Monday, July 27, 2009

#65- Happy 70th Birthday Carol!!!

Today, my best friend, Suzie’s mom, Carol’s 70th birthday!

Happy Birthday Carol!!!

Suzie, Carol and her all family members in ***** today.

I wish I could be there…I wish fly to *****! (Since Thursday, I am working 12 hours a day…for my translation book project and I will busy until mid August…so I can’t go parties or go out for fun.)

Anyway, I wrote a birthday letter to Carol and Suzie will give it to her today.

My letter to Carol…I would like to share it with you all and celebrate her birthday!


July 27, 2009

Dear Carol,

Happy Birthday Carol !!!

You are my first hero in U.S.A. You are the first American woman who I met as a great career woman!!!

I was very impressed about you as a beautiful, smart and funny career woman, mother and wife!

Suzie always talks about your great stories and funny stories. *** is a lucky man to have you as a best wife in the world. *** is a lucky man to have you as a smart mother. *** is a lucky man to have you as a sweet mother. *** is a lucky man to have you as a funny mother. Suzie is a lucky woman to have you as a wonderful mother for her role model.

And…I am happy to know you as an American mother.

You taught me how to enjoy life as an independent woman. Thank you very much. I miss you… I wish I could see you today on your birthday. I remember that you always look perfect and love to read.

One day…I am going to write a book in English and say thank you for being my ideal woman in U.S.A. in my book, so you better to live long long long time for us and please wait for my first book in English comes out in U.S.A.!



Anyway, have a great one to you all !


By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles
July 27, 2009

Saturday, July 18, 2009

#64- Count, count…count!

How many times do you count the number a day?

Every morning, I count pounds, I mean my weight. From 85 lbs…how many pounds did I gain…still 20 pounds…(I am keeping my beauty check diary everyday)

After my brunch…how many calories did I eat? OMG…café au lait is 250 calories (my café au lait is soooo good!)…so my brunch total,760 calories…(I am keeping my food diary everyday)

Then in my car, how many miles I drove since last week… (I am keeping my account book everyday)

At the bank, when I deposited my check (my translation project check), I counted… how much I have money in my checking account?… (I am keeping my account book everyday)

And at the post office, how many I sent packages to people who I interviewed for Senken-newspaper? Ok…ten today…(I am keeping my account book everyday)

At the Vons, I was counting so many numbers…how many days I eat this? How much I save with this? How many days I can keep this in my refrigerator?...

Today my question at the register is…”could you tell me how to read these nutrition facts?”

It’s the TRAIL MIX, the nutrition facts says…Serving Size 3 Tbsp. (31g) Servings Per Container about 5. Calories 160 Calories from fat 100.

Me: Only 15 table spoons of trail mix in this package??? This package looks like has more than 15 table spoons of trail mix. And only 3 table spoons are 160 calories??? I don’t get it… What do you think???

Woman at the counter: I…I don’t know…

The other register man (next to us): Let me see…Oh…you are right. 3 table spoons are 160 calories and this package has 15 table spoons of trail mix.

Me: Really??? Wow…this package looks like…has more than 15 table spoons of trail mix…

Woman at the counter: Wow…160 calories for 3 table spoons…so high calories…

Me: I think so…I started counting calories really serious again…so I don’t want to make any mistake for counting my calories, you know.

After dinner (I made a vegetable soup with turkey meatballs), I counted my snack (gum and trail mix) and dinner calories, 703 calories.

So…total calories, 1423 calories of the day. Sounds good! I am going to lose 20 pounds within three months! (Yes, I can! Because I gained 20 pounds within two weeks, I was in Japan!)

Oh…should I count my calories for counting calories??? In my brain…there are so many numbers… 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8…I am sure that I use some calories for this!

Wish me luck for counting numbers and losing weight.

By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles
July 18, 2009

Monday, July 13, 2009

#63- Happy Monday!

When I am not in the mood to write (work), I always do what I want.

Like this morning, I still wanted to relax and read so, I did it.

After my breakfast, with my second coffee I listened to Mozart CD and read a book.

Now after my lunch, with nice aromatherapy (hot water in the tea cup with perfume oil” ZuzuzPetalz” which is a secret fragrance/scent for celebrities, see my blog on May 20, 2009) and background music (Mozart)…feel like to work!

This week, I am expecting a big book translation project, so I want to write a lot of articles for Senken-newspaper before start a big project.

Anyway, happy Monday and have a great week to all !!!


