Our new granddaughter arrived last Wednesday, a wonderful surprise as we weren’t expecting her until later in the month. She’s a dainty little thing, but absolutely beautiful. Her English middle name is my mother’s name – I started crying when I saw they had chosen it. We love the first name they picked too – very Japanese and very American as well – but we never would have guessed it in a million years. Our grandson is completely smitten with his baby sister – the picture of him meeting her for the first time is maybe my favorite. He’s going to be a fantastic big brother!
Other than the thrill of receiving that wonderful news, and lots of pictures as well, it’s been a very quiet, uneventful week here at Casa Aloha. I’m getting plenty of rest, which will continue, but as I wrote on Friday I now know what I’m dealing with when it comes to my back. Brett will be handling the farmers’ market trips on his own for the next couple of weeks, and will continue with kitchen and other household chores while I work at getting better.
YaYu finished up her cross country season yesterday morning. Her team took first place on the island and a few of her teammates will be going to the State Finals on the Big Island (not YaYu – she’s a middle of the pack runner). She has this next week off for fall break, but then kicks right back into things. Practice for the swim team ‘officially’ starts in December, but they’re already scheduled to be back in the pool right after they get back from the break. YaYu is dreading it – she’s a good swimmer and likes to swim, but the season is exhausting.
Otherwise, this afternoon I am:
- Reading: I didn’t get much reading done at all this week, so I’m still working my way through Between You and Me. I have three days to get it done before the download gets cancelled, so I’ll be having some marathon reading sessions in the next couple of days.
- Listening to: The roosters were so loud this morning. I swear one was screaming its head off right under my bedroom window! But, they’ve pretty much quieted down in the last hour, thank goodness. It’s a gorgeous day, so people are out mowing and trimming their lawns, and Brett’s bustling around in the kitchen.
- Watching: Brett and I finished Penny Dreadful on Thursday evening. The ending was OK, and the story was resolved, but I just didn’t want it to end because the show was so well done (gruesome, but well done). Tonight I’m watching more of The Mysteries of Laura with YaYu. Brett will watch the debate live this afternoon but I like to follow them online (via live-blogging and Twitter).
- Cooking/baking: I’m going to mix up a pan of brownies for Brett and YaYu later this afternoon – I think I can stand long enough to manage it – but Brett is in charge of dinner once again. He’s making the seafood enchiladas that were originally planned for Thursday because our schedule got mixed up that evening and so we had the mango-mustard tofu instead because it took less time to prepare.
- Happy I accomplished this past week: I got started on my Christmas shopping this week and ordered two things for WenYu. I had an Amazon gift card from Swagbucks for one item, and the other item went on sale, 20% off, so I went ahead and bought it now. I also got our granddaughter’s baby gift ordered. I found a great fare for Meiling’s trip home at Christmas, so all that’s left now is to get the tickets for our Tokyo visit next March. Prices continue to be a little higher than we want to pay but predictors keeps saying the price is going to drop so I’m hanging on.
- Looking forward to next week: I’m actually looking forward to next week’s PT sessions – I felt much better after the second session this past week, and love being able to look out at the ocean while the therapist works. I’m of course excited about receiving more photos and news of our sweet little granddaughter. Once again, I’ve got my fingers crossed that we’ll be able to get our tickets for our March trip to Tokyo next week.
- Thinking of good things that happened: There’s nothing that tops the arrival of our new granddaughter, but I did get my new glasses this past Tuesday, and they’re great, especially the bigger lenses. My toughest critics, the girls, all approve of their mom’s new look :). I’m super happy about the airfare I found for Meiling’s flight – $170 less than we paid last year. Once again we had no food waste this past week, and we put $8.42 in the change/$1 bill jar.
- Grateful for: I’m so thankful for all Brett’s doing for me these days. He is very strict with me about resting, and not overdoing things – he says he doesn’t want to have to keep doing everything forever. I know it all was a bit overwhelming for him at the beginning, but he’s getting the rhythm of housekeeping and cooking down, and has kept up with the bigger housekeeping chores as well.
- Bonus question: Speaking of chores, which is your least favorite? What chores don’t you mind? Without hesitation, my least favorite chore is dusting. It always seems so hopeless every time I do it because dust is probably the fastest thing to reappear. I’d rather clean toilets than dust. Otherwise, chores don’t bother me all that much. Sweeping is kind of in the middle – don’t love it, but don’t hate it either. Same for doing the laundry, and making the bed. Washing dishes might be my ‘favorite’ chore – it goes fairly quickly, and is a nice time for quiet contemplation. The only time washing the dishes gets onerous is after a big dinner for the family – so many pots and pans to scrub. But, for just the three of us it takes very little time.
Here’s wishing all of you are having a great weekend, and a lovely Sunday afternoon!