December 20, 2014

Saturday - Rainy but warm

A good day.

I slept in this morning.  I am blaming the medicine that I had to take for that!  

However, once I woke up, I got up and got dressed.  F wanted to go out for lunch right away, to a fish place.  Sigh.  I couldn’t face it, so I acted like I hadn’t heard him and suggested someplace else.  We went to Restaurant Futaba and both had a nice meal there.  I had pork and F had a paella with seafood.  He liked it.  

We popped home for a few minutes and then went jeans shopping.  F’s usual jeans have a hole in the back pocket now, so he really shouldn’t wear them anymore.  They look rough!  I suggested that I buy him a pair of jeans for Christmas since he couldn’t think of anything else that he wanted.  

We went to S-Mall first and went to the jeans shop.  F grabbed a couple types of jeans and went to try them on.  They looked terrible!  I’m not sure if it is possible, but they gave him a camel toe and were entirely too small in the butt.  He was a bit put out that I wouldn’t settle for those ones, but they were bad.  Both pairs he tried were the same, and they didn’t have any bigger ones.  

We drove out to Mikawa and had a look there.  We tried Jusco, but their jeans just weren’t right.  I told F that they had to look good on them, since I’m the person who has to look at him in them! We went to the Amerikaya jeans shop and had a look round.  We found a couple of pairs that might do, and F tried them on.  I liked them!  We found a pair that satisfied me, and _F_!  Woot!  We also spent a few minutes and bought another nengajo book.  Why?  We have no idea where the first one we bought is.  Gah!  I’ve looked, F has looked, but nada.  They have to be in the mail by the 25th.  

After we did our shopping, F took the stuff to the car and I looked in a store.  I was feeling better today, but I found that walking fast made me feel off-balanced and a little dizzy so I took everything at my own pace.  

F came back in and we had a small dinner.  I had a tuna crepe and he had some ramen.  Then, we went to the movie.  We went to see The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.  I liked it, but I wasn’t thrilled by it.  At the end, I just felt like something was missing!  

We came back home after the movie and spent a quiet evening in.  I watched Under the Dome and later on Miss Marple, which was great!  I adore Geraldine McEwan and have ever since I saw her onstage in London.  She was amazing there and darn great as Miss Marple.


That’s really about it for my day.  Oh, F helped me order a couple of books from Amazon, so I’m a little excited about that. Tomorrow I’m not sure what we’ll get up to, as F has to spend time with his family.  I hope we are able to enjoy the rest of our weekend though.  Night!

December 19, 2014

Friday - Rainy and warmer

A good day.

Yesterday I felt terrible, but today, I felt quite good!  I had a good night’s sleep and in the morning felt better than I had in days.  Hurray for that.

I got up, watched my telly and did some computer stuff.  I took a newspaper/breakfast break from 10:30 on and also watched The Walking Dead.  Fox channel-spreading Christmas Joy and zombies. 

I took a quick and needed shower and then F came home to eat his bento.  I’m not sure why my husband needed to come home and eat here, but what the hey….  I think he was checking up on me.  I was fine luckily.  

He left and I got on with my afternoon. I watched some telly, and did a load of laundry, or tried to.  I might have put too much stuff in one load because it got to a certain point in the cycle and just stopped itself.  Sigh.  That was annoying!  I had to take out some of the wet clothes and dump them in my sink. Sticking my hands in that freezing water wasn’t fun. I got the machine to work again, and then I had to do the clothes in my sink too.  Still, they were done and hung up.  Hurray for that.

I had a substantial lunch today too.  I haven’t felt much like eating the last couple of days, so today I ate rather a lot.  It was good though.  I finished up my quiche.  I watched some of Hotel Hell today too.  It’s scary to hear about some of those hotels.  

When F came home he was odd.  He’d taken some time off and the original plan was to take me to the doctor if I still felt bad.  But, I felt pretty good.  He then decided he needed lottery tickets! Okay.  He went for them.  He came back and wanted to go for dinner.  It wasn’t even 5 pm at that point.  I wasn’t hungry yet.

We did end up going around 7 or so.  We went to Jiro, where we haven’t been for ages, so it was nice.  I had chicken and F had curry, so we were both happy.  We came home again afterwards.  I wouldn’t have minded going elsewhere, but F only suggested the grocery store.  He was tired today. I think he’d probably had to shovel snow at work today.  

