April 1, 2015

Wednesday - Rainy 

A good day.

I got up early this morning but snoozed on the couch until almost 10:00 am.  Then, I got up, checked email and such.  Then I got dressed and started on dinner.  I needed to load up my slow cooker and so I started early.  I sliced onions, took the skin off the chicken breasts and put everything into the slow cooker.  Set it and forget!

I had a quiet day at home.  I didn’t eat anything until the afternoon.  I finally had breakfast around 1 and then had my last two hot cross buns around 4 pm.  I did do a couple of loads of laundry.  I was going to surprise F by fixing a shirt of his for him, but discovered that it was going to be quite an involved repair, not just moving a button.  

During the day I watched some of the TV that I taped yesterday and on the weekend, and some of the regular TV.  I had to do some dinner prep too.  F came home for a minute or two around 7:00, but I sent him out again to buy kerosene.  We got a little bit more.

When F came back, I served dinner.  We had chicken adobo and it was good.  I used the full amount of vinegar today and it made it just a little bit more sour.  I enjoyed it.  I had mine on couscous, F had his on rice.

F did the dishes after I put everything else away and then we settled in for the night.  It was a fairly quiet evening, although we did watch quite a bit of TV.  I found out halfway through it that the new Laura Linney show started tonight.  Sigh.  I didn’t see it in the TV listings this morning.  

And… really that’s about it for my day.  I did make some popcorn in the evening, but not a big deal.  Tomorrow I have to mail the postcrossing cards I wrote tonight and make a payment at the post office.  I’m not sure what else I’ll get up to.  Come back later and find out!  Until tomorrow….

March 31, 2015

Tuesday - Sunny and warm, overcast later.

A really good day.

I got up this morning before 8:30, which for me was amazing.  My alarm hadn’t even gone off yet.  I took a quick shower, got dressed and had a quick breakfast.  I was just getting ready to go when F called me to say that he wasn’t finished at the doctor’s office, so he couldn’t take me to the station.  As I hadn’t really planned on that, it didn’t matter too much.  

I walked as fast as I could to the station and got there just in time.  I had time to buy my ticket and buy a bottle of water before getting on the train.  F called me just as the train was leaving to see where I was and to let me know that he didn’t have flu.  Whew! 

I have never taken a local train south of Tsuruoka and after today, I really wish I had.  It was a lovely trip.  The views, especially along the ocean were amazing and the train was quiet without a lot of passengers.  I had planned to listen to music, but found myself unwilling to put on my headphones!

This just reminds me of the Alberta prairies...so flat.  It's a rice field rather than a wheat field though.

Glimpse of the ocean! Kobata station

Houses and ocean.  Some houses were much closer to the tracks than this.

My friends were there in Murakami and we went over to Gusto.  It’s a family-friendly restaurant and it was nice to sit and chat and eat and drink.  After the restaurant, we decided to look around the city.  We tried to go to the castle area first, but there was no parking. Instead, we went to Maizuru park.  It was great.  The two children could run around and let off some energy, the adults could have a look around. The park we went to had three old houses set up and open to the public for free.  There were also Hina Dolls set up in some of the rooms.  The kids enjoyed the look at history, and so did I!

One of the Hina Doll Sets...completely open to the public!  No glass or anything.
We still had some time before my train home, so we tried the Castle area again and this time found a place to park.  My friend’s husband took one of his children up to the top on his shoulders, my friend, her other child and I followed a little more slowly.  We didn’t make it quite to the top, but the view was nice from where we stopped.  Because time was winding down, and none of us knew the city well, we decided to walk back down the mountain and drive back to the station.  On the whole, it was a good call.

The view from ¾ of the way up.  Very nice really!
My friends dropped me at the station and gave me presents and then we said our goodbyes.  They went to the Tourist information booth and brought back a brochure for me.  With about 3 minutes to spare, my friend’s husband got permission to come in the paid area, and ran the brochure over to me.  That involved running up steps, along a walkway, and then down steps at the other end!  He just made it.  I opened the train door and took the map/flyer.  Fun!

