I could get used to this...
Saturday, January 31, 2009
I could get used to this...
If I ever have to go through having my wrist "set" again, I'm going to request some percocet about an hour before...I think it would have worked way better than whatever fast acting stuff they gave me. I'm not fond of the hung over after-effects enough to take it often, but for fairly excruciating pain mixed with a strong desire to sleep, it's great.
Friday, January 30, 2009
I fractured my wrist pretty thoroughly - I ended up at the hospital with an orthopedic surgeon pulling my wrist back into place - yes, it was moderately painful. Not quite as painful as the first set of x-rays (sans splint) and only slightly more painful than having my wedding ring cut off.
Guess what I'll be posting about for the next week or two...
Thursday, January 29, 2009
ANYWAY, I was chatting with Suzanne this afternoon and asking her what she was having for dinner - she mentioned soup -and I said "I have 3 bags of frozen soup in my freezer - that's what we'll have". A couple of hours later I open up my freezer...there's the soup...but wait! I put it in unfrozen - and the liquid all settled into one mass. I can't get the darn stuff out. I'll wait for Steve to give it a go before I resort to that old family standby. The hairdryer.
Too bad my favorite hairdryer is kaput. I could have had those babies out of there in minutes.
I wish I could say that today will be a breeze, after 5 1/2 hours of history yesterday, I really wish I could. But it won't be. Today is all about Language Arts, especially G.U.M. (grammar, usage and mechanics). Yes, it's referred to as G.U.M. in our curriculum.
A whole semesters worth of participles, pronouns, nouns, proper and im. As if that wasn't enough, we still have the essay questions for Literature and the entire Vocab final to go...but then, we're done. So done.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
Dear Family and Friends,
Thanks for the recipes that you all sent. We like to try different foods when we have the chance. Yesterday we rode past a member`s restaurant and she waved us over and then gave us a bunch of frozen meats. So in the near future we`re probably going to be eating a lot of meat and mashed potatoes.
So the past week in review since last Tuesday. Last Tuesday an English class student took us out to eat at a small restaurant, he payed for us. Afterwards on the way back to our apartment he asked if it would be alright for him to stop at a store and pick up something. We said sure. Well we went inside with him. He acted a little confused about where the bread section was and then grabbed a couple of grocery baskets and gave us each one and told us to grab whatever we wanted. We eached grabbed a drink and small treat. He then led us around the store pointing at stuff and saying `Do you like this?` `This is good` `Have you ever had this before?` and put one of the thing in each of our baskets he did this with mochi, sushi, milk, juice, chicken, eel, sashimi, and a few other things. Afterwards he had us wait at the front while he paid. He was a very tricky old man and knows how to get us to accept things we normally wouldn`t. That night we saw a baked sweet potato truck driving around with a gas stove fire in the back. It looked cooler than it sounds.
Friday evening the power in the apartment went out for a little bit for no known reason. While we were riding our bikes to the train station we saw two power trucks with sirens zooming towards our apartment. I think they went faster and got more respect from the other drivers than the ambulances seem to. I went on an exchange from Friday night to Saturday night. We started the exchange at 8:40 PM. Elder Ito and I were in the Okamachi apartment when I reached in my pocket and realized my bike key was in there. 1 minute later the phone rang, the other Elders had just realized the same thing. We rode our bikes back to the train station to meet the elders and give them the keys.
On Sunday there was a potluck to celebrate Maria`s baptism and a couple who just moved into the ward. The food was pretty delicious.Transfer calls are in one week and transfers are a couple days after that. I have no idea if I`ll stay or not.
Where do I do emails? There`s a small library/community center that has 2 old computers that can do email. It costs about $2 an hour.I still have 20 minutes for time about...
Here`s a random journal entry. My journal entries could definitely be better by I do have a journal entry for every day so far. I`ll see if I can manage that my whole mission. Better a little too short than none at all.
Thursday July 17, 2008
We met our teachers today. They both served missions in Japan about a year or two ago. They both seem like great teachers. We were taught how to pray in Japanese today so I`ll be striving to do that. There are 12 Elders in my district and I look forward to working with them.
Saturday August 9, 2008
Not much happened today. Though everyone is speaking a lot more Japanese. I managed to speak in Japanese for most of the day this time.
