October 30, 2014

Thursday - Sunny

A good day.

I got up very late today but was able to stay up.  I had my usual morning of watching TV and relaxing.  I read my paper and had breakfast too.

In the afternoon I showered and did a few things around the apartment. Closer to 3 I started working on dinner.  I  steamed the broccoli for dinner and prepped the beans for cooking. 

At 5:15 F called to say he’d be late, and it wasn’t until 6:30 that he called to say he’d be home soon.  I kicked dinner into higher gear, and we had a pretty good dinner.  We had microwaved salmon, sriracha beans, cold broccoli, and salad.  It was pretty yummy!

In the evening, F watched a bit of TV and then I tuned into my shows.  During Bones something interesting happened.  My sister FaceTimed me.  Apparently I had FaceTimed her at 5:20 in the morning her time….luckily she had slept through it, but I didn’t mean that to happen.  I thought I cut if off before it rang through.  Sigh. Still, it was lovely to talk to her and SEE her!  My computer has a bit of a learning curve!

I went over to the couch to watch Once Upon a Time, finished doing the darning in, and made one more square which I didn’t darn in.  I’m really enjoying these little squares.  They work up fast and I think will make a sweet little blanket, depending on how the next phase goes.

And really that’s about it for the day.  I could blether on about TV, but it’s not that interesting, so I’ll just end this here.  Tomorrow, F will be home until 10 and has to go to Yamagata for a union thing, and might be home late.  I’m planning to cook tomorrow night, and I’m considering making something for lunch on Saturday too.  Considering it, I’m not sure if I really will or not.  I have to go, talk to you tomorrow…Night!

October 29, 2014

Wednesday - Sunny and warmish

A good day.  

I got up rather late today, but got up and stayed up.  I watched TV, had my breakfast and just as I was finishing up, F came home for a second or two.  He invited me out for lunch, and even though I didn’t need to go out today, I accepted.  Yay.  

After he left I got dressed and made the bed.  I did a few other things around the apartment and then after 12 I went out and waited for him.  We went to Kintaro Sushi and enjoyed ourselves.  I wasn’t terribly hungry, so I just had a little.  

F dropped me off at home again, and I came into the apartment.  Unfortunately, I started feeling a bit under the weather and my stomach was upset. I don’t think it was the sushi, I’m not sure what it was.  In a couple of hours I was feeling much better.  In the mean time I did a bit of darning in of ends of the squares I’ve been making.  I got quite a lot done.

I took my package for my sister down to the post office and mailed it off. Done, and in time. Yay me.
I came home again.

F wasn’t very late tonight.  He was home before 6 today.  He wanted an early dinner so we went off to Cocos for dinner.  Tonight we had the reverse of what we had last time.  I had chicken and vegetables in a cherry sauce and he had chicken in a red wine and orange sauce.  We both enjoyed our meal.  We also shared the restaurant’s Halloween Mud Pie for dessert.  I gave F all the bananas!

We came home via the grocery store where we bought groceries for the next couple of days.  Tomorrow we’re going to have fish done in the microwave with some veggies and then probably pasta on Friday.  

We had a good night tonight.  F watched a bit of TV and then I watched CSI at 10 pm.  I went over to the couch and did more darning.  I’ve only got two squares left to do, until I make some more!  

And that was that.  I am up a bit late again, but I’m thinking that I’ll go to bed soon as I’m quite tired.  Catch me again tomorrow night?  Good night!

October 28, 2014

Tuesday - Rainy 

A good day.

I woke up a bit early this morning because F had come home to pick something up.  He got it and left.  I did get up a few minutes later.  

I had a quiet morning and somewhere along the way discovered that some of the payTV channels are free at the moment.  That was fun.  There was a lot of Tom Jones, which caused great hilarity on Facebook! And, I finally took a shower.  Woot.

In the afternoon I had lunch and then scanned my cards.  Around 4:50 I dashed off to the post office to mail them.  I got there just before the postie too.  Yay.  

At home I started to prep for dinner.  F popped home and then left again to get kerosene. It’s quite cold in the morning and at night now.  They had snow in Hokkaido and Aomori already.  Boo!

Dinner tonight was leftover stew on top of pasta.  It was pretty darn good, even if I say so myself.  And I do!  F did the dishes and then we settled in for the night.  We both watched a bit of TV and enjoyed it I think.  I finally wrote one of the movie reviews for my Facebook page.  Whew!  I was rather behind them.  

