Friday, March 14, 2008

Need More Holidays?

Here's how they extend Valentine's Day in Japan and Korea. (Thanks to my friend in Japan for cluing me in to these!)

White Day
In Japan, girls give boys chocolate on Valentine's day. White Day (March 14th) is the boys day to reciprocate. The generally recited rule is that the return gift should be two to three times the cost of the Valentine's gift. Sounds good to me!

Black Day
If you didn't get to celebrate Valentine's Day or White Day, you celebrate Black Day (April 14th). Basically, you go to a restaurant with similarly single friends and eat white noodles with black bean sauce. Wish I'd know about this holiday when I was single! I might celebrate it anyway, just for fun.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Book Meme

I was tagged (voluntarily) with this by a friend from CA. Sounds fun, so here goes!

The rules:
1. Pick up the nearest book of 123 pages or more. No cheating!
2. Find page 123
3. Find the first 5 sentences
4. Post the next 3 sentences
5. Tag 5 people

I have a whole bookshelf next to my desk. "Mothering Your Nursing Toddler" seems to be the closest.

Weaning during pregnancy the 'natural' choice? The widespread taboo against nursing while pregnant is probably natural in the strictly biological sense of the word. Pregnancy is a state in which your system focuses its resources on the needs of the new baby, no matter what you may think about it intellectually.


Now it's your turn, if you want. Tagging is totally voluntary here. You can respond in the comments or post on your own blog. Be sure to let me know in the comments if you do.

Saturday, March 01, 2008


I love opera! For those of you who don't, here are some lighter looks at it that may just change your mind!

All The Great Operas in 10 Minutes
(Warning: may not be suitable for younger viewers)

What's Opera Doc

The Rabbit of Seville