January 24, 2017

Tuesday - Colder and snowy

An okay day.

I had my usual kind of morning except I was very sleepy and slept a bit in the morning after breakfast.  Oh well.

I got dressed and did a few things around the apartment. I did some laundry today and unpinned the squares I blocked yesterday.  This time they looked fine. Yay.  I watched a bit of Zoolander 2 and also went outside to do a little snow shovelling.  I didn’t add in a walk today as it was cold out.  

When I came back in, I sat on the floor near the heater and went through some stuff on the bottom of my desk.  I threw out a bunch of stuff.  I’m not done yet, but I was covered in dust, so I had to change before I started working on dinner!

F came home for lunch and said that he’d likely be late tonight as he had a far away driving assignment.  He didn’t get home until after 7 again.  Poor guy. 

Tonight’s dinner was pretty good.  We had a bowl of soup each, plus some salad and I made “buta-tama-kimchi”. It was basically fried pork with an egg and a lot of kimchi, and it was good.  I have some saved for my lunch tomorrow too.  

In the evening F did the dishes and I worked on some Postcrossings as I feel far behind.  I also went  over to the couch to do some crochet during Criminal Minds.  I watched the Academy Award Nominations tonight too.  Sadly, our channel decided to yap over the announcements in Japanese.  I don’t know why they couldn’t have the bilingual sub channel working.  Anyway, the sad thing is that I’ve only seen one of the nominated performances (Meryl Streep’s) and exactly zero of the nominated best films.  Sigh.  

Tomorrow I hope I’m not going to cook, but I will if I have to!  We don’t really have a lot of food in the house for dinner.  Still, I’ll see what F wants to do tomorrow night.

Come back later and see how my Wednesday goes.  Until tomorrow….

January 23, 2017

Monday - Sunny and warm, snowy later on

A busy day.

I got up mostly on time today.  I had a hard time sleeping last night due to the caffeine I had drunk last night, so overslept a tad. Still, I got up, started the heater and went to the washroom.  While I was there, F popped home for a minute.  He left soon afterwards.

I had my usual tea and breakfast and then got started on dinner.  I made chicken vegetable soup, so I got started on it quite early.  I peeled and cut up a lot of veggies and then added a piece of chicken, some spices and put the lid on it all.  Done!  F came home a few minutes later for his lunch.

After his lunch, I went outside and shovelled out the rest of the snow in his parking space, as well as clearing some of the snow in front of the building.  When I finished, it was such a nice day, I didn’t want to go inside yet.  I walked to a nearby vending machine and bought a canned coffee.  I came in, drank it while it was still hot and then went and did the lobby sweeping.  

When I came in after that I took a shower and then blocked a few more squares.  I actually re-blocked the last ones I did too as I didn’t think they were done enough.  

Whew!  It was after 4pm and I hadn’t even had lunch yet.  I had a quick little snack and then got back to work.  I washed dishes and then took the chicken out of the soup, shredded it and then used my handy-dandy new handheld blender to puree some of the soup.  After that, I let it cook some more.

F didn’t get home until after 7pm, close to 7:30 I think.  The roads were bad and he’d had to visit his mother tonight.  I had things ready so when he arrived, waited for him to change his clothes and then we ate.  

The soup was pretty good, but F only had one bowl of it.  I had a couple.  Yum.  We had it with some salad and I used tortilla chips instead of croutons.  That was quite nice actually.

F did the dishes after dinner, which I would have let him off of actually.

In the evening I decided to try making a Pinterest recipe for London Fog.  Of course, I had to change it up.  I used soy milk instead of milk and I didn’t have any vanilla beans, so I used vanilla essence.  It did taste very nice however and I enjoyed it.  I’m not sure if F liked it as much, I hope so.

We had a very quiet evening.  F watched some TV that wasn’t annoying (actually I wished it was in English because I thought it looked interesting) and then I watched a couple of late night things.

Tomorrow I’m not sure what I’ll get up to. I’m going to cook dinner again, and hopefully do some more sorting out of stuff during the day.  Wish me luck with that.   Come back later and see what I get up to.  Until tomorrow….

January 22, 2017

Sunday - Cloudy with some snow.

A quiet day.

I slept in this morning, actually we both did, but F was up before me.  After I got up he made me a cup of tea (yay!) and we had a quick bite to eat.  Then, he wanted to go and have lunch.  He wanted to go to a gyudon shop so I could have a steak donburi, but honestly, I didn’t want a steak donburi.  I said I’d go if he wanted to go to that restaurant, but he said he didn’t really want to!  I suggested going to our favourite sushi place instead, and that’s what we did!

