Thursday, April 30, 2009
Out of milk? Tough. Make some.
Out of eggs? Tough. Make some.
Out of bread....you get the picture.
I made 4 loaves of bread today to start us out. I'll make up some powdered milk tonight. We'll see how the milk thing goes. I predict milk consumption will go down by approximately 75% this coming month. Or more.
So what's for dinner tonight? I don't know...we're going out for one last hurrah.
And now we dance.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Now all I have to do is to keep it away from the boys.
Monday, April 27, 2009
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Saturday, April 25, 2009
I'm not helping - though I wish I could. Instead of helping in the yard, I'm going to the dry pack cannery this afternoon. Me and my one good arm.
Friday, April 24, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
First of all, I blame Sue. She's gaining hundreds of square feet of living space in her house. Since I haven't been able to convince my husband that we need more square footage, I have to find it where ever I can. This week we found some under our bathroom sink.
I have a fairly small vanity - as those of you who helped me install the granite counter top can attest to (thank you Keira and Tia). No drawers at all. It pretty much tends to be a sort of black hole for toiletries. Stuff went in, but seldom went out. The few things under there that I do need on a regular basis were just hard to get to.
Now that we have our food storage organized in the garage I have managed to declutter most of my kitchen cupboards. It's time to do the same to my bathroom. I have a couple of shelves down in the garage designated for toiletries/bathroom stuff. I took everything out of my vanity, and plan to minimize what will be stored there. Here's my under sink plan:
- one only - unopened deodorant, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, etc.
- open containers of other hygiene products...
- toilet wand and refills (I use the disposable Clorox ones)
- toilet paper (as much as will fit)
Things I will NOT put back.
- cleaning supplies (except toilet wand)
- multiple containers of unopened toiletries
- ancient open containers (they are going directly to the trash)
- hair cutting paraphernalia - it must find a new home. Probably in the hall closet.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
I have 4 different exercises for homework. I really should have written them down, but thankfully Steve came in near the end and saw what they are - so he can help remind me. One of them is a bit of a killer - I have to reach around my wrist with my right hand and gently twist is back and forth. Yeah. That one hurts.
I'm heading off to physical therapy (I am tempted to call it "physio")in 10 minutes...wish me luck.
Monday, April 13, 2009
Yes. Steve had a campout this past weekend.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Last Monday Night we had a pizza party with some investigators at the church. Elder Bahr and I made 7 pizzas and it went well.
This will seem hard to believe but sometimes people give us wrong phone numbers. In the past this was really a pain because we didn`t always know whether we had a wrong number or not and could waste some time calling it. However now that we have cell phones we simply dial their number there on the spot in order to give them our cell phone number. This insures that we have the right phone number. Last week someone tried to/accidentally gave us the wrong number and was surprised when we dialed it. Really if people don`t want to give us their phone number we`re fine with that, just say so and don`t bother making up a fake one.
Elder Matsuoka and I taught the first lesson to a 7 year old American boy last week. Since Elder Matsuoka speaks little English I ended up teaching most of that lesson. It was probably the first time I`ve taught the entire first lesson in English since the beginning of the MTC. The three missionary lesson pamphlets (The Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, The Plan of Salvation, The Gospel of Jesus Christ) are good resources for young children learning the gospel. They explain all the basic important doctrine in one place very simply.
On Friday when we left the apartment we both felt that there was someone sitting in the park that we needed to go talk to. When we went there we found some guy sitting down who we approached. He actually surprisingly recognized us as Mormon Missionaries. (That`s unusual for Japanese people, though almost all American or European foreigners recognize us) We had a good talk with him, apparently he had gone to a Christmas Party at an LDS church some time ago. He actually was about to head back to Tokyo where he lives when we came across him.
On Saturday and Sunday we had General Conference. You already saw Conference so there`s not much to say.
