Monthly Archives: June 2012

Say What?!?

Living in Japan can sometimes be amusing! I mean no disrepect at all, if this post bothers you in any way, move along :)

I’ve decided I am going to try to do a post, the last day of every month that showcases Japanese “oddities” that we find out and about. One of the big things here happens to be terrible translations!

Also the letter “R” seems to not be present in their vocabulary. One thing I noticed is that Japanese people have a VERY hard time saying my name, if they ask me. They say it over and over again. I appreciate that they want to pronounce it correctly but they just can not, maybe with time they could.

RoseAnn, my name is pronounced “LoseAnn” or, say it like this “Lowsan”, that’s just how it sounds. While it sounds off, I never make anyone feel bad, I just try to help them pronounce it.

Today we went to get some craft items from the Daiso store off base and I could not find what I needed, we walked the store and found some items which we decided to purchase because, well…they were funny.

I notice any frog items from miles away and I laughed out loud and picked up the frog item and brought it over to Daniel, telling him before I showed him, that it was an item I HAD to have. You will see in the picture that frog is spelt as “FLOG”! See, amusing.

Daniel found the 2nd item, I heard him laughing away and when I saw what he had in his hand, I laughed too. It’s a key holder, in the shape of a rabbit BUT they call it a “Fancy Joint Holder”. Do I need to explain? See, amusing.

There is no shortage of stuff like this here. I will also be showing signs and other such things over time.


You Know, That Moment When…

The moment you see, if you use WordPress, Self Hosted that there is an update to the WP installation? So because you have NOT had an issue in FOREVER, you always just click on “update now”. Then you go about your merry blogging way!

Yeah, I fell into a small trap called a comfort zone today. You know, when things just always go as they should, no hiccups and nothing to loose sleep over. Well I also got slapped on the face, but this story has a happy ending!

In a split nanosecond I almost lost it all….errrr….again! I logged into my blogs dashboard and saw a little happy update looking at me. I clicked the button and was about to go off to finish working on my craft room, when I all of a sudden got an error.

I thought it was funny at first, just a little snag that would work itself out. Then gladly I saw my blog pop back up and I went and hit the dashboard button and got a dreaded 404!!! Nooooooo, in an instant I felt ill, my stomach got upset and in my head I was screaming at myself, because I did not back up my recent files for a week or two.

This error though was not letting me get in to do anything. Of course I took to the internets and pretty much found that WordPress’s latest update, 3.4.1 was not playing nice with many bloggers round the world. It’s not completely stable.

I also got instantly mad at myself for just not waiting for my host Go Daddy to give me a button to click in a few days. At least I know with them NOTHING will go wrong and if it does THEY will fix it asap. However, thinking this was no help.

I got the bright idea to get on Go Daddy and hope like hell that I could “go back” an installation, you know…roll back to a previous version. Someone was smiling down at me and did not want me to go batshit crazy and behold the roll back button on Go Daddy.

I had just updated through Go Daddy less than a week ago, they have a within 7 day roll back. Boy was I lucky! So, crisis resolved and in a timely fashion too! Although I do hate to admit that Go Daddy saved my ass but they really did!

All that was lost in this ordeal was a few minutes of my life and 1 post…I will have to get that back up soon. Luckily for me I have the text saved from that post, so it’s all good!

Anyone else have this issue?



Save It And Back It Up!

Yeah, I realize it’s been since the 4th of this month since I last blogged. Not intended of course. I hate when stuff like this happens. I ended up stepping away for a bit due to frustration’s too.

I am a PC, well I am well versed in PC and am fairly new to the iMac world, since December when I received my 1st iMac desktop. I am trying to learn my way around a Mac and have little issues except for a bit ago. It could have been much worse than it ended up being, thankfully.

Here is my PSA: Buy & use an external hard drive to protect what’s important to you! I do have an external hard drive that I store everything of importance to me on, mostly pictures but also documents and other such things.

I recently slacked off just a bit about immediately putting my photos on it from my iMac after I put them on it. People tend to say that things next to never happen to Macs…I will NEVER agree with that statement again. Things can & do & will go wrong at some point.

I had about 7-10 new folders of events (pictures) to put on my external, told myself I’d do it soon, apparently almost not soon enough. An update popped up for my iMac and as I always do I hit Install…things go along and usually that’s that. Not this time. Instead of telling me it was successful it said something went wrong….

Then you had to hit OK. Then the fun started. A lovely black screen appeared with a bunch of CRAP APPLE JARGON…I almost wanted to cry. I don’t know Apple like I know my PC. I tried looking stuff up, trying stuff…same ole screen came on when I restarted it.

I was trying to boot it up in safe mode but my keyboard would not connect with my iMac, so then I panicked and got very angry with myself for not just putting everything on my external as soon I should have. I had the shoulda-couldas going on for hours.

Daniel came home, we did more research, tried safe mode, bought a USB keyboard…same results…did not work. Then out of the blue it did. Then it stated we needed to re-download Lion, and we did. Finally, hours later my iMac was back to normal, nothing lost but my lessons learned, hopefully for the very LAST time, to make instant use of my external or maybe loose it all!