I also wrapped my sister’s present tonight. I hope to go out and mail it tomorrow.  That’s about it for me for my update.  I have no idea what I’ll get up to tomorrow, but if you come back I’ll tell you!  Got to go.  Night!

October 27, 2014

Monday - Rainy and cold

A busyish day.

I got up late this morning. It was so dark outside I honestly thought it was still early so was surprised when I realized it was after 9! Yikes.  I got up, half-watched Charlie’s Angels, drank some tea, checked my email, the usual stuff.

I had breakfast around 11, then didn’t take a shower even though I needed it.  I made the bed, did my computer stuff, read two newspapers and then decided to vacuum the apartment.  I did parts I don’t usually bother with, but first I changed the vacuum bag.  Yay me.  F sucked up some curry a few weeks ago and every time I use the vacuum, all I can smell is curry powder.  

I had a quick lunch today too.  I had some of my leftover couscous with two scrambled eggs on top of it.  That was quite yummy.    When I finished that, I got started on dinner.  I washed, peeled, cut and finally cooked the ingredients for my stew.  For the prep part I watched part of Mr. Selfridge, a BBC series a friend loaned me.  It was great.  

F came home a bit after 6 and was exhausted.  He changed and went to bed right away.  He looked so tired.  I let him have a rest, and checked that he did really want to have dinner tonight.  He did.  

The stew came together really well.  Tonight for the first time I put kabu in it, a kind of Japanese turnip.  They are one of this area’s big products.  I called F and he came.  We enjoyed our dinner, but I felt a bit sad because he only had one helping.  He did the dinner dishes even though I told him he didn’t have to.  

After dinner he watched a bit of TV and we both used our computers.  I did some Postcrossing.  It’s the first I’ve done in a couple of weeks. I’ve been busy!  

And that was my day.  It turned out rather well.  The stew is yummy and I’m looking forward to having leftovers tomorrow. Yay!  I have to go. Night!

October 26, 2014

Sunday -Sunny and warm

A good day.

We both went to bed very late last night. I went to bed before F did, by a couple of hours I think.  We changed where we planned to go for a mini-break and F made the reservation for a change.  It’s about 5 hours away so he’ll want to leave early in the morning.  I want to spend more time there honestly, but I guess it’ll have to do!

I woke F up this morning when I heard the bread maker chime.  I went to the washroom then back to bed, F stayed up for a while. I rather worried about him today.

I finally dragged myself out of bed around noon, F was up of course. He’d had some ramen.  I got dressed and then we discussed what to do today.

We went for lunch to the Daiichi Hotel.  We planned to go to one of their restaurants, but when we got there it was closed for a function. Instead, we went to their Japanese restaurant upstairs.  We had quite a nice meal.  I had chirashi sushi and F had sashimi.  Both meals were nice, if a little bit pricy.  

My Chirashi Sushi.  Yum!
After lunch, F went home to pick up his cellphone and then over to his mum’s to take her the bread.  I stayed in the mall, hacked around a bit and then went to Doutors and had a Royal Soy Milk Tea and read my book for a bit.  I’ve been reading this book for ages, but don’t seem to be getting too far in it.  I’m over half way now though. 

I waited for F for a long time, much longer than I though he’d be!  I did get a hang up call from him, so decided he was probably on his way.  I left the cafe and on my way to the door, I bumped into the mother of one of my ex-students from my eikaiwa days. If she hadn’t been with her daughter who looked the spitting image of her brother, I might not have recognized her, but we chatted for a few minutes.  The mum speaks really good English as she lived in the US for a while as a child.  
Outside S-Mall.  The sky was amazing tonight.
F met up with me finally, and we drove off to Mikawa.  When we got there, we bought oil at the hardware shop, and F put some in the car.  Then, we went into the mall.  We ended up going to the same restaurant as we did last week as I didn’t feel like more Japanese food!  I love Japanese food, but I can’t eat it every meal.  I ended up having Tasmanian beef and fried chicken, F had a Chinese style dish that he thought was “meh”.  I liked mine!  

Outside Mikawa Shopping Mall.  The sky is still amazing!

After dinner we went upstairs to the theatre and went to see Hercules.  I surprised myself by how much I liked it.  Oh, it was supremely silly, but also rather smart about it.  I liked that they never really gave us all the answers either.

When the movie finished we looked in the book store and bought a nengajo book, and then came back to Tsuruoka.  After a trip to the grocery store, we came home.  I’m going to make chicken stew again.  I have to remember how much work it is and plan my time accordingly tomorrow! 

