No Edamame for Me

Once upon a time, someone took the Wee Little Miss out for sushi. That someone was not me. The Wee Little Miss was hooked instantly, and has since dragged me very reluctantly to have sushi, to which I was very reluctantly hooked.

Recently, the Wee Little Miss and I decided to indulge and have lunch at a sushi restaurant. Now, mind you, I have only ever eaten sushi with the WLM. Not once have I ever snuck out to do this on my own, nor have I dragged The Hubbster to a sushi place. This is an experience that is exclusively a me-WLM thing. That should make it pretty clear that I’m not super experienced in these places.

Well, when we went this particular time, it was to a restaurant we had never been to before. At this place, they serve some kind of dumpling (which was delicious) and some edamame as appetizers. Except that we didn’t know these appetizers were coming to us. So, when the waitress brought them, it was quite a surprise.

If you’re unfamiliar with edamame, as I was, they are basically underripe soybeans still in the pod, which have been blanched and salted. They are eaten by sort of nibbling the pod open and ingesting just the bean from the inside of the pod.

Interesting fact: Edamame look exactly like sugar snap peas. Don’t believe me? Look.

Which is it? Edamame, or sugar snap peas?

Hint: this is the edamame. But you would never know that if you’d never seen edamame before or even been told that this was a thing that people eat, or how to eat them. I’m just saying.

Another Interesting fact: There are no instructions provided when you get edamame in a restaurant. Like, not even a warning, man. Come on.  I’m already reluctantly eating and enjoying raw fish. Warn a girl.

When the plate came out, the WLM saw dumplings and edamame, and knew what to do.

Know what I saw? I saw dumplings and sugar snap peas. Sure, that seemed weird, but no weirder than sushi seems to me. So, I dove in accordingly. I shoved half of that puppy in my mouth, took a solid bite, and began to chew. And chew, and chew. I’m sitting there thinking how awful it is, but I don’t want to be rude, so I keep chewing.

I then look up and see the WLM giving me the strangest look. She’s watching me, like she’s waiting for something to happen.

I shook my head and mentioned how gross it was. How it’s like chewing on a fuzzy stick. Gross.

At this point, the WLM, in true WLM fashion, says nothing and proceeds to demonstrate how to properly eat edamame. Apparently my way was wrong, and rather akin to eating corn with the husk.

How was I supposed to know that?! Nobody told me, especially the WLM. I told her I was relying upon her to help me know these things. She insists it is common knowledge. I disagree. Why serve me beans with husks and fuzz on them if I’m not supposed to eat it?

Come on.

Live and learn, I guess.

How to Stay Entertained On A Sick Day


 Today marks the fourth day I’ve been stuck in bed with this awful cold/flu/whatever-it-is.  I have managed to spend most of the time knocked out and asleep, thankfully, but I have reached the point now where I can’t sleep any more.

Given my current expertise on the subject of staying entertained whilst stuck sick in bed, I thought I might give you all some tips.

  1. Always lose your voice.  This way you can force your family into an unexpectedly fun game of charades as they try desperately to figure out what the heck it is that you need.
  2. Do not succumb to the temptation to delve into a Netflix marathon just yet.  Doing so will quell any and all creativity you may glean from your excessive medicine taking.
  3. Drink many hot toddies.  By imbibing thusly, you can be sure that you are easily entertained without having to admit you’re just drunk.  Not sure how to make a hot toddy?  Here you go.  Erin’s Hot Toddy Recipe:  Take a mug.  Line the inside of it with honey.  Put two capfuls (CAP-fuls, not CUP-fuls!) of lemon juice in the bottom of the mug.  Add a dollop of maple syrup, a little bit of vanilla, and a dash of cinnamon to the mug.  Then add a shot of whiskey to the mug.  Heat enough water to fill your mug up the rest of the way, stir, and drink often.
  4. Look up really stupid international commercials and music videos on YouTube.  It is important that you wait until you have repeated step 3 a few times before you begin this step.  If you begin this step prematurely, it will not be nearly as effective.
  5. Share your most entertaining findings with me here.
  6. Drink some more hot toddies.
  7. Go back to sleep.
  8. Repeat the process again.

Some of my best finds (apologies — I cannot embed videos here because I am too cheap to pay for an account that allows that, so you’re stuck with just regular links):

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  This Indian commercial advertising what appears to be an instant rice or cake mix which reminds me an awful lot of my favorite Kung Fu film.



Screenshot 2018-02-18 at 15.08.41The Japanese Banana Guy commercial never gets old.  What is going on in Japan?  I don’t feel like I could be that enthusiastic about anything at this point (except perhaps another hot toddy).




Screenshot 2018-02-18 at 15.21.25This oddly long and confusing commercial from Thailand Four minutes?  For one ad?  Holy moly!




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Or how about this other Thai commercial which is rather tragic?





Anyway, I hope you all stay healthy, but if you’re unfortunate enough to catch what I’ve got, maybe some of these suggestions will help.