July 4, 2015

Saturday - Cloudy and muggy

A good day.

I got up this morning and took a shower.  I had finished and was eating my breakfast when F came home.  I was surprised he was quite early today!

We went for lunch to the farm restaurant that F likes so much.  Today, we just had one entree instead of two, but it was enough.  We did add on dessert though.  It was good.

After lunch we went to an eyeglasses shop.  They fixed my glasses…for free…and F had an eye test and ordered a new pair of glasses for himself.  His present specs are almost falling apart.  

We came home for a few brief moments and then went to another eyeglass place.  F thought that they were going to be very cheap so he wanted some spare glasses.  He did order some, but he went with really cheap frames so I’m afraid that they won’t last as long as they should. So, he had two eye tests today!

When we finished there, we went home.  F dropped me off and went to take care of his dog.  

He came back home just before 5 and we headed out to the mall.  I was thinking that the theater would be crowded, so I suggested getting our tickets first and then having a quick dinner.  Dinner tonight was in a pasta restaurant and it was nice.  I had pasta with tuna and grated daikon in a lemony sauce.  

We went back up to the theater after our meal, got some popcorn and then went to see Avengers: Age of Ultron.  I really enjoyed it, but then again, I was quite sure I would!  It’s my sort of thing.  F liked it too, which did surprise me a bit.  

After the movie, we did a little shopping in the mall. It was supposed to be for my niece, but ended up being for me!  Then, we went over to Don Quijote for a few minutes.  I wanted some granola, and F got some snack foods.  

We drove home and a little later I watched CSI and did a little crochet.  I have done 4 and a bit medium squares.  I’m quite excited about using my leftover yarn to make another blanket! 

F just watched a war movie so I put on my headphones and am listening to some music.  I don’t do war movies.   I’m not sure what it is about them…maybe because they are too realistic for me?  I like escapism dammit!

For tomorrow, I have no idea what we’ll get up to.  If you come back later, you might find out!  Until tomorrow….

July 3, 2015

Friday - Hot and sunny

An okay day.

I woke up a little late this morning, got up, watched my show, had breakfast and some tea and then when I was ready I did a couple of shorter exercise videos which I enjoyed.  

During the day I did a few different things.  I scanned my cards and got them ready to send out.  I never did more, so I only sent two today.  Scanning was fast! 

Around 4 I biked off to the post office, sent my cards, bought some stamps and then I zoomed off on my little bicyclette to the grocery store.  I wanted balsamic vinegar.  They had some of course, it is just that the first bottle I saw was quite expensive.  I looked in another section and got some that was a little cheaper.  I came home after that.  

When I came home I had lunch.  Yes, a very late lunch.  I had some of F’s fresh bread and it was amazing.  So nice.

I got started on dinner prep after that.  I did a lot of different things for dinner tonight.  We had the ubiquitous salad from the grocery store, but I also marinated some eggplant, zucchini and onion with the balsamic vinegar and other ingredients.  

When F came home he took a nap so I didn’t know if I should cook or not.  I did it after F said he’d get up when it was ready.  I boiled the remaining new potatoes from last night, and grilled the vegetables.  I also cooked some miso pork that we had bought at the store.  It all turned out quite nicely and dinner was good.  The grilled veg all disappeared, but there was one potato and a little pork leftover!

F did most of the dishes, except the grill, and I composed a letter to a group I belong to on my computer.  I posted it as I was watching TV.  I did a little crochet tonight.  I wish I’d done more in all honesty.  

F went to bed just before midnight.  He seemed a bit grumpy.  The weather isn’t kind to him.  He was muttering something about him not wanting to eat so much meat, but I’m not sure what that means to him.  Yesterday our main dish was omelette…yes his had meat in it, but he chose the fillings.  He picked the miso pork in the store on Wednesday, it was very thin and he could choose how much he ate… and there were 3 types of vegetable sides. If this is another one of his attempts to get me to cook more fish he needs to come out and say it!  I’m not a huge fish lover, but it’s okay.  I eat it…the good stuff anyway.  

