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Yoshitoshi in action
On Thursday July 21st our dwarf hamster Yoshitoshi went to roam the ‘Eternal Graasland’.

Tale of Genji to Denver, Tsukioka Yoshitoshi She was named after the Japanese artist Tsukioka Yoshitoshi, who is considered to be the last great master of Ukiyo-e (woodblock printing).

Yoshi herself appeared to be a great Master of Disguise when in the last days of her life it turned out that she was no tinygrrl at all.. but a toshboy! Full of tricks our little hamster ;)

It was an appropriate coincidence that we had a simple Japanese meal planned for dinner that night — leaving enough leftovers for Friday’s bento.

My office lunch contained brown rice udon noodles, green beans with sesame dressing, orange-teriyaki tofu & extra sauce, pickled ginger (gari), cabbage tsukemono sprinkled with fresh chilli pepper from our balcony, grilled veggies with tonkatsu sauce (same as bento #145), nori rice crackers, umeboshi, opal prunes and melon. Details of wasabi & black ‘smoked’ sesame seeds, radish flowers, parsley, curly red-leaf lettuce.

We Love You Yoshitoshi! Bento (22-07-2011)

We have a 21.5-inch iMac and I can tell you: it’s fabulous to have Yoshi’s picture as a background image! He will not be forgotten ;)


Pet Pics, Prized Pages and Pachyderm Prose

So, it’s Sunday morning here, 20 minutes past 1 AM. Yes, I’m hanging in there! Doing well with the support of da kittehs — remember I didn’t even think Juno was going to make it until today? This afternoon she came to sit with me on the balcony! My cutie :)


But she’s not the only one keeping me company: our Shy Guy Ringo also spent some time on my lap. As you might deduce from his nickname, that is quite unusual. So I’m having a ball!

I’ve decided to use the readathon to give Sei Shonagon’s Pillow Book one more try. And it’s working! I’ve almost caught up with the Pillow Book Friday read-along at In Spring it is the Dawn (I do not own any shares of that great site, really I don’t ;) Since last status update I’ve read entries 109-142 and now I have only 7 more to go and I’m done for the week. Yay! That’ll count as 1 book for the readathon, don’t you think? :)

To answer the question of Pet Pics, Prized Pages and Pachyderm Prose, one of my favourite animal books is The White Bone by Barbara Gowdy. The main character is Mud, an elephant. So here’s my ‘emmy’ sentence: Mad Mud makes millions marvel. In contrast I’d like to share a picture of our third and last critter, who is minding her own business, Yoshitoshi. The smallest pet in the house has the grandest name ;)

Yoshitoshi having her own activities

Mid-event Meme

  1. What are you reading right now?
    Wrote about that just above!
  2. How many books have you read so far?
    Erm.. 1!
  3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?
    Probably The China Lover by Ian Buruma.
  4. Did you have to make any special arrangements to free up your whole day?
    Yep, had to prepare Mr Gnoe and make sure I had my snacks ready and house sort-a cleaned up, which I would have done on Saturday otherwise.
  5. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?
    Ha, most interruptions come from the web (twitter, cheering, blogging, mini-challenges etc.), cuddling the cats and eating. Oh and then there’s the trouble with our kitchen plumbing… But I’m just hitting the ‘ignore’ button on that ;)
  6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?
    Although it’s LATE and I’m tired, I’m not really getting depressed yet!
  7. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
    Nope, it’s a ball!
  8. What would you do differently, as a Reader or a Cheerleader, if you were to do this again next year?
  9. Are you getting tired yet?
    Yep! Had to change my contacts for glasses and I’m looking kind of grey ;)
  10. Do you have any tips for other Readers or Cheerleaders, something you think is working well for you that others may not have discovered?
    No. If I think of something later on I’ll add it!

Typical Dutch afternoon snack

Status report

24 Hour Read-a-thonTime period: 21:45 – 1.20

Currently reading: The Pillow Book by Sei Shonagon

Total of time read: 6 hrs 20 mins
Total amount of pages read: 130 pages

Books finished: 1 books (The Follwing Story by Cees Nooteboom)
Mini-challenges participated in: 7 (Since last update: Pet Pics, Prized Pages and Pachyderm Prose, Mid-event Meme)

Gnoe goes ExtraVeganza!


Currently grazing

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