A couldn't stop asking me about WHEN we were heading to Germany, so I made her a paper chain. This was it a couple of weeks ago - it's even shorter now. The anticipation is certainly building! I've been house-hunting, outing-planning, and travel-arranging from afar. I still don't have specific dates yet but with conditions in our apartment building becoming ever-worse, I have to hold on to something. So I've been occupying myself with the fact that there IS, in fact, an end in sight.
I did go bento shopping last week for the first time in a long time (the ¥/$ rate these days is REALLY not in our favor, unfortunately! I've been trying to limit my out-in-town excursions as a result) so I was inspired. I made the girls teddy bear bentos for lunch the next day, and that went over really well. Poor photo quality, when I made these my camera's memory card was full so I had to take iPod photos.
These were really simple - a quick little salad with olives and heart shaped carrot slices, slider patties with hot dog, pepperoni and nori details to make them "beary" cute, a couple of fresh strawberries, a fruit jelly, and some pink star puffs. My kids were really excited to have a bento for lunch so I think it could have been liver and onions and they'd have eaten it.
Then we had a sushi party. Be jealous. This was fantastic and I think we're planning to do these sushi nights at least twice a month from now on.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar. He talks about this book like crazy and it was the first book he read aloud to his class. Whenever he comes over, he volunteers to read it to my girls. It's adorable. So why not make a Very Hungry bento lunch? Hello inspiration!!
So my friend and I put together his lunch box and had a freaking blast doing it. It was the most fun bento-ing I think I've ever had. And the finished product was nothing short of awesome!
The very hungry hot dog caterpillar with spaghetti antennae and legs was sooo hungry on his bed of rice that he ate through two slices of pepperoni, one slice of "swiss cheese", and one (soy sauce filled) apple.
This lunch was a total hit with him. He was quite excited about it.
Of course we had to make my friend's daughter a super girly fun lunch too, so we did that - it's not nearly as awesome as the caterpillar lunch but it's still pretty cute.
Oh well. I still think that Hugh Laurie is like the coolest guy ever, so I'll just try my hardest to savor the fact that there is going to be a season 8 at all. And in the meanwhile I can just busy myself with Army Wives, Modern Family, 30 Rock, and the fact that hopefully soon Dexter season 5 should be coming available on iTunes. See? I do have things to keep me occupied.