Monday, October 27, 2008
It was my first time of team-teaching the English Club, at a community center in Mutsuura, for 3-5 yo's. They just do. not. get. any. cuter. At first, I was a bit nervous. I mean, these are 3-5 year olds whose mothers have decided they need to learn some English. How can I capture their attention and interest? How is it going to be working with this more experienced teacher.
Somebody has a crush on Frankie! Poor thing. According to her brother who read her diary, she looooves Nate and wants to marry him. However, she proposed to him and he turned her down flat. Eew, girl germs!
We call them creeps at our house, because when Nate was little he saw the word and pronounced crepes "creeps". We went to a place in Kamakura, right on 134, called The Natural Table. It is a very good, kid-friendly place to eat, right next to another favorite, The Cantina. Anyway, it's a buffet of good food and there were plenty of good options for a certain pathetic wretch on week 1 1/2 of South Beach.
My Gott people! Sooo tacky! I can't believe ladies with no jobs themselves, put so much ego into their husbands careers. I also think it is unfortunate that people like that have to act like elitist snobs, and jockey for social position instead of letting their husband's jobs speak for themselves. People should just relax, respect everyone and make some supportive friendships. Have more fun and worry less about what your husband does, and more about other people. Ah, well. You know who you are. Oh, maybe you don't!
Monday, October 20, 2008
Frankie with Ashley, the little neighbor girl he babysits who has a wee crush on him.
On Sunday, the boys and I and some of the courtyard hens and their kids went to the Zushi Festival. It was a great festival.
So later we all went to a Kaiten Sushi place in Kamakura, where we sat on stools and watched the sushi go around on a little conveyor belt, grabbing what looked good. Nate managed to find french fries, fried chicken, and a glass of coke. Frankie had his hands full with the naughty little toddler! So cute. He loves kapomaki - cucumber sushi wrapped in seaweed. He likes to stack them up into towers, poke the cucumber out with a chopstick and eat it, line the hollow remains on the chopstick and wave them around, giggling. What a hoot.
Saturday, October 18, 2008
I found these beauties on etsy.com, and now want to make them. That will be added to my list of things to make:
Friday, October 17, 2008
Yup, just me catching up on some reading. Ha! Last month I read the book, "The Shack" only to skip my monthly book club due to a chilly and rainy night and two boys who needed supervision in order to organize their overdue schoolwork. This month the neighbors and I have been passing around lofty works such as Nicholas Sparks "Nights in Rodanthe."
Does anybody know how two people decided they were soul mates after spending three days together, while doing nothing but making small talk and doing you know what? (I think you know what...) Perhaps I have a cynical attitude toward romance, but I must admit I did roll my eyes a bit at how the poor woman just could not move on afterward...despite years of separation...from her one true love...
How idealized her view of the fellow became when after three days of you know what, he went overseas for his medical mission, eh!?!? No arguments, no dirty socks on the floor, no car left with only a whiff of gas.
No leftovers mysteriously disappearing in the middle of the night. Just the charm of the rugged young Doc, with a shattered past. And a decent ass. Just like my life, except I have his boys and his obnoxious orange puppy to take care of lest I pine away too much...
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Wendy Crescenzo Gomez is Petal Elfglitter.
She is a cheerful sprite. She lives in gardens and parks where almond trees and roses grow. She is only seen in the light of a shooting star. She wears soft pale pink and yellow petals. She has delicate green wings like a cicada.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Here are the boys at 6:30 in the morning as they are getting ready for school. Ok, Mom, take my picture. They are actually cheerful, but they do not want to smile for the camera. Nate is in full-on emo hair mode here. He is almost reminding me a bit of Pete Wentz from Fall Out Boy.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
Luuuurve, true luuurve....
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
This week there was not too much to write about other than my domestic angst: a doggy back and forth to the vet for nebulizer treatments every day, and a car which failed the Japanese inspection and needed to have a couple of new parts put in, by an overworked and overwhelmed autoport.
I can not tell you the manner of depraved acts I had to perform to get the fellows at the autoport to work on my car first. Because my car is very very important to me. Because I apparently was overdue for the Japanese inspection and the base inspection that is apparently due every two years and has not been done as of Set 10 of this year. Then having done it, needed said part and needed to go to City Hall for permission for a temporary license so one could drive said car for 5 more days, with expired inspection. For 750 yen only.
Then after such humiliations, one could pay a "runner" the sum of $50, plus around $150 US in annual fees tax and such, to drive the now perfect car to Yokohama for the Japanese inspection, fill out the Japanese papers and return it to its rightful spot in Ikego. There does not exist enough money for make this young lass go to Yokohama and subject herself to this trial....
... and after which one could then return to the VRO office and present hopeful papers to surly VRO employee and after certain verbal abuse, return temporary plates and red-stamped form to Yokosuka City Hall, by the end of the business day...
...and hopefully back home in time before undue and unwarranted puddles and piles form on the white linoleum, brought forth by one wheezing young Akita pup and one diva Pekingese male prince...
...and in time to thrust one package of Cool Ranch Doritos in front of one pre-teen boy freshly alight from the schoolbus, whilst awaiting his latest tales of adventure...
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Fall has finally come to Japan! Its been in the 60's and low 70's, finally, this week. It's time to make soups and stews, take long walks and enjoy the changing leaves. Although here, one has to watch out for snakes sunning themselves in the trails. Some of the best things about fall in my mind, are:
drinking hot apple cider
going to the apple orchard * pumpkin patch! *cooking with everything squash, sweet potato and pumpkin * hot sweet potato drink at Ducky Ducky, topped with whipped cream! * chestnuts! piles of leaves, and the smell of burning leaves * warm sweaters * changing the blankets and bringing out the warm quilts * putting rugs on the floors * bringing out some orange, rust and brown colored pillows and throw blankets * using the oven more * kids sitting at the kitchen table with their homework * lighting candles more time outside in Ikego, due to the milder weather :) * bonfires and roasting marshmallows for smores * lazy fall beetles and bees * good sleeping weather!
What are your favorite things???
Anyway, we had communal dinner this weekend here in the courtyard, and I made some soup. My soup was potato, a very easy recipe:
6 pieces of bacon
1 cup celery
a bunch of potatoes
3 cloves garlic
6 cups chicken broth
Cook the bacon and remove it, save it for sprinkling on top of the soup. Drain out most of the fat. Sautee the celery, onion and garlic in the bottom of the bacon pan. When soft, add the potatoes and broth. Cook until soft. Use a hand blender or potato masher to mix. Now, I used 6 potatoes and thought the soup was a little thin, so I cheated a bit and added some instant mashed potatoes. No one will know the difference!!
Add hot sauce to taste.
Serve with bowls of shredded cheddar, bacon, and green onions.