Wednesday September 17, 2008
Today was really good. The TEC went great today. We started off by singing `I am a Child of God`. We focused the entire lesson on God`s love. It was the best lesson yet.
Sunday January 11, 2009
Today was good and cold. Maria was confirmed in the Hanayashiki ward today. Maruyama was confirmed in the Okamachi ward. A random eternal investigator came to church today. He lives in a different area and I guess a member there said get baptized or stop coming :(. Well, he`s attending other wards at the moment. Dendo today went well. I was pretty genki and talked to everyone and it rubbed off on Elder Ashdown. We talked to one guy for a whole hour while my toes were freezing. I made apple pie tonight. It`s interesting how we ended up talking to the good contact. After making an appointment with the previous person we needed to write the appointment down but both of us had surprisingly forgot pens. We contacted the person by asking him if he had a pen we could borrow.
Monday January 19, 2009
Today was good. This morning we ate lunch with Eugene at Oto Shimai`s house. It was good. She made lasagna, salad, and soup. Afterwards we corrected a few pages of English for her. We biked around Kawanishi for a while and set up an appointment with someone for tomorrow. In the evening we streeted Ikeda. We talked to the baked sweet potato vendor for a while. He`s there every night until 7 PM and we talk to him relatively often. He gave us a free baked sweet potato. On the way home we bought 10 takoyaki for 200 Yen ($2) they were good.I resisted the urge to expound upon or change anything. That`s pretty much straight out of my journal. Until next time.
Today was Danny's math review and final. He did just fine....90%. After that we had a brief run-in with pronoun antecedents, a section on buoyancy, a science experiment involving forces, and to round off the day, some science review (tomorrow is his science final).
I was going to go grocery shopping this afternoon. I guess I still could, but it would be a bit of a squeeze to get past the work crew in my driveway. I think I'll just finish up the laundry and hope that the work crew will be done in a couple of hours.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
"Are you taking a picture of us all reading toilet books?"
Yup Laura, that about sums it up.
After a rough start to the day, Danny did cheer up and have a good time. Really. He even told me that he likes skiing....quite a bit. It was much better than the ice skating he tried last month.
Saturday, January 24, 2009
They all seemed to have survived a day of skiing and supposedly are on their way home. We promised hot pizza when they get here...
Kevin and I just popped the first Papa Murphy's pizza in, we'll keep cranking the out until the skiers get here.
Friday, January 23, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Is it too late to name a dead blow dryer?
Monday, January 19, 2009
Sunday, January 18, 2009
1. Grammar. the contraction of a word by omitting one or more sounds from the middle, as in the reduction of never to ne'er.
2. Pathology. brief loss of consciousness associated with transient cerebral anemia, as in heart block, sudden lowering of the blood pressure, etc.; fainting.
It takes about a week to a week and a half for mail to get to him, so if you'd like to send him a card or letter, now's the time to be thinking about it.
Friday, January 16, 2009
Here is my favorite example of "cheating" today. The scripture that was supposed to be found was in 2 Thessalonians.
Halden: "Have you met my sister "Thessy"?" She's a really great girl, that "Thessy".
That they were "using their resources" didn't bother me too much. The game wasn't that competitive, and I figure that at least they were getting better acquainted with their scriptures. A few months ago these same students would have had a hard time identifying Thessalonians as a book in the New Testament.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
We went from accelerometers in science to Salons of the Enlightenment in history today.
"...during the Enlightnment, many philosophers, artists, writers and other educated people would gather at salons in the homes of wealthy patrons (mostly women) and engage in intellectual conversations about the philosophy of the day...."
Daniel's assignment was to describe the salon that he would have had if he had lived in the 1700's..what it would look like, who he would invite and why, and what would some of the topics of discussion be?
Who would you invite? What would you talk about?
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Alex's hair was getting too long. It was getting too long about two months ago, but now it was way too long. Using the #6 (we started with the #8) attachment we ended up with this much.
Maybe if I got paid to cut my family's hair I would be more aggressive at seeking out business. Then it wouldn't get so long.
Any idea what the going rate for boys haircuts are?
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Monday, January 12, 2009
Sunday, January 11, 2009
2 of my students are also former Webelos of mine - and they remembered in flattering detail the lessons I had given them in building bridges. It's nice to know that sometimes something sticks.
