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08 February 2011 @ 05:06 am
As promised, about me  
But first, a poll!

Poll #1678438 Fucking poll!

Which sounds more correct?

And then Steve fucking grabbed a knife and stabbed the guy.
And then Steve grabbed a knife and fucking stabbed the guy.
They both sound equally correct

It came to me in the shower. (^_^)'''

I think I eat too much. And not in the "I'm getting fat" sense, since while I did gain weight when I worked at Suzugamine, that was mostly attributed to stress and a sedentary lifestyle. I'm still pretty sedentary (more than I should be...), but all the stress weight is gone now. No, I think I eat too much because we spend a lot of money on snacks. One problem is that I eat way too fast, so I tend to eat more than I, strictly speaking, need to. The easily-implementable solution to that is to put the fork down every couple of bites to stretch things out and also to not let things go until I'm starving before I eat. I should also look into whether there's some vitamin or something I'm not getting enough of that's making me hungry.

I've been reading a manga called Addicted to Curry lately (in Japanese, 華麗なる食卓 karee naru shokutaku. Literally "The dinner table that becomes splendid," or more naturally, "The Splendid Table," but there's an obvious pun based on 華麗, which is pronounced exactly the same as カレー, the Japanese word for curry). It doesn't have an amazing plot (high school girl and young curry-obsessed chef try to save the girl's father's curry restaurant, and while the art is pretty good, the real reason I read it is because it's about curry. (^_^)''' I always answer "curry" whenever anyone asks those, "If you could only have one food for the rest of your life..." questions, and nearly every volume has a curry recipe in it. We haven't gotten a chance to make too many of them because it's hard to get ingredients for non-Japanese curry here, but I'm saving them for when we get back to America or whenever we go into Hiroshima and have a chance to pick up more ingredients.

I've been studying kanji for a while today. It gets pretty frustrating, but I try to remind myself that, for example, I can look at through, rough, though, aghast, light, cough, draught and ugh and instantly know how to pronounce the 'gh' in each of them. There are times in learning where there are no tricks or shortcuts and you just have to memorize a ton of things. This is one of them.

We had Chiharu (one of softlykarou's fellow teachers, but younger than her) over for dinner last night. Last time we had Mexican food (which she had never had. That's completely outside my experience, but I suppose Japan has fewer Mexican immigrants than America :p), and this time was Italian, mostly prepared by softlykarou--I did the salad and bread pre-meal course, she did the pizza and pasta. Chiharu had never had olive oil with bread before. I guess I shouldn't really be surprised--bread as a cultural concept in Japan is a lot different than in America, being mostly composed of dessert breads, breads with filling, and so on--but it still caught me a bit off guard. Then again, I suppose people are going to be really surprised when we have gari as a side with our meals in America and eat a ton of stuff with chopsticks. :p

One random thing is that I really wish I had Chiharu's courage for speaking English. She doesn't speak it that well (for an English teacher--her English is far better than my Japanese), but when she comes over she brings a notebook so she can write down anything we say that she didn't previously know, and unlike my students used to, she writes it in English without trying to put in furigana for pronunciation. If we define something using Japanese, she writes the Japanese, but that's only natural, really. I have been studying a lot lately (at least an hour a day, usually more, not counting any time I spend out and about talking to actual people or reading signs), but I need to really buckle down if I ever want to learn it to conversational level.

Another sleepless night...I guess I'll try to nap when Rachel wakes up.
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Arin Wolfearinwolfe on February 7th, 2011 08:37 pm (UTC)
For me looking at the two sentences it would depend on which part of the sentence was more startling/ which bit you wanted to emphasize.

for me the first one makes the act of grabbing the knife the starting bit, and the stabbint the follow up whereas the second one the stabbing is the shocking part.
slarnosslarnos on February 7th, 2011 09:21 pm (UTC)
Beat me to it.
dorchadasdorchadas on February 8th, 2011 04:08 am (UTC)
I thought of adding a "it depends on context" option, but it ALWAYS depends on context, so I thought it would be kind of a cop out.
q99q99 on February 8th, 2011 04:41 am (UTC)
Yea. Are you more startled by him grabbing the knife, of which stabbing is a natural follow-up, or are you startled by the stabbing even after he has a knife?
deathfromafardeathfromafar on February 8th, 2011 12:16 am (UTC)
The option not given, but most natural for me, goes like this:

"And then Steve fucking grabbed a fucking knife and fucking stabbed the fucking guy."

Kathouse_of_bone on February 8th, 2011 04:16 am (UTC)
I feel like they could both be correct, but the second one felt more natural. I mean, as natural as fucking stabbing a guy could be.
meadowyravinemeadowyravine on February 8th, 2011 04:27 pm (UTC)
I think you'd only put the first "fucking" there if you were going to add more "fucking"s in other parts of the sentence, like deathfromafar's, it sounds odd to me with it only in that place. Fun poll :)

Yum curry! There are a couple of Thai places that do awesome curries around here (if that is how you would spell the plural.)

We are planning to go to Italy this spring and while reading comments on one travel site I found one by a woman who complained that all they have to eat there is Italian food, which cracked me up. I guess I do kind of take for granted having a lot of different cultures' styles of food around though.