December 5, 2016

Monday - Dark, gloomy and rainy

A good day.

I overslept this morning. I woke up early, then went back to sleep and slept right through all of my alarms.  Yikes.  I got up, had a quick breakfast and then got on with my day.

I did a few things today like prepare for sending my Christmas Cards and fixing up my resume.  That took a bit of time to get it right.  

Around 5:30 I started to work on dinner and F called to say he was finished work.  He had told me he’d be late tonight and of course wasn’t.  I got a move on.

Tonight we had make our own pizzas.  We had some pizza bases from the store and we topped them with a few different things I had prepared.  Mine was particularly good.  I made a chicken, mushroom, tomato pizza with a base of 4 cheeses sauce, and then some more cheese on top.  Yum.

F put a lot of different things on his and it was okay, but not great.  We only had the two pizzas tonight, unlike other nights when we have to do more.  

I did the dishes because F wasn’t feeling well and was running around like a headless chicken looking for his suit.  He wouldn’t tell me why he needed it, he was running around too much for that.

In the evening I watched Pretty Little Liars and did a bit of crochet.  I really have no clue what is going on in that show, but I enjoy watching it.  F watched boxing and then tried to put on a horror movie in German for me, which I nicely refused to watch.

I did get one Christmas card written.  Hurray for that.  I discovered that my Christmas letter is quite a bit bigger than my card envelope, so had to do some fancy folding to make it fit.  I think it’s okay now though.  

Tomorrow I’m not sure what I’ll get up to, but come on back and find out.  Until tomorrow….

December 4, 2016

Sunday - Sunny and Warm

A good day!

I slept in as usual and when I got up I made brunch for us.  We had tea and the bagels that we didn’t eat on Friday, plus some fried avocado and a little bit of fried sweet potato too.  It was actually quite nice.

Neither of us seemed in the mood to do anything after brunch for a bit, so we vegged on our computers.  It was a lovely sunny day outside, so after a while I suggested going out for a walk, to end up at a local coffee shop.  F agreed that it was a good idea so off we went.  We saw a yamabushi along the way, blowing his shell-horn, but I didn’t get a picture as he disappeared before I had the chance.  We walked through Tsuruoka Park and past City Hall and the new concert hall. We went to Cafe Cinq where I had a nice soy latte and F had Blend coffee that he complained about.  

After a while in the shop, we left and walked on a little longer. Just outside the restaurant is a bridge and the ground around it is uneven.  I tripped and nearly did a face plant.  In saving myself I went off balance and I think I’ve put my hip out, or pulled a muscle or something.  Boo!  We walked on as walking seemed to be a good thing. We went to a packaging store and had a little look around. We didn’t buy anything, but came back by walking down Ginza-dori, which was dead today.  

At home again, we relaxed a bit longer and had some tea. 

Around 6:30 or 7 we started to think about dinner and tried to go to a Thai restaurant, but there was no parking available outside it.  We ended up at Moku-Moku and had a fairly decent meal.  I was planning to make pasta tomorrow night, but had pasta today. Sigh.  Still, it was good.  F had a Japanese meal and I had the Parisienne meal which gave me two types of pasta, soup bar, drink bar and dessert.  

Groceries were bought at the nearby MaxValu and then we came home via the gas station.  F has this crazy thing where he drives the car until it is on fumes.  I keep telling him not to do it as when there is an earthquake there isn’t any gas available, and then what will happen?  My bicycle works…his doesn’t!
We spent a quiet but nice evening at home.  I watched Downton Abbey at 11 and did a bit of crochet.  That was enjoyable.  

I’m not sure what I’ll get up to tomorrow.  I have a few things i have to do on the computer and there are always Christmas cards to send out!  Oh well…Come back later and find out about my day. Until tomorrow….

December 3, 2016

Saturday - Sunny and warm - Glorious day!

A good day.

I woke up this morning and took a quick shower.  I got dressed right away, and waited for F to come home to pick me up.  The problem was that he was taking his mother to the doctor first…and they took a long time.  He didn’t arrive home until after 11, but I was waiting for him so jumped in the car and off we went.

At the doctor’s office I did a little crochet (2.5 squares—yay me) and then we were off.  F suggested a place in Kushibiki for lunch and that was fine with me.  I had a stir-fry and added on soup, pickles and rice.  I gave F my rice because I didn’t want it at all. He had ramen with mabo-dofu.  

We came back into Tsuruoka proper then, went to S-Mall and bought my ticket for my trip to Yamagata next week.  After that, I treated us to a nice cuppa in Doutors.  We got some boxes at the hundred yen shop so I could mail a present to my BFF too.