American Day 2012 アメリカンデー2012

American Day 2012 has come & now gone! What a busy, hectic weekend it was for us. It was a long but short weekend all at the same time. We were committed to making 300+ Maine Whoopie Pies for one of the American booths, Maine to sell to the Japanese, as well as any Americans. It was a big job.

It took us 12+ hours of non stop baking & filling to get all the whoopee pies done in one day. We also were able to pack our fridge with all of them. Of course that meant pretty much clearing the whole fridge out but it was worth it. By the end of Saturday night, we were so sore and worn out. Sunday morning came fast.

Daniel was up way early to drop off all the goodies and to help set up an run his booth after he worked the Maine booth for a while. His 2nd booth was Alabama. I was to show up a little later. I tried to squeeze in an hour more of sleep and I was going to get to the parade. Sadly, there was nowhere to park and I ran late getting there and missed the parade. From what I could tell it was the same as last year, so I really was not that bummed.

I was thrilled it was kind of an overcast day, meant it was nice and cool, so I enjoyed the day more and walking around. All of our whoopee pies were sold out before 2pm!!! They were a huge success, which could mean there will be lot’s more of my whoopee pies at other base events this year, we shall see. I am happy the Japanese really enjoyed them, as they are picky when it comes to cakes & frostings.

Daniel worked his booth till around 1pm. Then we took off around the town to look at all the yummy American & Japanese food vendors. Daniel chose a Japanese Sasebo burger. He tried one from a Japanese vendor last year and he was less than thrilled with it and he was determined to find a different vendor and give it another go. Luckily we found another vendor and Daniel like it this time. You will see a picture of him eating it!

I was walking along and saw a Japanese man making his version of a cake bite and it smelled delicious, so I bought a small bag of them for 300 Yen. We continued walking around, smelling all the goodness and really realizing just how exhausted our bodies were from the whole weekend. We decided on one last stop to an Indian place next to the base gate so he could get some curry & I could get some Naan bread to take home.

It really ended up being a great, full weekend and I really did enjoy American Day this year and got to experience it more this year than last. I am looking forward to next year and have a few ideas to throw around and we shall see where that might go too! 

Her Glasses Say "F$*K Cops.

Alabama, Daniel's Booth.

Maine Booth, My Whoopie Pies!

My Whoopie Pies!

Hard To Read, Talks About What A Whoopie Pie Is.


Photo A Day In June

Yay! I am so happy we are now in the month of June! Only a few more months and we will be back into my favorite time of year, fall & winter! I will be making the best of the summer here though and hoping the temps do not reach what they did last year. It sure would make outdoor events more of a pleasure rather than a sweat fest, yuck!

This weekend is going to be super busy. We have American Day going on, on Sunday. Last year we just went, walked around enjoyed the food and atmosphere. This year we are involved! If you are not sure what American Day is, it essentially is a day that the base puts on to keep our friendships and communication going with our host nation, Japan. We cook & bake for them favorite foods and sweet treats from around the United States and they LOVE it.

This year we got involved and I am baking Maine Whoopie Pies to share with the Japanese people & I hope they love them! Daniel is working a booth for a few hours and hopefully we will walk around a bit too. The Japanese also sell their foods, so it’s a win win situation for all. I hope it stays nice and cool on Sunday so I enjoy it.

Tomorrow, Saturday will be a day for sure! Daniel is helping me but we are baking over 300 Maine Whoopie Pies for the event. It will be an all day baking affair which is fine with me, as long as it’s a coolish day as you know we don’t have AC, so an oven running for 7+ hours in a hot apartment, would not be much fun. So look forward to pictures of all sorts from American Day.

Now, let’s talk Instagram. Do you know what it is? If not, click HERE. It is one of the BEST free Apps in my opinion, especially if you enjoy social apps and sharing stuff with people from all over this great world! I was going to talk about this a few days ago but had other posts I wanted to get out first. My friend Empress Bee was just talking about Instagram today as well :) If you have not tried it, do so…now!

If you would also like to look at your photo’s as well as others on your PC or MAC, rather than just on the App itself there is a website called Webstagram, go check it out! Oh yes, as I’ve put out & stated before, you can find me & follow me on Instagram by searching for: “thesocialfrog”. 

Onto the good stuff! There are all kinds of challenges both in blogging and photography. I do not have an iPhone, though I’d like to have one,lol. So, I use my iPodTouch to take my photos on Instagram, not always the best quality but it is fun. So, I found this challenge called “Photo A Day”, then insert month. Since it is now June it is #photoadayjune . You use whatever device, upload it to Instagram or Twitter or Facebook, using hashtag #photoadayjune .

You have time to jump in as it is just now the 1st in the states! Here is the list of prompts for each day through the month of June. I am not sure if I will make a daily post here on my blog about it but I will be participating every day, so join me on Instagram! If you are on Instagram, please let me know your username on there so I too can follow you!