back home with a new addition

He's a shy guy.
He’s a shy guy.

I’ve moved back to Los Angeles for the summer, but before I moved back, I acquired the beautiful rabbit pictured above. We haven’t named him yet (we didn’t like the name he came with). You’re not supposed to have pets in the co-op, so I broke the rules for 2 days. During those 2 days, I was packing up ALL of my stuff to move out, and bonding with my new rabbit. The previous owner included a little harness with his stuff, so I took him for a walk in Cloyne’s garden. He had a good time sniffing and exploring his surroundings, but I must say that a rabbit is naturally not inclined to “go for a walk”. It was mostly me standing with the rabbit occasionally hopping around, not so much of a walk where I lead the way.

soooo precious ^_^
soooo precious ^_^

On Tuesday, I finally packed up all of my stuff and drove back to LA with my friend Erik. Driving down from Berkeley to LA with a little bunny was quite an ordeal. He was scared the whole time and barely ate or drank anything for the duration of the drive. The good news though is he is now settling in at his new permanent home in LA. Unfortunately, the rabbit we already had at home, Mrs. Mubby, is not taking kindly to the new star of the show. We’ll be spending the next few weeks slowly introducing them to one another. She is quite territorial so this may take some time.

And speaking of adjusting to changes, I’m also adjusting to my summer life of living at home with my parents. For the most part, I think it’ll be really nice. I get access to great food, SoCal weather, and rabbits (!!!). Right now I’ve been relaxing, but my research job at Caltech starts in June, and so I’ll be plenty occupied when that begins.

Meanwhile, I’ve been living a life of slow, delicious mornings with matcha and fruits, lovely afternoons reading (with snuggle breaks with the rabbits!), and cooking things for my parents.

 

Last night I cooked dinner for my parents, at the request of my mother. My father is a vegetarian (who begrudgingly eats fish) so I did my usual thing– mostly vegetarian Japanese food, with a side dish containing fish. I would say the meal was a success– especially because I cooked all of my favorite things, so I have leftovers for the next few lunches ^_^

Starting from the top left, going clockwise: Salmon & Edamame Rice, Grilled Miso Eggplant (Nasu Dengaku), Spinach and Corn Eggdrop soup, Steamed Tofu, Sweet Potato with White Miso
Starting from the top left, going clockwise: Salmon & Edamame Rice, Grilled Miso Eggplant (Nasu Dengaku), Spinach and Corn Eggdrop soup, Steamed Tofu, Sweet Potato with White Miso

And as a final remark, you may notice the place setting contains a lot of food items. In traditional Japanese cuisine, each food item gets it’s own dish! I only served it this way because here at home I have another luxury I don’t normally have: a dishwasher!

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