Sick… Again! Really?!?

It’s been one of those winters where people are going to start thinking that I’m faking all this sickness as some kind of lame excuse. An excuse for why everything I am doing is so far behind schedule and always completely last minute. And lately, it is not my procrastination habit, but really, who would believe it? We went to a party on Saturday. The minute we walked in the door, Tsubaki started running a fever of 39.3. Where did that come from? It’s spring; we’re supposed to be done with this crap. Well, she still has the fever along … Continue reading

How to Kill Your Computer (in Less than a Second)

I almost had a panic attack yesterday. I thought that my computer had been killed. A few years ago, I learned something interesting about computers. There is a sensor in laptops (at least newer ones) that can tell if a laptop is falling. If you drop a laptop and the hard drive is “moving”, this sensor will kick in and stop the hard drive. This saves your computer’s hard drive (as long as the drop isn’t too extreme). But if you drop something on the computer, for example, a clock in my husband’s case, you are SOL. If the computer is off, you should … Continue reading

Speed Traps

The fact is that the US has nothing over Japan when it comes to speed traps. A speed trap in the US usually involves one patrol car staking out an area known for speeders and catching one car at a time. Highly inefficient. Let me tell you about Japanese speed traps. They do have a couple of similarities to their American counterparts. They are set up in an area where the speed limit drops and there is a fairly open stretch of road without too many lights and not too heavy traffic, so drivers have a tendency to pick up a … Continue reading

Sounds of Summer

I love the sounds of summer. I love the sound of the frogs in the rice field in front of our house. The chorus of frogs’ voices is a nice way to fall asleep. I don’t even really mind the frogs so much, but that does not mean I will touch one or that I want the kids to bring them to me. I also love the sounds of the cicadas. Their voices really make me feel like it is summer. Glorious long, hot summer days. But the cicadas themselves? I despise them. I have two problems with cicadas. One: they fly. … Continue reading

Summertime… Creepy Crawlies

Well, summer is here. And the only thing that I really don’t like about summer in Japan (other than the humidity) is the bugs. Last week, Tak found a centipede in the house. Ugh. But it’s the first time a centipede has been found in the house by someone other than me. Last year, I managed to find all three of the little nasties. I’m hoping that’s the only one this year, but somehow I’m doubtful. Last week, the first cockroach of the year was also spotted. It went running up and around the back of the toilet. When I … Continue reading

A Little Girl Playing in the Street

I fell asleep in the “English Room” last night and ended up sleeping there all night. This morning I’m still in the kotatsu thinking I should get up, when I hear someone come to the door. Tak went to the door to see what he wanted. “Excuse me. But there’s a little girl playing in the street all by herself and it’s dangerous.” Tsubaki.   She put her rainboots on and went out all by herself to play in front of the tulips. She really likes flowers. Since Tak put the magnet on the front door, she can’t open it … Continue reading

Onsen Moment

So, I went out today with just the girls. We went to Matsue Castle to see the cherry blossoms which hadn’t bloomed yet. But it was fun and we met new friends. On the way back, we went to our favorite onsen – Yurari in Hirata. Tsubaki was a bit wound up and crazy. I had to keep chasing her down until we finally got into the bath and she settled down a bit. Hana was being a good girl, as usual. Tsubaki may make me a bit crazy sometimes, but she is so much fun. I really like taking … Continue reading

Just a Regular Day

Last night, I was thinking, “We didn’t do that much today…” And then when I thought through what we did during the day, it really was quite full. 7:30 am: Get up. Snuggle in the futon with Hana for a while. 8:00 am: Actually get out of the futon. Gaku is urgently demanding that he is hungry and must be fed now, and he wants pancakes. 8:30 am: Eat pancakes! 9:00 am: Get in the shower. 9:45 am: Tak takes the girls to daycare for a special meeting at daycare. He realizes at the last minute that Hana and Tsubaki … Continue reading

Autumn Changes

I’ve never liked fall. It’s the season that comes before winter, and I really don’t like winter (too cold and dreary). In fall the trees lose all their leaves and, while the colors may be temporarily pretty, they start to look like mere skeletons of their spring and summer glory. I love summer: hot, sunny days spent at the beach. I’ve never liked the cooling of fall. Until this year. This year I seem to be developing a greater appreciation for fall. I took Tsubaki for a bike ride a few days ago. The wind was really strong and gusty. … Continue reading