Do you still have extra "roommates" and if so, how is that working out? It`s going well, I expect there to be 4 missionaries in this apartment for another 3-6 months. Elder Bahr my companion is good, he goes back home June 5, so he`s almost done. It`s fun to be in the same apartment as Elder Campbell (My MTC room mate), he`s a great missionary. Elder Murphy is from New Zealand and I think he came to Japan right before Christmas.
Would you like me to see if I can get some college applications for you? Sure, I`d like to see the applications for BYU and some of the closer Washington Colleges.
How's the language coming along? Are you still studying kanji? It`s hard to explain how much I understand. For the most part I understand what people are saying though there`s still a lot of less common words that I don`t understand, it`s generally enough to get the gist or understand when they explain it more. I know enough Japanese, English, and Handwaving to explain pretty much anything I need too. Yes I am still studying kanji. It`s similar to studying Latin roots of a language sort`ve, except it`s necessary to know these Latin roots in order to read things.
Have you eaten anything interesting/new lately? I can`t think of anything. Though Corn Soup is really common here. I`m actually drinking some as I type this. Besides that at the apartment I learned another way to eat eggs. Fry an egg over easy and put in a bowl of rice, add a little soy sauce, stir it up and eat it. Oh yeah I did crack a raw egg into my rice last week wondering if it would cook some, it didn`t cook really but was good nonetheless.
Well that`s all there is to say this week I think.
PS Hello Bradley Ferel take care until next week.
Easter just isn't the same as when I was a kid. Grandma Hanna often provided our Easter "baskets". They consisted of a plastic cottage cheese container with a green pipe cleaner for a handle and recycled Easter grass. I think she used the same ones every year. I wish I had a picture.
Inside the basket was an assortment of non-delicious candy. Stale Peeps, stale "Circus Peanuts"(a sort of peanut shaped marshmallow creation), jelly beans, "Orange Slices"(jelly type candy coated with sugar) and best/worst of all her homemade fudge. Compared to the circus peanuts and orange slices the fudge was almost gourmet. If you can call dry, bitter fudge gourmet. We always ate our fudge. It may not have been great, but it was chocolate.
Thank you Grandma.
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
Thursday, April 9, 2009
An Ood. From the tv show, Dr. Who ( "Planet of the Ood").
I do not have a student named "S.O.O." - but "Supreme Overlord Olivia" was just a tad too long to write on a cookie.
Danny and I were studying the unification of Germany today during History. Bismarck was an interesting person. He built up the Prussian army, then tricked Austria into the Seven Week War. After that, he connived (partly by falsifying a telegram) to go to war with France. He beat them in less than seven weeks. I like some of his quotes:
- "Better pointed bullets than pointed words."
- "People never lie so much as after a hunt, during a war, or before an election."
and my personal favorite -
- "Laws are like sausages. It's better not to see them being made."
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
[bas-uh-nit, -net, bas-uh-net] –noun Armor.
1. a globular or pointed helmet of the 14th century, often provided with a visor or aventail: evolved from the cervellière.
2. a supplementary cap that is worn underneath a helm, as an arming cap.
While Danny was working on his maths, I was working on the NYT crossword puzzle. I did awesomely. However, I did come across one word that had me wondering if I was wrong. The clue was "steel helmets with visors". I had all the letters but the first one - and it just looked wrong. Especially when the corresponding down clue was ""some Muppet dolls". The answer to that one was "Berts". I mean really....Berts?!?!?!? Since I had all the other squares except that one filled in, I went ahead with 'basinets" - and then I went online to check my answer. I somehow don't see this word coming in handy for many occasions. But you never know.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
The weather report for the rest of the week includes lots of rain, so it was the last best chance of mowing before it really gets growing.
And so it begins (lawn care season)....
Monday, April 6, 2009
Saturday, April 4, 2009
My favorite line from the movie "MY MAD SELF IS AT THE DOOR AND I CAN'T STOP IT!!!!" I'm going to try and work that into a conversation this week.
Friday, April 3, 2009
I'm thinking that tomorrow their "parts" better be behind the mower.
And now we twist..