November 28, 2015

Saturday - Cloudy and Rainy

An okay day.

This morning I overslept a bit, but it was hard not to.  F got up blooming early and sat in the living room with his computer on.  I got up for a minute or two, then went back to bed, closing the door behind me.  I didn’t hear anything for a couple of hours, and as I know there wasn’t anything to watch early on Saturday, I went stayed in bed.  

When I got up, the first thing F did was ask if I wanted tea, and then he asked how soon I’d be ready to go to the doctor’s office.  Neither question impressed me much, although the tea one was a good try.  I was barely awake, and not ready to go.  He kept droning on about how the doctor’s office was only open in the morning until 1:00pm.  To my mind, that was plenty of time, it’s not like we had to drive to another city or anything to get there.

I took a shower, had breakfast and then was ready to leave around 11:15.  See, no big deal.  Still lots of time.  We drove over there and both put our cards in to see the doctor.  I got my iPhone out to read a book on my iBook app and I got told off by my husband, who pointed out the sign on the wall that said to turn off all cell phones.  Well, actually, I had put it on Airplane mode before I’d even come in the clinic, so in my mind I had turned it off.  It’s not like anyone would ever phone me while I was there!  I think Airplane Mode = Off for all intents and purposes, right?  Anyway, he was so angry with me that he got up and moved to another area of the clinic.  

He did come in to see the doctor with me and translated for me, but I thought he was being childish. I’m sure he thinks the same of me.

We were both seen by the doctor, not the usual guy, but a female doctor for a change.  She prescribed some medicines and off we went to get them.  

After waiting for our drugs we went for lunch.  I’m not sure if F had actually forgiven me yet, but he spent most of his time over lunch on his iPhone.  I ate really quickly and was done before him. Mind you, I didn’t have two bowls of rice!

We came home for a bit via the drugstore to pick up more tissues for me.  We vegged for a bit at home, and F watched Tennis on the TV.  

We decided since we were feeling better to go to see Spectre in the evening at Mikawa.  We left home around 6 and got to the mall quickly.  We had a quick dinner in one of the restaurants at the mall. Mine was nice, F didn't like his as usual.  

We bought our tickets first and after we paid for them and had walked away, realized that the guy had given us the “senior” rate for them!  Oops.  We’re not quite there yet.  We didn’t ask for the rate after all….

I wanted to do a little shopping for my sister and my nephew, but ended up finding something for my nephew and my friend.  Still, I’m okay with that.  

We went to see Spectre, the new James Bond movie and we both enjoyed it.  I thought it was fun, although not the best of the Craig Bond movies.  

After the movie, we made a quick stop at Don Quiote for some granola and apparently, beer.  After that, we came home.  F stayed up for a while then went to bed, I’m still up obviously.  But, not for long!

No idea what we’re going to get up to tomorrow.  Come back and find out.  Until tomorrow….

November 27, 2015

Friday - Colder, with hail

An okay day.

I’m still sick.  Last night before bed I took a little cold medicine and was able to sleep quite well.  I got up this morning before my alarm went off and went out to the couch for my morning telly.  I was tired and draggy and even though I had breakfast, I decided not to work out today, and even went back to bed.  I thought I’d been there for an hour or so, but when I next woke up, 2 hours had passed!  

I got up, had lunch and did some computer stuff too.  I didn’t get too excited about anything today. I did watch Once Upon a Time so I’m up to date with that.  I still have a couple of series that I need to catch up with, but that will be okay.  

Fumihiko came home and he’s still a bit under the weather.  He didn’t want to go out for dinner, so I had some of my leftovers and he didn’t really eat I think.  

We had a quiet evening at home.  I took some cold medicine because I couldn’t breathe or swallow earlier which made living a bit difficult.  I sort of wish I had waited until closer to bed time as I think the stuff is wearing off again.  

F wants to take me to the doctor and I might just let him.  I think it is just a cold, but I am quite miserable at the moment!

One good thing that I did today was I wrote my Christmas letter.  That means as soon as I get past the drippy runny nose bit of my cold I can write my Christmas cards and get them in the mail.  Not a moment too soon either!

That’s it.  Hopefully I’ll be back tomorrow unless I get some strong medicine from the doctor that puts me to sleep early.  Until tomorrow then….

November 26, 2015

Thursday - rainy

An okay day.

