October 20, 2014

Monday - Cloudy and a bit rainy

A good day.  

I got up and F was still home.  What?  I had forgotten that he had to go to a meeting this morning and didn’t have to go in early.  He left just after I got up.  

I spent some time on my computer but I was quite worried about it.  It was acting buggy again.  Yesterday when I started it I got a strange message and today it didn’t want to start easily.  I decided to make today the day I transferred to my new computer and then I went over to the couch to have breakfast and read the paper.  

While I was reading F called to see if I’d like to have lunch with him. He was finished his meeting early.  I said it was fine but I needed a shower first.  I took care of that while he drove home and relaxed for a minute or two.

We had lunch in Bikkuri Donkey!! and it was very nice, but rather high calorie.  We had the salad plate, so we got an egg, a burger and some salad, plus deep fried squid legs.  Afterwards F drove me home and went off to work.

I came in and after cleaning off my computer desk - more or less- I got out my new computer and began the task of transferring data.  Well, it took most of the night, but….I’m getting ahead of myself.

After F called to say that he was going to be a little late, I got started on dinner.  I made a new dish tonight, Roasted Garlic Cauliflower and it was amazing!  I had found a huge cauliflower on Saturday at the Farmer’s market, so I wanted to do something big with it.  The recipe was very doable here and we both really loved it.  My computer was transferring files in the background, so I’d check on it every now and then and see, but I had to wash and cut up the cauliflower and mix it with the garlic and olive oil.  F was home in time to see some of the procedure.

I took his suggestion to serve miso soup for dinner, so we had that, plus chicken drumsticks and the lovely cauliflower.  It was very good.  Another time I might roast it a little longer, but really I liked it the way it was.  F raved about it.

After dinner I discovered that my computer was nearly done.  Finally, it said, One minute to finish.  Well….it took a lot longer than a minute.  I got tired of waiting, my old laptop was really hot and I was afraid it would give out on me sometime soon, so I asked F if I could check out what to do on his computer.  He graciously let me and I found out that this “hanging” is a common problem. I forced quit my way out of it.  Of course, none of my info had transferred, so I’d wasted hours!  

I began again, but this time I used my back up disk drive and things went swimmingly.  In fact, I wish I’d done that in the first place!  It took about 15 minutes.  

So, now, I’m on my beautiful new computer.  I’m having fun trying to get to know it.  It is a very different sort of bird from my 2007 computer, and best of all, it is so quiet!  The old one had a bad fan and was noisy, this one is whisper quiet.  Long may it stay that way.  


Anyway, it is very late and I really need to get to sleep so that I can get up and write my column.  I finally have an idea in mind and think I’ll be able to write something interesting.  Come back tomorrow and see what I get up to!  Night.

October 19, 2014


Sunday - Clear and sunny

An okay day.

I went to bed late last night and slept in quite late this morning too.  F plied me with his bread and it was nice, but I didn't really want any! 

He was muddling around with the bread and his computer for a while, so it was after 2:30 before we left to find lunch.  We didn't really have a destination in mind, but when we got near the road we saw that Grado was open today.  Their hours have been erratic lately, so we took the chance and went in.  We had a nice meal, F had pasta, I had beef stew.  After most of the lunch crowd had left the waitress came over and told us that the restaurant is closing.  No!  It's been our place for the 6 years it has been open.  She said it was due to staffing problems.  Their main chef quit and then the replacement chef has health problems or something.  They still have a restaurant, but it's further away from our apartment and it doesn't have parking.  Sigh.

After lunch we came home again.  F left soon after to take his mother the bread he baked and I spent time on my computer.  He came back and then took a nap. 

I woke him up around 6 and we went out for dinner.  I suggested the Japanese restaurant we went to last weekend. We had a nice meal, but it was rather smoky today.  

After dinner we drove around a little as it was too early to go to the theatre.  When we did, we bought our tickets and went to see Her.  I liked it, more for what it didn't say than for what it did.  I am not sure if I've ever seen a Spike Jonze film before.  

We came home after buying groceries and then watched a bit of telly.  It turned into a good day after all.  Hurray!  That's it for me.  Night.

October 18, 2014


Saturday - Sunny then rainy

An okay day, ended badly.

I got up before 9 this morning because I knew I'd be getting a delivery soon. I even got dressed.  F was still in bed for quite a while.  My computer finally arrived.  I did open the box and have a look at it, but I closed it all up again. I knew that I wouldn't have time to look at it yet.

I went back to bed for a nap.  F wasn't too impressed because he wanted to go out on the dot of whenever to have lunch at a special fish restaurant.  Barf.  After a while I got up again and we tried to go to his restaurant.  We got there and it was full.  He was mad…at me.  Okay, whatever.  He was put out but I suggested that we come back in 30 minutes and see if there was room again.  That seemed to cheer him up, and that's what we did.  We went to the Komagi area and bought some veggies and fruit in the meantime.  

