I hope everyone who celebrated had a happy and festive Fourth of July! Things stayed pretty low-key here at Casa Aloha yesterday. None of us could pull together enough energy to do much of anything. We talked about going to the beach, but that was as far as we got. Brett and I went to Costco on Friday to buy more peaches and were amazed by the amount of tourists who are visiting right now (plenty of locals too, but we’re getting pretty good at spotting the difference between who’s visiting and who lives here). Costco was a veritable obstacle course, and we’re pretty sure the beach yesterday was probably just as crowded. So, we stayed home and relaxed. We were also somewhat surprised by how quiet last night was compared to last year, but maybe that’s because it was very overcast and not a good night for setting off fireworks. It was way more quiet than it ever was in Portland.
I had a nice chat with Meiling on Friday, as she filled out more paperwork for college. She has decided to accept the small Perkins loan she was awarded from the university to help pay for her room and board, but is declining the subsidized federal loan award – she wants to take on as little debt as possible. The Perkins loan amount is very small, and has a low interest rate, so she feels she will be able to pay it back easily. I sure miss that girl, and wish it were possible for her to come home for a while this summer, but she is working hard (40 – 45 hours per week) to have enough $$$$ by the time she heads to Eugene in September. We’re so proud of our girl!
We are off to the beach today! This is a bit early, but this afternoon I am:
- Reading: I’m ashamed to admit that I haven’t picked up my Kindle all week. I’ve just been too tired at night to read, and there’s been too much going on during the day. I’ll definitely be reading down at the beach though – I’m still not finished with All the Light We Cannot See.
- Listening to: The hum of the fans. They’re the first thing we turn on in the morning, the last thing to go off at night. It has been very humid here recently, and the breezes aren’t what they were even a month ago, so the fans are going full strength again. Summer in the tropics!!
- Watching: Brett and I finished all the available Murdoch Mysteries and Rosemary & Thyme episodes last week, and have started into Foyle’s War, which we’re enjoying both for the solid acting and intriguing crimes that need to be solved. I watched Ken Burns’s The Civil War again this past week, timely because this weekend was the 152nd anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg. I still develop a slight crush on Shelby Foote every time I watch that series! I’m now watching The American Experience – last night was about the Amish. Mystery and history – that’s what I like!
- Cooking/baking: We’re going to have grilled teriyaki chicken, zaru soba (cold soba with dipping sauce), and Japanese-style marinated cucumbers for dinner tonight, and I’ve currently got a loaf of whole wheat bread baking in the machine.
- Happy I accomplished this past week: Brett and I finally finished getting all the windows cleaned. What a chore! As we worked we discovered that more often than not that what had been done before we moved in had been perfunctory at best so there ended up being quite a bit of extra work for us to get it done right. The painters also left paint on some of the windows which was a pain to get off, especially since we are up so high. This past week I also ordered and downloaded Rosetta Stone Japanese Levels 1-3, and have started working my way through it (for review). I have to find some kana workbooks for Brett so he can get up to speed before he begins, although the program does attempt to teach it (not very well, in my opinion).
- Looking forward to next week: There’s nothing at all on our calendar this next week so there’s nothing I’m particularly anticipating or excited about. Hopefully the weather will cooperate so we can get to the beach some more, but WenYu’s school schedule kind of gets in the way of that during the week. Maybe we’ll just shoot for going down in the late afternoon and sitting in our chairs on the grass to look out at the ocean.
- Grateful for: Brett gets up early every morning, makes the coffee and puts away the dishes from the night before. I love getting up and having a hot cup of coffee waiting for me, and the kitchen all clean and tidy, which always starts my day off on the right foot. I am spoiled!
- Bonus question: Are you an introvert or an extrovert? I am a true introvert. I recently retook the Meyer’s-Briggs test and again scored over 80% for introversion on the “favorite world” questions in the test (overall I’m an INTJ), my highest score on the test. I grew up in a home of extroverts though and was expected to be an extrovert as well (although I think my dad was possibly also an introvert). I tried my best to fit in but never did particularly well at the social side of things, although I did have good friends and did well in school. I was actually pretty miserable growing up (and depressed) as all I wanted to do for the most part was curl up in a chair with a book and be left alone. My grandmother, another true introvert, understood me though and she was my refuge. These days I am free to let my introvert flag fly, and I’m much, much happier and content for it. Brett is a true extrovert, but he lets me be me with no expectations.
How is your Sunday going? How was your week?