I’m sick.  Wah!  My nose has been streaming all day and I’ve been sneezing up a storm too.  I’m quite miserable to be honest.  

Anyway, I got up early this morning and had some tea and watched my show.  I did a 30 minute workout today, but nothing too extreme, I went for the gentle exercise and felt rather proud of myself.  F came home as I was finishing up, which annoyed me a bit, but I was enjoying my workout so it was okay.

In the afternoon I had a shower, ate lunch, scanned cards and watched a bit of Once Upon a Time.  It’s much better when I can see the full episode!  

Just before 5 I walked to the post office and mailed off my cards. I was glad to get out of the house.

I cooked dinner, but F wasn’t up to eating it, so I had a nice meal.  I skipped making one of the dishes I had planned because I didn’t want to make it just for me.  I cleaned up afterwards and then F made himself some dinner too.  I really don’t know why my food wasn’t acceptable but on the other hand when I’m sick, I only want to eat a few things.

F watched a lot of TV tonight, all Japanese and all pretty annoying.  I ironed the parts of my tree and then went to the couch for Bones.  I decided not to do any more work on the trees because I am sick and I don’t want to pass on the germs to the two recipients.  They are elderly and probably shouldn’t be exposed.

F went to bed and I stayed up watching TV and messing around on my computer.  I took some cold medicine and it is helping a little bit.  I should try and have an early night tonight.  

I’m not sure what I’m going to get up to tomorrow.  I think it depends on how I feel. I will hopefully talk to you again later.  Until tomorrow….

November 25, 2015

Wednesday - Colder

An okay day.

I got up a bit late this morning and rushed through to the living room to catch House.  I had a quiet morning and even did a little bit of snoozing between shows. 

I did a little bit of a workout video, only 20 minutes today.  It was enough.  My body was still sore from being in the car over the weekend.  F called in the middle of it, but it wasn’t too bad, especially since I had turned off the speaking and just had the music going.

Throughout the afternoon I became suspicious that I caught a cold and by this evening I am sure of it.  My nose is running and I am not sure how I am going to sleep tonight.  

I got 5 or so incoming postcards in the mail today, which was a nice treat.  I have to scan them and blog about them too.  In the evening I wrote up 3 cards, I’d like to do at least one more tomorrow afternoon if I can.

I started cooking dinner around 5:30 and F came home soon afterwards.  He wasn’t feeling well, but went out to get a lightbulb for one of our rooms.  

When he came back I was nearly ready to finish cooking but he said he wasn’t feeling well.  I kept on with it and made a really nice dinner.  Tonight I had “bangers and mash” with salad, tomato wedges and steamed broccoli.  It was pretty darn nice!  I did gravy (from a packet) for the gravy and then when I told F it was ready he couldn’t come.  I decided to serve myself some of the food and then when he came back, I offered him some.  I told him he didn’t have to have anything he didn’t want to eat.  He basically ate everything, but only a little bit.  He really isn’t feeling well right now.  

Bangers and mash, salad and steamed broccoli.  Yum!

I did the dishes, which weren’t bad as I was cleaning as I cooked, wiped the table which F never does and called it quits.  

I started doing postcards, but took a break for the CSI show and a little crochet and end darning.  I decided to press everything tomorrow.  It should make things look just a little better.  

F went to bed after a long snooze on the couch, I’m still up, but will try and get some sleep soon.  I’m not feeling bad, but my nose…blergh.  

Not sure what I’ll get up to tomorrow.  I really wanted to get my hair cut this week, but I don’t think it is fair to go when I’m sick.  Hopefully I’ll get over this quickly.  Come back anon and check out what I get up to.  Until tomorrow….

November 24, 2015

Tuesday - Cloudy and then sunny

An okay day.

F took today off work as he wasn’t feeling well.  He stayed home and in the afternoon he went to the doctor.  I’m getting ahead again. 

In the morning I got up and watched House.  F came home just before it started and of course claimed the couch.  It’s rather annoying actually.  I made some tea and had breakfast.

In the afternoon, I took a quick shower and then went out with F for lunch.   We went to Nagomi for soba or udon and tempura.  It was very nice.  We came home after lunch and F took a nap.  I woke him up after an hour and then we went out.  I asked him to drop me off at S-Mall, which he did, and then he went to the doctor.