I noticed that he hadn’t bothered to finish washing my big fry pan, he always does that.  I took it out of the water, rinsed and dried it and then threw the grill and the drip pan into the sink to soak overnight.  I guess he forgot about them.  

I’m not sure what we’ll be up to tomorrow.  F has a couple of things with his mother in the morning, and I’ve asked if we can go to the glasses shop.  My carry around glasses are wobbly and I’d like them tightened up.  I’m hoping that we’ll go and see Avengers tomorrow night, but if we don’t I might manage anyway!

Come back a bit later and find out what’s new with me.  Until tomorrow….

July 2, 2015

Thursday - Warm and sunny

An okay day.

I got up early today and decided to be smart.  Ha!  I did another half change, sat on the couch and watched my show and drank some tea.  I also decided to have breakfast early too.  

Today I did a two mile walk and I finished before 12 as well.  That was good as I’ve gradually been starting later and later.  It was a good thing that I did as F came home for lunch.  

I had a good and quiet afternoon.  F popped back a couple of times, I did some laundry and even put a bit away.  I watched a few episodes of Project Runway All-Stars and enjoyed it a lot.  

I started getting ready for dinner around 5, but F didn’t call me for a while that he was finished work.  He called back when he finished at his mum’s and said that she’d asked him to make something for her and he’d be about 30 more minutes!  I started doing a bit of cooking.  I think F was back about 10 minutes earlier than he said.

Tonight I did omelettes with choice of fillings, plus pan-roasted new potatoes.  Sadly, something went wrong with the potatoes and they weren’t great.  They were too salty.  The recipe said to cook them on a layer of salt in the pan, it was to stop them from burning.  I might have used too much salt, or it might have been the fact that it wasn’t kosher salt or a cast iron pan, but bleck.  The parts of the potato that didn’t have salt on it were fine, but since they were tiny new potatoes they had salt all over…bleck.  And, to make matters worse, I burned F’s omelette.  It wasn’t black all over and he did eat it, even though I told him if it was terrible I’d make him a new one!  Mine of course was perfect….second omelettes and all that!

We were supposed to go and see the fireflies tonight, but it was too late.  F was really tired.  I did the dishes while he took a nap.  We did go out to buy more milks, for some reason we didn’t buy any last night and we were both running low.  (I put soy milk in my tea these days.)  While we were out, I took him to McDonald to get a drink each, to make up for the terrible salted dinner.  

We came home and I watched House which I’d DVR’d while F did stuff.  After I got off the couch he took a nap and didn’t wake up for hours.  He went to bed, but got up again and had sashimi and beer.  I don’t know how he does it really!

That’s about it for me.  Tomorrow I’ll be cooking dinner again.  I hope I do a better job than I did today!  I also have a couple of postcards to mail out, if I have time I’ll write a couple more.  Come back in a bit and find out what I get up to.  Until tomorrow….

July 1, 2015

Happy Canada Day!! Wednesday - Rainy and a little cool.

A good day.

I got up quite early this morning and decided to stay up.  I made the bed early on and even got half dressed so I wouldn’t be tempted to go back to bed.  I watched Burn Notice and had breakfast, read a bit on my computer and eventually did a workout.  Today I did the resistance band and the one mile walk ones.  Yay me.  

In the afternoon I binge-watched Project Runway All-Stars and not much else!  I finally decided to do something and did a bit of cleaning up.  F has this habit of cleaning up by putting his stuff in a bag and just leaving it.  He never goes back for it.  Well, I found a couple of those sort of bags today and a whole lot of stuff that I just wonder what we were keeping it for anyway.  Out it went.  Or will go tomorrow morning!  I also set some of our recyclables by the door for us to take to the grocery store tonight.  Yay. 

