August 27, 2016

Saturday - Gorgeous and Sunny

A good day.

I got up this morning and took a shower.  F came home just as I finished up and then we both had breakfast.  We left a little late for the doctor’s office in my opinion.  Once we were there it was a hurry up and wait kind of thing.  I brought a book and got about 40 pages read, but then took a nap.  I told F to wake me up if I started to snore.  Apparently he did!

I was in and out of the doctor’s room in a few minutes, no big whoop, and then F got his medicine and went off to his morning’s doctor.  He had received the wrong medicine there apparently.  He was only a few minutes and then off we went.  

F picked the place for lunch today and it was quite good.  It had Japanese food, and big portions for a small price.  I liked it, but would have something else next time as my dish was too big for me.  

We went to S-Mall next and put my watch in to the jewelry shop to get a new battery.  I bought him a glass of iced coffee at Doutors and had one myself while we waited.  I got my watch back, we toured the 100 yen shop and only bought one small thing, a packet of clear file holders for my postcards.  I’m going to try them out.  

We came home then, and after an hour or so at my computer, I went off to bed for a nap.  I was off to dreamland for a couple of hours I think, even though I set my alarm to wake me up every 20 to 30 minutes. 

In the evening, we were going to go and see either the pagoda lit up or the Falls in Sakata, but did neither.  I have a bit of a sore foot again and wanted to take the night off.  I also wanted a lighter dinner, so suggested the new fish restaurant.  We went there, but they were full tonight.  We thought about sushi, but the two we were near were either busy or closing soon.  Suddenly, F suggested having Korean food.  We’d talked about it earlier since we’re going to Korea next month…he doesn’t know what he can eat while he’s there!  

We went to Myeondon, the local restaurant run by a friend of a friend of F’s and his Korean wife.  We had quite a good meal, although we ordered too much as usual.  We had chichimi, chap chae, and salt pork yakiniku style.  It was all quite good, but by the end of the pork I was too full.  

We came home and I watched a bit of TV and eventually did some crochet too.  After a bit of TV, I came back to my computer and here I still am.  

I am not sure what I’ll get up to tomorrow.  I think F wants to go to see the Falls and I’m not so sure.  Come on back in a bit and see what we get up to.  Until tomorrow….

August 26, 2016

Friday - Rainy

A good day.

I got up this morning right on time.  I was a bit surprised because it was quite dark outside, so I didn’t feel like getting up, but I did. Yay me.  I watched The X-Files and had some tea and breakfast.  I also watched most of Castle again, but snoozed through the last few minutes of it.

I scrambled to get the bed made and me to get dressed just before F came home but I managed.  He came home and made himself some instant ramen and then went back to work.  I had a good afternoon.  I wrote a little bit of my column and I watched another movie for it.  It wasn’t bad, was actually quite fun!

Around 5 I watched the next bit of that documentary and got dinner started.  I was making a new dish that I’d read about in a Japanese cooking group…basically slices of zucchini with minced meat on them, topped with cheese and panko, baked in the toaster oven.  I tried it and you know, it was very nice!  My friend had given me a big zucchini so it was a good thing to try.  
F, when he came home, was tired again so I tried to get dinner done quickly.  I think I mostly managed.  It wasn’t too big of a deal.  There was the zucchini meat things, miso soup from a packet, salad with tomatoes and lightly pickled onions.  It was a nice meal.  

F did the dishes and then hassled me a little bit about going on a walk.  Although I really wanted to stay home and watch Castle, I decided that I’d enjoy a walk, so agreed to go. 

We got dressed up for going, got outside and it was raining.  F was all set to abandon the walk, but I suggested taking our umbrellas.  I think it was a good idea honestly.  We set off and walked something like 4 km.  Of course, we did stop off for ice cream again, but no big deal!  

At home again, I watched a bit of TV while F snoozed on the couch.  I worked on my computer stuff for a while and watched some TV both “live” and from the DVR.  I’ll probably go to bed soon as I’m rather tired tonight.

So, that was my day.  Tomorrow we have a trip to the doctor for a quick update, then I’m not sure what we’ll get up to.  I’m hoping a trip to the mall to have a new battery put in my watch will be part of the day, but I’m not sure yet.  Come back later and find out what I get up to.  Until tomorrow….

August 25, 2016

Thursday - Hot and Sunny

A good day.

I got up right on time this morning and watched The X-Files which is on again.  I’m not sure if watching Mulder and Scully while I eat breakfast is really a sensible thing to do, but it is a fun thing to do.  I had a quiet, usual sort of morning, and had to scramble to get out of the way for F when he came home for lunch.  He came without bringing a bento, so his meal today was cereal and an ice cream.  We’re a healthy lot here.

After he left I watched some of a movie and worked on my computer stuff.  I also decided to (re)watch a movie for my column because it had literally been years since I had seen it.  It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great.  The actor I am featuring was pretty good in it though. 

I had my lunch today too, which was two year old onion cup a soup and cereal because I couldn’t be bothered with anything else!

I watched the fourth in a series of documentaries How We Got to Now on NHK.  I’ve been watching these all week and they are fabulous.  Today’s was about glass…first glass was discovered and then it was shaped and changed.  Around the same time the printing press came along, there was a need for helping people with bad eyesight too, so primitive glasses were created!  And it just sort of spiralled from there.  Terribly fascinating.  

I prepped for dinner while I was watching the documentary.  I was making a stir-fry so I had to cut up a few veggies.  I was fairly smart this time, I only used 4 types of vegetables and didn’t go overboard with the amounts of them.  I followed a recipe and mixed soy sauce with some sweet chilli sauce too.  When F came home, I let him have a few minutes to himself and then I started cooking.  I did cook some chicken too, then did the vegetables and then mixed them back together.  Everything turned out really well and we had a nice dinner.  F didn’t complain about getting too much meat, as well he shouldn’t! I even have enough stir-fry left for my lunch.

F wanted to go for a walk tonight so off we went a bit after 8.  We did a biggish circuit tonight, about 3.6 km.  We did stop off in a convenience store for ice cream and drinks.  I had oodles of calories left for a change, and going for a walk just made it “worse”!

We came home and at 10 pm I watched Bones and did some more crochet.  I got 2 rows done on each of my panels.  Yay.  And, I’ve basically finished one of the yarn colours, so that is cool too.  

And that is mostly my day.  I did have a bit of an odd moment when I realized that today is the anniversary of my father’s death, and I hadn’t even thought about it until the end of the day.  It has been a long time since it happened. 

Tomorrow I might watch another movie for my column or hopefully just write the damn thing!  Come back later and see what I get up to.  Until tomorrow….

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….