He went to bed fairly early on, and I stayed up watching telly.  I feel almost normal again, except for the plugged up nose and cough.  


Tomorrow I think F wants to see his doctor and then I’m not sure.  I’m hoping we’ll go to see The Hobbit, but I’m not sure if we will.  Hopefully, I’ll update tomorrow and fill you in.  Night!

December 18, 2014

Thursday - Cold & snowy

A not very good day.

I got up this morning and crashed on the couch.  I basically didn’t move for hours.  I watched X-Files and then The Walking Dead.  I’m not sure why Fox keeps starting it from the very beginning.  I really wish that they’d show some of the newer episodes that I haven’t seen!

I finally did my computer stuff and had breakfast.  In the afternoon, I was feeling bad so I ate lunch, took my medicine and went to bed.  I slept for a couple of hours.  When F came home I was still in bed.

I got up around then.  I had hoped to go out for dinner, but I knew the cold air would freeze my lungs so I asked F to pick up some food at the grocery store for me.  I wrote him a list with three things on it.  Yogurt for my breakfasts, pumpkin salad or potato salad and some kind of cooked chicken.  He forgot to buy the chicken for me.  I was a bit upset, but there wasn’t much I could do.  He offered to go back and get me some, but I didn’t want him to do that.  He did bring me a chawanmushi which was lovely and made me a soup so I managed to have some kind of meal.  

I watched quite a bit of TV tonight because it’s my night.  I enjoyed everything.  

Anyway, F is bound and determined to take me back to the doctor tomorrow if I’m not much better.  Thing is, now I feel much better than I did earlier on.  I get into coughing jags where I just can’t stop, and that’s painful and annoying.  


It’s latish and I’m  tired, so I think it is an excellent good time to get myself to bed.  Talk to you tomorrow.  Night!

December 17, 2014

Wednesday - Windy with a bit of snow

An okay day.

I slept reasonably well last night.  I had some stop coughing medicine and it worked for the most part.  I got up and watched X-Files, did some computer stuff and then went back to the couch.  I spent a lot of the day on the couch!

I heard from F in the middle of the day, he was checking up on me.  I told him I was fine.  I was mostly.  I napped a little, watched TV a little, and had lunch too.  After lunch I rallied a bit and decided to get a start on dinner.  

Tonight we had orange sriracha glazed green beans, with spaghetti and pesto sauce and smoked duck.  It was quite nice and got good reviews.  F did the dishes and we had a quiet rest of evening.  

I worked on my Christmas craft again. I’m almost finished it, I just have to make a loop on the back to hang it from and then I’d like to take some photos of it.  I might even post one here!

I’m going to do one of my household chores and then I’m thinking about going to bed.  I’m not sure if I will this early or not, but I might! 


That’s it for me.  Got to go.  Night!

December 16, 2014

Tuesday - Warmer, clear in the daytime, rain at night

An okay day.

F and I slept in this morning. I was glad as I really didn’t sleep that well last night. I kept waking up to clear my nose or to cough. Yuck.

I had a shower, we had breakfast and then made our way over to the doctor’s office.  It wasn’t my usual guy, it was his son.  I got poked (OW!), prodded and generally pissed off! In fact, when I got there, we were segregated from everyone else in case I had the flu.  I understand why they did that, but it still annoys me! I got some cold medicine, enough for five days.

After we finished there, we went to the gas station to get gas, then had lunch.  I let F pick the restaurant so of course he went for a fish place again.  I had chicken!  

After that, it was to the post office and we mailed off my Christmas cards for inside Japan. And a cute little nephew’s birthday card.  

When we finished there, I asked F to take me home.  I was beat.  I went to bed and stayed there from 2:30ish to 7:00 pm.  I didn’t expect to sleep that long, but I can’t say I didn’t need it.  

For dinner tonight I was supposed to cook, but I was a bit  groggy at 7 and begged off. Instead, I suggested getting food in from HottoMotto, the bento shop.  We went on line and checked the menu.  F called them and then he went to pick it up.  I had sukiyaki, he had a stir fry.  

