Hi, everyone! Here I am, blogging again. Yay! :D
So nice to see you guys again.
Doesn't this template look awfully familiar? Yep, it's what you think it is. Hahaha... When I was thinking about my new blog about a month ago, I thought about going for something different, even leaving blogspot for typepad or wordpress. But then I got terribly busy with the move, and now I'm still busy with unpacking, but I can't live another day without communicating with someone other than my parents. I'VE GOT TO BLOG! There's absolutely no time to waste looking for a pretty template or fancy hacks, or thinking about a catchy blog title!
So that's why you are seeing this template now -- the same template as my previous foodblog with just a different background color. And instead of spending hours hunting neat web graphics on the Internet, I used the orange blossom photos I took yesterday for the header above. The orange trees are in full bloom in dad's orchard, and in the neighbors' orchard and... actually everywhere in the community. (I'm not really happy with the photos so I'll probably redo the header sometime.)
Oh, and about the blog title... This is what my grandma used to say to me in my childhood and every time I visited her on New Year's holiday after I grew up. I forgot if I told you this before or not, but I'm not very good at using chopsticks. Yeah, seriously. Grandma tried so hard to teach me the correct way, but I was too stubborn to change the weird way I held chopsticks, according to her. And I still do the same. :P If she were alive now and saw me eating, she would have said, "OMG, you're still clumsy with chopsticks!" So I decided to use the phrase as the title of my foodblog as I take over her room this time.
The title also indicates my humble awareness that I am still a beginner in learning Japanese cooking -- like a little kid who is struggling with chopsticks. No, I'm not being overly humble. There's actually a lot to learn, especially about local seafood cuisine, including how to gut and fillet different fish. And there's plenty of fruit and vegetables from the orchard and the garden. Boy, consuming food would be my biggest job here! :D
Of course I'm going to grow some herbs and vegetables myself, too. I brought back a couple of herb plants from my balcony garden and now they're right outside of my room. My sunshine blue (blueberry) is out in the vegetable garden, right next to mom's small blueberry bush. (No, I didn't transplant my sunshine blue; it's still in the pot.)
This is the desk where I blog at now. I really love it that I can see the nanten tree right outside as I sit at this desk. If I look out, I can see part of the closest mountain from here. I can hear birds singing almost all day and when the ocean is rough, I can hear the sound of the waves as I blog at this desk.
So far, doesn't it sound like I'm going to live a peaceful "slow life" here? Well, life is not that easy. There's HUGE challenges I've been facing from even before moving into this house. But it's a long story and I'll tell you about it in the next post. I just had to say quick Hi to you all.