The next thing we did was to come home.  We vegged and drank a bit of tea at home, and then F went off to check on his mother.  She has a cold right now and since she is a little elderly, needs a bit of checking on.

When F came home again, we drove off to Mikawa and had dinner in the pasta restaurant.  I had quite a nice dish, avocado and shrimp basil cream sauce pasta.  Yum.  F had mentaiko pasta and said it was good.

We did a little last minute shopping for my nephew and brother-in-law.  I’m not sure if they’ll like what we got, but we tried.  After that, we took the shopping to the car and went and bought our movie tickets.  

Tonight we saw Florence Foster Jenkins with Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant and Simon Helberg.  It was good.  We both enjoyed it.  Sadly, we were in a huge theatre and there were only 4 people at the show.  I don’t think our area is ready for this film! It was a funny movie, but sweet too.  

After the film, we drove home and relaxed.  I watched Project Runway, which was a lot of fun tonight.  It was the “Rainway” challenge.  They had the models walk down a went runway.  I think the dresses that won deserved to, and the one that lost almost deserved to.  

And that was my day more or less.  I’m not sure what I’ll get up on Sunday.  Come back later and find out! Until tomorrow….

December 2, 2016

Friday - Cloudy

A goodish day.

I got up early this morning, got up and stayed up.  I had some breakfast and tea and even did a little bit of gift wrapping in the early part of the afternoon.

I had a lovely Buddha bowl for lunch today and also spent a bit of time on my computer.  

When it was time to start work on dinner, I did, but something happened.  I planned to have guacamole and tortilla chips for dinner and I had put out the avocados on the table for a few days.  The first one I opened was slightly over-ripe.  The next 3 that I opened gave slightly to the touch on the outside, but when I cut them open, were rock hard.  No way I could make guacamole with them. I looked up what to do with them on the internet and one of the ideas was to bake eggs in them.  So, after F came home, that’s what I did.  

Tonight’s dinner was baked egg in avocado, some tortilla chips and guac, plus something I like to call “Clean Out the Fridge” Buffet.  It was quite good actually.  We had all sorts of stuff, salad, brussel sprouts, kimchi, some cold meat and it was all nice. 

F is not doing very well. His back is really bothering him and he hasn’t been to see a doctor about it for a while.  I really hope that he finds a new doctor that he can work with, soon.

Anyway, it is terribly late and I have to get to bed soon as tomorrow will be a busy day.  Come back soon and see what I get up to.  Until tomorrow….

December 1, 2016

Thursday - Cloudy but warm, Thunder Later 

A good day.

I got up on time this morning and came out to the couch.  They’ve taken off The X-Files and now have Revenge on.  It’s a silly show, but I sort of like it, so am getting up to watch it!

I had breakfast, tea and then a bit of a snooze.  I got dressed a bit later, made the bed, the usual.  F came home as usual after 12 for lunch, but today he did something unusual.  He invited me out for lunch!  I didn’t really need to go today, but I’ve been wanting to go out again so said yes.  We went to the local Chinese restaurant and had a really nice meal.  We shared our main dishes, which made things quite friendly.  

I came home and scanned my cards and got them ready to go out.  Unfortunately, I didn’t actually take them out for a while. I worked on my Christmas Letter, putting a banner on the top and making it look good. I walked the cards off to the post office after 5 pm, and then kept going to the convenience store for a coffee.  

At home, I got started on dinner.  It took a lot longer than I thought it would, but I finally did get everything in the oven.  F was home as I put it in the oven.  I left it in the oven and that was that. I hoped. Except, when it was supposed to be done, it wasn’t.  I think I just packed too much in my dish.   When we finally ate, about two hours later, things tasted great.  I made the tian from a recipe from the Simply Recipes website.  It looks a little odd because I used a purple sweet potato, a white sweet potato and some white potatoes.  It took rather a while to cook, but was ultimately worth it.  The caramelized onions in the base were so very good. I’m glad I spent time yesterday making them.

If only the other sweet potato wasn't white, it would have looked
so much better!  Imagine a mix of white, orange and purple.
That would have looked great!

In the evening F did the dishes, and I watched a bit of telly and did some crochet.  We had a fairly quiet evening, even though there was some thunder and lightning tonight.

I’m not sure what’s going to happen tomorrow.  If I’m smart, I might wrap a Christmas Present or two, and if I’m really, really smart, I might just send one or two off tomorrow.  Or do some Christmas Cards.  

Come back later and find out what I get up to.  Until tomorrow….