I took a shower and then went back on my computer for a while.  F was quite late tonight.  He’d had to go to Yamagata today and then worked a bit late.  When he came home I wanted to go out for Indian food, but he wasn’t too sure.  He was more concerned about money.  He finally agreed to the Indian restaurant, but when I got him out in the car he switched it to a Taiwan Restaurant.  I don’t like the restaurant that he meant so I was rather upset.  It’s my national holiday after all.  The best thing would be to have a Canadian meal somewhere, but since it wasn’t possible, I’d like a good meal!

We got to the Taiwanese restaurant, but it was closed.  Oh, so sad!  I wasn’t sure what F would do then, but he took me to the place I wanted to go. Yay him! We actually had a really nice meal.  The people were happy to see us and they gave us a free drink and free dessert, so that was nice.  I had offered to have just naan and curry, but when we saw the prices, F wanted the set!  It wasn’t that much more money and was reasonable for the amount of food.

After dinner, we went to the fancy new grocery store near the restaurant and picked up some food for the next few days.  Tomorrow I’m going to try and make omelettes for dinner.  I’ll have a few other dishes with them, so I hope it’ll work out okay.

We came home and I booked my trip to Canada.  Yay!!! Earlier in the day I checked out the Air Canada site and instead of checking from Tokyo airports, put in my local airport as my starting point.  The system let me do that! Anyway I worked out my trip earlier in the day and then tonight I actually booked it.  Hurray.  If ANA doesn’t like the trip starting from my local airport they can throw a spanner in the works, but I’m hoping they won’t. I’ll be going in September.  Yay!!!

 Anyway, that’s about it for me.  Come back later and find out what interesting things I get up to.  Until tomorrow….

June 30, 2015

Tuesday - Warm and sunny

A good day.

I got up on time this morning, watched my show, read my blog history and then did a workout.  I did a two mile walk this morning and it felt about the right length for me.  I just wish that the video of it was in one part.  Still, beggars can’t be choosers and all that.

I had a bit of a quiet day.  I thought about going out, but never got around to it.  I did watch a bit of the TV I had taped on the weekend. I scanned my cards and just before 5 made a mad dash to the post office to mail them.  I missed the last post, but it is a good idea I went as the big postcard I just sent was much more expensive than I had thought.  Grr.  I put more stamps on it and sent it anyway.

I came home and started to get dinner put together.  Most of it was leftovers anyway, so I made a zucchini dish again that I did last week and had it ready for when F got home.  He got home quite a bit after 7, poor guy.  I heated the chicken, cooked the zucchini and then we ate.  It was good.  F really liked the zucchini dish, I knew he would though.  

He did the dishes and stayed with me for a while, but crashed in bed before Criminal Minds came on.  I looked at the crochet I had set myself and discovered that I had more of one ball of yarn than I thought!  I had been really careful with it yesterday, but today I discovered that I had more than a half ball left, I had a full ball of yarn too!  Oh wow! And yay!

I had a quiet evening after F went to bed.  I watched too much TV, but enjoyed it, wrote a few blog entries for my postcard blog and thought about my plans for tomorrow.  I don’t have any yet!

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

June 29, 2015

Monday - Cloudy and cooler

A good day.

I got up this morning before my show started and spent a little couch time on it.  I drank some tea and read blogs and checked the internet.  I got some pictures of my niece’s grad and she looked lovely. 

I left it too late to do a long workout today, so I did the resistance band workout and then did a bit of walking to my own tune.  No problems.  

I changed and prepped the slow cooker for dinner.  I was using a recipe I got from a friend on a women’s group here, for chicken adobo.  Yum.  It didn’t take too long to get it all set up and then I let it cook away.  Yay.  

In the afternoon, I did some computer stuff, had breakfast (I know, a bit late!), took a shower and did a bit of this and that.  

