It will be interesting to see what this coming week brings weather-wise, with Hurricane Guillermo heading toward us. It’s currently a Category 2 storm, but is supposed to be downgraded to a tropical storm in the next couple of days, and pass to the north of the islands. But, things can change and there’s the possibility we might get a direct hit. No matter what, we’ll still be getting plenty of rain, wind (which means high surf), and my favorite (NOT): humidity. I am already so over this summer’s high humidity, but know we have a couple more months to go before it finally dissipates again to manageable levels.
Otherwise, we have slipped right back into our regular school-year routine. Brett gets the girls up, fixes breakfast and makes their lunches, and then I pick up with all the after-school routine. WenYu will probably drive to school a few days this week – she got her official parking permit last week – which means we’ll be stuck at the house on some days, but we’ll see how that goes. Other than our regular outing to the farmers’ market though we don’t have anything special on the calendar this coming week.
This afternoon I am:
- Reading: I’m still working my way through the The Decagon House Murders. It’s very stark, very Japanese, but I’m doing OK with it. I just downloaded Snow Country from the library, a novel by the Nobel Prize-winning author Yasunari Kawabata, and considered to be his masterpiece.
- Listening to: It’s a lovely day so far, with a nice breeze blowing, so plenty of people are out and working in their yards. There’s lots of noise from mowers and weed trimmers going on. But, there’s also the cooling sounds of the breeze blowing through the palms outside – my favorite sound on these hot summer days.
- Watching: I think we may watch Interstellar tonight if we get everything done and organized on time. Brett and I are now into Season Five of Inspector Morse, and this past week I started watching Last Tango in Halifax – love it!
- Cooking/baking: Brett heated up leftovers for the girls’ breakfast this morning – they’re both volunteering at an island-wide bike ride. Brett and I will finish up more of the leftovers, and then YaYu is going to make Snake Alley Noodles for our dinner tonight. The girls might make some cupcakes later this afternoon when they get back if they’re not too tired from their volunteer experience.
- Happy I accomplished this last week: I got all my retirement paperwork filled out, and after we get Brett’s signature notarized on one part, and the paperwork filled out at our credit union for the direct rollover of the small savings account, it is ready to go. I should be officially retired as of October 1. I also got all the cushion covers on our sofa off and washed. I’ve been putting it off for too long because I thought it would be a pain, but it was actually very easy and the sofa looks like new again.
- Looking forward to this week: The arrival of our Japanese textbooks from Amazon to supplement Rosetta Stone! We’ll be using the Japanese For Busy People series. Brett will get started on learning hiragana and katakana, and I will kick up my studies another notch, including learning more kanji.
- Thankful for: I’ve been feeling very grateful lately for the explosion of natural beauty that always surrounds us here on Kaua’i. Oregon was beautiful, and Portland was very green, but it seemed we often had to get in the car and drive somewhere to take in the natural wonders there, or pay to get in somewhere to see it. We had to go camping in order to see the stars at night. Here the natural world surrounds us and bombards us all the time, from the lush greenery right outside our windows, to the aqua blue surf breaking on the beach, to the zillions of stars filling the pitch black sky at night. Nature just seems to be more up close and accessible here.
- Bonus question: Do you have any fears or phobias? I am not afraid of much except for heights, and I’ve got acrophobia bad. It is said there are two kinds of people who are afraid of heights: those who are afraid of falling and those who are afraid they will jump. I mainly fall into the first category, thank goodness although I admit to wondering at times what falling would feel like. And, watching other people, especially children, in high places just about causes me to faint. The only bugs I fear these days are centipedes, and I’m not too crazy about frogs and toads either. Snakes are in a category all their own, but thankfully there are no snakes around here.
I hope you are enjoying your Sunday. How is it going? How has your week been?