August 24, 2016

Wednesday - Hot and sunny

A good day.

I woke up early this morning so of course I decided to sleep a little longer and overslept.  Sigh.  Still, I really don’t care that much!  I got up, had my breakfast and tea and in a while I got dressed.  After that, I did some laundry today.  Lots of laundry actually.  I decided that I needed to have some clean clothes for next week!

I finally got a start on my column.  It wasn’t a big start, but I have a topic and a list of movies that I’m going to talk about so that is a good thing.  I’m rather glad about that.

I had a nice quesadilla for lunch.  It had leftover chicken, tomatoes, cheese and basil in it.  Yum.  I really enjoyed it.  

I did all the dishes up before F came home. I prefer to do everything at once.

 Tonight we had dinner at Krippa, the Nepali-Indian restaurant we like.  However…big surprise.  The people running the restaurant seem to have changed.  There were an older couple running it before, now there is a younger guy working there.  He doesn’t speak Japanese very well, seems to speak a bit of English though.  The menu has changed now too, so I had a daal curry and F had my usual saag chicken curry.  We actually shared them tonight, and had some extra naan too as it seemed to be on offer.  The younger guy said that he’d been here for two months.  I told F it had been a long time since we went there.  The food was okay, but neither of us liked it as much as we did before.  

We did some grocery shopping after that.  I’m going to do a stir-fry tomorrow night I think, and then something interesting on Friday!  That’s the plan anyway. We did have a bit of a nasty shock at the grocery store though.  When I got out of the car, I noticed that the car's fender was detached so I told F about it.  When he looked closer at the back, he noticed that someone or something had hit the back of the car and scratched the paint.  This was a brand new back of the car as he'd just got it replaced after the accident.  Someone must have hit him and then just driven away.  He's not even sure where it happened, but is understandably quite upset.  

We came home and went for a short walk.  I was so stuffed from dinner, I didn’t really want to move very much, and I’m not sure if F really felt like it or not.  Still, we went and we didn’t fight, so that was good.

At home, I watched a bit of TV and surfed the net, then F went to bed for a nap before taking a bath.  When he finished his bath, he zonked out in bed.  I stayed up and crocheted and then came back to my lovely computer.  

And that’s about it.  I’m not sure what I’ll get up to tomorrow, but I’m hoping to do a lot of writing and or watching movies for my column.  Come back in a bit and see what I get up to.  Until tomorrow….

August 23, 2016

Tuesday - Sunny and gorgeous

A good day!

I got up this morning and the weather outside was gorgeous.  Completely opposite to yesterday.  I know other areas of Japan have been battered today, but we were fine.  In fact, the temperature was a soup├žon lower, so I didn’t even use the air conditioner at all today.  Woot!

I got up and had breakfast and then fell asleep on the couch.  Sigh.  I woke up for a couple of minutes and then dozed off again.  Finally I dragged myself off the couch and on with my day.  I made the bed and got dressed, and then for added good measure, tidied up a bit of a mess in my bedroom.  It looks a lot better now.

I spent a quiet day at home.  I didn’t actually start my column, but I have finally decided what I’m going to write about, so that is half of my battle there! Once I have my topic in mind, it is rather easy to write it.  I can fact-check later, but getting the important stuff down is necessary.

I had a lovely lunch of a quesadilla and salad and did some computer work.  I got started on dinner around 5:30 or so after F called.  

When F came home he was exhausted and his back really hurt.  He took a shower right away and then had a lie-down.  I kept on with dinner.  Tonight we had baked chicken in the toaster oven, plus some stir-fried shimeji mushrooms.  I had asked him to bring home a salad, which he did, so we had that, plus leftover potato salad and some banbanji that he had bought.  It was quite nice and I was surprised that F actually ate what I made, plus a few other things.

He did the dishes and then we went out for a short walk.  I told him that I only wanted to be out for 30 minutes, so set my timer to go off in 15 minutes.  Then, we could turn around and come home again.  Except we stopped off in McDonalds for an ice cream and a shake! I had an iced tea with my ice cream, F had an ice cream and a milkshake.  

We came home again and after a little while F went to bed.  I did some crochet on the couch while I watched the season finale of Suits.  

A few interesting things that I haven’t blogged about have happened lately…a couple of friends from university have gotten in touch via Facebook….I had to shut F’s computer down last night because it was very noisy and overheating…Japan has had 3 typhoons go through in a very short time….And that’s about it.

Come back later and find out what Wednesday is like around here!  Until tomorrow….

August 22, 2016

Monday - Rainy and hot and humid

An okay day.