After a small, cheap and quick lunch of sushi and miso soup, we went to S-Mall for some coffee.  That was a nice little break.  After that, I tried to get F interested in doing something.  We had planned to go to the Internet Cafe, but he begged off. He wasn’t feeling up to karaoke, so I said do you want to go home and have a nap?  He said yes.  

We came home and after a few minutes I got very sleepy so went to bed.  F came into the bedroom too and we both fell asleep.  The heater beeping woke me up and I got up a bit later.  F got up later than that, but not by very much. 

We went for dinner to Gusto, after a bit of arguing on his side.  I don’t know why he tells me to pick the restaurant if he doesn’t like what I choose.  We went, and had a fairly decent meal. Of course F complained about his so pretty much SOP. 

We came home via the grocery store.  I have decided to make chicken soup tomorrow, so bought a few things for that, and the day after will probably make a kimchi/pork stir-fry, so bought stuff for that too.  I am hoping it’ll go well.

We came home and vegged for a while.  A bit before 11 I filed away some of my postcards and let F had a look at some of them.  He doesn’t often see them as I tend to put them in the pile on my desk.  

I did some crochet during Downton Abbey and got 2 and a bit squares done, so that was good.  I also really enjoyed myself watching the show.  Maggie Smith is a treasure…she’s the best character I think.  

And that was my day more or less.  I caught a bit of Zoolander 2 tonight, but it wasn’t that funny and I didn’t really get it. I should watch the beginning and see the rest of it, maybe.  

Tomorrow I’ll be busy making soup in the morning and then getting on with some other things in the afternoon I hope.  Come back later and find out what happens!  Until tomorrow….

January 21, 2017

Saturday - Cold and grey

A good day.

I woke up rather late today, luckily F was at his mother’s and didn’t know.  The reason was I had woken up earlier of course and snoozed through all my alarms.  I took a shower after making the bed.

F came home a little after 2 pm today.  That makes it so late for us to go and have lunch somewhere.  I wasn’t upset or anything, just a bit sad.  He wanted ramen, even though he just had some, I said no.  Although I actually would have preferred Subway, we went to Bikkuri Donkey!! and had basically the same thing, a sort of nabe with udon.  It was quite good.  

After lunch we decided to go over to Mikawa and do a little shopping and then see a movie.  We drove over to the mall.  I asked that we buy socks.  I’d worn a pair this morning that were nylon or something and just weren’t comfortable.  I got a couple of new pairs of socks and then had a snoop around the craft section.  I didn’t buy anything.  

We had some coffee and tea at Mister Donut, with one of the new doughnuts too, then took ourselves over to the cinema to see The Accountant.  I really liked it.  It wasn’t a perfect film, but it was interesting and it had a character that was quite fascinating.  He wasn’t the kind of person that shows up in every action film, I really enjoyed that.

After the movie, we left the mall and came into Tsuruoka.  I had suggested a couple of places for dinner and F chose one of them.  We went to Coco Ichibanya Curry and both had Grandmother’s Curry.  It was quite good.  

We came home and spent a fairly quiet night at home.  I watched How To Get Away With Murder and then Project Runway.  I enjoyed both of those of course. I even did a bit of crochet during HTGAWM and got one and 4/5th of another square done. Yay me.

And that was it.  We are just relaxing and getting ready to go to bed I think. I’m not sure what we’ll get up to on Sunday.  If you are interested, you’ll just have to come back and see what happens.  Until tomorrow….

January 20, 2017

Friday - Sunny and warmish

A good day.

I got up a little late this morning because I had woken just as F left.  When I go back to sleep, I often oversleep.  Sigh.

I had a quiet morning and F came home for his lunch.  He actually called me first and asked me to turn on the kettle for him.  No biggie.  I was in the opposite end of the apartment however, unpinning the squares that I blocked last night.

In the afternoon today I straightened some of my books up and had to write some email as well.  

When F came home from work I hadn’t started dinner yet so I gave him a choice of either pasta or potatoes.  He chose pasta.  It was okay.  I think he doesn’t seem to know that pasta has to be eaten as soon as it is taken out of the pot.  It takes him forever to get to the table.  We were having angel hair pasta tonight and I’m sure his must have clumped together because he wouldn’t come and dress it.  Oh well.