We went to the restaurant and got seats at the counter.  The food was good, but, you know, raw fish isn't that exciting to me these days!  F was happy though, and that made it worth while.  We went home again to pick up some tickets to an ikebana show and put the veggies in the fridge.  One problem…F couldn't find the tickets.  So, we stayed home and used our computers.  

Around 5:30 F wanted to head over to Mikawa, but there was torrential rain at the time.  We waited a few minutes and then went out.  We drove over to the mall and had dinner in a restaurant.  F went there too and had ramen which he didn't like, I had steak and chicken which I did like!  

After dinner we had a run around Uniqlo, did a little shopping there.  F took the stuff out to the car then.

We went up to the theatre and bought our tickets for Grace of Monaco.  A little while later we went in and saw the film.  I didn't really like it.  I was buying it until near the end though.  They did a huge close up of Nicole Kidman's eyes and nose.  All I could think of was that she had a lopsided nostril and I wasn't sure if it was natural or a surgery mistake.  I couldn't even listen to what she was saying…I tried looking in her eyes, but all I could see was this strangely shaped nose hole.  Then, the last scene of the film really threw me and I didn't "get" it at all.  So, not the greatest reaction to a film then.

We came home and on the way F talked about making fig bread and I promised I'd look up some recipes for him.  When I did, and I tried to talk to him about them, he was obviously not really listening.  I gave him a print out of the recipe, but he was just not there with me.  I suggested that he not make bread tonight because he seemed really tired.  He said he was fine and then did more of it.  I was a little miffed because I wanted to use the microwave and he was in the way, so I said something "under my breath" that he heard.  Oops.  I basically said something like he was always in my way.  He got angry and stopped making bread at that point.  I think he did get back to it before he went to bed, but he wouldn't talk to me.  I did apologize for being rude.  

Anyway, that's about it for me.  I hope he's feeling better in the morning.  The bad weather hasn't been good for my husband, his back hurts more when it rains.  Sigh.  I have no idea now what tomorrow will be like.  Wish me luck.  Night!

October 17, 2014


Friday - Rainy in the morning, sunny later on.

A good day.  

I got up this morning and decided to take my shower right away. I think it was a good decision!  

I watched a little TV, had breakfast and then set off.  I walked to the local theatre, Machi-kine to meet up with a friend.  She was able to meet me just before the movie started, so I met her at her car, and we went in.  I bought myself some popcorn and a drink, she had a snack too.

We went to see Grand Budapest Hotel and had a great time.  I had seen it on the weekend, but my friend hadn't and as it was the last day it was playing locally, we really wanted to see it today.  It was great, even the second time around.  

After the movie we went to S-Mall to have a drink and a light lunch in Doutor.  I had the newest sandwich, the smoked salmon and shrimp one and it was good.  When we finished we chatted a little longer and then did a bit of shopping in the mall.

She dropped me off at my apartment and I went in.  I took out the yakiniku pan for dinner and I waited for F.  He came around 5:30 and relaxed for a bit.  Later on, I thought I was going to get things ready for dinner, but he did.  We had some nice yakiniku and lots of yummy veggies too.  

I did the dishes and then settled in to watch a few TV shows.  I did offer the TV to F a couple of times so I don't feel too guilty!

Tomorrow is a big day.  My big purchase is supposed to arrive although I probably won't try to set it up until next week in all honesty.  Also, F wants to go and see a movie and I'd like to too.  He also wants to try a fish restaurant at lunch.  Wish me luck with that! I have to get to bed soon, so I'm off.  Night!

October 16, 2014


Thursday - Sunny then rainy at night.

A good day.

I woke up a little late this morning, but got up and came through to the living room.  I checked email and then went on to do something I've been meaning to do for ages.  I sewed a button on my winter coat a little better and then I washed it.  I also did some mending that I've been putting off for months.  Yay me.

I had breakfast and did my usual computer stuff, then had lunch.  I really just had a stay at home quiet day today.  It was rather nice.  I thought about going out, but didn't.  

In the evening, F came home from work and we changed and went to the glasses shop.  I picked up my glasses…the store guy adjusted the fit and I picked out a case for them.  I rather like them. I also asked if they'd tighten the screws on the ones I had been using for a while…I did buy them at their shop so it wasn't like it was a huge imposition.  

After that, F and I went to a drugstore to get him a back scrubber!  I found one for him and we trawled the store looking for stuff.  We ended up with toilet paper, because, well, we needed it!  

