Some Studio Ghibli Tonight

Japan is getting ever closer! And we’re so excited.

One of the things we have tickets for is the Studio Ghibli Museum. Long ago and far away, my relationship with Studio Ghibli (and the amazing director Hayao Miyazaki) started when my family rented Howl’s Moving Castle from Blockbuster (that dates this story!). We watched it, and didn’t get it. But there was something about the movie I had loved – well, actually, there was a lot. The characters, the amazing animation and the oodles of creativity in every little piece.

So I watched it a couple more times. Finally, I turned on subtitles to catch the fast, and sometimes quiet, lines I couldn’t quite catch before. Now I got it. And I really LOVED it. It remains my favourite Ghibli movie to this day.

Studio Ghibli was one of the things I introduced Ed to – I believe I started with my favourite, Howl’s Moving Castle. We’ve gotten through a lot of classics, including Kiki’s Delivery Service, Castle in the Sky, and Nausicaa. But there are still some either I haven’t seen, or I haven’t gotten around to showing Ed – like Totoro and Princess Mononoke.

But, I told him, before we left I had to show him the Studio Ghibli movie that was so huge it even got big time America attention: Spirited Away.

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Practicing Japanese

I’ll freely admit up front that I expected to be further with learning Japanese than we actually are… but also that the basics are actually a lot easier than I expected!

We’ve mentioned before that Japanese is spoken very differently to pretty much any other language – there’s no emphasis on syllables, so remembering to say words you’d learned as “yo-ko-sue-ka” as “yocooska”is tricky!

But, with the aid of JapanesePod101, we’re starting to pick up the essentials. And, doing it together has proven a fun way to spend evenings as a couple, too. Read More

Making Dinner Together

The February date I gifted Edward for Christmas was to make dinner together, so that is what we did for this past Valentines day.

Being in the kitchen is something I personally adore and grew up with. My parents are big foodies, and I have a lot of memories being in the kitchen with my mom while growing up.

Food is also something I brought into Ed’s life, as his parents had a very different take on the subject. So it became a big thing in our relationship – trying new foods and spending time in the kitchen together.

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10 Reasons to Stay In on Valentines

Going out to a nice restaurant is a tried and true Valentine’s Day staple. But why not try having a romantic evening at home? I can think of a few reasons…

  1. WAY easier to get reservations.
  2. Cooking together can be fun and romantic itself.
  3. You get to set the ambiance.
  4. YOU GET TO SET THE MUSIC! (“Oh honey, it’s our song…. oh… the dubstep version).
  5. Less travel time (more together time).
  6. More socially acceptable if you decide to get “romantic” before/during/after dinner.
  7. Much lower risk of having to witness a failed wedding proposal.
  8. Fewer people to see/record/live-tweet if your own wedding proposal fails.
  9. Come to think of it, avoids a lot of “my ex is the waiter” type rom-com cliches.
  10. It’s cheaper (unless you go REALLY overboard with the fancy cheeses).