January 20, 2017

Friday - Sunny and warmish

A good day.

I got up a little late this morning because I had woken just as F left.  When I go back to sleep, I often oversleep.  Sigh.

I had a quiet morning and F came home for his lunch.  He actually called me first and asked me to turn on the kettle for him.  No biggie.  I was in the opposite end of the apartment however, unpinning the squares that I blocked last night.

In the afternoon today I straightened some of my books up and had to write some email as well.  

When F came home from work I hadn’t started dinner yet so I gave him a choice of either pasta or potatoes.  He chose pasta.  It was okay.  I think he doesn’t seem to know that pasta has to be eaten as soon as it is taken out of the pot.  It takes him forever to get to the table.  We were having angel hair pasta tonight and I’m sure his must have clumped together because he wouldn’t come and dress it.  Oh well.

Dinner was okay.  F did the dishes, but waited quite a while.  I was actually bothered a bit by that and thought about doing it for him, but decided not to.

At 9:00 pm I joined F on the couch and we watched Spy.  It was a hoot and I think F enjoyed it too.  We laughed rather a lot.  I did a bit of crochet during the movie, and I got three squares done. Yay me.

That is really about it for the day.  I didn’t go out and didn’t accomplish as much as I hoped.  Still it was fine.  

Come back on Saturday and I’ll tell you about my day.  Until tomorrow….

January 19, 2017

Thursday - Sunny and warm

A good day.

I got up this morning and watched my shows, drank my tea, made my bed, the usual.  F came home  before 12 and dropped off his lunch for later.  He came back later for lunch.

In the afternoon I did a bit of book sorting and also scanned my cards for Postcrossing. I decided to send them early today, so a bit before 4 pm, I got ready to go out.  I dropped off the cards at the post office and then went on to the convenience store and sent out more books.  

I came home and got started on dinner.  Tonight I made bangers and mash… and I made guacamole too.  I only used one of the two avocados as the other one was really hard.  I sliced that one and baked it…gave it to us for a side dish.  F came home when I was nearly ready and I asked him to give me a hand with the sieve for the potato draining.  He helped me and that was nice.  We had a nice meal…we couldn’t finish it actually.  

F did the dishes, which wasn’t too bad tonight as I’d washed a lot as I prepped.  

He watched some silly Japanese TV that I was bored with and so I went into the tatami room and blocked a few more of my squares.  I finished just in time to watch Bones.  

 I didn’t crochet tonight, I ate guacamole, salsa and tortilla chips.  Oh dear. Yummy though.  Both F and I enjoyed it. 

And that was about that.  

Oh, I was downloading my pictures from my camera and thought I’d post them for you.  The tall building is part of the University and is outside Hyakkenbori.  The other pictures are down the street where my little post office is.  Enjoy!

Can you see the heron on the top of the building?

We have snow!  This smaller road is actually quite well cleared.

This is the little post office I go to most of the time.  They know me there
 and are usually very nice and friendly.

Come back later and find out about my Friday.  Until tomorrow….

January 18, 2017

Wednesday - Sunny and warm

A good day.  (YES!!!)

I woke up this morning with F still in bed.  He was taking the day off today so no problem.  We snuggled for a minute or two, but nature and Nikita were calling so I had to go!

I got up, made some tea for us and I had breakfast too.  F went out to see his mother and to take her to the onsen.  I watched my shows, made the bed and then took a shower.  F came back a while after I was out. I had been working on a dish for dinner.  I got it to a stage where I could just put it in the fridge and did so. Yay me.

When he came home we talked about going for lunch.  Since I hadn’t eaten and he’d had something with his mother, I chose Hyakkenbori since I liked the look of their special lunch.  We went there, luckily they were still open.  I had the baked rolled chicken with a bun instead of rice and it was very nice.  F had cod soup and seemed to enjoy it a bit.  

After lunch, we sent off another batch of books and then F brought me home.  He came in for a few minutes and then left again. He had a couple of appointments.  

