Today was one of those days when things just worked. Thank goodness, I needed it. And I assume you, my faithful readers, needed to hear me stop bitching. (LANGUAGE VICTORIA)
First, the kids went to school. I love my children dearly, but I love when they have an outlet for all their thoughts that isn’t just me. Also, I’m trying not to ride everyone’s asses too hard on the weekend about keeping the house clean so when they exit the house on Monday, I Have a bit of a back log of tidying to do.
Second, I FaceTimed with my Mom, Dad, Sister, Emily Cat and Sophie Dog. Sushi Dog will not speak to me. I think she knows I’m on the phone and has no desire to give me the doggy time of day. My heart is a little broken by this, but I know she is well cared for and happy. She has been a little anxious as my Mom has mentioned in the comments before, so she made her some mittens. WHICH SHE WEARS PEOPLE. So that makes me happy too.
And the delivery guy brought the things to make the internet work when the internet people come on Wednesday!
Next, I put out my trash, no birds ate it and it got picked up. Plus I put mine out at the same time as the people across the street and we had a nice little chat in Japanese.
THEN! A car drove the wrong way down the one way street, and all of us neighbors were out there yelling at them. I felt very included in the annoyance. However, we didn’t flick them off, which I found a little disappointing. We still have to be polite when chastising in Japan.
At 11, my lovely (inside and out!) Japanese friend Mari came to teach me how to use our counter top oven/microwave (which currently resides on our floor because we have no counter). We had managed to microwave, but the idea of actually COOKING in it was terribly overwhelming. I have 2 pages of notes (below) and I feel confident in my ability to use it! It’s super fancy and has a whole bunch of programs that I will never use.
Then, because Mari is a dear soul, she called the doctor to me. And here is the crazy thing, THEY DON’T DO APPOINTMENTS. You just go and they see you. So then Mari TOOK ME TO THE DOCTOR. (And kindly stopped me before I walked in with my shoes on, you have to remove them!). Then she translated at the doctor for me. (Even though the doctor had some English, it was much easier/better with someone who could speed the process up) Without an appointment we were there for. . . less than an hour total. And I forgot my Japanese insurance card so I had to pay out of pocket which was 3500 yen, so just over $30 US. But don’t worry, they’re going to refund me some portion of that when I go back tomorrow with the insurance card. I KID YOU NOT PEOPLE. THIS IS HEALTH CARE. Then Mari took me to the pharmacy for my prescription. Out of pocket it would be 4500 yen, but they were out of what I needed (Walgreens on the corner of Washtenaw and Huron Pkwy. must have called and told them that’s how they like to treat me) so I’ll go back tomorrow with my insurance and let you know how that turns out. Oh and this is all cash of course, no credit cards!
How awesome is all that though? I have a friend who will not only come to my house (encouraging me to get up and clean first thing!) but will then take me to the doctor and pharmacy. She is the same friend who arranged to have my package redelivered. (Which was our US mail. . .so yeah, bills)
After I came home, I heated these up for lunch:
Turns out, not chicken, but a potato pancake of sorts. So delicious, but not really a whole meal. I ate it anyway.
This is how they want you to microwave them:
but I cannot microwave in plastic.
And I enjoyed this AMAZING tea. I first had it at the Flower Making and someone told us where to buy it, so I bought it on Saturday. It looks like marmalade, but it’s tea! It’s high in Vitamin C so you’re supposed to drink it when you’re feeling under the weather. It’s so tasty and caffeine free.
This is how you make it:
Once the kids were home, we decided on dinner and I headed to the grocery store. I was excited to find that Chicken was on sale, and that I recognized that it was on sale. Oh the thrills! Nathaniel’s tea was on sale. I got all the way through the grocery store and home before I realized it wasn’t hard. I just WENT to the grocery store, DID the shopping, and came home. I didn’t fret over anything. I knew what I wanted, and where it was. I counted my money correctly. It was a really nice trip.
Then I made dinner.
I made a basic baked chicken now that I know how to use our oven. Basically take some melted butter, put it on chicken, add whatever spices you want, bake it.
This chickencis good by itself but I use the leftovers to mix into other things.
Here are some videos and pictures showing you how our thing is both a microwave and an oven:
It’s pretty handy. It is one of the items we splurged on and bought a nice one because we want to take it back to the states and replace our microwave and toaster oven with this. (I’m also bringing home toilet seats and perhaps a bathtub)
Nathaniel and the kids each got a piece of mail today from Nathaniel’s parents. (I’ve previously received mail) so that definitely added some excitement for the kids! They’ve mastered the international mailing! GO MELISSA AND RON!
I’m exicted to hang out in my tub tonight with my new books! I bought 5 Robert B Parker books (because that’s what they had) so hopefully it turns out that I like him.
I heard some sports happened in the states. So GO SPORTS!!!! Unless your team lost, in which case: SPORTS 😦
ALSO! I need recipes people. EASY recipes. So please feel free to comment below with recipes for me. I would love that.
Tomorrow my friend Christina and I are hopefully heading to Costco! It’s a hike so most people only go once a week, but I’m looking forward to CHEESE and maybe. . .SOUR CREAM. I wonder if I can get a case pack of porn?