08 Aug

The 1st Gallery

Galleries! Or maybe just gallery right now. 

I decided to juice up the way I’m going to put photos here and went and got Juicebox. It’s kind of awesome! It allows me to do clean and simple galleries that work on pretty much every device. PCs, Macs, iPhones, Android, and various tablets. 

My first gallery is of those fancy snowflakes because they’re pretty and all ready to go. 

Check it out! 
Gallery – Snowflakes
On a not photo-related note oh lord hormones make me sick sometimes. Ugh. 

04 Aug

Dinner is good!

Tasty Gnocchi with Veggies. I would have totally gotten a picture but I ate it all first. :[ Maybe next time!  


Make/buy gnocchi – we used a baggy of homemade spinach and sweet potato gnocchi that Nicky and I made 

1 zucchini, chopped into rounds or spears – your choice!

1 summer squash, chopped into rounds or spears!

1 good-sized shallot chopped up

1 glove garlic, minced 

Olive oil


Italian seasoning

White pepper

Shredded asiago cheese


Prepare ingredients as directed. Put shallot and garlic in pan with olive oil and sauté on low/medium heat until the shallots are starting to turn clear. Turn heat up and add zucchini and squash. Add Italian seasoning and white pepper. Sauté – allow the veggies to brown to bring out the flavor. 

While sautéing the shallots and garlic, put water on to boil for the gnocchi. Once boiling, put gnocchi in water and boil until they float then drain. If store-bought, cook gnocchi per the directions. 

Put cooked gnocchi in the pan with the vegetables and sauté. Once gnocchi are lightly browned reduce heat and add sherry and reduce a few minutes. 

Serve with shredded Asiago cheese and a light wine. I prefer Leelanau Cellars’ Summer Sunset. Fresh fruit makes the perfect dessert!

Try it out! Mix up the veggies. This dish would go great with carrots, asparagus, and eggplant. Enjoy!

04 Aug

Practice Page 1!

So I’m going to try and learn Japanese (again?) because of reasons. Okay, I should say my reason. My reason is because I’d like to help my kid(s) be bilingual without relying on a romance language. So I’ve picked Japanese because I have more background in it than any other non-Spanish second language.

And for the record, I took Japanese in elementary school! I also took two semesters of it some years ago. I remember a little but not nearly enough.

I’m going to be using textfugu.com, the Genki texts, and lots and lots of podcasts. I’ll try to keep my progress updated here because this type of thing will help reinforce good habits.

kk here’s my practice:

1. Should I bother to learn romaji?


2. Which “alphabet” is used to write all the “vocabulary words.


3. Where did kanji come from?

The Chinese. Again and again and again.

4. Which “alphabet” do you use to write foreign words?


5. Which “alphabet” tends to be more “boxy shaped” and “rigid.”


6. Do Hiragana and Katakana consist of the same sounds?


7. Which “alphabets” are you going to learn on TextFugu?

Hiragana, Katakana, and Kanji

8. Which “alphabet” would you use to write the “Roma” in Romaji (Roma = Rome).


I guess I need to get a Japanese kana thing for this.