Friday, November 29, 2013
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
This morning was choir practice. I liked it because we sang together. I didn't like it because our leader wasn't there and it was awkward. I have the loudest voice, and I don't mind calling people to attention. But what to say when I have attention if I don't actually know what we're doing?
Went erranding after, right back to the wholesale market. Bought the gigantic tin of tomatoes for only 550 yen and never mind about the BPA.
Stopped in to a bakery for lunch. Al fresco was in order but all the tables were full so I sat with two older ladies. One of them told us she's 74, she's busy trying to clean up the second floor of her house so he daughter won't have to do it when she dies. American me is becoming more used to--and even somewhat approving of--Japanese matter-of-fact ness about death. In theory.
Open school yard today at the kindergarten, spent the hour catching up with a couple of mom friends.
Watched a movie with Aogu; seems like the older I get, the less suspense I can tolerate, even in an utterly predictable movie.
Much to be thankful for today, just like every day. God, forgive me for the many moments today when I forgot to receive Your gifts with open hands!
Went to Urawa to have dinner with old friends. The relief of being with people already know is so relieving. Like I didn't know I was holding my breath all day but turns out I was. Feeling much more alive after breathing with them for a few hours. God is so gracious! He knows what we need, what an amazing and wonderful mystery.
Today I went to a Mommy & Me Toddler yoga class to be a guest English teacher. I was impressed that the facility prepared this huge, fancy schedule to show all the events planned for today on this floor!
It was funny to me that this large community space, mostly full of offices and formal meeting rooms, also contained this "Japanese Room". We held our class here. But for the lack of a restroom, people could actually live in there! It's hard to see the lock well here, but it opens with a key that needs to be unscrewed for admittance to the room. Interesting!
This is the program I put together for the class. Thank God, it was off the cuff but still somehow lasted exactly 30 minutes. Phew!
Just when I thought today would be a great day to go back to low carb, my collaborator K-san invited me to lunch. We had this sandwich set. No, we didn't share one! It was teeny enough, we each needed our own.
The only sad thing about this coffee is they didn't offer free refills. Otherwise, it was perfectly delicious!
You may think I'm telling you all this to introduce you to a new way to eat lunch.
Normally, that would've the case, but at the end of this meal, I failed to notice a huge hole cut out of the terrace to allow a big bush to grow.
And so I miscalculated and fell right in.
Oops, I just edited this photo to smithereens in an attempt to protect my brother-in-law's privacy.
It was supposed to show the handwritten document I created to give him power of attorney. Don't worry, he's not going to start managing all of my affairs, though I do sometimes wish I had someone to do that.
Apparently a couple of weeks ago I dropped my prepaid reloadable train card. I didn't miss it till I received a call from the police station. I was going to go over there and pick it up myself, really I was. But it's not super close or convenient to get to *whine*.....
It is close to my brother-in-law's church, a fact which became useless when the police announced their hours. M-F 9-5
Anyway, my brother in law kindly agreed to pick it up for me tomorrow.
Thanks to this document and its all important power of attorney transfer to my BIL in this crucial retrieving of my train card. This time tomorrow night it'll surely be safely with me!!!
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Yesterday afternoon, it was my turn to be on patrol for my kids and others from their school who live in our area.
The most worrisome part of their trek home is apparently the railroad crossing. "Apparently," because really, from the tiniest preschooler and on up, they are all taught strict obedience to the clanging and yellow bars that signal a train approaching. I'm infinitely more likely to streak through the crossing after the clanging has started than any elementary school child I've seen. My own kids take me to task when I pull the stunt mentioned above.
Anyway, I was assigned to stand by the RR crossing for 15-20 minutes after school was out and ensure that no child would be delinquent. Also, that no "suspicious persons" would try anything on the kids. Not sure that the busy crossing immediately adjacent to the train station would be a likely place for their antics....
So I went out there and dutifully strapped on my "patrol" armbands. Then I stood and waited. Wait some more. A couple kids went by and I said hello. A couple moms went by and greeted me with a standard phrase (otsukare Sama deshita), which means something like, "thanks for working yourself to exhaustion". Found that hugely ironic. Said hi to a couple more kids, had a short chat with an American guy who drove up. But mostly I was just bored.
What else to do when one is bored than try to make that moment look exciting to your FB connections? (Note to said connections: I am not constantly lying to you with each post I put up but I confess to some exaggeration some of the time).
Grabbed my phone, snapped this photo, threw it out there.
And now this is our most liked post ever--OK, second most, but it'd in the running for first. Huh?! Hardly worthy of the word VIRAL at that level, it's not as if my feed is open for public viewing. Or maybe it is somehow; those privacy policies are skin & bones these days.
So my point, if you can follow super extrapolated logic, is this:
We never know what's coming! We can guess and plan, and perhaps things go as we hope and predict some of the time. Much more often they don't. I've spent great portions of my life so far in a constant buffeted state because I wanted to think I knew what was coming. Then, huge (figurative) slaps upside the head as I realized--again--that I'm not in control.
So anyway, I really can't see what's ahead and I am so grateful that being in this moment and learning to thank God for whatever it contains is enough. Amen.