Sunday Afternoon 8/7/2016

Just a dream now . . .
We’re starting to dream . . .

I had high hopes for Brett and I getting to the beach last week, maybe even more than once. YaYu was back in school, WenYu was working, so Brett and I would finally have some time to get ourselves down the hill for some sun and relaxation. Well, that didn’t work out. YaYu got out of school every day at 2:30, and WenYu picked up several extra days of work. That was good for her money-wise, but it meant that once again our week was tied up getting the girls to where they needed to be and back home as well as fitting in our usual errands. There was absolutely no time left over for the beach – sigh. Next week should be better, or at least I’m hoping so. Cross country practice begins next week which means YaYu will be staying after school until 5:30, and WenYu’s new work hours are longer too, so Brett and I will hopefully get some blocks of time to ourselves. WenYu leaves for college in just a little over two weeks, so the truth is while I’m whining about the inability to find some time for ourselves I’m also wishing I could freeze things the way they are and keep her here a little longer.

And while I’m whining, can I also just ask when postal rates got even more ridiculous? We mailed the box of WenYu’s linens back to Massachusetts for the low, low cost of . . . $95 (and it would have cost much, much more if we had used UPS). If that wasn’t bad enough, we also wanted to mail a couple of small things we’d picked up for our grandson, and packed them into a medium flat-rate box. That used to be an affordable way to get things over there, but the cost now to send that box? $67.95, which is nearly three times the value of what we put in the box! Those things are not getting sent right now, and will go into the package we’re sending when our granddaughter arrives. Brett and I decided that after that though we will just either send checks to Japan and let them shop there (because they can buy almost all the same stuff we get here) or bring stuff along whenever we go.

Finally, I’m not sure how much writing I’ll get done in the next two weeks. There is so much to be done before we got to get WenYu ready to go, but I’ll try to keep up as best I can!

This afternoon I am:

  • Reading: I finally started to really get into The Murder of Harriet Krohn this week, but only after I shifted to reading it on my Kindle. The book, which I had checked out from the library, had ended up sitting by my bed, unopened, and I finally told myself to go ahead and download it from the library and see if my lack of interest was the medium versus the book itself. Apparently I prefer reading on the Kindle these days, I’m guessing because the lighting and adjustable print size makes it easier on my eyes.
  • Listening to: It’s a bit cooler than usual this morning, and overcast – storms are expected to arrive this afternoon and all the islands are under a flash flood warning. So, it’s nice and quiet other than the breeze blowing through the trees. Brett is out taking the girls to their various activities, or picking them up – it’s nice and quiet here in the house. Even the chickens are quiet this morning.
  • Watching: I’m greatly looking forward to watching Lewis this evening. It’s the beginning of the final season though, so watching will be a bit bittersweet. Kevin Whately has been playing the Lewis character for nearly 40 years, and he will be missed. We’ve of course been watching the Olympics, and watched the penultimate episode of The Great British Baking Show on Friday – we’re all looking forward to the final next week. YaYu has also gotten us hooked on Criminal Minds and we’ve watched several episodes of that. WenYu and I didn’t get to watch even one episode of Downton Abbey this past week.
  • Cooking/baking: No baking today – I made a yummy chocolate zucchini cake yesterday. WenYu is working again today, and YaYu was up extra early to go volunteer for Key Club, so Brett didn’t do anything special for breakfast (I had raisin bran and a peach). Tonight’s balsamic pork roast is cooking away in the slow cooker, but I still haven’t figured out what I’m going to have.
  • Happy I accomplished last week: It was another week without big plans, so I don’t think I finished anything out of the ordinary. I will say I did an excellent job of using up leftovers, odds and ends and other food items so there was no spoilage or food waste. It’s a real effort this time of year as things can turn very quickly.
  • Looking forward to next week: A former ESL student and friend, Eriko, along with her husband and son will be spending the day with us on Thursday. They’re vacationing on Oahu from Japan, but are making a day trip over to Kaua’i so we can get together. After picking them up at the airport, we’re going to breakfast at Kountry Kitchen, then heading to the beach for a while, and will end with dinner at Bubba’s Burgers before taking them back to the airport. It should be a fun day!
  • Thinking of good things that happened: Besides WenYu picking up some extra days at work, YaYu had a good first week of school, and with a couple of changes got the schedule and classes she wanted/needed. Even though it cost a fortune, WenYu’s linens are on their way to Massachusetts, and I finished up almost all of the local shopping I needed to do for her, and for our trip. We just have a couple more things to get and then the packing can commence. All other shopping needs will be taken care of back in Massachusetts. Brett surprised me with a bag of wasabi macadamia nuts at Costco, so I’ve been enjoying a few of those every day – yum! We put $9.19 in the change/$1 bill jar.
  • Thankful for: It took less than three minutes for me to check out The Murder of Harriet Krohn and download it to my Kindle the other night. Even though I still occasionally purchase books, I am feeling very thankful that I have this free and easy option available, that I can take advantage of anywhere in the world, as long as I have an internet connection. And, at least for me, the Kindle is so much easier to travel with than a book.
  • Bonus question: Are you watching the Olympics? What are your favorite events? I always enjoy watching gymnastics, but also love the swimming, rowing and whitewater events. My favorite track and field event is the steeplechase, with the runners jumping over hurdles and water hazards, but I also like the long jump and the triple jump events as well. We watched an exciting bicycling event yesterday morning, and I want to watch beach volleyball – the U.S. women’s team is fierce. I was very disappointed with NBC’s broadcast of the opening ceremony because of the multitude of commercial interruptions. The ceremony itself looked beautiful though. Brett and I starting to dream that maybe we can stay with our son and attend some of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo!

That’s all this week from Chez Aloha. How was your week? What are you reading? What good things happened for you?