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Happy new year! Yay! Year of the Rat!

Amazingly, I actually got some hong bao money, and I am trying to decide if I should be good and save it, or spend it on books and manga and DVDs!

On the other hand, I'm a little homesick -- I usually use my vacation time to go home for New Year, but not this year. I miss the noise and the crowds of people and the insane bustle, normally not things I like, but it doesn't quite feel right without them. Apparently for new year's eve dinner (nien ye fan), my parents and my uncle's family went out for steak! My mom said my dad saw the new restaurant and wanted to try something new. At least I got Chinese food last night, courtesy of an ahyi's dinner invitation.

So to celebrate, picture spam! First rat pictures, because it is the Year of the Rat ^_^.



I take so many pictures of Ren, but that's because he's so cute! I think it's the curly whiskers.




Ren sadly not being cute, with Ruki in the background. Those were his stitches after his surgery (he had two cancerous lumps), and they couldn't sew him up with normal suture stuff because apparently rats will just chew through them. So he was a bristly Frankenrat for two weeks.




The second suture site. Poor baby rat pie. When I took him back from the vet, he just sulked and sulked in the corner of the cage, probably thinking, "I hate you so much."




But! About a week after, and I let him play with Bya and Ruki again (he was in an individual cage to keep them from messing with his stitches), and the first thing he does?

Pounce on Bya. The rat, he has no common sense.




Ruki cleaning himself.




Ren nose!




Bya, alas, still looking evil. I wish my hands didn't shake so much so I could take pictures without flash.




Bya in his favorite spot, the paper bag!




More Ren nose! So cute!




Bya, nefariously plotting the demise of the known world.

That, or scheming to steal food. I suspect it's about the same for a rat.


And despite being the wrong holiday, here's some pictures from Christmas.



Christmas Eve dinner! Featuring potato latkes, badly burned thanks to last-minute Yuletide pinch hitting, beef noodle soup (soup, noodles, and veggies in separate bowls), an adaptation of [livejournal.com profile] heresluck's jicama salad that no longer bears much resemblance to the original, and potstickers (bought, not made).




And tiramisu for desert! We used pound cake instead of ladyfingers as an experiment; the bottom layer is normal pound cake, and the second layer is vegan chocolate pound cake. It was good, even though it didn't quite taste like tiramisu.




I made bread successfully! I win at life! It's the basic slow-rising white bread from Joy of Cooking, and I remembered not to punch down to much to keep the texture somewhat rustic and uneven. Tasted good too.




Christmas dinner, featuring the now traditional salad leftovers, [livejournal.com profile] heresluck's chickpea pancakes with yogurt sauce, and mi fun. My sister and I do do Thanksgiving fairly traditionally (ok, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie and sometimes casserole), but Christmas is sort of just whatever I feel like eating and/or cooking, while making my sister's friend S. cook tasty Chinese food. I think the bowl next to the mi fun is onion pork rib stew; my mom makes it a lot.




The giant platter of mi fun! On a dish meant for tortilla chips and salsa! This amuses me entirely too much. But seriously, the plate is about two feet across.




Another look at dinner. My sister's friend G. folded napkins and made pretty paper chopstick holders.

And just a few pictures from January's trip to the Ferry Building with my dad.




The Ferry Building, one of my favorite places in SF, despite the insane prices. It's a building! Dedicated to tasty gourmet food! With free samples! What's not to like (save not being able to afford non-sample stuff)?




A view of the clock tower from our seat outside the Market Bar.




The Bay Bridge (right?), and people packing up the Ferry Building farmers' market.




Absolutely delicious lightly fried fish my dad and I had at the Ferry Building Market Bar. It doesn't look like much, but oh, it was so good, lightly crispy on the outside, not at all oily, steaming hot and soft and flaky on the inside, and a brief pucker's worth of lemon juice.

And here are some old pictures of New Year in Taiwan.

Date: 2008-02-07 06:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hysteriachan.livejournal.com
Happy new year, and yay for rat pics! (I'm sorry to hear about the homesickness, though. :/)

Happy New Year!

Date: 2008-02-07 06:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] laurashapiro.livejournal.com
Adorable ratlings!

And wow, I really want mi fun right now. I don't think there's anywhere near work where I can get it, though. ::sulk::

Date: 2008-02-07 07:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ponygirl2000.livejournal.com
Happy New Year!

(your rats scare me though...)

Date: 2008-02-07 07:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vom-marlowe.livejournal.com
Happy New Year!!

The ratties are so cute. I want to cuddle them and giggle. Also? I am now hungry from the food pics.

Date: 2008-02-07 07:23 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] droneish.livejournal.com
Wow. Not kidding with the giant rat: I don't know that I'd seen Ren with your hand for scale before. *Much* bigger than any of my ratties have got. I've been through lots of rat tumor surgeries, but never encountered the frankenstitching before. (The regular stitches seem to stay in just long enough to hold things together, then the ratling pulls them out so we don't have to go back and have the vet do it. *g*) Poor baby indeed.

Ruki is darling, too. And I'm sure Bya isn't all evil. (My hands shake too much for flashless focussing, too)

Hi! Always enjoy seeing your ratties. :)

Date: 2008-02-07 07:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] redrose3125.livejournal.com
Happy New Year, and your rats are adorable!

Date: 2008-02-07 08:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cofax7.livejournal.com
Yummy food pictures! And OMG big rats!

And yes, that's the Bay Bridge. I used to work just a few blocks from there, and yet I didn't go to the Ferry Building nearly often enough. They do have the Most Awesome Gelato stand ever, inside. Plus, Cowgirl Creamery, yum!

(Damn, I'm hungry. Off for lunch!)

Happy New Year!

Date: 2008-02-07 08:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rachelmanija.livejournal.com
Awww! Ratties!

...now I miss Taiwan.

Date: 2008-02-07 09:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] readsalot.livejournal.com
Happy New Year!

Cute rat pictures! It's a good thing your Byakuya can't actually inflict SAKURA OF DOOM on Renji, isn't it?

Date: 2008-02-07 10:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jinian.livejournal.com
Rats and food are extremely important! Happy New Year. :)

Sorry you aren't in Taiwan, though. *hug*

Date: 2008-02-07 10:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fresne.livejournal.com
Happy New Year.

Also, last night I thought of you.

NPR had a great interview with a scientist studying Rat laughter, apparently they laugh at sounds higher than the human ear can detect, when you tickle them.

Date: 2008-02-07 10:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shati.livejournal.com
Ohhh, they look so snuggly and adorable! The rats, not the food. Although the chickpea pancakes look pretty cute too.

Date: 2008-02-07 11:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jiawen.livejournal.com
新年快樂!

Date: 2008-02-08 01:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ginny-t.livejournal.com
Happy New Year!

Date: 2008-02-09 03:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lady-ganesh.livejournal.com
The food looks tasty and the rats adorable-- I just had tiramisu for dessert today and now I want more. Happy new year!

Date: 2008-02-10 07:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pinkdormouse.livejournal.com
Happy New Year!

And yay Ratties!!

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