I dragged myself out of bed this morning, but it was a tough thing.  I tried to watch my show, but ended up snoozing on the couch.  

The weather was horrible today too.  There were 3 typhoons making their way through Japan.  We were quite lucky here and only had the rain, but other areas had strong winds.  Many planes and trains were stopped and I am just glad that I didn’t have to go anywhere today!

I caught up a bit on the weekend’s TV that I missed and enjoyed it.  I was quite surprised at how much I enjoyed Agents of Shield.  Really fun show.

F didn’t come home for lunch today and I was a little surprised that I missed him!  Still, it was okay.  I managed. 

In the afternoon I had lunch and did some stuff on my computer.  Around 5 pm I started to work on dinner.  Today I made quesadillas so I needed to prep the ingredients.  I got most of them done before F came home, but not quite.  I made some potato salad and left that until the last moment so it would be nice and fresh.  

We had quesadillas with cheese, mushrooms, red onion, tomato and various combos of these ingredients.  We also had some avocado soup from a packet and salad.  Dinner got good reviews and F even did the dishes too for me.

In the evening we watched the rebroadcast of the Olympic Closing Ceremonies and then F went to bed quite early.  He stayed up too late last night.  I watched a bit of TV and did some crochet on my poncho.  I love the way it is looking right now!  

Anyway, that was my day.  The air was so humid during the day that I wore as little as possible!  I used the AC in the morning, then had it off for much of the afternoon, but in order to move around in the kitchen, I needed it on.  It’s been on ever since.

Tomorrow I need to decide what my topic of my next column is and then get on it.  Wish me luck on it.  Come back later and find out how it goes.  Until tomorrow….

August 21, 2016

Sunday - Hot and Sunny

A good day.

I got up early this morning, and took a shower.  We got dressed and went over to the restaurant where we met my friend and her son and had a lovely lunch with them.  After that, we went over to the Chido Museum and spent some time touring the museum.  We saw a lot, but some of the buildings are too hot, or too smelly to spend a lot of time in, so we skipped the last one and went for dessert!

We drove out to a place in Haguro town and had Popovers and drinks made from cordials.  It was lovely.  However, my friend’s son was getting tired and it was time to go our separate ways.

My friend left, and F and I came home.  I tried to get him interested in karaoke on the way home, but he wasn’t into it.  When we came home, I went to bed!  I was tired.  I slept for about an hour, then got up.  

We decided to go to the festival that was on downtown so walked over.  I tried to get F to slow down a bit because I was tired, but he really only has one speed…too fast for me.  

We did have a nice time at the festival.  Saw a little dancing, ate some nice Thai food and basically enjoyed ourselves. We even bumped into F’s sister and her husband, that was fun!

We walked home and then drove to the grocery store and bought a few things for the next couple of evenings worth of food.  We came home again and I made us some tea and then watched The Mentalist and did a bit of crochet. I haven’t done any in days, and was sorely missing it. 

And that’s about it.  We’re both up really late.  F was watching wrestling and I’m just up!  However, I want to get to bed, so I’m going there soon.

Come back in a bit and see what my Monday is like.  Until tomorrow….

August 20, 2016

Saturday - Hot and Sunny

A good day.

It is really late and I don’t really feel like posting since I have to get up early on Sunday, so I’ll just say that the day was surprisingly nice.  We walked over to the Akagawa in the evening to see the fireworks.  We haven’t actually gone over there in years and it was great.  F found us a good place to sit and we were able to watch the fireworks close up for a change.  

We walked home afterwards via a Taiwanese bar, where we had a bit of lovely food and met the person running the bar.  There was a bit of an ignorant jerk in the bar for a while, but he left and it was much nicer! 

We left with presents from the bartender of edamame and peanuts, and a little discount of the tab, so we were quite pleased.  

On the way home we picked up a few things at the convenience store and then came home and relaxed.  

That was about it for our day.  It was quite good.  Here’s a few of my fireworks pictures.  I didn’t take many because iPhones usually don’t do a good job, or at least, I don’t do a good job of taking them with my iPhone!

F and I before the show started.

This was part of a "dolphin" story.  It is blurry, but you can see the dolphin!

Part of the finale.  It was terrific!
 Come back later and find out about my Sunday.  Until tomorrow….
Also finale fireworks...

August 19, 2016

Friday - Hot and Sunny

A good day.

I got up on time this morning and made some hot tea and had my cereal.  I watched my shows and did some of my usual stuff. It was a quiet day, except it was really hot.

When F came home for lunch I stayed out of his way mostly, but things were fine.  He ate and then left again.  I was really sleepy so I went to bed and took a nap.  I haven’t been that tired for a while.

