So now that the retailers have full permission to get going on Christmas decorations, it’s really going crazy. I mean, they already do it before hand, and I’m talking it gets crazy. I think I remember going to Costco and seeing Christmas stuff up maybe even before October. That was just crazy since Halloween wasn’t even around yet. I think Christmas is purely a retail holiday, and honestly don’t think it has any of the “traditional” practices nowadays. I think people have forgotten the joys of the holidays. I know I seem to have.
On a different note, I haven’t blogged here in a while, I’ve been using the computer less for productive stuff (unless it’s for work) and thus haven’t been really looking for topics to discuss. Instead, I’ve really been looking at doing some cooking and baking. I know I want to bake cookies with Meesh for Christmas. It’ll be fun and will make some great gifts.
Then I’ve been looking at making bento. I try to make them once in a while and get discouraged because it never turns out quite the way I envisioned it. Oh, what is bento, you ask? It’s basically a boxed lunch from Japan. There’s different types of bento, however, the homemade kind is the best. I think so, because you know someone made that lunch just for you. As a matter of a fact, I remember some of my friends bragging that their girlfriend made them bento. It used to be a status thing way back when. (Meaning you had a girlfriend that really loved you enough to make you bento and I didn’t.)
To brush up on my bento making abilities, I’ve been stalking bento sites, and discovered some really cool ones. A couple I have to recommend are Just Bento, whose also the author of The Just Bento Cookbook (Which I’ve ordered) and AnnaTheRed’s Bento Factory. Both sites are awesome for getting advice, techniques, and ideas on various bento. As of this writing, AnnaTheRed has just gotten back from Japan and is showcasing her trip there. Very exciting stuff. It makes me miss Japan even more. I’m envious, not to mention hungry for “real” Japanese food (that’s not mine or my mom’s). Hopefully, reading up on these various sites will help me out. I can certainly hope so. I’m sure Meesh would like to try out a good bento once in a while. (Not to mention cute!)
So what have you been up to lately? Are you ready for the Christmas season? I’m getting ready to send out Christmas cards soon!