Dinner was okay.  F did the dishes, but waited quite a while.  I was actually bothered a bit by that and thought about doing it for him, but decided not to.

At 9:00 pm I joined F on the couch and we watched Spy.  It was a hoot and I think F enjoyed it too.  We laughed rather a lot.  I did a bit of crochet during the movie, and I got three squares done. Yay me.

That is really about it for the day.  I didn’t go out and didn’t accomplish as much as I hoped.  Still it was fine.  

Come back on Saturday and I’ll tell you about my day.  Until tomorrow….

January 19, 2017

Thursday - Sunny and warm

A good day.

I got up this morning and watched my shows, drank my tea, made my bed, the usual.  F came home  before 12 and dropped off his lunch for later.  He came back later for lunch.

In the afternoon I did a bit of book sorting and also scanned my cards for Postcrossing. I decided to send them early today, so a bit before 4 pm, I got ready to go out.  I dropped off the cards at the post office and then went on to the convenience store and sent out more books.  

I came home and got started on dinner.  Tonight I made bangers and mash… and I made guacamole too.  I only used one of the two avocados as the other one was really hard.  I sliced that one and baked it…gave it to us for a side dish.  F came home when I was nearly ready and I asked him to give me a hand with the sieve for the potato draining.  He helped me and that was nice.  We had a nice meal…we couldn’t finish it actually.  

F did the dishes, which wasn’t too bad tonight as I’d washed a lot as I prepped.  

He watched some silly Japanese TV that I was bored with and so I went into the tatami room and blocked a few more of my squares.  I finished just in time to watch Bones.  

 I didn’t crochet tonight, I ate guacamole, salsa and tortilla chips.  Oh dear. Yummy though.  Both F and I enjoyed it. 

And that was about that.  

Oh, I was downloading my pictures from my camera and thought I’d post them for you.  The tall building is part of the University and is outside Hyakkenbori.  The other pictures are down the street where my little post office is.  Enjoy!

Can you see the heron on the top of the building?

We have snow!  This smaller road is actually quite well cleared.

This is the little post office I go to most of the time.  They know me there
 and are usually very nice and friendly.

Come back later and find out about my Friday.  Until tomorrow….

January 18, 2017

Wednesday - Sunny and warm

A good day.  (YES!!!)

I woke up this morning with F still in bed.  He was taking the day off today so no problem.  We snuggled for a minute or two, but nature and Nikita were calling so I had to go!

I got up, made some tea for us and I had breakfast too.  F went out to see his mother and to take her to the onsen.  I watched my shows, made the bed and then took a shower.  F came back a while after I was out. I had been working on a dish for dinner.  I got it to a stage where I could just put it in the fridge and did so. Yay me.

When he came home we talked about going for lunch.  Since I hadn’t eaten and he’d had something with his mother, I chose Hyakkenbori since I liked the look of their special lunch.  We went there, luckily they were still open.  I had the baked rolled chicken with a bun instead of rice and it was very nice.  F had cod soup and seemed to enjoy it a bit.  

After lunch, we sent off another batch of books and then F brought me home.  He came in for a few minutes and then left again. He had a couple of appointments.  

He called me around 5:30, but I thought that was still a bit early for dinner.  I was scanning postcards for my postcrossing account.  I hadn’t done it for a while.  And, I discovered that a card I received two days ago that I thought was a friendly card, was actually an official Postcrossing card…and I hadn’t registered it.  Yikes.  I was having a bad day and totally missed the card ID in the corner.  

When he came home we just relaxed for a while and then I began to cook.  I roasted some Brussels sprouts and sweet potato, then boiled some pasta.  We’d got some tortellini and some ravioli a few days ago and some special sauces for them.  I cooked them and basically everything came together and we had a nice meal.  The pasta was great and so were the sprouts and sweet potatoes.   

I volunteered to do dishes because I needed F to go and buy kerosene.  I couldn’t very well do it unless I rode my bicycle! I’d used a lot of dishes tonight serving dinner, so I was busy for a while.  Still, they got done.

F watched some telly for a while when he came home, and then I did.  I did some crochet during a show and made a couple of squares.  I probably should do some more blocking so that I don’t have a panic at the end!  

I have spent the last little bit tonight sending emails and checking on things that are part of my responsibilities as moderator of an on-line group.  I’ve been back and forth-ing with my sister too, that was fun.  

Anyway, I am done and it is my bedtime.  Hopefully things will go well tomorrow and I’ll be able to catch up with you in the evening.  Come back then.  Until tomorrow….