparent overlays and some red and green pens and highlighters which are study aids. You write your vocabulary words with red and green and then you can quiz yourself by blacking out either the English words or the Japanese words with the overlays. The asian markets aren’t doing well either, and stimulating the world economy can only be good for our economy, right?
I’m up to lesson 15 in the My Japanese Coach program, and I can put together a few simple sentences. I almost had the opportunity to practice when I was in Chicago–as I was going through security in O’Hare, there were a couple of Japanese women ahead of me. They were having a lot of trouble understanding the TSA person’s instructions, particularly when the TSA person told them they had to have their boarding passes in their hands when they walked through the metal detector. Luckily, I had my boarding pass in my hand, and I was able to point at it, helping the Japanese women understand what they needed. At that point I could have said “Kyou wa getsuyoubi desu” or “Watashi wa onna no hito desu” but to say “Today is Monday” and “I am a woman” seemed pretty lame, so I kept quiet and just pointed at stuff.
By now I can tell you in Japanese that Buzz is a cat and Buzz isn’t energetic. Here he is in a typical non-energetic pose:
Buzz-san wa genki dewa arimasen. Kare wa neko desu. Buzz-san wa doko desu ka?
One of these days I will figure out how to put the kiragana in on the computer, but for now all I can do is scan.