That was about it for my day.  I watched Grey’s Anatomy and did some more work on my Christmas craft.  Only one more level to go.  Woo hoo!  It is cute.  Tomorrow I hope I’m feeling more like myself.  I have to go.  Night!


December 15, 2014

Monday - Cold but fine —I didn’t go out

An okay day.

I got up in time to watch X-Files and did so.  It took me a while to get moving. It was so cold in the apartment I was debating covering myself with a blanket on the couch or going back to bed.  I decided to stay up.

A little after 10, F called to say he was stopping by.  He’d had to drive someone to a place nearby and was waiting for them to finish. He told me that he was going to take tomorrow off so he could take me to the doctor.  At first I was a tad put out by that, but then I remembered how sick I was a couple of years ago and thought I’d really rather start getting better before the big holidays when there aren’t doctors around!

I watched America’s Next Top Model with him and it was rather fun.  I think he was bewildered by it.  I was too in the beginning.  He left to go back to work just after it finished.

The rest of the afternoon I just took things easy.  I watched some TV, nothing too great and then around 4:30 started getting ready to cook dinner.  I was going to make a quiche, but wanted to cook it so that F would get it hot.  I prepared all the ingredients, but didn’t cook it.  F called before 5 and said he’d be late. I asked him to call me before he came home so I could start it in the oven.  

He didn’t call for a long time. It was after 7 before he called and I had given up at that point and started it cooking anyway!  When he came home I had just taken it out.  I was able to put dinner on the table fairly quickly, which was great.  

We had bacon and mushroom crustless quiche, salad and hash browns and they were all darn yummy!  Dinner got great reviews.  F did the dishes and I relaxed.

We spent a quiet evening except that P!nk was on WOWOW in concert and I really wanted to watch her.  I did and it was great.  I hope that I’ll be able to see her live sometime, but the chances are pretty slim I think.  I always sing her at karaoke because she’s cool.  The language isn’t always for everyone, but I like her!  It’s funny to think that my niece is the one who introduced her to me.

And that was my day.  Tomorrow I’ll go to the doctor and hopefully get some medicine so I’ll start feeling better soon.  I don’t mind feeling a little bad, but this came on so quickly and I worry I could get worse.  


I’ll update you tomorrow on what I get up to, unless the medicine is the kind that puts me to sleep.  If it is, you’ll have to wait!  Night.

December 14, 2014

Sunday - Cold and snowy

Not a great day…but better than yesterday.

I woke up this morning when F’s cellphone rang.  His uncle was calling him for advice.  They talked for a while.  The apartment was really cold, so I was surprised that F didn’t turn on the heater.  I realized that my voice was damaged too.  I’m only   guessing that my lungs must not like the sudden change in temperature.  

Anyway, today, I’ve been coughing a lot and drinking a lot to ease my throat.  Fingers crossed it doesn’t get any worse.  

We went out in the early afternoon for lunch.  We tried to go to F’s other favourite fish restaurant, but it was closed on Sunday.  We ended up at a place we went once before, a sort of Japanese place.  They do sara udon and pasta.  I had pasta for lunch, which means I have had pasta every day for the last 4 days! I’m going to try and avoid it tomorrow though!  After lunch, we drove to the electronics shop.

F has been thinking of getting a new DVD player for Christmas.  Our other one works, but it was far too complicated for me to use, kanji challenged as I am. It also wouldn’t let us record tv shows in the language of our choice, which for me would be English. He had done some research and even found the price online in another store, so was able to ask for a discount.  I got some ink for my printer because I’ll have to start making nengajo soon.  We also bought a hand mixer, because F had a hard time whipping cream last month!  It’ll come in useful in other circumstances, I’m sure.  

We came home and F spent ages (poor guy) setting up the new machine.  Because of where it is in our apartment, we couldn’t use the heater so I began to get really cold.  Although I wrapped up, I decided to just go to bed.  I was in there for a while and even took a nap.  

Finally, F was done.  Ta dah!  It worked.  I even used my noodle and figured out how to change languages with it.  Of course, the first thing F wanted to watch was skating, but that’s okay! 

Dinner time was next.  F asked if I’d like to go for Korean food.  I said sure, but when we got near the restaurant all the parking spaces were being used.  We decided to go to a Taiwanese place instead.  It’s not great, but it is convenient for some other shops I wanted to visit.  We had an okay dinner there and then we went to Yamaya.  I got some drinks for Christmas Day (sparkling apple juice) and some pasta sauce.

