It has been a week of ups and downs, and I am more than ready to start a new week. The humidity up here in the hills was frankly awful for most of this past week, and combined with warm temperatures it was often too miserable to even move at times. Plus, I didn’t feel well for a couple of days, and the heat and humidity did not help. However, the storms that have been causing all the high humidity seem to have finally moved on (unfortunately they’re heading for Japan), and the week ended on a high note. The humidity broke yesterday and Brett and I spent a long, wonderful afternoon at the beach with good friend and fellow “ex-pat,” Barb. The day couldn’t have been any lovelier, and we caught up and talked for hours.
And, Brett was able to fix our sluggish living room ceiling fan. YEAH! It had been operating on low (at best) for the past couple of weeks and we couldn’t figure out what was wrong, but he worked on it again yesterday afternoon and it now once again operating at full speed and keeping things pleasant.
It’s also almost hard to believe that this coming week is the last of summer vacation for the girls (although WenYu has been taking classes all summer), and they will start a new school year the week after next.
This afternoon I am:
- Reading: I started a new book this week, Untangling My Chopsticks: A Culinary Sojourn in Kyoto, by Victoria Riccardi. The author spent a year in Kyoto studying kaiseki ryori, or tea ceremony cuisine. I am thoroughly enjoying it, and am learning lots about the history of tea in Japan as well as the tea ceremony. Her experiences in Japan are also interesting, and I can identify with many of them.
- Listening to: There’s a light breeze rustling through the palms right now (thankfully), and just a few chickens screeching. Otherwise it’s just the hum of the fans. The girls are still asleep (at noon!) and Brett is reading. Our neighbor is building something (again), but for now the saws and hammers are silent.
- Watching: Brett and I are almost at the end of Foyle’s War, with just two or three more episodes to go. We’ve decided that when it’s finished we’ll re-watch all of Inspector Morse again as it’s been a few years. WenYu loves the show as well and plans to join us as we work our way through the series. I have also started watching Luther for my late-night viewing and am enjoying it, although the crimes seem to be particularly gruesome. Update: Brett and I are going to watch Unbroken. I loved the book and hope the movie is good.
- Cooking/baking: We’re having spaghetti with meat sauce for dinner tonight, along with some garlic bread and probably a salad. I’m thinking too I might bake a fresh peach cake for a dessert later this afternoon.
- Happy I accomplished this week: In spite of the awful weather and my being under the weather, I did manage to get started on my retirement paperwork. It turned out though that the main application form is currently unavailable online, so it is being mailed to me. Hopefully it will arrive soon so I can finish it up next week and get it submitted. My target date for retirement is October 1.
- Looking forward to this week: We have a new 1000-piece puzzle to start! And, YaYu will be getting her learner’s permit. One more to go!
- Thankful for: I am so grateful for the way my children support each other. I grew up in a household where my siblings and I constantly competed against each other for almost everything, and while it was difficult then it has also made for difficult adult relationships. I don’t think Brett and I have done anything particularly special raising our children, but they all help each other and support each others’ endeavors. I am especially heartened by our son’s relationship with his sisters. He was 19 when Meiling came home, and not happy about suddenly having a sibling after being an only for so many years, but these days he has a great relationship with all of the girls, and even though they’re more than a generation apart and he lives so far away, he encourages them and helps out when he can.
- Bonus Question: Do you play games on your phone or computer? I have seven little games downloaded on my phone: 7 Little Words (vocabulary); Flow (draw ‘pipes’ to fill the screen – more challenging than it sounds); Solitaire; Sudoku; 94 Seconds (word recall); Dots (connect dots – again, not as easy as it sounds); and 2048 (add blocks to end up with one block that equals 2048). The only one I am any good it is Sudoku – I can finish an expert level puzzle in around six minutes. I try to play each game at least once each day as I figure they all help to keep my brain sharp, and they’re great time-
wastersfillers when I am stuck somewhere. I have been invited more times than I can count to play Candy Crush Saga or whatever it’s called, and Words With Friends, but just can’t get into them. What games do you like?
Hope you are enjoying (or enjoyed) a wonderful Sunday afternoon, and had a great week!