The ride home was equally pleasant.  This time I had a beautiful view of the sunset over the water.  Lovely!

Lovely sunset, horrible power lines

When I arrived in Tsuruoka, F hadn’t quite made it yet, so I ran to the ladies room. Of course, he arrived while I was there and looked a little worried when he didn’t see me.  We had a nice reunion and then went for dinner to a soba chain restaurant.    

We bought a few groceries and then came home.  It was a great day, but I’m a bit tired now.  If you’re up to it, check in later and find out what I do.  Until tomorrow….

March 30, 2015

Monday - Sunny with a little rain

A good day.

I got up this morning and took a shower.  After that, I made some tea and checked my email.  I watched my silly model show while I ate breakfast.  Oh, and I did laundry too.  Yay me!

F came home in the afternoon and we went out for lunch.  He’d already eaten, but I hadn’t.  We went to Aurora, a little cafe we went to once before.  I had ginger pork, F had cheesecake and coffee.  It was quite nice.

After lunch, F took me over to the train station and we bought my train tickets for Saturday.  F paid for them too, which was very sweet of him.  

He dropped me off at S-Mall and he went off to have a haircut.  I hacked around the 100 yen shop, but didn’t buy very much.  F came back to the mall with his new cut.  He looks good.  

We went off home.  F dropped me off and went to his house to take care of his dog.  I stayed home and checked email and such.  

Tonight for dinner we went to Misono again, the local Japanese restaurant.  It’s quite good.  F had ramen and I had chicken cutlet.  I didn’t have a set, but it came with salad and pasta salad and was very nice.  

We bought a few groceries after dinner, well, two things!  I needed yogurt, F “needed” ramen!  We came home and spent a quiet evening together.  F watched boxing and now that midnight has passed I am watching Law & Order.   I’m nearly ready for my trip tomorrow.  I just hope that everything goes well.  

I’ll let you know all about my trip, so come back later.  That’s it for now.  Until tomorrow….

March 29, 2015

Sunday - Cloudy and rainy

A good day.

I got up early today to check my email.  There was a message from my friend with a meet-up time.  F came home soon after I got up and we had some tea while I got dressed.  

Around 11:30 we left the apartment and drove over to the restaurant.  We met my friend and her little boy and had a lovely meal with some laughs.  After a couple of hours we went our separate ways.

F and I headed over to the Chido Museum and went to see the Hina Doll exhibit.  There were some lovely sets of dolls and dolls equipment.  There were tiny, tiny sets of dolls too this time.  They were interesting to see.  

After the museum we came home, ostensibly to use the washroom, but in actual fact, for F to snooze on the couch for a while! He roused himself after 5:30 and went over to his house to take care of the dog.

We had dinner over by Voice tonight.  I had curry with fried chicken on top, F had ramen and gyoza.  Mine was quite nice, but not wonderful.  

We drove out to Mikawa and parked at the mall.  We had a while before the movie, so I went and looked at wool.  The wool section has become very small now.  There are only a few things left.  Most of it is on sale, but I’m not too happy about the quantities and types or yarn, so I left it for tonight. On the way back to the theatre, F saw that shirts were on sale, so bought himself a couple of them.  

We went to see Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.  It wasn’t my choice of film, but I thought I should let F pick the movie once in a while!  It was okay.  I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t love it either.  There were a few yucks and I enjoyed some of the cameos and the British actors, but over all, I wouldn’t see it again unless it was free.  

After the movie,  F wasn’t feeling that great, so we just came home.  I watched Downton Abbey, while F fell asleep on the couch.  He is half-convinced he has flu.  He’s going to go to work in the morning, then take the rest of the day off, take his mother to the doctor and maybe get a flu test.  I’ve told him that he is not to give me anything that will make me sick.  This week I have two  trips coming up that I don’t want to cancel.  

And, that’s about it. My day, and you are now up to date!  Tomorrow I’m probably going to have F around for a while.  I need to do laundry and prepare for my trip on Tuesday.  I’m looking forward to meeting up with a couple of old friends and their children, but if F has the flu I’ll likely have to cancel.  Until tomorrow…!

