November 23, 2010

- Cloudy and cool, smattering of rain.

Happy Birthday to my guy!

Had a good day away. We left Tsururoka around 8:00pm on Monday night and drove to Yamagata. We checked into the hotel and then went out for a walk. We had dinner in Tsuruoka, but F wanted more food, so we went to an izakaya.

I had some chicken and some raw vegetables with dip that we ordered. The veggies especially were yummy. We walked back to the hotel and stayed up for a bit reading before going to bed.

This morning, we got up around 8:30 and had the hotel breakfast. It was mostly rice balls and miso soup. Not bad in some respects, just awfully carby. I skipped the coffee and had water instead.

We checked out of our room and went shopping for a while. We searched through the whole department store but didn’t buy anything. We left a little early for the theatre, got there and parked. We went in, bought our tickets and then tried to go to the nearby cafe for a quick lunch. We only had 20 minutes so of course they told us it wouldn’t be enough time. Sigh. Went back to the theatre and I bought the popcorn and drinks. Couldn’t get two sets as the oolong tea that I wanted wasn’t part of the set. It was a separate drink. Egads. Whatever.

Got to our seats, sat down and enjoyed the show. We saw Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 and I loved it! It’s been a year or two since I read the book, but thought they did a good job of it. I’d have liked more Snape, but what are you going to do?

After the movie, I suggested going to Bikkuri Donkey. We don’t have one in Tsuruoka so it would be a treat. F started driving in the direction of it, he said, and of course got us lost. Then he asked about going to the mall for dinner. Okay, fine. We drove and drove and drove and were getting to the outskirts of Yamagata when I suggested that maybe we were a bit past the mall. At a traffic stop, I asked him to use the GPS which he did, and it got us there much faster than him alone would have. Sigh. When we finally got to the mall, more than an hour had past since we left the theatre. I hadn’t had a decent meal at all that day, and nothing much to eat since 9 am, so I was ready to gnaw my arm off!

We had shabu-shabu in the mall and it was fine. This time we did something new for us and I really liked it. We were originally given two trays of pork and two of beef. Instead of F doing all of the putting meat into the soup, he gave me one tray of each and I could do it for myself. Yay. I could eat a lot less that way so I was quite happy.

After dinner we had a quick trip around Toys ‘R’ Us, didn’t buy anything. Then, we headed home. We made fairly good time and were back in Tsuruoka by 9:30 I think.

At home F watched a lot of TV about the Korean Missile thingy and then at 11 we watched So You Think You Can Dance. It wasn’t bad tonight, except I kept disagreeing with the judges! Oh well.

I think F had a good birthday. I gave him a couple of packages of ramen, a shopping bag, chocolate, and some fake money. There was also a bath salts kind of thing too. He said he liked it a lot. Yay me.

Anyway, that’s it for me. I’m tired and should really get some sleep. I didn’t sleep well last night. Got to go. Night!


jy said...

Glad you guys had a good time. Now is the season for shabu shabu... I like doing the plate myself too!
Afraid to say have not been into the Harry Potter / Vampire movies / books... Bad me... I did see ONE of the HP movies when I was back in the States, but can't remember which one I saw now..must have been the one before...

Helen said...

Personally I'm into Harry Potter, books and movies and am a big fan, but not everyone is. Sigh. The whole Twilight thing though....meh. Badly written books. The movies are slightly better but I think you're fine for avoiding them!

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