Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Elementary School Lunch Catchup: Week of July 14th

After a week(ish) of silence, I've returned! My adapter broke so I had to hit the pause button on blogging for a bit there. But I'm back, and thankfully my catching-up won't be too bad: last week marked the end of the Spring term, and the students are now out on summer break. Regular lunch posts will resume in September after this one.

Since I'm posting five lunches today, I've put them under a page break so it doesn't take up so much space for those just browsing. <3

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Elementary School Lunch: 07/10 - Italian basil spaghetti salad

A little late, but here's Thursday's lunch (no Friday lunch because we had a 'typhoon day' - the stuff we were supposed to have then will be added to our meal another day).

We had raisin bread, omelet, pasta salad, and soup. I actually kept my bread to enjoy for breakfast the next day, because the soup and salad were pretty filling, with all the spaghetti and all that. The salad also had cabbage, cucumber, carrots, and corn, while the soup had bits of winter melon, radish, potato, spinach, more carrot, and chunks of ham. We used Italian basil dressing on the salad, too.

Altogether yum.

Calorie count: 620

Friday, July 11, 2014

Book Review: ALIAS HOOK by Lisa Jensen

"'Every child knows how the story ends. The wicked pirate captain is flung overboard, caught in the jaws of the monster crocodile who drags him down to a watery grave. But it was not yet my time to die. It's my fate to be trapped here forever, in a nightmare of childhood fancy, with that infernal, eternal boy.'

Meet Captain James Benjamin Hook, a witty, educated Restoration-era privateer cursed to play villain to a pack of malicious little boys in a pointless war that never ends. But everything changes when Stella Parrish, a forbidden grown woman, dreams her way to the Neverland in defiance of Pan’s rules. From the glamour of the Fairy Revels, to the secret ceremonies of the First Tribes, to the mysterious underwater temple beneath the Mermaid Lagoon, the magical forces of the Neverland open up for Stella as they never have for Hook. And in the pirate captain himself, she begins to see someone far more complex than the storybook villain.

With Stella’s knowledge of folk and fairy tales, she might be Hook’s last chance for redemption and release if they can break his curse before Pan and his warrior boys hunt her down and drag Hook back to their neverending game. Alias Hook by Lisa Jensen is a beautifully and romantically written adult fairy tale perfect for fans of Gregory Maguire and Paula Brackston."

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Friday Things: 07/11 - pizza party on a plane

[Oh, I'm on time? Yes! But this time, the reason is because a typhoon is supposed to hit and I felt like I should probably get all my busywork done early so I can just spend the storm reading and doing other things that require little-to-no electricity. Just in case.]

On Books and Comics:

The Mary Sue had the honor of breaking the announcement of a book First Second (I mention them pretty often, don't I?) is publishing called Something New, created by Lucy Knisley. It's about a woman who grew up a shy tomboy and decides to plan her own wedding. Can't wait!

I should admit now that I didn't care much for Lost at Sea and I lost interest halfway through Scott Pilgrim, so I'm not the most avid Bryan Lee O'Malley out there. I don't dislike the man or his work, I just didn't love it. But after reading this sterling review and endorsement by my fellow Riot contributor Brenna, I'm excited about next week's Seconds release.

EpicReads suggest 25 YA titles for fans of Game of Thrones. I might give one or three of these a try...

UDON Entertainment posted up previews of their upcoming books in the Manga Classics series for Les Misérables and Pride & Prejudice. I'll probably review them, so maybe check back for that here?

On Disney:

Cute bangles coming out at the Disney Parks next week. Love the style, but I just wish they weren't so dang expensive.

More Disney DIY! This time, tie-dye Minnie ears.


In which you can read some of the weird things Jen Campbell has overheard or been told at the bookshop where she works.

Apparently Cats is coming back?

In the UK, an app is being developed for people who call emergency on their smart phones that allows them to share video of what's going on to responders, so they can try and get more information before they even arrive at the scene. Additionally, the app could help responders pinpoint the location of the caller in cases where the caller doesn't know exactly where they are. Could be very awesome.

Slightly NSFW, but very cool reminder that we are all way more than our appearance.

Pilot of a diverted plane got hungry while waiting out a storm, ordered pizza for everyone because he's an awesome guy.