Afterwards I had lunch and then scanned my cards.  When I finished that, I changed and got ready for going out.  As I was getting ready, I had a craving for an iced coffee, so I came up with a cunning plan.  I decided to walk to the post office to mail my postcards and then continue to the nearest convenience store to pick up an iced coffee at their “cafe”.  It was a great idea.  I got to the convenience store and ordered a caffe latte and took it off with me.  It was great!  I really enjoyed it.  It was so cold though, my hand nearly froze.

I came home, finished my drink and made some plans for dinner.  

F called to ask if I wanted anything for dinner so I “ordered” some mushrooms and some cheese.  I asked if he’d like to join me for dinner and he asked what I was making.  I said either quesadillas or pizzas and he said he’d like pizzas.  So, that’s what we had.  

By the time he got home, I had prepped some chicken, drained a small can of tuna for him, cut up some mini tomatoes, part of a red onion and soaked and drained it, and had the table all set.  We had tofu and salad too, plus quite a few pizzas on small tortillas.  It was actually rather nice.  I did three little pizzas, one with chicken and veggies, one all veggies and another one that was tuna and veggies.  F likes to really load everything on his pizzas, but they were still good.  

F did the dishes tonight and a little while later he asked if I’d go for a walk, so I did.  I wish I didn’t because he was being a jerk along the way, but I went back to the same convenience store and got myself an iced tea and walked home with that! Very nice it was too. F got himself an ice cream so we were both happy.

Most of tonight has been watching the Olympics.  I’m a tad sad because I missed Castle due to walking and didn’t get to do any crochet tonight either.  However, things are a little friendlier around here, so that is good.

Tomorrow I’m not really sure what we’ll get up to.  F has to go to the doctors office if it is open, and take his mum too.  In the evening it is Tsuruoka’s Hanabi, or Fireworks Festival.  F wants to go to the riverside to see them. I’m not completely sure that I want to go, but since I missed them last year because he was in the hospital, I probably should!

Come back later and I’ll hopefully be able to tell you all about my day.  Until tomorrow….

August 18, 2016

Thursday - Sunny and hot, some cloud I think

An okay day.

I got up a little late this morning and watched my show, with my overnight oatmeal and my cup of cold iced tea.  That was nice.  I also watched a bit of a movie too I think.  

I had planned to make some pizza dough today for tomorrow, but on the whole, decided not to do it.  It is so hot in the apartment that to make proper pizzas tomorrow would be quite crazy.

F came home for lunch today but was quiet.  Before he came, I did a bit of a clean off his coffee table, although it looks just as full of junk as it did before.  I threw out a bunch of older local papers and such.  

In the afternoon, I had an early for me lunch and then did the dishes.  I even did a bit of tidying up in the kitchen and bedroom.  Odd for me, but very necessary.

I decided to have pasta for dinner and got all the things set up for it.  I pre-boiled the water, set the table, washed the mini tomatoes and then when F finally arrived...he said he didn’t want any.  So, I put his plate and cutlery away and made mine for me.  He didn’t want any salad, so I ate it all too! 

I don’t think he was too pleased with me eating first and blocking him from the kitchen, but I did offer to make food for him and I put the food on the table really fast .  Also, if he had asked me to move I would have moved.  

I did my dishes and went to my computer to do some postcrossing and stuff.  I wrote email to a woman in another prefecture having a hard time, and when F went out for his walk, I went over to the couch and sat and did some crochet.  Speaking of which, here is the latest picture!
Both sides of the Molly Poncho, created as close to simultaneously as I can!

F came back fairly soon I thought and oh no! I was watching something that wasn’t the Olympics! He didn’t say anything, so I kept watching and crocheting.  When my show was over, I did let him watch more Olympics.  His sport, wrestling, was on again and he was so into it, it was funny.  At one point he asked about the weekend and I told him quite honestly that I didn’t want to go to the fireworks anymore. He got a bit mad at me and started saying that he was so busy these days….Right.  That’s why you’ve sat on the couch every night this week and cheered at the TV, but completely ignored me. Sure, whatever. However, I do know that he is busy and then his mum’s health has been causing a bit of stress, so when there was a good break in the sports action I went over and gave him a hug.  It started a nice chain reaction and he suddenly got playful and hugged me back and joked a bit too.  That was even better than I hoped!

He’s off in bed now sleeping and I’ll hopefully get off to sleep soon too.  

I’m not entirely sure what is going to happen on Friday, so if you are so moved, come on back and find out! Until tomorrow….