Friday, December 12, 2008

Playing Tag on a Sunny Day

It's a gorgeous day here today, one that feels so special in winter. The yellow leaves that are still hanging onto the Ginko trees in the school yard are so striking against the clear blue sky. The type of sight that makes your spirits soar.

Photo Credit : Momse2600

I'm looking forward to the weekend, I have a lunch date planned with a couple of friends. We will probably go to our favourite little Mexican place. The lunch set (they love sets in Japan), includes a meal, a drink and a piece of the yummiest cake, all for about $10. It's owned by a sweet, funky Japanese couple and the wife lived in Peru for about a year. Each day she bakes different cakes, and the first thing I always ask is what the cake choices of the day are. Her white chocolate cheesecake and pear tart are to die for. I'm getting hungry just thinking about it.

Classes today are fun and stress-free and after today I only have one more week before the winter holidays! My lucky dh has his last day today, which means I'll be getting a lift to and from school each day next week instead of riding my bike in the bitter cold.

Enough Rambling... onto the tag for more rambling. Ages ago I was tagged by Kate of Love you Big. I'm going to be naughty (don't tell Santa) and not write down the rules, as I'm kind of breaking them, but the idea is that I write seven random facts about myself. I've done a few like this in the past, so I'm going to try not to repeat myself...

) I hate wearing long sleeves. I feel terribly uncomfortable in them. Even when it's cold, if I'm wearing a jacket I will often take it off to eat, I find it hard, restricting, to eat with one on.

) Until I came to Japan the first time, my pronunciation of certain English words was really strange. I used to say "Saddleday", instead of "Saturday", a fact my family will never let me forget. When coming here to teach English, I decided that I needed to start saying these words correctly rather than pass on my odd-ness to my students.

) I only seem to be able to hold one and a bit languages in my head at one time. In high school I studied Italian and did quite well with it. I next studied Indonesian before going there for a cultural exchange, the Indonesian pushed all the Italian out of my brain. Next came Japanese, which pushed out the Indonesian. I am in total awe of people who can function in more than two languages.

) I didn't learn how to tie shoelaces until really late. I never would have let anyone know though. Instead, every morning I would tie a double knot in my laces and then loop the ends through so that it looked like a bow. I remember my friend in pre-school teaching me how to do it correctly.

go) In some cases, I care more about the texture of food than the taste. I love dried mango, mango juice and mango flavoured things, but won't touch fresh mango. It's so slimy. I hate corn, but love corn soup. I hate the idea of the little corn bubbles bursting into my mouth. The list could go on....

) My eyes change colour. Anywhere from blue to green to grey. They are their brightest when I'm dehydrated, usually due to a hangover.

) When living in Japan, I crave Western foods. When living in Australia, I crave Japanese food. I think that it has to do with loving both countries and always feeling a little homesick for the one I'm not in at the time.

Rather than tagging anyone in particular (I was equally bad and passing on chain letters), I'd love anyone who hasn't done this tag yet to have a go!


Cathy {tinniegirl} said...

It's always so interesting to read people's random facts. You learn so many things about your blog friends.

CurlyPops said...

I have the same weird food texture problem. I don't eat vegies and I think it's mostly to do with the texture, but if they're blitzed in the food processor then it's ok. I also don't like raw cheese, only melted cheese, and tinned pears, not fresh pears....the neurotic list could go on and on and on...

Sasparilla Sue said...

You know, I have the same problem with certain foods and have mentioned it to people at work and they all look at me like I'm crazy. I'm glad to know I'm not alone. My least favorite texture is what I call bouncy. Ham and shrimp both fall into this category for me. YUCK! I'm with you on the jacket thing too.

muralimanohar said...

Okay, I can barely handle Mexican food here in Australia...I am shuddering to think what Japanese Mexican food would be like. I'm actually hoping I never find out! lol

Semsavblanc said...

Hi Melanie,
I'm with you on the eye colour thing. I can have my interesting green eyes, like you, when I've had a big night out. Most of the time they're just hazel though!
I didn't learn the difference between left and right until I was 13 or 14 years old. I just didn't get it!
I am absolutely petrified of snails and slugs. I can't even look at pictures of them and don't even like typing the words.
I was born in Maleny (you would know where that is)!
Enjoy your week! Everyone here is looking forward to summer holidays. I wish it was snowing. Why do we always want what you can't have??

Melanie Gray Augustin said...

Thanks everyone!

Semsavblanc (you're the only one I can't reach on a blog) - I still have trouble with left and right!

Rachael Hutchings said...

Ooooh, I so miss those ginkgo trees and Japanese lunch sets!

I love your list. I totally agree about craving the food of the country you're currently not living in. I made onigiri for Squirrel and I today for lunch because I was desperate for some Japanese food!

Anonymous said...

I love the list! I also played along:

Red Hen (dette) said...

Great photo the colours and contrast are fantastic! Ditto with the sleve thing they kinda get in the way and I thought I was the only strange person who's eyes change colour. Blue - blue/green - grey

Hila said...

I loved reading this Melanie :)
Happy holidays!

Jenny said...

Thanks for sharing your random facts-fun to read. Love that Ginko tree with the blue blue sky. Hope they made your favourite cake!

Kim -today's creative blog said...

Hope you have a wonderful Christmas.
I have a contact number if you want it.


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