By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles
July 13, 2009

Thursday, July 9, 2009

#62- What a night…

After my dinner, I was in the kitchen for four hours until now…midnight!

OMG…sewage came up to my kitchen sink from the guy upstairs!!!

I called emergency maintenance number at my apartment office.

Me: Emergency!!! Dirty water came up to my kitchen sink and I can’t wash away!!! Something stuck in the drain!!! The soiled water gathered in my kitchen sink!!! Please hurry!!! Hurry!!! Come to my place now!!!

The maintenance guy…half hour later, came to my place.

OMG...what a night mare…! He had many dirty tools… I knew it…OMG…

Me: What are you doing? Don’t scratch my door with it! Please don’t scratch my refrigerator with it! Oh…please be careful!!!

I was telling the maintenance guy to make sure that he is not going to make mess or damage on my floor, front door and refrigerator etc…

Poor guy…I felt so sorry for him, but I couldn’t help it…I don’t like people come to my place with dirty stuff…ha ha ha!

Before the maintenance guy arrived at my place, I put the vinyl sheet on the floor and I clear the space under the kitchen sink (for him to fix easy and I don’t like someone touch my stuff) and I had shoes cover for him (my floor is so clean and no shoes!), but I was not ready to let him to bring the dirty tools/stuff (large vacuum cleaner, tools etc)…never ready…I don’t like it…(cry…!)

But…poor guy…

Me: I am sorry…I shouldn’t shout at you…you know me…I am a clean freak…You know I don’t like this thing…

The maintenance guy: I know. Your room is so clean. I will be careful…

He is nice…but…I was in hell.

Me: Oh…no…don’t do that!!! (He was trying to remove the paper sheet which I put it on under the sink, because this will be easy to clean later) I am sorry…You know me…

The maintenance guy: I know. Don’t worry.

And more dirty water came up to my sink again!!! OMG…!

Me: Oh no!!! Upstairs!!! He is washing dishes!

I went to upstairs and asked the guy upstairs, “Please don’t use your kitchen sink until our drain is fix.”

Upstairs guy: Poor thing…your sink got a problem again?

Me: Dirty water came from you again!!! What did you cook tonight and what did you put the disposer?

Upstairs guy: Oh, spinach and broccoli and steak.

Me: Oh that’s sounds good (me…smile). Ah, please don’t put the broccoli in the disposer! Your greasy water and vegetables came up to my sink, so please be careful to use the disposer.

The maintenance guy is sweet, he brought me couple of shoes covers and kitchen cleaner.

Me: You are the best!!! Are you getting over night salaries right? I want to make sure, you are ok. I am going to call and write an email to our manager about you, you are a hard worker. Thank you so much!!!

And another two hours…I was cleaning sink, under the sink and floor. Thank god…Suzie called me to comfort me (she is so sweet!), so I was enjoying conversation with her on the phone and I was enjoying for cleaning.

After two hours, Yes! I got my kitchen sink back…

What a night…

Now…I am going to clean myself (take a bath and shower)…for another one hour…

What a night…

By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles
July 9, 2009

Sunday, July 5, 2009

#61- My 4th of July was…

At my best friend, Suzie’s home, I had a great 4th of July!

Suzie is my hero of 4th of July. Thank god…she has busy work schedule (many projects for TV programs), mom’s job for her two kids and wife’s job for her husband (who is my old friend/see my blog on Nov 30th, 2008), but she made a great 4th of July’s atmosphere!

She is a super woman!!! She is a super career woman, super mom and super wife! Oh…super chef for me.

OMG…she is really good cook. Yesterday’s my favorite menu from her cooking was…her special cheese burger, sausage sandwich, spinach and artichoke dip for chips, strawberries and cream cake and special 4th of July lemon tart(she made a American flag with blueberries and strawberries! She is sooooo creative!!!)

Oh…corn was sooo good too. When I was watching her cooking, wow…she put milk in the hot water/ boiling corn. Milk??? She told me that this milk thing is her dad’s recipe and she adds soy sauce and sugar into it. OMG…it was soooo gooood!!!

We sing song…Happy Birthday song…”Happy Birthday to U.S.A., Happy Birthday to U.S.A.!...” it was fun!!! I am on green card, but I really feel like U.S.A. is my country!!!

Thank you U.S.A. for having me here!!!

Fireworks were great like food! We saw big show from our balcony! It was like, we had a VIP box for fireworks show!!!

Her kids are soooo cute!!! “Wow, look at that! Oh…flower! Oh…beautiful! ” They had a cute comment on each firework.

It was a best 4th of July with best American happy family.

