Thursday, December 02, 2010
So the flip side: if something embarrassing occurs, bonus, it needn't have as long as I don't make it reality by telling someone....except, I can't help myself. And I mean, really, I can't help myself. You'll see what I mean.
Spent this afternoon jumping ahead of a rare fire under the bum for the cleaning and organizing that I usually can't be bothered with. Which is why it takes soooo long whenever I do hop to it. Well, the pleasant end of the run around the house was six bags of stuff for Salvation Army, three for the moms at Izumi's preschool and one more for a friend's house. Just before I was to pick Izumi and Koji up, I unlocked the van from inside the house and then made several runs to get it all loaded.
I then ran back into the house, grabbed Misaki and all of our luggage, and ran back out. And closed the locked door. Note I did not say "picked up my keys". Because I didn't. Pick up my keys. Feeling ever so relieved and thankful that at the least the van was unlocked, I got Misaki and myself settled in to what I was sure would be our temporary home for the next hour or two. Then I started making the incident real by calling and reporting; first to the friend who had Izumi, next to the friend that could pick up Koji.
Finally, I called Aogu and asked him to please hurry home so he could unlock the door. I explained the entire incident, including why it was so great that at least we could sit in the van. That's why he said, "Why can't you use the lockbox?".
Right. That thing with the key in it that we bought because I am prone to locking myself out of the house.
Please picture me with a sheepish look on my face. And please note that I was on time to pick up Koji.
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
For example, "no talking on the phone at night". There's nothing inherently wrong with talking on the phone at night, of course, but I would much rather connect in person than on the phone. And by the evening, I have usually expended my energy for the day already. So all I'm good for is holding a book in front of my face. Or looking at the computer for way too many hours on end. Which is another topic for another time.
At any rate, last night a long time and long lost friend got ahold of me at around 9:30 pm. I made an exception to my rule for her. And then, then, after that, before I knew it, when we finally said good-bye, it was 1: 20 am and my rule was blown to all kinds of tiny smithereens.
Lesson: talk to long lost friends, in the evening or otherwise, more often than once in four months. Two birds with one stone effect: long lost friends will be found, and rules will be obeyed.
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Back in April after Koji started going to the Japanese elementary school, I joined the chorus for moms that is associated with the school. I love it. The only thing I don't love is that we only practice once a week. I would be up for more, that's how much I enjoy singing in a group! "Hail Holy Queen" is a song that we're practicing now. I hope I can get all that tricky clapping down.
Tuesday, November 09, 2010
Monday, November 08, 2010
Friday, November 05, 2010
Thursday, November 04, 2010
Wednesday, November 03, 2010
*pause to imagine a blog wearing trousers*
Which brings me to discuss, am I the only one who thinks Americans, when referring to split-legged garments worn on the bottom halves of their persons that aren't jeans, should really give up "pants" and switch to "trousers"? Please? Anyone? Perhaps it sounds a tad hoity-toity on its first trip off the tongue, but one can get used to it. Meanwhile, the word pants is entirely too close to "panties," and it in fact means just that in numerous other languages that aren't American English.
If you're not following me entirely but you're female and feeling a bit confused, another idea is to just switch to dresses and skirts. It's working for me.
No, I am not planning to use this space to blather endlessly about whatever I want for every single day this month. But then again, even if I do, won't that be better than the lengthy silence that was here before? I shall tell myself so. Talk to you (whoever "you" are, if in fact "you" are still out there somewhere) tomorrow.
Monday, October 04, 2010
|Izumi and her friend Ayaka wait for their turn with...|
|...the gigantic green ball, which they rolled down to a cone and back. I'm not sure they understood that it was a race; they were careful and precise and nice with their ball-rolling, at the expense of speed.|
|In which I try to explain to Misaki that she needs to walk out to the middle of the field and pull a toy windmill out of the ground. She was excited about it.|
|A temporary addition to the family: Koji's friend Yuma|
|In the past, the kids all got medals that were made of discarded CDs and plenty fancy for me. This year there was a medal upgrade to the wooden, hand-stamped, dwarf-embellished prize you see here.|
|This year these moms (in yellow) formed a coalition with the teachers (in blue) and did most of the work. |
|Family picture. But let's hope we can do better between now and Christmas.|
|I never would have predicted it, but Izumi claimed later that tug of war was her favorite event.|
|This is the utterly triumphant and undefeated Red Mamas Team, showing the White Team how tug of war is done.|
|Izumi's classmates in the first event, a 50ish meter foot race. |
The little guy in the front is called Gaku, and I love his expression!