After that, we went to Cocos for dinner. It was my request actually. I knew I only had a few calories to spare tonight and I wanted to have something that I would like.  We both had chicken.  I had chicken in a red wine and orange sauce, F had chicken with vegetables in a cherry sauce.  They were both quite nice dishes.  

After dinner we hit the grocery store for some food.  F requested yakiniku tomorrow night, so that's what we got.  It should be nice for a change.  I'm not sure if there's enough food, but I hope we'll make do!

The rest of the evening I spent watching TV.  It was my big night and it was quite cool  I watched 3 different stations tonight, which is almost unheard of here!  I even took some time out to do a bit of crocheting on the couch. Yay me.  

And really that's about it for me.  Tomorrow I plan to meet up with a friend and maybe even go to a movie.  It should be fun.  Talk to you later.  Night!

October 15, 2014


Wednesday - Sunny and clear

A good day.

I was pretty ticked at my husband last night and that carried over until this morning.  He phoned me this morning to invite me out for lunch.  I said no, but he sounded so sad that I relented and said I would meet him.  I offered to walk to the restaurant and meet him there. 

I showered and got dressed.  I waited until noon and then I walked over to the Chinese restaurant about 5 minutes away.  F was late, but not too much.  

We had an okay lunch. I had seafood yakisoba which was pretty bland.  I didn't like it much.  F had a pork stew and I really wish I'd had that instead! After lunch, he drove me back home and went back to work. 

I had to do a little prep for our dinner today, so I made a garlic marinade for the pork we'd bought for dinner. I didn't take too long, and I put it back in the fridge to work it's magic.

In the afternoon I scanned some cards and discovered that Project Runway was on the sports channel for some reason.  I don't really care why, I watched it anyway!  It was old, but great!  Around 4:30 I biked off to the post office and mailed my cards and bought a few stamps.  I came home again and started thinking about dinner.  

I got last night's soup out and started it reheating on the stove. F wasn't too late tonight, and I was able to get dinner on the table fairly early.  We had soup, salad, garlic pork and kiku - chrysanthemum flowers for dinner and it was nice.

F did the dishes and then went to his spot on the couch.  Later tonight I asked him to move over (lately he's been sitting in the middle of the couch) and I watched TV and crocheted a couple of my squares.  That felt nice really.

And that's about it for my day.  The glasses shop has called and my glasses are ready, so we'll probably pick them up tomorrow night.   Yay! 

Oh, and I haven't updated about the fitness thing.  I haven't been walking for a few weeks because my hip is still sore when I walk a lot.  Basically, any time I get up, get into the car, or try to walk fast it starts to hurt.  Gah!  It's better than it was, so I am hoping that a bit more rest will make it better.  

Anyway, I have to get to bed now, so I'll try and talk to  you tomorrow.  Night!

October 14, 2014


Tuesday - Rainy

Started as a good day, then became a bit of a downer.

I got up this morning because I knew that part of my computer would be delivered.  I didn't want to go to the door in my pyjamas!  It did arrive, but it was around 10:30 or so.

Around 10:50, F popped in for a quick visit. He invited me out for lunch, but I was going to start working on dinner, so I refused him.  

I started working on the soup. I washed, peeled, cut up veggies and then meat.  It took a while, but I thought it would be worth it.  I watched the Christmas episode of Call the Midwife while I did that.  

Finally I was done the soup. I put the lid on and let my slow cooker do all the work. I had some breakfast finally.  Yes, it was the afternoon, but so what!

I had a quiet afternoon at home.  I didn't get too much accomplished sad to say. I did have lunch around 4 though.  It wasn't a great one, just some bread.

F came home around 5:30 tonight and I seasoned the soup and let it simmer for a bit longer.  Around 6:30 I dished it out and we had dinner.  The soup was good.  We both had a couple of bowls of the soup with F's lovely pain de compagne.  I cleared the table and left F with the dishes.

Later tonight I went into the kitchen and discovered that F was soaking some dishes and towels in bleach in the sink.  One of the dishes was my crockpot insert.  I was furious.  I asked him about it and he said that I should soak it in bleach.  Since I think that bleach is disgusting and ruins the way things work, I think it is highly unlikely.  Also, it is MY crockpot that I bought with MY money, so I don't know why he did that.  In fact, a few years ago he wouldn't even wash it because we fought about it.  

I basically couldn't talk to him for the rest of the night.  He'd ask me something, but I gave him the shortest possible answer I could.  I don't want to start a war, but I'm getting rather annoyed by him thinking that bleach is the way to go with things in the kitchen.  Not with me it isn't.  And then, a little before he went to bed, he chose to grill the rest of that awful fish and now the living room reeks again. 

That's about it for me.  I didn't go out today, so I wrote up some postcrossing cards tonight.  That should force me to go out tomorrow!  I'll have to mail them after all.  Talk to you tomorrow. Night!