Thursday’s Tale: The Moon Rabbit

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Rabbits by Mori Kansai, 1881

David, Amber and I were on our way to a baseball game Tuesday and just chatting. We were talking about the moon landing and Amber mentioned that the Japanese see a rabbit on the moon too. Amber and I had talked about the Mexican tale when I talked about it. She always has to hear about the interesting stories and books I read, but I listen to hers too so it’s fair.

I found a Japanese folk tale that talks about how the rabbit ended up on the moon.

One day, Fox, Monkey, and Rabbit met an old beggar who asked them for food. Monkey climbed a tree and brought him some fruit. Fox went to a stream, caught a fish, and brought it back to him. But Rabbit had nothing to offer him but some grass, and he knew people don’t eat grass. So he asked the beggar to build a fire. After the beggar started the fire, Rabbit jumped into it and offered himself as a meal for the beggar to eat.

Quickly the beggar revealed himself as Taishaku-ten (one of the gods) and pulled Rabbit from the fire. He said “You are most kind, Rabbit, but don’t do anything to harm yourself. Since you were the kindest of all to me, humans will always remember you.”

Then the god lifted up the rabbit and placed him on the moon. There he lives today, making mochi (rice cakes), a much nicer meal than grass!

I really have to try to see the rabbit in the moon one of these days.

Thursday’s Tales is a weekly event here at Carol’s Notebook. Fairy tales, folktales, tall tales, even re-tellings, I love them all. Feel free to join in.

My Favorite . . Romantic Movie

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My Favorite.. is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it.. The world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive. For more info: My Favorite Meme.

I don’t watch many romantic movies. We’re more action/fantasy folks. I wish I could say my favorite romantic movie is Casablanca or Gone with the Wind, but to be honest I don’t really remember much about them. The one that popped into my mind was one we watched years and years ago, but i still pull out the sheet music to play.

The Piano takes place during Victiorian times. Ada McGrath is mute and she has a young daughter. They are sent to the New Zealsand wilderness with Ada the imported bride of dullard land-grabber Stewart. Ada immediately takes a dislike to Stewart when he refuses to carry her beloved piano home with them from the beach, instead making a deal with his overseer George Baines to take the piano off his hands. Baines is attracted to Ada and agrees to return the piano to her in exchange for piano lessons that become a series of increasingly charged sexual encounters. It may not necessarily be a happy romance, but it is so full of passion. And Ada and Baines are together in the end.

What’s your favorite romantic movie? Join in at Maureen’s Books.

Readers’ Workouts – 4/25

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I ran a 10K on Saturday. My time was 1 hr 11 mins, which I was happy with. I was aiming for 12 min miles and just beat that. I do wish I had run a bit more in the last month or so, because I was a little sore on Sunday. It’s a fun race, well-organized, lots of runner, lots and lots of food afterward. With your registration you get a free Pirates ticket, so we’re going to the game tonight.

Finished today's 10K with a better time than I had been hoping. #running #notveryfast

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I made my goal for the week, mostly because of that run.

This week:

Tuesday – Walk with the dog
Wednesday – Walk with the dog
Thursday – Elliptical, Walk with the dog
Saturday – Pirates Home Run 10K
Sunday – Walk with the dog, Pilates
Monday – Walk with the dog

Meal plan:

Chicken fajitas
Pesto Grilled Cheese
Chicken with tomatoes and green beans
Philly cheese steak stuffed peppers, but with chicken

Year Fitness Goals:

– Lose weight. Goal – Lose 26 lbs. I haven’t weighed myself. We’re working on the bathroom, so our scale is hanging out somewhere in the living room underneath the boxes, etc. And I am getting very tired of the mess.(starting 141.6)

– Run 2 5ks, 1 10K and 1 half. Completed – 1 10K

– Hit my weekly step goal (56,000 steps) for 48 weeks. Weeks completed: 14

How was your week? Readers’ Workouts is hosted by Joy at Joy’s Book Blog .

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