He called me around 5:30, but I thought that was still a bit early for dinner.  I was scanning postcards for my postcrossing account.  I hadn’t done it for a while.  And, I discovered that a card I received two days ago that I thought was a friendly card, was actually an official Postcrossing card…and I hadn’t registered it.  Yikes.  I was having a bad day and totally missed the card ID in the corner.  

When he came home we just relaxed for a while and then I began to cook.  I roasted some Brussels sprouts and sweet potato, then boiled some pasta.  We’d got some tortellini and some ravioli a few days ago and some special sauces for them.  I cooked them and basically everything came together and we had a nice meal.  The pasta was great and so were the sprouts and sweet potatoes.   

I volunteered to do dishes because I needed F to go and buy kerosene.  I couldn’t very well do it unless I rode my bicycle! I’d used a lot of dishes tonight serving dinner, so I was busy for a while.  Still, they got done.

F watched some telly for a while when he came home, and then I did.  I did some crochet during a show and made a couple of squares.  I probably should do some more blocking so that I don’t have a panic at the end!  

I have spent the last little bit tonight sending emails and checking on things that are part of my responsibilities as moderator of an on-line group.  I’ve been back and forth-ing with my sister too, that was fun.  

Anyway, I am done and it is my bedtime.  Hopefully things will go well tomorrow and I’ll be able to catch up with you in the evening.  Come back then.  Until tomorrow….

January 17, 2017

Tuesday - Sunny and warmer, bit of snow

A better day!

I first woke up this morning because F’s alarm had gone off and he was nowhere to be seen.  I got up, looking for him.  He was in the process of getting dressed for work.  He turned on some lights and I went back to bed and closed the door, or vice versa.

I got up at my usual time and had tea and breakfast while watching Nikita.  F came home for a few minutes then left again.  He didn’t seem in a good mood at all.  I watched my other show and then got dressed and made the bed.  I decided to go out and shovel a bit of F’s parking space.  I did quite well.  It was warmer today so I thought if I cleared a bit of it, it might melt.  I think that was a good thought. 

After I finished outside, I went into the lobby and did the sweeping there.  It was quite messy in places.  F came home while I was there.  I finished up and went inside.  

F was eating and then before he left started talking a bit. We talked a little and I got a bit of a feel for what he’s been going through at work lately, and how bad it has been. He also talked to me a bit about the plans for my birthday.  

After he left, I did a bit of internet stuff and then did some more clean up and throwing out of stuff.  I’m never sure whether concentrating on one place is better than grazing…today I did a bit of grazing and throwing!  I also listed some of my books on a Facebook site for Readers in Japan, managed to find homes for most of them.  I boxed up two sets of books and then did a bit more tossing of stuff.

I had lunch and watched a bit of telly, but kept working.  I managed to get quite a bit of stuff culled.  

F came home around 6pm tonight I think.  He didn’t seem grumpy or upset or anything for a change.  I even gave him a hug because I think he needed it.  I asked him for help sending my books out and he said he would.  I also reminded him about a couple of other things and asked if he wanted me to cook or eat out.  He decided to eat out.  

We went to the new convenience store on the big corner and sent the books quite easily.  Yay!  F did one in Japanese, I did the other package in English. 

We had dinner at Cocos and it was rather nice.  I had the ethnic chicken again and really enjoyed it.  We came home again afterwards.

We’ve had a fairly good evening together.  F has been very quiet as I think he’s very tired.  He is off work tomorrow for a personal matter, so he’ll have a bit of a break.  I hope it is a good thing.

I worked on the cull of my women’s group and sent a bunch of emails too.  I also let the other moderator take some of the names too so that she can learn to do it too.  

I also watched the last episode of Burn Notice.  I have really enjoyed the show over the years.  Tonight’s episode was bittersweet as someone made a huge sacrifice, but some of it was also funny as they used some of the lines from the opening as dialogue.  I bet that was fun for them too.  I’ve been watching that show for quite a few years, first on a terrestrial Japanese channel and then later on D-Life.  I loved it.

