Ok, so my “daily” posts are certainly slipping a little. It seems the days are passing by faster than I thought, but I suppose that means I’m busy, so that’s not such a bad thing. Although I do like to post. The L sleeping situation has not really improved. Now, instead of fighting it, I kind of accept that I am going to have to lay with him until he falls asleep. At least then I don’t feel as if I could be “damaging” him or depriving H of much needed sleep. And if I read my book and get them off to bed relatively early, then I get some down time too. And I usually don’t fall asleep if my nose is stuck in a book. Although I read two volumes of Nana today while I was waiting for sleep to come. Grr…hate how expensive manga is and how quickly you get through it.
The weekend was a quiet but fairly good one. After Y and my discussion about finances, we stayed home on Saturday, just playing outside with the children for a few hours in the afternoon. I did a bit more work on a sewing project and then went off to the gym in the evening. The next day was much the same, except we took the books back to the children’s library and let the children play at the jidokan (indoor play area) for a bit. The 0-3 year old room was totally empty, so they had fun playing around in there for a while. I love how clean the place is and that it’s free..even the parking ticket gets validated for 5 hours, so that’s never an issue either. There are tables in there and lots of mothers bring a packed lunch to eat. So if you are organised enough, it’s a free fun day out. It’s especially great on weekdays of course, because then there are really only the pre-pre-schoolers around. It’s quite a big thought that L will be at kindergarten from April. I’m a little sad and worried how he will cope with it and how I will miss him, and at the same time excited about the time I will have. I’m hoping to get some more work while they are out at kindy, but I also don’t want to get a commitment that won’t allow me to go back to the U.K. next summer. Ideally, I would like to go back for a month. My Mum still has her business, but is giving up her shop and working from home, so it means that we would see a lot more of her when we are visiting (hopefully!). I checked the flight prices and July/August are almost 500,000 yen for H, L and I…O_O Then I checked from end of June -end of July and they are 347,000…quite a big gap. Kindergarten holidays are from end of July until end of August, so it always means that the children and I have a HUGE holiday together, but at those prices, I can’t really pass up on the cheaper fares. Especially before they start primary school and time off starts to become more of an issue.
Wow, it’s only September, I know…quite some time before next summer, but it’s good to know that there is an affordable time, and my teaching contract at the kindie ends next March, so it means if they want to renew, at least I can tell my boss that I am planning the big trip. It was kind of a condition when I started working for him again. Good for the childrens English and also essential for me too. I speak English all the time, but rarely to adults, and it’s good to refresh my knowledge on language/home culture/prices/society/television (he he) too. So this is something to look forward to. Hard to believe that L will be 3 by that time…
Exercise programme is going well. I am super motivated and have started controlling calories again now I am stuck at a plateau. My body is craving bitter foods, which apparently means there is a deficiency in the foods that are categorised by their bitter tastes. I’m thinking iron? Mostly craving dark greens, spinach, bok choy, green peppers, mizuna, all of that good stuff. It’s hard because they are the vegetables that the children aren’t that fond of. They prefer sweeter carrots, broccoli, sweet potato, etc., so I am doing a lot of tandem cooking at the moment. Also MEAT…YUK!!! I have a real aversion to it. I have a fridge full of tofu. And fish gives me the icks too. The smell of it cooking could make me puke on the spot. Interesting how the body works. So today’s lunch (the one that my body instructed me to make) looked like an old persons lunch…vegetable soup (with bits of chicken in that I gave to the children), rice, steamed vegetables and poached egg. I’m trying to make my meals balanced at least, and am glad to have a craving that doesn’t involve chocolate and cake…oh, and bread, although that will always be my weakness…yummy!
And now..the weather..After complaining for at least the whole of summer about the sultry heat, I refuse to complain about the cold. At least until winter anyway. The thermometer now reads 12 degrees at night time. What a difference! It was always at least 30 even at night until a week or two ago. But it’s SOOOOO nice to go outside in my hoody and JEANS!!! How I have missed you xxx Although I am cross that you are a little snug around the tum…grr… And it’s nice when the children ask to play outside that I can just say, “Yes, let’s go!” Sit outside with a coffee and a book/magazine and let them play crazy on their bikes. So until those temperatures hit 2s and 3s, I am NOT complaining thank you. Hello Autumn!