March 28, 2015

Saturday - Warm and sunny

A good day.

I stayed up quite late last night, but got to bed finally.  I slept well, and even got up at 9 am.  I did fall asleep at my computer, but I was out of bed!  F came home around 10 and I fed him some hot cross buns and tea.  Unfortunately, around 11 he was called in to work.  There was an emergency happening and he had to go.  He put on some “work” clothes and left.

I had a quiet but enjoyable afternoon by myself.  I watched a bit of telly, tried on some old clothes and even cooked myself lunch.  Lunch today was a cheese and spinach omelette and was rather nice.  I used real cheese too, so very yum!

F finally got home a bit after 5.  He’d been to Yamagata City and back.  We talked about going for lunch, but in the end he made himself some ramen.  We then talked about going to see a movie, but F was feeling quite tired.  Instead, I suggested going to the Internet Cafe for a bit.  

We were lucky enough to be able to get massaging chairs and spent the next few hours being pummelled.  I did some knitting with circular needles, drank a bit too much tea and even ran into an old student who was much more surprised to see me than I was to see him!  He’d thought I’d gone back to Canada! 

Around 10pm I went and chatted to F to see if he wanted to stay or go.  I told him I’d stay, but I’d have to order my dinner as I was really hungry.  We left!  I suggested going to Cocos and that’s what we did.

At Cocos I had a hamburger steak that was quite nice, and F had a starchy veg and seafood over rice dish.  He liked it, I liked mine.  We didn’t have drink bar for a change.  After dinner we bought a few groceries and then came home.

For the rest of the evening I’ve been watching telly.  I’ve quite enjoyed it to be honest.  I just finished watching Marple and one of the people in was Ian Ogilvy…my huge crush from Return of the Saint when I was a teenager.  It was so lovely to see him.  Tonight’s Penny Dreadful was odd.  A couple of the characters started drinking absinthe and it got a little kinky.  

Anyway, we have a few plans for tomorrow.  Poor F has to cram a whole weekend into one day.  We hope to go and see a movie later, but we aren’t sure about it.  Catch me next time when I fill in all the blanks for you.  Until tomorrow….

March 27, 2015

Friday - Warm and sunny

A good day.

I got up this morning and had my usual kind of morning.  I rather enjoyed myself.  I read the paper, had breakfast and watched my shows.  Lovely!

In the afternoon I ended up re-watching Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont.  It’s a lovely little movie, I adore Joan Plowright in it.  

After the movie, I went out.  I took my postcards to the post office and while I was there I deposited some coins into my account.  Yay.

I went to S-Mall and had a very late lunch at Doutors followed by a little bit of shopping.  I didn’t buy much, but did get some things for baking.  I picked up a couple of Subway Sandwiches for my dinner and then came home.  

I watched a bit of TV and then got out the bread maker.  I made some Hot Cross Buns tonight.   Well, I tried anyway.  I’m not sure how good they are.  I’ll try them again in the morning.  Okay for a first attempt I’m sure.  

During the rising times I had my dinner.  I really didn’t finish baking until fairly late. I watched a bit of telly and then decided to put in a DVD that a friend loaned me.  I’m on my third episode tonight of Mr. Selfridge.  I really should stop soon because it is late and I’m sure F’ll be champing at the bit tomorrow morning!

And that was my day.  I was quite surprised that my DH didn’t phone me at all, but maybe his phone wasn’t charged? I did have a nice day, it was very enjoyable.  I honestly have no idea what I’m going to get up to tomorrow. Come back then and find out!  Until tomorrow….

*Posted late because the Internet Provider was doing maintenance and I couldn't access the internet last night when I tried to post.*

March 26, 2015

Thursday - Warmish and sunny

A better day.

I went to bed at a normal time, for me, last night.  F stayed up quite late himself!  