So that’s it for me for today.  Things are a bit better and I don’t feel like I’m in a war zone anymore. Let’s hope that continues tomorrow too. Come back later and see if it does!  Until tomorrow….

January 16, 2017

Monday - Clear, and warm, but still snowy

A not very good day.

I was having my usual nice quiet morning when F came home and ruined it all.  He was angry about his co-workers and took it out on me.  Then he started to ask me the name of the hotels we’re supposed to stay in next month on our trip. I told him.  Then he wanted to know the name of the hotel that I was planning to stay in when I stay on.  I didn’t want to tell him.  I know it sounds silly, but I was planning to give him the details later. I didn’t know why he was interrogating me about it in the middle of the day.  Anyway, I didn’t tell him so he told me to cancel the whole trip and that he won’t come with me like we planned.  Great.  I didn’t cancel my part of it however.

He left and I got on with my day.  I showered and then went and dug out the vacuum and went over much of the apartment, and the heater too.  He came back for lunch when I was finishing up.  He didn’t talk to me.

After he left, I emptied out a drawer in the kitchen and packed some of it and threw out some of the stuff.  We had stuff from years ago that needed to be garbaged. When I finished there I went over to my desk and sorted through a lot of papers and threw a bunch out there too.

After watching the news I washed the dishes quickly and then went outside and did a bit of snow shovelling in our spot.  I think I made things better.

F didn’t come home for ages.  I didn’t know why.  When he did come home I asked if I should make dinner for us but he said no.  I made myself some pasta and then ate.  When I finished doing my dishes I think he went into the kitchen and made something very smelly.  Yuck.

While he did that, I worked on the membership cull of an email group that I take care of.  It took a long time, but since F wasn’t talking to me, it wasn’t a waste of my time.  Oh, I forgot.  I also took a short nap.  I was so sleepy.  When I’m upset like I am today, I often get so tired.  

Anyway, I finished the first part of my culling, and sent a message to my co-moderator asking her to help with the next part.  
And, that’s about it.  It was a quiet day for the most part, but not a very good day.  

Come back later if you are up for it and see what I get up to on Tuesday.  Until tomorrow….

January 15, 2017

Sunday - Cold, but sunny for a bit

Horrible day.

It had a good start, however.  I slept in, but got up earlier than normal on a Sunday.  F was watching a sci-fi movie that was interesting, so I watched it too.  We were going to go out but ended up spending some time together.  Then, we got ready to go out.

Today was the Cod Soup Festival.  I do not like Cod Soup, Sam I Am, I do not.  However, good sport that I am, I said I’d go with F.  I did suggest going to a restaurant first so I could get some real food that I did like but of course was ignored.  

After helping to dig the car out of the snow, we drove to City Hall and parked there.  Then, we walked over to the street where the festival was.  Well, I walked, F practically ran.  He was at least 10 feet in front and even walked over the street when the lights had changed.  

We get to the street, and the very first stall he sees, he goes over to it, and then beckons me over so I could look at the food on offer.  There was NOTHING that I’d want to eat there.  I gave him a dirty look as I was coming over because I knew that he would do this, and he did, and that set him off.  I was told not to give him that ugly face anymore and he stormed off, back to the car.  I tried to follow him and get him to come back to the festival, but I couldn’t catch him.   There was too much ice to run and I got stuck behind a couple of slow pokes who weren’t moving.  I tried yelling to him, but he ignored me and even tried crossing the street and disappearing that way.  

He drove off, but I was nearly there so I got in the car.  We were both angry and yelling at each other. I asked him to go back and he wouldn’t. He said he’d go for ramen.  He tried to put me out of the car on a bridge, but when I wouldn’t get out, drove around the corner and parked in bus parking.  I got out then and he sped away.  

