Just the sight of that bento makes me extremely happy. The colors aren't quite as balanced as they could be, but it's so bright and happy, well-lit (because it's actually SUNNY in NYC for once!), that I have to smile. And the long weekend! Yay!
Top tier: parsleyed potato salad; dill salmon (broken up because I was in a hurry and had no time to try to cut it neatly); zucchini & fresh corn sauteed with butter, topped with basil
Bottom tier: mini-caprese salad (fresh mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, and basil); watermelon
I went home after work, got home at 6:30, and managed to whip up this entire meal and leave for class afterwards at 7:45, got home from class at 10:15, washed the dishes, and was in bed by 11:30. Exhausting but I was pleased with the effort and the ability to be super productive instead of being a lazy lump. Nice.
I was asked to review this book (associate link). I like the abundance of photos and it's a very quick flip-through book, with lots of ideas. Since I'm the kind of person who rarely makes things exactly according to recipe, I appreciate the book as just 'suggestions' and not stuff I'd actually have to follow closely - especially in bentos where they used natto (fermented soybeans), which I've tried and can't imagine most Americans (myself included) eating too happily unless they grew up with it. But for those who want to follow the instructions exactly, a lot of it might be a bit of a problem for them. A more comprehensive review can be found here - Pikko has a firm grasp of why she does and doesn't like the book.
I mentioned in my last post about my car issues; unfortunately, since it was really noisy at work, I couldn't concentrate and I didn't clearly express my thoughts (which I rarely do, anyway, but y'know...). So I want to thank you all for your responses! and add a few more details.
I've looked at the tire, and there's nothing stuck in it - no nail, no chunk of whatever causing a slow leak. It actually leaks quite a bit, within 24 hours it goes from 30-35 lbs. (the inflation is measured in pounds of pressure per cubic inch, I think, but definitely pounds of pressure per something) to 20. So while that's actually a valid guess as to the problem, it isn't the problem. I almost wish it was, because that would make it a simple fix! I think the rim might be dented somewhere I can't see (because I've looked at that as well), and the air is leaking such. So it's fixable, but annoying as all hell and I wonder why the guys at Pep Boys (where I bought the tires 2 months ago) didn't tell me that. I will, however, be going back to ask them what gives, because it didn't even occur to me that perhaps the tire is defective, so thank you for that, Mrs. Flabby & SkippyMom.
As for the bent axel, it's a slight bend that makes it unsafe to drive at high speeds or for long distances. I don't go far and it suffices... and no, it's not still bending/bending more as time goes on. It's just enough to make it impossible to align the wheels, and the treads wear down unevenly. But not a HUGE deal - no one's been like "Look you can't drive that car, it's not safe."
The windows are power; the gears or whatever are stuck. To fix it requires opening up the door, and doing whatever to fix up those little things in there, but that seems like such a minor detail that I don't want to spend the extra money to fix it. I don't want to spend any money on the vehicle actually - I didn't want to spend the $200 for the tires + oil change (oil change was technically free), either!
Thanks for all your help and advice guys. I really REALLY appreciate it. The car is just to get me through the next 5 months, and then hopefully things will change and I can get rid of it. (It was a free car, so I'm not complaining at ALL about that, and it's a tremendous help- I wouldn't have been able to wash the dishes after class if I'd had to take the bus to the train to get home! I'd have gone home and tried to go to sleep right away, because it'd have been 11:30 or so!) I sincerely just don't want to throw money down into the toilet because at this current point... I have no extra money to play with considering the plans I have for the near future. So, suck. Yep. (And last night: another $220 on vet bills. Hooray.)
Have a FABULOUS long weekend everyone! Thanks again for coming through for me and helping me out!!!
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