This morning I woke up at my usual time, got up and had quite a nice morning.  F popped home for a few minutes, he was quiet, but fairly friendly.  I was on the couch watching America’s Next Top Model.  I’m not sure what my fascination with that show is, but I haven’t seen this season before.  It’s quite interesting actually.  

In the afternoon I had a bagel (F had bought me a couple probably before our argument) with peanut butter and then I headed out.  I went to the craft shop and drooled over the wool.  I thought about getting a few things, but didn’t…Should I? I dunno. I bought something in the drugstore and then started to come home.  Since I didn’t buy anything that I shouldn’t in the drugstore, I decided I needed a treat and had a drink in McDonalds.  It was just iced tea, but it was nice to not be at home.  I read a book on my iPhone, My Japanese Husband Still Thinks I’m Crazy.  Some of it is very good, some of it doesn’t apply as F and I are much older than the writer.

I came home and relaxed for a bit.  Around 7 I started working on my dinner and F came home.  He basically headed into the bedroom and went to sleep.  He hasn’t been feeling well for a while.  

I had dinner.  Basically, I had what I didn’t eat yesterday!  I had chicken, stir-fried vegetables and lettuce from the store, plus an onigiri that F had brought me.  It was quite nice. I also finished the book on my iPhone. I did the dishes and then retired to my computer.

Tonight I put on the headphones and watched my two must-sees, House and Bones.  They were gruesome as always, well, Bones was!  It’s getting more and more gruesome methinks. I also watched tonight’s Massan (the silly NHK 15 minute drama that for a real change is about a Scottish woman who marries a Japanese man and they make whisky in Hokkaido…based on a true story btw.) Ellie collapsed twice in the show, I’m sure she’s not long for this world. It was sort of cool, because some of the characters were speaking English in this episode so I had a clue about what was going on!  I also wrote up 5 postcards for postcrossing.  Yay me.

Around 11:30 F got up and is now sitting at his computer on the coffee table.  He doesn’t seem angry or anything at the moment, which is very nice.  He has a work party tomorrow so he has to be away at it.  I’m looking forward to having a night alone.  I’m not sure what I’ll get up to, but I think it’ll be fun.  

Today is also the 18th anniversary of the day I left Canada to come to Japan.  It’s been a crazy ride, but a reasonably enjoyable one.

Tomorrow I am planning to go out again in the afternoon.  Come back and see just what I get up to.  Until tomorrow….

March 25, 2015

Wednesday - Cloudy with some rain or snow

A mildly okay day.

I went to bed early last night because the whole fight with my husband had upset me so much that my body went into a protective mode.  I took a hot water bottle with me and as a result was too hot for most of the night.  I woke up around 3:30 last night and laid there, very awake for a while before I fell back asleep.  This morning, just to prove his point and be a total git, F didn’t turn off his alarm when he got up.  I debated throwing it on the floor, but didn’t.  

I got up around 8 and watched BBC news on TV.  That’s one benefit to getting up early! Not enough however.  

As someone was off at work, I could relax and enjoy my day.  I did my usual things and enjoyed them too.  I finally finished a chapter in Middlemarch, read the paper and watched my shows.  During the day I scanned my cards that I have received recently and also priced flights back to Canada. Sadly, a bit out of my budget at the moment unless it is an emergency situation.  

I had a nice lunch and watched the TV that I DVR’d last night.  I didn’t go out today.  I probably should have, I probably will tomorrow.  

I wasn’t sure when F would come home. I figured that he was still avoiding me.  A bit after 7 I started preparing my dinner.  Sure enough, he came home then.  He wasn’t rude which quite surprised me.  I asked if he had eaten, he had.  He’d cooked for his mother. I continued my cooking.  Tonight I had a quite nice meal of garlic sauteed chicken (prepared in the store, I cooked it), snow peas, and a veggie stir-fry.  I just realized that I had lettuce too, but I forgot about it.  Oh well, something green to eat at lunch I guess.  

We’ve talked, but not really.  

Anyway, I’m going to end this now.  I’m not sure what’s going to happen tonight, I’ll be sure and fill you all in tomorrow.  Come back and find out what I get up to then.   Until tomorrow….