We had a fairly quiet evening, F watched some Japanese TV, I watched Project Runway.  Tonight was the Rockette challenge.I think the right person went home.  

And that’s that.  My day, more or less.  It was quite a good one.  I’ve got to go.  Night!

October 25, 2014

Saturday - Warm and sunny

A good day!

I got up fairly early this morning. F went off to the dentist a bit later and I relaxed a bit.  When he came back, I put lunch together.  It was really just leftovers.  We have tons of couscous left and we finished the nabe from yesterday.  It was really nice to have a cheap and cheerful meal at home!  

F wanted to go for a drive in the mountains to see the greenery…or properly the reds and yellows! We drove off and drove through Haguro and went on our way to Mt. Gassan.  Unfortunately, I noticed halfway up the mountain that there were a couple of big X’s marked on the GPS map.  The road was already closed for the season.  Oh no!  We had hoped to go up to the top. 

We got up to the road closure.  Luckily there was a big area to turn around in and so we parked and got out of the car.  We took a few pictures because it was really beautiful up there and got back in the car.  Then, F turned the key and nothing happened.  


He’s been a bit worried about the starter, but hadn’t thought about it much lately.  However, there we were, out in the boonies, with no working car.  Yikes.  He couldn’t find his JAF card either.  Luckily, I heard another car coming so F asked them for a boost.  They had to stop in that area too.  It was a little embarrassing, but F was able to get the car started after that.  Happily, _I_ had bought F jumper cables a few years ago as a Christmas present!  Yay for me.

We drove back down the mountain, but did stop a couple of times.  Once was in a visitor centre, just for a look-see, and the other time was at Mt. Haguro’s museum to get some postcards.  At the visitor centre F left the car running as he was worried about getting it started again.

We went shopping when we got back to Tsuruoka. F wanted a hardware store and I wanted a hundred yen shop and the foreign imports store.  We were both happy.  I got a new binder for my recipes and a new “touchpen” for my phone.  At the import store I got some rooibos tea, a soup mix, some granola and some pasta sauces.  F got some ramen from Thailand!  

We came home and I discovered that I had received 4 postcards.  I’ll be dealing with them shortly on my postcrossing blog, but I want to mention one of them.  The person complained about my profile and told me that it wasn’t what postcrossing was about.  I mention that I’m not a big fan of some types of cards and asked not to receive them.  Honestly, I don’t know what they were complaining about!  I’ve also been a member for much longer than they have!  I wrote her a fairly polite email saying thank you for her card and that I like my profile the way it is.  I’m in Postcrossing for the personal connections I meet, the postcards are important, but I’d rather “meet" the person behind them.

We went out for dinner at Jiro and both had the same thing, chicken. It’s not our usual dish there, but it was very nice.  After dinner, we headed over to Machi-Kine for a film.  Tonight we saw The Queen of Versailles, a documentary about a couple of very rich Americans who lost most of their money due to the banking crisis a few years ago.  It was a very interesting film.  I liked it a lot!

After that, we came home.  I’ve been blogging and catching up with various things that I need to do.  Tomorrow, I’m not sure what I’m going to get up to.  F will go over and visit his mother early on and then who knows!  Come back and find out what we get up to!  Night.

October 24, 2014

Friday - Sunny

A goodish day.

I had a good and quiet day today. I stayed in all day, didn’t go out at all.  F came by briefly and invited me out for lunch, but we had a lot of food at home and I needed the time to work on my column.  

Speaking of which, I finally finished my column. Yay.  It’s not bad, there’s a couple of things that I could have done better, but I almost always say that!  Like Babe, it’ll do!

Before F came home tonight I did my lunch dishes and cleaned up the kitchen a bit.  He was lucky and got to start with a clean slate.  When he came home from work he got started on the nabe right away.  We ate fairly early and it was nice.  He made us a nabe and it was delicious.  I did the dishes after we finished eating.  

Tonight I used my scanner for the first time with my computer.  It’s a bit different, but it does work. Hurray for that.  I uploaded the cards to postcrossing and to my blog as well.  

F got to watch a lot of Japanese TV and after he was done, I watched some American TV too. Yay.  F went to bed fairly early as he was really tired.  I’m going to go to bed soon I think.

I’m not sure what’s on our schedule tomorrow.  F has a dental appointment and might do some chores at his house.  There are a couple of movies in the theatres but I’m not sure if we’ll see them or not.  Come back tomorrow night and see what we get up to.  Night!