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Happy New Year!

January 1st, 2008 (12:56 am)

あけまして おめでとう!  今年も、よろしくね~!

The new year is here, and we've been stuffed on toshikoshi soba as is the usual custom in this household. ^^;; Apparently we won't be having o-sechi this year as the chef at the J restaurant where we normally order it is in Japan over the holidays. Oops. ^^;; ......Now if I were really insane, I'd make some comment about possibly learning how to *make* o-sechi for next year, but...... yeah, I'm not sure I'm quite that insane. ^^;; I vaguely remember my mom making it when I was a kid. ^^;

This year's fandom/geeky goals... hmm...

- finish off my NaNo novel and its spinoffs
- write at least 2 more GH fanfics
- aim to participate in GH Online 2 (Sept-Oct 2008)
- finish NaNo again this year (in Japanese in prep for)
- taking JLPT1 (ha!)

Hope everyone has a safe and happy new year celebration and best wishes for 2008! ^o^

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Posted by: Kakurenbo (akinarei)
Posted at: January 1st, 2008 08:10 am (UTC)

Happy New Year! I hope it's healthy and happy. ^_^

Posted by: Simply NANA (toriru4ever)
Posted at: January 1st, 2008 08:40 am (UTC)

Happy New Year!
I want authentic Japanese food ;-; *cries*

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: January 1st, 2008 08:42 pm (UTC)

*laughs* Some o-sechi is kinda meh, but some of it's okay. ^^;; The male parental made o-zoni (soup with mochi in it) which turned out reasonably well considering all the changes that ended up being made. ^^;; We've already had the first dish casualty for 2008, so FSU and I are wondering if it'll be a bad year for broken dishes or if it's going to be the year of clumsiness. ^^;;

Of course, if you want authentic... we could both try learning to cook J food more. ^^;;

Posted by: Simply NANA (toriru4ever)
Posted at: January 1st, 2008 08:51 pm (UTC)

sou nee! The only Japanese 'food' I can make so far is salmon filled onigiri :( *not much of an accomplishment* lol

btw!! etou...nee...any progress with ryuuki x shuurei stuff? :D

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: January 1st, 2008 09:28 pm (UTC)

*laughs* You have to start somewhere. :P I was lucky to learn how to make onigiri (and miso soup) from my aunt when I was ~11, but most of the non-recipe stuff I know how to make are things I learned from watching my Mom cook when I was a little kid. It's funny how those memories can stick in the brain. ^^;

*laughs* Umm... *flees* ^^;; (Actually, that should be 'goes book diving' except... I just found the book with the page marked and waiting for me. Backing to fleeing it is. :P )

Posted by: Simply NANA (toriru4ever)
Posted at: January 1st, 2008 09:41 pm (UTC)

weeeheee!!! :D

Posted by: glorfindeil (glorfindeil)
Posted at: January 1st, 2008 08:50 am (UTC)
赤い誠

謹賀新年


明けましておめでとうございます!


;-)))

Posted by: カイロンスター (chironstar)
Posted at: January 1st, 2008 01:30 pm (UTC)

明けましておめでとう! ^_^

I really, really, REALLY want to try some osechi - it looks SO yummy!!!

Best wishes for 2008 to you too! :)

Posted by: Too cute for evil (ginny_t)
Posted at: January 1st, 2008 02:25 pm (UTC)
too fond of sweaters by epi_lj

You mean "taking JLPT1 in Toronto"! *dances*

HEY! I'm mad (I almost forgot)! You sent a Shadow!knit to Ysa (and a sweater on top of it). *pouts* I want a Shadow!knit. *snifl* What's that knit out of, anyway? Is it the alpaca that the instructions call for? It's pretty yummy.

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: January 1st, 2008 08:55 pm (UTC)

*laughs* I stand corrected. ^^;;

Eep! But Ysa's the only one who has a tree this year! (At least as far as I'm aware. ^^;; ) The yarn's Knit Picks Andean Treasure in Embers; basically stash yarn. ^^;; Next year should be knit...? I never did write out a knitty resolution... (of which one resolution would be to steal one of FSU's sock kits from Simply Socks Sock Club. Their club this time will have one kit with Fleece Artist sock yarn! Greedy? Me? Nah. :P )

Posted by: Too cute for evil (ginny_t)
Posted at: January 2nd, 2008 01:10 pm (UTC)
loveinateapot (feathered - obsessiveicon

*snifl* I don't have a Shadow!knit. (Then again, you don't have a Ginny!knit either. *hides*)

I like your knitting resolutions so far! Poor FSU.

Posted by: Ysabet (umadoshi)
Posted at: January 1st, 2008 02:28 pm (UTC)
Rin in purple (tol_acharne)

Happy New Year!

We're running out of visit over here (;_;), so it occurs to us that if we're going to tag-team call you, we should do it tonight. Are you going to be around and/or feeling up to it?

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: January 1st, 2008 09:00 pm (UTC)

Happy New Year! ^o^

Eep. Considering how late it is now, I think I'd suggest passing on it this year. ^^; Have some tea and cookies!/yummies and enjoy your evening. ^_^ (I heard Halifax got hit hard by snow...?)

Posted by: Ysabet (umadoshi)
Posted at: January 1st, 2008 10:40 pm (UTC)
chibi Haru Kyo Rin (roostah)

Ahh, so we're that scary, huh? ^_- (I was telling her over supper that if you go to Toronto for the test I should try to coordinate a trip up, but it's in DECEMBER! *whines* [I still want to, though.])