We visited the big MaxValu grocery store and I picked up a few things for tomorrow’s dinner.  I think I’m going to make a crustless quiche again.  It’s really nice and easy to digest too.  

We came home and had a pretty quiet evening.  F watched the TV about the election results, and then I put on Project Runway Allstars.  I enjoyed it.  


That’s about it.  I’m coughing and my throat is sore.  I’m hoping its a stupid cold, but worrying that it might be more.  Fingers crossed I’ll feel better tomorrow.  I’ve got to go.  Night!

December 13, 2014

Saturday - Snowy

A not very good day.

We have a lot of snow. It arrived today between 5:00 am and noon mostly and is heavy and annoying!

Today wasn’t a good day.  F and I didn’t get on very well.  He started in on me before 11 am about where I wanted to eat.  The answer was nowhere right then.  I took a shower and came back to the living room to find that he wasn’t there. He’d gone back to bed.  I left him alone for a while but he came out.  He wasn’t feeling well, and basically spent the entire day in that mode.

We went out to the car and had to shovel snow for a few minutes.  It took both of us working fairly hard about 15 minutes to clear enough snow in our parking spot.  

We finally left for lunch, to the Daiichi Hotel for their lunch. It was nice.  F had a beef stew, I had beef cream pasta.  After lunch we tried to do some shopping, but didn’t really get much.

We finally went to the butcher’s shop and ordered our Christmas Chicken.  It was expensive, but not as bad as the place in the mall.  They wanted 3000 yen for an uncooked chicken.  Goodness me!

We came home again for a bit and relaxed.  F got a delivery and I just tried to relax myself.  I wasn’t really able. 

We drove out to F’s favourite fish restaurant for dinner.  I really wasn’t that hungry but somehow ended up with a huge dinner.  Most of it was really nice, but I wasn’t in the mood.  

Next, we drove out to Mikawa and got there around 7.  I tried asking F what he wanted to do for the next hour, but he wouldn’t answer, he just got mad at me.  Then he decided to leave the mall.  I stopped him and said I’d like to look at craft stuff.  He followed me there and then disappeared.  When I was done I couldn’t find him.  I sent him a text, which he answered.  He said he was in the washroom.  I waited outside the most likely one, and when there were only 10 minutes before the show I texted him again and asked him if I should go and get the tickets.  He wrote back that he was in front of the theatre.  So, he knew I was looking for him and he just buggered off to the movie theatre and didn’t bother to tell me?  Nice.  I walked along there and met up with him.  We almost didn’t go in.  Honestly, when he said, “Let’s go.” I thought he mean “Go home,” and I would have been fine with that.

We got our tickets, F got us drinks and himself some popcorn….I was still too uncomfortably full from dinner to have any…and we went to see Gone Girl.  By the time I finished in the washroom, the movie had started, so I honestly didn’t want to go in.  I HATE missing any of the movie.  

However, I really enjoyed the movie. I hadn’t read the book and I had no idea what would or wouldn’t happen.  Ben Affleck was just about the right sort of actor to play the smarmy husband! A good film in my opinion.

After the movie, I didn’t bother talking to F, I just left. We were the last people to leave the theatre and he could have talked to me, but didn’t.

I went to the washroom.  After that, I waited around the hallway for a minute or two, but realized I had no idea where he was.  I thought he’d probably buggered off again, so I left the mall and went over to the car.  He wasn’t there.  I went back in the mall and was going to text him, when my phone rang and I saw him in the distance.  Apparently he’d been in the washroom too.  Oops.  Too bad, so sad I missed ya!

We drove back to Tsuruoka in silence. We came home and I offered to make tea, which he accepted.  We talked a little to each other, but again, he’s “not feeling well” which apparently gives him the right to be a jerk. 

I have no idea what we’re going to get up to tomorrow.  I wouldn’t mind if we stay home and  rest, however he did talk about going to karaoke at one point.  I doubt he’ll really want to do that.  I need to get ink for the nengajo that we have to send out. 


Anyway, I’m done for now.  I’ll fill you in on the horribleness of tomorrow when it’s over.  Night.

PS...Added later...we spent the first part of the night in bed holding hands.