[have a great weekend!]

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Elementary School Lunch: 07/09 - rainy day teriyaki fish

Today was mostly cloudy, and there was a crazy downpour from mid-morning through lunch time. A little preview of the incoming typhoon, I guess?

Lunch was some fish, salad, miso soup, and rice. Not terribly exciting, but simple and, as usual, tasty.

The fish was mackerel teriyaki - nice and juicy, too. The salad was spinach, carrot, and cabbage with some plain seasoning and lots of sesame seeds on top. The miso soup on the side featured eggplant, which was kind of new? I don't think we've done that one before. It also had radish, mushroom, onion, carrot, and tofu. Everything was great, and I had seconds.

Calorie count: 660

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Elementary School Lunch: 07/07 - 07/08 - Star Festival


Monday was the first day of Tanabata, or Star Festival, and once again we had a themed lunch to celebrate. Our main salad plate had a star-shaped croquette with pork and onion filling, while the salad itself was bean sprouts, spinach, carrots, and loads of sesame seed dressing. Yum. Bonus shot of the salad plate on Instagram.

On the side, we had a bowl of hijiki-gohan, or mixed rice with hijiki seaweed. It also had bamboo, fried tofu, carrot, burdock root, shiitake mushroom, and bits of chicken. For dessert, some fruit jelly with a lovely shooting star on top. Better shot of that at my Instagram.

Calorie count: 646

Today's lunch was Chinese style. We had a tofu bowl with loads of shrimp in it along with cabbage, carrot, mushroom, and onion as the main plate. The salad was bean sprouts, cucumber, and bits of chicken with "banbanji" Chinese-style dressing. And of course, the red bentou had our portion of rice.

Overall tasty, though I don't particularly care for shrimp one way or another. Still though, I can't complain when our lunches are so healthful and diverse.

Calorie count: 620

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Elementary School Lunch: 07/04 - freedom goya


July 4th doesn't really mean anything in Japan, although some of my coworkers acknowledged that it's a holiday in the US. Nonetheless, it was business as usual. Well, more than usual: it was a parents day, which meant they got to hang out in the classrooms while we conducted class to watch their kids learn. It's not as weird as it sounds.

The week ended with a blast of bitterness come lunch time: the salad plate was piled high with goya among the other veggies. Goya, or bitter gourd (or bitter melon?) is... super bitter. But it's also really good for you! So I never turn it down, even though it's kind of tough to eat. There's only so much you can do to try and mask the taste, but it's pretty resilient. We had it with carrot, egg, onion, and bits of pork mixed in. The soup on the side was miso, with fried tofu, spinach, carrot, onion, and regular tofu. There was also some fried herring, and rice.

Calorie count: 673

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Friday Things: 07/04 - Passing the stormtrooper armor on to a little girl in need

[Ooooo, on time this week! Yeah!]

On Disney:

Recipe from Disney Cruise Line: summer pudding (loads of berries included)

A preview of The Art of Frozen with a focus on the 2D art of Love is an Open Door. Buy it on Amazon.

DIY wire Minnie Mouse ears.

Cute new Disney Fairies short: The Pixie Hollow Bake Off.

On Comics:

Janelle Asselin wrote something important about Wonder Woman and feminism.

Looks like two new Gotham-related titles are coming out starting October from DC Comics. Read more about Gotham Academy and Arkham Manor at DC Comics' blog if you're interested. For my part, I'm casually optimistic about Gotham Academy.

The Mary Sue has a preview of Storm #1. Looks rad.

On Books:

I want to visit all of these indie bookstores.

(Hey, I wrote a thing!) How-To Tuesday: Fantastic Trees to Read Under and Where to Find Them.


If you're into animation, you should check out Glen Keane's Duet.

You can now have your cupcakes and eat their wrappers too.

Beautiful: Katie, who had been bullied and was awarded a custom set of Storm Trooper duds from 501st legion, found out about another girl who was going through a rough time with bullying, and she passed the armor on. Talk about paying it forward.

[Have a wonderful and safe weekend, especially if you're celebrating Independence Day! Remember to be courteous re: fireworks if you are near a combat veteran, and keep your dogs away.]