Around 5 pm I had a piece of bread and some peanut butter and called it lunch, then washed dishes and set the table for dinner.  I also prepped a few more vegetables so that I could serve dinner quickly when F came home.

He came home and I was ready to go in about 5 minutes.  We had chicken adobo and either rice or couscous, plus lettuce and leftover broccoli.  It was nice really.  There weren’t many dishes for F to do as I’d been doing them as I went.  He did them and I relaxed.  He  gave me some blueberries and yogurt later on, that was a nice treat.

In the evening I did a bit of crochet over on the couch.  I’m thinking of taking my leftover yarn and making  another baby blanket!  We’ll see how far I get, and if I can get a different look for the same yarns!

I also wrote up 5 postcrossing cards.  I didn’t send any last week so I’m a bit behind.  I also received a couple today.  I’ll have to stamp and scan them tomorrow.  I hope it works out.  

And that’s about that.  I don’t have to cook a full dinner tomorrow, just reheat the chicken and I do plan on making one new dish for us, if I get the ingredients.  I may have to go out for them though.  

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

June 28, 2015

Sunday - Rainy, cloudy and cooler

A better day. 

I went to bed at 2:00 am last night.  I was alone for a long time.  I had a bathroom trip at 4 something and when I came back, F had vanished from the couch, the lights and the TV were off.  He was trying to sleep and I could tell that he was really tense.  I had enough of fighting so I leaned over and massaged his back in the spot that gets really sore.  After that, things were okay.

He was up before me in the morning and made bread.  I surprised myself and got up before my alarm went off.  I watched a bit of the Canada vs. England soccer game…Canada lost.  Sigh.  We were quite friendly.

We had a slice of bread each when it was ready and then went out for lunch to a new place.  I had seen that a new restaurant had opened nearby when I went out yesterday, so I suggested going there.  It’s small, so I told F that if it was too expensive or too crowded we could go to his restaurant instead.  We went to Zupperia which is next to the Chido Museum.  It was quite nice.  It was very Japanese, but the ingredients are all local and very fresh.  It was good, but I’m not sure if we’ll go again as it was a little bit expensive.  We visited part of the Chido Museum again and saw some woodblock prints.  They looked rather pervy to be honest!

After the museum, we checked out the craft shop.  I got a set of hooks with handles and a hank of scarf yarn/material.  I made a scarf with it before and it is lovely.  If I don’t like it made up, I can give it to someone as a present I think.

Then, we went to the grocery store quickly to pick up a new pan.  They’ve been having a collect stamps kind of thing for a discount and today was the last day to pick it up.  

Next, we went over to the brand new Yamada Denki to have a look around.  It is a huge store, but not easy to find our way around.  We looked at a few things.  I was hoping to price a Fitbit, but they didn’t have any, and thought I’d look at cooking equipment, but they didn’t have what I wanted. 

We went to one more place after that, Takeda.  It’s an old kind of discount store.  They sell everything and anything.  I was impressed that they had afghan hooks for Tunisian crochet.  We didn’t buy anything there, just had fun looking around.

We came home briefly, and then went to the Internet Cafe.  We had to wait 5 or 10 minutes to get our massaging chairs, but it wasn’t a big deal really.  We spent the next few hours getting massaged.  We also ate there.  I had Turko Rice, good, but really way too much for me.  I was really hungry beforehand though.  

When our 3 hours were up, we left and did a quick grocery shop.  I’m going to make Chicken Adobo again in the slow cooker tomorrow, and hope there’s enough for two days worth of food.  There will be actually!  

We came home and spent a bit of time together and then I watched Project Runway.  It was quite good tonight.  It was a team challenge and so far, everyone is on their best behaviour.  I think the right person went home tonight.

F went to bed fairly early as he was tired.  We had  quite a full day with lots of running around.  It was good though.

Tomorrow he’s back to work and I’m back to working out a bit.  I have to cook though, but if I set up my slow cooker first I should be okay.  I hope!

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