May 28, 2009
May 27, 2009
May 21, 2009
May 20, 2009
May 19, 2009
Turns out, SPF 4, shoddily applied, is not adequate for a pasty white goddess such as myself.
Doug claims this has been proven numerous times in the past.
I say "bah".
One of these days, Hawaiian Tropic will come through for me and I WILL get a natural dark tan of the Islands.
One day, Baby...one day.
May 18, 2009
We got up and went to church as usual.
We came home and had lunch as usual.
Then Doug and I did something UNusual.
We hugged and kissed our kids good bye,
left them with friends,
and went to the airport.
And flew to Tokyo.
And then flew to Hawaii.
Where we arrived at 9 a.m....Sunday morning.
(No. We did not go to church again.)
And now it's Sunday night late here in Hawaii. But it's Monday evening in Japan.
And we're all confused and out of sync.
But still happy to be here because, duh...it's Hawaii.
And not only is it Hawaii, but it's America.
And that means that when Doug roared out of Alamo's parking lot behind the wheel of our sporty red Mustang Convertible, (thank you for the great deal Priceline!) I had no problem cranking the rock station full blast, sticking my feet on the dash, and singing loudly to the music with my hand hanging out the window surfing the air currents.
Something I would never, ever do in Japan...
where I try my best to be civilized and quiet and polite and give a good impression of Americans.
And although we really do love Japan and we love the adventures we're having there...
I also really love America.
I didn't realize just how much I missed it until I got here!
If we had to turn around and go right back I'd be happy because at least I
1) Have eaten some DEEEEEEEE-Licious Sweet Bread French Toast with Mangos, whipped cream and Macadamia nuts on top.
2) Listened to some excellent radio at top volume.
3) Shared a Virgin Pina Colada with Doug
4) Seen and laughed with 3 other awesome couples, all from Doug's residency in Rhode Island. (And with whom we're now sharing a beach house.)
Sometimes unusual is really, really good.
(case in point --->)
May 16, 2009
May 15, 2009
May 11, 2009
May 10, 2009
- The importance of Christ-like service and kindness. She gives both freely and abundantly.
- How to be thrifty, shop for bargains, and clip coupons.
- "You're skinny enough! You don't need to exercise!" (Reiterated throughout high school and college on the rare occasions I tried to start working out regularly. Although she hasn't mentioned it lately...!)
- "It takes two to fight." (Told repeatedly to my sister Jenny and I if we ever tried to tattle on the other person.)
- How to be a great Hostess--(you over-feed your guests, in case you were wondering...!) even if it was a role she didn't always relish. (She did all the work while the rest of the family enjoyed the company.)
- How to make homemade whole wheat bread, cook a turkey, and make Taco Soup Stuff.
- If you insult someone you have to say three nice things to them to repair the damage to their psyche.
- Popularity isn't worth it. (Not worth tears, and definitely not worth the price of Gerbaud Jeans or an Espirit Book Bag.)
- Doug is a great man, you're lucky to have him, quit picking on him, he's always right! (She always takes the side of the in-laws, darn her!) (Of course, I DID know the first part.)
- To love reading. Starting in first grade, after being diagnosed with "borderline ADD", I climbed in bed with her every evening to read. First she read to me, then gradually, I started reading to her. I went from being a slow reader, to one of the best in the class that year. Being a good reader is the only thing that made school bearable for ADD-me.
- To love good music. I remember many dates to see Symphonies and Operas with her as a kid. She was also the one who drove Jenny and I to weekly violin lessons, orchestra practices, and recitals. (Plus, she listened to a LOT of church music which is why I know all the words to every Janice Kapp Perry song ever written--and who sings them.)
- To love children and find joy in motherhood. You'll never find someone who loves or nurtures her grand-babies more. And I know she was the same with me and my siblings.
- Laughter is the best medicine.
- I'm good enough, I'm smart enough, and doggone it, people like me!
- There's always hope. (Even after getting breast cancer twice, losing a home, and being divorced.)
- How to be a great mom! (I just try to follow her example.)
May 5, 2009
May 4, 2009
Hirosaki Park is one of Japan's most famous cherry blossom spots with several thousand cherry trees. Over a million people visit the park during the sakura matsuri(cherry blossom festival) from April 23 to May 5, when the blossoms are usually in bloom. This coincides with the Golden Week holidays.
Inside Hirosaki Park there are a few other attractions of interest, including the Hirosaki Castle Botanical Garden in the park's southeast corner and Gokoku Shrine, the Aomori branch of Yasukuni Shrine in the north end of of the park. Most of the city's other tourist attractions are also located within walking distance of the park."