I did a lot of looking around the mall.  I only bought a Christmas card in the end, but enjoyed being out of the apartment.  F picked me up and we came home.

At home, F basically fell asleep on the couch again and slept until almost 8:00pm.  I woke him up and made him take me for dinner!  I asked for Gusto, it is cheap and I thought we both could get food we liked.  I had some chicken, F had some yakisoba type stuff with oysters.  

We bought groceries after dinner and then came home.  I watched Grey’s Anatomy which was the episode with Derek.  It was quite well done and I was rather verklempt at the end of it.  I worked on my Christmas Tree project during the show too.  I’m still not finished, but I’m closer obviously!

That’s about it for me.  F is going back to work tomorrow, I hope he’ll be okay.  I’m not exactly sure what I’m going to do.  I hope to do a workout and maybe get a start on my long delayed Christmas letter! Come back a bit later and see what happens.  Until tomorrow….

November 23, 2015

Monday - Rainy

A good day…a good weekend!

We got home tonight around 9:00 pm and had a great time overall.  

I bought a huge number of postcards, and found a couple of small gifts for Christmas.

Today was F’s birthday and it was quiet.  I wanted to buy him some cake, but he asked me not to. I was a tad disappointed, but realized that if I wasn’t feeling great, I wouldn’t want cake either.  We had a drink at Starbucks in Sakata before we came home.  

We went to Yurihonjo the first night, and visited Kakunodate on Sunday.  It is a town that still has many old original houses and was rather interesting.  We arrived in Akita last night and tried to go to a movie, but all the English films were on earlier in the day and we missed them.  Darn!  Instead we ended up at an izakaya and had a nice meal.  

Today, we checked out of the hotel and went to a couple of art museums.  They were good, but not great I’d say.  F wanted to go to them, so no worries.  We had lunch at a Japanese style restaurant, I had something called a “Palette Lunch” and it was good!  F had ramen with chicken and as usual didn’t really like it.  

My Palette was very nice!
Tonight we tried to find an old style Japanese restaurant in Sakata, but it closed a couple of years ago, so ended up at an Italian place.  It was good, but F cheaped out of the nicer meal and all we ended up with was a bowl of pasta and a drink.  I wasn’t too happy about that!  Still, it was good pasta, but I wanted a meal. He hadn’t read the menu properly and thought we got at least a salad with it.  I do not read Japanese perfectly, and realized that we wouldn’t get anything.  Sigh.  

We did Starbucks after dinner, he wouldn’t let me buy him cake and then we came home via the Mikawa mall as I needed a pit stop! 

The evening here was very quiet, but nice.  

That’s it, all you get!  Until tomorrow….

November 20, 2015

Friday - Cloudy and warmish

A good day.

I got up this morning and spent some quality time with my couch.  I had breakfast and also some tea.  

When the  time came, I did a 40 minute workout again, and it was tough!  I did a lower body workout that was full of squats, which are not my favourite thing.  Still, I got through it.  

I had an early for me lunch and finished up the last of my stew.  It was really good.  I had planned to go out today, but changed my mind when I realized how much stuff I had yet to do.  Instead, I stayed in.  

I walked to the post office around 4:30 and mailed off a couple of envelopes and a few postcards.  Yay for me.  I saw a lot of birds again tonight, although not in the quantity that were out last night.  I took a few pictures to give you the general idea.  Click on them to see them larger. 

When I came back I got the kitchen ready for dinner and started a little bit of pre-cooking.  When F came home it didn’t take too long to have fresh pasta with Alfredo sauce and pancetta, plus salad ready.  Dinner was good!

I did the dishes because F needed to do some planning for our trip and then relaxed for the evening.  I crocheted a bit on the couch during Castle and also snoozed a little bit.  

I watched Bagdad Cafe again this evening and enjoyed it.  I’m glad as I have just recommended it in my last Journal column!  It had been quite a few years since I saw it last.  

I also FaceTimed my sister.  We had a quick little chat just a while ago and that was really nice.  I hope that we’ll be able to do that a bit more.  I wish some of my friends did that, or had another way to do video chatting.  

And that’s about it for me.  I am off up north for the next few days, so don’t miss me too much.  I’ll most likely be back on Monday, possibly Tuesday if I’m tired, so don’t wait up for me.  Talk to you soon I hope.  Until next time….