November 30, 2016

Wednesday - Cloudy and warmish

A good day.

I got up this morning a tad late.  I had been up earlier, but went back to sleep and then didn’t wake up. Sigh. Oh well.

I got up and breakfasted and such on the couch…watched some Martha Stewart on the DVR.  She was on about eggs, which was actually quite good for me to see.

I took a shower just as F came home and had a bit of a irate moment with him when I asked him if he was going to wash the dishes that he left in the sink. Apparently, no he wasn’t.  He didn’t have time. Hurumph.  I’m off the opinion that if you come home and make dishes, you damn well better make time to wash your dishes.  He went back to work without doing them.

I did some computer stuff and a little later had my lunch.  I had leftovers from last night’s dinner and they were awesome.  I had a Buddha bowl, quinoa, pork with kimchi, stir-fried brussels sprouts and a bit of baby leaf salad on top with a touch of French dressing.  It was so good!  It gave me killer breath of course, but serious yum.  I did my dishes and most of F’s too.  I left him the pan.  I basically ignore the poor pan since he wrecked it. I won’t use it to cook, he does, but I think he’s nuts.  

I went outside and went to the bike shed.  On the way there I noticed that someone had very carefully folded up a scarf and placed it near the entrance to the bike shed so that it wouldn’t be run over by cars.  I knew that scarf….intimately! I made it for F, TWICE. It was his clapochet, the one he lost on the way back from Taiwan, that I had to remake.  I brought it in the apartment and put it up.  

I biked off to the drugstore, hacked around, bought some stuff and then came home.  It wasn’t a big deal, but it was the first time I left the apartment in days.

When I came home I decided to get a start on dinner.  I started cutting up the onions we had in the kitchen, and then I began to caramelize them.  F phoned to say he was finished work and offered to pick up a few things.  I asked if he’d rather eat at home or out tonight and he said out after I told him how long it would take me to finish the dish. That was actually fine with me.  

When he came home, I was still in the midst of onion caramelizing so I finished that up and put the onions in the fridge to use tomorrow.  

I changed my clothes and a few minutes afterwards we were off.  He had suggested Japanese curry, but I countered with fish, so we went to Sashimi-ya and had a nice meal there.  

Afterwards, we picked up the kerosene tanks at home.  We went to the grocery store and picked up a few little things for dinner then went and got kerosene.  

We came home and had a quiet evening in.  I did a few postcrossing cards up and crocheted a couple of squares during that Cyber CSI show.  

So that was about that.  I didn’t cook dinner tonight, but I will tomorrow. It should be a touch faster since I don’t have to caramelize the onions first.  I also have an avocado that is nearly ready to make guacamole with, but it seems to be the only one.  Oh no! 

And that was about it for my day. It turned out to be quite good after all.  Hurray for that.  Come back later and find out about Thursday.  Until tomorrow….

November 29, 2016

Tuesday - Rainy

A good day.

I got up this morning, had some granola and yogurt and coffee for a change.  I had a quiet morning on the couch, and then started shaking a leg before noon.  I took all of the Christmas presents that we have bought so far and put them out on my bed.  I wrote them and their costs down, mostly so that I could’ve that information when I send the parcels.  I also identified where I need to fill a few holes in my present giving too.  

I also laid out the squares I have made so far for the baby blanket to see how it looks.  I quite like it, although I’m not convinced it is really great for a girl.  I hope so!

Arielle's Square Blanket
Deborah O'Leary Patterns 
Closer up!

In the afternoon, F came home for lunch and then went off again.  I spent a couple of minutes cleaning up after him.  I also spent some time on the computer doing a few things.  

I started cooking around 5 today and decided to NOT make one of the dishes I had thought about making.  I was making a couple of dishes already, adding a third one that was a bit labour intensive didn’t seem like a good idea.  I might cook tomorrow…if I do, I’ll hold it off until then.  I think it’ll work nicely.  

F came home and was very tired as usual.  He did come over when I let him know that dinner was done, which surprised me.  Tonight we had Buta-Tama-Kimchi, stir-fried brussels sprouts, quinoa and salad.  F added on rice and some mentaiko for some reason.  I ended up doing the dishes too.  F noticed, he just didn’t take over tonight.  

I did a bit of crochet on the couch during Criminal Minds and then made some microwave popcorn afterwards.  It was good.  Too good really!

That’s about it for today.  I haven’t decided if I’ll cook tomorrow or not.  I think it depends how things go around here.  If I do, it’ll probably be something like scrambled eggs with a tian and salad, since that’s about all I have left!  Come back later and find out.  Until tomorrow.