The students (mostly the boys) wanted their artwork judged, so I offered to go get an impartial judge, Brother Sorenson, our seminary principal. He came in 5 minutes before the end of class and the kids had to explain their pictures to him. I had told him (in private) that I didn't want there to be an actual "winner" - I don't need weeks of boasting.
Well, he didn't exactly declare a winner, but this last entry did catch his eye. Evidently I have some politically savvy students who decided to name their bridge after the judge. I have a feeling that this bridge will live in infamy.
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Friday, January 9, 2009
I'm not sure what all the hype for HDTV is about...but I do know that the new seasons of Psych and Monk start tonight - so I'm willing to give it a go.
Thursday, January 8, 2009
The boys took our wheelbarrow into the back yard on December 22nd - so that they could build a bigger snow ramp for the grandkids. It hasn't moved since. It looks fairly full of water - a combination of melted snow and steady rain.
That same combination of melting snow and heavy rain is playing havoc with Western Washington right now. All the passes are closed. I-5 south is closed. Many school districts around the state are closed. This on top of snow closures. The required make-up days are sure adding up fast.
I wonder if this is Mother Nature's way of voting for year-round school? At this rate the kids who attend brick and mortar schools won't be out of school until July. Not us. Yet another advantage of going to a virtual school.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
1 And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there:
2 And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage.
3 And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine.
4 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come.
5 His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.
6 And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece.
7 Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim.
8 And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it.
9 When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom,
10 And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now.
11 This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.
We didn't make wine, but we did make purple water. I was not willing to invest in potable beverages...I purchased my "stone waterpot" at Goodwill and while I love shopping there, I won't buy plastic food containers.
"Ah, but your "waterpot" is made of glass," you say...
To that I answer: "yes, but not the spout."
It all goes back to a regrettable incident many years ago involving a Colman beverage thermos (1 or 2 gallon) and a lost kitten.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
We planned to work on goals for our first FHE of the new year. I decided to grab the bull by the horns and get mine ready. First, a look back at last year's goals. How did I do? Of the 10 that I had, I completed 4, made good progress on 4 and totally bombed on 2. I'll give myself a B- (I'm an easy grader - it's a good thing that I don't have to grade very much of Daniel's schoolwork).
Not only did I type up 10 (new and recycled) goals, but I made up a weekly tracking page (yes, I like quantifiable goals - none of those "be a better person" goals for me), printed them up 4 to a page, cut them, and bound them in a book. It may only be a pathetic attempt to fool myself into thinking that they are more official...but hey, I'll take any advantage I can get.
Monday, January 5, 2009
We had a little spare time left when Danny had finished his regular classes this afternoon, so he worked on a model of the Globe Theatre . We haven't had the lesson on it yet - that will be in a day or two, but in the meantime we've got a head start on it.
If you'd like to make your own fancier model check out the one on Papertoys.com.
Sunday, January 4, 2009
The snow is supposed to turn to rain sometime during the night - but if it doesn't do it soon enough the schools will decide to have a late start. Late start for school means no seminary.
At least Danny will have his regularly scheduled school day - that's one of the advantages of attending a virtual academy. No snow days. Very few sick days either. We just plow on through.
Our new time is 11:30am. I'm okay with that - it could be worse.
Saturday, January 3, 2009
What is it with Alex and bundt cakes? I asked him a day or two ago what kind of cake he wanted...and after a little research he came up with this Lemon-Cheese Cake. The main cake is made with a yellow cake mix base (slight alterations), then I made a lemon and cream cheese filling to go in it and a lemon glaze on top. It turned out fairly yummy (definitely not as rich as last year's Tunnel O' Fudge). I made it yesterday so that it could chill in the refrigerator over night.
It's always nice to add to my repertoire of bundt cake recipes. Thank you, Alex.
Friday, January 2, 2009
Danny kept checking the tracking online. Nothing. We started keeping an eye out the windows after dark. I had just about given up when they finally showed up. Steve and Danny went out to the truck - it took the guy a few minutes to find our packages - we didn't just have his new netbook computer, we also got our Christmas package from David.
Among other things, David sent us a photo calendar with multiple pictures for each month. I forced him to divulge his source - he finally admitted that he gave the pictures to Xuehui (his girlfriend) and she put it together. So...thank you David AND Xuehui! It's awesome.
Steve and Danny are having a great time installing more memory in Danny's new netbook, charging the battery, installing programs, reading the instructions...not necessarily in that order.