|You'll note an unfair division of labor here, with Aogu doing all of the ball holding and Izumi doing all of the clinging. This event was a bit later in the day, and she was done!|
|Izumi and her friend Aya, on the right, could have perhaps run a bit faster if they weren't so intent on figuring out where we were cheering from...|
|Yes, the White Mamas Team was utterly cowed by my Red Bathrobe and our matching Red-Palmed Gloves. They may look a bit murderous, but they were just the thing for tug of warring!|
|Misaki successfully grabbed her windmill. Too bad it broke moments later!|
|Please try to imagine that this photo is at the very top of this page, where I long for it to be, if only I could figure out how to get it there. It's the kids and teachers giving themselves a bit of a pep talk at the beginning of the Sports Day.|
|This hat may seem a bit over the top for the beginning of October, but it really was very cold and windy, and Misaki is just getting over an ear infection. Plus, it's RED, gotta go with the Team Color.|
|Koji's first year at Sports Day in the role of cheerleader, rather than main participant.|
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Saturday, July 17, 2010
Wednesday, May 05, 2010
Monday, May 03, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
"Don't eat too much. But remember to drink a lot."
All these years later, these words still resonate with me. It seems that for real weight control though, which I am still pursuing, another phrase needs to be added:
"And stand more than you sit".
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Niles?! Doesn't at all live up to the extravaganza that is "cherry
blossom viewing" in Japan, but then again, lots better than no viewing
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Sunday, April 11, 2010
On April 7th, Koji's second to last day of extended spring break, Koji's good buddy N happened to get out of school at noon. So we picked N up and had a little midday date of lunch and a movie. The kids had lunch. I was too cheap to pay $4 something for a hot dog, so I ate the chocolate raisins in my bag, and I ate their popcorn when they weren't looking.
The movie was How to Train Your Dragon (2D version, again, I was too cheap...frugal...to pay extra) and we all loved it! I hadn't slept well the night before, so I was afraid it would be an expensive nap for me. But no! My attention was captivated and held; I recommend this movie, especially to smallish boys and their associates.
Fast forward two days to when, as mentioned above, Koji has his school entrance ceremony. It was all over before noon, so we had some one on one time since Izumi was still at school and Misaki was in day care. First, we had lunch at DQ, courtesy of Tom & Andrea (aka Easter Bunnies) who had given the kids some gift cards for Easter. Thanks!
Next, Koji and I were off on a mission to get him a new bike, an early birthday present actually partially funded by Christmas money that GG gave us.* We tried Target, but no go, not a good bike selection. Second attempt was at Wally World, where we not only found a super cool bike but were also sucked in by a display of How to Train Your Dragon (HTTYD) stuff.
I.WAS.SO.WRONG. Cut to one of the biggest fits in her almost four year old life, at the moment when she realized that Koji was all decked for dragon duty and she wouldn't be able to join the party. Oh my. The only thing that got me out of my temporary status as the devil was my solemn vow that I would return to Wally's and buy them for her the next day.
That trip would be sufficient punishment for my misdeed. Wally's on Saturday?! Ha! What sane person with any leeway in their schedule would do that?
Sure enough, picking out the pajamas was quick. But then, there was the line. It looked short enough. The longer we stood there, though, the more I realized that the family in front of us, with four small children, was in fact buying an entire new wardrobe for said children. Breathe deeply.
At LONG last, all of the items were rung up. Except the two with no bar codes or price tags. Wait. Wait. Wait. Everyone, including the clerk, look around and wonder who is going to supply the missing price tag. Wait. Wait. Phew, someone brought a price for that shirt. How about those toddler shoes? Wait. Wait. Wonder when/if the clerk is going to move or say anything to anyone. Wait. Wait. Wait. Watch incredulously as the father pulls the exact same pair of shoes in another size out of his cart and asks if the clerk couldn't just scan that tag? Oh, yes, no problem, that brings your total to $527.43.
So, 350,000 minutes later, the Deadly Nadder pajamas were ours.
Saturday, March 06, 2010
Oops. One thing was missing from the last photo: the essential thumb.
What a precious gift! I never thought I would think/feel/say this, but I honestly wish that time would slow down so she could be a baby longer. These past eleven months have passed much too quickly, and I'm not just speaking from a place of sleep deprivation. I really want to savor each day with her.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
We went to the newish (don't know when it opened, it was new to me) Jump Zone in Niles. The kids had a super experience, and the only thing regrettable for me was I hadn't frosted the cupcakes and that took away from my play time!
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Will you pay more attention if I tell you that I now know how to make a "bacon mat"? See, I haven't wasted every minute of this new year! Talk to you soon, I am coming back here and you won't regret it if you do too!?!