I hope you had a great 4th of July too.

P.S. I am still eating 4th of July’s food from Suzie…today is my second 4th of July celebration day by myself at my home!

By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles
July 5, 2009

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

#60- My funny face…

My green card (lawful permanent resident card in U.S.A.) will expire within the next six months and today, I went to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Application Support Center for “Biometrics” /processing my renewal card.

It was comedy show for me again… I mean…again…a bad photo of me!!!

Today, I thought this office will only take my fingerprints…but it wasn’t…Oh my god…I was so foolish…”Biometrics” means not only fingerprints…my face print as well…I mean my photo of face as well…

This morning, I took time to prepare to go to this office. I didn’t want to be late my appointment, so I was there one hour earlier than my appointment time and I was relax to wait for my fingerprints taken.


Me: Wow…Pink eye color??? Are there any pink eye color people in this world??? (I asked man at the office)

In the paper of applicant information worksheet (I had to fill out) at the office, I saw eye color section…Blue,Brown,Green,Gray,Hazel,Maroon,Pink and Unknown…

Pink??? Pink eye color???

Man at the office: I know…strange hun!

Me: How come there is no black eye color in this section???

Man at the office: FBI says there is no black eye color in this world. Yours is light brown hun!

Me: I thought many Japanese or Asian has black eye color…

Man at the office: There is no black eye color.

I know pink hair color person…but I never seen pink eye color person in my life.


There were not many people at the office today. Lucky me! I didn’t need to wait for my “Biometrics” taken.

But…oh no!!! I found out that they will take my face front photo!!! No way!!!

I had a light make up, but it wasn’t my hair & face day today…no way!!!


Me: Oh no…Are you going to take my face front photo??? I thought this office will only take my fingerprints…oh no…

Woman at the office: You look nice! You will be fine.

When woman was taking my fingerprints, we had a small talk.

She is from Iran and working at this office since ten years ago. I told her that I spent $10000 for this card for lawyer, but I won the green card lottery after I spent money on lawyer. I got this card quickly because of the green card lottery(lottery is free for green card) …but I spent $10000 on this. She surprised about it. I wonder…the other countries people spent money this much on this card or not???


When I have to take my face front photo…

Me: No…today is not my day… ten years ago…same thing happen to me, you know. I paid money to take photos at photo studio and I sent them to the office, but they didn’t use them for my card…at the LAX, I had to take a photo of me when I came back from Tokyo, Japan. I was so tired and my face look terrible at the time, you know after 9 hours on the airplane. But, the photo was side face of me, so it looks ok…but I was so mad at the time, no body told me, I had to take a photo at the airport for my green card…I felt like a criminal person at the airport.

Woman at the office: You don’t need to look at the mirror…come this way…pull off your bangs!

Shoot…only my bangs look good for my photo…I had a ponytail…so I need to have bangs to make cute face…

Me: Can I see it???

Woman at the office: You want to see it? Here you go…

Me: Oh…no…you know what…I don’t like this photo (it was like a photo of Nicole Richie’s photo at LAPD)…no way…can I take one more? Please???

Woman at the office: Nobody sees your green card. Driver license, of course many people see it, but green card…nobody.

Me: You are right…within ten years, I showed it to my family and couple of my friends…but…I see it many times…I need to have a great photo of myself on a new card…

Woman at the office: Ok…one more…I can take a photo of you.

Me: Thank you!!!

Woman at the office: Do you like it???

Me: Better than the other one…Thank you so much!!! Have a great day!!!


Oh…I forgot to ask one more thing…I asked the other man at the office.

Me: How come they changed from side face photo to front face photo on green card???

The other man in the office: I don’t know. Doesn’t matter…who cares?

Oh…ok…I care! What if I knew they will take a front face photo of me for my renewal green card…I could go to hair salon!!!

Next time…ten years later, 2020, I will go to hair salon before go to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Application Support Center for “Biometrics”.


What a day…but, but…I had fun with myself! I can’t wait to receive a renewal green card and see my funny face on the card…ha ha ha!

Tonight, my mother (who lives in Tokyo, Japan) told me on the phone, “This kind of photo, most of the people look like a criminal person…don’t worry I am sure your photo is fine. I like your ponytail, you look cute! Better without bangs, your full face is nice!”

Suzie told me on the phone, “I am sure your photo is fine. You are so picky!”

Ok…now I feel better…next my project is…renewal my passport until this fall…I will go to hair salon before go to take a photo for passport for sure!!!

By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles
July 1, 2009