Sunday, October 19, 2014

Oceanic Update v. 2.0


Three repairmen came sometime after lunch yesterday. Actually one of um was a repairwoman. I was pretty impressed . . . THREE!

They did a diagnostic test thing and determined that the signal to the living room TV had been okay for regular TV but was too weak to catch all the fancy stuff that came with our new box.  We have several TVs hooked up to the cable and the TV in the living room is the last in line.

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So they put in a separate line, drilled a puka from the outside and connected the line directly to the TV.
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Now our reception looks like this!
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And this!
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And this!!!  As Wendell sometimes says, "Now that's what I'm talking about!"
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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Oceanic Cable Update


See my previous post. This is what we're getting now.  Repairman is supposed to come sometime today. Time frame given to us by Oceanic:  between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Can't believe I'm paying money for this.


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Friday, October 17, 2014

Oceanic Digital


Wendell got a "box" for our TV in the living room.  I hate it. 

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So, I've been watching a TV that doesn't have the "box". Somebody's supposed to come tomorrow to fix the problem. One good thing:  I got to watch the HD version of Life of Pi and it was amazing.
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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Stove Top Stuffing Meat Loaf


Wendell made this meatloaf the other night and it was super, super good.  He found the recipe in Wednesday's Star Advertiser.  I always love it when I can find the recipe online to cut and paste.

The photo below is actually the leftover meatloaf right out of the 'fridge the day after it was made (he made two).

EASY MEATLOAF
Courtesy Leigh Ito

1/2 package Stove Top stuffing, cooked and cooled (substitute with 1 slice bread, broken into pieces)
1-1/2 pounds ground beef
1 package Lipton onion soup mix
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 medium carrot, grated
2 to 3 tablespoons finely chopped parsley
1 large egg
3 tablespoons ketchup, plus more to top loaf if desired
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon Tabasco
Pepper, to taste
Vegetable oil to grease pan
1/3 cup chopped chives (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine half to all of stuffing with remaining ingredients (for firmer meatloaf, use half of stuffing; for softer, use all). Combine well but do not overmix. Reserve any remaining stuffing to eat with meatloaf.

Place in greased loaf pan. If you like, spread thin layer of ketchup over top of loaf. Bake 1 hour, then turn off heat and let meatloaf sit in oven 5 to 10 minutes. Take out of oven and cool before slicing. Serves 3 to 4. 

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Monday, October 13, 2014

New Rice Cooker


Here's our new rice cooker.  Wendell bought it from Costco for $31.  He said that the previous Tiger brand one also came from Costco and it was $99!  *gulp*  Good thing this one no more buttons that somehow might get scotch-taped down.

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Malala Yousafzai


Two years ago, when Malala Yousafzai was 15 years old, Taliban terrorists boarded a school bus that she was riding on and shot her in the head . . . for speaking up about girls' rights to education. She survived, continues to fight for children's rights, and is now the youngest person ever to win the Nobel Peace prize.

The following from Huffington Post is an excerpt of an interview she had with Jon Stewart and reveals how amazing and courageous she is.

Malala said that when she learned she was a target while living in Pakistan, she often thought about how she would react if she found herself face-to-face with a terrorist. At first, she thought she would fight back. But then she realized, she could not stoop to his level.
“If you hit a Talib, then there would be no difference between you and the Talib,” she said. “You must not treat others with cruelty…You must fight others through peace and through dialogue and through education.”
Once she decided she could not respond with violence, Yousafzai thought about what she would say to a terrorist. 
“I would tell him how important education is and that I would even want education for your children as well. That’s what I want to tell you,” she envisioned saying, “now do what you want.”


Thursday, October 9, 2014

Ashol-Pan, Mongolian Eagle Huntress


I saw this photo online somewhere and was totally struck by the formidable appearance of the golden eagle.  I marveled at the bravery of falconry practitioners who use these eagles for hunting.

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I then found another article, and especially marveled at 13-year-old huntress Ashol-Pan.  You can read more about her here:  BBC News.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Rice Cooker Pancake


Intriguing hah! Rice cooker pancake!  Awhile back my friend Harri sent me this link: RocketNews24.  She said that she knew that I liked to try out new things so she thought that I might be interested.  She was right.  I bought the pancake batter mix right away.

The other night, Landon said that he felt like eating cake. !!!! I told him that I had the perfect thing for him to try.

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He mixed up the batter, poured it into our rice cooker and pressed down the button.  Only thing . . . the button popped up after only a couple of minutes and refused to stay down after that.
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So I scotch-taped it down.
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After a few minutes it looked like this!  And then . . . after a another few more minutes . . . 
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it looked like this.  This is the pancake upside down.  The scorched bottom is glued to the pot.  The top remained kinda raw. 
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Landon said that next time (me: next time?) we should try to keep it on "warm" all the way.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Yajima-Ya


Jenny's recent Yajima-Ya blog post reminded me that I never ate anything from there even though I work nearby. So the other day me and Mich went to check them out.

This is their popular Mushroom Chicken. I liked it, but Mich thought it coulda used a skosh more salt.
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I really, really liked this Samurai Donburi.  I would order this again next time.
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Friday, October 3, 2014

Go Kini Go!!


Every week I look forward to Project Runway on Thursday nights. My absolute favorite contestant is Kini Zamora, not just because he's from Hawaii, but because he is so GOOOOOOD! Below is Kini's dress from last night's episode that he made from soccer balls. You can find out more about it here in Nadine Kam's story.

It's crunch time now with only three episodes to go. The final episode will show the last three contestants competing at Fashion week.