I ended up walking home via a convenience store where I bought myself a sandwich.  I came home, ate it and some soup and waited to see what was going to happen.

He seemed different when he got home. I said hello, he did too.  He didn’t talk to me much. 

In the evening I suggested going to a restaurant where I thought he could get his precious cod soup, but he said he’d go somewhere else.  I asked if I could go too and he grudgingly let me.  

We went to a fish restaurant where F had cod soup and cod sperm tempura and a sashimi donburi.  I had the donburi too, and it was good. F was not overly pleased with his cod soup.  

After dinner, we bought groceries at the store and then came home.  We were quiet but not really fighting anymore.  

I watched some silly things on YouTube and at 11 went over to the couch for Downton Abbey and some crochet.  That was therapeutic.  

Oh, and I made us some tea in the evening and gave some to F.  He had to mop up some tea from his cup, which was odd, because I’d had to mop up some too.  In fact, I’d wiped the bottom of his cup before I gave it to him.  We realized that there must be a crack in the cup that is allowing the liquid to come out.  We only noticed it because the tea had milk in it and the cup was dark brown, so we could see the light drops form on the outside of the cup.  Weird!

So, I’m not sure how things are going to be tomorrow.  F will probably be really tired tomorrow after work which is never a good thing. 

Anyway, that’s tomorrow’s story, so no need to preview that!  Come back later and find out if my Monday gets any better.  Until tomorrow….

January 14, 2017

Saturday - Snowy and cold

A good day!

I slept in a little bit this morning, but got myself up around 10.  I decided not to take a shower, so got dressed and had a cup of tea.  

F came home around 10:30 and we left for our doctor’s appointment.  We did the usual hurry up and wait thing.  I had brought my Sue Grafton (X) and I was so close to being done that I almost didn’t want to get called into the office!  No big whoop, we had our 5 second consult and then we were back to the lobby to wait and pay!  We got F’s medicine and then we were off to have lunch.  

We had lunch at the Grand El Sun.  It was very nice, but also, how shall I put this, very small!  Honestly, we had chicken almandine and we each got two tiny pieces of chicken breast.  It was very good though!

After lunch I requested that we go to S-Mall to get my bus ticket.  I am coming back from Sendai by myself next month, so need a seat on the bus!  We saw a sign in the mall that said the bus station is moving temporarily and today was the last day for it to be in the usual location.  They are going to redo it! Kind of yay…just hope it doesn’t take too long.  

We bought my ticket and then had a snoop around the hundred yen shop, followed by a cup of coffee at Doutors.  It was fun watching people.  We sat at the big central table and two women across from us were falling asleep.  It was a little odd.  When we were finished, we decided what to do and F asked when the movie was.  It was at 3:45, or in about 35 minutes.  I had planned to see the late show, but F wanted to go right away.  That’s what we did.

We went to see Miss You Already with Toni Collette and Drew Barrymore.  We both enjoyed it more than I thought we would.  I think Toni Collette is an amazing actress anyway, so was set to enjoy it!  
A quick look at the Machinaka Theater we saw the film in.  It's a very cool building-
a renovated silk factory! Sadly, this showing wasn't very busy.

After the movie, F suggested going to the Evil Place for dinner. I said it was okay because I haven’t been there in ages.  The Evil Place, for those not in the know, is a yakiniku buffet place.  The meat is okay, but they have a lot of other foods too.  Some are good, but some are very unhealthy Japanese foods. After an hour and a half we staggered out of the restaurant and came home.

We spent a fairly quiet evening at home.  I watched Project Runway at midnight and enjoyed it, then let F do a little channel surfing while I worked things on my computer.  I also finished my book.  Yay me! I liked it, but looking at the Good Reads reviews...I might be the only person who did!

That is about it for today.  I’m not sure what we’ll get up to tomorrow.  F should go to his mother’s in the morning, and I’ll probably sleep.  Come back later and see what our Sunday is like.  Until tomorrow….