I don't know what's up with the news reports. We had barely any snow yesterday, although there was some ice coming down. And apparently tomorrow's supposed to be nasty, so hopefully that won't interfere with Ginny's flight--not that I'd mind keeping her, of course...

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: January 2nd, 2008 01:43 am (UTC)

(I was telling her over supper that if you go to Toronto for the test I should try to coordinate a trip up, but it's in DECEMBER! *whines* [I still want to, though.])

^^;; I know what you mean about December. >.<; I vaguely remember what Montreal was like then, and I expect T.O. would be quite similar. ^^;; (Still if you can make it... ^o^ )

Posted by: Too cute for evil (ginny_t)
Posted at: January 2nd, 2008 01:14 pm (UTC)
Toronto - Stained by this town

*shudder* We don't get near as much snow as Montreal does. *shudder* We usually get wicked cold snaps for a week or so—I don't mind them because they're sunny days—but they're later: usually late January early February.

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: January 3rd, 2008 06:37 am (UTC)

>.<;; Don't remind me of those misleadingly sunny days. I made the mistake once of thinking they looked an awful lot like our chinook days and ended up going to class in -30C wearing a light jacket meant for 10C. >.<;;

Posted by: Too cute for evil (ginny_t)
Posted at: January 4th, 2008 11:16 pm (UTC)
sleep 'til summer by terva

!!! *SHIVER!*

*pours tea*

*shiver*

Posted by: gyabooo (kucheekybadkuya)
Posted at: January 1st, 2008 03:37 pm (UTC)
[Full Metal Panic] Chidori is love

As they say in my mother tongue - xin nian kuai le! Good luck with the JLPT =D

Posted by: Parsnip (parsnip_chan)
Posted at: January 1st, 2008 05:59 pm (UTC)
Mai - GH - No way!

Did I miss it somewhere and you already got results for JLPT2? @_@ Or are you just anticipating?

XD

And wow. A whole nano in Japanese! I wonder how you'd do the word count in that. Either way, it sounds ambitious and I wish you the best of luck in all your goals!

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: January 1st, 2008 09:10 pm (UTC)

*laughs* Results won't be in until Feb or so, but I'm planning on taking L1 regardless. ^^;; Of course, if I failed, L1 could prove to be extremely amusing. ^^;;

Word count is amazingly horrible when it comes to writing in Japanese. >.> I did write one novella(? novel?) length story a few years ago and its "word count" is just under 56 000 words but it's also 167 pages long. Compare that to a little under 53k being 120 in English... Not to mention that Japanese is a much more compact language than English and things get a bit mind boggling. I have no idea if Word might give better word count results for writing in J. >.> I'm hoping this'll keep the horrible "mind locked in English mode" at bay for when NaNo ends and JLPT is suddenly upon me. ^^;

Posted by: f_ireworks (f_ireworks)
Posted at: January 1st, 2008 07:40 pm (UTC)

Happy New Year, Shadow! Good luck with all your goals this year :-)

Posted by: Gale (coastal_spirit)
Posted at: January 1st, 2008 08:35 pm (UTC)
kaoru kenshin lap

Happy New Year, Shadow!

Posted by: ஐ*~...♥*M35M3R15Z*♥...~*ஐ (mesmerisz)
Posted at: January 2nd, 2008 12:30 am (UTC)

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Wishing you nothing but the VERY BEST in the new year ♥

Posted by: Necie (de311_nightluva)
Posted at: January 2nd, 2008 06:24 am (UTC)
Eating

Happy New Year chica!!!!!!! I am definitely with you on finishing the nanowrimo, I'd like to be editting it by March if I could just finish the rough draft. And I'll definitely be participating in nano again with a possible spinoff of this years.

Japanese foods sounds good right about now, I haven't had any since I left Boston. Perhaps a simple resolution could be learning how to make the osechi, give it a try at least you know. And maybe I'll get around to going back to school as well as seeing about taking some courses in Japanese. ^_^

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: January 2nd, 2008 08:32 am (UTC)

Cheers!

O-sechi's actually a bunch of small different dishes eaten at New Year. Traditionally, the entire country basically shut down from Jan 1-3, and no one wants to have to do anything during that time, so it should keep quite well. ^^; Mom basically cooked all day for a day or two before New Year making the stuff. ^^; (These days, my Dad spends the better part of a day cooking but we don't get most of the actual o-sechi dishes. We have other New Year dishes.) ^_^

Good luck with your novel! It sounds like it's really long! ^^;;

Posted by: The integral of Batman from 0 to bat! Bruce Wayne! (derawr)
Posted at: January 2nd, 2008 10:06 pm (UTC)

Lol, my family eats a bunch of soba on new years, too. We also end up having a bunch of curry and gyouza in the weeks before it. Curry because we're busy and it's easy to make; gyouza because that's what we bring to Christmas parties...

And mochi and anything with azuki...because I love those things...

What is o-sechi? I've probably eaten it before but I don't really know the names of things.

Can all your fanfic be found on your website?

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: January 3rd, 2008 06:35 am (UTC)

Food traditionally eaten during New Year like kazunoko, black beans (one for every year of your life), etc.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osechi

Not all of my FFs are on my website. Some things are also on yumenokage (my writing journal) and I think a couple chapters of things are even in this journal (went here before I decided to expand the other journal to include FFs). Most of the relevant stuff is on my website though, and eventually the alphabet req will go there too. ^_^

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