There's just too much to attempt to organize into paragraphs. So instead, have a numbered list of things that have happened recently.
1. Raj's parents came to visit. Before they came to Okinawa, we met them in Kyoto. And we fell in love with Kyoto. So much more charming than Tokyo. While we both loved Hong Kong and Seoul, we agreed that if we were choosing an Asian city to live in, we'd go with Kyoto. We visited temples, palaces, and other cultural sites which were all quite nice, but the highlight for Raj and me was getting some authentic Spanish food. Which may sound strange, but not only is there not a Spanish restaurant on Okinawa, we can't get the ingredients to make a lot of the food ourselves. And we do so love to eat. But the culture and whatnot was nice too.
Not so nice? Coffee jelly. Which is coffee-flavored Jello. Coffee? Good. Jello? Good. Coffee Jello?
2. We went to Seoul to visit our friends there who were about to move (and have since moved) back to the US. We had a great time hanging out with them and their two boys, exploring more of Seoul, and eating delicious Korean food. We also achieved one of our Asian shopping goals. The new dishes we got from our wedding registry only came with very small bowls. Our old dishes had large shallow bowls that we've been missing every time we have soup, pasta, or anything else that's more of a bowl than a plate kind of dinner. Thanks to Korea, we now not only have functional bowls, we also have an excuse to say my favorite word: bibimbap. We bought bibimbap bowls. Bibimbap is a traditional Korean dish in which rice, vegetables, eggs, and sauce are combined in a large bowl. We haven't made actual bibimbap yet, but we can say for sure that the bowls work well for curry.
3. I went to the US for my very good friend Holly's wedding. Raj started a new job last month, so it was going to be difficult for him to come anyway, but then one of his closest friends decided to get married in DC in September. Raj actually introduced the couple, the bride being another friend of his from a different social circle. Four round-trip tickets for both of us to attend both weddings was going to be insanely expensive, so we're each attending stag. Except I did have a date, my BFF Amy.
In addition to seeing Holly get married...
...highlights of the trip included family and friends, queso and margaritas, Chipotle, Target, a cherry limeade from Sonic, and shopping in non-commissary grocery stores. The lowlight of the trip was the upper respiratory infection or bronchitis or major allergic reaction to San Antonio's air crud that had me coughing, coughing, coughing for about two weeks. Including during part of the wedding ceremony, in which I was a bridesmaid. I got a lot of meds though from the urgent care and was getting better in time for my return to Okinawa.
4. I came home! The next day, Raj mentioned that he was getting a sore throat. This turned into the Mucous Cold of Doom, 2014 Edition which I of course immediately caught. We were so sick, we couldn't even properly enjoy the typhoon. Yes, I know that sounds weird. It's just that Okinawa is so well prepared for typhoons that people actually kind of look forward to them. It's a day off from work (in this case, making for what ended up being a six-day weekend for Raj since he'd had Friday and Monday off for 4th of July, the typhoon came Tuesday, then non-essential personnel were off an uncharacteristic additional day on Wednesday due to flooding of some roads) when you have a good excuse to stay inside all day and eat snack food you bought just in case you can't cook due to a power outage. This was a pretty major typhoon, so there was damage even here on Okinawa, mostly cars flooded in parking lots where the drains clogged with debris, though some people had flooding in their homes, some cars flipped, and lots of people had leaking windows and/or ceilings. Many people did lose power, though I think everyone was back on by the next day. Our only damage was a downed palm tree in the front yard.
I even tempted fate by baking bread during the thick of the storm, which seemed likely to mean the power would go out as soon as I got it in the oven, but we never did lose power or even internet. We were able to microwave leftovers, resulting in an unintentionally super-international dinner:
Malaysian chicken, caprese salad, kimchi pancake (we also bought a kimchi pot in Korea, which Raj has been using to make homemade kimchi), and Spanish squash soup, enjoyed with a glass of wine from New Zealand. Looking at this photo, I realize my entire contribution to this meal was having cut the mozzarella. Lazybones.
And now you're all caught up on what we've been up to. And what we've been eating because while I had no intention of making this a food-focused post, it did turn out that way, didn't it? I guess we all know where my head is. You may be unsurprised to learn that I'm off to eat lunch now (capered egg and sardine sandwich filling on homemade bread, both of which I made since I'm less sick and once again a contributing member of this household). I swear, I really will do my best to post more often again and maybe even about something other than food. Maybe.